Jagna Dive Sites
Jagna’s shoreline and corresponding underwater world burst with colourful corals and fishes, seemingly undisturbed and untouched for centuries. Much of these treasures are still undiscovered and its beauty matches those found at the famous dive sites in the islands of Balicasag, Pamilacan, and Panglao in the southern Bohol shoreline fronting Mindanao Sea.
Jagna also faces the Mindanao Sea wherein sea nutrients are carried by Mindanao Sea currents, the result of the fusion of two bodies of water namely the China Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Such nutrients nourish the corals and the countless number of fish species inhabiting this part of the globe resulting in wonderful and healthy coral formations and teeming fish populations.
The sting rays (locally called “sanga”) which abound during the summer months inhabit the waters of Jagna. This seasonable fish is considered a delicacy in the town, eaten raw and dried.Others cook it with coconut milk and lots of spices and very “hot” which is very delicious. The sting ray is considered as the municipal fish of the town.
In fact, Jagna has under its jurisdiction a double barrier reef which is located just off its shores. This double barrier reef is now a protected zone and marked off by buoys. Fishing is not allowed, and even more so the settings of anchors in the area, for these acts are detrimental to the corals. Even local fishermen are prohibited to go near the reef. Anybody caught trespassing will be duly arrested.
Although still waiting to be discovered by the outside world, these dive sites are much loved by local divers and snorkelers. The beaches are beautiful and naturally set, with fine sand and rugged cliffs at the sides and fringed with tall swaying coconut palm trees. Image of driftwoods and other tropical debris are naturally washed on its shores.
An attraction in itself is the cool crystal clear and blue waters of the Jagna Sea which often is witness to a horde of visitors during summer seasons. The water is refreshing, the beach interesting and beautiful. On a clear sunny day, the island of Camiguen, with the peak of Mt. Hibok-Hibok, can be seen in the far distance.
The following are the shorelines that one would really enjoy:
1. Larapan to Nausok Point - The area is well known locally for its hard corals and a variety of tropical fishes have made it their habitat. In this area, and towards the depths of the Mindanao Sea, the sea drops off and is home to hammerhead sharks and related species. Local fishermen have reported sightings in the area of these famous sharks.
2. Nausok Point to Pangdan, Canupao Point and Cantagay Point – These shorelines are ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving in the area is possible via beach entry. Abundant in these dive sites are hard corals such as spiny and table corals. There are colourful soft corals and sea anemones. Various species of coral fishes abound, darting in and out of the corals which is their home. The fishes feed among the anemones and soft corals and their vibrant colours are beautiful to behold. There are so many of them in different sizes and shapes, sure to be a joyful sight to snorkelers and divers. Even sea snakes inhabit the area, especially at the Nausok Point.
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