Diving the Philippines
1 April 2013
The Philippines is an archepelago of over 7100 islands. It is part of the "coral triangle", in which live 76% of the world's coral species, 6 of the world's 7 marine turtle species and at least 2,228 reef fish species.1. The central Philippines also has a particularly high number of species which are found nowhere else in the world.
Diving in the Philippines is all year round however the best time is generally December to April. July to September is the monsoon season. The hottest months are April, May and June with temperatures over 32 oC. The wind swings from NE to SW for June, July, August and September and this opens up some places that are not so accessible for diving in the drier months. Water temperatures are 27-31 oC all the year round
Using credit cards often attracts a surcharge of around 7% - 10%.
The Philippines has recently suffered terribly from Typhoon Haiyan. Our thoughts go out to all the divers, dive shops and ordinary people affected there.
The most badly damaged area is the Eastern Visayas with Samar and Leyte being particularly affected. Boracay and the southern parts of Cebu are mostly OK, but check before travelling. The website of the British FCO gives the latest travelling advice for the area.