Scuba diving in Leyte Island
Leyte Island is one of the Philippines Visayans Islands groups; where you can expect the diversity of underwater activities. Enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving for all levels of expertise on this Island. Leyte has long and intact coral reefs and beautiful drop offs. Its dive site is home to many kinds of aqua life from tiny pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs and pipefish to turtles, frogfish, and napoleon wrasse. It is a great spot for whale shark watching these huge animals visit the area every spring.
Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with Leyte Island diving 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: 26°C to 36°C (80° F to 96 ° F).
Average Water surface temperature: From 26°C to 30°C (80 °F to 86°F).
Average visibility: 32 to 131 feet (10 to 40 meters) depending on the tied.
Best time to dive from November to May.
Possible to dive all year round.
Leyte Island Became one of the most visited diving destinations in Philippines because of the extraordinary marine wonders found under the sea; see some beautiful photos in the Philippines gallery. Its dive sites are home to a mixture of beautiful hard and soft corals that are great haven to many kinds of underwater creatures from pygmy seahorses to giant whale sharks!
Diving and whale shark watching trips can be arranged to visit these beautiful areas and its beautiful dive sites. At the very tip of southern Leyte you can find some interesting dive sites with soft corals, sponges and anemones covering its sharp slope. Dive sites can be accessed by boat to dive some varied reefs and underwater walls, As for snorkelers there are some shallower coral gardens see location on the Leyte Island diving map. These intermediate and easy dive sites are home to lots of nudibranchs and some bigger marine lives like green turtles, batfish, eagle rays, and grouper as well as a diversity of corals at depth of 144 feet (44 meters), gorgonians, tables, brains, sea whips, barrels, and sponges galore.
Limasawa Island is a very popular destination at the south of Leyte Island with dive sites varying from easy, intermediate and experienced levels. The area has amazing drop-offs, deep canyons, and a variant of corals and fish. The current is strong here and you can see gorgonians and black and soft coral everywhere.
Diving around Sogod Bay offers some quite attractive dive sites at a depth ranging from 49 to 164 feet (15 to 50 meters). This area is well known for having whale sharks migrations going thought it; you can see whale sharks from the month of November until the end of May. Other beautiful creatures can be seen in here like manta rays and several species of sharks as well as whales and dolphins. Napantaw fish sanctuary is a great home to huge gorgonian, black, and soft corals along with other species like batfish, grouper, sweetlips, turtles and barracudas. You can dive through the caves at 131 feet (40 meters) deep.