Our dive travel specialists at Original Diving have dived
extensively throughout this archipelagic country, exploring every
nook of its diverse reefs, gliding face-down over its volcanic
sands, and poring over its pristine corals, to be able to offer the
most memorable and mind-blowing itineraries to discover the best
muck diving in the Philippines.
Whether it's the pygmy seahorses of Puerto Galera, the
mandarinfish in Malapascua, or the lure of the blue-ringed octopus
in Bohol, muck diving in the Philippines will not disappoint, it
will only leave you with one nagging question: why didn't I come
A three-hour drive south of Manila will bring you to the relaxed
barrio (village) of Anilao.
Known as the nudibranch capital of the Philippines, and home to
frogfish of all shapes and colours, Anilao has long been a Mecca
for Manila-based macro photographers.
The gently sloping shoreline in
Dauin is littered with the bizarre. You don't need to tell your
dive guide that you want to see a frogfish, you need to tell them
what colour frogfish you want to see. Pink, black, white and even
tiny yellow clown frogfish inhabit the reefs, alongside ornate
ghostpipefish and flamboyant cuttlefish.
While the big boys get all the attention in
Malapascua, diving on the island's shallow local sites is a
must for any self-respecting muck diving enthusiast. Sightings of
mandarinfish, frogfish and seahorses are all but guaranteed here.
Keep your eyes peeled for flamboyant cuttlefish and a plethora of
multi-coloured nudibranchs hiding among the pristine corals
From the Chocolate Hills to the soft-white sand of Alona Beach,
is an idyllic destination. Factor in the quality muck diving, with
frogfish, wonderpus and mimic octopus, and you will fall under this
island's spell and want to come back again and again.
On the other side of the channel to Anilao, between Luzon and
Mindoro, the dive sites of
Puerto Galera are as diverse as they are thrilling. There are
plenty of muck diving sites, with pygmy seahorses, frogfish and
nudibranchs all vying for your attention. You can mix muck diving
with wreck dives and channel dives in the currents for an
unparalleled, diverse diving experience.