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Destination Cabilao

Located off the north west coast of Bohol, Cabilao Island has long been a popular destination for divers and snorkelers looking for beautiful corals and reefs and a quiet pace of life.

The island is just 8km2 and with few roads, no cars and just a small number of motorbikes this is like step back in time to a Philippines way of rural life that is slowly disappearing from view.

Cabilao has a handful of comfortable resorts and water based activities are the main reason for guests to visit. It's a lovely place to spend 5 or 6 days taking in the astonishing array of marine life and corals and slowly immersing yourself in the relaxed pace of the island.

Like Balicasag, Cabilao is a low lying island just 5-6 meters above sea level at it's highest point and has just 5 small villages - it's perfect to walk around and to explore. People are incredibly friendly and you are assured of a welcome wherever you go.

Sprinkled around the island and protected by tall coconut palms are a few sheltered sandy beaches and coves where the Resorts are located. These are very nice places to relax and unwind and are a particularly good stopping point on one of our island hopping packages.

The proximity of Bohol means that day trips to the Chocolate Hills and to see the famous Tarsier Monkye can be arranged.

Featured Hotels and Resorts

  • Pura Vida Cabilao
  • Polaris Beach and Dive Resort

Getting There

We provide full transfer arrangements as part of your holiday package

There are a number of ways to get to Cabilao. If coming from Cebu then the easiest way is by fast ferry from Cebu to Tagbilaran (Bohol) and then a road / boat journey over to Cabilao (approx. 3.5-4hrs total time) If coming from Manila then a domestic flight will bring you into Tagbilaran where you then take the short road / boat journey.


Bohol is a year round diving destination. January through to June are arguably the best time to visit but seas are usually at their calmest in July, August and September which can also see a little more rain. November and December are popular with tourists as the weather can be a little cooler as the islands are fanned by gentle winds.

The Diving

There are approximately 20 dive sites regularly visited in Cabilao and all are just a short distance from the Dive Center. No long boat trips here instead it is simple logistics that combine with the easy pace above water - a perfect holiday break!

Cabilao is surrounded by shallow reef tops and shallow slopes that are about 4-7m deep these then runstraight to vertical walls and drop-offs that fall to about 60m depth. Much of the very best snorkeling and diving is actually on the reef topes where some of the best intact corals in the Philippines can be found.

Although there are larger species such as turtles, white tip ref sharks, snappers and jacks present it is very much the macro and critter life and pristine hard and soft corals that attracts divers to this peaceful part of the Philippines.

Lighthouse is an excellent dive by day or night with a sandy slope covered both by sea grass and hard corals it drops to around 20m and is home to may rare species including different types of shrimp and crabs, sea-horses, ghost pipefish, stargazers and sea snakes.

Popular wall dives for advanced divers include Talisay Tree and Fallen Tree here smaller species hug the wall whilst in the neighboring blue you can often see larger fish passing by.

Current Viewpoint is an underwater plateau lying at approx. 25 metres. Sometimes washed by currenst this is a good location to see barracudas, jacks and occasional sharks. The soft corals here are home to some fascinating small critters as well. Arguably the most impressive wall dive is South Point which is home to caves, overhangs and some of the best corals on the island. It's a stunning site in the afternoon with the light drifting down onto the wall.

Gorgonian Wall is an easy afternoon dive popular with divers with all levels of experience and as the name suggests is home to large numbers of giant gorgonians, sponges and large corals.

Closer to home the House Reef is another popular site for macro photographers and night dives.

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