The Philippines have 7 107 islands with exuberant tropical vegetation, surrounded by clear waters with about 40 000 km² of coral reefs filled with a big variety of marine life. Amongst the best diving spots in the Philippines are: Puerto Galera, in the Mindoro island, perfect for drift diving in the strong currents of the South China Sea; Borocay island, about 315 km south of Manila in Luzon island, where you can find several diving spots, with mostly reefs, rock pinnacles, walls, caves and species observation areas; the Negros island in the Visayas islands group, where you can observe a diverse marine species variety; Subic Bay, in Luzon island, known for its numerous shipwrecks, like the USS New York, and where dolphins, sharks, turtles and many other species can be sighted; the Tubbataha Reef Marine Park, classified as a World Heritage site due to its remarkable biological diversity.
The Philippines has a total area of about 300 thousand km². It is between Taiwan to the north, the Philippine Sea to the east, the Celebes Sea to the south, and the South China Sea to the west. The islands are usually divided into three groups: Luzon to the north, Visayas in the center and Mindanao to the south. Climate is hot, humid and tropical. The average yearly temperature is around 26.6°C. There are three seasons: tag-init or tag-araw, the hot dry season or summer from March to May; tag-ulan, the rainy season from June to November; and tag-lamig, the cool dry season from December to February.
Visas are not required from citizens of these countries: Great Britain, Australia, Canada, USA and EU countries for stays up to 21 days with commercial and touristic purposes. Passports must be valid at least six months beyond the permanence in the Philippines for all countries listed.
There are a few outbreaks of malaria in the Philippines. However, these are not very serious problems. It is prudent to use prophylaxis against hepatitis before travelling anywhere in Asia. For more informations, please contact your doctor.
The time zone in the Philippines is UTC +8.
As for communications in the Philippines, you can use the public phones in the main city centers, you can acquire a prepaid card or use your cellphone through your country's roaming service. You can also easily access the internet, available in cafés, bars, hotels and libraries.
Electricity is 110/220 volts by 60 Hz. In the Philippines, the most common plug is the USA type, with two flat pins, but the EURO type is also used, as well as the three parallel pin plugs (usually for high voltage devices and computers. It is advisable to take a universal adapter.
Be aware of import/export laws, particularly when leaving the country, as some items like food may be confiscated at the airport. If you bought a pet, be sure it has the right papers that will be accepted in your destination. A heavy conflict is going on in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Basilan, Lanao Del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi) between Muslim militias and the Philippine government. Travelling to this region is dangerous and strongly discouraged
Which are the best scuba diving locations in Philippines? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Philippines, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.
Which locations in Philippines have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Philippines and for each location a list of underwater photos.
Which marine species can I observe in Philippines? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.
Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Philippines? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Philippines.
Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in Philippines? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in Philippines. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.
Which liveaboard can I dive with in Philippines? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Philippines. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.
Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Philippines? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Philippines. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.