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
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, mobula ray
Excellent for: Resort based diving, Singles diving, Group diving, Shark diving
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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.
Excellent for: Resort based diving, Group diving, Manta ray
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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.
Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your needs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located in Dauin, this modern beachfront resort sits amongst an old coconut plantation, in close proximity to some of the best macro dive sites in the region. Facilities include an infinity pool, spa, restaurants and a bar.
This small resort, owned and operated by dive instructors, offers a comprehensive range of PADI courses and boat dives to local sites around Malapascua, encountering thresher sharks, wrecks, macro life and plenty of reefs.
Located on the southern tip of Moalboal, this intimate dive resort with just ten cottages offers a relaxed way of life and some magical dive sites to discover. A twin centre is available with Magic Oceans Resort.
Located on the southwest of Coron Bay on a long stretch of pure white sand, Sangat Island Resort is one of the Philippines’ best kept secrets and the jumping off point for the world famous wrecks of Coron Bay.
Located directly on a small, tropical white sandy palm-fringed beach on Panglao Island, Alona Vida Resort has just eight rooms and is home to a small, welcoming community and some world-class dive sites.
Located near Dumaguete, Atlantis is a boutique resort set in lush tropical gardens packed with indigenous plants. Excursions include dive trips to Apo Island, snorkelling, kayaking, plus whale and dolphin watching at Bais.
The only resort on Dimakya Island in Palawan province, Club Paradise Resort is the jumping-off point for trips to Apo Reef and also offers a great place to relax. A great option for divers and non-diving buddies.
Located near the fishing village of Moalboal, this small resort is suited to divers and also nature lovers. It has on-site dive centre and there are a variety of excursions on offer to visit the surrounding jungle.
This spacious beachfront resort is located in Dauin, just south of Dumaguete, on Negros Island. It was built for divers and offers 28 rooms and bungalows, with an on-site dive centre offering daily boat dives to Apo Island.
With its own private beach and prime location on Malapascua, this small, friendly property provides all you need for a tropical island getaway in the Philippines, together with world-class diving at nearby Monad Shoal.
This luxurious liveaboard offers a number of seven and ten night trips throughout the year in different areas of the Philippines, including Malapascua, Tubbataha Reef and the Visayas. A great option for groups.