Going to Tawi-Tawi is not as easy as 1-2-3 for two main reasons. First is, of course, its not so good image in the tourism landscape. Secondly, obviously because of its distance and isolation. The second one is given and we can’t do anything about it. Being the southernmost province of the Philippines, it is in fact closer to Malaysia than the nearest city of Zamboanga in mainland Mindanao. But its distance and isolation can be a blessing if one looks on the positive side…Continue Reading “Diving in Tawi-Tawi: The Underwater Treasures of Bongao”

Diving in El Nido

There are places worth coming back even if it means long strenuous travel and quite hefty budget, El Nido is one of those. Three years have passed since Ate Claudia and I visited the place but it seemed to be a long time. The call to return was growing stronger and stronger as days passed by that our wandering souls and scuba heart couldn’t bear the calling. So we found ourselves going back to her on one rainy weekend of June. Like our other trips,…Continue Reading “Diving in El Nido: Natnat, Entalula and Twin Rocks”


Our continuous quest for off-beat dive sites brought Ate Claudia and I on the laid back island of Biri in Northern Samar, a place popular for its rock formations and usually out of the diver’s radar. Unknown to many though, the town offers some great nature diving on a generally unspoiled sites. Biri Island lies in San Bernardino Strait, facing the vast Pacific Ocean. It is surrounded by colorful reefs that make it an ideal diving destination. Biri Dive Center, the lone dive operator in…Continue Reading “Diving in Biri”

Lubang Island

Thinking of my activities for the next day made it hard for me to sleep on my first night in Lubang. The images of the lighthouse and the open blue water kept playing on my head when I closed my eyes. I was terribly excited! I still managed to have an eight hour of rest though. I woke up at exactly seven in the morning, had my breakfast where I met Mrs. Divinia Bertos, the owner. Then I proceeded to the dive shop to prepare…Continue Reading “Diving in Lubang”


On our continuous chase of off-the-beaten dive sites in the country, Ate Claudia and I reached the surfing haven in the northeastern Mindanao – Siargao Island. Situated off the coast of Surigao City and fronting the roaring Pacific Ocean, Siargao is famous for its waves. It is hailed as one of the best surfing spots today not only in Mindanao nor the entire Philippines, but also in the world. While it is a fact that surfing placed the island on the tourism map, there ‘s…Continue Reading “Scuba Diving Siargao”

Diving in Coron

The history of scuba diving in Coron can be traced back in World War II when air strikes by United States Navy Task Force 38 on September 21, 1944 against Japanese Imperial Navy in Manila Bay forced the Japanese to transfer their remaining fleet to other areas they thought were safe, including Coron Bay. But the Japanese were wrong, because on the early morning of September 24, the Task Force 38 reached Coron Bay and heavily bombed the Japanese fleet bringing down at least nine…Continue Reading “Diving in Coron: Irako, Kogyu Maru and East Tangat Wreck”