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Diving in Batangas
When to go to Batangas
Diving is possible all year round. Dry session is from November to April and it stays comparatively wet for the rest of the year. The average annual air temperature ranges from 20C/69F to 35C/96F. The coldest month is February and the warmest is May. The average water temperature is 28C/82F. The visibility is between 5m/16ft and 30m/98ft on average but sometimes can reach up to 91m/300ft if plankton levels are low.
What to see
Dive sites here are ideal for observing marine life and for macro photography. There are beautiful soft and hard coral formations and abundant pelagic fish in this area. Hound sharks, sea anemones, parritfish, and clown fish can be seen here as well.
Scuba diving in Batangas
Batangas is a beautiful province on the southwestern part of Luzon with fantastic sandy beaches and warm, welcoming waters. The closest international airport is Ninoy Aquino that is located in 90 km from Batangas. There are ship wrecks, coral reefs, drop offs, caves and tunnels for divers to explore. Batangas offers a huge diversity of dive sites which are suitable for divers of all levels and are accessible by land or by sea. Some of the most popular dive sites in the area include Verde Island, Cathedral Rock, Beatrice Rock, Twin Rocks, Mainit Muck (Secret Bay), Sombrero Island and Sepok Wall. Diving spots like Batalan, Mapating Rock and Layag-Layag Reef are great for snorkeling and are home to a variety of coral formations, shoals of pelagic fish and small reef fish. Destinations like Anilao-Mabini, Culebra Island and Mabalahibong Manok Island are located minutes away from Batangas and are home to a great number of dive sites. These islands are surrounded by shallow ledges. Soft and hard corals can be seen on these ledges and it is a great spot to watch sharks. Another popular spot is Verde Island which has a very nice drop off. The depth here can reach 91m/300ft and there can be strong currents. Also divers can explore a Spanish galleon, which sank in 1620. Cathedral Rock is one of the most popular dive sites in the area. It features an amazing rock formation that takes the shape of roofless underwater amphitheater. The site was originally barren but it has been seeded with corals from other sites and now it is home to Moorish idols, parrotfish and many small reef fish. Coming to Twin Islands, another nearby site, divers can enjoy numerous small caves making their way down the vertical walls at the depth of 13-27m/42-88ft.