Dugong Watching

We are called Dugong Dive Center because our main attraction is organizing excursions to meet our little mermaids!

A full day trip along the coast to the feeding grounds of about 30 resident dugongs.


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Kyokuzan Maru Shipwreck


30 Minutes by boat (Bangka). Max. depth 35m. This Japanese freighter shipwreck measures about 156m long and lies almost upright.

The main structures remain intact. It carries in one of its holds a car and truck. This wreck provides shelter to batfishes and substrate for the ubiquitous bivalves. Fusiliers, trevallies, barracudas and rays are occasionally seen.


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Apo Reef Marine Park


3 1/2 hours by boat (Bangka). Depth >50m. Very dramatic drop-offs down to about 400m. The steep walls are well covered with corals, sponges, tunicates, nudibranchs and slugs. The coral formation at the plateau is magnificent.

Green and hawksbill turtles, and a multitude of fish including damselfish, butterflyfish, batfish, surgeonfish, snappers, fusiliers and trevallies are common. Big tunas and sharks are resident at this reef.


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Dimakya Island Marine Sanctuary


30 minutes by boat (Bangka). Depth 3-17 m. This meandering reef features an incredible diversity of aquatic life from the tiniest creature to impressive schools of fish.

An aggregation of giant clams (Tridacna spp., mostly endangered) is located at 12 m.


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Diboyoyan Island


40 minutes by boat (Bangka). Depth 3-28 m. Stony corals of magnificent formation. Marine protected area where mantas, blacktip sharks, cuttlefish are sporadically sighted.

On several occasions, a whale shark has been seen passing.


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Hayabusa Nakajima Plane Wreck


Sitting at the depth of 40 meters, this Japanese WWII fighter plane wreck is just 10 minutes away from our dive center at El Rio Y Mar Resort.

This is easily the most intact plane wreck of its kind in the entire world!


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Barracuda Lake


Depth > 40m. This freshwater lake is surrounded by limestone cliffs and a hot spring. The water temperature ranges from 27-40 0C. The transition between the layers of cold water and hot water is abrupt. The interface is sometimes visible.

There are numerous shells on the bottom, shrimps on the walls and some rabbitfish in the shallow area. The above-water environment is equally fascinating.


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Rock Island


A beautiful and relaxing shallow dive that can be combined after diving at Kyokuzan Maru shipwreck. Enjoy a well protected reef full of aquatic life before following your guides in between the rock formations.

A thrilling dive to be remembered!


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El Rio y Mar House Reef


Just a short walk down the pier and you'll be surprised by the amazing variety of aquatic life found at this house reef. Here you can find school of jacks, school of chevron barracudas, pipefishes, seahorses, mandarin dragonet, crocodile fish, snappers, shrimps, nudibranch, a shipwreck and more.

We have also spotted a hawksbill turtle on several occasions, and a manta ray too!


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