Scuba divers will never quit informing you: The Philippines is just one of the most effective locations on the planet to dive. Just ask devoted citizens as well as site visitors from throughout the globe, consisting of acclaimed undersea professional photographers and marine biologists, who come for stuff huge and also little.
While discoveries of huge animals and pelagics are getting more and more unusual because of habitat destruction as well as human intake, you can still rely on unforgettable encounters, as well as an abundance of the vivid little pests that divers like to keep an eye out for.
Here are five prime dive destinations in the Philippines:
Tubbataha, Sulu Sea
The pinnacle of Philippine diving in every way and considered the “Last Frontier” of our waters, the Tubbataha Reefs, 182 kilometers southwest of Puerto Princesa City in Palawan province, and the neighboring Jessie Beazley Reef make up the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park.
Tubbataha is only for experienced divers, though, as the currents can be treacherous. The rewards are great, however—sightings of white and black tip reef sharks, whale sharks, mantas, turtles and hammerheads.
The new scuba diver’s first classroom in Anilao, Batangas province, is also one of the country’s most popular sites, only two hours by car from Manila. There’s a wide range of resorts with good food and facilities, excellent roads and some of the most colorful diving this side of the archipelago.
This one’s for the diver hankering for history and exploration, as Coron is home to several World War II wrecks, Japanese supply ships that were sunk by American forces in the battle of Coron Bay in September 1944. Vessels like the Akitsushima, Iraku and Olympia Maru are big, ghostly and fascinating to visit, but some degree of experience is required so you don’t kick up the sand and mess up the entire dive.
Apo Reef, Mindoro
Apo Reef has been battered a bit by typhoons and climate change, but clear water, corals, colorful fish, turtles, schools of jacks, mammoth tuna and manta rays still entice the adventurous traveler.
The Apo Reef Natural Park is a 27,469-hectare natural marine park between Mindoro and Palawan provinces, home to the world’s second largest continuous coral reef, and the largest atoll in the Philippines.
Apo Island, off Dumaguete
This is a successfully managed marine reserve that is the laboratory of nearby Silliman University, a center for marine biology education.
Apo Island (sometimes confused with the reef, which is between Mindoro and Palawan) boasts of speedy currents and dense fish life. There’s fun shallow diving, as well as trips into the depths in spots such as Mamsa Point Dauin and Coconut Point.