Where is the Shangri-La Marine sanctuary?
The Shangri-La Marine Sanctuary is located on the northern east coast of Mactan Island, Cebu. The sanctuary starts approximately 50 meters from our main shop at the Shangri-La. It has been a marine sanctuary since early 2007 and the resurgence of marine life has been amazing.
Under the stewardship of Shangri-La, Scotty’s Dive Center, and the Lapu-Lapu city government, the Shangri-La Marine Sanctuary is quickly become one of the best dive sites in Cebu!
What’s to see at the Shangri-La Sanctuary?
This stunning marine sanctuary is home to barracuda, parrotfish, lionfish, a beautiful school of jacks, and a huge school of silver batfish. The corals are abundant and healthy. From shallow depths the hard corals start and extend all the way out to the steeper slopes at 30m. In the middle depths of 15-30m, there are beautiful sponges and fans. Finally, technical divers can plunge down to 50m using permanently-installed descent/ascent lines. Visibility is usually 15-25m, and increases with depth.
What are the conditions like at the Shangri-La Marine Sanctuary?
The Shangri-La Marine Sanctuary is relatively calm on most days. Even if the boats can’t run, the shallow sandy slope at the beach makes it perfect for a beach dive entry. The area between 5-10m deep contains several great sandy and grassy patches which makes it a top choice to conduct the PADI Open Water Diver Course. The abundance of life and varying degrees of depth along the slope make it well-suited for night dives and any number of PADI Specialty Courses.