Month: May 2011

Acacia Resort and Dive Center

There are 3 destinations for SNUPS, right? Batangas, Cebu, and Dumaguete. My travel schedule only permits me to join the Batangas leg, which is absolutely fine because diving Anilao is at least top 3 destination for diving in the Philippines. My point being, because we’re not flying to Cebu or Dumaguete, which would cost between 3 to 5 thousand pesos, I said let’s stay at Acacia Resort and Dive Center. It is one of those pricey dive resort in Anilao but you get what you paid for is certain. Acacia Resort and Dive Center Acacia Dive Resort after all is...

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SNUPS weekend – Anilao

SNUPS is a photo competition collaborated by NUDI and Splash Underwater Imaging. It’s a series of underwater shoot-out to be held in 3 of the top diving destinations in the Philippines: Anilao (Batangas), Dauin (Dumaguete), and Mactan (Cebu) at one week interval. Each destination are given 5 days for shooting. A person can register at all destinations since they happen on different weekends.

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Philippine Dive Seafari – Coron

Guest Post by Bob Whorton This first Seafari was the culmination of 18-months of hard work by the Philippines department of tourism Product Development; Headed by Director Elizabeth Nelle, and her dedicated team of staff, backed by the Secretary of State for Tourism Mr Alberto Lim. Following the insight and fortitude of Mr Joel Uichico. It was a logistical nightmare that couldn’t have reached fruition without the full cooperation and commitment of local governments, generous sponsorships and the complete belief in an end result… An event designed to successfully promote nationally and internationally, underwater macro photography in the Philippines. Four areas chosen for...

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Dive Gears List

If it’s not evident in this blog, I’m a bit of a diveaholic. As I take off for my BIG trip, I’m going to miss diving tremendously and my gears. This post is a tribute to it and also for the purpose of record, lest someone borrowed something and didn’t return it. :) I’ve acquired all these in the span of 4 years that I’m diving. I bought them after much research but you just can’t get everything right every time. I’m constantly upgrading causing my friends to ridicule me as an “investor”.   (1) Bouyancy Control Device – BCD...

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The Peacock Garden Luxury Resort

The Peacock Garden Luxury Resort One of the unexpected highlight of the Dive Seafari trip is being housed at The Peacock Garden Luxury Resort. This secret hideaway is tucked in the middle of Baclayon about 15 minutes from Baclayon church and Tagbilaran airport. The scuba diving part is in Panglao Island, about 45 minutes away (26 minutes was our record). “So we have to commute to and back the dive shop everyday?” this was swimming in my head before we arrived. But the moment the heavy wooden gate opened, unveiling the huge property it conceals, we were stunned for a few....

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Dive Seafari – Closing Conference

So finally the 10-day Philippine Dive Seafari event comes to a close, and the final programs were done in grandiose fashion. The DOT hosted dinner on Tuesday (May 3) was where all the guests from the 4 dive sites came together for the first time. If I was star struck with the presence of Gutsy and Bob during our Bohol stint, I was totally blinded with the roster of international underwater celebrities present. These are the people whose photos and films we see on National Geographics, Discovery, BBC, IMAX, dive magazines, etc.  I feel extremely honored as a Filipino...

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Bohol Countryside Tour

After 5 days of scuba diving, the Dive Seafari group were treated to a countryside tour before everyone heads back to Manila. I always say Bohol is a Visayan wonder because it has everything–rich culture, friendly people, and natural wonders. The tour started with a visit to the Tarsier Sanctuary located in the towns of Sicatuna and Corella. The Philippine tarsier is the smallest primate in the world and is unique to our country. It’s a very delicate creature and the creation of this 130 hectare forested sanctuary saved them from being endangered. You’ll need a guide to be...

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Dive Seafari Day 4, 5 – Diving Balicasag

Diving Balicasag Balicasag is a 25-hectare small island 4 km southwest of Panglao. It houses 200 families and the Philippine Tourism Authority operates a 20 rooms resort on a 1.5-hectare area–the Balicasag Island Dive Resort. We were hosted by the PTA for one night and dove around the island for 2 days.   It is one of the best destination for scuba diving in the Philippines and I remember the school of jacks, mackerels, turtles, beautiful bed of corals, and the electric diving when I dove Bohol in 2009. What I forgot is the coral cliff that stretches all the way...

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The lass who wanders

I travel the world on a quest to live a life not ordinary. Having seen more of the world than most people would in a life time, I am grateful and hope that I inspire you to do what you love most



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