The three most deceptively named dive sites in Camiguin

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You see it all the time.
People have gone all out to come up with a fantastic name for a dive site. And whereas some may be very appropriate, others may be completely deceptive.
A “manta point” where there are no (longer) any mantas to be found. A “nudi corner” where you would be thankful to see two or three nudibranchs, or similar instances.

We have a few like those in Camiguin as well. Not so much in terms of suggesting there would be marine life which in reality there isn’t, but other names suggesting you can find things that aren’t there.

Number 3
Black Forest
An absolutely gorgeous dive site and the first question we usually get (since a big part of our guests is German speaking) is “Oh, is it like Schwarzwald in Germany?
I’ve heard the explanation of why it’s called Black Forest, and it makes total sense (ahem).
The orange, green, white and other colored bushes underwater apparently are black should you bring them to the surface. But really, when you get down there and look at them, they’re beautifully colorful.
Black Forest is kind of like a Japanese garden, not a forest, with a huge variety of bushes, hard and soft corals, like tubastreas, sponges and staghorn corals.
If you want to do a fantastic dive, though, this dive site is a must-see. Regardless of its deceptive name. Fantastic underwater landscape with a lot of light, and an unreal amount of fish!

Number 2
Old Volcano
No. There’s no volcano under the water.
Yes, Old Volcano is near the dive site, and the remnants of its last eruption have seeped into the ocean, where the magma has hardened and shaped the wall on which we dive.
There are pinnacles, huge boulders, little underwater islands here and there, but there’s no underwater volcano, and there’s no lava being pushed out of the ground into the sea.
Especially when the sun’s out, this underwater landscape lights up into a fantastic scene.

Number 1
Sunken Cemetery
“We wanna go to Sunken Cemetery to see the tomb stones (and the skeletons)!”
Sunken Cemetery is the absolute number one of deceptive names of dive sites around here.
Yes. It USED to be a cemetery. Almost 200 years ago. It flooded after the eruption of the Old Volcano in the mid-nineteenth century (that’s in the 1850s). The only thing that reminds us of it being a cemetery is the humongous cross that’s placed ON the surface as a memorial monument.
Oh, and for tourist purposes two partial crosses have been strategically placed 20 or so years ago on the edge of the dive site in 18 meters depth and in 11 meters depth. These are not original crosses, and if you don’t know where they are, you won’t even find them.

The dive site itself is fantastic.
It’s 24 hectares of solid coral in a crescent shape. Everything from hard corals, soft corals, sponges, bushes and more will you see in this dive site.
It’s worth to check it out no matter what, but if you’re coming here specifically for the sensational experience of seeing tombstones and skeletons, you’ll be in for a disappointment.
Don’t believe anything different.

Who to believe?
Do your homework by reading travel books, but know that a lot of information in the travel guides is based on global information only. If you can, compare information from different travel guides to see if they write the same things. The problem with a lot of travel guides is that the editors don’t always actually DO all the things they write about, so they may be relying on information from other –unverified– resources.
When it comes to proper in-depth information trust the “locals”.