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Island Hopping in the Philippines

The Visayas region of the Philippines is a scuba divers delight, with some of the best diving in the world and numerous islands and diving destinations to explore on extended itineraries. From the thresher sharks of Malapascua to the muck diving of Dauin, there's something for everyone in the Visayas.


  • Thresher sharks in Malapascua
  • Sardine run in Moalboal
  • Muck diving in Dauin

Thresher shark in Malapascua, the PhilippinesCandy shrimp in Dauin, the Philippines



There are numerous possibilities and combinations depending on time, budget and interest. Here we recommend two classic combinations to consider.  


Unleash Your Inner Explorer: Combining Malapascua and Moalboal  


For the ultimate diving adventure, combine the vibrant underwater wonders of Malapascua and Moalboal. Dive alongside thresher sharks in Malapascua's Monad Shoal and witness the mesmerising sardine run in Moalboal.   


13 days from £2345 including diving  


The Perfect Pairing: Dumaguete and Anda, Bohol  


Staying in sumptuous dive resorts, indulge in the remarkable beauty of Dumaguete and Bohol, where macrophotography enthusiasts will be enthralled by the abundance of rare critters. Additional highlights include the turtles and kaleidoscopic reefs of Apo Island, and (optionally) whale shark day trips from Bohol.   


13 days from £3945 including diving 




Alternatively, speak to the friendly Regaldive team to create your own bespoke itinerary, combining some of the following fantastic destinations.  




Malapascua is a small island off the coast of Cebu that is famous for its thresher shark diving. An endangered species, Thresher Sharks they can be seen regularly at Monad Shoal, a dive site just off Malapascua.  


In addition to thresher sharks, Malapascua also offers excellent diving for other pelagic species, such as manta rays and dolphins. The island is also home to a variety of macro life, including nudibranchs, frogfish, and ghost pipefish.  




Moalboal is another popular diving destination in the Visayas. The main attraction in Moalboal is the sardine run, which is a phenomenon where millions of sardines gather in a small area. Divers can swim among the sardines, which is an incredible experience. This spectacle also attracts larger predators that come to feed on the bait ball. 


In addition to the sardine run, Moalboal is blessed with several beautiful dive sites, such as Pescador Island and Cathedral Reef.  




Dumaguete is a city on the island of Negros Oriental that is known for its diving and its laid-back atmosphere. The main diving area in Dumaguete is Dauin, which is home to a number of excellent dive sites where all manner of weird and wonderful marine life can be found.  


While in Dumaguete, a trip to the marine sanctuary at Apo Island also comes highly recommended. The island lays claim to some stunning coral reefs harbouring abundant marine life, including a large population of green turtles.  


Anda, Bohol   


Anda, on the eastern side of Bohol, is something of a hidden gem for divers. The area is less crowded than other parts of Bohol, making it a perfect place to escape the crowds and enjoy the amazing biodiversity of the local reef life. 


Divers in Anda can expect to see a wide variety of marine life, including frogfish, ghost pipefish, sea snakes, black corals, turtles, barracuda, and eagle rays. 


The island of Bohol is also home to the famous chocolate hills and a population of tarsiers, insect-eating primates that are regarded as the oldest mammals living today.