Scuba Diving

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

Anilao, Batangas: Marvelous Muck Diving in Secret Bay

Posted on November 19, 2014

While most recreational divers are naturally drawn to the coral reefs, macro photographers often choose to scour featureless seabeds instead. The muck diving spots in Anilao reputedly rival more established ones elsewhere in Southeast Asia such as those in Sabah, Bali or Sulawesi. Lying along the species-rich Verde Island Passage, Anilao lies along what marine conservationists have declared the most biodiverse waters in the entire planet – the “center of the center” of the Coral Triangle. But, wait, what onRead More

Zamboanga Sibugay: Scuba Diving at Buluan Island

Posted on May 8, 2014

Buluan Island Marine Sanctuary is the second best-managed marine protected area in the country for 2013. On the topside, the relatively new province of Zamboanga Sibugay may not immediately impress first-time visitors. At the main gateway of Ipil, there’s nothing much to see beyond the obelisk monument standing proud in the middle of the rotunda besides the intriguing Provincial Capitol which combines Moro and Subanon architecture, and also offers an incredible view of the coconut-carpeted countryside. Looking out onto SibugayRead More

Scuba Diving in Moalboal, Cebu: The Sardine Run of Pescador Island

Posted on December 17, 2013

The marvelous sardine run of Pescador Island in Moalboal, Cebu can be admired by diving or snorkeling! The term “sardine run” originally refers to the congregation of billions of sardines – or more specifically the Southern African pilchard Sardinops sagax – in southern Africa from May through July when these fish species spawn in the cool waters of the Agulhas Bank and move northward along the east coast of South Africa.But schools of a smaller scale outside South Africa have alsoRead More

Scuba Diving in Maasim, Sarangani

Posted on October 17, 2013

A white leaf scorpionfish (Taenianotus triacanthus) rests of red fan coral When it comes to scuba diving in the Philippines, Mindanao rarely gets mentioned. I got certified in Punta Bilar Dive Center in Surigao City, and was looking forward to exploring lesser-known dive sites in the southern Philippines. Last August, a friend from Davao del Sur invited me to join a weekend dive at Sarangani Bay – one of most bountiful bodies of water in the country. A white-eyed morayRead More