PHL BAGS BEST OVERSEAS DIVING AWARD 2020

Surprisingly Spectacular Diving Philippines

PH named ‘Best Overseas Diving Area’ in the Marine Diving Awards 2020

Tokyo, Japan — The Philippines received the award as the Best Overseas Diving Area in the Marine Diving Awards 2020 held recently in Tokyo.

Garnering 814 out of the 3,572 total votes cast by subscribers of the Marine Diving Magazine, the Philippines was number one for the first time in the Overseas Diving Category. The magazine cited the Philippines as “a first pick for many diving lovers.”

Beautiful Coral reef on background of cloudy sky and volcano photo via DepositPhotos
Beautiful Coral reef on background of cloudy sky and volcano photo via DepositPhotos

The award was given in ceremonies at the recent Marine Diving Fair 2020 in the district of Ikebukuro in Tokyo.

“This award is a testimony that diving is more fun in the Philippines, with each underwater paradise offering a unique adventure and experience to behold, and return to. Our underwater landscape is a colorful kaleidoscope of nature's living jewels, one that divers cannot find anywhere else,

Bernadette Romulo-Puyat DOT Secretary

 

Participating in the diving fair, the Department of Tourism (DOT) featured in its booth underwater videos of various Philippine diving spots. Five Philippine resorts held online meetings with visitors.

Surprisingly Spectacular Diving Philippines
Surprisingly Spectacular Diving Philippines

Marine Diving Magazine cited the diving sites in Cebu, Bohol, Moalboal, and Busuanga which are teeming with whale sharks, snappers, dugong, other big fishes, large schools of sardines and long mackerels, and other rare and endemic species.

These diving sites, the magazine said, have “captured the hearts of many divers and make them want to revisit the Philippines again and again. And with its easy access from Japan and reasonable tour prices, the Philippines is no doubt a first pick for many diving lovers.”

Dive Philippines - DIVING journalist Saori Arita plunges into the depths off Anilao, Batangas, now a world-class diving destination. (Photo courtesy of Saori Arita)
Dive Philippines – DIVING journalist Saori Arita plunges into the depths off Anilao, Batangas, now a world-class diving destination. (Photo courtesy of Saori Arita)

Among the other popular diving sites in the country are Malapascua off the northern tip of Cebu Island, Anilao in Batangas, Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro, Donsol in Sorsogon, and Dauin in Negros Oriental. It also includes the Apo Reef Natural Park on the western waters of Occidental Mindoro, the world’s second-largest contiguous coral reef system, and the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park which is a UNESCO-declared World Heritage Site.

The Philippines is the World Travel Awards 2019's Leading Dive Destination photo by @kensuarez via Unsplash
The Philippines is the World Travel Awards 2019’s Leading Dive Destination photo by @kensuarez via Unsplash

The Philippines has bagged similar awards such as both Asia and the World’s Leading Diving Destination Awards in the Prestigious World Travel Awards in 2019.

“Diving in the Philippines is like a dream come true, where you wake up and dive at the center of the center of global marine biodiversity, and keep wanting to dive again to come back for more.”

Dive is one of the top tourism products under the National Tourism Development Plan 2016-2022. The Philippine Department of Tourism is set to issue guidelines for the operations of diving establishments to ensure the health and safety of divers under the new normal.

No escape. A bobtail squid captures the shrimp with its tentacles in this photo by DOT Photographer of the Year Dennis Corpuz, 1st Place, Open Class Marine Behavior
No escape. A bobtail squid captures the shrimp with its tentacles in this photo by DOT Photographer of the Year Dennis Corpuz, 1st Place, Open Class Marine Behavior

“When the situation is better and with the easing of travel restrictions around the world, we hope to again showcase to divers not only our underwater jewels and biodiversity but also our brand of culture and hospitality,” Puyat said.

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