Philippines was again cited as the World's Leading Dive Destination at the World Travel Awards (WTA) 2021.
Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat, said “On behalf of all Filipinos, I extend our thanks to the World Travel Awards for recognizing the Philippines as the World's Leading Dive Destination for the third year in a row. This distinction is indeed a great privilege, yet, it underlines our great responsibility of protecting and conserving our underwater resources so that these may also be enjoyed and experienced in their pristine natural state by future generations. Once again, thank you for this wonderful honour. Mabuhay po kayong lahat.”
This is the third consecutive year that the Philippines has won this prestigious award. Located in the heart of the fabled coral Triangle the Philippines offers a rich array of dive locations. The country boasts magnificent biologically diverse marine and aquatic resources and is home to 600 coral species, 2,000 reef fish species, and six out of the world’s seven species of marine turtles.
Top diving spots in the country include the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in Palawan, Anilao in Batangas, Malapascua and Moalboal in Cebu, Balicasag, Panglao and Anda in Bohol, and Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro.
Comprising of more the 7,000 island there are plenty of undiscovered gems. Philippines department of Tourism is constantly seeking out new destinations for intrepid divers. With the likes of Romblon, Ticao Island, Southern Leyte, Camiguin, Davao, Sarangani and Siquijor considered emerging destinations which offer exceptional diving.
Photo Credit: Philippines Department of Tourism.