Everyone wants to find that special place, somewhere different, somewhere that no one else you know has been. We now believe that we have found locations in South East Asia which offer exceptional watersports, yet are still relatively untouched. Either the location, or an aspect of the watersport is unique, normally both. Dive with Thresher Sharks at the island of Malapasua, or on the WW2 Japanese wrecks of Coron, be one of the first to kitesurf in the tropical paradise of Boracay, or compete in the Asian Windsurfing Tour with the likes of Kevin Pritchard. Holidays & Adventure on Boracay in the Philippines from Extreme Sports Cafe..
The majority of our holidays are on one of the 7000 islands of the Philippines. Because we take you beyond the normal tourist haunts our destinations are not always the easiest to reach, but we can always guarantee a certain degree of comfort, with the accommodation ranging from bamboo stilt huts over the water to luxury suites with air-conditioning and satellite TV. So, if you're individual, and don't want to follow the crowd, just maybe we've got something for you...
Boracay: Island Diving Paradise
Voted as one of the world's top ten paradise islands, Boracay also offers some world class diving. Extreme Sports Cafe partner PADI 5 star IDC centre is the most modern in the region. With air-conditioned classrooms, a freshwater training pool, constantly updated equipment and an enviable reputation when it comes to safety and professionalism, the centre is perfectly placed to help you enjoy the best of the 45 dive sites in the area.
Our partner diving centre is situated right on White Beach, literally a stones throw from the dive boats, and less than a two minute walk from your accommodation. With a bar and restaurant to relax in after your days diving, Extreme Sports Cafe also introduces you to a great social scene of like-minded people.
First class diving on an island which offers the perfect balance between tropical paradise and western comfort.
Island Life - Boracay offers a unique lifestyle for locals and visitors. Having avoided the ravages of mass tourism, Boracay maintains a great beach community atmosphere. Sandy paths connect the island, and everyone walks. You probably won't see a car during your entire stay.
Most amenities are within 10 minutes walk of each other, stretched out along White Beach, one of the worlds most beautiful stretches of powder white sand. Whether you're into watersports or not there is something here for everyone. Just watch as your pace of life slows down and your worries fade to nothing… it's going to be difficult going back to the office.
Activities - Diving, Windsurfing and Kitesurfing are only a few of the many ways to enjoy Boracay. You won't find better beaches for sunbathing, reading or taking a dip. And you can fill days at a time by having a Shiatsu massage at Fausto's, coffee at Nadines, cocktails at the Wreck Bar and beach walks, visits to the market, and bike rides.
After Dark - Evenings are never dull. Start off at one of the chilled bars by the beach, taking your time over a couple of 'rum cokes' to decide whether to eat Mongolian, Korean, Thai, Japanese, Filipino, Indian, French or Swiss from one of the many restaurants along White Beach. After dinner you'll want to move on to a friendly bar to either relax, mix, dance or try your hand at 'singalong' (karaoke Filipino style!), you're always made to feel welcome by warm hearted locals.
Accommodation - The Resort Villas are located just a five minute walk from the Diving center on Boracay’s famous White Beach.
Deluxe Rooms - Set in lush gardens, the villa rooms all have air-conditioning and fan, western style ensuite facilities, TV, mini bar and patio. There are only 5 rooms in the villa which are in a very quiet location only 5 minutes walk from the dive centre.
Luxury Rooms - Right on the beach, next to the dive centre, the rooms are very modern and beautifully decorated by local artists. Air-conditioning, TV, mini bar, a roof top sun deck, and prime location, all add to make this the place to stay.
- All rooms are air-conditioned with hot showers, cable tv, minibar and large veranda with sitting area.
- Relax in our swimming pool’s crystal clear waters maintained at its best.
- Wireless internet connection available at the resort poolside and in our Sports Bar and Restaurant.
- Beach beds are provided for resort guest in front of the Diving Resort.
- Safety deposit boxes are free of charge and are provided at the Tourist Center.
Scuba Diving Holidays & Adventure on Boracay in the Philippines from Extreme Sports Cafe
With 30 dive sites surrounding Boracay and neighbouring islands there is definitely something for every diver. Most dive sites are between 5 and 30 minutes away, and we are able to offer up to 10 different sites a day, giving divers the opportunity to choose (with a little advice from our Instructors and Divemasters of course).
First class dive sites surround the island of Boracay, and our 5 star IDC centre offers state of the art facilities, instruction and equipment. Voted as one of the world's top ten paradise beaches, Boracay is a beautiful, relaxing place to unwind, leaving the stresses and strains of Europe behind. Boracay still retains it's charm and relaxed atmosphere and offers visitors the perfect combination of comfort, culture and, great diving of course.
Here are a few descriptions of our most popular local dive sites, but there are many more choices available to you:
PANAY - Depth: Varies; 5 - 40m; Ability Level: All; Travel Time: 30 minutes
Panay Island offers 9 dive sites around half an hour by boat from Boracay. The wall dives along the island are spectacular with shallow plateaus dropping off to between 25m and 40m depending on the site.
- The topography of the walls varies, some with enormous boulders (Nasog Point), some with many holes hiding critters (Dog Drift), others with sheer walls covered in soft and hard corals (Buruanga Point). These wall dives offer the best chance to see the big marine life, with sightings of whale sharks and manta rays being reported at certain times of the year. Panay also provides rocky pinnacle dive sites and shallower reefs, so there is something for everyone. This island is home to a huge number of fish varieties: triggerfish, sweetlips, angelfish, puffers, butterflyfish, lionfish, grouper, snapper and batfish. In the blue there is a chance to see jacks, tuna and barracuda. At the bottom of the shallower walls on the sandy bottom, stingrays can sometimes be found. And for those who love macro, many types of nudibranch and eels can also be discovered.
WEST WALL & THE EAR Depth: 10 - 40m+; Ability Level: Intermediate; Travel Time: 2.5 hours
Maniguin Island offers around 7 dive sites. The most popular and accessible of these - West Wall and The Ear.
- The topography around this island is sloping reef dropping off to majestic vertical walls, with sandy slopes in between. In the shallow zones you may encounter schooling barracuda, jacks and Napoleon wrasse. On the top of West Wall, an impressive display of thousands of swirling red-tooth triggerfish and pyramid butterflyfish can be witnessed. The wall drops off to depths well beyond recreational dive limits, so caution is required, but the coral and fish displays, as well as the epic topography, are striking. At the deeper depths on The Ear, eagle rays, sharks, and a fabulous swim-through are the attractions. The sandy areas should not be neglected, since large manta rays (4 to 6m wide) can be found during plankton blooms, and vast colonies of garden eels, titan and yellow-edged triggerfish are abundant. These dive sites are considered intermediate level due to potential depths and currents.
CROCODILE ISLAND - Depth: 4 - 22m; Ability Level: All; Travel Time: 15 minutes
One of the top dive sites on Boracay and very popular with all levels of diver.
- Very healthy sloping coral reef with plenty of both soft and hard corals. A massive variety of macro life with different types of nudibranch, anemones and the full range of fish life simply covering the area. This dive site is described as beautiful by divers, with lionfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, boxfish, scorpionfish, sweetlips, pipefish, eels and even the occasional sea snake. Also an excellent choice for a night dive when the current is right.
CAMIA II WRECK - Depth: 25 - 31m; Ability Level: Advanced Open Water (or Wreck Adventure Dive); Travel Time: 5 minutes
The wreck of a cargo ship purposely sunk on 8 January 2001, has become overgrown and inhabited with a large variety of marine life.
- On the sand at 29m, garden eels and ribbon eels can be found, as well as pygmy seahorses and ghost pipefish a short way from the wreck on the coral bed. The wreck itself, sitting in an upright position and intact, is home to lionfish, snapper, grouper, boxfish, batfish and many others. The engine room is often filled with copper sweepers, while the masts are covered in interesting macro life.
FRIDAY’S ROCK - Depth: 12 - 18m; Ability Level: All; Travel Time: 10 minutes
This dive site is a large rock rising from 18m to about 10m.
- Plentiful marine life can be found on the rock itself, on the sandy areas and patch reefs surrounding it, and especially over the top of the rock where spectacular fish displays can be witnessed. Large bass, schools of surgeonfish, angelfish and a huge number of damselfish swirl around. Triggerfish, lionfish and scorpionfish are also common to the reef. Don’t neglect the cracks and crevices of the rock and outer reefs, where octopus and mantis shrimp may be found.
YAPAK 2 - Depth: 32m+; Ability Level: Experienced divers only; Travel Time: 15 minutes
An exhilarating deep drift dived on a rising tide, with the opportunity to see the larger marine life of Boracay.
- After a negative entry, descend down towards the wall and enjoy red-tooth triggerfish swirl around you. The wall begins just below 30m and drops off sharply, and the whole area is teeming with fish, including grey reef and white tip sharks. Jacks, tuna, snapper, sweetlips, triggerfish and barracuda swim around on the edge of the wall in the current. Sharks can sometimes be found sleeping in the crack on the wall plateau.
LAUREL - Depth: 8 - 22m; Ability Level: All; Travel Time: 15 minutes
This is a beautiful wall dive with a lovely coverage of feather stars, sponges and healthy coral varieties, especially table and soft corals.
- Many different types of nudibranch can be found here and this dive site is great as a dive for macro photographers. The fish population varies with the currents: blue ribbon eels, morays, lionfish, scorpionfish, boxfish and many more make their home on this reef. Also take a close look at the gorgonian sea fans and see if you can spot the tiny and rather shy pygmy seahorses.
BEACH NIGHT DIVE - Depth: 3 - 6m; Ability Level: All with night dive experience (or Night Adventure Dive)
This shallow shore dive site can be spectacular at night.
- Even before arriving at the reef, the snake eels in the sand provide amusement. On the patch reef, there are a huge variety of shrimp and unusual crabs. Octopus and even seahorses can be found in this area. Cuttlefish often swim by and their colours shimmer with the torch light. Lionfish may be seen hunting and parrotfish sleep in their night-time bubble. Also enjoy the bioluminescent ‘fireworks’ by putting your torch to your chest and swishing the water with your hand.
BALINGHAI - Depth: 10 - 25m; Ability Level: All; Travel Time: 10 minutes
This dive site has varied topography starting with a reef plateau at around 12m with anemones and morays, then dropping off to a wall down to 18m.
- At the base of the wall there are beautiful patches of coral and an artificial reef which is now well inhabited with fish and critters. Interesting hard coral ‘tree’ formations and barrel sponges alongside the reef balls make for a fascinating landscape. Snapper, lionfish and even the wonderful clown triggerfish can be observed, as well as abundant macro life such as ribbon eel and nudis.
THE VALLEY - Depth: 5 - 18m; Ability Level: Medium; Travel Time: 15 minutes
This dive starts at just 5m with a delightful swim-through where colourful pink, orange and yellow corals and purple dragon nudibranchs can be found.
- Then you move on to a sloping coral reef where you often find unusual critters not seen on many other dives. Various eels, nudibranchs and a wide range of clownfish make their home here, as well as cowfish and cuttlefish at the base of the reef. This dive site is also possible for beginners on the right tide, but usually there is some current so part of the dive involves a drift.
ANGOL POINT - Depth: 6 - 14m; Ability Level: All; Travel Time: 5 minutes
A shallow dive site excellent for beginners, and a relaxing dive for the more experienced and for photographers.
- There are several big coral heads rising up from the reef, with plenty of fish and interesting macro finds. Swarms of anthias and damsels, butterflyfish, lionfish, blue ribbon eels, morays and nudibranchs can all be found. This dive site has many anemones, where you can see the beautiful ’Nemo’ clownfish as well as porcelain crabs and commensal shrimps. A lovely introduction for Discover Scuba Diving participants.
SANTOS PLACE - Depth: 10 - 26m; Ability Level: All; Travel Time: 15 minutes
When dropping over the beginning of the wall, numerous red-tooth triggerfish are usually seen. Along the wall itself, which drops off to around 20m, you can see emperors, groupers, eels and boxfish.
- There are also a number of outer patch reefs slightly away from the wall on the sand, and spending the time to head out to these areas can reward you with sightings of blue-spotted stingrays and free-swimming lionfish. Mantas and other larger rays, as well as hawksbill turtles, have occasionally made an appearance here.
MALABUNOT - Depth: 9 - 20m; Ability Level: All; Travel Time: 20 minutes
- Popular with all levels, this is a gentle dive on a healthy reef with abundant feather stars and plenty of both hard and soft corals. There is a wide variety of macro life, including many nudibranchs, eels and anemones with their clownfish, shrimps and crabs. Butterflyfish, pufferfish, lionfish and colourful cuttlefish inhabit the area. At the base of the reef, colonies of garden eels live in the sandy bottom. Sea snakes and the occasional turtle may also be seen. This dive site is perfect in windy weather since it is well sheltered.
Scuba Diving Holidays & Adventure on Boracay in the Philippines from Extreme Sports Cafe
With ESC and our partners, you will learn to scuba dive while enjoying every moment. The secret of our success is that we keep our group sizes small, we care for everyone equally and you'll always know you're in the capable hands of friendly diving professionals.
- The full range of scuba experiences & PADI scuba diving courses on offer are detailed on the scuba diving courses and scuba diving experiences pages of the ESC Web site.
- We can adapt to your needs. For example, a PADI Open Water Diver course takes five full days to complete; these days can be five consecutive days (Monday to Friday) or two whole weekends.
- Our rate for beginners’ courses is all-inclusive. This means your scuba course fee covers registration, all training materials, scuba equipment rental, air fees and certification card.
- At Extreme Sports Cafe's partner Scuba Diving Schools you will always find a start date to suit you, we run scuba courses all year round and start new courses every week.
Once started you'll find yourself becoming part of a global PADI diving crew, you'll have the opportunity to gain knowledge, learn new skills and above all, make new friends and enjoy a fun, active lifestyle with other divers from all over the world.
Scuba Diving Courses and Experiences from Extreme Sports Cafe
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