Best Dive Sites

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As the waters surrounding the Philippines are teeming with marine life, coral and wrecks, the country is a mecca for scuba divers. Here are the county’s best dive spots.

Anilao

Batangas
Dive site: Beatrice Rock, Bonito Island, Cathedral Rock, Mainit Point, Maricaban Island, Sombrero Island, Sepok Wall, Twin Rocks

Anilao
Photo: Sarawut Kundej/Shutterstock

Apo Island

Negros Oriental
Dive sites: Chapel, Coconut Point, Largahan, Mamsa Point

Apo Reef

Occidental Mindoro
Dive sites: Apo 29, Shark Ridge

Balicasag Island

Bohol

Barracuda Lake

Coron, Palawan

Boracay Island

Dive sites: Angol Point, Bat Cave, Crocodile Island, Friday’s Rock, Laurel Island, Yapak 1, Yapak 2

Dauin

Negros Oriental

Dimakya Island

Coron, Palawan

Dimakya Island
Photo: Sphinx Wang/Shutterstock

Mactan Island

Cebu
Dive sites: Agus Wall, Marigondon, Talima Sanctuary, West Punta

Malapascua Island – Monad Shoal

Cebu

Manta Bowl

Tico Pass

Moalboal

Cebu

Panglao Island

Bohol
Dive sites: Alona Beach, Cervera Shoal, Doljo Point, Pamilacan Island

Puerto Galera

Occidental Mindoro
Dive sites: Canyons, Coral Garden, Dalaruan, Monkey Beach, Sabang, Sinandigan, The Boulders, West Escarceo

Sangat Island

Wreck sites: Akitsushima, Irako Maru, Kyogu Maru, Kyokuzan Maru, Lusong Gunboat, Morazan, Nanshin Maru, Okikawa Maru, Olympia Maru, Sangat Sub Chaser, Skeleton Gunboat

Subic Bay

Dive sites: Douglas Skyraider, El Capitan, F4 Phantom, Landing Ship Tank, USS New York

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Off Palawan, Sulu Sea
Dive sites: Amos Rock (Southwest Rock), Shark Airport, Washing Machine

Verde Island

Off Batangas
Dive sites: The Pinnacle, The Washing Machine, The Wall