Philippines diving fine underwater landscapes
Philippines diving – a true paradise for experienced and junior divers. You can do any kind of scuba diving there: technical, wreck or recreational. Philippines contain 7.500 islands surrounded by three seas: Philippine Sea, South China Sea and Celebes Sea. You can explore a whole underwater city built from wrecks, reefs, atolls and seaweeds. The fauna is also fantastic. Philippines are located in the Golden Triangle, so you will meet 6 from 7 kinds of marine turtles, pygmy seahorses, thresher sharks, squids, cuttlefish, octopus, frogfish, shrimps, Napoleon wrasse and over 2.400 species of colorful reef fishes. If you still have doubts, let me mention deep and warm clear blue water, sun, stunning mountains and tropical forest views, amazing diving resorts, certified diving courses from PADI, tasty food, street markets, hand-made souvenirs and friendly locals talking English.
Philippines dive sites
So, you are planning your fantastic Philippines diving holidays and choosing a place to go. Philippines are huge; therefore, we made a small review of the best dive sites for you.
- Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park – one of the best places for recreational diving in the Sulu Sea. This Marine Protected Area was naturally created from two huge atolls and has many beautiful reefs and fauna species. The water is warm and clear, so it is a perfect place for relaxing and enjoying magnificent marine landscapes. The season is from March till June.
- Puerto Galera – a perfect dive site for both technical and recreational diving. You can either enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna or explore the Verde Island Passage with wall and drift dives. There are many sites in sea depths, which will satisfy an experienced diver. You can master your skills, while admiring a marine life and views. The diving season is all year round.
- Yapak, Boracay – a place for experienced divers. Imagine a huge, spectacular coral wall at 30 metres deep and going all the way down, surrounded by reef sharks, manta and eagle rays and schools of tuna. Are you amazed? So are we – Yapak really deserves to be visited.
- Cebu – a popular diving destination with 167 small islands and the main Cebu Island. Comfortable diving resorts are waiting for divers of all levels from all around the world. There you can have your perfect diving holidays and do any sort of diving: explore wrecks and tunnels in Gato Island; dive with thresher sharks at Malapascua; relax in Moalboal – famous recreational diving destination or pass the Tanon Strait, a 100 mile passage full of different shark and ray specifies.
- Coron. Are you dreaming of shipwreck diving? Japanese ships are waiting for you in the Coron Bay. Or maybe you are an experienced cave diver and wish to exceed the limits and master your skills? Therefore, Cathedral Cave and Barracuda Lake are your perfect destination. Do not forget to take a chance to enjoy the outstanding sites of APO reef – the world’s largest continuous reef.
- Subic Bay – you will not find beautiful reefs or magnificent fauna there, but you are welcome to do the most amazing technical and wreck diving in your life. Many divers from all around the world are coming there for all year round to master their skills in many dive sites and wrecks in over 20 metres depth.
That was a small list of the most amazing dive sited in the Philippines for all sorts of diving: tech, wreck and cave and recreational. You can fulfill your diving potential and learn new techniques or just relax and enjoy the underwater world of the Philippines. No matter which kind of destination you choose, your diving vacation will be unforgettable and full of new emotions and experiences.
Useful dive information
Before coming to the Philippines, you have to know some useful information.
- Weather conditions: the diving season in the Philippines is all year round, but you have to choose the right time to come according to the weather. December – March: strong winds from the northeast monsoon and about 25 degrees temperature. April – June: dry warm period with a little wind and average 27-30 degrees temperature. July – November: the warmest period with wet monsoon and 32 degrees temperature. Humidity is high all year round and the water temperature varies between 23-30 degrees.
- Diving courses. Diving centers in Philippines offer many PADI certified courses: TecRec, Deep Diver, Wreck Diver, Drift Diver and Rebreather Diver. You can master your skills and receive a qualification, while practicing in the most amazing dive sites and enjoying the magnificent flora and fauna – what is better? There are also a few extra courses: Digital Underwater Photographer from PADI, Fish Identification and Coral Reef Conversation from AWARE.
last updated Dec 28, 2016