Diving in the Philippines

Location of the Philippines

This article is intended to provide the already qualified Scuba diver with information which will help to plan dives in the waters of the Philippines, whether as a local resident or a visitor. Information is provided without prejudice, and is not guaranteed accurate or complete. Use it at your own risk.

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With 7107 islands, 18,000 kilometres of shoreline and 27,000 sq. kilometres of coral reefs, the Philippines lies in the coral triangle which is one of the most bio-diverse marine regions on Earth. The Philippine seas are home to over 450 species of hard corals,and more than 500 fish families, which include 2000-2500 fish species.

There is a wide variety of dive site types, including reefs, wrecks and underwater caves. The geographic location predisposes the Philippines to typhoons for four months in a year, but the topography and structure of the archipelago give make many of the sites accessible throughout the year.

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Marine ecology

Silver moony - Monodactylus argenteus
Nudibranch
Pacific Clown Anemone Shrimp - Periclimenes brevicarpalis

Tropical Indo-Pacific The region with highest biodiversity, and possibly also the largest extent. Very large numbers of different species can be found in this huge region, but they are also widespread,and similar species will be found in adjoining regions.

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Dive sites include:

Anilao

Outstanding corals and reef life with high diversity of small marine creatures.

Location: Cazador Point, the southernmost point of the Calumpan Peninsula
Access: day boat
Maximum depth at the site is 35m and minimum depth is 5m.
Ecology: Marine life is plentiful and varied due to the currents. Fish life includes Moorish idols, barracuda, sharks, pufferfish, snappers, surgeonfish, wrasses, angelfish, and jacks.
Features: A small cave at 6m is occasionally graced by resting whitetip sharks and a submerged pinnacle at 21m offers a good vantage point from which to see pelagics when the current is running.

Mainit Point

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Position: Cazador Point, the southernmost point of the Calumpan Peninsula
Depth: 5 to 35 meters (16 to 115 feet)
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Marine life: Marine life is plentiful and varied due to the currents. Fish life includes Moorish idols, barracuda, sharks, pufferfish, snappers, surgeonfish, wrasses, angelfish, and jacks. A small cave at 6m is occasionally graced by resting whitetip sharks and a submerged pinnacle at 21m offers a good vantage point from which to see pelagics when the current is running.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: Intermediate
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Beatriz Rock

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Position: North of Sombrero Island at the northern end of Maricaban Strait.
Depth: 14-27 meters (45-90 feet)
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Marine life and features: A series of drop-offs, with channels in between, from 5m to 27m and a pinnacle rising from 14m to 8m. There are large barrel sponges, gorgonians, black corals, soft corals, stony corals, anemones with nudibranchs and sea stars. Fish include clownfish,triggerfish, snappers, surgeonfish, jacks, anthias, and there are also turtles and octopuses.
Stay safe
Skills: Intermediate

Apo Island

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Protected diving area for over 20 years. Healthy corals.
Position: Off the Southeast tip of Negros Island
Depth: 3-35 meters (10-115 feet)
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Marine life and features: The reef has many large corals and sponges, including table, star and brain corals, barrel sponges and sea whips, and some good-sized clumps of black coral. Anemones with clownfish, and giant clams are common. A prolific fish life can be found in the area: groupers, glasseye snappers, gobies, tangs, wrasses, chromis, damsels, surgeons, squirrelfish, butterflyfish, drums, fusiliers and parrotfish. Blacktip and whitetip sharks are quite common, and a variety of pelagics, including tuna, jacks, barracuda, wahoos and mackerel, may visit the usually clear water.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards recorded
Skills: Intermediate
Equipment: No special equipment recommended


Apo reef

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A 340 meter-wide dual-lagoon system divided by a narrow channel that runs west to east.
Position: South China Sea, west of Mindoro Island
Depth: 2 to more than 40 meters (7 to more than 130 feet)
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Marine life and Features: This is an area where more than 380 species of fish are known to reside, an excellent area to view several species of large pelagics. Among the species of fish that can be found in the Apo Reef area are various sharks (including whitetip, blacktip, hammerhead and whale sharks), stingrays, mantas, jacks and snappers, tuna, wahoos, Spanish mackerel, Napoleon wrasses, surgeons, bumphead parrotfish, triggerfish, lionfish, pufferfish, soldierfish, and many others. Researchers have identified almost 500 different species of corals in the area. There are three wrecks in the area an old steamer in shallow water at the northern end, and two steel-hulled fishing boats, one in 10m on the southwest portion of the southern reef, the other on the west side of the same reef.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: Intermediate
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Banton Island

Times Square

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Due to its location Times Square is a rather remote dive. Despite the fact that this site is not dived often, it remains one of the most beautiful sites with pristine undisturbed reefs. Abundant marine life.
Position: 12° 53' 42.61" N, 122° 4' 50.75" E
Depth: 35m
Altitude: Sea level
Conditions: This site can be visited 12 months a year.
Get in
Boat dive This site can be reached in 3 to 4 hours from Romblon Town or Lonos, Romblon.
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Marine life: A dive spot rich in swarm fish like fusiliers and surgeonfishes. Great coral formations, nudibranchs, moray eels and much more.
Photography: Great photo opportunity.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: No special skills recommended. Good for snorkelling
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Bohol

Balicasag Island

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Position: Southwest of Panglao Island
Depth: Surface to more than 40 meters (130 feet)
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Marine life and Features: The steep coral covered slopes and walls of these protected waters contain schools of barracudas and jacks, banner and butterfly fishes, batfish, smaller nudibranchs and flatworms, and numerous varieties of anemones with their resident clownfishes.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: Intermediate
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Cabilao Island

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Suitable for the more experienced diver. This dive site is noted for sightings of Hammerhead Sharks in the deeper waters off the island's northwest point.
Position: Off the Northwest coast of Bohol
Depth: 4 to more than 40 meters (13 to more than 130 feet)
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Marine life and Features: The reef off the point has many cracks, overhangs and coral gardens on it. It drops off to a ledge at 30 meters, and then drops again to much deeper water. The reef features gorgonians and large barrel sponges. Whip corals, sponges and crinoids festoon the walls. Whitetip and grey sharks are frequently seen, and barracuda, jacks, mackerel and tuna are some of the pelagics that visit the area. Common reef inhabitants are butterflyfish, Napoleon wrasses, triggerfish, fusiliers, snappers, Moorish idols and sweetlips.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards recorded
Skills: Intermediate
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Boracay

A popular place in the Philippines to become certified. Quality beginner diving as well as a few good intermediate dive sites.

Moalboal, Cebu Province

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Pescador Island (Moalboal)

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Position: West of Panagsama Beach
Depth: Surface - 40 meters+ (130 feet+)
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Marine life and Features: Sloping reefs with corals, gorgonians, and fan corals, a drop off and sponge-covered walls with lots of cracks and crevices to explore, and overhangs to swim through. Fish life includes large tunas, napoleon wrasses, whitetip and hammerhead sharks.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: Suitable for novice divers
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Sunken Island (Moalboal)

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Position: Southwest of Badian Point
Depth: 25 to more than 40 meters (82 to more than 130 feet)
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Marine life:
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Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: Advanced
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Malapascua, Cebu Province

Dona Marilyn Wreck (Malapascua)

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The Dona Marilyn was a passenger ship that went down in a typhoon over 20 years ago.
Position: South of Masbate, close to Manocmanoc Islands
Depth: 20-32 meters (65-105 feet)
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Marine life and Features: the wreck is covered by a profusion of dendronephtya and black coral bushes that cover most of the ship.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: Advanced
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Gato Island (Malapascua)

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Position: North of Cebu Island
Depth: 5 - 25 meters (16-82 feet)
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Marine life and Features:
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Skills: Intermediate


Cagdanao Island, Palawan

Cagdanao is an island in the province of Palawan, 29 kilometers east of the town of Taytay in northern Palawan.

The island surrounded by a coral reef, with shallow coral gardens and deep drop-offs on the north side. Access to the island is usually a 40 minute ride on a speedboat from Palawan.

Popular for snorkeling and scuba diving


Coron, Palawan

Tae Maru (Concepcion Wreck)

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The Tae Maru is a 168 meter-long oil tanker that was sunk during a 1944 air raid that has a smashed bow and lies at 26m, listing slightly to port.
Position: Southwest of Concepcion
Depth: 10-26 meters (33-85 feet)
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Marine life and Features: The strong currents encourage the wreck's coral and sponge growth, which includes a profusion of healthy cabbage corals, a variety of sponges, and hard and soft corals. Marine life includes barracuda, sweetlips, groupers, batfish, lionfish, surgeons, several varieties of wrasses, tangs, snappers and solidierfish.
Stay safe
Hazards: Strong currents, Wreck overhead environment
Skills: Advanced
Equipment: Appropriate equipment should be used if wreck penetration is intended. If you do not know exactly what this means, don't try it

El Nido, Palawan

El Nido is a marine reserve, a dugong stronghold in the Philippines, and an excellent destination for snorkelers and beginner divers with impressive coral reefs and walls.

Miniloc Island

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Miniloc Island offers two sites: South Miniloc and Twin Rocks, both are relatively calm and sheltered year-round.
Position: Southwest of Bacuit Bay
Depth: 13 to 21 meters (42 to70 feet)
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Marine life and Features: South Miniloc features lettuce corals and sponges, and it has a large colony of blue eels. Other notable marine life in the area: squid, cuttlefish, jacks, barracuda, angelfish and parrotfish. Twin Rocks, which is north of Miniloc, offers lots of sea whips, table and other hard corals, as well as sponges and a good variety of tunicates. There are also angelfish and stingrays plying the area.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: Suitable for novice divers
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Puerto Galera

Hole in the Wall

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Once past the hole, several coral heads provide shelter from currents that are often present.
Position: Off Escarceo Point
Depth: 9 - 18 meters (30-60 feet)
Topography: This is a hole on a coral covered underwater ridge at 14 meters which divers can swim through.
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Marine life and Features: Huge trevallies, emperor fish and batfish usually gather in shoals overhead and ride the moving water like a ferris wheel.
Stay safe
Hazards: This site is known for its sometimes ferocious currents and riptides, whirlpools and eddies.
Skills: Novice

Canyons

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Position: Off Escarceo Point
Depth: 12-40 meters (40-130 feet)
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Marine life and Features: A series of three canyons whose sides are completely covered by pink dendronepthya and whip corals. Residents include spotted, oblique, striped and oriental sweetlips. Giant trevallies and batfish hide among seafans and barrel sponges, large schools of snappers, blue-finned trevallies and emperor fish.
Stay safe
Skills: Advanced

Romblon

Agnay Sanctuary

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Here you will find beautiful coral decorated reefs teeming with marine life.
Position: 12° 32' 53.09" N, 122° 15' 2.94" E
Depth:
Conditions: Agnay Sanctuary is situated in a protected bay area, making this dive easy to handle. Calm sea conditions and much to see and explore.
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Marine life: A good place to see eagle rays and frogfishes.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: No special skills recommended
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Agpanabat Sanctuary

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This dive site consists of various beautiful coral formations with lots of small fish life such as clownfish, scorpionfish, boxfish and others
Position: 12° 28' 51.32" N, 122° 17' 0.05" E
Depth: 35m
Altitude: &mdash Sea level
Conditions:
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Marine life:
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Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: No special skills recommended
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Agpanabat Caves & Canyons

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Start your dive in shallow waters and gradually slope to a maximum depth of 25 meters to where you will find several swim throughs, caves and reef sections to explore. These underwater structures are teeming with marine life.
Position: 12° 28' 41.37" N, 122° 17' 0.2" E
Depth: 35m
Altitude: Sea level
Conditions:
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Marine life:
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Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: No special skills recommended
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Alad Sanctuary Garden

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The reef is covered in various soft corals and provides a beautiful and exciting scuba dive. There is some amazing marine life here like puffers, groupers, lobsters, cuttlefish and ribbon eels are just a few.
Position: 12° 37' 14.68" N 122° 14' 14.54" E
Depth:
Altitude: Sea level
Conditions: This site can be visited 12 months a year.
Get in
Boat dive This site can be reached in 20 to 30 minutes from Romblon Town or Lonos, Romblon.
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Marine life: Includes Soft corals, puffers, groupers, lobsters, cuttlefish and ribbon eels.
Photography: A great place for underwater photography.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: No special skills recommended
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Alad Sanctuary Slope

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The fish sanctuary of Alad is well known for its endless soft coral fields, barrel sponges and abundant marine life. A true diver’s paradise! This underwater landscape is teeming with marine life and enveloped in dense coral formations.
Position: 12° 37' 10.16" N 122° 14' 15.09" E
Depth: maximum 40m
Altitude: Sea level
Conditions:
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Marine life: Barrel sponges, Soft corals.
Photography: Ideal for macro photography
Suggested Routes: Start your dive in shallow waters and gradually slope to a maximum depth of 35 meters.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: No special skills recommended. This site also provides great snorkeling opportunity.
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Alad South

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This site contains a sandy area with some really interesting sea life and is full of colorful mixed coral species and many reef fish. Alad South hosts a large field of garden eels, too.
Position: 12° 36' 48.81" N 122° 15' 26.5" E
Depth:
Altitude: Sea level
Conditions: This site can be visited 12 months a year.
Get in
Boat dive This site can be reached in 20 to 30 minutes from Romblon Town or Lonos, Romblon.
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Marine life: Garden eels
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: No special skills recommended
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Bangug Island

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Bangug Island is a small reef system running parallel to the island and ending in a maximum depth of 20 meters. In the sea grass fields and under the blocks there is a lot to discover.
Position: 12° 34' 7.14" N 122° 14' 16.28" E
Depth: 20m
Altitude: Sea level
Conditions: This site can be visited 12 months a year
Get in
Boat dive This site can be reached in 15 to 20 minutes from Romblon Town or Lonos, Romblon.
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Suggested Routes: Start your dive in a depth of 2 meters and gradually make your way to the sandy bottom.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: Suitable for all level divers.
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Blue Hole of Tablas (Tablas Island)

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Position: 12° 39' 36.53" N, 122° 9' 21.12" E
Depth: 40m
Altitude: Sea level
Topography: This site consists of a chimney within the reef which leads to a cave at 27 meters
Conditions: This site can be visited 12 months a year.
Get in
Boat dive This site can be reached in 45 to 60 minutes from Romblon Town or Lonos, Romblon.
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Marine life: You might find sharks resting in the cave. There are some amazing coral features and some small marine life which takes refuge among the corals. You might see some interesting fish like stonefish and humpback Scorpionfish.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: No special skills recommended. Qualification appropriate to the depth is recommended
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Bonbon Beach

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Very spectacular and very colorful dive with lots to see. Starting in shallow water of 3 meters, Bonbon gradually slopes down to a depth of 25 meters to where you can explore this beautiful reef with a mixture of hard and soft coral displays and teeming marine life.
Position: 12° 34' 28.97" N 122° 14' 46.8" E
Depth: 3 to 25m. Maximum 35m
Altitude: Sea level
Conditions: This site can be visited 12 months a year.
Get in
Boat dive This site can be reached in 15 to 20 minutes from Romblon Town or Lonos, Romblon.
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Marine life: Reef with hard and soft corals
Photography: Great site for macro photography.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site specific hazards reported
Skills: This site also provides great snorkeling opportunity.
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Bonbon Sea Grass Valley

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This dive consists of a series of large rock boulders set in a sea grass plain. Bonbon Sea grass Valley is well known for its great underwater ambience.
Position: 12° 34' 24.18" N 122° 14' 33.43" E
Depth: 20m
Altitude: Sea level
Topography: Large rock boulders on a flattish bottom
Conditions: This site can be visited 12 months a year.
Get in
Boat dive This site can be reached in 15 to 20 minutes from Romblon Town or Lonos, Romblon.
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Marine life: This is a good place to find hidden smaller animals
Photography: Provides great photo opportunity.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: Suitable for all level divers.
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Carmen‘s Cliff (Tablas Island)

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This site is located next to a huge rock in the ocean. You can see numerous species of marine life between the diverse coral communities at a vertical wall. Beside swarm fish you can find sharks, mantas and eagle rays.
Position: 12° 37' 46.79" N, 122° 9' 55.11" E
Depth: 40m
Altitude: Sea level
Topography: Vertical wall
Conditions: This site can be visited 12 months a year
Get in
Boat dive This site can be reached in 30 to 45 minutes from Romblon Town or Lonos, Romblon.
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Marine life:
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: No special skills recommended
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Channel of Alad

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Position: 12° 36' 25.37" N 122° 15' 10.9" E
Depth:
Altitude: Sea level
Topography: This dive consists of sandy bottom with coral formations.
Conditions: There are often strong currents present which make this perfect for a drift dive. This site can be visited 12 months a year
Get in
Drift dive This site can be reached in 20 to 30 minutes from Romblon Town or Lonos, Romblon.
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Marine life: Marine life here includes lots of lobsters and moray eels.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: No special skills recommended
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Coral Garden East

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This beautiful site contains different coral formations with some really interesting sea life.
Position: 12° 39' 7.81" N, 122° 13' 52.57" E
Depth: 35m
Altitude: Sea level
Conditions: This site can be visited 12 months a year.
Get in
Boat dive This site can be reached in 30 to 40 minutes from Romblon Town or Lonos, Romblon.
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Marine life: This is a good place to find hidden smaller animals like the ghost pipefish, special shrimps, nudibranchs and scorpion fishes. With enough luck you find sea snakes, turtles and frogfishes.
Photography: This site is good for and attracts macro photographers.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: No special skills recommended
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Coral Garden West

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As the name suggests, this site was named for the beautiful anemone and coral formations outlining this spectacular reef system. Dropping to a depth of only 30 meters into calm waters.
Position: 12° 39' 12.14" N, 122° 13' 48.94" E
Depth: 35m
Altitude: Sea level
Conditions: This site can be visited 12 months a year.
Get in
Boat dive This site can be reached in 30 to 40 minutes from Romblon Town or Lonos, Romblon.
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Marine life: Anemones and coral formations
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: No special skills recommended. Qualifications appropriate for the depth are recommended
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Cresta de Gallo (Sibuyan island)

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This large reef contains some interesting features including some outcrops and shelves. The minimum depth of the reef is around 5 meters and slopes down to some interesting coral features. There are Lobsters, Sweetlips, turtles and more. Beside swarm fish you can find sharks, mantas and eagle rays, too.
Position: 12° 14' 38.95" N, 122° 37' 3.18" E
Depth: 45m
Altitude: Sea level
Conditions: This site can be visited 12 months a year.
Get in
Boat/Shore dive This site can be reached in 4 to 5 hours from Romblon Town or Lonos, Romblon.
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Marine life:
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: No special skills recommended
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Giant Clam Sanctuary

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Located in a protected bay next to Tiamban Beach, this dive site consists of a sandy bottom with lots of giant clams. This spot can be visit 12 months a year.
Position: 12° 33' 55.53" N 122° 14' 57.38" E
Depth: 25m
Altitude: Sea level
Topography: Sandy bottom
Get in
Boat dive This spot can be reached in 10 to 15 minutes from Romblon Town or Lonos, Romblon.
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Marine life: Giant clams
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: No special skills required
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Guindauahan Island (Tablas Island)

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An exciting large reef with various interesting formations and an outstanding display of corals and marine life

Position:
Depth:
Conditions: This site can be visited 12 months a year.
Get in
Boat dive This site can be reached in 80 to 90 minutes from Romblon Town or Lonos, Romblon.
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Marine life: includes turtles, rays, eels, Scorpionfish and more.
Photography: Outstanding bottom topography makes for great photo opportunity.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: No special skills recommended
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Logbon Coral Canyon

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An outstanding display of corals and marine life whilst you are diving through valleys and above colorful slopes. Very topographical and scenic dive
Position: 12° 34' 59.35" N 122° 14' 42.62" E
Depth: up to 40m
Altitude: Sea level
Conditions: This site can be visited 12 months a year
Get in
Boat dive This site can be reached in 15 to 20 minutes from Romblon Town or Lonos, Romblon.
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Marine life: Corals
Photography: Good photo opportunities.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: No special skills recommended. Suitable for snorkeling
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Naguso’s Wall

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A spectacular wall with colorful sponge and coral display. A large school fusilier fishes dwell in this area, and there are often frog- and stonefish, too. After diving on the wall you go around a corner and come to a beautiful coral field.
Position: 12° 39' 21.07" N 122° 13' 46.08" E
Depth: up to 40m
Altitude: Sea level
Topography: Wall dive
Conditions: This site can be visited 12 months a year.
Get in
Boat dive This site can be reached in 30 to 40 minutes from Romblon Town or Lonos, Romblon.
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Marine life: Fusiliers, sponges, corals.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: No special skills recommended
Equipment: No special equipment recommended


Origon Rocks (Tablas Island)

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A true diver’s paradise! Situated in a depth of 10 to 25 meters and surrounded by clean sand, you will find a spectacular reef covered in table, tube and soft corals, teeming with marine life. Outstanding bottom topography makes for great photo opportunity.
Position: 12° 40' 49.21" N, 122° 7' 29.65" E
Depth: 10 to 25m
Altitude: Sea level
Conditions: This spot can be visit 12 months a year.
Get in
Boat dive" This site can be reached in 50 to 70 minutes from Romblon Town or Lonos, Romblon.
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Marine life:
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: No special skills recommended
Equipment: No special equipment recommended


Peter’s Pinnacles (Tablas Island)

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Position: 12° 39' 55.82" N, 122° 8' 40.33" E
Depth: Minimum depth of 15 meters and a maximum depth of 50 meters
Altitude: Sea level
Topography: This site consists of three large pinnacles
Conditions: This site can be visited 12 months a year.
Get in
Boat dive This spot can be reached in 50 to 70 minutes from Romblon Town or Lonos, Romblon.
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Marine life: Here you might spot Eagle Rays, Mantas, sharks and possibly Whale Sharks.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: Qualification appropriate to the depth is recommended
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Phil’s Fan Coral Collection

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One of the deeper dives on Romblon. Here you will slope down to a maximum depth of 35 meters to where you will find a formation with lots of spectacular big Gorgonias. Beautiful dive with abundant marine and coral life.
Position: 12° 34' 28.59" N 122° 14' 35.21" E
Depth: Maximum 35m
Altitude: Sea level
Conditions: This site can be visited 12 months a year.
Get in
Boat dive This spot can be reached in 15 to 20 minutes from Romblon Town or Lonos, Romblon.
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Marine life: Big Gorgonians
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: Recommended for intermediate and advanced level divers only.
Equipment: No special equipment recommanded


Salvo Beach (Three P’s house reef)

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Salvo Beach is a shallow shore dive situated a few meters from the Three P Holiday & Dive Resort. With a maximum depth of 20 meters, excellent visibility, low currents, interesting underwater landscapes and abundant marine life like different moray eel species. This spot can be visited 12 months a year.
Position: 12° 33' 19.84" N, 122° 14' 56.8" E
Depth: 20m
Conditions: Salvo Beach is also considered to be a great night dive and is ideal for dive training and beginner diving.
Altitude: Sea level
Get in
This site has beach access from The Three P Holiday & Dive Resort (Salvar Beach). From Romblon Town it can be reached in 10 to 15 minutes.
See
Marine life: Moray eels
Stay safe
Hazards: no site-specific hazards reported
Skills: Suitable for all level divers
Equipment: no special equipment recommended

San Pedro Cliff

Understand
This dive site provides an exciting dive and also attracts some interesting marine life, various reef fish, rays and turtles. This spot can be visited 12 months a year.
Position: 12° 31' 43.69" N, 122° 14' 56.07" E
Depth: 40m
Topography: An area of steep vertical walls and boulders.
Conditions: There are often some currents present which make this perfect for a drift dive.
Altitude: Sea level
Get in
Boat dive This spot can be reached in 15 minutes from Lonos, Romblon or 25 minutes from Romblon Town.
See
Marine life: San Pedro Cliff hosts a large field of garden eels and is good for and attracts macro photographers.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site specific hazards reported
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

San Pedro Sanctuary

Understand
Well known and famous for the large amounts of inhabiting turtles to be seen here. This also happens to be the biggest attraction to this site.
Position: 12° 31' 58.77" N, 122° 14' 59.77" E
Depth: 40m
Conditions: This spot can be visited 12 months a year.
Altitude: Sea level
Get in
Boat dive This spot can be reached in 10 minutes from Lonos, Romblon or 20 minutes from Romblon Town.
See
Marine life: The reef here boasts some of the best coral formations and marine life to be seen in Romblon Island. Whale Sharks were spotted here, too.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: Suitable for all level divers.
Equipment: No special equipment recommended


Sasaigang Point

Understand
Situated on the tip of Logbon Island a small rocky island just off the coast of Romblon. This dive starts in a depth of 3 meters and gently drops to a depth of 15 meters where you will find some of the most prolific corals.
Position: 12° 36' 11.12" N 122° 15' 2.09" E
Depth: 3 to 15m
Altitude: Sea level
Conditions: This site can be visited 12 months a year
Get in
Boat dive This site can be reached in 20 to 30 minutes from Romblon Town or Lonos, Romblon.
See
Marine life: Prolific corals
Photography: Good for photography
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: Suitable for beginners.
Equipment: No special equipment recommended-->

Sunken Island (CSI)

Understand
As the name tells this is basically a beautiful submerged island covered in corals. Whilst diving around the island you can find many different fish species, nudibranchs and cuttlefish.
Position: 12° 38' 57.56" N 122° 14' 7.71" E
Depth: Starting at 10 meters sloping down to 30 meters.
Altitude: Sea level
Conditions: This site can be visited 12 months a year.
Get in
Boat dive This spot can be reached in 30 to 40 minutes from Romblon Town or Lonos, Romblon.
See
Marine life: Various fish, nudibranchs and cuttlefish
Photography: This site provides great photo opportunity.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: No special skills recommended
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Telsie’s Garden

Understand
Telsie’s Garden is a muck site right in front of the village Agpanabat. This site includes a rich sandy slope with scattered coral and some rubble areas. This is an excellent muck site with many different species of cephalopods, nudibranchs and different fish species.
Position: 12° 29' 14.67" N, 122° 16' 17.02" E
Depth: 30m
Altitude: Sea level
Conditions: This site can be visited 12 months a year.
Get in
Boat dive This spot can be reached in 40 to 50 minutes from Romblon Town or Lonos, Romblon.
See
Marine life: many different species of cephalopods, nudibranchs and fish
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: No special skills recommended
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Turtles’ Feeding Place

Understand
Turtles’ Feeding Place contains coral formations in a depth between 5 and 25 meters. This spot can be visited 12 months a year.
Position: 12° 32' 10.57" N, 122° 15' 33.22" E
Depth: 35m

Altitude: Sea level

Conditions: Normally with a mild current and good visibility.
Get in
Boat dive This spot can be reached in 10 minutes from Lonos, Romblon or 20 minutes from Romblon Town.
See
Marine life: Turtles can also be spotted here, with many shoals of fusiliers buzzing around.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards recorded
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Subic

Oryoky Maru (The Hell Ship)

Understand
This wreck is notorious for its bloody history. Sunk in a US air attack during World War II, it was subsequently discovered that more than 1,600 American prisoners of war were onboard, all of whom perished in the attack.
Position: 400 meters (1/4 mile) from Alava Pier
Depth: 15 to 20 meters (50 to 65 feet)
Get in
Boat dive
See
Marine life and Features: Not much is left to suggest that this used to be a Japanese passenger vessel, but this is now home to a variety of fish, including a resident shoal of barracuda, butterflyfish, sweetlips, fusiliers, angelfish, triggerfish and many others. Soft corals and some hard corals, sponges and hydroids cover much of the remaining tangled superstructure.
Stay safe
Skills: Advanced

Tubbataha reef (Palawan)

A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Tubbataha North

Understand
Position: 180km (110 miles) Southeast of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Depth: Surface to more than 40m (130 feet)
Topography: The diving off the north shore of the islet is over a fissured, coral-covered sandy slope,
Get in
Boat dive Live-aboard
See
Marine life and Features: At several spots around Tubbataha's North Islet, several species of large pelagics can be encountered: manta rays, sharks, tunas, snappers, Moorish idols, groupers, surgeons, soldierfish, trevallies and jacks. The fissured, coral-covered sandy slope of the north shore is home to shovelnosed rays, stingrays, lobsters hiding amid the large table corals, sea whips and coral bommies. Lots of black coral, tube sponges, gigantic gorgonians, colorful soft corals and barrel sponges grow along the many overhangs and crevices of the gently sloping wall of the islet.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: Intermediate
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

Verde Island Passage

The Verde Island Passage was identified by noted American Marine Biologist, Dr. Kent Carpenter, as the center of the center of marine biodiversity. This area is reputed to have the most number of species per square meter of coral reef.

Verde Island Wall

Understand
Position: Southeastern point of Verde Island
Depth: 5 to more than 25 meters (16 to more than 82 feet)
Get in
Boat dive
See
Marine life and Features: Whitetips and other sharks, occasional mantas, eagle rays, tuna and jacks, rainbow runners, wahoos and Spanish mackerel are among the pelagics that can be seen along this wall. Other marine life that can be seen throughout the area are Napoleaon wrasses, parrotfish, unicornfish, soldierfish, surgeons, batfish, tangs, gobies, sweetlips and emperors. The wall is festooned in an array of colorful corals.
Stay safe
Hazards: No site-specific hazards have been reported
Skills: Intermediate
Equipment: No special equipment recommended

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