Philippines Gear Guide
From pristine coral reefs, wall diving and muck diving to wreck diving and the opportunity of open water encounters with whale sharks and mantas, the Philippines offers an incredibly diverse range of attractions to keep even the most discerning of divers happy and content. With a conglomeration of over seven thousand islands spread across nearly 1,850 kilometres it could easily take a lifetime or more to explore everything that the archipelago has to offer, but whether diving the Philippines as a once-in-a-lifetime experience or as a regular date on your diving calendar, it's only sensible to make sure you've the best possible kit for such an incredibly interesting and varied destination....
With a tropical climate that ranges from 13C to 32C and a pretty constant water temperature of 25C -28C, diving can be carried out throughout the year with December to February offering cool and dry weather, the summer running from March to May and the rainy season occurring June to November. The choice of exposure protection varies with the type of diving and the depth. If you're mainly shallow reef diving or snorkelling then a rash vest and shorts will provide ample protection at the height of the summer, but for deeper or prolonged diving then something along the lines of a 3mm to 5mm shortie or full wetsuit will prove more suitable.
Lavacore Full Suit
Lavacore's full-length suit is manufactured from an advanced trilaminate fabric which closely resembles a Lycra rash vest yet provides similar insulation qualities of a 2mm neoprene wetsuit and is also neutrally buoyant. With an inner polyurethane film sandwiched between an outer Lycra covering and inner fleece, the suit is flat-lock stitched and features a front zipper, knee pads and thumb loops. The quick-drying garment in male and female fittings can be worn alone or in conjunction with a traditional wetsuit.
Aqualung Bali 3mm
Available in male and female versions the Aqualung Bali is manufactured from 3mm super-stretch neoprene with pre-bent anatomical arms and legs. Flatlock stitched for comfort, the blue/black coloured suit features a magnetic collar, heavy duty rear zipper and Supratex knee pads with o-ring seals at the sleeves to limit water flow.
Bare Reactive 3mm
Combining an inner lining enhanced with 13 woven thermo-reactive minerals and their patented No Stitch Technology, Bare's Reactive range insulates the body from seam leakage by using taped seams inside and out to minimise flushing. Made from Elastek Full-Stretch neoprene, the suit is also available in 5mm and 7mm versions, and includes an extra-long back zipper with a double internal sealing flap and Armor Flex 3-D kneepads.