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”


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”


Krabi, the place popularized by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Holywood movie “The Beach”, is one of Thailand’s tourists hotspots. With its powdery white sand beaches, limestone island cliffs, turquoise water and vivid underwater life, no doubt that it is indeed one of the best places in the world to best experience the sun, sea and sand of a tropical paradise! Well, I had an opportunity to visit Krabi late last year during my trip to Phuket and since they take pride of their dive sites, I decided…Continue Reading “Scuba Diving in Krabi (Thailand): Koh Dak Mai, King Cruiser & Shark Point”


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”