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Diving in the Philippines

If you are planning on diving in the Philippines and you are interested in some dive sites and diving information, here you will find some good diving info about the country that may be useful to know.

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Beside diving

Before going diving in the Philippines you should know that the archipelago of the Philippines comprise of over 7,107 islands and is one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world. Philippines visitors will enjoy some of the best beaches in the world like Boracay, el Nido and Bohol. Also many national parks and nature reserves.

Capital: Manila. Language: Filipino and English. Currency: Philippine peso. Population: Approx. 92,400,000 Climate: humid, with high temperatures and high rainfall. Typhoons can strike during the rainy season from July to October.

All About Diving in the Philippines

Some of the more visited diving areas in the country are el Nido beach in Palawan Island, Boracay Island, Malapascuas Island, Cebu Island, Bohol Island, Tubattaha reef and Puerto Galera.

Diving in the islands you will find good visibility and sea temperatures that vary around 27°C/ 82°F. Good for diving all year-round.


Dive Centers/Dive Club information

Address information, phone number and email address.

Philippines Dive Sites Dive Centers/Dive Club
Boracay Island Scuba Diving Flag Pirate DiversTel: +639 2019 27527
Fax:
E-Mail: simon.piratedivers@gmail.com
Bohol Island Scuba Diving Flag Reef SeekersTel: 0949 733 0930
Fax:
E-Mail: reefseekersph@gmail.com
Cebu Island Scuba Diving Flag
Luzon Scuba Diving Flag
Mindanao Scuba Diving Flag
Panay Island Scuba Diving Flag Niki's Scuba DivingTel:
Fax:
E-Mail: office@nikiscubadiving.com
Panglao Island Scuba Diving Flag Pata Negra Dive CenterTel: +63 929 355 0016
Web: patanegradivers.com
E-Mail: info@patanegradivers.com
Palawan Island Scuba Diving Flag
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Coron, Busuanga Island

ScubaDivingFanClub asked about diving Coron to Pirate Divers.

Tell us about the area: During WW2 a US Strike Force reached Busuanga Island, Palawan and found 12 large enemy ships anchored in Coron Bay and the surrounding islands. After only a 15 minute attack they left behind the carnage of burning and sinking ships. We are located 40km outside of Coron in the little town of Concepcion. We chose this location due to its very close proximity to the wrecks and beautiful white sand beach islands. We are only 15-40minutes by boat to all the sites, compared to a 2hr trip from Coron itself. Concepcion is now an up and coming area with 3 high end resorts and 4 nice low budget resorts already built and functioning. We aim to provide a high quality, friendly and safe service, with a nice family atmosphere. Groups will never have to dive with other people, the dive will be tailored to your needs and if you have a non diving partner, why not try 2wreck dives and then you both can go and relax and eat lunch on one of our amazing beach islands. This will keep everyone happy!
Describe types of diving in the area: Its all about the wrecks. One of very few places in the world with multiple, penetrable world war two wrecks. Anything from open water to advance wreck divers will have something to see and explore here. We also have Barracuda lake on Coron island which is a thermo cline lake, no wet suit needed in this one with water temperatures peaking around 38-40dregrees.
How many dive sites in the area: 20+ with multiple dives on each wreck needed to be able to see all the things. Best dive sites in the area: Personal Opinion is Okikwa Maru, as its such a versatile wreck with any ability able to dive it.
Best time to dive: April. Shallowest dive: 8M/26F. Deepest Dive: 40M/132F. Visibility: Good. Any Wrecks: Several Wrecks. Suit required: Long Wet Suit 3mm.Diving In Coron Philippines

Diving In Coron Philippines

Panglao Island

Information and photos about Panglao Isl. provided by:

Panglao isl. north of Bohol sea is another popular tourist destination in the Philippines.

Best sites in the area: The Balicasag island, Pamilcan Island, Cabilao Island and Panglao Island. Describe types of diving in the area: Wall diving, reef and night diving considered the best. Best time to dive: May Suit required: Short Wet Suit 3mm. Minimum depth: 8M/26F. Maximum Depth: 40M/132F. Wrecks: yes only one. Visibility: Perfect.


Pandan & Antique/Panay Island

Local fun dives include walls, coral gardens, deep and shallow reefs including protected sanctuary areas located from 5 to 25 minutes from the shore by boat.

Diving centers also organize 1 or 2 day trips to other islands nearby like Mararison or Maniguine, or along the north-west coast of Panay Island, where you will find amazing, and in some cases, adventurous dive sites. Best dive sites in the area: Mararison and Maniguine.

Commonly seen aquatic life includes Blue Spotted Stingray, Sweetlips, Ribbon Eel and others, Puffer, Triggerfishe, Goatfishe, Boxfishes, Scorpionfish, Lionfish, different kinds of snails and many small reef fishes, no sharks.

Best time to dive: April. Shallowest dive: 8M/26F Deepest Dive: 40M/132F Visibility: Good. Any Wrecks: No Wrecks. Suit required: Long Wet Suit 3mm.

Information and photos provided by the diving center:

Niki's Scuba Diving

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