Series: Dive Seafari 2011

Philippine Dive Seafari 2011

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Dive Seafari 2011 I am stoked! “Marine marvels at the 1st Philippine Dive Seafari” article spread all over the internet last month and got all of us mad divers excited and curious. And I’m so ecstatic to be part of this grand underwater extravaganza. There are exactly 3 things that I’m passionate about: traveling, photography, and scuba diving.  So when avid diver, environmentalist, philanthropist  Mr. Joel Uichico asked if I would be interested to blog for Dive Seafari, faster than you can say “clear”, I mentally pushed back all that...

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Dive Seafari Day 0 – Meet & Greet

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Dive Seafari 2011Dive Seafari Bohol Edition Begins The flight was at 11:50am but I was at the airport at 9:00 am, the meet up time. I met Mick (from Australia) and Steve (from UK) who are the 2 other international guests of the Seafari. So there we were, having coffee while waiting for our check-in time and talking about diving when I suddenly realized I don’t remember packing my underwater housing! Barely recovering from the stressful Beijing trip the day before, I packed for the 8 days Dive Seafari...

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Dive Seafari Day 1,2,3 – Diving Panglao

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Dive Seafari 2011Diving Panglao Bohol Divers Club is a good place to stay when diving Panglao.  Their dive shop will be our diving host as well as those joining the MAD about US photo competition. It’s the type of resort I would typically book to be my base when scuba diving. It’s along the white beach, busy with lots of things going on.  It’s the same stretch of white beach where we stayed the last time. You can sit on their bar along the beach and people watch while...

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Dive Seafari Day 4, 5 – Diving Balicasag

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Dive Seafari 2011Diving 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....

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Dive Seafari – Closing Conference

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Dive Seafari 2011So 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,...

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Philippine Dive Seafari – Coron

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Dive Seafari 2011Guest 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...

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The Peacock Garden Luxury Resort

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Dive Seafari 2011The 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,...

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