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The Philippines is a phenomenal destination for scuba diving, offering an endless amount of amazing dive sites around the c. 7,100 islands in the country. With c. 40,000 square kilometres of coral reefs, and access to the Philippine Sea, the South China Sea and the Celebes Sea, its marine life is one of the most diverse in the world. A heaven for avid scuba divers.
The Philippines are generally divided into three island groups; Visayas in the centre, Luzon in the North, and Mindanao in the South. There are many great diving destinations on each of these island groups, but the following locations are considered best: Coron, Malapascua, Puerto Galera, Boracay, Anilao, Subic Bay and Dumaguete. Each of these destinations has its own unique attractions, ranging from spectacular wall diving (e.g. Puerto Galera, Bohol and Boracay) to wreck diving (e.g. Coron and Subic Bay), and from big fish action (e.g. Donsol and Malapascua) to macro diving (e.g Anilao, Dumaguete and Malapascua).
The best time to dive in the Philippines is during the dry season, which runs from from November to June. This period has the highest water temperatures and the best visibility. Avoid the southwest monsoon (Habagat) between July and November. These months are too wet and rainy for most people.