12 Best Spots for Diving in Philippines

The Philippines offers tourists many water sports options. One of the most prominent water sports amongst them is Scuba Diving. Diving in the Philippines, you get to see a variety of fishes, luscious and colourful coral reefs and a crystal clear, splendid underwater view. The scuba diving instructors and management team here is very efficient in training and teaching first time divers with proper skills and good hospitality services.

The Best Diving Spots in the Philippines

1. Tubbataha Reefs, Palawan


Tubbataha, located in the Sulu Sea, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the places with the highest biodiversity. Diving in the pristine water of Tubbataha, you will get to see different species of fishes, corals, dolphins, whales, tiger sharks, white sharks, sea horses, green sea turtles and much more.

Diving Visibility: 32 feet - 114 feet

Best dive site:

  • Amos Rock
  • Washing Machine, North Atoll.
  • Black Rock, South Atoll

2. Anilao, Batangas

Anilao offers one of the best Muck Diving experiences in the Philippines. It is located close to Manila's capital city, so it becomes easily accessible for many tourists. You will find Frogfish, Seahorses, pipefish, jellyfish, Scorpionfish, occasional reef sharks, soft corals, etc.

Diving Visibility: Average 40 - 50 ft

Best Dive Sites:
  • Secret Bay (Manit Muck)
  • The Pier
  • Twin Rocks
  • Beatrice

3. Dauin, Dumaguete City


Dauin offers an all in one combo to its visitors with one of the best and affordable diving sites along with sea-facing resorts with a lovely view. You will find many healthy coral gardens, sea turtles, sea snakes, blue ring octopuses, mandarin fishes, crabs etc. here.

Diving Visibility: 30 - 40 ft

Best Dive Sites:
  • Apo Island (Visibility: 60 - 90 ft)
  • Coconut Point

4. Moalboal, Cebu


Scuba Diving in Moalboal is very well-known for its Sardine Run, where you can find millions of Sardines. The best part about diving in Moalboal is that you do not need to wear heavy diving equipment as you can dive freely or snorkel here. Moalboal has various vibrant fishes, frogfish, turtles, colourful soft corals, black corals, reef sharks, batfish and much more.

Diving Visibility: 30 - 100 ft

Best Dive Sites:
  • Pescador Island
  • Magic Point
  • Talisay Wall
  • Tuble Reef

5. Puerto Galera, Mindoro


One of the most popular Scuba Diving destinations in the Philippines is Puerto Galera, with a collection of sprawling beaches and diving spots. You will also find three sunken shipwrecks for Wreck Diving. This place has many beautiful photography locations like the stunning soft and hard corals for those beginners and advanced photographers.

Diving Visibility: Average 50 - 80 ft, 100+ ft in certain regions

Best Dive Sites:
  • Canyons
  • Verde Island
  • Sabang Wrecks

6. Anda, Bahol


Located in the remote quietness of Bahol with a lush green environment, Anda is without fail the most picturesque place for Scuba Diving anyone would want to be in. Anda, with white beaches and a crystal clear lagoon, is a must-visit place in the Philippines. You will find seahorses, skeleton shrimps, dragon sea moths and mating mandarin fish during night dives.

Diving Visibility: 50 - 65 ft

Other water sports: Snorkeling, surfing, Kayaking, etc.

7. Malapascua Island, Cebu


Malapascua is a very tiny island but is very popular for the Thresher sharks, which are only seen in this area daily. Tourists from all over the world come here to get a glimpse of these sharks. Combined with white beaches and pristine waters, this island is ideal for a diving trip. You will also get to see many seahorses, cuttlefish, mantis shrimp and more.

Diving Visibility: 60 - 80 ft, sometimes less due to the high tides.

Best Dive Sites:
  • Monad Shoal
  • Gato Island

8. Coron Bay, Palawan


Coron is one of the best locations for Wreck Diving. Crystal clear waters, underwater caves and cliffs and the most historical World War Ⅱ sunken Shipwrecks are very famous. Cuttlefish, Octopuses, occasional reef sharks and stingray are seen here.

Diving Visibility: Upto 80 ft ft

Best Dive Sites:
  • Okikawa Maru- The largest Shipwreck in Coron.
  • Tangat Gunboat
  • El Nido

9. Apo Reef Natural Park


Another UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Philippines is the Apo Reef which is also the second-largest Coral Reef in the world. Dive Safari is available here in Apo Reef. Apo-29 is said to be the most challenging dive site here. Hammerheads, Reef Sharks and schools of Pelagic fish can be seen here. It is a popular liveaboard destination.

Diving Visibility: Upto 82 ft

Best Dive Site: 
  • Apo 29
  • Apo Menor

10. Yapak, Borocay


Borocay, also known as the Philippines' beach capital, is one of the most visited tourist sites. Yapak in Borocay has white sandy beaches and many underwater creatures hovering along the Blue Lagoon. One can see the seahorses, tuna and sharks here. If you are fortunate enough, you could get a glimpse of the Mola Mola in the great depths here.

Diving Visibility: 100+ ft

11. Balicasag Island


Balicasag is considered to be the Diver’s Heaven. This island offers divers a majestic view of the underwater soft Corals, anemones, Tuna fishes, Lobsters, Jacks and more. The tide here being low, proves to be the best site for beginners.

Diving Visibility: 30 - 130 ft

Best Dive Site:
  • Black Forest
  • Marine Sanctuary.

12. Dimakya Island


Dimakya island, located in the north of Palawan, has a Seagrass Bank. While diving, one can often spot the green turtles and gentle herbivores in the sandy waters. You can become friends with the cute and gentle Shy Dugong here. This place is said to be an underwater paradise for all those enthusiastic divers out there.

Diving Visibility: 70 - 100 ft

The Best time for Scuba Diving in the Philippines

  1. Usually, the Philippines' diving sites are open all year round, but not all the areas may have the best underwater creatures to see. However, the best time to dive is from November to May, a hot and humid, dry season.
  2. The wet season from May to October is mesmerizing with warm water, and the dive sites are also not crowded. Certain areas here are prone to typhoons and high tides during the rainy season, but at the same time, the Philippines being a tropical country, rains are more or less very unpredictable here.

Diving Safety and Permits

  1. If you wish to have a professional guide along with your dive, you can request one from the diving agency.
  2. Scuba diving requires a valid certificate and permit for diving. If you do not have the certificate, you can apply and get it in only two days.
  3. As a foreign tourist, your valid id, passport, photos, accommodation proofs, etc., would be required to apply for the permit.
  4. The Diving charges are from 800 Pesos (Philippine Currency) to 1800 Pesos per dive, depending on the location.

Get ready to have an unforgettable and Marvellous diving trip in the Philippines! 

This post was published by Laxmi Santosh Mishra

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