|Posted by clubcagpo on October 28, 2010 at 2:16 AM|
"The volcanic, heart-shaped island of Marinduque sits in the Tablas Strait, between Luzon to the north & Mindoro to the south... Those that have visited the area return with tales of beautiful reefs, Hammerheads Sharks, Dolphins and Pirate Shipwrecks."
Off the north-western tip of Marinduque is Natanco. The wall diving here is fabulous, with impressive corals and prolific marine life. Nearby, a Japanese WWII torpedo boat rests in 40m of water & can be dived.
To the south, just off the coast of Gasan, you find the Trey Reyes Islands, or ‘Three Kings’. The most westerly of the three islands, Balthazar, has the best diving. Here you will find a wall with lovely Gorgonians & plenty of pelagic action, including the occasional sighting of Hammerhead Sharks. There is also an interesting cave here which can be dived, where you can find plenty of Stonefish.
Between Gaspar & Melchor Islands - the other two ‘kings’ - there is the wreck of a Chinese Junk lying in 40m of water. The junk is believed to have belonged to a notorious Chinese pirate called Limahong.
A little to the east is Elephante Island is another great drift dive along a precipitous wall with beautiful corals. Further round the coast is Torrijos, where a series of ridges & canyons are home to large schools of Snapper & Barracuda.
To the south of Marinduque are three more islands with good diving - Maestro de Campo, Dos Hermanos & Banton Island. Maestro de Campo is all about wrecks. There are two Japanese WWII wrecks and a few Japanese war-planes, plus the wreck of a ferry that sunk in the 1980’s. Dos Hermanos has an interesting topography with numerous cracks & crevices hiding all sorts of life. Banton Island is the pick of these southern islands. The island's inhabitants do not actively participate in much fishing and as a result, marine life is superb - with abundant reef-life, plus Turtles, Sharks, Rays & even occasional Dolphins.
East of here lies the Subuyan Sea. Only a few intrepid divers have ever made it this far, but the reports suggest that the Subuyan Sea is a world-renowned dive spot just waiting to happen.
The dive season here runs from February to May, Outside these months, conditions are often too rough to reach the best sites.
More information on Marinduque Diving can be found on the Underwater Asia website on Marinduque.
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