The diveshop with which we collaborate is about 200 meters from Tepanee, walking on the beach: it is not provided and does not need the pick-up of people because the equipment is brought to the diveshop by our staff at the beginning of the holiday (or when decided by the customer, of course) and in the same way brought back to the hotel on the last day, at the end of the dives.
The diveshop has many boats and organizes with each of them different dives every day. All the dives are boat dives and many points are just a few minutes of navigation from the beach, so each dive trip lasts an average of a couple of hours.
For the more distant dive sites are instead organized full day trips with departure around 9 am and return between 15:00 and 16:00, giving the divers the option of making two more dives in the same day.
Every day around 5:00am we leave for Monad Shoal to meet the thresher shark. This is the only dive in the world that guarantees 99% the encounter with these elegant lords of the sea while they are intent on being pampered by the scavengers. At sunset, on the other hand, diving is usually organized at the Lighthouse to see the rites of mating Mandarin fishes. The dive then continues in search of the fantastic marine creatures that populate the sea of the island only after the sun goes down.
Every day the schedule of dives planned for the next two days is shown so that customers can subscribe to the ones they prefer, obviously respecting the depths allowed by their licence.
Usually there are five dives: at 5:00am (thresher shark); at 9:00am; at 11:00am; at 1:00pm and the night dive at 5:00pm. In addition to these, full days are usually organized to the Gato island, Calanggaman island or “mix”: Dona Marlin wreck/Gato island, Kimud shoal (hammerhead sharks)/ Monad shoal (thresher sharks).
It is possible to dive all the year round: from December to February the water temperature, at the surface, ranges from 27 to 32 degrees Celsius, while the air temperature ranges from 24 to 30; the rest of the year the temperature ranges from 27 to 33 degrees, with peaks in the warmer months between May and November.
The thresher sharks are here all year round, while the hammerhead sharks and the manta rays are seasonal (more frequent from March to November).