January 03, 2015

Wide Angle Mecca- Bauan Batangas

Turtle ahoy

In the early 90's, Bauan Batangas was probably the main base for most Manila divers when the roads to Anilao were still being completed. Currently, the area caters mostly to newly certified divers since most resorts in the area have house reefs very suitable for dive training plus resort packages for weekend overnighters bundled with unlimited shore diving are great deals for those who want to master their skills underwater. I used to dive the area a lot in 2009 and vividly remember the colorful coral overhangs of Pinnacle and Ligpo Island plus the numerous cave swim throughs in the area and decided to do a revisit... 

A supposed one day sojourn led to another...and another and finally for all my 2014 year end trips, I made Bauan my base since it suited my love for colorful seascapes plus having access to the sites via shore entry made it convenient for me to go anytime I wish. Below are just several photos I took while staying  in Bauan, I've yet to post process several hundred more...

Giant Frogfish can be found at Ligpo and the Bauan Cathedral

Fan corals of Pinnacle

Cavern at Ligpo

Red fans and Glassfish at the Grotto

Here is a photo set from YY Chia on his take of the area, just hit play

Getting there...
Just contact these dive resorts through the links provided

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