Located within the Coral Triangle and on the western edge of the
Pacific's Ring of Fire, the Philippines
is one of only 17 nations classified as a megadiverse country. The
incredible biodiversity is immediately apparent the moment you
deflate your BCD at the start of your first dive and will continue
to amaze you throughout your stay. With flamboyant cuttlefish,
flashy frogfish and fragile lacy scorpionfish all inhabiting the
shallows yards from the beach, the shore diving in the Philippines
is a macro photographer's dream.
But don't worry, we've already dispatched our team of dive
experts to discover the best spots for shore diving within the
Philippines. As you enjoy a morning shore dive in Dauin, expect to
meet a frogfish strolling along the volcanic sand. Puerto Galera's
pygmy seahorses grip the gorgonians and flamboyant cuttlefish flash
their colours in the shallow seagrass. And in Moalboal, a
rendezvous with the resident mandarinfish on the house reef at dusk
is the perfect way to end the day's diving.
The beach town of
Dauin sits at the southern tip of the Visayas, and its volcanic
shores are a magnet for muck divers and macro photographers.
Scouring the sand on the resort's house reef reveals a dazzling
array of frogfish, spearing mantis shrimp guarding their lairs and
ornate ghost pipefish hiding among the feather stars.
A pleasant drive through verdant countryside will bring you from
Cebu airport to
Moalboal, on the west coast of Cebu Island. Famed for its
sardine baitballs and thresher shark sightings, shore dives on the
house reef reveal the smaller critters. Hairy squat lobsters,
robust ghostpipefish, orangutan crabs and mandarinfish await. And
if the mandarinfish are not psychedelic enough, a fluorescent night
dive will show them in a whole new light.
Within easy reach of Manila,
Puerto Galera is one of the Philippines' best-known dive
destinations. Situated on a small headland jutting into the
Batangas Channel, the nutrient-rich waters ensure a wide array of
delightful critters inhabit the shallow reefs close to the shore.
Sabang Beach and Aninuan Beach are perfect for a relaxing saunter
in the shallows on the hunt for flamboyant cuttlefish, frogfish and
a plethora of shrimp and nudibranchs.