Many tourists come to the Philippines for two main reasons: its beauty and the people. Indeed, the country has been gifted with such natural resources. Our islands are simply incomparable. To add, the locals are effortlessly good in accommodating visitors as they explore our home land. When it comes to diving spots, they may be spread across the country, but they all don’t fail to showcase the archipelago’s rich marine life.
If you ask divers what they fell in love with diving, they would say it’s different everywhere you go, every time you go. These enthusiasts attest that every destination has its own charm and presents a unique adventure. For one, the sea creatures in Southeast Asia differ from those in the Carribean. This makes every dive different from the last one. Once you start, you won’t stop wanting to see what’s out there!
It doesn’t matter if you’ve been diving for quite a time already or still planning your first time –
here are some diving spots you may want to see next:
Masbate: Ticao Pass
Who’s up for a diving spot without the noisy crowd of tourists? Ticao Pass in Masbate is considered one of the hidden treasures of the diving community. It is majestic, and it serves as home to whale sharks in summer. Manta Rays also visit around that time.
Aklan: Boracay Island
White sand, clear waters, and a diving spot – Boracay has truly got it all. Many tourists who come to this paradise are unaware it has more treasures under the sea. There’s the Crocodile Island with a shallow wall covered by corals. Another is the Yapak 2 where you can see sharks, sting rays, tuna, and sea horses.
Cebu: Monad Shoal
Want more thrill? Then Malapascua is the diving spot to be! This island in Cebu offers something unique – the chance to swim with thresher sharks. A little waiting is all you need and you’ll also see manta rays in the area.
Oriental Mindoro: Puerto Galera
Another tourist destination not known for being a diving spot. Puerto Galera has 30 dive sites (yes, that much!) which includes The Canyons. Divers can’t get enough of the three canyons that lead to various marine life such as octopuses, turtles, and unusual fishes like drummers, groupers, and snappers.
Now let’s discuss a popular name in diving: Anilao. What makes this destination stand out is its accessibility to Metro Manila. It would only take you 3 hours to get to Anilao and see the corals and schools of fish. Sombrero is the most recommended among the 50 diving spots for the thousand anthia and damsel fishes. You’ll also see tuna, sharks, ribbon eels, and scorpion fish.
Something you shouldn’t miss in this paradise is the Japanese World War II shipwreck close to Coron known as Taiei Maru. Situated just 27 meters in the water, you’ll surely want to marvel at it for its history, and the schools of fish that swim around it. The strong currents also attract batfish, mackerels, and surgeon fish.
Meanwhile, the Barracuda Lake is home to a lot of alien underwater landscapes. They say it used to house a centuries-old monster-sized barracuda. The mystery makes it more exciting, right?
Negros Oriental: Apo Island
Dumaguete is one of the Philippines’ best diving spots for its world-class standards. Amateur and experienced divers alike have something to look forward to – healthy, hard and soft corals, turtles, and schools of fish and even turtles all year round. Siliman University is responsible for maintaining and protecting it, as it serves as center for marine biology education.
If you’re just starting out in diving, you can go shallow diving in Baluarte, Largahan, and Katipanan. Otherwise, you’ll be able to handle the Coconut Point with its strong currents that present rarely seen snappers and jack fishes. Another reason divers keep on falling in love with diving is that under the sea is the most peaceful place to be. Down below, you wouldn’t hear any noise other than the soothing sound of the sea. Time also seems slow as you swim deeper and deeper and explore the corals and the fishes hiding in them. Life is too short to not experience diving. Gather your favorite people and make them choose among the many choices of diving spots in this