December 19, 2014

Location of Shipwreck in San Luis Batangas

Its been a month since I've taken several photos of the San Luis wreck in Batangas and currently still receive message inquiries about it's location... Below is a map and contact number of Seasport Park and Drive (formerly Rockport Resort)  where the wreck can be accessed via shore dive. approximately 30 minutes from Anilao pier, 10 minutes from Ligpo island

The wreck via shore entry is roughly 200M from the resort, expect to to do a 150M swim and at 22M the first thing you see will be the stern while the bow settled at around 28M. Visibility during the time of our dives was 3M max so was forced to take several photos and stitch them up. Marine life seen in 5 dives was a black tip shark resident below the stern (seen twice in the afternoons) and a huge turtle seen once  in the morning with the usual lionfish, parrotfish, batfish, wrasses and glassfish who were regulars of the pub during all the dives, making it a great alternative dive weekend for Manila divers.

contact Seasport Park and Dive

November 19, 2014

Soft Coral Gardens of Moalboal- Nov 2014

The shoaling sardine million of Moalboal never ceases to amaze anyone... but this happy November trip with Naui Course Director Clemence Swee got me kinda hooked on taking photos of colorful soft corals. I've been to Moalboal many many times and as usual passed by the must do sites... Sardines at Panagsamana, Plane Wreck at Copton Pt, The Cathedral at Pescador Island, completely ignored shooting macro (while prolific, was too lazy to shift to a macro lens) and instead wandered aimlessly around Tonggo point, Dolphin House and Talisay and was fascinated with gardens upon gardens of lush coral growth alongside a healthy population of hawksbill and green sea turtles. 

If you have done Palau and Maldives, you can see much big fish like sharks and mantas but you'll find the reefs lacking in vibrance and hues. There is a reason why foreigners love diving the Philippines so much... our reefs are just blessed with so much color... since we started diving alongside them, we usually overlook at whats in front of us. Diving outside the Philippines helps us spoiled Filipino divers to rediscover appreciating the rich hues and tones of our reefs. Below are some photos highlighting the colorful dives which I have taken for granted in the past...

sponges at Dolphin house while candy coral aboud at Talisay



prolific turtle population, three to seven on one dive

customary visit to the Cathedral of Pescador Island

clemence inspecting soft coral while Ms Tu poses along a yawning giant frogfish 
Clemence ready for take off

 customary group shot

customary dive trip video