Coral reef treasures: diving and snorkeling in the Philippines

The Philippines has some of the most diverse and spectacular coral reefs in the world, making the archipelago an ideal diving and snorkeling destination. In this article, we’ll tell you about the most amazing dive sites and and unique underwater treasures that can be found in Philippine waters.

Tubbataha Reef: Located in the Sulu Sea, this spectacular reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to over 600 species of fish, 360 species of coral and many species of sea turtles, sharks and dolphins. Tubbataha Reef is considered one of the best diving spots in the world.

Apo Island: Located off the coast of Mindanao, Apo Island attracts divers with its rich coral reef and variety of marine life. Here you can see a large number of fish, sea turtles, manta rays, and even sharks.

Malapascua: This island off the coast of Cebu is famous for its leopard sharks, which can be seen at a depth of 25-30 meters. You can also see shipwrecks, caves, and walls covered in coral.

Koron: Located in Palawan, Koron attracts divers with its World War II shipwrecks drowning among the coral reefs. You can also find magnificent coral walls, tunnels, and caves here.

Anilao: This popular diving site is located on the island of Luzon and offers magnificent coral gardens, a variety of macro creatures and many species of fish. Anilao is ideal for snorkeling and underwater photography.

Puerto Galera: Another popular diving spot on the island of Mindoro, Puerto Galera offers a variety of dive sites and, including steep walls, coral gardens and sandy slopes. Here you can see many species of coral and fish, as well as rare macro creatures.

Moalboal: Located on the island of Cebu, Moalboal is known for its enormous numbers of sardines, which form dazzling “tornadoes” of fish. There are also colorful coral gardens and a variety of sea creatures, including sea turtles and dolphins.

Donsol: This diving site on Luzon Island attracts divers from all over the world because of the opportunity to swim with the huge whale sharks that gather here at certain times of the year. Many species of fish, sea turtles, and mantas can also be seen in the surrounding waters.

Balikasag: This small island off the coast of Bohol offers great diving and snorkeling among the colorful coral gardens, steep walls, and sandy slopes. Many species of tropical fish, sea turtles, sharks, and mantas can be seen here.

Siquehor: This mysterious island, known for its witchcraft legends, is also a great place for diving and snorkeling. Here you can find colorful coral gardens, magnificent walls and an amazing variety of marine life, including sharks, sea turtles and various species of fish.