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Ticao Island, just a short distance from the whale sharks of Donsol, is both a haven of tranquility and a big fish playground.

This peaceful, relatively untouched corner of the Philippines has come to the attention of divers in recent years primarily for its manta rays, but the nutrient rich waters also play host to whale sharks, hammerheads, thresher sharks and even tiger sharks.

The northern areas of the island are also known for colourful corals and the type of diversity that much of the Philippines is renowned for.

Due to its close proximity to Donsol, Ticao Island makes for a fabulous combination with Donsol’s whale sharks in season.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: reef manta ray, whale shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, pelagic thresher shark, tiger shark

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itineraries:

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

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
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Ticao Island Resort

The friendly Ticao Island Resort offers nine beachfront cabanas on an island with crystal blue waters, white sand beaches, fantastic dive sites and the shade of hundreds of coconut trees.