The Philippines: A Diver’s Dream Destination


With over 7,000 islands surrounded by one of the richest marine environments in the world, the Philippines promises a spectacular diving holiday.

Forming the tip of the Coral Triangle, these waters are unmatched as the global centre of marine biodiversity and are home to many thousands of fish and coral species. Discover historic wrecks, plentiful macro life, dramatic wall dives, turtles, mantas, sharks and whale sharks. Due to its outstanding range of diving and incredible natural beauty, the Southeast Asian paradise of the Philippines is now firmly established as a top dive destination for UK divers.

Mantas, Macro and Marine Sanctuaries

The Philippines is ideal for twin centre stays due to its geography and diversity. Encounter elusive thresher sharks at Malapascua, hunt for critters in Dumaguete and Dauin, explore Apo Reef and Verde Island in Mindoro and drift over stunning coral gardens and plunging walls in Bohol.

The Philippines has something for everyone: offering beginners protected bays and shallow reefs, whilst more advanced divers are also well catered for with dramatic drop-offs and historical wrecks.

Coron: Encounter the Japanese Fleet

Coron Bay, just north of Palawan, is one of the world’s finest wreck diving destinations, featuring an entire Japanese fleet sunk by American forces in 1944.

  • Apo Reef: famous for its dramatic drop-offs down to 400 metres, teeming with marine life and good chance of pelagics
  • Dramatic limestone cliffs, thermal lakes and underwater caves

Anilao: the Heart of the Coral Triangle

  • Rich in marine life and coral
  • Macro diving: great for photographers
  • Sheltered bays, little current and great visibility

Dumaguete: a Photographer’s Paradise

  • Attractive beaches: dark/black sands – ideal for macro spotting
  • Apo Island: dedicated marine sanctuary with dramatic wall diving and an abundance of marine life

Malapascua: the Best Place on Earth for Thresher Sharks!

Surrounded by white sandy beaches, the tiny island of Malapascua has gained a reputation for thresher shark sightings. Numerous other sharks can also be seen, as well as mantas.

  • Wall diving, wreck diving, macro diving
  • Unlimited boat diving packages

Puerto Galera: the Coral Triangle and Much More…

Located just 3.5 hours south of Manila, Puerto Galera’s stunning marine park offers some of the most accessible diving in the Philippines.

  • Macro diving: great for photographers
  • Verde Island: dramatic reef and wall diving
  • Pelagic sightings

Bohol: Combine Tranquillity with World-Class Diving

A tropical haven of natural beauty, with pristine beaches and colourful dive sites for both divers and snorkelers to enjoy.

  • Pelagic sightings
  • Balicasag Island offers dramatic wall diving
  • A rich biodiversity of marine life

Combining the renowned Filipino hospitality with a true melting pot of cultures, when you visit the Philippines an unforgettable diving holiday awaits.

Regaldive offer land-based trips and liveaboards in the Philippines. To find out more, call the Regaldive team on 01353 659999, or visit Diving in the Philippines.

Nigel Cass

Nigel Cass

Nigel, a Sales & Product Executive for UK-based tour operator Regaldive, is currently a BSAC Dive Leader and working towards his Advanced certification. Nigel started diving in 2002 when he was at a loose end on holiday in Magaluf. He never looked back and now enjoys diving both abroad and in the UK, where he is an active member of his local BSAC club. Regaldive has been organising diving holidays since 1988 and offers liveaboards and resort-based holidays in 25+ worldwide destinations. Find out more about

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