With over 1000 marine species and 300 of the world’s 500 coral species, the question isn’t what will you see diving in the Mindanao; it’s what won’t you see.
Mindanao is a great area for spotting barracuda, emperor fish, scorpion fish, moray eel, tuna, batfish, Moorish idol, trevally, and flute mouth. On the more unusual side of things, the area is also home to lionfish, triggerfish, pygmy seahorses, trumpet fish, mantis shrimp, unicorn fish, wrasse, squid, parrot fish and octopus.
Pelagics are plentiful in certain areas of Mindanao, especially in the southwest. Sightings may include manta rays, eagle rays, devil rays and sharks such as hammerheads and reef sharks. Wherever you are, you’ll be filling up your dive logs faster than ever before.
Because of the region’s tropical climate, diving in Mindanao is possible year round. On average, the air temperature ranges from 80 - 96°F (26 - 36°C) and the water temperature is 80 - 86°F (26 - 30°C).
March to September are the best months for diving. During this season, seas are calm and the weather is mostly dry. From December until February, diving is still possible, but the weather is cooler and more unpredictable.
Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao is the main gateway to the province. It is also possible to fly into Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan de Oro. Most flights to Mindanao are domestic in nature. However, there are occasional flights to and from Singapore.
Once you are in the region, you will need to rely on three-wheelers, taxis, jeepneys or minibuses to travel from point A to point B.