Few places in the world support as much marine life diversity in a very small area as the Davao Gulf in the Phillippines. With just 173 kilometers of coastline stretching from point San Agustin in Davao Oriental to the north to Don Marcelino in Davao del Sur on the South, the Davao Gulf is home to numerous marine mammals, sea turtles, pelagic fishes, coral reefs and countless other denizens of the deep.
But even with this heavy concentration of marine life, it is quite surprising that the Davao Gulf has remained one of the best-kept secrets of scuba diving in the Philippines. Instead of becoming a magnet for divers from many parts of the country, most have never gone beyond the more popular dive sites in Luzon and the Visayas.
Still, despite this general lack of awareness among the country’s diving community, Davao’s dive industry continues to survive – and in a way even thrive – with the active help of the locals. Weekend trips to Samal Island is a regular activity, with upwards of 20 divers going out in a single day. Several divers’ clubs also help maintain a vibrant atmosphere among the sport’s enthusiasts through regular activities such as coastal clean-ups, other similar environmental projects.
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