Once again, the Philippines has been recognized as among the world’s top destinations for diving.
The country was included in four categories in this year’s Top 100 Readers Choice Awards by Scuba Diving Magazine, which is “based on opinions of thousands of divers from across the globe.”
The Philippines, which is part of the Pacific and Indian Ocean region, was named Best Value of Diving Dollar by the magazine, surpassing four other destinations: Palau, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.
It ranked second to Indonesia in Best Macro Diving, followed by Papua New Guinea, Palau and Malaysia; and fourth in Best Underwater Photography, which was won by Fiji.
In the “Best Overall Diving” category, the Philippines landed in third place, beating Maldives and the Great Barrier Reef. Topping this list is Palau, followed by Indonesia.
Palau also dominated the rest of the categories: Best Wall Diving, Best Overall Destination, Best Advanced Diving, Best Big Animals and Best Marine Environment.
Chuuk in Micronesia won Best Wall Diving, while Hawaii bagged the Best Shore Diving Award.
Scuba Diving magazine’s Top 100 Readers Choice Awards also covered sites in the Caribbean and Atlantic, as well as in North America.
“Our annual Top 100 Readers Choice Awards showcase the best scuba diving in the world,” the magazine said on its website.
“Home to idyllic tropical fantasies, some of the world’s most famous dives and the very heart of marine diversity, the Pacific and Indian oceans offer experiences of a lifetime,” it said of the Philippines and other dive sites in the Pacific and Indian Ocean region.
*Credits to ABS-CBN News