The picturesque landscape, clear, pristine blue waters and diverse marine life of our country, the Philippines is a fast-rising tourist destination and a perfect diving spot for divers who want to experience a great deal of adventure. In case you don’t know, we have the Tubbataha Reef, a 100,000 hectare World Heritage site located at Sulu sea that serves as home for populations of barracuda and over 600 species of fish; Alona Beach, Bohol, a place with such an exceptional reef experience; Moalboal, Cebu, a place known for its mind-blowing school of sardines; and Anilao, Batangas, the nearest diving spot in Manila known for the “best muck diving” place and exotic marine life encounter. That being said, the Philippines was hailed as the “Best Diving Destination” on the recent World Travel Awards 2019 held in Muscat, Oman last November 28.
During the press release, the Department of Tourism announced that the Philippines won for the first time at the renowned award-giving body for travel, tourism, and hospitality industries, the World Travel Awards. The Philippines topped among other nominees under the same category, namely Azores Islands, Bora Bora in French Polynesia, Cayman Islands, Fiji, Galapagos Islands, Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Mexico, and Maldives (which won last year).
DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said, “Dubbed by marine experts and scientists as the heart of marine biodiversity in the world, 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”
Aside from the prominent award, the exclusive and prestigious Amanpulo Resort in Palawan was named as the “World’s Leading Dive Resort” during the gala ceremony. “Through the Philippine Commission on Sports Scuba Diving, we also ensure that diving safety and operating standards in the country are at par with the rest of the world,” DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat added. In addition, the Department of Tourism (DOT) was recognized as “Asia’s Leading Tourism Board,” the said award is a validation of the collaborative effort of the DOT and Philippine government to increase and sustain tourist arrival for the Philippines which started last year. “The challenge for us now is to expand the current base which we estimate at about 350,000 out of the 7.1 million foreign visitors and also to make them stay longer and spend more,” Tourism Undersecretary Benito Bengzon Jr. said during the interview.
The Philippines is indeed a perfect diving escape for all!