Have you ever been curious about the underwater world? The sea is so full of mysteries that most of the Earth’s oceans are still unexplored. Under the sea, there are many things waiting to be explored that have sunk to the bottom.
Shipwrecks are one of those things that look enticing to go into, especially when they are old as it can serve as a window through time.
In Sipalay, Negros, they have a shipwreck of their own that people can scuba dive into and explore: the Julien’s Wreck. Decades ago, this ship was known as the M/V Guimaras of Compania Maritima, a merchant vessel that crashed into the hard corals of Sipalay’s islets in the 1980s.
The ship got shattered into three parts. Now, it serves as home to many a wide variety of colorful fishes, surrounded by vibrant corals all over it.
The shipwreck is a haven for diving enthusiasts out there. According to some sources, the outline of the sunken ship can be seen during the low tide. Thus, non-divers can also visit the site and marvel at the wreckage.
Rates and Other Information
RATES FOR DIVING:
- NOTE: There are many scuba diving services in Sugar Beach, Sipalay where Julien’s Wreck can be visited. The rates of diving to the location differs from each service and each circumstance. Please inquire about their service and how much they charge.
- One Ocean Diving Philippines
- Opening Hours: Every day, 7 am – 8 pm
- Contact Number: +63 999 558 9331
- Scuba Planet
- Contact Number: +63 908 128 6766
HOW TO GET THERE?
Exact location: Sugar Beach, Sipalay, Negros Occidental, several kilometers from the beach
BY AIR/BUS/VAN: Book a flight to Bacolod-Silay Airport in Negros Occidental. In Bacolod, head for the South Bus Terminal and board a van or a bus going to Sipalay. The fare is estimated to be P210 to P300. Tell the conductor to drop you off at the Gil Montanilla junction. From there, ride a tricycle to Brgy. Nauhang. Upon arriving at the barangay, board small boats to Sugar Beach. Look for scuba diving services on the premises to take you to Julien’s Wreck.
BY CAR: Navigate with Waze or Google Maps and set your destination to “Sugar Beach” in Sipalay.