The Best Diving in the Philippines
The Philippines is an excellent destination to fit any diver’s needs. The Pacific waters have it all: dive sites fit for new and advanced divers, great sights for macro and wide-angle photographers, and anything from wreck diving to blackwater diving. Not only that, but the land is stunning with white sandy beaches and dense jungles. Here are some of the top destinations in the Philippines for divers.
Malapascua Island, Cebu
Malapascua Island is a small island located just north of Cebu’s mainland. Malapascua’s waters are unique as they are the only waters where thresher sharks roam daily. The sea is part of a marine park and divers are able to watch the sharks be cleaned by the schools of fish. The sharks lurk in the early morning to avoid direct sunlight, so divers often start their day before the sun rises. As divers travel to the Monad Shoal, they will get to watch the sunrise over the calm waters. The island is also home to plenty of macro marine life such as nudibranchs, seahorses, scorpionfish, and more that are perfect for macro photography. Photo courtesy of Hugh Ross.
Located in the province of Negros Oriental, Dauin is ideal for photographers and lovers of macro life. Underwater creatures often seen include seahorses, pipefish, nudibranchs, blue-ring octopuses, mandarin fish, and more. Not only that, but there is a unique collection of experiences that will be sure to excite any visitor such as muck diving and pristine coral reefs. Diving in Dauin is great all year long with the dry season lasting from December to May and the wet season lasting from June to November. Dauin is famous for its often cheap, always luxurious beachfront resorts. Photo courtesy of Dumaguete.com
As a vibrant town with diverse waters, Puerto Galera is perfect for any level of diver. The diving experience can vary greatly — ranging from canyons to wrecks to muck diving and just about everything in between. The location is also perfect for macro and wide-angle photographers alike due to the coral reefs’ rich biodiversity. Some of the reefs are even considered to have the most biodiversity in all of Asia. The town is also home to plenty of dive schools that are perfect for beginnings and advanced divers looking to expand their skills. Guests have just as much to explore on land as they do in the water as there are stunning mountains and waterfalls to explore. Guests are often able to see creatures such as nudibranchs, frogfish, seahorses, cardinalfish, and more. Photo courtesy of Asia Divers.
Subic Bay, Luzon
Nestled just about 100 kilometers away from Manila Bay is Subic Bay on Luzon Island. The bay has a history of serving as one of the largest US Naval Bases in Asia and is thus home to more than 20 interesting shipwrecks. These wrecks are unique due to the volcano Mount Pinatubo that has coated the wrecks in ash. The USS New York is perhaps one of the most well-known wrecks in Subic Bay due to its pristine condition and canons. The ship is only available to explore during select times due to its proximity to the pier. For technical divers and divers experienced in deep water diving, the F-4 Phantom wreck is a dream. At 45 meters deep, the plane is often teeming with fish in the calm waters. Diving in the bay is great all year round but is ideal during the November to May dry season for greatest visibility. Photo courtesy of Arizona Dive Shop, Philippines.
World Heritage Site
With the most biodiversity in Asia, divers can encounter 600 species of fish and 360 species of coral in the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park. Tubbataha is the largest marine park in the Philippines at 970 square kilometers. Guests can only experience the lively waters on a liveaboard during the calmer months of March to June. Diving experiences often include wall diving as well as exploration of the two atolls, Jessie Beazley Reef, lagoons, and coral cays. Perhaps the most exciting experience from exploring the park is the chance to see large marine life such as whale sharks, tiger sharks, and manta rays. Photo courtesy of Philippine Tourism USA.
Famous for its muck diving and blackwater diving, Anilao is an ideal destination for those looking to get up close and personal with the smallest of critters. Macro photographers will love swimming through the pinnacles, walls, and coral gardens to get the perfect shot. Some of the critters include elusive subjects such as the Ambon scorpionfish, Bobbit worms, and stargazers. The best time to dive in Anilao is from October to June, and April and May are considered to be the peak of the season. However, diving is available all year long with colder temperatures from December to March and rainier weather from July to September. The location is extremely convenient as it is just two hours away from Manila and has access to all of the dive sites from Balayan Bay, Batangas Bay, and Maricaban Island. Photo courtesy of Mike Batrick / Crystal Blue Resort.
Bohol, Central Visayas
Located in the Central Visayas region, Bohol is an island most well-known for its coral reefs and the unique Chocolate Hills. The Chocolate Hills are perfectly rounded hills that turn brown during the summer, leaving them to look like drops of chocolate amongst the dense green jungle. However, the land isn’t the only distinct quality of the island as it is also known for some of the best diving in the world. Divers can find both hard and soft coral along the stunning coral reefs or find large marine life such as the blacktip shark. Certain dive sites, such as those found off of the nearby Balicasag Island’s shore, are perfect for more advanced divers. There are strong currents with steep walls and even hammerhead sharks from December to January. Although Bohol itself is a popular tourist destination, Anda is the perfect spot for visitors who want to experience the amazing Bohol dive sites and be set away from busy tourist life. Diving in Bohol can be done all year long but is best from January to May. Photo courtesy of Dive-Bohol.com.
The Thalatta Resort is offering a great special for travel between February 1 to October 1, 2016. Book 6 nights at the resort and your 7th night is FREE. The special is also extended to the dive packages.
Book more, dive more: Book 5 dives, get 1 FREE * Book 10 dives, get 2 FREE * Book 15 dives, get 3 FREE.
Experience the Philippines underwater world with over 3000 species of fish and over 450 species of corals.
Located just south of Dumaguete City, and about a 20 minute ride from the airport, Thalatta Resrt is the perfect vacation resort for the entire family. Thalatta Beach Resort faces Apo Island and is located in Maluay Zamboanguita, close to the Apo Island Pier.
We are offering a Summer 2016 deal valid for travel from February 1 to October 1, 2016. Book a 6 night stay and get the 7th night FREE. And for the dive package, 10 dive package gets 2 FREE dives; 15 dive package gets 3 FREE dives.
Thalatta all inclusive package for 2 divers, 7 nights accommodation, full board meals,15 dives and round trip transfers from/to Dumaguete: total for 2 divers $2000 USD. Ask for our discount!
Here's a great opportunity to stay at one of our most popular resorts in the Philippines, Atlantis Puerto Galera Resort. Of course our other favourite is the Atlantis Dumaguete Resort…! Now at the Atlantis Puerto Galera, book one diver and the second is 50% OFF. This offer is valid for travel through December 31, 2015. And if you are traveling solo there is a 25% discount off the usual single supplement rate.
Atlantis Resorts DEMA Deal
Our thanks to Kristi Marchetti with Atlantis Resorts for this great DEMA Dive Show Deal. Book a 7 night stay at either Atlantis Dumaguete or Atlantis Puerto Galera and get 2 additional nights FREE.
These resorts treat you like you are on a liveaboard with up to 5 dives a day possible.
Dumaguete travel dates valid Jan 1 - Feb 13 or May 23 - July 4 or Sept 12 - Dec 31, 2015. Must book by Nov 30, 2014.
Puerto Galera travel dates valid January 1 - December 31, 2015. Must book by November 30, 2014.
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Asia Divers and El Galleon Dive Resort - Puerto Galera, Philippines
Asia Divers and El Galleon Resorts are located in Puerto Galera on the North East tip of Mindoro. Puerto Galera was originally a fishing community. Then in the 1980s, the Philippines Government discovered just how many species of fish and corals there are here and declared the entire area a Marine Reserve. Once a thriving fishing village, Puerto Galera soon became the premier scuba diving destination in the Philippines.
It was around this time that the El Galleon resort came into existence along with Asia Divers who have been catering for top class vacations ever since. The El Galleon resort is a premier diving resort just a couple of hours South of Manila, providing unashamed luxury at prices that most Westerners would expect to pay for a two star hotel. Hotel rooms in the resort start for as little as $56 a night.
The diving here is unquestionably the best of anywhere in Oriental Mindoro and some would say all the Philippines or Asia.
If you are looking for a beach vacation then come to El Galleon, the jewel of the Philippines, where the resort staff will do their very best to spoil you.
If you like to scuba dive, then let us tell you right away that our resort is smack in the middle of a marine reserve, created and protected by the Philippines government.
If you are looking for a romantic resort, this really is where y ou will experience the magic of the Orient. It's hardly surprising then that we are so popular with honeymoon couples here in the Philippines.
Our dive facility here in Puerto Galera is less than two years old and there is nothing like it in Asia! We have a huge private diving platform with a large pontoon at the end of it. No other dive shops or resorts in the area have this. Boats can easily dock on the pontoon making it easy for divers to get on and off the boats. Each diver has their own crate in the dive shop to store their gear. There are showers, rinse tanks, towels and drinking water right there. We also have a dedicated camera room with computers available for use and a rinse tank specifically for cameras. The dive deck has a lot of space, so even when the shop is busy you never feel crowded. It’s a very relaxed feeling, and you know that you’re being well looked after by the experienced diving guides and crew who are always there to help you with anything you may need.
We have some fin-tastic package prices with poolside rooms starting at $68 per night double occupancy, boat dives are $32 each, half board meal package is $30 per person per day. Add this up and two divers can get a package for $1535 for 7 nights, meals and 10 boat dives. Transportation from Manila is $310. Contact us for availability…and ask for our agent's discount on this package.
Photos and text courtesy of El Galleon Dive Resort and Asia Divers!
Atlantis Resorts Puerto Galera in the Philippines is offering one of the best BOGO deals in Indo-Asia with the book one diver, second is 50% OFF.
Atlantis Puerto Galera is beautifully built into the hills of Sabang Beach of Puerto Galera and has a great beachfront location; in many travel guidebooks and magazines Atlantis is quoted as one of the most outstanding resorts of the Philippines with its award winning design.
Puerto Galera is well known for its numerous scuba diving spots; the area was designated a Man and Biosphere Reserve of UNESCO in 1973 and has some of the most diverse coral reef diving in Asia located at the very heart of the 'Coral Triangle'. The area also features numerous pocket beaches and stunning tropical scenery.
The archipelago is home to more than 3,000 species of fish and 448 species of coral – where else can you combine unbelievable muck-diving with pristine coral reefs and shoals of schooling fish?
The package at Atlantis Puerto Galera includes:
Accommodation in a deluxe room, double diver occupancy; all meals at Toko's Restaurant (breakfast drinks, Italian and specialty coffees are included); coffee, tea and filtered water are available from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm (Italian and specialty coffees are not included after breakfast); unlimited internet access; and unlimited scheduled boat diving (up to 5 dives a day including night diving); excludes equipment rental, dawn dives, day trips and nitrox. Puerto Galera dive site map and photos courtesy of Atlantis Resorts.
Atlantis Resorts in Puerto Galera and Dumaguete, Philippines are telling us the diving is fine and their resorts are in great shape after the typhoon. To encourage you to visit the Philippines to experience the diving first-hand, we have a great offer. Book one dive package and the second diver is 50% OFF. This special is good for travel until 31 December 2013 so book fast…! Contact us for availability as space is limited.
Some restrictions apply.
- These cannot be combined with any other offer or discount.
- Based on availability.
- Full payment must be received within 15 days of the reservation for this special rate to apply.
- The person paying 50% is the least expensive rate (ie, non‐diver).
- Both people must be traveling on the exact same itinerary and share accommodations.
- 50% rate does not include: marine park fees, equipment rental, dawn dives, day trips, transfers,excursions, personal purchases, spa treatments, Nitrox fills and etc.
- Singles get 25% off the single supplement rate.
Yep folks, the stories are true. The Philippines has some superb scuba diving, very friendly people, good food, and photo opportunities that won't quit above and below the water. And El Nido in Palawan offers some very untouched dive sites. Our buddies and owners of Deep Blue Seafari are offering us some fin-tastic package for exploring the underwater world near Palawan. And the can even get you to the amazing Tubbataha Reef onboard the M/V Sakura. Join Jose and Diana, the owners of Deep Blue Seafari will welcome you to El Nido and treat you to beach BBQs, camping on an exotic tropical island, and dive sites including Coron, Paglugaban Cave, and Tubbataha Reef.
If beach camping is not your style, comfortable accommodations are available at Cauayan Island Resort, Golden Monkey Cottages, and El Nido Garden Resort. Our 4-day, 3-night dive packages with 14 dives start at $685 USD, accommodation packages and meals are extra. Contact us for resort and dive package availability.
Enter the world of Marco Vincent Dive Resort. This Mediterranean inspired property boasts 38 tastefully furnished rooms that are the most spacious in the Puerto Galera Area. 3 restaurants, 2 onsite and 1 beach front, function rooms, an indoor pool and Jacuzzi complete this one of a kind vacation destination. And this resort is located on the best white sand beach in the Puerto Galera area.
El Patio Restaurant - The poolside restaurant is the perfect place to start your day! Enjoy a Filipino breakfast of fried garlic rice, eggs however you want them, accompanied by local delicacies of tocino ( Filipino ham), Longganisa (native sausages) or daing ( marinated fish) . We also serve well loved, traditional, American breakfasts of fluffy pancakes, French toast, omelettes with hashers of sausages, bacon or ham.
Feeling oriental today? Then it's Congee with sidings of pickled vegetables, century egg, minced meat and sautéed vegetables. Something light? A basket of fresh baked bread, local mango, guava or coconut jam with a pot of brewed coffee it is!
MV Dive Center - Marco Vincent Dive Resort is committed to provide quality dive education. Training safe, environmentally conscious divers is the center’s top priority. To ensure this, our dedicated dive pool is designed to meet the requirements of beginner courses. The depth of the pool is divided into two, 5ft and 10ft. The dive pool is the ideal contained, relaxed, environment to introduce beginners to new techniques and equipment that will enable them to conduct themselves safely in and out of the underwater realm.
We are offering two great packages for your diving pleasure and adventure!
8 Days / 7 nights accommodations, full board meals, 18 boat dives, airport transportation extra $1,485 ppdo
10 days / 9 nights accommodations, full board meals, 24 boat dives, air port transfers extra $2,085 ppdo