The Philippines (officially known as the Republic of the Philippines or RP) is an archipelago nation made up of more than 7,000 tropical islands. Broadly categorized geographically into the regions of Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao which cover 300,000 square kilometers (116,000 square miles), the Philippines is home to more than 90 million people, making it the 12th most populous country on earth. It’s also the place where I was very lucky to serve as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer from 2004 to July 2006 where I was assigned to work with the marine biologists from the Silliman University Marine Lab in Dumaguete. While I was in the Peace Corps, I was also very lucky to have the opportunity to travel and scuba dive extensively throughout the country and was able to bring my camera along for the ride. The photos in this photo gallery cover the highlights of many of my favorite spots in the Philippines (with more being added in the future). From the clown fish and coral reefs of Apo Island near Dumaguete to the karst limestone cliffs and deserted island beaches of the Bacuit archipelago in Palawan you’ll get a sense of the amazing adventure travel and scuba diving opportunities that are available to intrepid travelers and get a bit off the beaten tourist trail to visit the Philippines.