The Marigondon Cave is only called a cave because there is only a small area at its deepest point where you cannot see the mouth. For the most part it is a cavern. The terminus of Marigondon’s main tunnel ends in “the Grotto” where you may darken your torches and whach the show of flashlight fish.
Located 100m offshore in the Hilutungan Channel from Amboucuan Point to Marigondon. Native outrigger boats are available for hire in most resorts on Mactan Island and travel time takes about 10-15min. Average depth of the dive is 30m with maximum depth at 55m with visibility reaching 25m.
The waters at the site are normally choppy with strong currents yet can become very rough with fierce currents. The site is not safe for beginners and even experienced divers should be accompanied by a dive master. Between Amboucuan Point and Marigondon the strong currents make for good fish life, but in some areas there is heavy coral damage from dropped anchors.
There is an opening in the wall which drops from 5 meters down to 40 meters. The cave’s entrance is about 10 meters in diameter and the cave system is about 70 meters deep with several pockets at the side. At a penetration of approximately 25 metres the use of a torch is essential. Turning the light off at this point will reveal a number of flashlight fish, performing an unforgettable luminescent light show.