There are many island nations which are considered beautiful sites for scuba diving—Philippines’ islands, however, offer a variety of environments and experiences which no other country can. As the second-largest archipelago in the world, it can present opportunities to try different kinds of diving when you’re on vacation, so whether you’re a first-timer trying leisure diving, a veteran who wants to explore a new site for deep diving or someone who’s thrilled at the prospect of checking out a shipwreck, there is something here for every kind of scuba diving; Philippines’ coral-fringed islands has always been a hot destination for diving, and it’s no surprise why: it has 15,444 square miles of coral reefs and its depths range from 16-148 feet!
Gamut Of Dive Sites
First of all, the sheer number of dive sites cannot be estimated, as amateur and experienced divers are discovering and popularizing more sites every year. Though there aren’t too many dive sites that are based in the shorelines, there are so many opportunities to do boat diving that it doesn’t make much of a difference. Still, there are plenty of areas which are particularly well-known and a must for any tourist who wants to try diving. Mactan in Cebu is considered an excellent dive site, as well as Subic Bay, which is well-known for its amazing wreck sites perfect for diving. Anilao in Batangas has actually won some awards for the incredibly diverse marine life lurking in its brilliantly-colored coral reefs, making it an excellent dive site in Luzon for underwater photography.
Biodiversity Level: Philippines
Speaking of biodiversity: the Philippines is home to some of the more unusual marine species that make diving an incredible experience. Some rarer ones you can spot in the water while diving include thresher sharks, unicorn fish, the Moorish idol, and on some wonderful occasions, the whale shark. Widely considered by academics as the country with the highest marine biodiversity in the world, it’s no surprise that this country is perfect for scuba diving.
Philippines’ PADI instructors similarly can’t be numbered with any accuracy, but for a great reason—because there are so many of them! Even students who are interested in exploring the sea can take a course which will make them experienced, accredited divers. While it will take significantly more training for someone to become a Divemaster with a higher level, this is great news for the holiday diver, because that means there are plenty of well-trained and knowledgable divers who can help you and ensure your safety.
Weather is crucial to successful scuba diving: Philippines’ climate is well-suited to year-round diving, but the best diving can be had during the dry season, which lasts from November and ends in June: great visibility, warm waters and relatively mild currents. The coldest bodies of water for diving don’t dip below 23°C, which is optimal for scuba diving.
What More Can You Ask For?
Philippines’ islands have diving opportunities for every kind of stay, whether you’re opting to stay for a weekend to try scuba diving for the first time, or you want to take two weeks to visit and dive around a cluster of islands. This country is truly a first-class diving haven.