Diving In The Philippines

Diving In The Philippines

Wall diving in the Philippines

- paul cowell

There are so many diving destinations to choose from worldwide, but plunging into the wonderful waters of the Philippines is a place you can’t pass up.

The Philippines boasts hundreds of diving spots lying along its sea beds.

The Republic of the Philippines

The Republic of the Philippines can be found in the western Pacific Ocean with Taiwan to the north, Vietnam to the west, and Indonesia to the south.

The Philippines is often visited for its fabulous diving spots and destinations and is known as the country with one of the longest coastlines in the world, ranking 5th overall.

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There are more than 7,107 islands making up the Philippines and has become a number one choice by both foreign and local divers in search of beautiful natural marine resources like picturesque coral architectures, colorful schools of fish, just to name a few.

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Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Known for its thousands of colorful marine species, the famous Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park has been named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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There are many amazing and untouched islands that provide the greatest places for divers in search of an unforgettable diving adventure.

The following are some of dive spots in the Philippines you definitely want to put on your list:

Cebu: The Queen City of the South

Cebu is a center for trade, commerce and tourism. However, the Cebuano communities still brag about their well known diving spots left somewhat untouched by pollution and potential dangers of industrial progress despite the fact of being a highly industrialized region in the Visayas.

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Some of the primary and most popular dive spots in Cebu include Malapascua, which is located on Cebu’s northern coast, being known for its species of rays and sightings of thresher sharks.

Another dive site to go diving in the Philippines, highly preferred by beginner divers who want to try night diving is Dakit-Dakit. This spot has incredibly diverse collection of marine animal and plant life, which satisfies your quest for the ultimate diving experience.

Diving in the Philippines with sea snails

The 'Warty/Little Egg Cowry' sea snail thrives in Malapascua- Credit: Andan

Bohol: The Island Paradise

Local divers and foreign divers have been coming to Bohol to visit year after year because of its magnificent places to scuba dive. Some of these dive spots include the Balicasag Black Forest and Balicasag Diver’s Heaven.

  • Balicasag Black Forest - named for its thick corners of unusual black corals along with colorful fish that include barracuda and butterfly fish.
  • Balicasag Diver’s Heaven – often visited because of its amazing and colorful coral gardens, crystal clear blue waters, and picturesque spots for avid photographers.
Diving in the Philippines with whale shark

A whale shark up close in Donsol Philippines - Credit: Kjersti Joergensen

Boracay: The Beach Capital of the Philippines

Boracay possesses thousands of marine species that makes up a rich community of underwater life and breathtaking and peaceful white sandy beaches. There are a wide variety of accommodation options for divers that range from modest beach huts up to five-star hotels.

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The location of Crocodile Island is regarded as one of the premier diving sites. Having a throng of aquatic species and numerous coral reefs, this makes it a preferred spot for divers to visit.

Greeting your eyes as you swim through the canyons and crevices of the Laurel Island are vibrant species of fish that include Sergeant Majors and Emperor Fish. This makes for a truly amazing Boracay experience while diving in the Philippines.

Diving in the Philippines Boracay Island

Divers getting ready on a banca along the shores of Boracay beach - Credit: Public Domain

Puerto Galera: The Pearl of Mindoro

Experience Sabang Point, located in Puerto Galera, Mindoro where you can dive around the clock. Sabang Point is a great place for night diving, which is conveniently situated and easily accessed. It is especially spectacular during full moon.

Both beginner and expert divers will appreciate batfish and surgeonfish schools, which cover the ridges and walls of this dive site.

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The Boulders, a network of underwater tunnels and caves that are sanctuaries to large Pelagics, which consists of majestic rays and sharks, is another pride of Puerto Galera.

The Philippines, known as Asia’s refuge of underwater wonders, is surely the Pearl of the Orient Seas with all of its picturesque beauty.

Have you ever dived in the Philippines? Tell us about it!

Diving In The Philippines
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About The Author

Torben Lonne

Torben is a top skilled PADI MSDT instructor. He has worked several years with scuba diving in Indonesia and Thailand - and dived most of his life in most of the world. He is also the co-founder and chief-editor of DIVE.in you can always catch him here [email protected]


  1. Melissa

    We wnet to the Philippines last year, and it was so great! Throughly world calss diving! Diving Tubbataha Reefs is the best I have ever tried. Big big recommendations from Oregon. Happy thanksgiving to you all!

    • Torben Lonne

      Thank you for sharing.
      It sounds like an amazing trip you had! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

  2. Robin McCoy

    I gotta go. was planning a trip last year but unfortunately it was canceled. Now I want even more! Thanks ;)

    • Torben Lonne

      Sorry to hear that. Hope you get the chance soon! Thanks for sharing Robin.

  3. Scuba Pro

    Very incomplete —
    I can’t believe Anilao was left off the list … How is this possible? Anilao is easily ranked better than Borocay or Puerto Galera and is much more accessible as well. Also missing is Apo Reef and the famous wreck site of Coron (followed by Subic Bay). Lastly, there is no mention of the world-class cave exploration that is an ongoing effort in the Philippines.

    • Torben Lonne

      Okay, I can see we made a mistake. We will make a rewrite as fast as possible. Thanks for letting us know!

  4. Myrna

    Thanks for writing about diving in the Philippines.. But no mention of Anilao (Batangas)? Really? :)

    • Torben Lonne

      Hi Myrna,

      Thanks for letting us know. We are making a rewrite asap.

  5. Tristan Paylado

    Hi Myrna and Scuba Pro,

    Maybe The Author is describing the premier dive spots in the Philippines. Surely there are a number of dive spots in the Philippines including Anilao but the ones mentioned here have its own characteristics to stand out.

  6. Anna W Berggren

    I recommend to join a divesafari in Visayan Sea. You are going from Moalboal in Cebu Island to Sipalay in Negros Island or reverse. You dive in some of the best divespots in the area, Moalboal, Liloan, Santander, Sumilon Island, Balicasag Island, Alone Beach, Panglao Island, Siquijor Island, Apo Island, Dauin and other dive spots along the coast of Negros. In January I was joining an amazing trip with dolphins company, whalesharks, beautiful coral gardens and fishes I never seen before. It was a small boat so if you are 10 friends you get the boat for yourselves. Enjoy! Do you want to know more contact me :-)

  7. Tony Vella

    Dived the Philippines much during early 70s. Nasugbu Batangas, was fabulous, Anilao, Mactan, Cebu islands .. miss those places and my diving partner, Timmy Sevilla, who is sadly gone to better diving areas in the sky.


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