Muck diving

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You either love it, or you hate it.
There’s not really much room for half-way sentiments here.
We’ve met a good amount of divers, even experienced ones, who’d never even heard of the term “muck diving”, and when asked if they’d like to try, had no idea what it was.

So what is Muck Diving?

The word muck diving comes from the place the dives are done in. Primarily sandy or muddy bottom composition without much corals, but potentially with garbage, or other (smaller) objects that are either brought in by seasonal currents or that are always there, and that make a great hide out for smaller creatures.

If you’re a beginning diver with not much experience, and primarily out to see your first beautiful landscapes, fish, and turtles, then a muck dive is probably not (yet) your cup of tea. Aside from that, muck diving requires proper buoyancy control, because if your fins (or arms/hands) come anywhere near the bottom, you’ll stir up the sediment and that’ll be the end of it for at least the next five minutes (or in the worst case, the next hour(s)). And especially with a group of experienced divers, possibly with cameras, you’re not going to make good friends.

But if you’re an experienced diver, out to see some of the funkiest things you’ll ever see, muck diving is definitely something you should try.

Muck diving around Camiguin Island

Camiguin is host to a whole bunch of those funky creatures.
We have three excellent muck dive sites. Two are depending on what the seasonal currents bring in or expose (covered in sand part of the year), and one is always available, but shows different creatures throughout the year, depending on the temperature of the water.
When the water cools down, other things come out to play.

I’m not just biased, since a lot of our guests have told us this, but Camiguin has one of the best muck dives to offer in the world. A quote from one of our guests in the beginning of the year was “I’ve seen here in 3 dives what I saw in Lembeh (Indonesia) in 15 dives.”

Of course there are no guarantees, there never are when you’re out diving, but on a good day we see bluering octopus, flamboyant cuttlefish, mimic octopus, wonderpus, coconut octopus, frogfish (including the (psychedelic) hairy frogfish), seahorses, pipefish, ghostpipefish, flying gurnard, pegasus, carrier crab (with or without) upside-down jellyfish, (dwarf) lionfish, pygmy and regular cuttlefish, and so on, and so forth.

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Collage of funky creatures found on a muck dive

Collage of funky creatures found on a muck dive

 

This season’s specialties
December, January and February are the wet and “cold” months in Camiguin. The water gets colder, and the visibility turns into soup. And I’m not referring to the clear soup here.
But with the cold water (22-24 degrees Celsius) comes different marine life. The coming months we’ll be looking forward to ornate ghostpipefish, velvet ghostpipefish, robust ghostpipefish, we’ll have (hairy) frogfish, and there will be undoubtedly a bluering or mimic octopus, or a wonderpus.
Let’s see what we see!

We’ve kept it a silent public secret, and all the divers that were here ooo-ing and aaa-ing over their dives have promised to do the same thing.

So don’t tell anyone! Just come over and see for yourself!