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An overview of the water sports that can be practiced in the Philippines...
Owing to the diverse terrain and the seas surrounding the country, the Philippines lends itself to a number of water sports.
With its lengthy coastline and hundreds of islands, the country offers thousands of spots for sea-based water sports. Kayaking, snorkeling, kite-boarding, para-sailing and game fishing are all popular across the country, with commercial companies offering all these activities.
Generally the best time to surf in the Philippines is August to November, when there are typhoon swells and favourable winds. From December to April the swell is large and cross-shore winds are strong.
Popular surfing areas in the country include
- Baler (Luzon)
- La Union (Luzon)
- Pagudpud (Luzon)
- Samar (Las Visayas)
- Siargao (Mindanao)
- Zambales (Luzon)
With over 7,000 islands, clear warm water, a place in the 'coral triangle', marine life and historical wrecks to be discovered, the country has been described as a scuba diver's paradise. Diving is accessible all year round, although there are three distinct seasons that affect diving conditions. December to March features strong northeasterly winds, April to June is characterized by dry days and little wind, while July to November is the wet southwest monsoon season.
A few of the hundreds of popular diving areas in the country include:
- Alona Beach
- Apo Island
- Balicasag Fish Sanctuary
- Coron Bay (Japanese supply fleet wrecks)
- Mactan Island
- Monad Shoal
- Puerto Galera
- Subic Bay (USS New York wreck)
- Tubbataha Reef Natural Park
There are dive centers and resorts across the country; the PADI tool can be used to locate the nearest dive shop or resort.