Scuba diving in Batangas
Batangas is a beautiful province on the southwestern part of Luzon, with beautiful sandy beaches that attract many divers and snorkeling fans. Its attractive dive sites are ideal for observing marine life, and outstanding for macro photography. Batangas dive sites are accessible by land or by sea. Anilao-Mabini, Balayan Bay and Nasugbu are parts of this district and home to many beautiful dive sites and attractive coral reefs with huge diversity of sea life, also it offers great visibility most of the year.
Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with
Batangas dive centers for safety, additional information, level required for each dive site and without being accompanied by a professional.
All the information provided is purely informative for our readers and shouldn't be used as is to plan your immersion.
Average annual temperature: 20°C to 35°C (69° F to 96° F).
Average Water surface temperature: 28°C (82° F).
Visibility often averaging: Visibility is between 16 and 100 feet and can reach 300 feet on a good day (5 to 30 and 91 meters).
Coldest time: February
Warmest time: May
Dry session is from November to April and wet for the rest of the year
Possible to dive all year round.
Batangas offers a huge diversity of dive sites and marine lives inhabiting these sites. Batangas diving includes all kinds of dive sites that may suits divers of all levels. Ship wrecks, coral reefs, drop offs, caves and tunnels are numerous. Batangas possesses some of the best dive sites in the Philippines, see the Batangas diving map for location. Dive sites in Ligpo Island and Sombrero Island are home to different types of corals, you can see some examples of the diverse fauna and marine life in the Philippines diving photo gallery. Enjoy reefs diving on ledges that drop to 90 feet (27 meters) deep and more. Diving spots like Batalan, Mapating Rock and Layag-Layag Reef are great for snorkeling and home to a variety of coral formations also shoals of pelagic fish and small reef fish are common to be seen.
Destinations like Anilao-Mabini, Culebra Island and Mabalahibong Manok Island are home to great numbers of dive sites and are located minutes away from Batangas. These islands are surrounded by shallow ledges at a depth range of 15 to 25 feet (4 to 8 meters). Soft and hard corals are seen on these ledges and it is a great spot to watch sharks and many other sea lives. Verde Island has some popular drop offs at great depths 0 to 300 feet (0 to 91 meters). However you must beware of the strong currents here. You can dive on the Spanish galleon which sank in 1620. The visibility is good and the site is home to many beautiful fish, large gorgonians, and plenty of soft and hard corals.
Cathedral Marine Park Sanctuary is one of the most popular dive sites in the area. It is an amazing rock formation that takes the shape of roofless underwater amphitheater. The site was originally barren but it has been seeded with corals from other sites and now it is home to Moorish idols and parrotfish and many small fish.
Challenging caves accessed by tunnels await you to explore at a depth ranging of 125 feet (38 meters). You can enjoy other small caves along the way down the vertical walls at a depth ranging from 42 to 88 feet (13 to 27 meters) in Twin Islands. There are beautiful soft and hard coral formations and abundant pelagic fish located in these caves. You can find houndsharks, small tropicals, sea anemones and clown fish.
The Blue Holes is a dive site that consists of 3 large holes in the coral that lead to an open topped cavern. It's a very unusual and interesting underwater structure and you can observe white-tip reef sharks. The crystal clear water here guarantees good visibility.