Philippines’ most inhabited island is the Luzon & is home to its capital, Manila. The west coast of Luzon has some great diving areas that are all very approachable due to their proximity to Manila.
Subic Bay is natural deep seaport, the bay has been a essential strategic base of the US Navy since the World War II. Today, the US Navy has left & the area has been opened up to tourism.The main feature of the area are the numerous ship wrecks, a result of the field’s history. These shipwrecks, along w/ the other places in the field, were completely off limits to divers until 1992. Near to Batangas Bay in the south is Nasugbu Beach. The field is only a short distance from Manila & has some excellent diving spot. About 15km off the seacoast is Fortune Island. The island owes its name to the plentiful supplies of booty hidden here by pirates. The island has some interesting diving, including a Bat Cave, a penetrable wreck & the Blue Holes – three large holes in the coral that bring you to an underwater cavern w/ crystal clear water & Whitetip Reef Sharks. Cuttlefish are common in the field as they use the Bat Cave as a breeding ground.
Closer to shore are Twin Islands, two rocks jutting out of the sea. Below is a site known as Pink Wall. Starting at more or less 10m, the wall descends to great depths & is wrapped in lovely pink soft corals. Coral Gardens, also at Twin Islands is a lovely, shallow dive that is complete for beginners. To the north, a series of underwater pinnacles has recently been discovered that draw plenty of life & make a great dive, while advance out to sea the Simo Banks have an abundance of life & no deficit of passing sharks. The places of Luzon’s western coast are comparatively preserved and can be dived whole year round.
- Subic Bay
- Magagandang Tanawin Sa Pulo Ng Pacific
- Balai Anilao Resort
- Mount Pinatubo
- Santa Cruz Island
- Amanpulo Resort
- Philippine Islands
- Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
- Atlantis Beach Resort