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BICOL DIVE CENTER

BICOL DIVE CENTER

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MANTA BOWL SHOAL

This is an underwater atoll which covers a 7 to 8 hectare flat area. The shoal is in the middle of the ocean and does not have much protection from the winds or waves.


Certification Required: experience diver. Advance Open Water Diver. Open Water Divers with 20 dives below will need to hire a personal guide with them

DIVE SITES

The BOWL
A depression in the Shoal and when you first descend, appears to be without life, but with the number of cleaner wrasse and remora, this becomes an ideal cleaning and feeding ground for big ocean creatures. This area is where you get the most sightings of Manta Rays and Whale Sharks, with occasional Hammerhead Sharks and Thresher Sharks.
20-23 meters.
ROCK POINT
A favorite site of divers, Rock Point is a gorgeous mix of coral, rock and sandy bottom formations. It is an exciting place to dive because of the many areas to hide from the current and to watch the reef in action – like sitting in the cinema, watch the reef fish play and feed in the current. You can see schools of reef fish like surgeons, fusiliers, butterfly fish, and damsels. This is a playground for manta rays and because you can hide behind rocks, it is common to get a very dramatic encounter with a manta ray.
15 meters.
SHARK APARTMENT
Full grown white tip sharks lay amongst the big boulders scattered on the sandy bottom. Hovering above are reef fish including banners and angels. With the boulders, this area has become a paradise for bottom dwellers like groupers.
18 meters.
TUNA ALLEY
 A busy highway for skip jack tuna and barracuda. With their sheer quantity, they build a thick wall of fish which can run for a kilometer. Excitement comes to the ocean predators when a school of sardines travel by.
25 meters.
SWEETLIPS PLACE
Here you find a school of sweetlips that live in peace under a mushroom shaped rock. The sweetlips here seem oblivious to divers. It is amazing to how close one can get to the fish. Smaller and colorful reef fish play near the sweetlips’ home.
18-23 meters