Diving in the Philippines is a wonderful experience especially for all this sport lovers. The vastness of its costs, the huge amount of islands, reefs and numerous dive sites make it difficult to decide where to go first.
The submarine life in Filipinas is really impressive and it is calculated that you can spend decades before you finish to explore all the beautiful submarine sceneries no yet known.
The Philippines is composed for more than 7,000 islands, all of which offer exceptional sandy beaches and biodiversity.
You can see from tropical forests to coral reefs, the Philippines is a great destiny for great diving vacation. Boracay, White Beach is one of the best beaches in the world and Galera Port is a very important destiny for diving in Asia.
Diving in the Philippines
The best diving in the Philippines you can find it in Siquijor, Cabilao and Galera Port, which all are marine parks, they offer to the divers the possibility to enjoy the coral reefs preserved and the great and abundant marine life. Actually, the Philippines has one of the most bio diverse of the reefs system in the world, and more than four hundred species of coral, thousands of fishes and new species are discovered frequently.
Islands as the Apo, Bohol, Cebu or Leyte have amazing mountain scenery and incredible seascapes, ideal for diving wrecks, walls and technical diving.
Diving is one of the principal activities in the Philippines, which has so many sites centers and diving business very friendly to everyone. The best time to visit this place is definitely in summer, between the months of March and May, on that time the weather is warm and dry.
You need to have in mind that the months of July and September are characterized for the typhoons. Regions like Cebu and Divao can be visited during all the year.
In the Philippines you can find more than 7,000 volcanic islands, 2,500 different species of fishes, whale sharks and many other species we shall refer to later.
Its waters are characterized by their excellent visibility and their comfortable temperature, you can find here walls very deep, reefs comparable to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia and 25 wrecks. More than 500 species of coral inhabit in these waters.
The Philippines is really an enormous archipielago located in full Coral Triangle, where you can find more than 20,000 marine species, including 5 of the 8 species of the sea turtles that exist in the world and the hammerhead shark.
“Galera Port” is the destiny for the most interested divers in submarine life. But, besides that, its waters have spectacular sharks and beautiful shoals of reef fish. In this port, are very famous the diving sites in the “Green Island” where are very common to see the soft and hard corals, also you can see the sponges and the plethoric gorgonians unsurpassed colorful.
We have as well the “Shark cave,” which is a wall with 27 meters deep, in its bottom you can see that the white tip shark, the triggerfish, reef rays, scorpion fish and many species of eels has it as home.
The best wreck of the “Galera Port” is the “Monkey Wreck,” which is a cargo ship resting at 40 meters deep and it is home to angelfish, triggerfish and giant clams.
"El Junco Chino" is another 18 meter wreck that hides many of the most spectacular ocean species such as batfish, scorpion fish, lion fish, surgeon fish and the crocodile brunette.
In the province “Batangas” rest precious wrecks fill of marine life. There is a lot of beautiful coral reefs, tunnels, caves, walls and unevenness among are the mimic octopus, the blue-ringed octopus and a multitude of species of nudibranchs.
In Batangas is also located the marine sanctuary of “Anilao,” which is visited by a great number of submarine photographers that “make their own” taking pictures to the hairy toad awesome fish, the tiny pygmy seahorse funny, reef sharks and mantis shrimp.
Another treasure from Philippines for the divers to discover is “Tubbataha,” a natural park where you can enjoy seeing more than 400 coral species, 500 fish species, 11 shark species, 12 whales species, and 8 dolphin species.
Diversity of the Marine Life
It has 10,000 hectares of coral reefs, which is an amazing fantasy of colors, and here are so many sharks, barracudas, stingrays, several species of sea turtles, the spectacular angelfish, butterfly fish, parrot fish and many tiny fish moving around.
The great variety of the marine life in the Philippines is one of the most spectaculars in the world, and for this reason is very difficult to make a single “catalog” because pages are not enough to describe all the amazing marine life over here. It is calculated that still exist 10% of species to discover.
Plus, there you can see that abound the lion fish, sweet lips fish, bat fish, the spectacular blue-ringed octopus, the Napoleon fish, a great abundance of toad fish, the beautiful nudibranchs, the giant oysters and 12,000 different species of mollusks. The macro underwater photography is such a paradise, the best scenario for your purposes.
However, we will mention the most recognized species in their waters. Here you will see algae, sea grass, sponges, sea anemones, stony corals, soft corals, forams, and more.
You can find as well in the Philippines so many jellies sea, zoanthinds, the coraliformos, black coral, white coral, flatworms, segmented worms, large number and variety of crustaceans, barnacles, the amazing lobsters Rock and shrimp.
You can find hermit crabs, squat lobsters, univalve, bivalves, chitons, cephalopods, octopus, squid, cuttlefish, starfish, echinoderms, brittle stars, feather stars, sea cucumbers, sea squirts and sea urchins of all shapes and sizes as well. And could not miss the sea squirts, sea reptiles (with which you must be careful) and scary sharks.
In summary, to dive in the Philippines is one of the most wonderful experiences that you can live as an expert or beginner diver. It is very impressive.