Scuba Diving the Philippines is impressive, varied and spectacular.Written by Brett Jankowiak
Scuba diving Philippines does not get any diverse, anywhere in world! No matter what level of diver you are, diving Philippines has something to offer you. In fact I can just about guarantee that scuba diving you do in Philippines will blow your mind and make you think twice about diving when you get home. You will literally be spoilt when diving in Philippines.
The water temperature diving in Philippines, is similar to diving in your warm bath at home! It is absolutely divine. A balmy 22 C to 25 C during cooler months of December to March and 25 C to 28 C during warmer months of April to November. Water temperatures like these, gives you opportunity of diving in comfort of lycra skin suits or 3mm wetsuits. When you are use to diving in 5mm and 7mm steamers or even dry suits, this type of diving is pure heaven.
Why Dive Philippines?
The Philippine Islands, which there are over 7,100, have widest variety of marine life in world. The diving here is still being discovered, it does however have a number of popular spots which are very familiar with diving tourist and these sites are world class. Outside these popular diving locations lie thousands of unexplored scuba diving opportunities. Since Philippines has so many islands, with some of them not easily accessible, allure for scuba diver in Philippines to be first to explore an underwater reef or to discover a wreck is a real possibility.
Statistics from Philippine Department of Tourism indicate that scuba divers visiting Philippine Islands, return for an average of 10 trips each. If this is not a high recommendation on quality and health of scuba diving industry in Philippines, then Iím not sure what is!
Scuba Diving Philippines - What Sort of Diving?
Philippines scuba diving has everything to satisfy most fussy diver. All you have to do, is put your wetsuit on and put your tank together, even then there is someone there to assist you. From here it gets easier. Someone will carry your gear on and off dive boat for you, help you put your scuba tank and gear onto your back and help you out of water when you have finished. Sound easy? You bet it is. Now, what type of diving should you expect? Well pretty much everything you can think of is covered.
Philippines Surfing if you want to miss the crowds.Written by Brett Jankowiak
Philippines surfing is not quite a destination that would conjure up images of brilliant surfing breaks. Truth be told surfing in Philippines can be fickle, but if you are after an adventure, are willing to go off beaten track and are not afraid to try something different, then surfing in Philippines will not disappoint you.
With 7,107 islands, roaring Pacific Ocean bordering eastern coastline and South China Sea on western coastline and attracting more typhoons than most neighboring countries, Philippines surfing is alive and well. In fact Philippines are not a new surfing destination, with surfers enjoying waves here since at least sixties, maybe even earlier. Letís face it who wouldnít want a perfect left or right hander all to yourself!
Philippines surfing can be both temperamental and seasonal, it is important to know when best time to come is or you may be disappointed, nothing worse that a surfer without surf.
You can either surf east coast or west coast. The east coast probably gets better surf.
The east coast - which is Pacific Ocean side gets itís swell from monsoons, low depression tropical storms and typhoons. The first monsoon to hit east coast is south west monsoon which arrives in May and lasts through to about October. Philippines surfing is not that reliable even during monsoon. The better and more consistent surf is during north east monsoon or amihan, during November to April. On top of monsoons throw in a typhoon or many and you can imagine that surfing in Philippines can really pump. The typhoons usually come in from east of Mindanao and head in a north westerly direction hitting southern Luzon and islands between Luzon and Pacific.