San Jose Dive Site in Davao - Philippines
West of the enchanting Samal Island is the San Jose dive site in Davao. Its a site of rich and fascinating marine life and coral formations waiting to be explored by serious divers.
Its easy to reachSan Jose dive site is just a 30- to 40-minute leisurely banca ride from the Sta. Ana port at the Davao bay area. Starting at 8 in the morning, regular rides bring folks, tourists, and divers from the port to the surrounding scenic sites of Talikud Island and the western portions of Samal.
San Jose dive site is just next to the Marissa 1, 2, and 3 dive sites. It is also adjacent the Malipano Islet or sometimes called wishing island. The dive site is also near Punta Del Sol. San Jose dive site is clustered among world-class Davao dive locations around Samal.
A small bay protects San Jose dive site from turbulent currents that may come from the northwest. Talikud Island protects it from violent currents that may come from the southwest. So generally, the site has calm waters that make it an easy dive to do. Wonders start appearing at a depth of 15 meters up to 40 to 45 meters.
At San Jose dive site, we are ordinarily favored with a bounty of table and bubble corals, elk horns, stag horns, among the other assortments of marine life there. Even at some shallower depths hard corals show themselves easily, making snorkeling a fit activity. Feast our eyes with soft and hard coral reef coverings, sponges, gorgonians, and whip corals. With fish types, the site proliferates with razor fish, lion fish, and other tiny tropical reef fish.
At the Malipano area there are sunken ship wreckages mostly Japanese vessels in World War II clothed with corals and heaving with aquatic life. If we just veer toward the south from the San Jose dive site and go down 40 meters we wont miss them.
This site in Davao also reveals scores of jacks, Emperor and Surgeon Unicorn fish, altheas, angel fish, tuba strea, scorpion fish and lots of waving invertebrates. At times, whale sharks and dugongs may be seen roaming somewhere this marine sanctuary, though a bit far-flung. San Jose dive site is truly prolific.
The small concave beachfront embracing San Jose dive site is alluringly white with sugary pallid sand. The same with nearby Malipano. Divers exhausted with a session beneath San Jose dive site in Davao may rest or frolic there.