10 Most Unforgettable Diving Spots in Philippines

With a combined coastline of over 22,000 kilometers, spread over 7000 islands, the nation of Philippines boasts of some of the most pristine diving spots than anywhere else in the world.

These islands are said to be a part of the so called “Coral Triangle”, deemed to be an exceptional hot spot for the most number of fish species and other forms of marine life, found in this single area only.With water temperatures always remaining in the mid twenties, Philippines has earned the reputation  of an year round diving destination.

If you are really looking forward for some quality diving and enjoy peace and tranquility as well, make your travel plans to Philippines in the low season, between December and June, to avoid the large crowds. Another positive factor to dive during this period is the possibility of exploring sites which otherwise would not have been open during the drier period.

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From Malapascua to Panagatan and further on to Tubbataha and the sunken wrecks of Coron Bay, there are a plethora of popular diving sites to make for an exceptional diving experience.

Best Diving Spots in The Philippines

Anilao, Batangas

Anilao is located on the island of Luzon, a short three hour drive from the capital Manila, and is a great favourite of the local divers, especially those interested in underwear photography. Some of the best areas to dive here include, Twin Rocks, Kirby’s Rock, Beatrice and Secret Bay.

The diverse amount of marine life and the large number of rich reefs found in Anilao, makes this an unmissable diving destination. There is no dearth of good accommodation, as there are some quality resorts both on the beachfront and on the edge of the jungle that add to the incredibly of this place.

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Coron Bay, Palawan

The Taiei Maru Wreck, is a wreck of a 10,000 ton oil tanker, which lies sunk at a depth of 25m and thus allows for superb visibility. One of the most stunning of all the diving spots in Philippines, one can spot an amazing amount of marine life hiding between the lovely anemones that have covered the wreck. Fish species,like, Damselfish and large Grouper can be easily seen here as they have made the wreck their home.

Coron should definitely be a part of your Philippines diving tour itinerary as it is considered a world renowned wreck diving site.

Coconut, Apo Island

There are an abundance of diving places on Apo island, but Coconut is easily considered to be the best of all. Located near Dumaguete, the island offers some of the best diving visibility and also attracts a large number of large size fish. Huge schools of Jack, which come in with the strong current, can be seen here. A word of caution, though, diving in Coconut is only open to advanced divers because of the depth and  extreme sea conditions.

Boracay

On the northern side of Boracay, lies Yapak 2, an exceptional diving location, known for some large pelagic species. The wall which comes into view at the bottom of the blue abyss at a depth of about 30m, is home to stingrays, sharks, tuna and the amazingly colored Frogfish. A host of other small type of marine life reside in the small holes and cracks of the wall.

Monad Shoal, Malapascua

Monad Shoal in Cebu, draws divers in hordes from all over the world to patiently wait and then witness the elegant but rather odd shaped Thresher Sharks that abound in these waters. And if you still have the energy and will, another dive will showcase the large numbers of Manta Rays, that take over the shoal area in the late afternoon.

Ticao Pass, Masbate

The stormy waters of Ticao Pass afford an idedal setting for the Manta Rays, and is often called the Manta Bowl of Philippines. Divers, who are lucky enough, can spot whale sharks as well, apart from the gently gliding rays.

Puerto Galera, Mindoro

A Spanish galleon wreck of the nineties, by the name of Puerto Galera, has given this place the name. Even though the wrecks do not exist, the real attraction of this place are the large number of good diving spots, exceeding 40, which allow all levels of diving, from idyllic in Sabang, to extreme in Long Beach.

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Subic Bay

The perfect diving spot for beginners and advanced divers, especially those who love wreck diving combined with history. Subic Bay,a one time US Naval base, lies just north of Manila, and has opened up to recreational diving in 1992.

This diverse diving spot has plenty of wrecks, located at various depths, with the wreck of USS New York garnering the pride of place. Despite the poor visibility and the extensive coral cover, the twin barrels of the canons, evoke a feeling of nostalgia as the giant guns come into view.

Tubbataha

The 97000 hectare Tubbataha World Marine park, situated right in the centre of the Sulu sea, off the coast of Palawan, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, having a high density of marine species. Approachable only by liveaboards from Manila or Cebu city, this oldest marine park of Asia, is without doubt one of the best diving spots in Philippines.

Large lagoons, coral reefs and sheer perpendicular walls, makes wall drift diving in these rather strong currents a pleasure. However, due to its location, Tubbataha is only open for diving between March and early June. Lots of pelagics and an array of other sea creatures can only be found in these waters. Since just 15 liveaboards serve this area during the season, it is best advised to book in advance.

Strategically located, the many islands of the Philippines, offer many diving destinations, with more and more being added from time to time. Divers with a wide range of interests will find this island destination a virtual mecca, because of the excellent visibility and good water temperatures at most times of the year. Keep in mind, though, to obtain travel insurance, because you never can foresee what may happen in these waters.

Bohol

Located near  Cebu, Bohol is an upcoming diver’s  destination, ideal for all classes of diving opportunities, especially scuba diving.The different pelagic species and reef sharks encountered here make for a very interesting diving spot.

Strategically located, the many islands of the Philippines, offer many diving destinations, with more and more being added from time to time. Divers with a wide range of interests will find this island destination a virtual mecca, because of the excellent visibility and good water temperatures at most times of the year. Keep in mind, though, to obtain travel insurance, because you never can foresee what may happen in these waters.

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