Scuba diving in La Union
La Union is a beautiful province on Luzon Island; about 5 hours drive north of Manila. It has lots of diving opportunities to offer. It's said to be a perfect place to have scuba diving lessons as it has a number of shallow dive sites with slow current and protected water. Also you can enjoy some wreck diving around its sunken tanks. Beautiful coral formations are located in its dive sites and an abundance of sea life can be found here like see wrasses, spanish mackerel, king barracuda and leopard rays just to name a few. You also likely to see whitetip sharks as well as whale sharks around the area.
Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with the local dive center 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: 24°C to 33°C (75° F to 91°F).
Average Water surface temperature: From 26°C to 30°C (78°F to 86 °F).
Average visibility: 65 to 164 feet (20 to 50 meters) March through May have the best visibility.
Best time to dive from November to May.
Possible to dive all year round.
La Union is located on Lingayen Gulf where you can find many interesting dive sites. The main attraction in La Union is the long reef running along its beach; the beautiful long beach is well shown on the La Union diving map. It also has some excellent offshore sites where you can enjoy varied marine lives. The current in most of La Union dive site is relatively slow. The clear calm water is perfect for enjoying snorkeling and novice diving. At a depth range from 32 to 98 feet (10 to 30 meters) you can see a massive population of corals with different types table, basket, brain, staghorn, star and finger corals. The visibility is great and very suitable for underwater photography.
On the western side of the reef you can explore many caves. The depth range of the site is from 49 to 262 feet (15 to 80 meters) deep. These caves are like tunnels that you can go into and the number is not known, still to be explored. A wide variety of aqua life can be found here like as lobsters, lionfish, parrotfish and many smaller fish. A Japanese merchant ship can be found to the south of that reef; not far from these caves at a depth of 98 feet (30 meters).
La Union is also a great place to enjoy wreck diving. There is an interesting reef where 3 World War II M10 were dropped there at a depth of 127 feet (39 meters). Now they have become home to abundant sea life including wrasses, Spanish mackerel and king barracuda; Whitetip Sharks and whale sharks have been spotted too. This site is the most famous in this area as it the ledge that separates Lingayen Gulf and The South China Sea. It is at a depth ranging from 65 to 328 feet (20 to 100 meters) deep and the current can be very strong at this area and it's for experienced divers only.