Diving in Legazpi
Besides obvious tourist destinations like Mayon Volcano, other sites that you will want to visit when in Legazpi City are its numerous beaches and islands, which boast some of the most striking dive sites in the Philippines.
Instead of diving off an island, some prefer to go to more exotic locations. For thrill seekers, going diving in Bugsucan Falls should be part of the itinerary of any tourist visiting Legazpi City.
Bugsucan Falls is actually a waterfall site, and as such is enveloped by trees, greens, rock formations, and more. While the waterfalls provide a good opportnity for photographers, the base is also ideal for diving and swimming.
You don’t have to go deep sea diving to view coral when you visit Corangon Island off Albay, because you will be literally on one.
Corangon is a local word that translates to “coral”, and it is only fitting as the island is composed of corals. Through a process lasting millennia, crushed and crumpled corals in the sea were elevated by the constant waves and currents of the restless sea, eventually forming an island.
Corangon Island is small, and only visible on low tides, but from Tiwi you can easily see it. A dive around the islet itself will reveal some of the finest hidden treasures in the sea.
Near Mount Malinao, Palale Falls is a breathtaking fusion of lush forest, clear blue skies and waterfalls, a masterpiece of mother nature.
Palale Falls is not often visited by tourists, or diving buffs, because they also prefer to go to island beaches. For this reason, it has become a draw for people who like to go diving or bathing near waterfalls in relative isolation. It can be reached via trails.
If you are staying in Legazpi City, you should not fail to drop by Busay Falls one of the most impressive falls in the whole country.
What makes Busay Falls unique is its seven tiered structure The roaring and cascading white foam has a height of over 800 ft, a sight to behold. If you want to go bathing, it is the initial basin you should go to.
For those Legazpi City tourists that prefer to go diving in a more unique environment, Vera Falls will appeal to your sense of adventure.
Vera Falls is situated in an area off Mt. Malinao, in turn embedded in an enchanting forest. The exotic vegetation, free flowing rivers and trails make this an attractive enough site. But at the end of your trek, you will come across a body of water, which provides you the opportunity to go diving.
If you are in Bocacay Island, make sure that you take time out to visit Cagraray Island, one of the gems of Albay.
It is about 12 miles (20 km) from Bocacay, one of the most popular beach towns in Albay. From there you can take a local boat and get to Cagraray Island in a couple of hours. Once you get there you
will be able to explore several notable caves, including Malubago Cave, Cagbulacao Cave, Buhi Cave, Misibis Cave and Mataas Cave. Of course there are several dive sites on the island, which, for their quaint surroundings, have few rivals.
Dive Centers and Sites in Legazpi City and Albay
With diving becoming increasingly popular in Legazpi City, the number of dive centers in the province are increasing
exponentially. Some of the most well known and highly regarded are the Sogod Beach Resort and Peter’s Dive Resort in Padre Burgos; the Prosafari Donsol in Donsol, the Naval Diving Base in Hilongos and Southern Leyte Divers’ at Macrohon.