Laurel Island / Philippines

Laurel Island is a picturesque place where it is possible to observe a coral wall covered with starfish, sponges, various coral species including an abundance of soft corals and coral tables. Depending on the current, various marine dwellers can be spotted here. The site is good for macro photography.

Location: North-east of Barocay Island, the Sulu Sea

What to see: There are nudibrachs, blue eels, morays, lionfish, scorpionfish and cowfish. If paying attention to gorgonarias, divers can see tiny sea horses.

Depth: 10-20m/33-66ft

Currents: 1-2knots

Visibility: 10-30m/32-98f

Season for diving: Western side of the island is available during the north-eastern monsoon (December-February), while eastern – during the south-western monsoon (July-September). The average water temperature is about 28C/82F.

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