The Best Dive Sites Near Punta Bulata Beach in Negros Occidental Surrounded by seas teeming with marine life, Punta Bulata Beach presents the ideal base for divers and beach lovers. Like hotels in Bacolod, resort accommodations here are affordable and its staff can offer assistance to those planning to explore the many wonderful dive sites in the area. Turtle Island Just a few minutes by boat to any beach resort near Bacolod, Cauayan, or Sipalay, Turtle Island features some of the best dive spots in Negros Occidental. At just 5 meters, divers will start seeing a beautiful collection of soft and hard corals. Dare to dive further down and you'll come across extra special marine species, which includes the lionfish, tiger cowry, black-lined dory, and nudibranch. Danjugan Island Marine and Wildlife Sanctuary Maintained by a non-profit corporation - the Philippine Reefs and rainforests Conservation Foundation, Inc. - Danjugan Island is sanctuary that's 15 km long and half a kilometer wide. It features 5 lagoons, sea grass beds, lush tropical and mangrove forests, beach, and coral reefs, making it a popular destination for local and foreign conservationists and diving aficionados. Campomanes Bay A favored dive spot for safari divers for its stunning coral gardens and the sunken warships of MS Jojo and SS Panay. You can also go to the other islets near the bay for swimming or snorkeling. Carbin Reef A 200-hectare marine sanctuary with a large, tongue-shaped sandbar, Carbin Reef offers one of the best places to visit as it offers a variety of water activities. Here, you can swim in the clear waters, have a picnic, snorkel, and scuba dive. Hulao-Hulao Reef A stretch of coral reef located in Brgy. Caliling. From the mainland of Negros, it takes only 20 minutes by boat to reach. Panal Reef Part of the 32,000-hectare Sagay Marine Reserve, Panal Reef is home to a number of colorful corals and thriving marine life. Macahulom Reef This place is perfect for watching the migratory birds that flock its shore during certain months of the year. If you're not diving or snorkeling, you can just enjoy a boat ride around the area and enjoy the sea breeze. As you can see, visitors to Negros Occidental will enjoy a lot more by going out of the capital city of Bacolod. Beach resorts that are located near these dive sites will provide you with a convenient jumpoff point for exploring the wonders of the sea. If you want a place thatâ€™s right at the beach as well, but still want to have easy access to the city comforts of Bacolod, a resort in Cauayan is the perfect place to reserve an accommodation.