With 75% of the world’s coral species, the second largest coral reef in the world and a huge variety of dive sites, Mindoro is a diving paradise.
You will find a little bit of everything under the surface, from easy shore dives to penetrable wrecks and deep drifts. Mindoro 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, Mindoro is also home to lionfish, triggerfish, pygmy seahorses, trumpet fish, mantis shrimp, unicorn fish, wrasse, squid, parrot fish and octopus. Pelagics are plentiful near Pandan Island and Apo Reef. Sightings might include whale sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, devil rays and sharks such as hammerheads and reef sharks.
Because of the region’s tropical climate, diving around Mindoro 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).
November to May are the best months for diving. During this season, seas are calm and the weather is mostly dry. From June until October, diving is still possible, but the weather is more unpredictable.
Your journey to Mindoro most likely begins in Manila. From here, you will need to take a bus or private transfer to Batangas and then board a ferry headed for the island. There are also ferries that reach Mindoro from points further south in the Philippines.
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.
Apo Reef can also be accessed via liveaboard.