Tubbataha Reef Liveaboard Diving – Trip Report June 2011

Tubbataha Reef is the Philippines most celebrated dive site, only accessible by liveaboard – this is my report on a 4 day diving trip there

Philippines Liveaboard – Hans Christian Andersen Review

This is a review of the facilities of the Philippines liveaboard Hans Christian Andersen, describing the dive setup, cabins, and day to day operation of the liveaboard

Whale Sharks Of Sogod Bay

Sogod Bay in the Philippines is one of the most incredible – and uncrowded – places to have a good chance of encountering the biggest fish in the world – the whale shark. Here are some videos shot at Sogod Bay by my friend Pedro Sogod Bay is located on Leyte island in the middle […]

Best Scuba Diving in the Philippines

The Philippines has some of the best – and most affordable – diving in Asia but still remains off the beaten track compared to countries like Thailand and Indonesia. Here’s my rundown of the best places to scuba dive in Philippines, along with links to more detailed reports on each location

Clown Frogfish Nursery – Dauin, Philippines

Finding a clown frogfish is hard enough – but to find a baby clown frogfish is a real red letter day for a diver On a recent visit to Apo Island in Dumaguete in the Philippines, I was introduced by my eagle-eyed dive guide Gilbert to the delights of muck diving on Dumaguete’s coastline. While […]

Visayas Liveaboard, Philippines

There’s only one problem with diving the central region of the Philippines known as the Visayas – there’s just too many dive sites to see in even a generous vacation time. A newly launched Visayas liveaboard from Expedition Fleet makes it easier to see the best of the Visayas This article was first published in […]

Davao Scuba Diving, Philippines – The New Muck Diving Destination

Despite having a feast of great muck diving, Davao Gulf in the Southern Philippines has remained largely off the dive map. All that could be about to change. This article was first published in Scuba Diver AustralAsia magazine, Issue 4, 2008. It appears here in a slightly different form. Photos were kindly provided by Jeff […]

Tubbataha Reef Liveaboard on the MV Borneo Explorer

Tubbataha Reef is the Philippines’ diving jewel in the crown, two remote, submerged atolls that are only accessible for a few months each year. If you like wall diving, you’ll love Tubbataha. [This article originally appeared in Issue 101 of Asian Diver magazine]. Speeding along in the midst of a strong drift current, I look […]

Two Stories in Asian Diver Issue 101

Issue 101 of Asian Diver is now out, and I have two stories in there as part of the Philippines special. One is my account of going to Tubbataha Reef, the remote and spectacular wall off Palawan – and the other is my trip around the Visayas, visiting several of the Philippines’ top spots like […]

Diving Puerto Galera in the Philippines

DivePhotoGuide has a great, in-depth article on diving one of the Philippines’ most famous dive spots, Puerto Galera. Matt Weiss has written up his trip as a guide to underwater photography in Puerto, along with some great shots. I’m just back from my trip to the Visayas in the Philippines, been a bit sick since […]

Heading to the Philippines – Visayas Liveaboard

I’m off this evening to the Philippines, spending a week on the Expedition Fleet Visayas liveaboard. The trip will be taking in some of the Philippines’ best known diving areas – Malapascua, home of the famously long-tailed thresher sharks; Moalboal and Pescador island; Apo Island; Bohol; and Cabilao. It’s going to be a bit of […]

Cebu Pacific Introduce Prepaid Excess Baggage

If you’re flying with dive gear on budget Filipino carrier Cebu Pacific, you’ll want to take advantage of their new Prepaid Excess Baggage facility to avoid a lot of grief at the check-in desk A quick followup to my Beating Excess Baggage Charges For Scuba Gear on Budget Airlines post – Cebu Pacific have recently […]

Diving Davao, Philippines

The new issue of Scuba Diver Australasia magazine just out has my article about diving Davao in the Philippines — a still largely undiscovered muck diving paradise UPDATE: I’ve now published the full Davao article here on Divehappy – please go to Scuba Diving Davao – The New Muck Diving Destination to read the complete […]

Dive Report: Coron Wrecks, Philippines

It’s the Filipino equivalent of Truk Lagoon – a spectacular collection of huge Japanese warships sunk around Coron, at the northern tip of Palawan. Ayesha Cantrell explains why Coron is wreck heaven When most divers think of wrecks, places like Truk Lagoon and wrecks like Egypt’s Thistlegorm spring to mind. Unfortunately for those who have […]

Peacock Mantis Shrimp Pictures

The peacock mantis shrimp is one of my all time favourite underwater critters, and on my recent trip to Davao in the Philippines I managed to get some pretty good shots of this amazing creature I spent the first week of September diving in Davao in the southern Philippines. I can’t say much more about […]