Scuba Diving Vacations In The Philippines

Do you dream of an ocean-scape that hosts a rainbow of sea life? A sea that is framed by a coastline that is void of other people? A place that is ready to fulfill your scuba diving fantasies? Welcome to the Philippines…where the sun shines daily and the turquoise water creates a scuba divers dream of exploration. It’s all yours with the scuba diving vacation packages Philippines offers.

The “Coral Triangle” which spans the countries of Indonesia, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea, has been heralded as the most biologically diverse waters on earth, as there are more species of coral and fish living within the “coral triangle” than in any other place on earth.

The Philippines is right in the middle of this.

This makes the Philippines an incredible scuba diving destination every diver should experience at least once! The Philippines, with its glorious beaches and fabulous diving, is often overlooked by divers seeking to visit Asia. Because of the remoteness of the islands, the Philippines have never struggled with the issue of a large numbers of tourists. Today you can find the pristine beaches, deserted islands, and untouched reefs the way they have always been.

Stray away from the beaten track and explore the beautiful Philippines. The country’s enchanted islands feature lush tropical greenery, volcanoes, and other unique topography such as the Chocolate Hills of Bohol and vegetable terraces in the mountain provinces.

Diving in the Philippines offers a number of top-rated areas such as Apo Reef and Coron, which are only accessible by liveaboard. There is plenty of excellent land-based diving, such as Apo Island—accessible from Dumaguete— where shoals of jacks and giant parrotfish are often seen in addition to large pelagics. Scuba divers agree that drift diving is the best way to explore Apo Island, as the currents bring in waters rich in nutrients to feed the thriving soft corals. Apo Island is a protected Marine Reserve, and that environmental shield has resulted in a rich underwater ecosystem – perfect for your next scuba diving trip in the Philippines.

In the middle of the Sulu Sea, east of the Island of Palawan, lie twin atolls known as Tubbataha, one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. This site is only accessible by liveaboard from March to early June but is one of the most worthy dive destinations in the world. A large concentration of marine life inhabits this reef area, surrounded by depths well over 3,000 feet. Some 2,000 varieties of fish have been identified, including manta rays, white and black tip sharks, nurse sharks, guitar sharks, bull sharks and hammerhead sharks. Large schools of pelagics often congregate in the area and swoop in on divers. This is an excellent underwater photography area! The reef walls support an amazing array of soft and hard corals in spectacular kaleidoscope of colors.

Monad Shoal is perhaps the most famous Philippine location to dive off Malapascua, Cebu. Malapascua Island is world renowned as being perhaps the only place that you can expect to reliably see the often elusive and mysterious Thresher Shark often visited by Manta Rays and Hammerhead Sharks too. For a cheap Philippine trip, the island itself, which sits just off the northern tip of Cebu Philippines, is known for its authenticity as there are no five star hotels or luxury spas here. Accommodations are charming, small and family run and very welcoming.

Cebu is a long narrow island stretching 140 miles from north to south and surrounded by 167 neighboring islands, making it a prime choice for liveaboard scuba diving trips in the Philippines. Cebu is known for its narrow coastlines, limestone plateaus, and coastal plains. Cebu also has predominant rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges traversing the northern and southern lengths of the island.
Scuba diving is also very popular around Boracay. The waters surrounding Boracay Island have excellent sites for beginner and experienced divers alike. They are packed with vibrant fish and reefs, wrecks sites, caves and canyons. There are over 30 great dives sites within 30 min of Boracay Philippines.

Blessed with majestic scenery and a huge variety of scuba diving in Philippines, it is still relatively unexplored. Reports of new, untouched dive sites reach us almost weekly, and there is significant investment in tourism infrastructure pouring into the area. So wait no more, contact us to learn about our scuba diving vacation packages Philippines deals!

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Visa  

Passport holders of most western countries do not need to obtain a visa for stays up to 21 days for the Philippines.Costs approximately US$30. It is possible to extend your stay beyond 21 days by visiting an immigration office whilst in the country and obtaining a visa extension for a nominal fee. Visa & passport regulations for different countries are constantly in a state of flux and we always advise our guests to check for updates and changes at your local Filipino Embassy. Please make sure that your passport has a validity of at least 6 months beyond the period you intend to stay in the Philippines. You will be required to show a confirmed onward ticket out of the Philippines (within the maximum number of days you are allowed to stay in the country) upon arrival.
There are over 170 different languages and dialects spoken in the Philippines, however, Tagalog (aka Filipino) is the most widely spoken language in the archipelago. Nearly all Filipinos who work in the tourism industry speak good English, and English road and street signs are found nationwide.
GMT +8
The local currency is the Philippine Peso (PHP). The vast majority of hotels, resorts, shops and restaurants will accept a wide range of credit and debit cards. Please note that in some cases away from the major cities you may be asked to pay a service charge for credit card handling. This can range from 3.5 – 6.0%. ATMs are easily found throughout the Philippines in airports and in any major centre of population (Manila, Cebu, Dumaguete, Puerto Princesa, Boracay etc).
The Philippines are a tropical country and the weather is fairly even all year round. The year is roughly divided into two seasons; ‘rainy’ and ‘dry’. The rainy season generally begins in early June and can extend through to November. In general the months with greatest rainfall tend to be July and August. The rainy season often brings days of uninterrupted sunshine punctuated by occasional thunderstorms and rain. The central Visayas including Cebu, Bohol and Negros are sheltered from the monsoon rains and thus have less pronounced seasons. These areas are liable to have rain at any time of the year, but it’s usually not too serious. The dry season runs from November through to May but there is always the chance of light rainfall during this period. The warmest months are usually March through to May and the highest humidity is in June, July and August. Year round coastal and inland temperatures range from 27 °C – 28 °C (81 °F – 82 °F) up to 33 °C – 34 °C ( 91 °F – 93 °F) with an average of approximately 31 °C ( 87 °F). Evenings are marginally cooler.
Health standards vary throughout the country depending on the location. In some cases they do not meet Western Standards and in others they exceed them. Manila and Cebu have international class hospitals whilst the hospitals in other parts of the country will ensure that you receive more than adequate care. All major towns have hospitals and doctors available. However, it is advisable to obtain Travel Insurance in addition to Health Insurance before you travel. We advise you to ensure that all your vaccinations are up to date. We also recommend to follow normal precautions with food in order to prevent stomach upsets, and be sure to drink either boiled or bottled water only. Please consult your doctor or nearest health authorities for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure.
The Filipino electricity supply is 220 volts with the US-style flat 2-pin sockets. Please make sure you bring universal adapter with you if necessary.
Passengers traveling within the Philippines are required to pay airport terminal fees. This varies from airport to airport; please ensure you have small denominations of local currency on hand to pay these fees. Airport fees are constantly in a state of flux. We always advise our guests to check for updates and changes.

Where Are The Philippines?


Water temperature
24 – 29 °C / 75 – 84 °F

Visibility
20 – 50 meters / 60 – 165ft

Wetsuit
Skin – 3mm – 5mm

Best time to travel
Year round

Recommended dive sites
Tubbataha Reef, Apo Island, Cabilao Island

Above water activities
Chocolat Hills, Banaue Rice Terraces