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”


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”


Three hours away or around 170 kilometers south of Manila is the coastal town of Mabini, Batangas, home to Anilao, the “so-called” birthplace of scuba diving in the Philippines. This town boasts of teeming marine biodiversity, with the abundance of corals and dense underwater life, making it popular not only in the Philippines but throughout the world. The town may not have white sandy beaches but its underwater ecosystem its biggest attraction. Numerous dive sites are scattered on its water and around the nearby islands….Continue Reading “Travel Guide: Anilao (Mabini, Batangas)”

Diving in Balingoan

Oxygen is toxic under pressure. A lesson that stayed on my head since I took up a new diving certification last September. It is a fact highlighted during the course. It is also a fact that the air we breath on land is composed of 21% oxygen and 79% nitrogen. In diving, the same proportion applies on compressed air. But studies and developments in scuba diving paved the way for breathing air on varying proportions, containing higher percentage of oxygen. This has proven to have…Continue Reading “New Milestone: Now an Enriched Air Diver”

Hawksbill Sea Turtle in Apo Island

I’ve got a thing about sea turtles. They simply never cease to amaze me. Whenever I see them underwater, in their gentle moves and meek faces, my heart melts. But what about the sea turtles? What’s with them that interest me? Well, here are some of the so many interesting facts that you need to know about them. 1. There are seven species of sea turtles and all of them are endangered. There are at least seven known species of sea turtles: Green (Chelonia mydas);…Continue Reading “Seven Facts About Sea Turtles”

Nemo was so happy with the cleanup dive

September 25, 2010 was the International Coastal Cleanup Day, so I flew up all the way to Cagayan de Oro City for the second time this month to participate in cleanup activities on the shore of Opol Beach and its underwater marine sanctuary. It was organized by Dive Special Diving Central and the Local Government Unit of Opol, Misamis Oriental.

Opol Beach and Underwater Cleanup

Students, residents, volunteers and divers heed the call and willingly helped to cleanup on this day. Several groups of non-divers collected bags of waste in an hour. Meanwhile, divers rode the boat provided by Opol Mayor Dixon Yasay and proceeded to the marine sanctuary which is around 10 minutes away from the shore.

Volunteers lined up to participate in the cleanup

Ate Claudia and I, along with some students of Xavier University were the first batch of divers who descended for the cleanup dive. An hour of diving to a maximum of 20 meters with 3200 psi of air, we collected bags of glass bottles, plastic bags, plastic bottles, old clothes, food wrappers, fishing lines, cans and other foreign objects/waste, while enjoying the beautiful and lively underwater scenery of Opol Marine Sanctuary. The visibility was quite poor and we all lost each other but it did not stop us in continuing our goal for that dive. I surfaced with more than 1000 psi left in my tank and a net bag filled with underwater trash.

Nemo was so happy with the cleanup dive

When we returned to the shore, we were treated to a free lunch. Prizes were also given for the weirdest, biggest and heaviest waste, while everyone got free shirt. It was a fulfilling dive and we were delighted to see the amount of waste that the entire group recovered.

Car wreck in Opol Marine Sanctuary
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