The Philippines is a vast archipelago which consists of more than 7,000 islands spread across an area of 298,000 square kilometres. The entire country can be separated into 3 main diving areas, the Visayas and Cebu in the eastern part of the country, Tubbataha Reefs National Park in the Southern Sulu Sea, and Coron and Apo reef located in the Batangas which is nearby Manila in the north of the country. These destinations are comprised of many different marine eco -systems, and support a huge variety of marine animal species, making the Philippines one of the bio-diverse regions in the World. And as the best diving is remote and spread across large areas, liveaboard trips are by far the best way to experience each separate area.
The Visayas consist of many fringing reefs with gentle slopes and mini walls covered in soft and hard corals. Along with large bait balls which sometimes gather around the reefs off Moalboal and Pescador islands, there is a chance of Whale Shark encounters along the southern edge of Cebu Island. And to the north at Malapascua Island, early dawn dives can have Thresher Sharks at meeting divers at well known cleaning stations.
Tubbataha Reefs National Park offers some of the most remote and pristine tropical diving experiences as anywhere. The vertical walls here are packed full of corals, and attract pelagic animals like mantas and larger sharks. This region gives divers an unspoilt and unique experience like no where else in the Philippines.
Coron is best known for the many Japanese WWII wrecks around Busuanga Island, which were sunk in the Battle of Coron Bay. Many of the wrecks are within normal recreational diving limits. There is also world class muck diving in nearby Anilao, where divers can see many unique species of Nudibranches and other rare animals. Apo Reef Natural Park is a huge area of 34 square kilometers, with countless reefs and dive sites. Here you can dive on coral walls, coral outcrops, and gentle slopes with large schools of fish, reef sharks, and pelagic species like Manta and Eagle Rays.