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Diving in the Philippines: 21 Resorts With Nice House Reefs, Good Wi-Fi and Snorkeler-friendly Dive Trips

Winner of the World Travel Awards “Best Dive Destination” three years in a row (2019, 2020, and 2021), the Philippines is undoubtedly one of the planet’s most impressive marine (and terrestrial, for that matter) biodiversity hotspots.

With over 7,000 islands situated within the nutrient-rich Coral Triangle of the Indo-Pacific, replete with vibrant coral gardens, over 5,000 species of clams, molluscs, and snails, along with nearly 2,000 species of fish, it is little wonder serious divers and snorkelers continue to flock to the country.

Places like Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, the entirety of Palawan, Malapascua Island, Apo Island, Moalboal, Balicasag, Panglao, Bohol, and Puerto Galera are synonymous with marine species richness and spectacular underwater beauty.

Sardine run, Moalboal

What I’ve attempted to do in the article below is put together the first-ever list of dive resorts throughout the major diving regions of the Philippines–from Batangas to Palawan–based on three deciding factors:

  • The accessibility and quality of their house reef (for snorkelers and shore dives).
  • The quality of their internet connection (for those who need or want to work remotely while visiting).
  • Whether or not snorkelers are allowed to tag along on dive trips.

I’ve done this so that a) anyone who wants to make their workcation a diving vacation to the Philippines (or any digital nomads) can be confident that they can get whatever work stuff done that needs doing and b) so that serious snorkelers and freedivers have a list of dive resort options in the Philippines that are set up for them as well.

They run the gamut from luxury dive resorts to dive shops that also offer accommodation. I’ve stayed in a dive-shop-with-accommodation option before (in Aruba), and they are by far the more budget-friendly.

My method

What I did to curate this list was go through every page and dive resort in the Philippines on the PADI website, compile an email list and reach out to each one with the below email.

PADI allows you to filter by both Wi-Fi and House Reefs, but I’ve found the results are very often not all that accurate and a lot of places that claim to have “house reefs” really mean they have reefs that are close (10-15 minutes) by boat, not reef that you can access from the shore or jetty/pier in front of a resort.

To me, those aren’t house reefs.

I’ve been to places like Raja Ampat, Lipe, and Aruba, where the house reef has been the most impressive site out of the various I visited during my trip, and I like the convenience of being able to just jump right into the action without having to get on a boat.

Being a remote worker and entrepreneur, I also don’t really get much actual vacation. I’m privileged to be able to work from “anywhere,” but in reality, I’m more often than not beholden to the Wi-Fi connection. This means I also choose my dive and snorkel vacations based on connectivity requirements and house reef so that I can always get in the water in the event I miss a dive or can’t dive a certain day.

Sucks, but that’s the tradeoff.

Luckily for me (and you), the Philippines is now covered by Starlink (in addition to having decent quality fibre optic in many places):

In fact, it looks like it’s the only country in Southeast Asia outside of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore where Starlink is currently available. Can’t wait for Indonesia to get it.

I would say the majority of the diving resorts I contacted throughout the Philippines already had Starlink. It has been a game changer in the nature and wildlife travel industry.

But I digress.

What I’ve done is take the 21 dive resorts in the Philippines that responded to me or that still have functional email addresses (of the 60+ emails I sent out) and compile them into the below list.

For each resort, I have included:

  • A Google Maps screenshot of which region of the country the resort is located–particularly so you can see how close to major cities/jumpoff points they are.
  • The response of the resort employee who answered my questions re: snorkeling, house reef and internet.
  • A synthesis of a couple of the most recent pages of reviews from review sites like TripAdvisor, Booking and Agoda.

This was done by copying and pasting the most recent reviews for each place into ChatGPT and asking it to parse the text for recurring comments, phrases and descriptions and then synthesize all of it into a list of bullet points covering both the positive and the negative reviews.  ChatGPT spits out nonsense a lot of the time, but it’s a very good parser/synthesizer.

I’ve also linked you to each place’s Instagram (the little icon below each photo]) so you can check out the kinds of dives they do and the marine critters they observe on a regular basis. Instagram (in addition to recent YouTube videos and TripAdvisor photos) is definitely the best place to gauge things like reef quality, marine life, equipment, boats, etc.

Trying to decide on snorkeling or diving gear for an upcoming trip? Checkout my detailed breakdowns of everything from fins to BCDs to dive watches and more.

Let’s get into it.



Palawan

Entalulua Island, Palawan

Diving and snorkelling in Palawan offer an extraordinary marine experience thanks to the region’s exceptional natural attributes and rich biodiversity. Comprising over 1,700 islands and islets, Palawan, in the southwestern part of the Philippines, is a place where marine ecosystems still thrive.

These coastal habitats encompass extensive coral reefs, seagrass meadows, mangrove forests, and soft-bottom ecosystems and serve as crucial biodiversity shelters. It is also (if you’re interested in terrestrial excursions) home to some of the last large tracts of forest left in the thoroughly deforested Philippines.

Palawan’s inherent diversity and productive coastal ecosystems have earned it UNESCO’s designation as a Man and Biosphere Reserve, cementing its reputation as the Philippines’ last ecological frontier. 

The region functions as a physical barrier, separating the Sulu Sea from the West Philippine Sea, two major marine biogeographic regions in the country. This results in notable differences in coral cover and reef fish communities, with the Sulu Sea exhibiting slightly higher biodiversity due to the entry of larvae from the South China Sea into the Coral Triangle via the Sulu Sea.

Below are some of the dive resorts in Palawan with good house reefs, good internet connectivity suitable for remote work and dive trips/sites that are also suitable for snorkelers. 


1) Tabanka Scuba Diving Inc

What they say about their house reef and internet:

The House Reef/snorkeler friendliness:

We do have a place that we consider our house reef. But it’s only accessible by boat. There is no shore diving here, if that’s what you mean.

Yes, snorkeling guests are welcome on board, the tours are pretty enjoyable also for nondivers. Often there are also beaches nearby. The current price is 1500p.

The internet:

We use starlink, as long as there is power supply and no big Taifun our internet is pretty ok for work.

Oliver, Tabanka Divers

What guests have to say


2) Aquanaut Dive Center

What they say about their house reef and internet:

The House Reef/snorkeler friendliness:


Yes we do have [a house reef] and it is good. We do accept snorkeller with us too.

The internet:

Yes our internet is good since we have fiber connection.

Yvan, General Manager @ Aquanaut Dive Centre

What guests have to say


3) Sangat Island Dive Resort

What they say about their house reef and internet:

The House Reef/snorkeler-friendly:

We have a house reef and it is in a good state. The dive boats only have divers and they don’t really go in sites which are good for snorkeling anyways, but we do offer snorkeling trips

The internet:

We have Starlink.

Eva, Reservation Manager @ Sangat Island Dive Resort

What guests have to say

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Negros (Oriental and Occidental)

Apo Island, Negros

Negros is divided into Occidental and Oriental provinces, each offering unique Philippines diving experiences.

Negros Oriental, the second-largest island in the Visayas, offers a captivating marine experience, with diverse dive sites that cater to all levels of divers. The marine life in this region is characterized by numerous pristine reefs, extensive coral and fish diversity, and numerous shipwrecks. 

In Negros Occidental, Danjugan Island stands out as a significant diving spot. A marine reserve, it is dedicated to preserving the marine life and reefs of Carbin and Maca.

On the eastern side of Negros, Dauin is renowned for its muck diving, while the famous Apo Island in the southeast is a must-visit. Add places like Dumaguete and Sipalay to the list as well.

The waters around Negros are teeming, boasting over 400 coral and 700 fish species and Malapascua Island is a world-renowned thresher shark diving site.

Negros Oriental offers a variety of dive sites with different features. For instance, San Miguel North presents an ideal macro site, while San Miguel Tires is a critter haven, and San Miguel Reef leads to a beautiful sloping reef.

Sahara Reef and Sahara Deep offer exciting drift dives with unique marine life while sites like Punta, Ceres, Shallow Cars, and Cars provide opportunities to explore car wrecks, muck diving, and vibrant reefs. Travel over to Bahura and you find a sloping reef where you can witness the mating ritual of Mandarinfish at dusk.

Below are some of the dive resorts in Negros with good house reefs, good internet connectivity suitable for remote work and dive trips/sites that are also suitable for snorkelers. 


1) Liquid Dive Dumaguete

What they say about their house reef and internet:

The House Reef/snorkeler friendliness:

Our house reef is called Mainit and it is one of the best drift dives along the coast. As its a drift dive All divers must be accompanied by a guide and surface support (boat). Snorkelers are more than welcome to join the dive boat. Most sites are suitable for snorkelers. We charge Php750 for Dauin coast snorkeling and Php1950 for a day trip to Apo. Guides, equipment and sanctuary fees included.

The internet:

For the Philippines our internet is good and reliable. We have many guests stay with us while doing remote work

Zoe, Liquid Dive Dumaguete

What guests have to say

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2) Wellbeach Dive Resort

Does not seem like they have an Instagram.

What they say about their house reef and internet:

The House Reef/snorkeler friendliness:

Yes [we have a house reef]. Yes [we allow snorkelers on our dive trips], Apo island is very good, some others depends on the site.

The internet:

[The internet is] as fast as the Philippines allow. We have PDLT.

Guido @ Wellbeach Dive Resort

What guests have to say

(Most of the reviews are pre-covid, with one or two recent ones thrown in).

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Bohol

Bohol is a paradise for marine life enthusiasts and scuba divers. The island offers some of the finest dive spots in the country, attracting divers from all over the world with its sheer variety of marine fauna and stunning coral formations. 

Dive sites around Bohol offer diverse experiences for both novice and experienced divers. Cabilao Island, for instance, is known for its accessibility to both beginners and professionals, while sites like Napaling protect threatened and striking black corals. 

Balicasag Island, with its narrow reefs, is a popular choice for divers due to the sheer abundance of marine life crammed into one space.

Happy Wall, Arco Point, and Cervera Shoal offer unique encounters with everything from cave-dwelling creatures to sea snakes and Pamilacan Island is a hub for marine mammals like dolphins, barracudas, and manta rays. Head over to Doljo Point’s and the deep clear waters provide opportunities to spot majestic creatures like hammerhead sharks, manta rays, and whale sharks.

Whether you’re interested in exploring healthy coral reefs, encountering exotic fish species, or getting up close to large pelagics, Bohol provides a rich and memorable underwater experience.

Below are some of the dive resorts in Bohol with good house reefs, good internet connectivity suitable for remote work and dive trips/sites that are also suitable for snorkelers. 

1) Bohol Divers Club

What they say about their house reef and internet:

The House Reef/snorkeler friendliness:

We have House Reef. We also have snorkelers, the price is 1,650PHP per person(including rental of the equipment and the lunch on board)

The internet:

We have stable internet.

Kim @ Bohol Divers Club

What guests have to say

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Cebu

Gato Island, Malapascua – Philippines

Cebu is a hub for marine life enthusiasts and divers due to its convenient access to so many stunning dive sites and marine sanctuaries throughout the Visayas–easily reachable from airports and jump-off points around the country.

Whether you are an underwater photographer seeking close-ups of marine creatures or an adventurer looking to explore vibrant coral reefs, Cebu offers a wide range of diving experiences.

Among macro photographers, Tambuli Fish-Feeding Station is a favourite, teeming with nudibranchs, anemone shrimp, tiny anglerfish, and angelfish.

The Marigondon Cave, often more of a cavern than a traditional cave, is home to flashlight fish that create a mesmerizing light show, and Shangrila Marine Sanctuary boasts myriad species among lots of healthy coral, while Thresher Point, just across from Mactan, offers glimpses of these elegant and elusive thresher sharks.

Talima Sanctuary is known for its plunging deep wall and an array of marine life, including pipefish, frogfish, and triggerfish and Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary is among the oldest sanctuaries in the region, while Nalusuan Marine Sanctuary is ideal for divers of all levels, with its shallow coral gardens.

Cebu’s dive sites present a diverse tapestry of marine fauna, ranging from the smallest nudibranchs to larger creatures like thresher sharks. With its convenient location and an array of dive sites catering to various skill levels and interests, Cebu continues to be a top choice for marine life exploration in the Philippines.

Below are some of the dive resorts in Cebu with good house reefs, good internet connectivity suitable for remote work and dive trips/sites that are also suitable for snorkelers. 


1) Sea Explorers Malapascua

What they say about their house reef and internet:

The House Reef/snorkeler friendliness:

We have house reef in our dive destination in Dauin. We allow snorkeler to come along with any of the dives. Our Dauin destination has many amazing dive sites to offer for both divers and snorkelers.

The internet:

Our resort has an internet connection. However, we cannot guarantee it to those guests who have a remote work since there are many guests also using internet

Richelle, Sea Explorers Malapascua

What guests have to say


3) Cebu Fun Divers

What they say about their house reef and internet:

The House Reef/snorkeler friendliness:

The coast along our peninsula is lined with a reef with a steep wall. Just a few meters from the dive center, the coral reef drops suddenly to over 50 meters, offering a spectacular underwater world. Yes snorkeler possible to join in our dives, but we need to check if how many divers we have on that schedule because our boat have a divers capacity and divers are our priority.

The internet:

Yes we have reliable internet.

Perry Aquino, Assistant Manager @ Cebu Fun Divers

What guests have to say


4) Magic Island Dive Resort

What they say about their house reef and internet:

The House Reef/snorkeler friendliness:

Wdo have a house at both resorts, just a few steps from our dive center. all snorkelers are welcome to join in the boat with our divers with a little surcharge.

The internet:

we have Starlink internet at both resorts

Maricar, Reservations @ Magic Island Dive Resort

What guests have to say

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What they say about their house reef and internet:

The House Reef/snorkeler friendliness:

You can snorkel all you want throughout the island. Snorkellers allowed on dive trips but fees still apply.

The internet:

Yes, I (the employee responding to my email) do remote work too

Ayesha, Divelink Cebu

What guests have to say


6) Blue Orchid Resort

What they say about their house reef and internet:

The House Reef/snorkeler friendliness:

Our house reef is the best in the area. Snorkelers can accompany all boat dives as well as shore dives. Snorkelers pay 1000 pesos to accompany the boat. The divers usually do 2 dives but sometimes 3.

The internet:

We have the best internet in the region; we use STARLINK very reliable and fast.

Michael, Blue Orchid Resort

What guests have to say

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7) Turtle Bay Dive Resort

What they say about their house reef and internet:

The House Reef/snorkeler friendliness:

Yes we do have a house reef. Easy to access via our jetty and very common to see green sea turtles. We had a recent typhoon around 2 years ago and the damage on the top of the reef is visible, still some coral left and some regrowth happening. The reef we have is a drop off. It is possible for snorkellers to come on dive trips if there is room on the boat. But we actually encourage it as the famous sardine run is visible with snorkeling.

The internet:

So far we haven’t had any trouble with our internet and guests who do bring their work with them haven’t had any trouble. Some rooms because of the location have a weaker signal than others

Reservations Team at Turtle Bay Dive Resort

What guests have to say

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8) Sidive Diving Center

What they say about their house reef and internet:

The House Reef/snorkeler friendliness:

Yes we have a housereef and we get a lot of divers diving it everyday because we have a big shoal of sardines and several turtles. One lady did 7 dives on our housereef in the last two days including a Night dive. Yes snorkellers often snorkel on the housereef too Kontiki is a popular diving and free diving and snorkeling place especially at weekends

The internet:

Yes our internet is good. It’s 50 mbps which is better than I have at home. However this is the philippines and nothing is 100% reliable.

Simon, Owner @ Sidive

What guests have to say


9) Love’s Beach & Dive Resort

What they say about their house reef and internet:

The House Reef/snorkeler friendliness:

House reef is still okay until the Tonggo Sanctuary. unlike before shallow area you can see nice coral reefs. However, it has been damage due to typhoon last December 2021. 5-10meters still okay nice coral up to the wall. Yes, all the dive sites we are going to,they will enjoy. However, there is boatride fee for marine fee only.

The internet:

In response to my question: Is your internet reliable/fast enough for remote work? Yes.

Jeraldine @ Love’s Beach and Dive Resort

What guests have to say

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10) Blue Water Divers

What they say about their house reef and internet:

The House Reef/snorkeler friendliness:

We do have a house reef. It is in excellent condition and teeming with marine life such as mandarin fish, frogfish, seamoth, colourful nudibranchs, shrimps, pipefishes and many more. We allow snorkelers to join on the dive boat but only in a selected dive sites that are suitable for snorkeling. The rate for a join ride is 350php/trip excluding the snorkeling equipment.

The internet:

We have available free WIFI but only in the public area specifically in the restaurant. We have available Starlink and PLDT Fiber connection.

Cora de Boer, Blue Water Divers

What guests have to say (bear in mind some of these reviews were from 2018)


Mindoro

Aslom Island – Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro

Mindoro is another of the Philippines world-class dive destinations.

This region, particularly Apo Reef–one of the Philippines’ most impressive offshore reefs–is teeming with life. Over 400 coral species and nearly 500 different types of fish…

It is also a great place for pelagics, including whale sharks and occasional visits from manta rays.

Head over to Lalaguna Point, where you’ll encounter a healthy reef starting at 5 meters and descending to 20 meters, home to a remarkable variety of marine life. Explore Alma Jane Wreck, a Filipino cargo vessel turned perfect artificial reef, or St. Christopher Wreck, another exciting location for wreck enthusiasts.

Sabang Reef stands out with its stunning deep-water coral gardens, while Sabang Wreck is a paradise for macro photography and enthusiasts of the small-but-fascinating. Divers are spoiled for choice with thrilling spots like Shark Cave, Atoll, and Pink Wall, each offering its unique charm and underwater splendor.

Whether you’re a beginner or experienced, there’s something spectacular beneath the surface in Mindoro, a place that continues to attract throngs of serious snorkelers and divers.

1) Scandi Divers

What they say about their house reef and internet:

The House Reef/snorkeler friendliness:

We have a house reef just in front of the resort. Snorkelers can swim there and it’s in a very good condition and visibility. A snorkeler can join our diving boat, however, we dont have a lifeguard to look after you as our boat captain’s main concern will be the divers and the boat.

We do advise you to hire a private snorkeling boat and go around Puerto Galera to guide and look after you. Or you can join some snorkeling trip with our Tour Agency who can arrange a day tour for you. And this can be arranged once you are here in the resort as trips will depend on the sea and weather condition.

The internet:

Yes, we have free wifi around the resort. Some of our guests used to work online, do meetings while they are here.

Anie, Reservations Manager @ Scandi Divers

What guests have to say

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2) Deluna Diving Center

What they say about their house reef and internet:

The House Reef/snorkeler friendliness:

We do have two reefs accessible from the beach, and they are in good condition. These reefs are ideal for training dives as well as night dives. You’ll find a diverse range of marine life and underwater beauty to explore.

Whether we can accommodate snorkelers on our dives depends on the specific dive site. Not all sites are suitable for snorkeling due to factors like currents and depths. We would be happy to discuss the best options based on your interests and the conditions during your visit.

The internet:

The reliability and speed of the internet connection can vary depending on the specific hotel you choose for your stay. However, I’d like to assure you that in our dive shop, we have a fairly good connection speed suitable for remote work. Additionally, you have the option to purchase a local SIM card, as mobile internet in Mindoro is generally quite good.

Anton, Deluna Diving Centre

What guests have to say

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Batangas

Lipo Island, Batangas-Philippines

Located just south of Manila, this province boasts some of the best dive sites off the coast of Luzon and is especially well-known for the small and the bizarre. It’s a macro photography mecca, often referred to by divers and marine photography enthusiasts as the “nudibranch capital of the world.”


Batangas, and specifically Balayan Bay in Anilao, is celebrated for its rich macro life. This area is known for hosting a diverse array of nudibranchs, shrimps, crabs, seahorses, frogfish, waspfish and much more. The intricate corals and sponge gardens are the backdrop to these fascinating critters, making Balayan Bay a must-visit location for macro photographers and enthusiasts.

Batangas also boasts exceptional muck diving sites like Secret Bay. This site is favoured by underwater photographers and critter enthusiasts due to its frequent sightings of ghost pipefish, rare nudibranchs, squids, mimic octopuses, and more, ranking up there with other world-class muck diving sites like Lembeh in Indonesia and Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea.

1) Blue Paradive Center

What they say about their house reef and internet:

The House Reef/snorkeler friendliness:

We have a nice house reef here in front of camp netanya. For the snorkeler, yes they can go to the Island also but we have an additional fee for that.

The internet:

There is a strong internet connection here and you can still work

Staff @ Blue Paradive

What guests have to say

(Some of the review data was taken from older Facebook page reviews, as it was not easy to find TripAdvisor reviews and their Agoda reviews were predominantly focused on the resort itself, not the dive shop.)


2) Portulano Dive Resort

What they say about their house reef and internet:

The House Reef/snorkeler friendliness:

We do have a housereef and it is quite excellent. We do a lot of housereef diving and there is a lot to see, turtles patrol the area and there are a lot of other interesting critters like Batfish, Electric Clams, colorful reef fish, eels and there are 2 seahorses right now, not sure when you are coming, but they usually stay there for several months until they disappear for various reasons.

We allow snorkelers to join the boat dives, usually snorkelers just share in the boat ride cost. And 90% of the dive sites near us are also snorkeling sites.

The internet:

We are using STARLINK which gives fast internet speed.

Carmela Sevilla, Managing Partner @ Portulano Dive Resort

What guests have to say


3) Buceo Anilao Beach & Dive Resort

What they say about their house reef and internet:

The House Reef/snorkeler friendliness:

Our housereef is a great muck diving spot, however you can only dive it when the currents are not too strong. Snorkeler may enjoy some of the coral dive sites but not so much the muck/sandy spots. We charge PHP 500 to join the boat. When are you planning on visiting us?

The internet:

We have stable wifi at the common areas of the resort but not inside the rooms.

Dood, Sales and Marketing Director @ Buceo Anilao Beach & Dive Resort

What guests have to say

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Siquijor

Reef in Siquijor

Siquijor is somewhat of a hidden gem in the Philippines, and offers a unique experience for divers and snorkelers willing to go a bit out of there way.

What sets Siquijor apart are its fast drift dives and captivating walls. Places like Paliton Wall, which starts at 7 metres and plunges down to near 50, are adorned with beautiful soft corals and gorgonian sea fans.

For macro enthusiasts, Paliton Wall Norte is particularly interesting. Starting at about 7 meters and descending to depths beyond 40 meters, it boasts dense soft coral coverage, along with numerous ledges and overhangs.

One of the crown jewels of Siquijor is the Tubod Marine Sanctuary, which has been protected for over 30 years. Here, you’ll find the island’s most beautiful and well-preserved reef. 

In short, Siquijor is great for both novice and experienced divers and snorkelers, although not as well known or frequented as other more iconic sites and dive/snorkelling regions throughout the country. 


1) Bahura Dive Siquijor

What they say about their house reef and internet:

The House Reef/snorkeler friendliness:

As a marine biologist I can honestly say the coral diversity of our house reef is excellent. There are some impressive coral structures starting at only 3m deep down to 20m+. We also have a marine sanctuary to the left with an impressive fish diversity and resident green turtles. Snorkellers are always welcome on board our dive trips and the majority of dive sites are also suitable for snorkelling.

The internet:

The resort has fairly fast PLDT wifi and at the dive shop we have Starlink. The connection can drop out now and again for a couple of minutes but it always comes right back with an average speed of 50mbps or more. Just to confirm the PLDT connection can be patchy but the starlink is good and generally the internet is reliable 🙂

Rachel, Marine Biologist and Owner @ Bahura Dive Siquijor

What guests have to say


Southern Leyte

Leyte from the air

Southern Leyte in the Philippines is a lesser-known treasure for divers and snorkelers, boasting a diverse selection of dive sites suitable for all skill levels. The region is celebrated for its outstanding coral quality, making it a premier destination for underwater enthusiasts.

Among the notable dive sites in Southern Leyte, Max Climax Wall & Baluarte stands out with its captivating underwater terrain. The wall is crisscrossed with crevices that serve as shelter to a wide range of reef fish, including several species of angelfish, snappers, sweetlips, Napoleon wrasses, and groupers.

Another popular site, Napantaw Fish Sanctuary, also known as Rio’s Wall, features extensive gorgonians, black corals, and soft corals, creating a breathtaking backdrop.

Peter’s Mound offers a unique experience as a cleaning station for large pelagics, including wrasse, grouper, sweetlips, surgeons, fusiliers, tuna, and jacks, while Bato Dako takes divers on a journey through pristine hard coral formations.

Journey over to The Hole and find a beautifully decorated 16-meter deep descent filled with gorgonians and sponges, or to Turtle Rock, Coral Garden, and many other sites for stunning seascape in Southern Leyte.

1) Sogod Bay Scuba Resort

What they say about their house reef and internet:

The House Reef/snorkeler friendliness:

We have a house reef – conditions are good. It is also a Marine Protected area. Our list for Sogod Bay diving are 18 dive sites – all are good and accessible for snorkeling. We accept snorkeling on board depending on the boat’s allowable capacity. Snorkeling on board cost 1000 pesos per snorkeler – includes boat ride and equipment (mask, snorkel and fins).

The internet:

We have an Optic Fibre backbone internet with approximately 20mbps subscription.

Annalyn, Reservation Officer @ Sogod Bay Scuba Resort

What guests have to say

(Bear in mind a few of the reviews are pre-COVID)

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There you go

Like I said, I sent out far more emails than that, but those were the resorts that a) had a functioning email address and b) got back to me. These are all PADI-certified resorts, and they all look like places I would visit (my benchmark for coral health and reef biomass are places like Raja Ampat and the Northern Siani Peninsula, so my standards are pretty high).

My objective with this list was to give snorkelers and divers as comprehensive a list as I could of options for diving in the Philippines that catered to people who want a resort or dive shop with a good house reef and want or need to be able to do some work while travelling/vacationing.

Feel free to leave a comment with any additions that you think should be on this list.

Cheers,

Alex

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