Snorkeling and Scuba Diving

The waters of Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) is generally crystal clear throughout the coastline. Its color changes depending on the time of day and season — from lush green to jewel tones of blue. The coral reef of the main island Samal is perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling.

Did you know that Samal is home to 3,500 giant clams? Avid scuba divers will discover more underwater delights by asking your Hof Gorei butler to arrange a private boat to the best dive spots in nearby Talikud and Ligid Island — still part of the IGACOS group islands. Rates for the private boat may change according to the season.

The 150-hectare Coral Garden & Marine Reservation Park located in Talikud and the Aundanao Fish Sanctuary should not be missed. The island’s marine life is blessed with a fantastic array of differently colored corals housing a myriad of sea creatures such as seahorse, starfish, jellyfish, and the ever popular clown fish, and a whole lot more. Novice divers and macro photographers will definitely have a memorable time.

(photos used with permission from City Tourism Office)