The Philippines forms an important part of the “Coral Triangle” which is home to more than 3,000 species of fish, including the whale shark and the elusive coelacanth. Six out of the world's seven marine turtle species can also be found in the Coral Triangle. The Philippines is estimated to be home to 500 coral species and 2,400 species of marine fish. In addition, new species continue to be discovered in these waters and continuously increase these numbers highlighting the biodiversity and uniqueness of the marine life in the Philippines. The Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea was declared a World Heritage Site in 1993.
Waters in the Philippines is diveable all year round, with the best months generally regarded to be December to April. However, you will need to consider its three main seasons which will affect diving conditions:
• December to February is the Northeast monsoon season which is known for strong winds and lower temperatures;
• March to May is usually the hot dry season with the highest temperatures and minimal wind and rain; and
• June to November is the Southwest monsoon season which which brings rain and lower temperatures.