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Diving Safety

If you are planning an upcoming dive trip or travelling to Philippines, it is a really good idea to invest in travel insurance, because you never know what could happen and when you might need it (because accidents do happen!). I recommend this travel insurance as they offer worldwide coverage as they offer worldwide coverage and cover scuba diving up to 50 metres deep, as well as snorkelling and many more water activities.

Travel Guide

Now that you know all about the underwater world, you might want to start planning your scuba holiday! Check out our Philippines Travel Review for information about how to get there, activities and excursions, where to stay, and more.

Diving Reviews for this region

Subic Bay

Interesting Wreck Diving close to Manila in the Philippines.

Subic Bay Diving Review

Donsol

The best place in the World to swim and dive with Whale Sharks! Also a fantastic spot for spotting Manta Rays.

Donsol Diving Review

Puerto Galera

Great spot for Macro Underwater Photography, to take a diving course and for amazing Drift Diving.

Puerto Galera Diving Review

Anilao, Batangas

The best place in the Philippines for Macro Underwater Photography! A must dive for muck diving and macro photographers. Thriving biodiversity and superb coral.

Anilao, Batangas Diving Review

Boracay Island

Great place to learn Scuba Diving or to take courses. Some interesting and challenging dive sites and good macro photography opportunities.

Boracay Island Diving Review

Bohol Island

Some of the best scuba diving in the Philippines! Great wall dives, Coral, Macro Pictures opportunities and Reef Sharks.

Bohol Island Diving Review

Coron, Palawan

One of the Best places in the World for Wreck Diving!!! Also very interesting lake diving all within a superb tropical scenery setting... ahh bliss!

Coron, Palawan Diving Review

Malapascua Island

The best place on Earth to see the very rare Thresher Shark! Good chances also to spot Manta Rays and world class macro diving. Very Beautiful pristine Island.

Malapascua Island Diving Review

Dive spots in Philippines

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With Angol and Coral Garden, LDB is one of the best and most diverse spots to learn or improve your scuba diving skills....
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Yapak is the most famous dive site in Boracay Island and one of the best spots in the whole of the Philippines. Yapak is...
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Angol Point is a very popular dive site of Boracay Island. It is a shallow (10m to 15m deep) easy reef dive used for Pad...
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Friday's Rock is a relatively easy dive site of Boracay Island. It is usually used for scuba diving training and for beg...
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Monad Shoal, also known as Shark Point, has now become a World famous dive site. It is the best place in the world and i...
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Crocodile Island is located South of Boracay Island. It is regarded as one of the best dive sites of Boracay. It is also...
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The Dona Marilyn is a 98m long former ferry that sank near Malapascua Island in October 1988 during a Typhoon while sail...
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The Bat Cave is a rather challenging dive site in Boracay. It is cave system that is connected to Bat Cave that you can ...
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Laurel Island is in fact made up of 2 small Islands (Big and Small Laurel) located just a few hundred meters from Boraca...

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20 dive logs in “Philippines

  1. I’ll be doing a trip to an area called Dumaguete and will be diving the Dauin and Apo Island region.Have anybody dive there? Staying with Liquid Dumaguete.Will appreciate if you can tell me more!

  2. Anilao Batangas – Never tire (after more than a dozen times) of going down on Twin Rocks from the walk-in at Planet Dive (day or night). Always see schools of jacks and baracuda and every kind of reef fish imaginable. But due to the diversity I meet some new creature each time I dive this spot. Last dive was a close encounter with a very large turtle grazing on coral. There are also outstanding reefs on the back side of Sombrero Island about 15-20 minute by boat from Planet Dive. There a dozens of more dive sites in Anilao but never enough time to get to all of them. Next time!

  3. i am a divemaster on mactan island……..i usually dive two times a day……….it is usually clear……..so when people come to airport cebu………i can pick them up and show them a good time

    • I read a article about Mactan, cebu as follows:
      Many of the resourts offer shore diving on house reefs, Bas Diot, off western Cebu, is a star-step drop-off that is home to clownfish, ….

      Do you suggest any resorts or hotels in that area? Thanks, – Nancy from Florida

  4. Dumagete/ Apo island has good diving; Anilao has the best dive sites. Boracay MAY have some good dive sites but they are not as good as Anilao and Sabang. Mantangale and Cumigan island has good diving; the dive sites there are better than Alona and nearby islands. Southern most dive spots at Cebu island has only a few dives sites; whereas, Pangsama beach/ Moal Boal has good diving up to 14 dives sites. South Leyte has good diving; noted for Whale sharks but I did not see any.

  5. Anilao and Sabang bay are the best for diving.
    Boracay (May 2012) dive sites are over-rated.
    Moal Boal/ Pangsama beach is ok. Cumigan island/ North Mindanaro has good diving. All the above were better than Tubbataha (May, 2010) islands which had bad viz. and dead, brown reefs. Alona Beach and nearby island are ok; comparable to southern most Cebu island.

  6. Yep! I’ve been diving in Puerto Galera. Seriously COOL. I learned to dive here.., dive my DSD in the Manila Channel.. and now I’m off to Thailand where I’ll be doing more.

  7. Have you tried diving with whale sharks in Oslob? If not, you must try it and experience swimming with numerous gentle giants.

  8. Hope to come to the Philippines in July/August but from reading it seems that its the wrong time of the year. Is there anywhere that you can recommend at this time.

  9. Many great dives from Planet Dive in Anilao. Keep going back for more. Twin Rocks is the best shore dive I have found. Always great seaslife and corals only a short dive from the resort.

  10. I recently did a day’s diving with Coral Bay Resort (off Busuanga Island in Coron). Great WWII Japanese wrecks with good oportunities for penetration. Vis wasn’t great – 5 to 8 m – but for these dives it didn’t matter. The dive gear was good, crew even better. I wish we had been staying longer so we could do more.

  11. I highly recommend Camiguin Island in Mindanao. Definitely one of the best dive spots in my country. and one of the cheapest too! :)

  12. If you’re down south in Mindanao/ Davao region try Talikud Island and Samal island. I did my open water there and always go back, great coral gardens, walls and some very good macro. Try Caribou Divers in Davao….about 850 pesos for a day trip with 2 dives, BYO lunch on beautiful palm fringed white sand beach.

  13. I am a dive master of bohol beach club,I dove many times in balicasag island,pamilacan island,apo island,tried snorkling with whale sharks in oslob,dove at nalusoan island with sting rays,hilutongan island in mactan,with nice guest…almost 10 years gone for diving..

  14. Hi, for 6 times whe dived in Puerto Galera. every time whe where happy, the accomodation is very well and the dive crew is super, many macro live, but also chance to black or white tip sharks. have a nice dive time

  15. I have been diving in the Philippines since 1983 and I don’t think I could ever tire of it.
    I am an active open water scuba instructor and have been leading dive trips since the middle 90s all around the world and I would have to say overall it is among the best in the world,
    in terms of crystal clear vis and value for your dollar, if you want to see just about anything that swims in the sea go to the Philippines , recently I was in ticao pass near Bulan Sorsogon and when we dropped in we were met by a school of whale sharks ,Amazing, I love diving there it never disappoints, thanks and hope you find yourself there too one day.

  16. Tanon Strait and Apo Island are great places to start. Compared to the “big boys,” these sites aren’t as crowded and there’s plenty to see.

  17. I trained with Tim Aukshen and June Santos at Ocean Deep in San Fernando, La Union, Luzon. It is a nice city just a couple of hours north of Subic Bay and an hour from the summer capital Bagio City.
    June taught me both my Open Water and a year later my Advanced Open water. He also took us for a tour of just about all the reefs around the area.
    One night, after our training we went night fishing and caught enough to BBQ for the family.
    Although most of my diving will now be around Vancouver Island, Canada, I long to return to the friendly city of San Fernando.
    PK

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