One of the best – Diving in the Philippines

by Hervé de Saint Victor

August 7, 2020


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South East Asia is a hotspot for diving.

The locations are plentiful, and the experiences are always memorable, but if you have such a vast choice, how do you make up your mind?

Naturally, experienced divers will have their go-to spots, which may either be in Indonesia (Gili Islands, Raja Ampat or Komodo), Thailand (Similan Islands, Koh Tao), Malaysia (Sipidan, Lankayan Islands, Perhentian Islands) or out in the Pacific, Palau.

Mantis Shrimp

Well, what about the Philippines?

Well, it is indeed included in discussions on the best areas for diving!

Having over 7,000 islands, the Philippines has a treasure trove of dive spots! It is really varied, and you are spoilt for choice. There is something for everyone; from macro diving to pelagic diving, without forgetting the breathtaking wrecks, the country has it all!

It is home to some of the rarely spotted creatures, like the thresher sharks around Malapascua. This small island in the middle of the Visayas region is the only place in the world where one can gaze at these beautiful creatures on a daily basis, as they usually live very deep and can only be spotted during certain times of the year.

The Philippines is a diving destination suited for all levels, from absolute beginner to tec divers. With such an impressive amount of biodiversity, it is a great destination even if you just want to snorkel around!

We help arrange liveaboard tours which tend to go for 5 days. Destinations can vary, from going around the Visayas that include Oslob and Apo Island, or Palawan with the Apo and Calumbuyan reefs.

A liveaboard vessel going around Palawan

We could list off the best dive spots such as the Tubbataha and Apo reef for their marine diversity, Subic and Coron for the wreck diving, Apo Island for the turtles, or Bohol, Siquijor and Dumaguete for being an underwater photographer’s heaven, but we would much rather tell you to come over and experience it for yourself.

After all, reading about circling thresher sharks above your head in the seas of Malapascua, getting up close and personal with wrecks and even spotting a mimic octopus (in Dumaguete!) is one thing, but seeing it with your own eyes is completely different and you will surely remember it for the rest of your life.


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