New dive site opens July 19, 2014 in Banilad Dumaguete, Philippines
Online PR News – 06-July-2014 – Dumaguete, Philippines –
Dumaguete City opens New Marine Sanctuary in the Southern Barangay of Banilad effective July 19, 2014. The dive team from Aqua-Landia resort recently completed exploratory dive for Dumaguete tourism. The site has opened on several occasions over the years only to close for Conservation reasons. In 2007, the sanctuary closed when the 1,500 ton ship, MV Jake Vincent Dos ran aground. The 10 hectare Banilad Marine Sanctuary is a part of Dumaguete Coastal Resource Program which incorporates Coastal clean-up, Coastal Stabilization, Mangrove planting and Marine protection zones. Opening is scheduled for July 19, 2014. The City of Dumaguete gave Aqua-Landia Resort permission to map the sanctuary and document our findings. Aqua-Landia Resort’s Dive team leader, Gibbons Sojor Jr. is from Banilad Dumaguete.
The sanctuary provides excellent snorkeling from 2-5 meters and diving from 5-25 meters. Visibility is 20 plus meters.
Close to shore is sandy grassy area with scattered rock and coral areas. Sloping away quickly at the outer edge of the sanctuary. The shallow area is exposed at low tide and the coral starting at the drop off area. Exploratory dives for Macro found Ghost Pipe fish, Sea Horses, Harlequin Shrimp, Mimic octopus and numerous Blue spotted Sting Rays. Farther out was Schools of Jacks and Barracuda’s. Large Sea turtles also were present.
Diving fees are p100 per dive and p50 for snorkelers. Day dives are allowed but No night dives due to the dangers of night time spear fisherman within the sanctuary.