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Diving in Philippines

Posted by on Apr 1st, 2009
Filed Under: Diving, General Philippines

Diving in Philippines
Diving in Philippines

Welcome to Philippines Diving Guide. We offer great diving tips, in-depth information on places to dive, dive stores, accommodations and more. Stay tune, as this page is constantly being updated.

The Philippines with one of the most productive marine ecosystem, is one of the leading dive destinations of the world. With over 7000 islands, you will be spoilt of choices for dive destinations.

For sheer beauty, the Puerto Galera is a magical spot – declared a marine reserve in 2006. Perhaps the best known diving spot in Puerto Galera is Canyons where the strong currents will give you an exhilarating ride and the diversity of the marine ecosystem at Verde Island here makes it an ideal location for underwater explorations.

Philippines Diving Giant gorgonian
Giant gorgonian @ Cebu: Alfonsator

Best Time to Dive

Although it is possible to enjoy diving all year round in Philippines due to the sheer amount of dive destinations scattered across the country, however the best time to dive is between November to April (late June to early October is the monsoon season).

Diving Centers

Dive centers in Philippines are well equipped and are certified by relevant agencies for maintaining their standards of safety and professionalism. Scuba diving courses endorsed by certifying agencies like PADI, NAUI, SSI and BSAC. Some of the courses available include the initial ‘Open Water Course’, ‘Diving Instructor Course’ or even a ‘Re-breather Course’. Upon completion of your scuba course you can be outfitted with the latest scuba equipment of most international brands available from dive centers in Philippines.

Almost all the islands in Philippines cater for divers of all levels of experience – be it easy shore diving to advance wreck diving or technical diving. Operators engaged with technical diving are well equipped with portable emergency oxygen kits, special tank refilling equipment and other necessary facilities.

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10 Responses to “Diving in Philippines”

  1. PhilThomas says:

    I still prefer diving in Malaysia than Philippines, the water seems so much nicer in that area. Sipandan is my 1st choice of diving site

  2. Ryan says:

    Hi Thomas,

    I heard Sipadan indeed was a very good dive site (it is very near the Sulu Sea), although, have you tried diving in Tubbataha Reef in Palawan? You are missing out on a lot of good dive sites in the Philippines. :) Philippines was just named as one of the top three dive sites in the world after Maldives and Palau, although the marine life is way more diverse in the Philippines. Where have you dived in the Philippines before?


  3. Ryan says:

    The Philippines was once again named as one of the top 10 dive destinations in the world, this time by Japan’s leading diving magazines and given at the recent 17th Marine Diving Fair (MDF) held in Tokyo, the largest diving fair in Asia, the MDF Awards are among the highly-acknowledged commendations for must-visit dive destinations in the world.

    Other dive sites ranked in the top 10 are – Maldives, Palau, Ishigaki Island; Saipan, Okinawa Island, Zamami Island, French Polynesia, Mizako Island, and Guam.

  4. Adrian says:

    can you give me any information on dive site up and around north Luzon. like around the Isabela province and the northen areas. i want to seek other places to dive besides the southern parts and subic.
    Thank you Adrian

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Adrian

      As of the moment I do not know any dive sites specifically off Isabela. But you may be interested in the dive sites off Ilocos Norte and Cagayan Province.

      You may check the dive site in Mapurao (Cagayan Province) which has apparently crystal-clear waters, reefs teeming with fishes ideal for diving, and fine, white sand beaches and in Balaoi (see dive shops in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte) – beautiful coral and marine life, as well as reports of wrecks.



      • Adrian says:

        Hey Ryan cheers mate for the info. I will be living in Nueava Viscaya, so a bit of a journey my friend but they sound like they should be of interest. But i am when i get time, to try and look on the eastern coast of Luzon as well.
        Again Ryan cheers for the info.

        • Ryan says:

          Hi Adrian,

          No problem mate, I will try checking more diving sites in your area although as you know little is known in that area. If you should know of any more dive sites, please do not hesitate to post it here so it would be helpful as well to other divers looking for more sites in the Luzon East Coast. The Ilocos Norte dive site seems to be a little bit far but hey I think youd like to great culture, food and other tourist spots there as well. Do not forget to check out my articles on the Ilocos Provinces (Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and Pagudpud.)



  5. beth says:


    we’re planning on visiting marinduque sometime september, could you recommend a good dive resort of dive shop we can contact.


    • Ryan says:

      Hi Beth,

      I think diving is off-season from July-February ( I couldn’t find any dive shops in Marinduque online although apparently there is said to be at least 3 in the province. Your best bet is to do a live aboard from Boracay or Puerto Galera or try to check with the hotel or resorts you are planning to stay in Marinduque.



  6. khris says:

    you should also try the ff:





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