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Top 5 Diving Sites in the Philippines

WHETHER YOU are a pro or a newbie in diving, Philippines’ summer season is sure to push you to get away from the heat and go anywhere near the water to refresh. We listed down our top five summer sites for diving enthusiasts in this post. You are welcome.

1. Monad Shoal, Malapascua, Cebu

Located in the beautiful land of Malapascua in Cebu, the Monad Shoal is an island sunken 20 meters down and is known to be a cleaning station for Thresher Sharks. It is very rare to not experience seeing the Thresher Sharks in one of your dives and you may be luckier to see Manta Rays on this same event. Its Shark Point feature made its way to becoming one of the world’s most famous diving sites.

Malapascua Diving - Photo by Jeremy Cuff

Malapascua Diving – Photo by Jeremy Cuff

2. Anilao, Batangas

Most, if not all, of Manila’s divers definitely includes Anilao, Batangas in their topmost favorite diving spots in the Philippines. It is because of its proximity to the Metro, but gives a feel that you are farther away from the stress of the big city. Anilao is known to house in different diving spots, any one of them will surely suit your summer trip. For only a relatively short trip from the busy streets, you’re ready to go.

Anilao Batangas Diving

Beautiful views await divers of Anilao, Batangas diving sites.

3. Tubbataha Reef National Park, Sulu Sea, Palawan

The Tubbataha Reef Natural Park is declared as a UNESCO world Heritage Site and a national park. It is one of the largest marine ecosystems in the world located in the middle of Indonesia, Malaysian Borneo, and the South East Philippines. The Tubbataha has over 600 fish, 360 coral, 11 shark, 13 dolphin, and different whale species. More than just a diving site, the Reef is one of the world’s most important underwater ecology and should be well known all over the world.

Tubbataha Reefs

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park offers divers sites to behold. – Photo from

4. Blue Hole, Romblon

If you want your diving experience new and in a fresh light, Blue Hole may be just the perfect choice. Situated in Tablas, in the picturesque island province of Romblon, the hole is 5 meters deep in its opening and goes down up to 30 meters, sloping towards a sandy floor bottom. The hole is big enough to fit as many people with its 6-meter diameter. Those who opt the hole to be their dive spot will surely witness the beauty of its colors deep down, the shrimps, nudibranches, and many other aquatic macro species and marine creatures inhabits there.

5. Shipwrecks, Coron, Palawan

Palawan is the home of some of the best and most popular diving locations in the world. One of these famous sites is the warship wrecks from the World War II. In a twisted turn of events, suddenly this site has been famous amongst divers and tourists alike—having been an interesting historical and marine attraction. It is like visiting a museum, divers can freely go inside the portions that were once rooms, offices, and/or cabins and see the ruins up close for themselves. Not only can they witness the beauty of sea creatures and inhabitants but also the stories of the past.

Coron Shipwreck Reefs - Photo from

Coron Shipwreck Reefs – Photo from

Have you chosen where to dive this coming summer? Consider any of these fascinating sites or better yet, try to conquer them all and for sure this will be one heck of a summer for you. Enjoy!

Note: Reach these diving spots from Manila or any key cities by Cebu Pacific Air daily. Check out for promos, and further details.

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By profession, the author is a Financial Consultant and Certified Estate Planner in the Philippines. An award-winning journalist-blogger, Ely is also passionate about spreading financial literacy among Filipinos and is managing a team of around a hundred financial consultants/advisors. A brand ambassador for known brands in the Philippines, Ely writes about travel and lifestyle when not meeting clients to discuss about solidifying their financial portfolios. Follow him on Twitter & Instagram @elysplanet. Check out as well.


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