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Title: Scuba Diving the Philippines is impressive, varied and spectacular.
Author: Brett Jankowiak
Scuba diving Philippines does not get any diverse, anywhere in
the world! No matter what level of diver you are, diving
Philippines has something to offer you. In fact I can just about
guarantee that the scuba diving you do in the Philippines will
blow your mind and make you think twice about diving when you
get home. You will literally be spoilt when diving in the
The water temperature diving in the Philippines, is similar to
diving in your warm bath at home! It is absolutely divine. A
balmy 22 C to 25 C during the cooler months of December to March
and 25 C to 28 C during the warmer months of April to November.
Water temperatures like these, gives you the opportunity of
diving in the comfort of lycra skin suits or 3mm wetsuits. When
you are use to diving in 5mm and 7mm steamers or even dry suits,
this type of diving is pure heaven.
Why Dive the Philippines?
The Philippine Islands, which there are over 7,100, have the
widest variety of marine life in the world. The diving here is
still being discovered, it does however have a number of popular
spots which are very familiar with the diving tourist and these
sites are world class. Outside these popular diving locations
lie thousands of unexplored scuba diving opportunities. Since
the Philippines has so many islands, with some of them not
easily accessible, the allure for the scuba diver in the
Philippines to be the first to explore an underwater reef or to
discover a wreck is a real possibility.
Statistics from the Philippine Department of Tourism indicate
that scuba divers visiting the Philippine Islands, return for an
average of 10 trips each. If this is not a high recommendation
on the quality and health of the scuba diving industry in the
Philippines, then I'm not sure what is!
Scuba Diving Philippines - What Sort of Diving?
Philippines scuba diving has everything to satisfy the most
fussy diver. All you have to do, is put your wetsuit on and put
your tank together, even then there is someone there to assist
you. From here it gets easier. Someone will carry your gear on
and off the dive boat for you, help you put your scuba tank and
gear onto your back and help you out of the water when you have
finished. Sound easy? You bet it is. Now, what type of diving
should you expect? Well pretty much everything you can think of
Pristine reef diving. Exhilarating drift diving. Big pelagic
fish action. World War II wrecks to be discovered. Fantastic
wall diving. Muck diving for those who like macro photography.
Deep diving. Coral Gardens. Night Diving. Swim throughs and
caves. Technical diving. Soft coral spectaculars.
The majority of dives are conducted by boat, usually a very
short trip from your resort. If you are not diving from a boat
you can generally find fantastic reefs right in front of your
resort, nice and easy shore diving. For the ultimate experience,
live aboard dive vessels can also take you to areas seldom if
ever visited by scuba divers, this is the ultimate experience.
Diving Philippines - What will I see Underwater?
The list is too big to try and let you know what you will see
underwater, but I will tell you about the marine life you will
definitely see underwater. The marine life is exceptionally
abundant, from rare nudibrachs to a high density of the 27
species of clownfish or <i>Amphiprion Sp.</i>, not to mention
the gregarious colours of the soft corals and the vibrancy of
the hard corals. If big fish are an attraction, then schooling
barracudas, sweetlips, Thresher and Hammerhead Sharks will not
disappoint you. The biggest fish in the world also frequents
Philippine waters, the mighty Whale Shark. Even mammals are
widely seen, both dolphins and dugongs.
Diving Philippines gives you so many options that every dive
will be different and mind blowing, even if it is at the same
Note: The Philippines has had it's fair share of dynamite
fishing and cyanide poisoning. This is slowly being pushed out,
as more Filipinos recognize a better future in tourism dollars.
Cyanide poisoning is used for capturing fish for marine aquarium
enthusiasts. This practice is being addressed by the Marine
Aquarium Council in conjunction with Philippine Authorities, who
are training local fisherman in the use of ecological net
catching of small fish. They are also teaching good husbandry
techniques for the sustainability of this industry.
Diving Philippines is everything and more you want it to be.
Your expectations will be met and driven further than you
thought possible, the possibilities are endless.
About the author:
Brett Jankowiak is the owner of
Travel Guide,</b></a> his passion for the Philippines and scuba
diving is reflected in his writings and articles on his
information based website.