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Dimakya Island - Philippines

Dimakya Island is a shore accessible salt water dive site, located in Dimakya Island, Coron, Palawan, Philippines. The maximum depth is 51-60ft/16-18m. The average visibility is 91-100ft/28-30m. This dive site provides bathrooms and airfills.

Club Paradise Resort is centrally located in a known Scuba Diving area. The reef surrounding the island, known as the Housereef, a favorite site because of easy access and its abundant fish life. Next to this reef is a known feeding ground for green turtles and the dugong (sea cow). A few other reefs can be accessed from the resort within 20 minutes. Another prime dive site, the Japanese freighter Kyokuzan Maru, can be reached within 30 minutes from the resort.

Moreover, with "M/V Karen Claire", divers can go to Apo Reef Natural Park, a world-class diving destination, or to the westernside of Busuanga where there is good number of wrecks from World War II.

HOUSE REEF. This meandering reef features different species of tunicates, sponges, seastars, sea cucumbers, turtles andcuttlefish (seasonal). An aggregation of giant clams (Tridacna gigas, an endangered species) is located at 12 meters. Several species of damselfish, wrasses, groupers, fairy basslets, emperors, parrotfish, snappers, butterfly fish, flying gurnard and cardinal fish are among the inhabitants of the reef. Those that burrow in sand include sand perches, lizardfishes, flatfishes, stingrays and certain wrasses. During the day, a large aggregation of jacks can be found in the inner reef slope. Fusiliers, barracudas and tunas roam large areas around the island while a number of reef-associated fishes venture to the open sea.

BUNK HOUSE (REEF). The largest giant clam in the area is located here. Undisturbed for several years, this clam has grown over a meter in length. Massive corals and huge basket sponges grow in this area. Bumphead parrotfish, turtles, rays and sharks are occasionally sighted.

CROSSING (REEF). Like a submerged bridge connecting these islands, this reef stretches to about 3 kilometers. It is overrun with Acropora corals, mainly of tabular and branching forms. A huge green turtle is occasionally seen in this area. The side facing the open sea has more surprises: jacks, tunas and mantas.

LANG-AW (REEF). Abundant fish life predominantly composed of surgeonfish, rabbit fish, damselfish, wrasses, parrotfish, groupers and butterfly fish. Fusiliers and trevallies are commonly sighted. Cuttlefish (seasonal), rays and turtles are occasionally seen. Huge pits and mats of rubbles indicate previous blasting activity in the area. The good new s is Acropora corals are starting to regenerate.

DIBOYUYAN (REEF). Stony corals of magnificent formation. Mantas, blacktip and whitetip sharks are sporadically sighted. On several occasions, a whale shark was seen passing by. This reef is one of the traditional fishing grounds in this area.

KYOKUZAN MARU (WRECK). This Japanese freighter measures about 152 m long and lies almost upright. The main structures remain intact. It carries in one of its holds a car and a truck. This wreck provides shelter to batfishes and substrate for the ubiquitous bivalves. Fusiliers, trevallies, barracudas and rays are occasionally sighted.

BARRY’S REEF. There are plenty of macro subjects on this reef: Spanish dancers, sweetlips, anemones, anemone fish and shrimps. There is one huge cabbage coral about 2.5 m in diameter and Acropora coral about 2 m in diameter. Small to medium-sized Porites corals are arranged to form some sort of a big stairway.

APO REEF. Very dramatic drop-offs down to about 400 m. The steep walls are well covered with corals, sponges, tunicates, nudibranchs and slugs. The coral formation is magnificent at the plateau. Green and hawksbill turtles and multitude of fish including damselfish, butterfly fish, batfish, surgeonfish, snappers, fusiliers and trevallies are usually seen. Strong currents increase the chance of sighting mantas, great barracudas and sharks. This reef is also known as the Apo Reef Natural Park.

BLACK ISLAND WRECK. Measuring about 45 m long and lying upright, this coastal vessel has a superstructure, which houses a variety of fish. The hull is covered with sponges and hydrozoans. Next to the wreck is a natural reef, which can be visited as well. The Island is called "black Island" because of its black rocks. The rock formation is very impressive. Plus the white beach and caves make the place a good destination not just for diving. This island and the reef are traditionally used by the Tagbanua, a tribal group in Palawan. Hence, the area belongs to what they call - Ancestral Domain.

TAIEI MARU (WRECK). This oil tanker is about 168 m long and lying almost level. It is well covered with sponges, corals, nudibranchs, slugs and tunicates. Fish life includes snappers, fusiliers, batfish and the ubiquitous lionfish and scorpionfish.

AKITSUSHIMA (WRECK). This seaplane tender (one of the true warships) measures about 148 m long and lies on its portside. It supports an abundant fish life, which includes barracudas, tunas and snappers. Sponges, tunicates, nudibranchs, slugs and coral species can be found on this wreck.

GUNBOAT (WRECK). Lying next to a reef, this shallow wreck is covered with sponges, soft corals, sea cucumbers, tunicates, nudibranchs and slugs.

OLYMPIA MARU (WRECK). This Japanese freighter is about 137 m long and lying on its starboard side. The port side is covered with corals, hydrozoans, and sponges, which serve as substrate to the conspicuous Alabaster sea cucumbers. Tunicates, nudibranchs, slugs and multitude of fish including groupers, breams, batfish and scorpion fish can be found on this wreck.

KOGYO MARU (WRECK). Another Japanese freighter, this ship is about 158 m long and lying on its starboard side.

IRAKO (WRECK). Measuring about 147 m long and lying almost upright, this Japanese refrigerated provision ship has an interesting superstructure, on which soft corals, sponges and tunicates grow. Nudibranchs, slugs, and fishes such as groupers, lionfish, scorpionfish and batfish are among the inhabitants of this ship.

MAMYA MARU (WRECK). This Japanese freighter is about 160 m long and lying on its starboard side. The port side has many soft and hard corals, sponges, tunicates, nudibranchs and slugs. Fish life includes groupers, lionfish, batfish, fusiliers and snappers.

EAST TANGAT WRECK. This vessel (believed to be a tugboat or anti-submarine craft) is about 40 m long.

TANGAT WRECK. Another Japanese freighter, it measures about 122 m long and lies almost upright. It is shelter to a variety of fish including lionfish, scorpion fish, batfish and snappers. Sponges, tunicates, nudibranchs, slugs and coral species can be found on this wreck.
BARRACUDA LAKE. This freshwater lake is surrounded by limestone cliffs and served by a hot spring. Water temperature varies from 27-40 oC. The transition between cold and hot water is abrupt. The meeting of water types is visible. There are numerous shells on the bottom, shrimps on the walls and a few rabbit fish in the shallow area. The scenario is splendid and will surely be enjoyed by divers and non-divers. The coastal town of Coron is also worth a visit.

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