Diving the Philippines

25 May 2016
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 highlights include the World Heritage site of Tubbataha, thresher sharks at Malapascua and big pelagics at Panagatan.

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

You can dive in the Philippines 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

There is shore diving along the Philippines 36,289 km of coastline. Also boat and liveaboard diving.

Using credit cards often attracts a surcharge of around 7% - 10%. Banks and foreign exchange outlets rarely accept travellers' cheques.

English is widely spoken.

There are four international airports: in Manila, Angeles City, Cebu and Davao City.

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.

Find out more…

Philippines Dive Sites | Philippines Dive Operators | Diving Malapascua | Diving Puerto Galera | Philippines Underwater Photo Gallery

1Source: WWF