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The Philippines – truly a diver’s paradise

May 03, 2019

A tropical archipelago comprising 7,641 islands, the Philippines offers bodies of water, with highly diverse marine wildlife and seascape — perfect for all kinds of divers and deep diving enthusiasts to explore. This makes the country a popular major diving hub in Asia.

With countless spots for divers of different skills, Philippine waters are suitable for beginners who are simply looking for fun recreational activities and most ideal for intermediate divers seeking underwater challenges to hone their skills and experts in search of new adventures.

Topping the list of the best diving sanctuaries in the Philippines are Anilao in Batangas and the Tubbataha Reefs in Palawan, with its impressive marine biodiversity and awe-inspiring vertical reef walls dropping to over 100 meters in depth.

Declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1993, the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park was designated as such for its high density of marine species and the different genuses of marine turtles as well as birds in the forests surrounding the spot.

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in Palawan was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1993 for its high density of marine species and colorful corals.

Favorites of deep and open water divers, both Anilao and Tubbataha Reefs host various types of sharks, schools of fish, tortoises and colorful corals.

Sunken ships, underwater caves and more

For adventure-seekers and history junkies, the Philippines also offers many exciting seafaring stories and countless sunken ships to explore such as World War 2 vessels, including Japanese freighters and gunboats that have now become homes to various marine species.

The country has ideal training spots to sharpen the skills of neophyte divers as well. Cebu for one has underwater caves, passageways and terrains teeming with marine life. Night diving is even possible in a few areas. The open water in El Nido in Palawan and in Cebu are favorite haunts of nocturnal creatures that look majestic in the moonlight.

Among Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) members, the Philippines has the most number of Heritage Parks and has been declared a Flyway Network Site, referring to the network of important sites used by migratory waterbirds throughout the flyway.

From Subic and Batangas in Luzon; Cebu, Bohol, Negros Island and Palawan in the Visayas; and Davao and Camiguin in Mindanao, as well as points in-between — the Philippines truly has so much to offer to new and experienced divers.

Besides amazing underwater discove­ries underneath the crystal clear waters all over the archipelago, the Filipinos’ innate warmth and hospitality, as well as unique Filipino offerings, make the experience more fun.

Indeed, diving is more fun the Philippines!

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