Sementeryo Dive Site in Davao - Philippines
Fascinating Sementeryo dive site is in the vicinity of the BFAR fish sanctuary, and the Samal cliffs area, and somewhere near Pearl Farm on Samal.
Its right between the interior coast formed by the southwestern side of Samal and the northeastern side of smaller Talikud Island. Sementeryo dive site has both the shore and underwater riches of the two islands. The emerald and sapphire waters are tame most of the time because the sandwiching effect of both islands acts us natural breakwaters and calm the Sementeryo dive site water current.
Its an easy dive, revealing fascinating sights even in shallow water. The area around Sementeryo dive site has a bounty of small tropical fish, soft and hard coral beds, with barracudas periodically roaming the vicinity. There are also tuna and jacks, moray eels, sea horse, sea urchins, fusiliers, wrasse, and parrot fish.
Sementeryo dive site, literally graveyard dive site, has an undulating terrain with coral-covered mounds that give it a look of a graveyard, with rising coral growth as tombs and crosses. The most revealing depth in the Sementeryo dive site area is at 45 meters where more enthralling coral scenes are seen and more fish and marine life.
If we check the nooks and crannies of some rock and coral formations, Sementeryo dive site may reward our assiduity with interesting shrimp types damsel fish, anthias, tube worms, butterfly fish, sponges and sea stars. The area is known for such deep sea wealth.
Sementeryo dive site is near Dela Paz Corner on the north and Dapia dive site on the west. Further north is Marissa 1, 2, and 3, while on the south is the mouth of the Talikud and Samal Island coasts that opens to the sea. The shores at both sides are captivatingly white-sand carpeted.
The Sta. Ana Wharf along the coastline of Davao Bay offers boat trips to Talikud and around it, passing by the Sementeryo dive site between Kaputian and BFAR fish cages. The boat trips start at 8 in the morning. There are family-sized boats available at Php 15,000 or about $ 300. This includes snorkel equipments, pack lunch, bottled water, and a small banca.
On the way to the Sementeryo dive site we enjoy the gently wavy pristine waters and the granite rock islands in the surroundings with their powdery white sand shores. First stop is Wish Island and Malipano. With this trip set up a visit and dive at the Sementeryo dive site would be a great experience.