The Philippines has always been a dive destination favorite and with new resorts on new island destinations popping up along with the tried and true, it is becoming one of the most popular places in the diving world to visit. Toss in reasonable prices and a normally favorable exchange rate for most of the world’s leading currencies and you have a real gem dive destination to explore.
It is one of the most diverse countries in Asia. Sitting along the eastern reaches of Oceania, it has the Pacific Ocean (Philippine Sea) at its lengthy east coast. Malaysia and Indonesia are south and southwest and the South China Sea is to the west. To the north are Taiwan and China. This convergence of sea and various landmasses has formed the richest coral reef area in the world.
Known as the “Coral Triangle”, the Philippines is at the northern point of the triangle that also includes Papua New Guinea and Indonesia/Malaysia. In this cradle of diversity more species of both corals and fish can be found than any other place on the planet. Then within the vast Philippine isles are smaller seas… the Sibuyan, Sulu and Visayan.
Each has its own biosphere and characteristics, many odd and unusual creatures thriving in their own special worlds. The country has remained stable and a favorite for travelers. Above water is as luxuriant as below creating a natural sensory overload. And, there are cultures within cultures here. It is a fascinating country to dive and visit.