The Philippines is located in the western Pacific Ocean of Southeast Asia. It consists of 7,641 islands and offers 1300 marine species. Therefore, this destination will cater to every level of scuba diving. Furthermore, the island's melting pot of western and eastern cultures means much is to be discovered. The local population, called Filipinos, are particularly friendly.
DIVING THE PHILIPPINES
- a diving paradise with crystal clear waters, abundant marine life and a variety of diving environments. Especially sought after is muck diving by underwater photographers. Conversely, is Canyons where currents sweep divers through three gorgeous canyons covered in a variety of soft corals and sponges. Take your time inside these structures to find large schools of fish including barracudas, batfish, snappers, emperors and trevally. Opposite Puerto Galera is Verde Island. Here you will find vast coral formations and high voltage scuba diving sites.
- this entire area is a world-class scuba diving destination. Drift-lovers will want to add Coconut to their must-dive list. Local Filipinos called it the Washing Machine, this site isn’t for the faint of heart. But you’re sure to see lots of interesting marine life. Such as huge schools of pelagic fish, banded sea kraits and sea turtles. Occasionally bait balls form. So find a sheltered spot and watch the action unfold. Before going read our blog story: Destination Spotlight: Philippines
Central Visayas Region
- the coastline ranges from beaches to limestone cliffs so you can experience all kinds of diving from critter dives on sandy bottoms, to 100 foot walls. Moalboal has a vast array of marine life, from the very tiny Denise Pygmy Seahorse, to the sexy and elegant Thresher Shark that is often spotted hunting the huge school of Sardines that reside at Panagsama Wall. The Sardine bait ball is a spectacle all by itself, with well over a million sardines making up the school. Watch them shift and change shapes as the predators swoop in to catch a tasty mouth full, is just mesmerizing. Enjoy our blog: Cebu and the Visayas Islands
- this Philippines destination is great for many things like the Coral, the numerous Pelagic fishes and Reef Sharks you can encounter as well as for superb wall dives. The options include muck diving, walls covered with healthy corals, sandy slopes, small caves, mangroves and sandy bottoms full of life. The marine life varies from XXS to XXL, pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, schools of fish, a passing whale shark and even an occasional manta.
Best By Dive Liveaboards
One of the most remote diving destinations in the Philippines, Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
is only reachable by liveaboard between March and June. It’s also considered a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Apo Reef
is the world’s second-largest contiguous coral reef system. Together they boast 600 species of fish, 360 species of coral, 13 whale and dolphin species, and 11 species of shark. Coron
is best known for the WWII wrecks in its shallow and protected waters.
Accommodations, Attractions and Activities
Compared to many destinations, the volume of dive resorts, hotels and guest houses will satisfy everyone. Filipinos are also hospitable people who love to have a good time. This often includes getting together to sing, dance, and eat. Go to Tamaraw Falls Puerto Galera and Tabalong Mangrove Park & Bird Sanctuary in Dumaguete. Oslob on Cebu is where you can dive and snorkel with whale sharks all year. Chocolate Hills, Bohol is a must day tour. Visitors can enjoy a number of activities here such as watersports, beaches, hiking, bird watching and photography.