Return to the Depths of Balingoan: Banaug Shoal & Lapinig Island

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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…

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Snapshot: The Beauty of Balingoan

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The lighthouse of Balingoan in Misamis Oriental stands proud in the town’s port overlooking the province of Camiguin. The town of Balingoan is a gateway to the Island Born of Fire from mainland Mindanao which is only an hour away by ferry. Everyday, the town…

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Medina, Misamis Oriental Dive Against Debris

Monday, September 19, 2011
Medina Dive Against Debris

A scene underneath the water of Medina Port It is always a slow day at the port of Medina, a small town north of Misamis Oriental fronting Gingoog Bay. Save for a big fishing vessel quietly docked in the town’s concrete port, traffic and activities…

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Dive Weekend: Back in Balingoan

Sunday, July 31, 2011
Diving in Balingoan

Finally, I got a chance to dive again in Balingoan. It has been a year since I last visited the place when Ate Claudia and I dive in Mantangale and Mantigue Island in 2010. Since then, I was enthralled with the unspoiled beauty beneath. It…

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Agutayan Island, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental

Saturday, April 9, 2011
Agutayan Island

Off the coast of Jasaan, Misamis Oriental is a small island, virtually a sandbar, surrounded by green waters that is rich with marine life – the Agutayan Island. It is located in Macajalar Bay, five kilometers from Jasaan’s Poblacion. Crescent moon in shape and uninhabited,…

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Diving in Northern Mindanao

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Philippines, being the center of the coral triangle is known to have a very diverse and dense marine life, but save for Samal and Davao, the dive sites of Mindanao are rarely mentioned in the dive books or online sites. One of the underwater…

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