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Department of Tourism to Market PH as Top Diving Destination

In an attempt to boost the Philippines’ tourism industry, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has decided to market the country as one of Asia’s top diving destinations.

The DOT has seen the opportunity to promote our diving spots to underwater photographers, and diving enthusiasts — beginner and advanced alike.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat recently announced that there are 26 nationalities that come to the Philippines just to dive – citing that she was surprised at the number of Japanese divers she encountered during a trip to Zamboanga del Norte.

While there are several diving spots that the DOT plan to promote, diving in Boracay upon its reopening has been put on hold pending its current status and until policies supporting the island’s sustainable tourism in line with diving have been put into place.


Until then, divers can head over to these nine best diving spots in the Philippines per United Kingdom-based DIVE Magazine:

1. Dimakya Island, Palawan

  • Level: Mixed
  • What people love: With it’s clear and calm turquoise waters, Dimakya Island is the best place to spot sea creatures such as giant turtles and stingrays.

2. Donsol, Sorsogon

  • Level: Mixed
  • What people love: The world’s largest congregation of whale sharks is found in Donsol. If you visit during the months of June to November, you are almost guaranteed to witness these gentle giants in their natural habitat.

3. Dauin, Negros Oriental

  • Level: Intermediate & Advanced
  • What people love: Dauin is popular for its eye-catching yellow patches of hot sand that come from the thermal springs. The area is also rich with marine life such as barracuda, Ghost Pipefish and other unique species.

4. Apo Reef, Occidental Mindoro

  • Level: Mixed
  • What people love: Not many are aware that Apo Reef is home to endemic species of marine life that are extinct everywhere else in the world.

5. Puerto Galera, Mindoro

  • Level: Mixed
  • What people love: Puerto Galera is surrounded by quite a number of wrecks that are great for exploring. It is also home to interesting sites like the Pink Wall and Ernie’s Cave.

6. Anilao, Batangas

  • Level: Mixed
  • What people love: Anilao is great for macro photography and wide angle photography. It’s also extremely popular for its high number of colorful nudibranch species.

7. Malapascua, Cebu

  • Level: Mixed
  • What people love: The underwater terrain in Malapascua is so diverse, you can go wreck diving, wall diving, cave diving and so much more. Blue ring octopuses and sharks are also a common sight.

8. Coron, Palawan

  • Level: Mixed
  • What people love: Coron has one of the best shipwreck diving sites in the entire Southeast Asia with over half a dozen sunken WWII scattered around the bay.

9. Tubbataha Reef, Sulu Sea

  • Level: Advanced
  • What people love: Tubbataha has one of the highest biodiversity on earth. Divers will be able to see hundreds of different species of corals and marine life and get up close and personal with tiger sharks, whale sharks, dolphins, seahorses and more.

Ready to explore the best diving spots in the Philippines? Book your adventure with Traveloka today!

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