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Top Dive Sites in the Philippines

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There are many places in the world that you can experience incredible diving, and the Philippines is definitely one of them. With amazing visibility, abundant marine life and a passionate local community of divers, the Philippines is the perfect place to plan your next diving adventure. If you’re not sure where to start, here are 4 world class dive sites in the Philippines.

Apo Reef

This world famous marine park offers a collection of dive sites that cater for every level of experience and style of diving. Apo is a 34km reef that allows divers the chance to interact with an amazing array of marine life, from the very smallest organisms right up to sharks, schools of barracuda and even giant rays. Those with an interest in marine photography will love the sheer diversity that Apo reef offers its visitors.

Monad Shoal, Manapascua

This is one of the only places in the world that you can still have the chance to dive with the amazing Thresher sharks. Monad shoal is a sunken island at about 20m that the sharks use as a cleaning station. These magnificent and rare creatures are simply stunning to watch, and the chance to dive alongside them is a truly exceptional experience. If you are really lucky, you may also spot a magnificent Manta Ray on the same dive at Monad Shoal.

Sabang Bay, Puerto Galera

In close proximity to resorts and facilities, the Sabang Bay dive site is highly popular with travellers from around the world. From the shallows through to the wrecks, this site has something for everyone to enjoy. For the best chance to see the greatest diversity of marine life including turtles, an early morning dive is recommended. You’ll beat the mid-morning rush, and only have to share the water with keen photographers and the amazing marine life that populates this beautiful site.

Sombrero, Anilao

Being close to Manila makes this one of the most accessible dive sites in the Philippines for a wide range of divers. You can expect to see a stunning variety of macro marine life, such as scorpion fish, ribbon eels and brightly coloured nudibrachs at this site. When the currents pick up and get a bit stronger, there is an increased chance to see some of the larger inhabitants such as sharks and tuna. Visibility is clear, and the corals are plentiful and varied in both colour and texture. Overall it is a great dive site with something that everyone from beginner’s right through to experienced divers can enjoy.

Diving in the Philippines is truly the experience of a lifetime. When you’re looking to start planning your holiday, make sure you check out Flight Centre for cheap flights to the Philippines and the very best deals on accommodation as well. Make your dive dreams a reality with a world class diving getaway that you’ll simply never forget.


The Philippines


Asia fascinates me and it really does seem to be the place to go these days…..especially for anyone planning a honeymoon or romantic break. I had traveled to Thailand, the Maldives and Indonesia, so the next destination on my list was the Philippines; a country which is sometimes overshadowed by the more popular tourist destinations. Unlike these resorts, the Philippines tends to attract fewer tourists and so it is a good place to go to avoid crowds of holidaymakers.

The Philippines is an archipelago located in the western Pacific Ocean. Some 7,000 tropical islands comprise this archipelago and they are renowned for their natural beauty both above and below land, as well as the people, culture and isolated beaches. In my opinion the Philippines is a destination for everyone regardless of budget as you can find anything from cheap accommodation perfect for backpackers, to luxury hotels for honeymooners and couples, or travellers in need of relaxation and pampering. There are also lots of different restaurants suitable for all travellers. Having said this, flights to the Philippines are expensive, but you should expect to pay similar fares for airline tickets to most destinations in Asia. If you are booking flights and accommodation separately, it is a good idea to use search and comparison websites to find the cheapest flights.

I love visiting countries in Asia because they are so different and are rich in natural beauty. The Philippines is by no means an exception to this rule. I spent about two weeks travelling in the Philippines to discover the rainforests and some of the most unique flora and fauna in the world. Before returning home I enjoyed a few days diving around Palawan Island. I had the chance to see Tubbataha sharks, turtles and explore hidden caves and life in the coral reef. What an experience!

My advice is start planning your trip to the Philippines now! It is one of the most beautiful parts of the world.