The Republic of the Philippines lies off the south-east coast of the Asian mainland. It is an archipelago of 7,107 islands and islets which stretches from the south of China to the tip of Borneo, covering almost 300,000 square kilometres with 15,500 kilometres of beaches.
Most of the volcanic islands have mountainous interiors covered in rainforest, surrounded by low plains, sandy beaches, aquamarine water and coral reefs. On the highly populated mega islands of Luzon and Mindanao you’ll find sprawling cities with shopping malls and fast food chains along with Spanish-Filipino colonial architecture, exquisite old stone churches and bustling town plazas.
Situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire, the country is prone to earthquakes, volcanic activity and typhoons and is also one of the top 10 biologically mega-diverse countries with new species of flora and fauna still being discovered.
The Philippines most outstanding feature are its fun-loving, happy-go-lucky, warm and welcoming people. Filipinos have a mixed cultural background, with strong influences from Malaysia as well as China, Spain, America and Arabia. There are over 100 cultural minority groups scattered throughout the country. Over 90% of the 96 million population are Christians. Throughout the islands, there are many fiestas celebrating the feast days of patron saints and foreign guests are always welcome into the people’s homes. Over 60% of the population speaks English, and although Filipino is the official national language English is considered the country’s unofficial one.
Temperatures year round are between 25-32°C with high humidity.
North-east Monsoon Season (strong winds) – December to March
Dry Season (warm and calm) – April to June
South-west Monsoon Season (wet but warm) – July to November
We recommend taking light, casual clothing. However please be aware that the countries culture and religion call for a more conservative dress code. Please take this into consideration if you are planning on participating in above water activities.
For a diver, the Philippines has just about everything one could ask for. Thought by many to be the apex of the coral triangle, diving in the Philippines offers a wide variety of marine environments to choose from. Dive on steep walls and offshore pinnacles, critter hunt and night dive on coastal reefs, wreck dive on a sunken Japanese fleet, be surrounded by pelagics or take the opportunity to get up close to the World’s largest fish – the whale shark. Whatever your experience level – from novice to technical and rebreather divers – the Philippines has a suitable environment for you.
The Philippines is also the ultimate destination to consider a liveaboard dive vacation as the country has so many different dive regions spread out through the archipelago. Liveaboard diving is a great way to experience the amazing natural and historical dive sites the region has to offer and will take you to the best dive sites on offer at the optimum time of the year. Not only will you enjoy enjoy spectacular diving, you will have a chance to visit some remote reefs and meet their people. Liveaboards allow divers and snorkelers to experience the full range of what the Philippines has to offer.
Average of 23°C in winter and 28°C in summer.
Year round diving available although season can affect conditions.
Tubbataha Reef is a National Marine Park is absolutely not to be missed! See thresher sharks of Malapascua. Discover critters in Anilao and Dauin. Admire huge sardine bait balls in Pescador Island.
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