Scuba Diving

Liquid Dive Resort (Liquid Dumaguete): Discover Muck Diving in Dauin, Negros Oriental

Posted on September 6, 2017

Recreational scuba divers are typically attracted to coral reefs teeming with marine life like vibrant coral fish, sleek sharks and amiable sea turtles, but the more you dive the more you’ll appreciate the little guys. Those into macro photography in particular are drawn to barren dive sites of mud or sand in search of unique critters they can observe and photograph. The dark substrate provides an excellent backdrop for strange and colorful animals. This type of scuba diving is calledRead More

Scuba Diving with Manta Rays at Blue Corner Dive Nusa Penida

Posted on August 15, 2017

Manta photo by Jason Fondis On a recent family trip to Bali, I made a side trip to Nusa Penida, detouring to the largest of three islands 20 km southeast of the mainland, to check out the newest shop of Blue Corner Dive, who I dove with on my first visit in 2013 when I was covering a scuba diving story for an inflight magazine.  After opening two shops on the popular jumping off point of Lembongan island (Blue CornerRead More

Buceo Anilao Beach & Dive Resort: An Underwater Photographer’s Paradise

Posted on July 4, 2017

The birthplace of scuba diving in the Philippines, Anilao in Batangas province has been luring divers from all over the world since the 1960s. Every square meter of this diving destination — only a two-hour drive south of Manila — explodes with a plethora of marine life, the undersea counterpart of the frenetic metropolis. After all, these warm tropical waters belong to the Verde Island Passage, the strait separating the islands of Luzon and Mindoro, where conservationists have found the richestRead More

Blue Marlin Dive Komodo: Beginner-Friendly Scuba Diving in Labuan Bajo, Flores

Posted on September 26, 2016

Besides being the only habitat of the world’s largest lizard, another drawcard of Komodo National Park and its gateway of Labuan Bajo on mainland Flores is scuba diving to marvel at its pristine underwater realms. Located within the Coral Triangle – the center of marine biodiversity in the world – its churning waters surrounding 29 islands harbor gorgeous coral reefs and sea mounts bursting with a variety of marine life, including pelagics like manta rays and sharks. However, most of its diveRead More

Puerto Princesa, Palawan: Spectacular Scuba Diving in Honda Bay with Cooper’s Beach Resort

Posted on December 27, 2015

On our tour of northeast Puerto Princesa, one of the resorts we visited was Cooper’s Beach Resort. I was surprised to discover that they offered scuba diving in Honda Bay, as I’ve gone snorkeling a few times before on the popular island-hopping excursions to Pambato Reef and Luli Island, which left me unimpressed by the visibility, condition of the corals and variety of marine life found there. So I assumed long ago that Honda Bay doesn’t offer great diving, perhaps due to itsRead More

Oslob, Cebu: Glamping at Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort

Posted on May 6, 2015

Looking for a way to enjoy the great outdoors without losing out on resort-style pampering? Try glamping — a portmanteau of “glamorous camping” — on Sumilon Island, off the coast of Oslob, Cebu, near the popular whale shark-watching site. Situated near a lush mangrove area, the glamping tents of Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort are spacious and well-appointed. Upon walking into my tent, I quickly realized this wasn’t your everyday camping trip. Each one comes furnished with twin beds, comforters, a bedsideRead More