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Duka Bay

Written By: Kaloy - May• 30•10

Located 286_ejust 2 hours away from the city of golden friendship, Cagayan de Oro, the gateway to Mindanao, Duka Bay lies just on the coast of the barangay of Medina, Misamis Oriental. Accommodations are quite affordable, the prices ranging from P2260.00 to P3610.00 per Villa. Although the price is for two persons, most Villas have two large beds and can comfortably accommodate four people.

All the Villas either have a balcony or patio, or have easy access to the beach and the parking lot at the same time. The food is quite good for the price but I advise you to eat at the dining area as room service will cost you +20%. Nice walkways along the beach topped with shade from the surrounding trees makes swimming in the ocean at high tide a peaceful moment.

anvaya

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We were actually invited for a beach wedding, but I could not resist bringing our dive gear and start diving as soon as the ceremonies were concluded. The wedding was at sunrise and we were able to go for a dive by mid-day. Dive master and resident instructor Mr. Eddie Yap keeps the dive operation here on Duka Bay well worth your time. There a lot of places to dive in the Bay but since we only have time for one dive due to a flight back to Manila the following day, we were given a chance to experience the best place the Bay has to offer, Paradise reef.

Diving expenses are as follows inclusive of boat transfers.

One Dive
One to three divers P900 per diver
Four or more P800 per diver
Two Dives
One to three divers P1,600 per diver
Four or more P1,400 per diver
Three Dives
One to three divers P2,500 per diver
Four or more P2,300 per diver

Don’t forget to bring your Sea Card or dive log. Almost everything else can be rented from the dive shop, P400 for a complete set. After all the formalities are done, we get into our dive suits and start the briefing of the dive. Our goal is Paradise reef. A place that supports a unique display of underwater spring vents that come out of the ocean floor at around 120 ft / 40 m from the surface. This is a boat dive. The path to the vents is quite easy to follow as the slope is gradual. Water visibility is usually clear due to the vents and the shape of the bay. Even if you’re down at max depth the coral growth is abundant and the water surroundings are well lit. There are a series of caverns and alcoves to swim trough. Once you go around the bend your dive plan will demand that you ascend to a shallower depth. Following the slope to a small cave is the along the path to the surface. From here on out all you need to do is keep the reef on your left side and just swim at around 30ft / 10m till your computer tells you otherwise. Along the way the coral reef is alive with colour and life. Some schools of snappers, jacks and the occasional sea turtles are around when they choose to show themselves. Good thing we were fortunate enough to swim with two of them along our dive.

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Duka bay is also home to a variety of artificial reefs with different designs used to enhance and to increase coral density even among soft sand. For the full research you my click here courtesy of Duka bay.

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