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The Philippines are a collection of around 7,000 islands located in South East Asia, within the Western Pacific. Known for its stunning beaches and extremely long coastlines, it would take almost 20 years to travel and spend 24 hours on every single one of the islands of the Philippines.
Since the Philippines were colonized by Spain, the country has been the largest Catholic country in Asia. Now, there are hundreds of ethnic groups that call the Philippines their home. It really is a country mixed with cultures, religions as well as incredible art.
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There are 10 PADI approved liveaboards that travel around this awesome archipelago. Home to over 1200 marine species to discover, you won’t fall short of things to see and do within the waters surrounding the Philippines. The Philippines are known for its sheer amount of pelagic visitors, not only will you see a huge variety of sharks you may also get to see whale sharks. There are so many top dive sites located around the islands, however, some of them are pretty remote, making a liveaboard the best and most convenient way to dive this area. Dive safaris usually go from 4 to 10 nights, depending on your criteria.
With so many incredible dive sites to explore, there are a few locations around the Philippines to be aware of when choosing your liveaboard.
Manila is the Capital of the Philippines and is a fascinating city where culturally, east meets west. It’s home to high rises’ and beautiful tourist resort hotels. It is also a great place to dive. If you are traveling to Manila, don’t forget to dive within Subic Bay and Puerto Galera.
Apo Reef and Coron
This location is home to some of the best wreck diving opportunities available throughout the whole world. Not only are the wrecks at Coron awe-inspiring, but it is also a place that is immersed in history, making it both a fascinating as well as interesting, which as a combination work really well.
With its stunning reefs and WWII wrecks, this location does not fall short of being incredible. Tubbataha Reef is one of the best dive sites found in the area.
Thresher sharks are the highlight for most divers visiting this area. Cebu provides unique experiences for even the most seasoned of divers.
Boracay was once known as one of the ‘Best Islands in The World’ not only because of its white sandy beaches but also because of its tropical nature and spectacular dive sites.
Home to the second largest coral reef in the world, Mindoro is a scuba divers paradise. Home to over 75% of the worlds coral species, this is not only a fascinating location it is also absolutely beautiful. If you are new to diving, then this would be a great place to visit.
Information to know about liveaboard diving in The Philippines
- Diving in the Philippines used to get a bad wrap due to overfishing and constant boat traffic. However, things have now changed and diving is a spectacular experience enjoyed by all.
- Water temperatures are usually warm enough that you can dive either with no wetsuit at all, or you dive with only a 3mm wetsuit if you’re planning on completing a longer stint underwater.
- The best time to dive is during the dive season from the months of November through to May.
- Rainy season is between June and October and the Philippines are known for strong monsoons during this time period.
- Diving during the rainy season is not recommended as visibility drops dramatically and some dive sites are completely off limits during this time.
- During this time, typhoons can also be incredibly dangerous both on land and in the water.
- Air temperature averages at 25C/78F-32C/90F, with high humidity.
- Getting to the Philippines is not as difficult as you may think. The Philippines has 3 main international airports MNL (Manila Nivoy Auino). It is important to be aware that if you are planning on using MNL as a transfer airports for an onward flight, then it is not unusual to encounter issues with traffic, plan for this accordingly and give yourself plenty of time, and by ‘plenty’ at least 2-3 hours extra.
- The second most popular international airport is CEB (Mactan-Cebu). If you decide to take a liveaboard trip around the areas of Cebu, Negros or Bohol, then this would be your ideal airport to fly into. Transfers from CEB are also easy to organise, either by your holiday resort or your chosen liveaboard.
- The third most popular international airport is CRK (Clark International Airport), which is located around 60lm north of Manila. It is sometimes referred to as Manila Airport. If you’re planning to take a liveaboard north of Manila, then this is your ideal airport to fly into.
- The currency used in the Philippines is the Philippine Piso. There are around 52.94PHP to 1 USD.