More than 7000 islands make up the Philippines, with 36,289 km of coast. It is part of the "coral triangle", which contains more marine species than anywhere else in the world. Over 2200 types of fish alone live here.
Diving in the Philippines is good all year round, though optimal times tend to be during the dry season, between December and April. Water temperatures are always warm at 27 to 31 degrees C. The hottest months are April, May and June with temperatures over 32 degrees C. Christmas, Chinese New Year, and Easter are particularly busy times and rates tend to be higher.
The 3 best diving locations in the Philippines:
Puerto Galera in Mindoro.
Puerto Galera boasts more than 35-40 dive sites with diverse species of fish, plus coral gardens and rock formations. Its diving community is centered in Sabang Beach, the jump-off point for the majority of dive sites, including The Canyons. This world-class drift dive is flushed by currents that sweep you to three spectacular canyons covered in sponges and soft corals.
Monad Shoal in Malapascua
Divers from all over the world flock to Malapascua Island to see the elegant Hammerhead sharks. The sharks spend most of their day in deep water, but come up early in the morning for a scrub in their natural area’s cleaning station. In the afternoon manta rays can be seen over the shoal.
Apo Island off Negros Oriental
This Island is named one of the 100 best dive sites in the world. Apo Island is famed for its healthy fish life and coral gardens. This volcanic island is actually a marine sanctuary to more than 600 fish species and 400 coral species. Locals of Dauin supported initiatives of scientists from Silliman University of Dumaguete to make the island one of the most well-documented and best protected marine sanctuaries in the country. Lots of sea turtles can be seen at this dive site.