Where to Dive in the Philippines – Liveaboard Or Land-Based

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Diving within the Philippines could be overwhelming – in the absolute best method. Whether or not you need to discover historic wrecks, dive technicolor reefs, swim with whale sharks, or photograph uncommon animals – you are able to do all of it within the Philippines. Take a look at what filmmaker and PADI AmbassaDiver™ Claude Evangelista has to say concerning the underwater world of his house nation:

What’s the greatest place to dive within the Philippines? The reply depends upon your pursuits, diving fashion and who’s travelling with you.

Liveaboard Diving within the Philippines

In case your perfect vacation consists of consuming, sleeping, diving, and little else, a liveaboard may be for you. By no means tried liveaboard diving earlier than? The Philippines are a terrific place to provide it a go for the primary time. The general value could be decrease than different locations, and the seas are usually delicate. In the event you’re already a liveaboard fan, you’ll benefit from the pleasant crews, skilled dive guides and well-run boats in the Philippines.

First Liveaboard - Alila Purnama

Relying on the situation and season, you possibly can select an itinerary from Four-10 days in size. Listed here are a number of of one of the best locations within the Philippines to dive by way of liveaboard:

  • Tubbataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Website and Platinum Marine Protected Space, is among the most biodiverse areas of the ocean. Divers can reliably encounter manta rays, sharks, and different pelagics. Due to its distant location, the one approach to dive Tubbataha is from a liveaboard.
  • A liveaboard is likely one of the greatest methods to see the dramatic limestone cliffs and historic WWII wrecks in Coron. Itineraries typically embrace a number of days at Apo Reef, supplying you with a well-rounded diving journey.
  • Within the Central Visayas you possibly can dive with thresher sharks at Malapascua Island within the morning, then seek for frogfish and pygmy seahorse at Gato Island within the afternoon. Spend the remainder of your vacation exploring coral gardens and checking critters off your bucket record.

Land-Based mostly Diving within the Philippines

In the event you’re travelling with household or pals who don’t dive, contemplate a land-based vacation in Puerto Galera, Dumaguete, Bohol, Boracay, or Anilao (simply to call a number of). These locations have enjoyable topside actions along with excellent diving.

Puerto Galera is a longtime resort vacation spot not removed from Manila. There you’ll discover straightforward shore diving, lovely white sand seashores and quite a lot of eating places. Learn concerning the best dive sites in Puerto Galera and easy methods to get there.

In the event you’re eager on uncommon or odd-shaped creatures, e-book a keep in Anilao or Dumaguete. Each supply world-class muck diving and quick access to vibrant reefs.


Bohol is a superb space for households and photographers. From Panglao Island you possibly can dive greater than 30 websites together with coral gardens filled with critters and partitions with pelagics cruising by. Topside you possibly can take pleasure in different eco-activities together with kayaking, a butterfly backyard and a tarsier sanctuary.

Nonetheless discovering it exhausting to decide on? We perceive. Take a look at our guide to diving in the Philippines for an summary of all of the diving areas, or scroll via our Philippines article archive for current vacation spot highlights. If in case you have questions or simply need some assist narrowing issues down, contact a PADI dive shop within the Philippines, or join with a PADI Travel® skilled.