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Voted – Philippines Best Diving Islands in the World

Philippines Hailed as World’s Best Diving Destination

Palawan.Voted Best Diving Destinations in World
Best Diving Spots in the World ~ Philippines

While Filipino athletes have been winning gold medals left and right at the ongoing Southeast Asian Games, the Philippine sea (pun intended!) is making a statement of its own. The country bagged the title “World’s Leading Dive Destination” during the 26th World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony on November 28 in Muscat, Oman.

REEF DIVING IN THE PHILIPPINES
Tubbataha Reef in Cagayancillo, Palawan is a 100,000-hectare marine park with 350 species of coral, 500 species of fish, and various kinds of whales, dolphins, sharks, and turtles. PHOTO BY AARON WONG SPOT.PH ARCHIVES

We beat eight other nominees for the title, including: Azores Islands, Bora Bora in French Polynesia, Cayman Islands, Fiji, Galapagos Islands, Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Maldives, and Mexico. Modesty aside, this doesn’t really come as a surprise since our archipelago is located in what’s called the “Coral Triangle,” which is dubbed by marine experts as the “center of the center of marine biodiversity in the world.”

DIVING IN THE PHILIPPINES
Twin Rocks in Anilao, Batangas has a shallow depth and great visibility, which means you can see its rich ecosystem even when you’re just snorkelling. PHOTO BY ELAINE TACUBANZA SPOT.PH ARCHIVES

“Our country is home to the highest concentration of coral reef life and astounding variety of marine species. This latest recognition is a validation that the Philippines is truly a premier dive destination,” Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said in a statement.

The World Travel Awards was established in 1993 “to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries.”

Amanpulo Resort

The Philippines, in the past, was awarded Asia’s Leading Beach Destination in 2013, 2016, and 2018. For 2019, we also got Asia’s Leading Dive Destination. Also Asia’s Leading Tourist Board, while Amanpulo Resort in Palawan was recognised for being the World’s Leading Dive Resort;

PAMALICAN ISLAND RESORT

How to get there

Admire the views flying over the mountain ranges and turquoise seas on the way to Pamalican Island. Located over 360 kilometres south of Manila, the island is reached exclusively by flights that land on its own airstrip. The 70-minute private scheduled flights take off from the Amanpulo Lounge hangar at Manila airport, accommodating up to 15 guests.

Another prestige island resort in the Philippines

Ohh, and let’s not forget this paradise island – the Banwa Private Island was also hailed as the World’s Leading Luxury Private Island Resort.

Culture | By Christa De La Cruz for Spot.ph – updated 0n 25th October 2020

For more information, visit the World Travel Awards’ website.

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