Tambuli is well known for its plane wreck lying down at around 20 meters (65 feet) which was sunk as a dive attraction. It is now filled with great underwater biodiversity.
The airplane wreck is a little plane. To be more specific, it’s a single seater with a twin engine sunken plane.
Tambuli, the dive site itself, is a sloped wall down to 35 meters where the top is made of a sandy sloped plateau with sea grass and seaweeds. Scattered coral formation is making the sloped plateau a comfortable diving zone for beginner divers.
Depending on the tides, a high current can run along this dive spot where some scuba divers can enjoy the drift.
Diving at Tambuli is not only for the airplane wreck; there are many things to see in this diving spot.
You can often see frogfishes hanging on the sea fans and soft coral. Many different kinds of beautiful coral formations are a must to see and are unique to Tambuli.
A huge school of sardines is always passing around in the shallows waters, as well as a school of jacks, snappers, groupers, and much more, are living in the area.
Tambuli is also a haven for macro photography as you will see many kinds of critters, like the pipefish, feathered starfish, mantis shrimps, and porcelain crabs.
The airplane wreck is covered with hard and soft corals where the tropical coral reef fishes are shoaling around. Sea fans and gorgonians are surrounding the airplane wreck of Tambuli.
Tambuli is known as a great macro diving site- a true calling for those photographers who love their close-ups. We commonly encounter nudibranchs, anemone shrimp, tiny anglerfish, and angelfish.
Lies north of Kontiki and along Mactan Island, just off from the Tambuli Beach Resort. It takes 5-15 min by native outrigger boat from Mactan Island to the dive site. The average depth of the dive is 65ft up to a maximum depth of 35m. The waters are usually calm with some current, though it can get rough with strong currents. The site is ideal for novices and is very rewarding with different varieties of small fishes darting in and out from the coral gardens. Seen also are the sea cucumbers, sea stars, sea urchins and nudibranchs.
Visibility is up to 20m. Descend to an easy dive, sloping to a shelf at 21m – where the reef fish are used to being hand-fed – then the slope continues off into the depths. All the smaller reef fish will approach you looking for handouts. This is a good site for macro photography.