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Your Guide to Diving Philippines
includes Puerta Galera, Dumaguete, Anilao, Verde Island, ...

All of Undercurrent's information on diving Philippines, including articles, reader reports, Chapbook sections, ...

Diving Philippines Overview

The Philippines are said to have more coastline than any other nation, thanks to the country being composed of so many islands. One can get a great week of diving and accommodations here for roughly $1000 -- much less if you're adventurous -- so more North American divers have the Philippines on their radar screen. Major dive areas are concentrated around Batangas, Mindoro, Palawan, and the Visayas -- with Malapascua, famed for its thresher sharks, at the northern end of the Camotes Sea, accessed via Cebu, while Padre Burgos and its jetty famous for macro life are at the southern end. The reefs are among the most diverse in the world, supporting more than 2,000 species of fish. Tubbataha is a remote reef and marine reserve, accessible by liveaboard from Puerto Princesa in Palawan. Wreck divers head for Coron Bay nearer to Manila.

Philippines Seasonal Dive Planner

There are only two seasons in the Philippines; wet and not so dry. There are still monsoon rains even on summer months from March to June and from there on typhoon it’s season until the December. That said, locals also assert there is a third season, the cold season, when temperatures drop to around 48°F-60°F (9-16°C). It occurs between October and February. Visitors are under the impression that it is always summer but locals consider that to be April to May when average air temperatures are 80°F ((27°C) matched by a similar sea temperature.

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Diving Philippines Reader Reports and Feature Articles

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Latest Reader Reports from Philippines

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Atlantis Dive Resorts Report in Philippines/Dumaguete
"Five star resort with amazing critters"
filed Feb 2, 2023 by Peter Pinkerton (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 9 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
5 stars

We arrived after a Raja Ampat cruise in Indonesia.  Dive staff met us at the airport and transferred us and our luggage to a van and... ... Read more

Magic Island & Magic Oceans/ Report in Philippines/Magic Island & Magic Oceans
"Magic Island/Magic Oceans Combo: Very Good Diving!"
filed Jan 31, 2023 by Michael Wood (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 19 reports, Contributor )
4 stars

After 3 years of Covid delays, our group of 14 finally made it to the Philippines. Magic Island on Cebu Island (Moalboal area) was our ... ... Read more Photos available

Atmosphere Resort & Spa Report in Philippines/Dauin
"Fantastic resort, great muck diving"
filed Nov 27, 2022 by Don Vinh (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 2 reports)
4 stars

Our family of four (Mum, Dad, 16 yo daughter and 19 yo son) traveled here for small critters. We chose Dauin because it has a reputati... ... Read more

Buceo Anilao Report in Philippines/Anilao, Philippines
"Fantastic for nudibranchs"
filed Nov 26, 2022 by Margaret H Jorgensen (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 6 reports, Reviewer )
5 stars

This is nudibranch heaven. I've been there three times now and there have been nudies everywhere. Some are seasonal so there have been ... ... Read more

Anila Photo Academy Report in Philippines/Anilao
"Excellent Way to Improve Photography Skills & Great Blackwater Diving"
filed Nov 26, 2022 by Rik Pavlescak (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 21 reports, Sr. Contributor )
5 stars

An acquaintance recommended that I check out Anilao Photo Academy and I am very glad they did. Rina and Wayne are gracious hosts and go... ... Read more

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Diving Philippines Articles - Liveaboards

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Belize, Bonaire, Florida, Philippines . . ., and a Cozumel dive shop with a great refund policy, 7/15
Problems with the Siren Fleet, divers must evacuate two liveaboards in less than six months, 7/12
Atlantis Azores, Philippines, fantastic liveaboard but only fair diving at Tubbataha Reef, El Galleon good, 10/10

Diving Philippines Articles - Land Based

Atmosphere Resort, Philippines, primo macro, fine wines, 9/22
The Perils of Travel Remain in the Time of COVID, a cautionary tale of our times, 8/22
El Galleon Resort, The Philippines, testing positive in Puerto Galera, 6/22
Aiyanar Beach & Dive Resort, Anilao, Philippines, only if you are a macro photographer, 11/19
Anilao Photo Academy, Balayan Bay, Mabini, Philippines Anilao Photo Academy, Balayan Bay, Mabini, Philippines -- Publicly Available, improving your shooter skills in the muck, 9/19
El Galleon Resort & Asia Divers, Philippines El Galleon Resort & Asia Divers, Philippines -- Publicly Available, money goes a long way (visibility, maybe) in this dive spot, 6/19

Available to the Public
Atlantis Dumaguete Resort, Negros Island, Philippines, an abundance of creatures in clean muck, 6/18
Magic Oceans; Bohol Island, Philippines, another great Philippines bargain, 3/18
Divers Adrift Eight Hours in the Philippines, 2/18
Crystal Blue Resort, Anilao, Philippines, making much of the muck, 11/17
What You Need to Know About The Philippines, 11/17
Managing Dive Trip Expectations, more readers report and tell it like it is, 10/16
The Good, the Bad and the Uncomfortable!, Undercurrent subscribers telling it like it is, 8/16
Mozambique, Mexico, Philippines . . ., more on the Thorfinn, and another Bonaire warning, 10/15
Magic Island and Atlantis-Dumaguete, Philippines, creature comforts, incredible sea life, affordable prices, 4/15
Costa Rica, Montserrat, St. Eustatius . . ., hidden gems, bad air and the jerk of the month, 7/14
Seeking More Exotic Diving?, how about Russia, the Sardine Run, or an underwater cemetery?, 10/13
SeaQuest Dive Center, Philippines, a four-resort, 10-day dive “Seafari” for $150 a day, 8/13
Other Philippines Dive Sites, more destinations for cool critters and great values, 8/13
Kasai Village, Cebu, Philippines, even a typhoon can’t affect the good diving, 3/13
Australia, Grand Cayman, Philippines . . ., and when it’s really the best time to dive in Raja Ampat, 11/11
Anilao, Puerto Galera and More: The Philippines, unique critters, easy travel, inexpensive dive resorts, 5/11
Malapascua and Panglao, Philippines, inexpensive diving on diverse reefs, 5/08
More Philippine Dive Resort Picks, 5/08
Atlantis Dive Resorts, Philippines, wild reefs, tame diving, 9/06
How Safe Are the Philippines?, 9/06
Three Stops in the Philippines, why are Americans missing out?, 9/02

Philippines Sections from Our Travelin' Diver's Chapbooks

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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving Philippines
includes Puerta Galera, Dumaguete, Anilao, Verde Island, ...

The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are available at a significant discount from; just follow the links. -- BD

Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific
by Paul Humann and Ned Deloach

Paul Humann and Ned Deloach have done it again, releasing a definitive identification guide to 1600 extraordinary reef creatures of the Tropical Pacific. with this 500+ page softbound guide, you get upwards of 2000 exceptional photos of shrimp and crabs and stars and worms and lobsters and nudibranchs and slugs and squid and bivalves . . . well, all those invertebrates that move along the reefs of this region without fining, so it seems. There are several photos of some creatures to help you identify them during different life stages, and about ten percent of the book is descriptive copy so you can tie down your identification. Even if you have no plans to go to the tropical Pacific, just to thumb through the pages, gawk at the complexity and uniqueness of these animals, and read a thumbnail sketch will give any serious diver vicarious thrills for endless hours.

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Reef Fish ID Reef Fish Identification: Tropical Pacific
by Gerald Allen, Rodger Steene, Paul Humann, & Ned Deloach

At last, here's a comprehensive fish ID guide covering the reefs of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The generous 500-page text, displaying 2,500 underwater photographs of 2,000 species, identifies the myriad fishes that inhabit the warm tropical seas between Thailand and Tahiti. The concise text accompanying each species portrait includes the fish's common, scientific and family names, size, description, visually distinctive features, preferred habitat, typical behavior, depth range, and geographical distribution. This is an essential book for every diver traveling westward. 6x9 inches.

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Dive Sites of the Great Barrier Reef Dive Sites of the Great Barrier Reef
by Neville Coleman.

With 2900 reefs in 220,000 square miles, the enormous Great Barrier Reef has incredible dives -- and some very ordinary ones. If you're contemplating a trip, Neville Coleman's Dive Sites of the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea will help you ensure you pick the best. This 176 page book, with good maps and scores of colorful photos, describes the significant sites, the topography and the critters, then rates and ranks them so you can pick the best. Don't even consider a trip to Australia without consulting this. $24.95

Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Field Guide
by Gerald R. Allen, Roger Steene.

I was trying to pack light for a change. Surely the Solomon Sea would have good identification books aboard. Not so; the only book on the boat belonged to a fellow passenger. It was one that I had not seen before, the Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Field Guide, by two of the best fish guys around, Gerry Allen and Roger Steene. The problem was this fellow passenger kept it in a plastic baggie most of the trip and I had to beg to see it. Great book, good traveling size, and it covers everything from fish, shells, marine plants, mammals, corals, and invertebrates to sea birds and more. Now I've got my own, and it won't do you any good to beg me to borrow it. This is one of two books that I will not travel to the Pacific without. Good for travel to the Red Sea, East Africa, Seychelles, Mauritius, Maldives, Andaman Sea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia, Micronesia, Polynesia, and Hawaii, it has 1,800 color illustrations in a 6x8 1/2 paperback format with 378 pages. $39.95.

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You might find some other books of interest in our Editor's Book Picks section.


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