Dive Shops and Liveaboards in the Philippines
4 May 2016
The Philippines is an archipelago of 7107 islands in Southeast Asia. It is east of Vietnam, west of Palau, south of Taiwan and north of Indonesia. It comprises the apex of the area of sea called the Coral Triangle, named for the stunning number of corals it contains. The Philippines doesn't only feature diverse marine life, it also has many wrecks from WWII and earlier.
With around 36000 km of coastline the archipelago has lots of options for diving and many, many dive shops - but which to choose? Read reviews and ratings below. For more on the best dives in the Philippines, see our dive sites page.
Most of the dive guides speak English as it is one of the Philippines official languages (the other being, unsurprisingly, Filipino).
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Pair of Gobies in the Philippines, photo credit: Graham Collins.
We started out as a private dive operator catering mostly locals, particularly the human capital of the BPO, IT and Call Center companies around Cebu until recently when we decided to set up a physical presence in Maribago, Mactan, Cebu to cater to visiting friends and guests from out of town and out of the country.
We understand the value of personalized service, quality instruction, safety and convenience. Our fees and rates are very competitive and our dedication to your satisfaction is our strategic advantage. We do not cut corners, we are not a certification mill, we are small and organized, so expect to get a service beyond what you paid for.
We look forward to diving with you soon.
"Conveniently located, just about 30 minutes away from Cebu City. The dive team are passionate about diving, not for the money. Transparent dealings, no hidden costs, no sugar coating.
Operators and owners are serial enterpreneurs, with extensive corporate background in the service industry, as well as dive professionals highly qualified to train, certify and conduct dive programs.
Worth checking out."
Dive Operators in Puerto Galera
"Luxury accommodations. Over 40 world renowned dive sites. Fabulous hiking, biking and water sports. Romantic private beach trips. A honeymooners dream. It truly is more fun in the Philippines. "
Visit over 30 dives sites in Puerto Galera. Dives are guided by a PADI Professional. Training is conducted in English, Filipino, Mandarin, Japanese, German, Dutch, Korean and French.
Asia Divers have dive stores on Small Lalaguna & Sabang Beaches as well in Boracay Island, central Manila and Cebu.
El Galleon Beach Resort / Asia Divers
Small La Laguna Beach
Tel: +63 917-8145107
Tel/Fax: +63 (0)43-2873205
E-mail: [email protected]
"Been diving with them 3 or 4 times and did both Nitrox and Adv. Open Water courses with them - very well done. I've also done Draeger Re-breather with them, though not the course (done elsewhere) and they do an excellent job with re-breathers.
This is one of those shops that not enough good can be said of. The shop at The Point, co-located with the El Galleon Hotel, is more convenient than the other which is a 10 minute walk away.
They've spun off a tech. dive shop called Tech Asia that is pretty full service it seems."
Tel: +63 917 840 5410 or +63 43 287 3077
E-mail: [email protected]
"I enjoyed diving with Frontier Scuba back in 2002. The owner, Rick Kirkham, takes as many dives as he can himself and has a hands-on approach to the business. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable about the area's numerous dive sites. Rick even came to meet us at the pier when we arrived at night to make sure we arrived safely and were ready for diving the next day.
Alex Frew McMillan
Tel: Gavin +63(0)9989898485 / Maylen +63(0)9399148819
Facebook Badladz adventure resorts
"Badladz Dive resort is situated right on the stunning Puerto Galera Bay, far from the madness of Sabang. We offer all PADI courses and pride ourselves in personal attention for all of our divers. We offer discounts to single divers to groups. We can make a package to suit you and your groups needs. We offer up to 4 dives per day with option of night dives on request. If you are looking for professional dive shop with top of the range equipment and personal service then Badladz is the place for you.
We have three resort locations here in Puerto Galera, Badladz Dive Resort, Badladz Beach Resort and Badladz Apartments. All are just five minutes away from each other and just fifteen minutes from either Sabang or White beach."
Gavin Featherstone, Badladz Dive shop manager, 2016
Octopus Divers in Puerto Galera offer accommodation, diving, courses and day trips. Also liveaboards to Tubbataha Reef, Apo Reef and Coron/Busuanga Island
5203 Puerto Galera
Oriantal Mindoro Philippines
Tel: +63 919 379 0811
Fax: +49 89904068631
E-mail: [email protected]
"There are buses from Manila going to Batangas City pier which will take 2 to 3 hours. From Batangas City pier you can take Viva Lines, a large RO-RO, which accomodates cars on board. Blue Eagle is an airconditioned fastcraft that takes only an hour, however it goes to Puerta Galera which will require further transportation to get to Sabang Beach (either by Bancas or jeepneys). Or you may also take a Big Banca from Batangas that goes directly to Sabang Beach. Si-Kat Ferry offers bus and ferry package transportation from City State Tower Hotel, Ermita, Manila to Pourta Galera. Bus departs at 9:00am. Captn Greggs can also make the arrangements for you to be picked up at the airport by taxi, driven to Batangas and have you met by their designated boats which will bring you to the resort.
Contact +639178258751 for bookings/schedules.
"The dive shop is owned and managed by a PADI certified OWSI. Instructions in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Pilipino are available. Pacific Divers is equipped with 2 13 meter length "bancas" (elegant outrigger boats) especially designed for diving. One can easily reach the 30+ dive sites praised internationally as the best in the world.
Dive rates: US$25 (Shop Gear), US$20 (Own Gear), PADI Discover Scuba US$50, PADI Open Water US$350. Group discounts available."
La Laguna Beach Club
Big La Laguna Beach,
"I stayed and dived with La Laguna Beach Club and found them to be the most proffessional Dive center I have ever had the pleasure to dive with. The staff are extremely informative, helpfull. Both their dive knowledge and their local area knowledge is second to none. I also completed numerous dive courses there and the level of instruction was very impressive to say the least.
Diving costs approx $25, Excellent facilities with friendly and extremely professional staff. More than enough staff, equipment and boats to cope with demand even during very busy periods . Nothing is too much trouble for them and they couldn't be more helpfull. They cater for all levels of experience, from bubble maker to technical diver. I undertook alot of courses and the level of training I received was exceptional. I would highly recommend them and look forward to diving and undertaking more courses with them in the near future.
I can't wait to return."
Dave Bell, 2008.
1181 Pablo Ocampo St.
Fax: (632) 890-8982
E-mail: [email protected]
"Scuba World Inc. is the largest dive operator in the Philippines. Scuba World operates a network of dive shops and concessions in Metro Manila, Puerto Galera, Boracay, Cebu City, Dumaguete and Bohol. Scuba World also operates its own resorts and a fleet of live-aboard diving vessels. Scuba World's operations are international with MV Big Blue Explorer operating in Palau."
Norma of Scuba World Inc.
E-mail: [email protected]
"We offer Padi courses at very affordable price!
* Excellent to spot Macro critters. * Daily Day trip to Verde Island, Anilao Batangas and Hibo Reef "
Mark M. Narvacan (Sea Rider Dive Center), 2010
"Mark and the team at Sea Rider were fantastic dive instructors. Laid back atmosphere, but serious when it counts! We dove with Sea Rider because they were recommended by the staff at Lalaguna Villas in Small Lalaguna. We truly had a luxury vacation. This place is brand new with a giant pool, great food and attentive staff!
Bill Hicks, USA, 28 April 2015
"Sea Rider dive center is conveniently in Small Lalaguna, Sabang Beach, Puerto Galera. They are so far the cheapest dive rates in the island (Php 1,000 including equipment rental from BCD to booties and boat ride. If you have your own equipment the price is negotiable up to 900php) . Great and friendly DM and guides. Great Macro spotters (Amazing how they can find what you want to see for photography), They also have a free boat pick up in sabang pier, the shop is using a speed boat. Small group dives very personalized. I will definitely recommend this one!
Thank you sea rider! I had a great time diving with you... This is definitely the backpackers choice from accommodation to diving and a good service! see you again!"
"Thank you instructor Mark for giving your patient during my open water course. Thank you for a big discount! Now I can say I can explore the underwater world.
See again guys for my Advanced Open water course! hi sea rider staff for carrying my scuba gear during my course.."
Hanna De Nise, 2010
Dive Operators Anilao
"I had a great experience last Feb. 2014 when I decided to get my diving certification. James Omac, from SSI is an excellent instructor. He made me feel confident and relaxed and been patient the whole time. I think one on one training is really good. I want to thank him for making me achieved another phase of my life journey ... underwater, scuba diving... After Philippines, we went to Puerto Rico, USA in September and went diving again. This month in a few more days leaving for Hawaii, definitely will be diving in the different islands since, we are going on a 7 day cruise. Again, James Omac from SSI, I can't thank you enough for letting me achieve this wonderful experience. "
Dive Operators Subic Bay
El Coral Reef Dive Center
Email: [email protected]
"El Coral Reef Dive Center is located right on Baloy Beach in Subic Bay. Great staff, boatmen and Dive Masters and very affordable rates. Can recommend anyone going to Subic Bay in order to dive on some of the WWII wrecks over there to dive with this Dive Center. You can dive for between 1,000PHP - 1,500PHP per dive depending on wether you have to rent equipment or not. This equals about 13-20GBP per dive. (1GBP=75PHP)
Daniel Hogberg, 2014 (webdesigner for El Coral Reef Dive Center).