We’re big fans of scuba diving in the Philippines here at Girls that Scuba. With its incredible shark hotspots, awe-inspiring wreck diving, and a multitude of other stunning sites dotted around the country’s 7000 plus islands, what’s not to love?
Luckily for us, one of our fantastic new Girls that Scuba Ambassadors calls the Philippines her home. Jan Salise is a PADI Divemaster currently based in Mandaue, Cebu City, who takes the opportunity to get underwater in Mactan whenever she can escape the city on the weekends.
We caught up with Jan to learn more about the specifics of her underwater passions - read on to learn more about why diving in Mactan is so accessible, why clean-up dives against debris are imperative to the health of her local underwater environment, and why she hopes dives against debris will help more Filipino divers develop a passion for the ocean.
Few divers can forget their first exhilarating encounter with a shark and for many, diving with sharks is the ultimate, awe-inspiring experience. From encounters with schooling hammerheads and hunting reef sharks, to searching for unique species and snorkeling with the giants of the oceans, read on and discover ZuBlu’s selection of Asia’s best shark diving experiences.
Malapascua in the Philippines is most famous for the almost certain chance to see the primarily pelagic Thresher Shark. But, this little island getaway, north of Cebu and home to 3,500 people, has much more to offer. The incredible macro diving, and diverse abundance of vibrant, often mythical looking sea creatures is a reason in itself to grab your camera and head to Malapascua. Let's dive in and tell you everything you need to know about scuba diving in Malapascua.
Renowned for its diverse marine life, breath-taking landscapes, a unique cultural heritage and arguably the world’s friendliest people, the Philippines is fast becoming the ideal holiday destination for divers, sun worshippers and adrenaline junkies alike. It is no surprise that many of the Girls That Scuba community regularly seek advice about diving the Philippines so we’ve asked Adam Broadbent, co-founder of ZuBlu, to give some insight into its top diving destinations.
Forming the northern tip of the Coral Triangle, the Philippines is home to an amazing assortment of scuba diving destinations, offering encounters with ocean giants to the smallest of critters - and everything in between. Given everyone has their own diving preferences and the Philippines simply has so much to offer, it seems a little unfair to rank these different destinations. So instead we decided to offer up a little bit of inspiration - whether you are dreaming of big animals, would like a bit of everything, craving a critter fix or wish to escape from it all, then our selection of perfect Philippines dive destinations has something to inspire everyone.
Scuba diving is one of the most popular things to do in the Philippines, and for those of us that are hardcore divers and want to explore some of the amazing wrecks of Coron here's all you need to know!
With so many islands to explore, it makes sense that the Philippines is one of the best diving destinations in the world. Spectacular reefs, whale sharks, mantas and underwater UNESCO World Heritage sites invite divers into the crystal clear waters of the Pacific.
While nearly any destination will yield amazing scuba diving, the best diving holidays in the Philippines are found aboard liveaboard diving vessels. These well-appointed yachts will transport you to otherwise unreachable reefs and allow you to dive the best sites across several islands in just a short amount of time.
Below you’ll find Girls that Scuba's ultimate recommendations on the 10 best dive sites in the Philippines.