Cagayancillo

Cagayancillo, officially the Municipality of Cagayancillo, a municipality in the province of Palawan, Philippines. Located between the islands of Palawan and Negros in the Sulu Sea, Cagayancillo is the closest settlement to the Tubbataha National Marine Park. The word Cagayancillo is Spanish meaning “Little Cagayan.” Far from any civilization where you experience white powder sands with pristine blue water and protected reef scapes.

How to get there

Depending on season we leave from Dauin or Sipalay. The day of departure we dive on the coast of Negros experiencing the world class muck diving along with divers top rated Apo, Turtle and Danjugan islands. In the evening or late at night the Yacht cruises to the island of Cagayncillo. Early in the morning arriving at one of the most unique dive areas of the Philippines where only few are able to visit.

Diving Cagayncillo

The reefs expand over 500km of seascapes making it one of only two (Tubbataha) large area of open sea diving destination in the Philippines. Perfect for large palegic animals such as Whale sharks, Mantas, Marble stingrays and reef sharks. Due to it’s location it has some of the best coral reefs in the country just like Tubbataha. Even with the isolation of the reefs and islets there are marine protected areas with no take zones.

Over 20 dive site on Cagayancillo with many more unexplored. From shark caves to vibrant hard and soft coral reefs. Sandy slopes and steep wall dives. A massive shipwreck starting from shallow to deep. Two nearby islands of Calusa and Bonbon. Sunken blue water reefs and many more. Making it one of the best diving destination.

Sample Itinerary

The following is a sample scenario of how the trip might be, this of course all depends on many factors like, weather, sea state, visibility, and what we have heard on the radio of what is to be seen.

We will leave at Pura Vida Dive resort in Dauin around 1 pm.

Once on board, we will get the boat and mandatory briefing and equipment checks. Depending on weather we will have 1-2 dives before enjoying sunset. In the night our captain will start making the passage as we wake up early in the morning arriving in Cagayncillo.

We recommend waking up for sunrise as arrive to the island before having light breakfast. Depending on weather we locate our boat to a protected destination so dive sites may vary.

We schedule up to 4 dives per day; 3 day dives and a sunset dive, a night dive is possible depending on location

Dive day typically as follows:

Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1
Big Breakfast, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 2
Lunch, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 3
Light snacks followed by briefing & Dive 4

We explore the islands of Calusa and Bonbon

We schedule up to 4 dives per day; 3 day dives and a sunset dive, a night dive is possible depending on location

Dive day typically as follows:

Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1
Big Breakfast, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 2
Lunch, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 3
Light snacks followed by briefing & Dive 4

We make our way back to Cagayncillo and get ready to depart but first we have 2 dives before cruising overnight to Dauin.

Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1
Big Breakfast, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 2

Enjoy a afternoon and a sunset cruise with our special M/Y Gypsy cocktail selection.

After leaving in the night or evening before depending on weather we arrive back in Dauin Pura Vida Resort early in the morning.