The oceans around the Philippines contain a greater variety of Marine Life than anywhere else on the planet.
As organisms evolve to fill up available niches in the environment they slowly evolve into different species. This process takes time. The area between the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia has been stable longer than any other area of the ocean environment giving organisms here a longer time to evolve. Millions of years longer. The result is that Philippine reefs usually have three to five times more variety of coral, invertebrate, and fish life than reefs in the Red Sea or Carribean.
Divers who have been to the Red Sea, even professional photographers, come to Coron and spend an hour after their dive asking, "did you see this? and did you see that beautiful blue and yellow nudibranch?" This is a little amazing to those divers who have done all of their diving in the Philippines and expect that our variety of marine life is the norm and not the best in the world.
Any diving vacation to the Philippines is an opportunity to enjoy what just isn't available in other diving locations. Bring your fish and invertibrate identification books to take full advantage of this opportunity or borrow ours.
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