Scuba Diving

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

Sipalay City, Negros Occidental: Scuba Diving at Punta Ballo

Posted on November 24, 2014

Aside from the supple shores of Sugar Beach, Sipalay City – actually a small town rather than a developed city – on the southwest coast of Negros island is also an underrated diving destination with a collection of over 30 dive sites, including shipwrecks like the WWII SS Panay in Campomanes Bay. Sensational Dive at ‘Sunken Island’ I had the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary dive with the pioneer dive center in town, Artistic Diving Resort. We dove at one of the mostRead More

Anilao, Batangas: Wreck & Reef Diving at Tingloy Islands

Posted on November 20, 2014

We arrived at the only wreck diving site in Anilao. A Tagalog love song blaring from a seaside village was drowned out by the meditative sound of my muffled breathing as we barrel-rolled from our outrigger boat into the calm water, descending right next to Daryl Laut, a sunken floating casino off the coast of Caban Island in Tingloy, Batangas. As we surveyed the wreckage, our flashlights illuminated its tilted pylons, revealing a phantasmagoria of colour and movement. A rainbow ofRead More