The Philippines is without a doubt one of the best places to go scuba diving in the world. There are so many different islands to explore and each diving spot has something unique to experience. So let’s take a look now at some of the top spots that you absolutely must visit.
Monad Shoal: Malapascua
The Monad Shoal is known as the Philippines’ best shark dive. As a diver, you are almost guaranteed to see at least one thresher shark over the course of two days. This diving spot offers the most consistent sightings of thresher sharks and it is the only place in the world where a thresher shark was seen giving birth. This spot is recommended for advanced divers.
Amos Rock: Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
Amos Rock is one of the most remote destinations in the Philippines and it is only accessible through liveaboard between the months of March and June. This site in particular is a UNESCO World heritage site and it has 360 different species of coral, 600 species of fish, 11 species of shark and 13 species of whales and dolphins. On Amos Rock, there’s a Gorgonian covered wall that’s not to be missed that has numerous soft corals and huge schools of fish that are a true pleasure to watch. This area in particular is also known for its large reef sharks that you definitely don’t want to miss!
Apo 29: Apo Reef Natural Park
The Apo Reef Park is another UNESCO World heritage site and has the second largest coral reef in the entire world. This reef is actually quite a long way from the main islands, so it is best that you access it and dive from a liveaboard. If you want a challenging dive, then this is one you won’t want to miss since it is considered to be one of the best and most challenging dives in the Philippines. The best time to dive here is between November and May, however, you will need to have at least 100 dives before you qualify to dive at the Apo Reef. This is an advanced dive and some of the featured creatures that you will see include Manta Rays, Hammerhead Sharks, Thresher Sharks and Reef Sharks.
Canyons: Puerto Galera
Next, we will look at Puerto Galera which is an absolute paradise for divers due to its clear waters, diverse environments and abundant wildlife. This site is easily accessible through Manila and one site that you definitely need to check out is the Canyons. At this site, the current will sweep you though three distinctive canyons which are covered with numerous coral and sponges. Within these structures you will also find large schools of fish such as Batfish, Snapper, Emperors, Barracuda etc.
Manta Bowl: Ticao Pass, Donsol
The Manta Bowl is an underwater shoal that is 7 hectares wide between Ticao and Burias Passes. Due to the constant flowing current, this area has become a cleaning and feeding station for Manta Rays. If you’re particularly interested in seeing and interacting with these majestic creatures, then the best time to visit is between December and May. This is an intermediate dive and you can also encounter hammerhead sharks, tiger sharks and huge whale sharks occasionally.
Boracay is a popular destination due to its beautiful white sand beaches but it is also an excellent diving site. At Yapak, there is a 106 foot wall that is perfect to drift along as you never know what you might see! You can observe lots of tuna, sharks and macro-life such as pygmy seahorses and nudibranchs. If you’re lucky, you may even capture a glimpse of the elusive mola mola.
Manit Muck: Anilao
The final dive on our list is Manit Muck which is also known as Secret Bay. At this site, you can see octopus, scorpion fish, mantis fish, ghost pipefish, nudibranchs etc. However, this area really comes alive at night which makes it the perfect night dive which rivals even those muck diving spots in Indonesia.
In closing, we have just looked at some of the top diving spots in the Philippines. If you’re planning a vacation, be sure to include at least a couple of the spots on this list and you will definitely have the best dive vacation possible!