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Dive Locations

15 recommended locations:

Coron Bay

Coron Bay, just north of Palawan, is one of the world’s finest wreck diving destinations. An entire Japanese fleet was sunk here by American forces in 1944, and the wrecks of its 24 vessels now attract divers from far and wide.

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, dugong, hawksbill turtle
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Wreck diving

Malapascua

Surrounded by white sandy beaches, the little island of Malapascua has gained a reputation as one of the best places in the world for thresher shark sightings, encountered each morning at Monad Shoal. Numerous other sharks are also seen, as well as mantas.

  • Ideal for viewing: pelagic thresher shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, banded sea krait, mandarin fish, common cuttlefish
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Singles diving, Group diving, Shark diving

Puerto Galera

Located three hours south of Manila, Puerto Galera’s marine park has some of the most accessible diving in the Philippines. A year-round destination, the area is blessed with exceptional coral reefs teeming with marine life, and great beaches.

  • Ideal for viewing: giant frogfish, green turtle, white-tip reef shark, pygmy seahorse, black-tip reef shark
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving

The Visayas

This central region of islands is deservedly famous for beautiful beaches, relaxed lifestyle and stunning dive sites. Cebu City is the international gateway and provides links to the most exciting dive spots including Malapascua, Moalboal, Dumaguete and Bohol.

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, pelagic thresher shark, giant frogfish, black-tip reef shark, banded sea krait
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Singles diving, Luxury diving, Reef diving, Snorkelling, Underwater photography

Tubbataha Reef National Park

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tubbataha Reef is home to some of the best big fish diving in the Philippines. The sheer walls are covered in huge seafans and sponges, while barracuda, tuna and reef sharks, mantas, eagle rays and hammerheads patrol its waters.

  • Ideal for viewing: spotted eagle ray, scalloped hammerhead shark, white-tip reef shark, black-tip reef shark, reef manta ray
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Luxury diving

Apo Reef

Located in the Mindoro Strait, in the west of the Philippines, is the World Heritage Site of Apo Reef, a 34 kilometre long reef featuring magnificent drop-offs and overhangs with resident turtles, barracuda, snapper, white-tip and grey reef sharks.

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, spotted eagle ray, white-tip reef shark, grey reef shark, barracuda
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving, Reef diving

Bohol

Across the channel from Cebu is the beautiful island of Bohol, a tropical haven of natural beauty, with pristine beaches and colourful coral dive sites for both divers and snorkelers to enjoy. Land attractions include the resident tarsiers and the world-famous Chocolate Hills.

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, western clownfish, banded sea krait, giant frogfish, barracuda
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Luxury diving, Reef diving

Cabilao Island

Located to the west of Bohol, the small island of Cabilao is renowned for the rich biodiversity of marine life found on its fringing reef. It’s a great escape, and the island can be explored on foot or if you prefer, you can simply enjoy life from your hammock!

  • Ideal for viewing: pelagic thresher shark, pygmy seahorse, white-tip reef shark, ornate ghost pipefish
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving

Donsol

Dubbed by many as the ‘Whale Shark Capital of the World’, Donsol offers a rare opportunity to interact with up to 20 whale sharks at any one time. Between the months of October and May, divers head here to swim with these harmless and gentle filter feeders.

  • Ideal for viewing: whale shark
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Shark diving, Whale shark

Dumaguete & Dauin

Known as the ‘City of Gentle People’, you’ll be welcomed in Dumaguete with open arms and first class hospitality. Further down the coast, Dauin has some of the best critters in the Philippines, and both areas also offer plenty of opportunity for snorkellers and non-divers.

  • Ideal for viewing: giant frogfish, ornate ghost pipefish, spotted eagle ray, green turtle, flamboyant cuttlefish
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Singles diving, Luxury diving, Muck diving

Moalboal

Meaning ‘bubbling stream’, Moalboal is a small town on the island of Cebu, with around 25 recognised dive sites and more being discovered. The range of diving is excellent, with vertical walls, a cathedral like cave, healthy coral reefs and plenty of macro life.

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, mandarin fish, giant frogfish, ornate ghost pipefish, whale shark
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Reef diving, Underwater photography

Palawan

The island province of Palawan is known as the Philippines’ last ecological frontier, offering remote jungles, rugged scenery, pristine beaches, secret coves and world-class diving. Highlights include the wrecks of Coron and Tubbataha Reef, accessible only by liveaboard.

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, dugong, hawksbill turtle
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving, Snorkelling, Wreck diving

Panglao Island

Panglao, which is connected by a causeway to Bohol, offers divers coral gardens near the surface and steep walls complete with caves, overhangs and crevices harbouring teeming fish and invertebrates. The surrounding islands are known for big fish encounters.

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, western clownfish, banded sea krait, giant frogfish
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Snorkelling

Siquijor Island

Siquijor Island is a macro photographer’s dream, and night divers will long remember their marine experience. Adventurous visitors can enjoy the towering limestone landscape, which offers opportunities for climbing and exploring the many caverns.

  • Ideal for viewing: giant frogfish, ornate ghost pipefish, spanish dancer, common cuttlefish
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Muck diving, Snorkelling

Ticao Island

A haven of tranquillity, Ticao Island is blessed with crystal blue waters and white sandy beaches. The local reefs are full of colourful creatures, corals and sharks, but the area’s signature site is the Manta Bowl, a cleaning and feeding station of the oceanic manta.

  • Ideal for viewing: reef manta ray, whale shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, pelagic thresher shark, tiger shark
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Group diving, Manta ray

View trips to these locations

Dive trips

A nation of over 7,000 islands, experience the very best of the Philippines exceptional scuba diving on a liveaboard or island hopping adventure. Lying within the Coral Triangle, the Philippines offers the diver jaw-dropping diversity, kaleidoscopic reefs and exceptional wreck diving.
13 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Magic Dive Experience

Diving in the Philippines doesn’t get much better than this. Experience the magical combination of two dedicated dive resorts located in the Visayas region, famous for its stunning dive sites.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,145 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Dumaguete Dive Festival II

Join photographer and marine biologist Dr Richard Smith on this expert led adventure and discover the magnificent marine biodiversity around Dumaguete, the critter capital of the Philippines.

  • When to go: Mar-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,645 pp
  • Trip type: Group trip

Island Hopping Dive Safari

Choose from five exceptional diving locations in the Visayas region of the Philippines. Enjoy stress free diving adventures as you island hop between them, exploring everything from macro life to pelagics.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,475 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Dive Into Luxury Philippines

Experience world-class diving at a beautifully calm pace with this superb trip idea, which combines two of the Philippines’ hidden gems for a diving holiday brimming with indulgence and laid back luxury.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec, Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,645 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Dive into Atlantis

Combine two premier resorts for an unforgettable dive experience in the Philippines. Enjoy the diverse sites of Puerto Galera and search for unusual critters in Dauin from these welcoming dive resorts.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,845 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Big Fish Tour

For those who like their marine life BIG! This exciting and comprehensive dive itinerary includes encounters with whale sharks, manta rays and thresher sharks in three locations across the Philippines.

  • When to go: Nov-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,165 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Visayas Liveaboard

These liveaboard trips operate throughout the year to the Visayas, one of the best diving locations in the Philippines. Highlights include outstanding macro life in Dauin and Malapascua's thresher sharks.

  • When to go: Jun-Feb
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,395 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Tubbataha Liveaboard

Liveaboards visit this remote area of the Philippines in season, offering access to world-class dive sites. Discover colourful reef fish, manta rays and turtles, and experience a thrilling drift dive with sharks.

  • When to go: Mar-May
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,495 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Philippine Secrets Dive Safari

Join a dedicated dive safari to discover new dive sites in the Philippines. Highlights include pelagic encounters, wrecks and exploratory diving at locations that have been kept a secret for generations.

  • When to go: Mar-May
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,095 pp
  • Trip type: Group trip

Dive Coron Bay

Recommended for wreck enthusiasts, Coron Bay is home to 11 Japanese World War ll vessels. Other visitors can explore the protected reefs and relax in the tropical surroundings on Sangat Island.

  • When to go: Oct-Jun
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,695 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Discover the Visayas

This popular itinerary offers divers the chance of thresher shark encounters in Malapascua, a unique dive with a resident sardine baitball in Moalboal and plenty of time to discover the islands of the Visayas region.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,045 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Sharks & Reefs

This two week itinerary is perfect for divers seeking thresher shark encounters in the clear blue waters at Monad Shoal, and the pristine reefs surrounding Panglao and Balicasag islands.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,145 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Get Wrecked – Truk & Sangat

Discover the historical Japanese WWll wrecks of Coron Bay in the Philippines and Micronesia’s Truk Lagoon. An unforgettable adventure and possibly the best wreck diving trip in the world!

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 18 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,875 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

When to go

The Philippines can be visited throughout the year, but is best from November to May.

Seasons

  • Dry season

    Nov to May: The Philippine’s dry season offers the best diving conditions in most areas and many of the best marine life encounters
  • Wet season

    Jun to Oct: More rain and higher humidity in much of the Philippines, with the chance of typhoons in certain regions

Wildlife events

  • Nov to Apr: Whale sharks gather in large numbers in Donsol
  • Apr to Jun: The best months to dive Tubbataha
  • Mar to May: Best months to see the unusual whale sharks of Oslob
  • Dec to Feb: Turtle mating and nesting season in northern Palawan
  • Sep: Best months for thresher and manta sightings in Malapascua
  • Nov to Feb: Best months for Apo Reef

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