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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 Azores Report in Philippines/Tubbataha LiveAboard
"Great Diving at Tubbataha"
filed Apr 14, 2024 by Wayne B. Batzer M.D. (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 4 reports, Reviewer )
5 stars

It was a true privilege to dive at the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tubbataha includes two large atolls ... ... Read more Photos available

Atlantis Dive Resorts Report in Philippines/Puerto Galera
"Terrific diving, wonderful resort!"
filed Apr 13, 2024 by Wayne B. Batzer M.D. (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 4 reports, Reviewer )
5 stars

I had initially planned this as a warm up to the Atlantis Azores Tubbataha liveaboard, with a chance to do some diving while adjusting ... ... Read more Photos available

Aggressor Philippines Report in Philippines/Cebu Island
"Aggressor Philippines in Cebu"
filed Apr 6, 2024 by Giorgio Bonmassar (Experience: 251-500 dives, 5 reports, Reviewer )
5 stars

I saw thresher sharks in Kimua shoal, nudibranchs in almost every dive, sea snakes and an incredible cave penetration in Gato Island, d... ... Read more

Agos Scuba Report in Philippines/Apo Reff, Busuanga, Plawan
"Reasonable diving on very basic liveaboard"
filed Apr 1, 2024 by Phil Johnston (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 25 reports, Sr. Contributor )
3 stars

The good: diving operations were well run although only 1 of the 2 dive guides was fully proficient in English. Dive briefings were qui... ... Read more Photos available

S/Y Philippine Siren Report in Philippines/Tubbataha LiveAboard
"Well run live aboard but diving a bit disappointing"
filed Mar 31, 2024 by Ian Kennedy (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 13 reports, Contributor )
3 stars

The Siren is a wooden sailing boat, although the sails are rarely used. Being wooden, it tends to creak a lot, especially in rough seas... ... Read more Photos available

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Diving Philippines Articles - Liveaboards

Reflections on the Philippines Capsizing. Carrying Four Divers to the Depths, 7/23
Two Liveaboards Capsize and Sink in April, 5/23

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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
The Tristar, Sulu Sea, The Phillippines, Before It's Too Late, 11/88

Diving Philippines Articles - Land Based

Malapascua, Moaboal, Philippines, undulating thresher sharks, swirling sardines, 4/24
Mandarinfish at Lighthouse Reef, 4/24
Little Cayman, Maui, Raja Ampat, Texas Oil Rigs Little Cayman, Maui, Raja Ampat, Texas Oil Rigs -- Publicly Available, thresher sharks, dying reefs, barefoot elegance, 9/23
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

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Aiyanar Beach & Dive Resort, Anilao, Philippines, only if you are a macro photographer, 11/19
Anilao Photo Academy, Balayan Bay, Mabini, Philippines, improving your shooter skills in the muck, 9/19
El Galleon Resort & Asia Divers, Philippines, money goes a long way (visibility, maybe) in this dive spot, 6/19
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
Saving Tubbataha Reef, Phillipines, And Saving Myself, As Well, 9/92
The Lady Of The Sea, Philippines, Certainly Worth The Wait, 6/85
The Seaquest, Philippines, Sharks, Stingrays and Lionfish, 1/81

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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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