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Philippines Top 10 Dive Sites

Monad Shoal Malapascua, Cebu
The local fishermen didn’t use to know what to make of the whip-tailed sharks with small heads that they would sometimes see breaching the waters off Malapascua Island. Now they know that the elegant, if oddly shaped, thresher sharks are the main reason why divers flock to their small island, off the northern tip of Cebu. The threshers, usually found in the deep, surface to recreational-diving depths on top of Monad Shoal, where divers have learned to lie in wait. Take a second dive on Monad in the afternoon, as manta rays take over the shoal. (Photo by Gutsy Tuason)

10 unforgettable dive destinations

Want to feel like you’re flying over a colourful forest or the surface of the moon? Your best bet is to go underwater. And in the waters off the Philippines, most of the world’s coral species (400 out of the 500) jostle for space. That along with thousands of species of fish, and other intriguing marine landscapes should give any diver a memorable underwater experience.

By Kristine Grace for Yahoo! Southeast Asia