Home to an active volcano within a lake on an island within another lake (essentially volcano-ception), sunken Japanese shipwrecks from WWII, and the second highest amount of coconuts in the world, the Philippines boasts more attractions than we’re able to list. This collection of over 7 000 islands is a popular destination among divers and it’s not hard to see why. From abundant fauna and flora to a variety of unique marine life species, here are the top 7 reasons why your next trip should be scuba diving in the Philippines:
1. Dive in the Coral Triangle
Home to nearly 600 different species of reef-building corals, six of the seven marine turtle species worldwide, as well as over 2 000 species of reef fish, the Coral Triangle is a biodiversity haven. As the Philippines is located at the very tip of the triangle, divers visiting this region get to dive right in the famous Coral Triangle where they can expect to see an abundance of healthy reef systems and marine life.
2. See Unique Species
From the giant whale shark to world’s smallest fish (Pandaka pygmea), the thriving marine ecosystem of the Philippines offers an extensive variety of marine life sightings. Spot rare thresher sharks in Malapascua, whale sharks in Oslob, sea turtles in Apo Island, or towering walls of jackfish in Balicasag Island. And don’t forget the rich coral reefs of Tubbataha Reef.
3. Explore A Wide Variety of Dive Environments
The dive possibilities are endless when you’re surrounded by thousands of islands – and thousands of dive sites. Whether you’re an Open Water diver looking for shallow reef dives or you’re a Cave Diver in search of caverns and cave systems, there is a site for everyone in the Philippines. Here, scuba divers can find everything from natural reefs, artificial reefs, caves, canyons, wrecks and more.
4. Discover New Delicacies
Locals are easily able to source, grow and harvest an abundance of fresh seafood, tropical fruits, vegetables, root crops, and spices. This means that Filipino cuisine boasts as much variety as the natural resources of the islands. These deeply flavourful dishes have a strong influence from China, Spain and America and are a great reflection on their assorted cultures.
5. Surround Yourself With Nature
The Philippines don’t just offer a diverse range of marine life, visitors can also expect to see a broad variety of birds, plants and other animals. This includes more than 600 bird species and over 300 reptilian and amphibian species. The scenery is also spectacular, with volcanoes, mountains, caves, lakes and waterfalls to explore.
6. Relax on Pristine Beaches
When you’re not under the water or hiking a mountain, you can laze in the sun on one of the many gorgeous beaches in the Philippines. These white sandy beaches are dotted with palm trees and have crystal clear turquoise water, ideal for a relaxing beach day.
7. Value For Money
As if there aren’t enough reasons already, most travellers will be pleased to find out that the exchange rate works in their favour. Scuba diving in the Philippines won’t break the bank, and this favourable exchange rate will enable you to see and experience more when you’re not in the water.
Otherwise known as “The City of the Gentle People,” the chilled seafront town of Dumaguete is home to some of the best scuba diving in the Philippines. While scuba divers can see stunning reefs and pelagics that pass by, it is the macro life that attracts keen underwater photographers. Join our Underwater Photo Workshop in Dumaguete to learn how to take the best macro pics.