The Philippines is an archipelago with 7,100 islands and islets. It is a Southeast Asian island country that lies about 500 miles (800 km) off the Vietnam coast. It is blessed with beautiful beaches and beautiful sceneries. It also boasts diving spots that are comparable with the world’s tops. And some of these Philippine diving spots are:
Amos Rock is found on the southern side of Tubbataha and is an excellent dive site made up of massive wall dive with many whip corals and Gorgonian fans. The dive starts at around 5 meters on a gentle slope that ends up as a vertical wall. And, it goes down to about 70 meters then drops off into the deep blue ocean.
When the current is strong, that is the best time to dive since you have a great chance to spot Moorish idols, angelfish, surgeonfish, fusiliers, snappers, and mackerel. Larger pelagics like manta rays, eagle rays, grey reef sharks, and white tip reef sharks are also common in the area, together with several giant Napoleon wrasse that swims with the current. You may also find turtles who are frequent visitors to the spot. If the current is calm, the site is excellent for coral diving. You will find great hard corals in the shallows and then healthy soft ones as you descend the wall.
Daytime diving is not only famous in Amos Rock, so is night diving. You will encounter different nudibranchs and lionfish, crabs, and lobsters when you dive at night.
March to June
26 to 28°C
20 to 40m
6 to 40m
Monad Shoal, Malapascua
Monad Shoal in Malapascua Island has become one of the premier places for scuba diving in the Philippines since the early 1990s because of the wondrous thresher sharks in the area.
It’ll take roughly a 30-minute boat ride to reach Monad Shoal from the island of Malapascua. The shoal itself is not remarkable as it is just a seamount or rock stump with a relatively flat top that is roughly 20 meters down from the surface. This seamount acts as a cleaning area for thresher sharks. It is where thresher sharks remove parasites from their skin, mouth, and gills. And this also attracts other sea creatures, including the family of the devil, eagle, and manta rays. Sometimes, seasonal basis, hammerhead sharks can likewise be spotted in the area.
Before dawn is the best time to see these, as they usually rise to mount and can be seen in just 20 meters of water. You can use standard lighting equipment to spot these sharks without causing much disturbance. Although current can be strong in the area, diving here would require minimal qualifications.
November to April
25 to 30°C
up to 30m
10 to 25 m
Yapak 2, Boracay
Boracay offers white sand beaches and good diving spots as well, and one of these is Yapak 2. It is located just off the northwestern tip of Boracay Island near the Punta Bunga dive site and takes about 15 minutes by boat from the nearest dock.
Yapak 2 is more for experienced divers (deep wall diving) with in-depth dive certification as current here can be strong and may get a little rough depending on different factors. If you are a beginner or intermediate level Yapak, one would be the best choice. In both dive sites, you can find sea creatures like napoleon wrasses, dogtooth tuna, groupers, gray and white tip reef sharks as well. And once you reach the bottom, look up and see a fantastic variety of fish swirling about.
You can add this place to your list for divers with non-diving spouses or who are with their families. You get to enjoy diving while your family enjoys their time exploring the sandy beach of the island.
All year round
26 to 30°C
> 30 m
25 to 40 m
Secret Bay (Mainit Muck), Anilao, Batangas
Anilao, Batangas boasts many beautiful diving sites, and one of these is the Secret Bay, also known as “Mainit Muck” for its proximity to Mainit Point. It is one of the two popular muck diving sites in Anilao, with critters found mainly in the shallows. It is highly appreciated by macro photographers worldwide for the quality and quantity of creatures found here.
With a maximum dive depth of 21 meters, it hosts immense biodiversity like ghost pipefish, scorpionfish, frogfish, wunderpus, Coleman’s shrimp, blue-ringed octopus, Bobbit worm, and dozens of beautiful nudibranchs with electric colors contrasting with the dark bottom.
Secret Bay dive site is suitable for beginners as you don’t need to dive deep to marvel at its beauty. And, make sure to try the night dive for a different diving experience.
All year round
24 to 27°C
3 to 21 m
15 to 25 m
Divers Heaven, Balicasag Island, Bohol
Located in the north-east of Balicasag Island in Bohol is the steep slope dive site called Divers Heaven. It is a 20-minute pump boat ride from Belleview Rock Resort. It is an accessible dive site for PADI Open Water Diver or higher and suitable for snorkeling.
You can either start your dive on the steep slope on the left shoulder, advancing to the Cathedral diving spot in the north-west direction, or on the right to the Black Forest in the south. You can find diverse marine life here like the gold band fusilier, big-mouth mackerel, midnight snapper, red-tooth triggerfish, and turtles. You can also find great corals like Brown daisy coral and some big bucket sponges between 10 and 15 meters of your dive.
And if you are tired of diving, you can always enjoy the beach of Panglao, which is in Divers Heaven’s northern direction.
All year round
24 to 27°C
12 to 25 m
8 to 25 m
For local divers, take pride in the wonders of our seas. There is so much to find in our 7,100 islands – both land and seas. Let’s protect these gifts for future generations. For foreign divers, have a feast of the wonders our oceans could offer. I hope that you will enjoy the various critters our Philippine diving spots offer.
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