Scuba Diving Philippines
Scuba Diving Philippines is like diving into a warm bath. Water temperatures range from 22 degrees C to 25 degrees C during the cooler December to March months and from 25 degrees C to 28 degrees C during the warmer months of April to November.
This means you can dive in lycra skin suits or 3mm wetsuits instead of the 5mm or 7mm suits used in cooler climes.
Underwater you will see exceptionally abundant marine life – arguably the widest variety of marine life in the world – from the amazing colours of the corals to numerous species of fish, including big fish such as schooling barracudas, Thresher or Hammerhead sharks and even dolphins.
According to the Philippine Department of Tourism, scuba divers visiting the Philippines return for an average of 10 trips each.
World Class Wreck Diving
In Coron Bay, Busuanga, Palawan, lies a wreck diver paradise, widely acknowledged as one of the best wreck diving sites in the world.
Seven large ships of the Japanese Imperial Fleet were attacked and ultimately sunk as a result of an attack by the US Task Force 38 on 24 September 1944. Some of the dives are so deep they are for advanced divers only. The main ships are:
Akitsushima – a flying boat tender 118m long lies on its port side at 36m depth with the starboard side hull at 22m. The ship’s stern crane lies broken on the seabed.
Irako – a 147m long refrigerated provision ship lying almost upright on the seabed at 45m depth with a list of about 10 degrees to the port side. The main deck is at 34m.
Kogyo Maru – a 129m long auxiliary supply ship lying on its starboard side at 36m depth with the port hull at 22m.
Okikawa Maru – as 170m long oil tanker sitting almost upright with a list to port. The bow is broken off in 26m of water and the main deck is at 16m depth.
Morazan, also known as Olympia, Maru – a 112m long freighter lying on its starboard side and only 12 to 16 m below the surface on its port side. It is possible to swim through the entire wreck from bow to stern without exiting the wreck.
Tangat Wreck – a 122m long freighter sitting upright in about 30m of water close to Tangat island
Kyokuzan Maru – a freighter more than 160m long lying upright northeast of Busuanga island – some way from Coron – which offers an excellent diving experience with good visibility.