Diving Overview for Philippines
The Philippines are a collection of over 7,000 islands with over 40,000 square kilometres of tropical reef and thousands of beautiful dive sites!
Thanks to the nutrient rich waters of the Pacific Ocean, South China Sea and Celebes Sea, there are over 2,000 species of marine fish and over 80% of the world's known coral species.
As well as sharks, turtles, rays and even whale sharks, you can find exotic species like the Spanish Dancer, harlequin ghost-pipefish, purple fire gobies and camouflaged frog fish so you have a perfect opportunity to perfect your under-water photography skills!
Balicasag and Cabilao have steep and colourful coral walls, Negros is the best region for muck diving and Malapascua is a popular site for shark spotting. For wreck divers, the southern bay of Busuanga is littered with well preserved wrecks, many Japanese.
Puerto Galera, an established marine reserve and research station since 2006, has around 40 dive sites and is a beautiful reef for all levels of diver.
Diving in the Philippines usually only requires a 3mm wetsuit, there are plenty of sheltered sites but in certain areas the currents can be strong however visibility is usually good.
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