SCUBA DIVING PHILIPPINES - SOUTH EAST ASIA
Puerto Galera, Boracay Islands, Cebu, Negros, and Bohol are all part of the Visayas area. The Philippines is one of the worlds most desirable scuba diving locations with over 7000 Islands and a huge range of dive sites. Many Islands such as Boracay and Bohol are highly developed with thousands of return scuba divers every year.
A number of high quality resorts are available as well as top quality diving operators, all at affordable prices.
Perhaps the best known destination in the Philippines Puerto Galera has dozens of dive sites within a very short distance of its coast. The Canyons and Verde Island are consistently popular dive sites and home to a huge variety of marine life.
For Macro Photography the local reefs around Negros and Panglao are perfect for this.
If you want to see bigger pelagics such as Tuna, Sharks and schools of Jacks and Barracuda then Apo Island, Apo Reef and Tubbataha Reef rarely disappoint.
Pescador Island, Balicasag Island and Cabilao offer steep drop-offs with a huge variety of marine life. Thresher Sharks are regularly seen at Malapascua - one of the more difficult shark species to find.
For shallow sloping contours and a tremendous array of corals Boracay is the destination of choice. You can also dive Yapak wall where big Pelagics can be seen in 30m depths plus.
World War 2 wrecks can be seen at Coron with over 10 Japanese wrecks lying in waters shallow enough for sport divers to explore them.
The Philippines is also only a short distance from Truk, Palau and Borneo which opens the door to yet more incredible diving.
Bohol is an extremely popular tourist location
and continues to expand at an exponential rate. Resorts and hotels are
of a high standard although there are budget options for the
backpackers. Restaurants in the region are excellent but spend some
time at the food stalls and markets, as the local food is very tasty.
The diving is amongst the best in Southeast-Asia and there are a number
of other tourist attractions for those who want to stay dry.
Boracay Island is the very image of the perfect tropical getaway. Many resorts and hotels line the White Beach, which is one of the most picturesque in the Philippines. Accommodation options are broad and consistently great value no matter what your budget. 5-Star hotels are as good here as anywhere in Southeast-Asia and the beach hut/bungalow operations remain popular with backpackers. There are several bars and clubs for the party animals and an idyllic beach to recover on in the afternoon. Diving, Snorkeling and other water sports are very popular around the Island. The incredibly clear waters help to magnify the enjoyment of marine activities.
Malapascua Island has increasingly become a hotbed of tourist activity. Limited building space has helped the Island retain its natural charm and beauty whilst improving infrastructure has been to everyone’s benefit. The beaches remain pristine and startlingly white. Clear blue waters frame the coastline beautifully and entice the same visitors back year after year. Snorkeling and Scuba Diving are hugely popular around the Island. There are numerous wonderful dive sites to choose from and all offer a unique glimpse into the underwater world. Non-divers still flock to Malapascua for the easy, relaxed pace of life during the day and the bars and clubs at night.
Puerto Galera has long been a haven for tourists around the globe. Most come for the relaxed atmosphere and beautiful environment. Sabang Beach is the usual destination for travelers but there is a large range of accommodation options in the local area. The cost of living in the area is relatively cheap so those on a tight budget may treat themselves to a good hotel or resort. Numerous fantastic dive sites are within easy reach and offer some of the best diving in the Philippines.
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