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Scuba Diving is the most remarkable sport in the Philippines. A big bunch of first class diving spots are all around the thousands of kilometers of the coastline. The most of the islands have their coral reefs, partly untouched, partly destroyed by illigal fishing practice. Following the travel guides, they offer mainly diving courses in the touristic centres like Boracay or Puerto Galera. But world class diving areas you only will find around the waters of Palawan.

Diving in Palawan: All around Palawan there are good diving sites, the Bacuit Archipelago and El Nido, Port Barton, Taytay or Honda Bay are some of them. Word class diving areas are the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea and the bay of Coron and Busuanga (Wreck diving).
The Tubbataha Reef is about 140 km (85 miles) south east of Puerto Princesa in the warm tropical waters of the Sulu Sea. The reefs are forming two large oval atolls each 20 to 30 km wide, inside big lagoons with shallow water. The Tubbataha Reef is regarded as a national monument of the Philippines and therefore strongly protected by the coast guard. In the clear water in a deeps of down to 40 meters you find a colourful fauna and flora in the reefs, all kind of tropical fishesin an unbelievable quantity, the red Fire Fish as well as ......., but also huge Manta Rays and sometimes sharks.
Wreck diving is the highlight of Coron and Busuanga. In the second world war was here a battle between the Japanese and the American fleet. Dozens of Japenese war ships, from a battle ship down to accompanying freighters are to see in good conditions in a deep between 10 to 40 meters.

In Puerto Princesa City are several diving firms offering trips to the best of the diving sites and are providing on diving boats qualified diving excursions and courses from beginners up to dive masters and instructors, guided by experienced dive masters. The most of this firms are in the hands of expats from Europe, North America or Australia. Regarding quality and responsability for safety specially to recommend are two diving boats owned by Swiss citizens, located in Puerto Princesa City. They offer diving trips to the best diving areas of Palawan, trips round Palawan, ot the wrecks of Coron & Busuanga and specially from April to June to the Tubbataha Reef.

Queen Ann Divers (Urs Rechsteiner)

Moonshadow (Mark Bratschi)

G.P.O.Box 358, P.E.O.-Road, Bgy. Bancao-Bancao, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan 5300, Philippines