Top 7 World Famous Dive Spots in the Philippines

Philippines have extraordinary beautiful marine life which simply can only be experienced through snorkel and scuba dive. Simply envision doing your first jumps on perfect coral reefs and seeing turtles, sharks and an entire species of beautiful marine life. Philippines is famous for its wreck dive, fish species, Tubbataha reef which is also the second largest reef after great Barrier reef. It’s an ideal place for people looking to explore and find treasures of Mother Nature within their budget. Below is a list of top 7 dive sites you must visit in Philippines:

Tubbataha Reef

Tubbataha Reef Photo By q phia

Situated amidst of Sulu Sea, Tubbataha reef system is a protected area in Philippines and famous dive site in the world due to its rich marine life and extraordinary beauty. It is home to extraordinary marine life like Whales, dolphins, sharks, turtles and Napoleon wrasse. It is home to no less that 600 fish species, 360 coral species, 11 shark species, 13 dolphin and whale species, and 100 bird species.

Apo Reef

Apo Reef. Photo By matthew lee

The Apo reef is a 34 square kilometres Marine Natural Park famous for its exquisite marine life and diving. It is the world’s second-largest contiguous coral reef system and the largest in the country. Marine life includes shark, barracuda, manta rays and numerous fishes and micro species.

Monad Shoal

Thresher Shark Photo By Maxime Guilbot

Monad Shoal is a world well known dive site situated in Malapascua. It is famous site to spot Thresher Sharks and manta ray. Thresher shark are very uncommon and graceful species and can be spotted in early morning hours at Monad Shoal.

Coron, Palawan

Morazan Wreck Dive Photo By brownpau

It is known for one of the best dive site for wreck diving. In the 40s, 24 Japanese ships were by American Air raid out of which 12 wrecks have been discovered. Compare to other dive sites it doesn’t much marine life but for die-hard wreck divers it’s a paradise.

Sabang Bay, Puerto Galera

Underwater Puerto Galera. Photo By Tony Shih

Puerto Galera has many protected cove with old coral patio nurseries and uncommon marine species. There are around 30 dive spots around Sabang Beach and White Beach! The Marine life is rich here and divers can see Whitetip Reef Sharks and big Pelagic Fishes. These all add to making diving at Puerto Galera amongst the best in the Philippines.

Cabilao Island

Cabilao is a small island located west of Bohol famous for hammerhead sharks. Near the lighthouse, divers come to watch the hammerhead sharks which assemble amongst December and June. This dive site is also great for underwater photography as scorpion, stonefish, leaf fish, ghost pipefish, sea snakes and shrimps are often seen here.

Yapak 2, Boracay

Whitetip Reef Shark. Photo by Bernard DUPONT

If you are nearby Boracay, you must not miss this dive site. The visibility is great 30m+, the sea life is amazing what more do you want? You can often see hammerhead sharks, Barracudas, Giant Trevallies, Dogtooth Tunas, Grey Reef Sharks and Whitetip Reef Sharks. Beware! The sea current is strong here and diving for experienced divers is recommended.