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Philippines in the sea: 12 watery adventures

We've seen the islands now it's time to dive in: 12 aquatic adventures to get the heart thumping

12 underwater thrills to get the blood pumping (derekkeats)

1. Apo Reef, Apo Island, Negros

Dive classic drop-offs, plus see manta rays and white-tip sharks off isolated atolls.

2. Bacuit Archipelago, Palawan

Rugged limestone islands surging up from aquamarine waters, perfect for kayaking between and picnicking on.

3. Coron Bay, Palawan

Explore sunken WWII Japanese wrecks around Busuanga Island.

4. Bulabog Beach, Boracay

Tourist-brochure stunner – utilise the breezy conditions and take to a windsurf.

5. Whale shark watching, south-east Luzon 

Don a snorkel and swim with the marine world’s gentlest monsters.

6. Malapascua, Cebu

Great for wall dives and close encounters with thresher sharks and banded sea snakes.

7. Tubbataha Reef Natural Park, Palawan

Fin amid coral atolls of extensive gorgonians, alongside mesmerising shoals of angelfish and eagle rays.

8. Sugar Beach, Sipalay, Negros

Picture-perfect west-facing slice of sand, super for sunsets and sundowners.

9. Dimakya Island, Palawan

Get in the water with the giants of the sea, dugongs.

10. Puerto Galera, Mindoro

Sail between the coves and inlets of this picturesque harbour, popular with yachties.

11. San Fernando, Luzon

Surf the breaks off Luzon’s east coast from October to March – San Juan has surf schools for beginners.

12. Anilao, Luzon

Dive close to the capital in this low-key resort; coral gardens here are good for novices.

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