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Diving in Puerto Princesa
When to go to Puerto Princesa
The best time to go is from November to May. The wet season usually lasts from June to December while the period from February to May offers very little rain. The average temperature is 29C/84F. The average water temperature varies from 22C/71F to 29C/84F. The water visibility ranges from 5m/16ft to 35m/115ft. Currents can be strong in some areas.
What to see
Lionfish, cardinals, snapper, sweetlips and nudibranchs, as well as plenty of corals can be found there. Divers who would like to see manta rays can pay a visit to Pandan Island.
Scuba diving in Puerto Princesa
The city of Puerto Princesa is located in the western provincial island of Palawan, Philippines. It is the capital of Palawan and one of the biggest cities in the Philippines. Puerto Princesa International airport is located there. The depth of the sites around Puerto Princesa ranges from 10m/33ft to 40m/131ft. Diving is suitable for divers of all levels of experience. Most popular dive sites There are several great spots around Puerto Princesa, with Honda Bay being one such example. It features a small, shallow reef, named Helen’s Garden, covered with a variety of hard and soft corals. Divers can encounter sergeant-majors, snappers, wrasses and trevallies. It is also a good night dive. Henry’s Reef is located close by. Taytay Bay is located within about a 5 hour drive north of Puerto Princesa and there are also some interesting dive sites teeming with fish. A bit further sites near Tubbataha Reef are also worth visiting: Black Rock, Amos Rock, Shark Airport, Delsan Wreck.