Good times have come for those who missed sea life in the Philippines after restricting outdoor activities to contain the Covid-19 spread.
The Department of Tourism allowed the opening of these diving spots for limited guests.
Sogod Bay in Southern Leyte
Southern Leyte gets popularity from the diving sites along Sogod Bay. It contains over 25 unspoiled sites with pristine reefs and healthy corals. Visitors also see frogfish, octopi, sea turtles, pygmy seahorses, and gigantic white sharks at particular times of the year.
Tubbataha Reef, Palawan
Tubbataha, a popular dive spot, was established in 1988 as Marine Park. Unesco made it a heritage site in 1993 because it hosts impressive biodiversity. In addition to diving, visitors can see 600 fish and 360 coral specials. They also come across 13 species of dolphins and whales. Note that authorities allow all domestic tourists to enter El Nido for leisure. Tourists of all ages without comorbidities and underlying conditions can enter. Minors should visit in the company of their parents or guardians.
Dauin, Negros Oriental
Dauin is a small municipality that is 30 minutes away from Dumaguete city has 18 different dive areas. Anyone who likes searching for life in the silt will find exhilarating five diving sites. An artificial dive site name “the Ginama” is one interesting spot. It is the middle of old car tires and now hosts a lot of marine life. Divers also find many marine attractions off the Dauin Coast. They include barracudas, crabs, cuttlefish, reel fish, and sea turtles.
This small island is a diving paradise with more than 10 diving sites around the isle’s waters. In addition, Siquijor has two marine sanctuaries, spots for much diving, and walls to dive in. A sunken Island reaching down to 40 meters is an excellent spot for experienced divers, although the different dive areas suit even the beginners. Each sanctuary has its set of marine life, including barracuda, turtles, cuttlefish, and reel fish.
Moalboal in Southern Cebu holds an attractive array of marine life, including fish. It is a place for beginner and veteran divers to swim with frogfish, sardines, sea turtles, and white tip sharks, among many other species. Sardines spawn in the cool waters gathering off the coast at a place where divers can easily spot them.
Boljoon and Alcoy, Cebu
Boljoon and Alcoy municipalities provide a good quiet spot for macro divers. The expansive reefs along the islands house various rare life like the Lembeh Sea dragon and green sea turtles. These Cebu towns are open for travelers searching for a getaway.
The blue waters of Malapascua Island are a popular diving spot. It is a place with many dive sites for beginners and seasoned. The visitors swim with thresher sharks at Monad Shoal and explore various underwater caves in the surrounding. They may also go for the popular resident white tip sharks of the Gado Island.