A Once In a Lifetime Experience – Snorkeling Philippines
Snorkeling Philippines is something that everyone must do on their trip to the area. The marine life is diverse and the water conditions are great for exploring the depths below. The Philippines boasts a large repertoire of coral reefs that play home to thousands of species of marine life. The country is comprised of 7,107 islands which all offer unique marine life, making the area a hit for snorkeling aficionados. Whenever or wherever you choose to snorkel, good snorkeling will always happen in the Philippines. Weather is certainly something to consider when visiting, though. Temperature is not an issue, averaging 30°C (86°F) throughout the year with water temperatures hovering right around 28°C (82°F). However, be aware that there are typhoons occurring as early as August and as late as January. In addition, during the rainy season from May to October, the archipelago experiences quite a bit of heavy rain. From November to April, you will have good weather and it is off peak tourism time so prices will be a bit lower.
When you arrive in the Philippines, or while you are planning your trip, you will want to know where to go and what to do. Luckily, we have compiled a list of the top spots for snorkeling that will pique your interest!
The first stop on your tour of snorkeling Philippines is the 100 Islands. In the giant clam sanctuary there, you can see clams between 2 to 3 feet in size that are constantly opening and closing their mouths. This is a truly unique experience that you will be hard pressed to find anywhere else. Clams won’t be the only treasure you lay eyes on though, as there are also puffers, sergeants, parrotfish, angelfish and cardinals swimming about the purple thorn corals. Though this is a well-known snorkeling destination, there are relatively few people compared to the vast size of the enchanting marine sanctuary.
Siete Pecadoes in Coron is also another well-known snorkeling destination in the Philippines. It has been attributed to swimming in a massive aquarium because of the abundance of fish that call Siete Pecadoes home. This spot for snorkeling Philippines was turned into a marine sanctuary several years ago, which has led to the revitalization of the reef which is now teeming with nudibranchs and soft corals. The water is crystal clear which provides great views of the tropical fish, blossoming coral reef and even marine life such as small squids, octopus, Barracudas and baby reef sharks. While in Coron, you should also check out some of the wreck dive sites that are located there. The Lusong Gunboat Wreck is nearby and the shipwreck is between 5 and 15 meters down. Among the WWII wreckage, you can also see tropical fish, like Lion Fish, Batfish and Parrotfish, swimming about. Nearby you can also visit the Taiei Maru, Irako and Akitsushima wrecks. These wrecks are also some of the best diving in the Philippines as you can get very up close and personal with the WWII machines.
Another great marine sanctuary in the Philippines is Apo Island. This pristine sanctuary sprawls out over 225,000 square meters and over 600 species of fish and 400 species of coral call the islands home. The biggest draw for Apo Islands though, is the turtles that nest there. If you go to the southwestern most part of the island, you will find a bountiful reef just off the beach. Walk into the water from shore and you can begin snorkeling right from there. Do that, and you will find yourself swimming with massive green sea turtles, and among giant clams and other tropical fish.
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For those looking to go snorkeling in the Philippines, Tubod Marine Sanctuary located in Siquijor is a great area that is also shallow enough for beginners. The beach is gorgeous, well-kept and the sanctuary is very accessible by boat. This is a great year-round activity in Siquijor and the waters are teeming with a variety of marine life. Right off the shore you can see vibrant nudibranchs, slugs, schools of anemone fish, Spanish dancers and tropical fish such as puffers, sergeants, angels, parrots, box and cardinals. One thing to note is that the waters here can get a bit chilly so you may want to rent a wet suit as well.
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If you are a beginner who is searching for somewhere to go snorkeling in the Philippines, Nalusuan Island located in Cordova, Cebu is a great snorkeling site. The well-established destination has been a designated marine sanctuary for years and offers views of various corals and species of marine life. Once you are dropped off by boat, you will walk along the long wooden pier to pick where you want to climb down into the water. There are wooden ladders that lead into the water, and the best snorkeling is towards the end of the pier. You will be able to see starfish and many tropical fish that may even hover around you if you bring some fish food for them to snack on, but make sure to get there early in the morning, because the waters will quickly fill up with other tourists looking to explore the waters around the island.
When you are planning your trip to the Philippines and are asking yourself or your loved ones what to do during your trip – a snorkeling trip must be included on the list. Not only do the Philippines have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, surrounded with lush tropical fauna, but underneath the surface, you will enter a completely different, but equally as beautiful world. Snorkeling Philippines is definitely an adventure that you don’t want to miss out on!