SCUBA Travel Diving in the Philippines

Diving the Philippines


7 July 2014
The Philippines is an archipelago 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

Thresher sharks at Malapascua in the Philippines
Sharks at Malapascua in the Philippines.
Photo credit: David Collins

Diving highlights include the World Heritage site of Tubbataha, thresher sharks at Malapascua and big pelagics at Panagatan.

Using credit cards often attracts a surcharge of around 7% - 10%.

The British FCO is currently advising against all travel to south-west Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago because of on-going terrorist activity Their website gives the latest travelling advice for the area.

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1Source: WWF