Diving in Central Luzon

The region of Luzon is home to many world-famous diving destinations like Anilao, Puerto Galera and Subic Bay. The different diving destinations are connected through regular transport, so it will be effortless for you to travel around the different regions. Just south of Manila you will find the beautiful Anilao, which is renowned for its muck diving, as well as Batangas, where you will find many diving liveaboards departing weekly. You will find most dive centers inside the resorts of Anilao, with many different options to choose from. Apo Reef and Coron Bay are some of the main places to visit, and a departing point for some famous dive sites in Puerto Galera. Around the Verde island passage, you will find high biodiversity and colorful marine life, great for scuba divers looking for beautiful sights. All levels of divers will find an abundance of options on Mindoro island Sabang and White beach, which are very quickly accessible resort areas. You will be able to enjoy many possible adventures, from relaxing at one of the numerous diving resorts to staying in a local hotel or guest house or even to pursuing your extended range goals. Wreck diving heaven is located in Subic Bay, just a short drive from Manila.

Dive Sites in Central Luzon

Featured places to go in Central Luzon

Subic Bay

One of the highest number of historic ship, aircraft, and vehicle wrecks in the world can be found in Subic Bay, which is located about 120 km north of Manila.

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Around 40 dive sites can be found in Anilao; the most famous are Sombrero Island, Maricaban Island, Cathedral and Mapating.

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Aquatic Life in Central Luzon

Marine life in Central Luzon is diverse, with an abundance of unique critters and rare macro marine life. Some of the marine species you will find are frogfish, ghost pipefish, seahorse, flamboyant cuttlefish and small squid. You will probably also find bobbit worms, hairy frogfish, wonderpus, mimic and blue-ringed octopus. Nudibranchs and other macro life are abundant in Puerto Galera, along with pelagic fish, whitetip and blacktip reef sharks. This region is also famous for its many wrecks that you can explore around Subic Bay including WWII wrecks, as well as airplane wrecks and even a Spanish American Warship dating back to 1898.