Diving in The Philippinnes

24 April 2017

A sea turtle in the shallow water of Apo Island, resting on some staghorn coral

Diving Trip to The Philippines

We recently went on a diving trip to The Philippines. It was our first trip there and we were not sure what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised by, not only the services of the dive resort and the marine protection, but also the vast amount of coral life and different species to be found underwater.

Of course, there are lots of options for diving in The Philippines and you should do your own research depending on what diving certification level you are and what kind of diving you like. We decided to go dive Apo Island, which was recommended to us by a fellow diver. We read a few reviews on Trip Advisor, which is a reliable source of information. We flew from Bangkok to Manila and then onto Dumaguete. The resort had sent a driver to meet us at the airport and it was about a 40 minute drive to the resort, which was right on the beach.

After a swift and easy check-in we got some rest before preparing our equipment for diving the next day.

The first day of diving was along the coast of Dumaguete. There seems to be quite a few sites to visit. At first, when we got into the water, we descended and thought it was a little bleak and lacking in things to see, but after a few minutes we started to see lots of things from small reef fish to lionfish, moray eels and other wondrous creatures of the ocean.

The next day we dived Apo Island. This is a protected marine sanctuary and there are strict rules about fishing etc. The dive resort had two customers for PADI Discover Scuba, however, the instructor took them just one at a time to prevent them kicking their fins too much and breaking the corals. Buoyancy control is always a difficult task for beginner divers.

Apo Island has an abundance of both soft and hard corals; different colours and varieties adorn the underwater topography. There are vibrant damselfish, hawkfish, rabbitfish, shrimps, nudibranchs and huge frogfish galore. Quite often, we were met by the turtles, which live in the shallows waters. Angie was in her element, snapping the camera in all directions.

Maximum depth on Apo Island was around 25 meters. All our dives were about an hour or just over. The service from the crew was excellent and the dive resort was very professional and well run. All in all, we had a great time and we are looking forward to another scuba diving adventure in The Philippines. There are lots of options for diving there, so we will be looking into different places. Until then, we look forward to taking care of all our lovely diving guests for Diving In Pattaya.