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 story with some excellent pictures by Jeff de Guzman.

The southern Philippines have been off the dive map for a few years due to unrest around the large island of Mindanao, but stability in the region has seen Davao open back up for intrepid foreign travelers. It’s easy to get there, a quick flight from Manila with Cebu Pacific, and the diving is equally easy to access too – despite Davao being a huge port city, within 20 minutes of heading out from the marina, you’re in the middle of the huge Davao Gulf, with the pristine Samal Island fringed with palm trees and beaches dead ahead.

The diving around Davao is great if you want to find weird and wonderful critters and don’t mind the viz being a bit turbid. The local guides can’t do enough to help you and are justifiably proud of the diving in the area. Now’s the time to go before everyone else gets there…

You can read more about Davao in my article in the current issue of Scuba Diver Australasia – it’s the cover story, Diamond In The Rough

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Start Planning Your Philippines Dive Trip Now!

:: Check the availability and pricing of liveaboards in the Philippines and book online.

:: Find the cheapest flights to the Philippines with Skyscanner - one search will show you the prices and times from scores of airlines for your trip. A real timesaver.

If you need a good transit hotel near Manila airport, try the Marriott or Nichols Hotel. The actual Manila Airport Hotel is very run down and not recommended.

:: Make sure you don't forget to bring any of the essentials for your scuba diving trip with our comprehensive Liveaboard Packing List

:: Get dive and travel insurance for the Philippines from World Nomads - make sure you're covered above and below the water. World Nomads lets you buy insurance online quickly and easily.

:: Find available places to stay in the Philippines on Booking.com - usually you can reserve a room with no upfront payment. Pay when you check out. Free cancellations too.

:: Need inspiration? See our Best Places To Dive In The Philippines for ideas of where to go and what to do.

:: Explore our Philippines Dive Travel Guide for more Philippines must-dive destinations.


  1. When you go diving in the Philippines, make sure you bring your own underwater camera. The sights are some you will never want to forget!

  2. Diving is such an amazing adventure. Thanks for the information on diving in the Philippines. I’ll pass it on to my readers.