I work a 9 to 5 like most of you probably do but the weekends are mine to do as I please. I find solace being underwater and I will do a day dive trip near Manila whenever I can and I book trips out of town for every long weekend.
Scuba diving in this country is considerably more accessible than most other places in the world. I have dived all around this country and I just have to say it truly is a paradise! From my own experience I want to bring you four dive spots that will showcase to you the true beauty the Philippines has to offer.
Anilao, Batangas is perfect for a day trip out of Manila. Roughly two and a half hours away from the main city, Anilao is an accessible underwater escape with dozens of varied dive sites and a wide assortment of life. Anilao is famous for small wonders of nature such as nudibranchs, seahorses and mantis shrimp.
Aquaventure is a good resort either for an overnight weekend or to serve as a jump off point for your day trip dives. Their lunch buffet is great as scuba diving actually makes you build up an appetite!
Balicasag Island, Bohol
Balicasag is an island off of Bohol that serves proof that Bohol has so much more going for it besides tarsiers (super cute though they are!) and the Chocolate Hills. Balicasag Island is fairly accessible with a lot of service providers having it as part of their regular island hopping route and it is also accessible by private charter. The water is typically crystal clear and if you’re lucky you will even spot dolphins as they enjoy swimming alongside the bancas! Balicasag is considered one of the most bio diverse dive sites in the country with a lot of sea turtles and large schools of jacks.
Scotty’s is a good reference if you are interested in diving around the Bohol area.
I personally believe that Palawan is one of the most beautiful places in the entire world what with its breathtaking rock formations, lush forests and a wide variety of dive sites. Coron is home to some of the best wreck diving in the country with several Japanese vessels from WWII serving as the primary attraction.
Patrik & Tezz Guesthouse is a Swedish owned and managed guesthouse which is probably the best value for money accommodations in Coron. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly!
Famous for its “sardine run” Moalboal is home to a diverse assortment of large and small creatures. The white beaches and the nearby whale shark attractions at Oslob make Moalboal an even better destination to consider!
Neptune Diving is a great resource to learn more about scuba diving in the Moalboal area.
There we have it, four outstanding destinations for a day trip, an overnight or a long weekend! The Philippines is truly such a diverse and beautiful country. If you are not scuba diving then you are missing out on a whole different world out there!
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