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Dive adventures in the Philippines

With over twice the coastline length of the USA and over 40,000 square kilometres of coral reefs it is an undeniable fact that the Philippines has a vast marine diversity in its waters – possibly the most diverse in the world. For those new to the country – a short history lesson:

The Philippines are an archipelago of 7107 beautiful tropical islands north of Indonesia and east of Vietnam. The arrival of Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the 16th Century led to colonisation by Spain, which remained in force until the early 20th Century. The Spanish influence can be seen in the architecture and in the names of the different regions.

The Filipino people are warm, fun-loving and very friendly. Their flair is reflected everywhere, even the wildly decorated Jeepneys, the public transport, roaming the land in every colour of the rainbow. The Filipinos are also world famous for their exceptional musical ability.

Manila is the international gateway to the Philippines. This bustling city offers world-class shopping opportunities with duty free shops, local malls and inexpensive markets.

The Philippines’ position on the “Pacific Ring of Fire” give the deep blue waters one of the richest marine life ecosystems on earth.

Diving Destinations in The Philippines

Diving Liveaboards in The Philippines

To dive Philippines is to dive a paradise that has some wonderful dive adventures for your bucket list;

Jump off from Dumaguete to dive Apo Island or muck dive in Dauin where macro diving for critters is some of the best in the world.  For a treat, you could stay at possibly the most luxurious resort in the Philippines – Atmosphere Resorts and Spa. If all inclusive dive Philippines is more your cup of tea then try Atlantis Dive Resort Dumaguete.

Or why not indulge yourself in Malapascua and dive Monad Shoal or the Don Marilyn wreck? Accommodation is to be found locally – for beaches and white sand try Malapascua Legends Watersports & Beach Resort or Ocean Vida Dive & Beach Resort/Ocean Vida Divers for a classical tropical beach front paradise whilst the likes of Exotic Island Dive & Beach Resort/Exotic Divers, Slam’s Garden Resort or Kokay’s Maldito Dive Resort/ Dive Society offer more laid back options.

Simply to dive for – Dive Palawan – the last frontier… offers the chance to Dive Coron – here you can see the WWII wrecks in Coron Bay or dive Barracuda Lake in Coron Island – either way its one for the bucket list when diving Philippines. Accommodation in Coron is found in the form of Sangat Island Resort, Cashew Grove Beach resort/ Dugong Dive or Puerto Del Sol Resort and Beach Club… all offer great diving and wonderful facilities. For the more laid back diver – wanting that complete pampering – dive El NidoEl Nido Resort Miniloc Island offers the ultimate escape from the rat race – spoil yourself.

Dive with whale sharks in the Philippines – we offer two of the world’s foremost Whale Shark Dive Adventures:

1) Dive Donsol –  where you can stay in Eleysia Beach Resort or Ticao Island Resort/Donsol Eco Tours – Both offer island accommodation that is comfortable and relaxing.

2) Dive Oslob – where you can Dive with Whalesharks and also dive Dumaguete or dive Dauin which is 20 minutes by ferry for a Philippines dive Safari experience. Accommodation in Oslob in offered at Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort.

Dive Batangas – A favorite – close to Manila yet a haven for wildlife and hosting half the world’s species of corals Batangas is not to be missed. We take pleasure in offering accommodation when diving Batangas in Aiyanar Beach and Dive Resort, Crystal Blue Resort/ Crystal Blue Dive Locker, Eagle point Resort/Eagle Point Diving and Buceo Anilao Beach Resort/Diving Anilao.

Two of the Philippines’ top holiday destinations are Dive Bohol and Dive Boracay Island. For Dive Bohol – accommodation on Bohol is Magic Oceans Dive Resort/Magic Oceans Dive. Meanwhile on Boracay Island our guests can choose from Friday’s Boracay Beach Resort, the red Coconut Beach Hotel Boracay, and Boracay Dive tours can be had with Fisheye Divers Boracay.

Dive Moalboal – while larger sites can be seen on Pescador Island, to Dive Moalboal is to macro dive with critters.  A lifetime of memories can be had here…

For accommodation: Magic Island Beach Resort, Kasai Village Dive Resort & Spa, or Blue Abyss Resort/Blue abyss Dive.

Dive Puerto Galera needs no introduction – one of the Philippines’ great dive destinations. We are proud to offer the following dive accommodation in Puerto Galera:

Siquijor – world of witchcraft and the unknown. Dive Siquijor and enter the Tanon Straights the Philippines’ largest marine protected area whist staying at the Coco Grove Beach resort and Spa/Coco Grove Dive.

Dive Leyte for crystal clear waters and amazing macro photography. Stay at Sogood Bay Scuba Resort/Sogood Bay Diving, or Southern Leyte Divers/Southern Leyte Diving.

General Information

Australian passport holders require six months beyond your intended stay and an onward or return air ticket. Visa will be issued on arrival for stays under 21 days. For more information and for holders of other passports, please refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for the latest travel advice.

The Philippine Peso (PHP) is the unit of currency. One Australian dollar buys approximately 35 PHP.

Tagalog is the national language, with many dialects spoken locally. English and Spanish are widely used.

Electricity is 220 volts and uses either the European or USA plug type, depending where you are.

GMT+8 (2 hours behind Sydney).

Cool, lightweight clothing is recommended. The local dress can best be described as lively and informal.

The Philippines is a tropical climate. Rainfall differs between four climate areas, but in the main diving areas the dry season is November to April and the wet season is during the rest of the year. The temperature average is 26-28°C year round

The water is a comfortable average of 29°C year round.

An airport tax of 550 PHP (approx $15) is payable on departure in local currency only.

Tipping is never expected but always appreciated.

Region Map

Photos of the Philippines