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About scuba diving in Philippines

The Philippines is located in Southeast Asia and has 7,107 islands. The islands are divided in three groups: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Luzon is the largest island and Mindanao is the second largest. The Philippines also offers its visitors a chance to explore its rich history and culture with Asian, European and American influences. A tropical climate, warm water, long white sandy beaches, nearly 40,000sqkm/15,444sqmi of coral reefs and mind-blowingly beautiful flora and fauna make the area a true diver’s paradise. Scuba diving in the Philippines is a delight for divers of all ability levels as well as underwater photographers. We have gathered information about scuba diving in the Philippines to help you organize an unforgettable diving experience. Many resorts offer shore diving on the house reef, but divers can also hop on a day boat to access the sheer reef walls, wrecks and atolls offshore. The most popular diving destinations are Moalboal, Malapascua, Puerto Galera, BoholCebu, Palawanand Dumaguete, for liveaboard diving Tubbataha Reef.


Most popular dive sites

There are lots of worth visiting dive sites, among them are Apo Island, Crocodile Island, sites of Tubbataha Reef Marine Park and Balicasag Island, Beatrice Rock, Pescador Island, The Pier, Monad Shoal, wrecks like Akitsushima, Sabang, and Taiei Maru.

When to go to Philippines

Dive season in Philippines is year-round but the dry season from November to June brings the warmest water and the best visibility. Diving in the Philippines is possible year-round but the dry season starts in November and lasts till June bringing with it the best conditions for diving. There are three distinct seasons in the Philippines. December-March is known for its northeast monsoon (called Amihan) with strong winds. April-June are the summer months with dry, warm days and a little wind. July-November is the time for southwest monsoon (called Habagat) with wet and rainy weather but the water still remains warm.  The average air temperature ranges between 25-32C/78-90F. The average water temperature stays between 23-30C/73-86F depending on the season. Visibility ranges between 5-45m/16-148ft depending on the season and wind conditions. Depths range from 5m/16ft to 40m/130ft. Currents are mostly mild but always present due to the tidal flow between the islands. In some areas, currents can be very strong.


What to see

The underwater landscapes consist of jagged limestone islands, rocky coves, awesome walls, stunning coral gardens with a diverse marine life, including  unusual creatures like tiny transparent shrimps, neon nudibranchs and huge basket sponges adorned with hundreds of colorful crinoids as well as a variety of reef fish, scorpion fish, emperor, barracuda, Moorish idol, flute mouth, tuna, batfish, trevally, turtles and whale sharks. 

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