Mabua Pebble Beach

The Philippines, being an archipelagic country at the heart of the Coral Triangle, never really runs out of underwater surprises. They come in a form of offbeat dive site, the less touristy and non-commercialized ones yet overflowing with potentials. In chase of these hidden gems of Philippine depths, Ate Claudia and I set foot in Surigao City to explore its underwater treasures. Surigao lies on the north-easternmost coast of mainland Mindanao, surrounded with bodies of waters that are known to be rich in biodiversity. One…Continue Reading “Surigao: Scuba Diving in Mabua”

Guiuan

Barely eight months after Typhoon Yolanda devastated the Central Philippines, Ate Claudia and I set foot in Guiuan, the southernmost municipality of Eastern Samar. The town was our rendezvous for a detour trip after our scheduled dives in Biliran Island got cancelled due to unfavorable weather. Guilt was knocking on my conscience that we were there for fun while the town’s mood was generally the opposite. The devastation brought by the deluge were still evident and seeing them with my own eyes was seriously agonizing….Continue Reading “Scuba Diving in Guiuan, Eastern Samar”

Moalboal

There’s something about Moalboal that beckons my senses, the sardine run, I guess. I haven’t seen other dive site in the Philippines that matches the rare phenomenon. Drifting underneath the millions of sardines that cloud the blue water above is such a defining experience. Its sheer proximity to Cebu City is another thing that I love about Moalboal. With just two to three-hour ride from the city, one will be transported to a breathtaking underwater paradise, undeniably one of the world’s best. The reefs, wreck,…Continue Reading “Dive Report: Back to Moalboal”

Romblon

Romblon is not an easy place to get to. There is no commercial airline flying to the province to date. So unless you can charter your own plane, you must endure the twelve hour of ferry ride from Batangas City. But its isolation is a double-edged sword, a blessing and a curse. A blessing for it has preserved its resources and a curse for it has reserved its potential. Our incessant quest for offbeat dive destinations in the Philippines brought Ate Claudia and I to…Continue Reading “Scuba Diving in Romblon: Blue Hole and Gorda Wall”

Maldives

I was half-hearted when I booked my dives in the Maldives. With diving rate that is almost double than what I usually pay for when diving in the Philippines, I almost backed out. After all, the underwater scenery is pretty much like the same in my home country, they say. With its rich marine ecosystem, perfectly blue waters and ideal warm water temperature diveable all year round, the Maldives, without a doubt, is in the bucket list of every scuba divers in the other parts…Continue Reading “Diving in The Maldives: Miyaru Faru and Kuda Giri in South Male Atoll”

Balingoan

For two main reasons, the lesser known town of Balingoan is one of my favorite places in the Philippines for scuba diving. First is of course because of its rich marine life; and second, the absence of the usual tourist traffic that the other known dive sites get. These two translate to dive sites that are generally unspoiled and unexploited! The chances of sighting huge crowd of humans is close to zero. After all, we dive to see marine species and not humans Balingoan is…Continue Reading “Return to the Depths of Balingoan: Banaug Shoal & Lapinig Island”