Philippines (some are included in PDI’s Top 10) include Tubattaha Reef in the Sulu Sea, Malapascua in Cebu (which offers you a chance to catch rare Thresher Sharks), Subic Bay (wreck diving), Balicasag Island just off Bohol, Anilao in Batangas, Boracay Island, Puerto Galera (colorful corals and big fishes abound), Apo Island in Dumaguete, and the islands surrounding Palawan. From World War II wrecks, colorful tropical fish, diverse corals, and a host of others, Philippine scuba diving has a lot to offer even to the fussiest diver. Water Temperature One of the factors that make the Philippines an ideal diving spot is the year round warm waters.
Being a tropical country, the water temperature in Philippine diving spots is nothing short of divine. All throughout the year, water temperatures range from 22 – 28 degrees Celsius. These comfortable temperatures allow divers to wear thinner, more moveable wetsuits on their dive explorations. This makes for a more comfortable experience and allows the diver to have more freedom in exploring the sites under the sea. Dive Trips Dive trips operated by both big international resorts and small family-run businesses exist in the Philippines. Usually, diving is done from smaller boats (bancas). These dive centers usually have what is called a house reef which is accessible from the beach. These dive sites are suitable for snorkeling or for more relaxed diving trips throughout the day. The house reef is also suited for night dives. Liveaboard scuba diving expeditions are also done in the Philippines, but mostly in the Tubbataha region. A liveaboard is a boat for tourist scuba diving where the guests sleep on board a boat. This allows the people to reach more distant dive sites and have their diving equipment ready where they are. Diving Conditions It is pretty much scuba diving season all year round in the Philippines, though some places have shorter dive seasons due to trade winds. You have to take note also that the wettest months are from June to August