The spectacular variety of marine life
is what keeps divers coming back.


Being labeled as the Pearl of the Orient Sea, Philippines is one of the best diving spots in the checklists of most divers in the world. Philippines has stunning marine life, from its divine coral reefs, its fine sand texture, to its abundance in marine creatures.

Philippines is even recognized as the world’s center of marine biodiversity with its 3,172 marine and 351 freshwater species.

As you dive in the archipelago, variety of marine creatures will swim with you. Clownfish, Sweetlips, Mackarel, Parrotfish, Damselfish and Pipefish are just common in the area. The islands of the Philippines also offer experience with Lobsters, Seahorses, Crabs and Shrimps. Occasionaly, you can also sight Manta Rays, Eagle Rays, Reefsharks and Napoleon. And if you are really lucky, you might encounter Dugong, Pygmy seahorses, Napoleon Wrase, and Harlequin Shrimp.

The Philippines’ Coral Reefs are stunning and splendid at the same time. As a matter of fact, its 26000-square kilometer reef is the second largest in Southeast Asia. It recorded 915 reef fish species and more than 400 scleractinian coral species whereas 12 are endemic.

Philippines is a tropical country. From June to October, it has its rainy season. Cold air breeze starts at September and normally ends at the mid of February. As the local says, Christmas breeze is experienced at the “BER” months of year. Sun shines brightest at March through May – the best season for diving in the country.

Diving visibility depends on the weather and location. It ranges from 5 to 45 meters or 15- 150 feet. Water is normally calm, there are locations with calm water and there are some with strong currents which are good for surfers. Its temperature averages 23-30 degree Celsius or 73-86 degree Ferenheit. The country is good for beginner to advanced divers.

What makes the diving journey in the Philippines a remarkable one is its feel-like-home accommodation. Filipinos are known for their hospitable attitude, and they offer what’s best. They treat foreigners and tourists like their own relatives or even more.

Dive in the Philippines now and get ready to get hooked by this treasure-like archipelago!

CurrencyPhilippine Peso (PHP)
ElectricityAmerican-type Plug
GovernmentUnitary presidential constitutional republic
TimezoneUTC +8
Calling Code+63
Network ProvidersSmart, Globe, Sun Cellular
National AirlinePhilippine Airlines / Cebu Pacific Air

Anilao, Philippines

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In the mid-1960’s in Anilao, a whole coral reef was transplanted onto a large rock formation close to the shore. Contrary to popular belief at the time that the adventure would fail, the coral has flourished. As a result, diving has developed and is at the forefront of the industry in the Philippines, Anilao, to this day.

In Anilao, visibility is good and the opportunities for photography are excellent. Unfortunately, as Anilao develops, so some of the more negative aspects of this have become evident. In particular, collection of corals and shells and over fishing are just some of the problems that Anilao and Batangas have to face. Fortunately, these problems are being addressed to. Most of the best dives are actually found around the islands of Sombrero and Maricaban, a short boat trip away from Anilao.

A short dive north of Anilao is the quiet town of Nasugbu where good diving is also abundant.


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Diving in El Nido

South of Coron, on the northwestern coast of Palawan Island is El Nido. El Nido is dotted with some 2,000 islands and Palawan is regarded as the last nature frontier in the Philippines. It lies in Bascuit Bay which, in 1991, was declared a marine reserve. There are some 54,000 hectares of marine waters…

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Diving in Cebu

Other than being a city of increasing sophistication, Cebu still retains much of its provincial warmth and charm, with its colorful past. Apart from Cebu’s numerous man-made landmarks and institutions, it also features many miles of forest greens and ocean blue…

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Diving in Boracay

Boracay Island is the best destination for the perfect tropical getaway where people wants to escape from the hectic city’s life. There are many resorts and hotels lined along the White Beach, which is one of the most picturesque in the Philippines…

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Diving in Bohol

Bohol is an Island Province located in the Visayas region. It is one of the 10th largest island in Philippines and its capital is Tagbilaran. With Cebu to the west, Leyte to the northeast and Mindanao to the south, Bohol is an island that is surrounded by many other islands…

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Diving in Mactan

Mactan is a coral island, 62sq km in area that lies just off the coast of Cebu. Because of Mactan’s proximity to Cebu City and the international airport there, the diving infrastructure is well developed and visitors can literally be in the water within an hour or so of flying in.

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Diving in Apo Reef

Marine fauna is abundant in Apo reef and there is a wide range of corals over there. Ranging from 400-500 different types of coral. Besides corals, there are also different types of marine life which includes sharks, manta and stingrays. About 500 different species of fish inhabit these waters…

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Diving in Puerto Galera

Puerto Galera is situated on the northern shores of Mindoro Island, Puerto Galera is known as worldwide for its diving and snorkeling. Just 130 kms south of Manila and 14 nautical miles from Batangas on Luzon island, the dive sites are easily accessable with most only an hour away…

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Diving in Anilao

In the mid-1960’s in Anilao, a whole coral reef was transplanted onto a large rock formation close to the shore. Contrary to popular belief at the time that the adventure would fail, the coral has flourished. As a result, diving has developed…

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Diving in Malapascua

Surrounded by pure white sandy beaches, Malapascua is located just off the north tip of Cebu. A tiny island only 2km in width, Malapascua is still unspoiled from tourism and is ideal for a nice quiet getaway, at the same time enjoying the large pelagics like Manta rays in the many dive sites around…
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Diving in Tubbataha Reef

Tubbataha Reef is situated almost in the middle of The Sulu Sea with the islands of Palawan to the west and Panay, Negros and Mindanao to the east. The 33,200 hectare site was declared a National Marine Park in 1988 and a World Heritage Site in 1994…


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