Scuba Diving in Philippines
Philippines is the north tip of the Coral Triangle accounts for 30 per cent of the world's coral reefs. The Coral Triangle is recognized as the core of marine biodiversity as well as one of the marvels of ocean world. The coral reefs in Philippines stretches 26,000 kilometers and is the second largest within Southeast Asia. It has 915 species of reef fishes with over 400 coral scleractinian species.
Being a tropical country, the best diving months is from March till May. The rainy season is from June to October. The cold breeze usually commence from September and ends in February. Temperature typically range from 23 to 30 degree celcius. Diving visibility will depend largely on the weather, ranging from 5 to 40 meters. While water is usually calm, certain dive sites may have stronger currents, which are more suitable for more advance divers. Having said that, there are plenty of dive sites that are suitable for beginner divers too.
Philippines is made up by a total of 7,107 islands, providing you with ample of diving opportunities and possibilities. Hence, there are thousands of dive sites that you can go to which are mostly scattered around the Visayas and Luzon regions. Get to the deepest of the oceans and get up close and personal with whale sharks, experience island hopping and different cultures that comes along with it, explore the wrecks of the Japanese ship fleet in Coron Bay, or simply hop on a liveaboard to search for the farthest reefs in the oceans.
Underwater photographers will be delighted by the astonishing coral reefs, stunning shipwrecks as well as abundance species of marine fishes including marco critter which adds to their underwater photography portfolio.
There is an estimated 1,400 species of reef fishes within Philippines region and 574 species of coral reefs. Coupled with the large pelagic fishes such as mantas, sharks along with World War 2 concentration of shipwrecks, Philippines is a country that you would not want to miss when it comes to scuba diving exploration.
Within the Luzon area near to Manila, one of the ideal dive site would be the Puerto Galera which has abundance of macro marine life form to explore. Should you be interested in wreck diving, you can explore the shipwrecks at the Subic Bay as it is filled with World War II ships. More shipwrecks can also be found further south of the Luzon in Coron Palawan. Be amazed by the variety of World War II warships and planes underneath the oceans at depths approximately 20 to 30 meters. To explore the larger pelagics, scuba divers can head to the central Visayas where you can see the bigger fish species such as thresher sharks, whale sharks and Mantas. Oslob offers a resident population of whale sharks where as thresher sharks are prominent in Malaspascua. Rich marine life form could also be found in Apo Island, Balicasag, and Moalboal which are well known for its bio marine diversity.
You should be able to sight beautiful marine creatures such as the Clownfish, Crabs, Damselfish, Harlequinn Shrimps, Lobsters, Mackarel, Napoleon Wrase, Pipefish, Pygmy Seahorses, Sweetlips. If luck is on your side, there will be occasional sightings of Dugong, Manta rays, and Sharks as well.
Philippines is a perfect destination for a short getaway and to explore the vast marine oceans. You will be impressed at how friendly the Filippinos are as they are known to be very warm and hospitable, making sure you feel welcome in their country. Go ahead and book your next dive holiday destination to Philippines today!
|Currency||Philippine Peso (PHP)|
|Government||Unitary presidential constitutional republic|
|Network Providers||Smart, Globe, Sun Cellular|
|National Airline||Philippine Airlines / Cebu Pacific Air|
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