The diving season in Busuanga
is from October to May.
This is a wreck of a Japanese
cargo ship sunk by American submarines during World War II. The cargo ship
was on its way to Leyte Gulf from Japan, laden with war materials for the
beleaguered Japanese forces during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Some of the
portions are still intact although the valuable fittings have been salvaged.
Its location and the fact that the main deck is only 9 meters deep make
the wreck an interesting divesite. The wreck is host to an amazing number
Rock/Sail Rock/Kalotoko Rocks
All three are prominenet landmarks
with a dense fish population, inclusing big jacks, fusiliers, barracudas,
Spanish mackeerels and small, black and whitetip sharks. There are a few
small reeef fish. The short drop-offs end at around 4.5 to 8 meters deep,
with slopes studded with coral pathes running down to around 18 to 28 meters.
Kalotoko is reportedly a good area for shark observation.
The base of the rock site is
about 4.5 to 6 meters. There is little variety of coral with only small
patches in most places. The site is overrun with fish - fusiliers, surgeon
fish, small garoupas, snappers, small reef fish are all here, and colonies
of crayfish have been seen on various occasions. Whitetip sharks up to
2 meters long also visit the area. There is good snorkelling in the shallows.
This 90-meter high island site
on a reef extends northeast and southwest, with the latter offering the
best diving. The bottom slopes gently from the shoreline to 24 meters and
the slope is covered by a whitish-pink soft coral garden. Visibility is
ussually around 30 meters.
More appropriately called Butulan
Rocks, these two barren, brown-colored rocks are 50 meters high and are
easily identified. The eastern and western sides of the southern rock make
interesting dives with a good coral garden on the western side. Parrot
fish are common and hammerhead sharks measuring up to 2.5 meters long have
An experienced boatman is needed
to locate these sites which lie beneath the surface with no convenient
navigational landmarks close by. The shallowest sections are in about 6
meters of water, with gradual slopes leading off into infinity. The areas
are known for big pelagic fish and sharks. When currents are running, here
are big bonito and tuna.
The divesites around this island
are some of the divesites around Club Paradise resort situated in the northern
portion of Busuanga. Dimakya Island descriptions.