The Philippines Diving Information
The Philippines, which consists of 7,107 islands, has long been visited by Westerners, therefore most islands have a variety of diving resorts. It's also safe to say that English is surely understood in almost all areas, in addition it is also the most accessible area from Japan. The climate is tropical, with a dry season from December to May and a rainy season from June to November, but squall is always frequent in all seasons. In particular, it is necessary to be mindful regarding the itinerary to the east side of the islands such as Leyte during the typhoon seasons. There are around 7-8 daily flights from Tokyo to Manila and around 4-5 flights from Osaka. Tourists can take a domestic flight from Manila to access the Calamian Islands, Palawan, Leyte, Dumaguete, Bohol. You can get to Anilao by car and Puerto Galera by bus and a ferry package. During the period from the November to the end of March, there are whale sharks that roam around Leyte, the chance to meet dugongs and see Apo reefs from the Karamian Islands, and El Nido of Palawan island where the marbles are known to be beautiful. With an easy access from Manila to Puerto Galera and Anilao, close to the airport and the point of destination is Dumaguete, Darwin is also a center of mac diving, comparable to that of Ambon and Lembeh in Indonesia. As well as Mac, Puerto Galera has the island of Verde Island on the opposite shore of Dumaguete and the island of Apo Island in Darwin, so it can be enjoyed on request from Macro to Wide. However, unlike the diving of the opposite pole with Mac, since both (especially Verde Island) tides are quick, caution is advised. From Cebu, the central city of the Visayas Islands, there are about 5 direct flights daily from Japan. Bohol, Liloan, Moalboal and Malapasqua also features relatively short-term and highly versatile tours. Furthermore, the area around Cebu Island is dotted with popular areas such as Kabirao Island, Moalboal and Liloan including Mactan which can be reached in 30 minutes from the airport. Malapascua Island in the northern part of Cebu Island is limited to early morning visits, but you can still expect some encounters with spotted sharks. From Liloan in southern Cebu, from Santander it is also possible to go to Similon Island and Apo Island, which are famous for their flock of horse mackerel, and Oslob, which has recently attracted attention from the feeding of whale sharks. Next to Bohol Island, Panglao Island has a new airport and would make commuting easier. The white sand Arona Beach on Panglao Island is concentrated with Diving Resorts and luxury hotels; therefore you can enjoy the hotel life. You can also go on the expedition to Balicasag and Siquijor from here.