The Philippines has one of the most productive marine ecosystem in the world.Its tropical waters are enriched by currents coming from Japan, the South China Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Celebes Sea. No wonder the country's waters abound with species of fish, shells, various marine found in the Indo-Pacific region. It has no less thean 800 species of corals.
Philippine dive sites offer unending fascination: perpendicular submarine cliffs covered with sponges, corals of varying shapes and sizes, gorgorians swarming with schools of pelagic fish, and dramatic drop-offs that reveal the vibrant marine world underneath. All of these conspire to give divers a rewarding experience that must never be missed.
Remember to leave these nature's wonders exactly as you found them, for other divers and the coming generations to see and enjoy.
The dive sites listed in this brochure are grouped into four major areas according to location, accessibility, and availability of fascilities: Batangas, Mindoro, Palawan, and the Visayas.
Other dive areas (shown on the map overleaf) remain largely unexplored. These areas offer few or no fascilities and for more adventurous divers.
There are two ways to experience the best of Philippine diving. The first is to avail of a tour on one of the dive boats that cruise various divesites. These boats offer comfortable accomodations, good food, unlimited air, and a diving guide. Cruises generally last from one to two weeks.
Resort-based diving is another way to enjoy the bounties of hte Philippine undersea world. These resorts, located near popular dive sites, offer complete diving fascilities, air-conditioned accomodations, full restaurant service in the evenings, and an option to takea day off from diving to see the countryside.