The Philippines – Historic wrecks, superb coral reefs and magnificent muck diving
Overview of diving in the Philippines
The Philippines vast number of islands can cater to every type of diver. For those who love marine life large pelagics such as whale sharks and thresher sharks can be found cruising over stunning coral reefs. Wreck divers will love the historic WWII wrecks at Coron and Subic Bay, while macro lovers will enjoy diving at locations such as Dumaguete and Siquijor.
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Our dive trip to Philippines
Our trip to the Philippines is one of our most memorable diving trips. Our first stop was at Coron Bay to explore the historic WWII ships sunk there. There are over a dozen huge Japanese wrecks sunk in Coron Bay, some 170m in length. The limestone fresherwater lakes at Coron are also awesome to freedive in. We experienced our first taste of muck diving in Dumaguete, seeing all sorts of weird and wonderful critters. Meanwhile on Cebu we were able to freedive with whale sharks, the oceans largest fish. Finally at Apo Island dived on coral reefs that rival any dive site we have been to before.
You can find out more about the dive sites we visited in the posts below.
Apo Island is a small island situated off the coast of Negro island. The waters around the island are dedicated as a marine reserve, protected by the National Integrated Protected Area Act (NIPA). The coral reefs around the island are spectacular and habitat to a large diversity and abundance of marine life.
Coron Bay is famous for its wrecks, with over a dozen Imperial Japanese Navy ships from WWII sunk in its the waters . The other main attraction are the spectacular limestone lakes, three of which are connected to sea. These lakes have a mixture of fresh and salt water, with sharp temperature changes around the 15m depth mark. Combined with fantastic beaches and scenery, Coron is a must for any divers bucket list.
The coast between Dumaguete and Dauin has popular muck diving sites which attracts avid underwater photographers. Frogfish, seahorses, nudibranchs and may other weird and wonderful species can be found, with plenty of resorts with eagle eyed dive guides ready to find them for you!
Oslob is all about whale sharks, with almost guaranteed sightings. This has resulted from years of the local fishermen feeding the sharks to keep them in the area. It is possible to both dive and snorkel at this site.