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Philippine Scuba Diving Vacations
Wreck Diving and Snorkeling Vacations

GO TO Switzerland for skiing, Hawaii for surfing and Nepal for mountaineering. And you’re penetrating deep into the heart of your sports. But for scuba diving vacations – go and dive in the Philippines.

Philippines offer the best and most complete wish list for a world-class dive sites. The islands are the world’s playground for ultimate aquatic adventures. The lush tropical sceneries are indulging and add awe and wonder to a marine exploration of your lifetime.

Statistics from the Philippine Department of Tourism indicate that divers visiting the Philippines return for an average of 10 trips each. That speaks volumes. The quality of the dive sites is unsurpassed and the professionalism of the operators is a high water mark.

The Philippines is a top scuba diving vacation destination for many years now. Scuba diving is one of the most popular water sport activity in the country. There is a wide variety of major scuba diving vacation sites for both novices and experts from all over the world. Visiting underwater photographers almost always get enchanted with the underwater beauty of the Philippine seas.

The Philippines has one of the most productive marine ecosystems in the world. More than 800 species of corals, small to giant fishes, various-sized and textured shells, and other marine life exist under its deep blue waters.

Moreover, there is a ongoing re-education of fishermen into the value of protecting life under the sea. Today, reefs are almost back to their full ecosystems. Fish numbers are up and any diver will surely see abundant and diverse species in the tropical waters.

Scuba Diving Vacation Destinations

The best Diving Sites vacation destinations in the Philippines are located in:

The dive industry here is well run and there is no shortage of great and diverse dive destinations to choose from.

Philippine Scuba Diving Vacations

The diving infrastructure in the philippines is the most extensive in Asia. PADI is the dominant certification body in the Asian region and it has as many affiliated resorts and centres in the Philippines as it has in whole of Southeast Asia. Over 20,000 divers are certified by PADI in the Philippines alone.

The popularity of scuba diving vacations in the Philippines has encouraged many retail outlets, clubs and associations and even a national controlling organization for the industry, the Philippine Commission on Sorts Scuba Diving (PCSSD). Most internationally know diving equipment brands and others less know, are available at dive centres throughout the islands.

Today, there are practically hundreds of scuba diving resorts in the Philippines. What do you expect with over 7,000 islands. There are operators and resorts from far northern Luzon to down southern Mindanao. Many travelers around the world do their scuba diving vacations in the Philippines. The resorts range from the exclusive hideaways, to competitively priced, professionally run establishments, while a few are simply holes in the wall operations.

Overall standards of Philippine scuba diving is good and the common problem is how to choose the one that is right for your scuba diving vacation. In these pages we will review some of the best scuba diving regions. If you want more information about scuba diving sites check out our web-pages. These pages are continually being updated.

Philippine Wreck Diving
Scuba Vacations in the Philippines

The Philippine archipelago harbors below the surface marine treasures open to the intrepid wreck scuba diving vacation fans. There are about 25 shipwrecks awaiting a diver’s plunge, readily offering thrills rewarding and unforgettable.

The waters of Subic Bay, the Busuanga and Malapascua have one of the best and remarkable diving sites in Asia.

Subic Bay Diving (Olongapo)
Coron Bay & Busuanga Diving (Palawan)
Malapascua Diving (Cebu)

Wreck Scuba Diving Vacations in the Philippines: experience scuba diving against strong currents, venturing into the deep sea, exploring history’s sunken glory hidden submerged among the ship wrecks. Choose between the sunken Spanish galleons of the rich centuries past or the World War II underwater remnants of the turbulent era.


Snorkeling Vacations

7,017 islands and a huge number of coral reefs some still growing since the Ice Age make the Philippines a paradise destination for snorkeling fun, discovery and adventure.

Count your excitement from 34,000 sq km (13,124 sq m) of coral reefs, over 100 reef slopes; over 800 classes of corals; over a thousand species of marine life; over 400 fish species and over 500 fish families.

The most populous and diverse aquatic ecosystem in the world find the Philippine waters their home sweet home.

Moalboal Diving (Cebu)
Bacuit Bay & El Nido Snorkeling (Northern Palawan)
Puerto Galera Snorkeling (Mindoro)
Miniloc Island Snorkeling (Northern Palawan)
Taytay Bay Snorkeling (Northern Palawan)

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Philippine Scuba Diving Safety

A few words about safety. As a whole the diving industry in the philippines takes safety standards seriously. You can expect most resorts to have good equipment and well trained instructors and dive master. Most fully observe all the recommended safety procedures required by the certifying agencies. Provision is also made for incidents and situations when thing do go wrong.

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Recompression Chambers
(24-H emergency service)

Subic: Subic Bay Freeport Zone, SBMA, Olongapo City Tel. No. (6347) 252-7052 / 252-5211 (evening)Contact Person: Randy Delara 

Manila: AFP Medical Center, V. Luna Road, Quezon CityTel. Nos. (632) 920-7183 / 426-2701 loc. 8991 / 6445Contact Person: Dr. Jojo Bernardo M.D. 

DAN (Divers Alert Network) SE Asia Pacific: Suite 123, Makati Medical Center, 2 Amorsolo St., Makati City 1200Tel. No. (632) 817-5601 Contact Person: Dr. Benjamin Luna M.D. 

Cebu: VIZCOM Station Hotel, Lapulapu, Lahug, Cebu CityTel. No: (6332) 232-2464 to 68 loc.3652 / 233-9942Contact Persons: Macario Mercado; Mamerto Ortega 

Cavite: Sangley Recompression Chamber, NSWG, Philippine Fleet Naval Base, Sangley Point, Cavite CityTel. No. (632) 524-2081 to 85 local 4490Contact Person: Capt. Pablo Acacio 

Philippine Coast Guard Action Center: Roving Vessel ChamberTel. No. (632) 527-3880 

Batangas: Tel. Nos. (63917) 5362757 / (63918) 902-1108 / (6343) 723-2745Contact Persons: Dr. Mike Perez or Dr. Henry Latonio 

Evacuation Assistance AFP Search and Rescue Facilities: GHQ, Philippine Airforce Villamor Airbase, Pasay CityTel. No. (632) 911-6385

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