Philippines

Northern Islands

The Batangas region is known for the numerous smaller creatures that can be found along the sloping reefs and soft coral covered walls: Anilao is known for its muck diving in clear waters. Puerto Galera is the busiest dive destination in the Philippines with sandy slopes, beautiful coral gardens and fine beaches. Apo Reef is considered by many to be among the best diving in the Philippines with drop off’s and overhangs where Whitetip and Grey Reef Sharks, turtles, barracuda and shoals of snapper are common. Busuanga Island and Coron offers a stunning collection of WWII shipwrecks at accessible depths in blue seas. Boracay Island has a good variety in diving from gentle and pretty with most reef fish to deep drop-offs and high-voltage drift dives with big pelagics. Donsol is the place to be for snorkelers in the months from Feb to April to see the majestic whaleshark.

 

Sea South China Sea
Number of Dive Site 150 +
Experience Level Beginner – Advanced
Depth 5 – 40 m
Visibility 10 – 30 m
Currents Can be strong
Surface Conditions Can be rough
Water Temperature 24 – 29
Good For Walls, wrecks, pelagics, coral reefs, macro
Number of Days 2 – 3 weeks
Available Resorts, day trips and liveaboards
Best Time to Go Year Round

 

Southern Islands

 

Diving on Malapascua (north of Cebu) is truly world class: a huge diversity of marine life, pelagics, macro, wrecks and the shy thresher sharks can all be found around the island. Diving in Moalboal (southwest of Cebu) consists of shallow reef tops with fairly steep slopes and deep walls, which means that in recent times whale sharks, hammerheads and even pilot whales have been spotted. The main attraction is Pescador Island, a tiny coralline-limestone island that is a microcosm of the best in the Philippines. Bohol has got some diverse diving with 3 world-class sites: Cabilao, Panglao and Balicasag Island. Dauin (South of Negros) is known for its muck diving in clear waters. Apo Island, not far away, is a most successful marine sanctuary and volcanic island covered with hard and soft corals and plenty of reef fish and pelagics. The reefs around the bays of Southern Leyte & Limasawa Island provide a haven for numerous fish species, with Sogod Bay world famous for its sightings of whalesharks.

 

Sea Sulu Sea
Number of Dive Site 100 +
Experience Level Beginner – Advanced
Depth 5 – 40 m
Visibility 5 – 40 m
Currents Can be strong
Surface Conditions Can be rough
Water Temperature 26 – 30
Good For Pelagics, wall, macro
Number of Days 2 weeks
Available Resorts, day trips and liveaboards
Best Time to Go Year Round

 

Tubbataha Reef

 

Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea offers some truly amazing diving only accessible by liveaboards. A National Marine Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site it is known for its diversity and richness. Currents are strong and everything is big, from the largest of stony, gorgonian and soft corals, barrel sponges, nurse sharks and spine lobsters to pelagic fish including sharks, white-spotted guitarfish and manta rays.

 

Sea Sulu Sea
Number of Dive Site 30
Experience Level Advanced
Depth 5 – 40 m
Visibility 10 – 40 m
Currents Can be strong
Surface Conditions Can be rough
Water Temperature 24 – 29
Good For Pelagics, wall, coral
Number of Days 2 weeks
Available liveaboards
Best Time to Go Feb to June