Diving Safari in the Philippines
The Philippines are located on the territory of the so-called coral triangle – one of the most biologically diverse areas on our planet.
It is impossible to come to the Philippines and get a complete picture of them, being only on one of the islands. Each one has its own face. Likewise, dive sites: from island to island, from region to region, each new dive is only part of the “mosaic”, part of the overall picture. Coral reefs, walls, sandy slopes, currents, underwater flora and fauna, submerged ships, halocline and thermocline in thermal lakes, caves – all this can be seen in different regions of the Philippines.
Due to the tropical climate in the Philippines, there are two conditional seasons: “dry”, from November to May (but there is always the possibility of a short-term rainfall) and rainy (with the likelihood of typhoons), more or less pronounced depending on the location on the map. The average temperature throughout the year – + 31C, evenings a bit cooler; water temperature on average reaches +25 – + 27C.
It is the climatic features of a particular region that often affect tourist flows, and many are accustomed to believe that the countries of Southeast Asia are more favorable for traveling from late autumn to mid-spring. This is mostly true, but at the same time, the concept of seasonality in the Philippines is quite vague, especially when planning routes for diving, in particular diving safaris, because you can come here all year round.
From January to mid-March, the whale shark season in South Leyte. Spring is the most popular time for diving on the Tubbatakha reef, recognized by UNESCO as one of the most interesting due to its unique characteristics. From June to September, divers await the islands of the South Vizayaz region. From October to January, the safari ship route includes Mindoro, Anilao and the Apo Reef, which became legendary for divers from around the world, and until February you can make dive trips to Coron Bay – the center of large-scale wrecks, a place that keeps the memory of the battle between Japanese and Japanese ships. American fleet in 1944
The overwhelming majority of divers who ever dive in the Philippine islands agree that it is the Philippines and the surrounding dive sites that are the best, since nowhere else in the world can one meet such diversity and richness of underwater life.
Over 600 varieties of reef fish and over 300 varieties of coral. Hammerhead, fox and whale shark Whitetip reef shark, green turtle, a plurality of species of crab, shrimp, and clams, lobster, octopus, rays and manta, sea horses, various nudibranchs, frog fish, scorpion fish, barracuda, tuna flocks and jack fishes, marlins, snappers, sea needles, groupers, mandarin fish, sea snakes, moray eels, harlequins – this is not a complete list of inhabitants of the local seas.
Particularly noteworthy are the two most comfortable ships making diving safaris in the Philippines:
S / Y Philippine Siren and S / Y P. Siren are 40-meter sailing yachts, offering their guests luxury accommodation in 2 or 3-bed cabins.
The maximum capacity of yachts is 18 people. On these ships you can make weekly trips on 4 seasonal routes: Batangas – Coron, Southern Vizayaz, Tubbatakha reef and South Leyte.
Atlantis Azores is a 32-meter motor yacht with 7 deluxe cabins, each of which can accommodate up to 3 people. 5 seasonal routes are offered to the guests of this vessel: the Apo and Anilao reef, Leyte, Tubbatakha reef, Bohol, Boracay / Malapascua.
The route of the diving safari in the Philippines: Batangas – Coron
This route captures Anilao on Luzon Island, the western coast of Mindoro Island, the Apo Reef, Coron Bay, in whose waters lie the famous Japanese wrecks, as well as the thermal Barracuda Lake, which does not mix layers of fresh and salt water.
Diving on the Anilao dive sites, you become witnesses of the life of local inhabitants. Sinekolchatye and mimic octopus, xeno crabs, frog fish; It was here that some species of nudibranchs were first discovered. Night diving on Anilao – a chance to see cuttlefish, sea needles and skates, mandarin fish and cocks.
Reef Apo is a marine reserve listed on the UNESCO list. According to the majority of people involved in diving, Apo Reef takes a leading position, being the best in the Philippines: the walls, completely covered with giant gorgonians and sponges; frequent guests here are snappers, white-fingered reef sharks, manti and eagle rays, jack-fish, surgeon-fish, triggers and long-nosed dolphins.
Wreck Akitsushima is a 118-meter Japanese aircraft-carrying cruiser lying at a depth of about 35 meters in Coron Bay, one of the ships sunk during the battle with the Americans in 1944. On its deck there is a high crane designed to lift a seaplane out of the water, as well as a large number of anti-aircraft guns, so this rack will be interesting even for divers.