The wealth and range of dive sites to be discovered in the Philippines is undoubtedly due the vast number of islands that make up the island chain. Aside from the friendly locals, stunning topside scenery and classic island beaches, diving in the Philippines presents a dizzying quantity of marine life to encounter.
Malapascua is located at the northern end of the Visayas Island group and is one of the only places in the world where you get regular face to face sightings with thresher sharks. There’s also some great reef diving to be had in the area.
Pescador Island is located close to Moal Boal and is home to rich reefs, giant turtles and at certain times of the year a huge school of sardines which create dramatic shapes and movements in the shallows. Bigger fish can appear here with occasional reef shark and whaleshark sightings.
Further south is Dumaguete, for muck diving enthusiasts this is a dream destination and provides some of the best scuba diving in the Philippines. The highlight is the shores around Dauin which are home to all manner of rare and exquisite marine life – frogfish, ghost pipefish, flamboyant cuttlefish and many more make for excitingly regular sightings. Apo Island is just 30 minutes boat away offshore and offers excellent reef diving, beautiful underwater landscapes and diverse marine life.
Finally, and perhaps the jewel in the crown of scuba diving in the Philippines are the atolls of Tubattaha. Located in the remote territories of the Sulu Sea you can expect genuinely pristine reefs, big fish and wild, remote diving.
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