Diving in Bicol is most famous for its whale sharks, but don't just come here for the big species. You will find an abundance of pelagic and macro life as well as colorful environs to keep your eyes happy.
There are four main dive areas in Bicol, namely Donsol, Ticao Island, Catanduanes and Calaguas. Of these, Donsol is where divers regularly spot whale sharks from November to May. Ticao Island is where the graceful manta rays come to be cleaned. Nearby San Miguel Island features a reef so colorful and pristine that its equal is rarely found elsewhere.
Catanduanes is a large island found in the northeast section of the region. Diving is in its infancy on this gorgeous isle. As such, you can help the local dive shop explore new sites never seen by other divers.
Because of the regions tropical climate, diving around Bicol is possible year round. On average the water temperature is 80 - 86°F (26 - 30°C). November to May are the best months for diving. During this season, seas are calm and the weather is mostly dry. These are also the best months for whale shark sightings.
From June until October, diving is still possible, but the weather is more unpredictable. Rain and wind may prevent dive boats or ferries from leaving the protection of safe harbor.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
To reach Bicol, you must begin your journey in Manila. From there, you can arrive to Legazpi or Naga by domestic flight. It is also possible to take a bus from Pasay to Daet or from Manila to Sorsogon. There are additional bus routes from Metro Manila to Legazpi or Naga.
Once you are in the region, you will need to rely on three-wheelers, taxis, jeepney or minibuses to travel from point A to point B.