Scuba Diving In Philippines


Situated south-east of Asia’s mainland, the Philippines boasts over 7100 islands. With so much shore line and biodiversely rich oceans separating the islands, diving in the Philippines has a huge range of opportunities to offer. What makes the Philippines stand out from other South-East Asian dive destinations is its interesting mix of cultures and people. English is the country’s unofficial first language- Filipino the official one- which makes it very easy to travel around and organize things for a dive holiday in the Philippines.

Beaches, lush green mountains and deep blue water is what makes Puerto Galera the Philippines’ most developed tourism destination. But instead of feeling like a mass tourism town, it has managed to keep a local feel to it. Offering numerous excellent dive sites within minutes’ reach of the beach, Puerto Galera has the highest amount of dive operations in the Philippines. The strong currents in the Verde Island passage make for exciting wall and drift dives for the experienced diver.

Boracay is most famous for its world-class white beaches. The powder white sand and protected turquoise waters have won several awards for best beach or best island in the world. With sandy paths and everything you need only a few minutes’ walk away, Boracay has kept a special small island feel. Boracay diving is surprisingly varied for such a small destination, offering dive sites for beginners as well as experienced divers, including reefs, walls and wrecks.

Diving in Cebu and Bohol is some of the best in the Philippines. With an international airport close by and many world-class dive sites, this area is a popular Philippines dive destination. From Mactan island, day trips and boat dives give access to excellent dive sites like Balicasag island and Pamilican island, with steep coral covered walls and schooling fish life. Bohol specifically is known for abundant macro life.

Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park, situated in the Sulu Sea, is a world-famous dive site. Boasting the highest biodiversity in the Philippines, this reef is home to a wealth of species, like jackfish, tuna, barracuda, rays, sharks and turtles.