Going for a diving trip in Philippines is guaranteed to have an exceptional experience. This vast and complex archipelago, made up of 7,107 islands (2,000 inhabited and 2,400 without a name), offers travelers an always-renewed natural show. Between white sand beaches, tropical forests, mangroves, Mountain lakes and active volcanoes. The dive sites are countless and of great beauty. This is why divers from all over the world agree that Philippines is one of the most beautiful diving destinations in Asia. It is rather difficult to classify the best dive areas of the country because they each have specific interests. First of all, let's speak about Luzon, there you will find the island of Mindoro. Easily accessible from Manila, this destination has everything from the postcard: white sand, mountains and typical villages. Up north of the island, Puerto Galera offers a beautiful variety of drop-offs and drift diving. West of Luzon, the small island of Pandan Island is the starting point to dive into the fabulous Apo Reef, a wonder of biodiversity.
If you decide to move to the west of the Philippines, you will discover Palawan. Considered for all as the jewel of the archipelago. This sparsely populated island has an exceptional biodiversity. The scuba diving is of course amazing. East of Palawan there is Tubbataha reef, definitly one of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world. Further north of Palawan, around Busuanga Island and Coron Island, you can explore these sanctuaries of wreck diving.
Then there is the Visayas, a group of islands you need to visit absolutely. Its biodiversity is among the most beautiful in the world. In the east, the island of Bohol is located near Cebu and also offers a wide range of diving opportunities. The main dive sites are Coron and APO Reef. In the south, Apo Island and Malapascua are two sublime islands with incredible dive sites.
Diving is possible all year round. Nevertheless for Tubbataha, the best period is from March to June, more chance to see whale sharks.
Visibility varied from 20 to 30 meters depending the dive site and the season. Currents also varied a lot, from almost none to strong. Difficulty : scuba diving in Philippines is perfect for everyone. Beginners and super experienced divers will enjoy it. Moreover, did you know that Philippines is the Mecca of tek diving? Water temperatures don't change much during the year, going from 23°C and 30°C.
The fauna and flora of the Philippines are incredibly rich. They may seem endless. Indeed, there is still much to discover. Today, there are more than 2,000 species of fish and more than 800 species of corals. In addition of the usual reef fish you may encounter in all Asia, you will have the pleasure to meet countless creatures, all equally amazing ones: ribbon eel, nudibranchs, orangutan crabs, leaf fish, frog fish, Pygmy sea horse, sublime mandarin fish, scorpion fish, angel fish, clown fish, tackle fish, tarpaulin, and all kinds of shrimp. If you are fond of big fish, do not worry, the Philippines will delight you: turtles, thresher shark (exclusive to the Visayas), barracudas, dolphins, hammerhead sharks, and majestic whale sharks. Finally the flora is just as enchanting as the fauna. Bottoms of the sea is covered with soft corals and hard corals.