7 of the Best Scuba Diving Resorts in the Philippines

by Allie d'Almo  |  Published April 13, 2021

From unforgettable encounters with rare thresher sharks to gliding alongside turtles, the Philippines is a premium diving destination. Alongside a rich marine life, it offers cutting-edge dive centres and world-class diving resorts too. 

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With 7641 islands to choose from, there’s an island in the Philippines for every taste. Its heady mix of cultures, breathtaking topography and unrivalled hospitality makes for an unforgettable trip, where island-hopping opportunities abound. Whether you’re looking for exclusive private islands or authentic and affordable local resorts, the Philippines has it all. Here are 7 of the best scuba diving resorts in the Philippines. 

Sangat Island Resort

Sangat Island Resort is the ideal getaway for discerning divers looking for an eco-conscious retreat. Set in the remote Calamian Island, the resort is sandwiched between towering limestone cliffs, lush jungle and Coron Bay’s spectacular reefs and wrecks. Guests can choose from 14 bungalows set on the private 300-metre beach, accessible only by kayak or hanging bridge. The dive centre is well-equipped with the latest equipment, PADI instructors and ten purpose built speedboats. For wreck diving fans, there are 11 World War Two wrecks within a 10-minute boat ride from the resort. From $134 per night. 

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Liquid Dive Resort 

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Located on a secluded beach in Dauin, Liquid Dive is a charming boutique resort offering affordable, eco-friendly accommodation. With just 14 cottages to choose from, it’s an intimate and laid-back affair that promises total relaxation. The PADI 5-Star CDC resort offers dive training from beginner to pro, secure gear storage and nitrox for qualified guests. Both boat and shore diving are available, with trips to neighbouring Apo, Suquijor and Sumilon islands. On site, there’s a dedicated massage cottage and aromatic hot spring bath, daily yoga and meditation and a gourmet coffee shop with beach views too. From $63 per night. 

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Evolution Dive Resort 

This small beachfront resort is set on the Malapascua island, renowned as one of the best dive destinations in the country. Established by two divers who fell in love with the island, the resort prides itself on its top quality dive training and outstanding facilities. The team offers a wide range of diving courses, as well as tech diving, daily thresher shark encounters, macro critter hunting and wreck site exploration. Beachfront bedrooms are simple and comfortable, some with sea views. There’s an Irish pub onsite too. From $52 per night. 

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Atmosphere Resort 

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If you’re looking to push the boat out, do it properly Atmosphere Resort. The PADI 5-Star Diving Centre offers leading-edge facilities for every level, from try dives to IDC programmes, including complimentary nitrox, camera and video room and full equipment rental. For those with a keen interest in life underwater, there’s an in-house marine biologist too. Guests can experience up to five dives a day, plus night dives off the beach. Back on dry land, there’s an infinity pool overlooking the Siquijor and Apo islands, a kids pool with water jets, fine dining, beachside barbeques and a bakery. From $283 per night. 

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Asia Divers El Galleon 

Asia Divers is set in Puerto Calera, a vibrant coastal town a couple of hours from Manila but it couldn’t feel further away from the chaotic capital. It’s a great option for families, with facilities catering for little ones like childcare. For adults, there’s fine dining and a spa. As well as five-star services, the resort boasts a prime location, on the edge of the Verde Island Passage Marine Corridor. The exceptional dive centre offers a wide range of diving courses, such as freediving and scooters, as well as unrivalled access to the Coral Triangle. From $48 per night. 

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Kasai Village Dive Resort 

Best scuba diving resorts in the Philippines

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This luxurious dive retreat is set on a private beach with Moalboal’s best dive sites on its doorstep. The Kasai Village Dive Academy is a premier dive centre offering small group sessions with a maximum of four guests per guide. Guests can enjoy underwater experiences like blackwater and fluo night diving, underwater scooter diving and trips to tech-friendly deep zones, caves and wrecks. After days out diving, luxurious rooms, expertly-prepared meals, indulgent spa services and an infinity pool await too. From $75 per night. 

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Volcan Beach Resort

Volcan Beach Eco Dive Resort is the perfect jumping off point for the island of Camiguin. The resort is built from local materials and constructed by local craftsmen, set against the dramatic backdrop of volcanoes, palm groves and rich rainforest. Diving opportunities are first-rate, particularly its pristine house reef and excursions to the famous Mantique Nature Park. From coral gardens and critter hunting to exhilarating night dives, there’s something for everyone. The Old Volcano and Sunken Cemetery are just around the corner too. From $21 per night.

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