Tubbataha is almost a rite of passage when it comes to diving
in the Philippines. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is only open
between March and June and only accessible via liveaboard - adding
to its allure. Its remote location is a haven for wildlife, with
turbulent currents that attract larger predators, creating perfect
conditions for a thrilling drift dive.
Washing Machine is one of our top picks for drift diving in the
Philippines. It's located on Tubbataha's North Atoll, which has
several fantastic dive sites. Aptly named, Washing Machine is
renowned for its unpredictable currents which send divers tumbling
back and forth alongside schools of giant trevally, tuna and
barracuda. Despite the strong currents, Washing Machine has
excellent visibility and divers can often spot manta rays and even
whale sharks out in the blue.
Coron's sheltered waters may be known for spectacular wreck
dives, but there are a couple of spots a little further afield
which are a great choice for drift diving in the Philippines.
Calumbuyan Reef, a 30-minute boat ride from Okikawa Maru (one of
Coron's infamous 'Big Six' wreck dives), is an easy drift dive from
the north to the south of Busuanga Island. The site is filled with
large hard corals, as well as schools of colourful reef fish and
the occasional turtle.
When it comes to drift diving in the Philippines, Bohol
is a great spot to visit, with several moderate to challenging
Balicasag Island is an amazing choice, with five brilliant
sites, a couple of which are usually enjoyed as drift dives. Black
Forest, one of the island's most famous dives, usually has a
current and is dived as a drift. It's named after the abundance of
Antipathes, A.K.A black corals, found between 35-45 metres deep.
The site slopes down to a depth of 40 metres, with numerous coral
heads, schools of groupers and barracudas, turtles and reef
Arco Point is another great spot in Bohol and is just under
three miles from Alona Beach in Panglao. The spot is named after a
small tunnel that begins at five metres and finishes at around
16-18 metres, according to the tide. The tunnel takes divers to a
drop-off, where there is usually a mild current. Aside from being a
nice little drift dive, Arco Point is a great macro spot, boasting
ghost pipefish, porcelain crabs, blue ring octopuses and more.
The Philippines is a wonderful choice for a diving holiday,
with some amazing spots for drift diving. If you're thinking about
taking a once-in-a-lifetime trip drift diving in the Philippines,
get in contact with our team today as we can help you to create
your dream itinerary,
taking care of all the little details.