The Philippines, a diving paradise

Welcome to the Philippines,
a diving paradise!

The Philippines, our favourite diving destination, is located in the western Pacific Ocean, in Southeast Asia. It is a vast archipelagic country of more than 7,600 islands, bounded by the South China Sea, the Philippines Sea and the Celebes Sea, sharing maritime borders with Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, Palau, Malaysia and Indonesia.
You got it, there is no way to enter the country by land, you will have to take a flight.


The two main entry gates are Manila, the capital city, and Cebu city.
From there you can easily get almost everywhere in the country (even Carabao Island is just a flight and a 1h cruise away from both Manila and Cebu city). Its population of more than 100 millions (in 2015) makes the Philippines the 12th most populated country in the world. That’s a lot of people to meet, but fortunately for you, English is an official language, together with Filipino the national language. Most of the inhabitants can converse in English so it won’t be a problem to go around and ask for directions or make friends in the street.


The Philippines in a few facts

Capital : Manila
Official languages: Filipino, English
Government: Unitary presidential constitutional republic
President: Rodrigo Duterte
Population: 101,000,000 (2015)
Time zone: UTC+8
Calling code: +63
Currency: Peso ₱
€1 = ₱57
$1 = ₱52

A (very) brief history of the Philippines

The country was named after Philip II, king of Spain during the Spanish colonisation of the islands in the 16th century and got its independence only after WWII, in 1946, after more than 300 years of Spanish colonisation and almost 50 years under U.S. tutelage. Because it was under Spanish and US rules for 400 years, the country shares many cultural affinities with the West, but Filipinos remain Asian in consciousness and aspiration.
Good thing is, if you know a bit of Spanish, you will be able to understand quite a few words. Even if the Filipino language can seem a bit difficult, it shares quite a few words with Spanish and nowadays, people mix it a lot with English.
Anyway, as we are friendly, we give you the survival kit :

      • Good morning : Magandang umaga
      • Good afternoon : magandang hapon

      • Good evening : magandang gabi

      • How are you? : Kumusta ka? (feel the Spanish here?)

      • I’m good, and you? : Mabuti po. Kayo?

      • Thank you : Salamat

      • What is your name? Ano ang pangalan mo?

      • Welcome! : Mabuhay!

      • How much? : Magkano?

 

If you are interested about the Philippine’s history, please refer to Wikipedia or another specialized source.

The three main regions of the Philippines

Actual situation
and touristic attractions

The country remains largely agricultural, despite of the rapid industrial expansion started towards the end of the 20th century and has one of the highest literacy rates in Asia, thanks to its well-established public school and university system. The Philippines is known amongst travelers for its friendly and welcoming people, and its landscapes taken straight away from a postcard, making it a new favorite touristic destination in Asia. Even though, it is still easy to find real authentic spots, far away from the crowds where you can enjoy the magic of this country. The Romblon province, home of Carabao Island is one of them, still untouched and so beautiful area.


And of course, diving is one of the best activities you can enjoy in the Philippines.

There is three main geographical divisions from north to south : Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Romblon is geographically part of Luzon and is located in the middle of the small Sibuyan Sea which separates Luzon from the Visayas.

Diving in the Philippines

Because of its location, the Philippines counts with abundant natural resources and some of the world’s greatest biodiversity, above and under the surface of the ocean, making SCUBA diving in its waters, one of the most attractive activity.

The country is part of the Coral Triangle, together with Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and Salomon Islands. This tiny area (around 1% of the surface of the planet) is home to over 2000 different types of reef fish, 6 of the world’s 7 species of marine turtles, numerous whales, dolphins, porpoise, dugongs and whale sharks and nearly 600 different species of coral, which represents 75% of the world’s coral species.

You can dive all around the Philippines, there is enough to suit every diver, from the very beginner to the most expert ones.

Have a look at our diving section and check what we offer in Carabao Island.


Climate in the Philippines

There is two main seasons, as in most countries with tropical climate.

The dry season, and obviously the best for you to travel, but also the busiest (although there is no real « busy » season on Carabao Island) starts in November and extends through June, with March to May being the hottest months.
The rainy season, with possible typhoons, covers the four remaining months. During this time, it is still possible to visit and enjoy the Philippines with long periods of pleasant weather, you just have to be aware that a typhoon may strike during your stay, meaning rain and wind for a few days, with from time to time boat transfers being cancelled. It just needs a bit more of planning and patience, or adventurous mind.

Carabao Island offers good diving conditions all year round, just changing from one side of the island to the other during the Habbagat (windy) season.

Touristic destinations

There are a few main touristic destinations well known of the travelers. Among them are:

Banaue rice terraces
Banaue rice terraces

A few hours north of Manila.

Chocolate Hills of Bohol
Chocolate Hills of Bohol

Geological formation of more than 1,200 hills.

Palawan
Palawan

Stunning cliffs and landscapes.

The island of Cebu
The island of Cebu

Waterfalls, canyoneering, diving and more.

Boracay
Boracay

Flour-like sand beach. The most beautiful beach of the Philippines.

Romblon Province
Romblon Province

Preserved authenticity and stunning landscapes.

And of course…

Diving, diving, diving

all around the Philippines