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  1. wershwie

    Diver Drowns in Batangas, Philippines

    Went diving in Anilao today. Tried to get more information about what happened, but nobody really knows anything more than what's already been posted here. Although, my DM did say that Koala is a site where two currents meet at certain points in the day (this is near the rock by the sea fan we...
  2. wershwie

    Diver Drowns in Batangas, Philippines

    I heard they were guests of Acacia Resort. I'm very curious about what happened. I hope there could be more information on this. Did they have a DM with them? If the boyfriend had to surface earlier, this should also have been made known to the DM and she should have gone on a safety stop...
  3. wershwie

    Thresher Sharks and Malapascua

    Hi Mark, Which dive op were you with? Thinking of diving in Malapascua in April. Thanks!
  4. wershwie

    diving accident in Anilao

    Ah, yes, sorry, strike the DCS from my post and replace with AGE. Basically, though, I'm still following the 2 theories based on whether or not the officer made it to the surface. I'm not quite sure about the suicide bit, though.
  5. wershwie

    diving accident in Anilao

    Ah, that's definitely one theory. I was wondering about whether the officer made it to the surface at all, because my initial theory was something random happened to the officer (i.e. spasm, heart attack, stroke, seizure, etc.) and the less experienced female buddy didn't know how to handle it...
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    diving accident in Anilao

    More than nelsondejesus' post above, it's important to mention that, in the Philippines, it's NOT common to dive without a dive master or dive guide. We're actually VERY spoiled divers. There are a few resorts that allow divers to go in without a dive master/guide as long as they have a buddy...
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    diving accident in Anilao

    Yup, last night we heard there was a girl diver who "drowned" at Twin Rocks and was sent to the nearest hospital. This morning we were told she didn't make it. According to one of the other divers in my resort that got wind of the details, the girl's dive comp recorded max depth of 28m then...
  8. wershwie

    ACK. Expedition trip cancelled... what to do?

    You might wanna try Discovery Divers in Coron. Gunter, the guy who runs the dive op, is the one who basically discovered some of the wrecks. I've always had a good experience diving with him. :) Their website is Discovery Divers: World Class Wreck, Scuba and Technical Diving in Coron...
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    Japanese diver missing in Anilao

    I'm sorry to hear about the guy, but it's quite obvious how negligence played a part in this whole tragedy. 30m on a sandy slope doesn't sound much of a recreational dive to me. There wasn't even any mention of current during the dive, so aside for hitting the 30m depth there didn't seem to be...
  10. wershwie

    Overnight in Manila

    Was an awesome night, for sure! :) Pics were up so quick, yeah? LOL! ;P Guy is definitely considering diving now! He had me show him my pictures this morning. Woot-woot! Evie, thanks for setting it up! Gavin, hit us up on Facebook! Andy, was great seeing you again! Andre, SAO...
  11. wershwie

    Overnight in Manila

    Abe sounds good, so they'll hit a different area instead of just Greenbelt :) Then either Cav, Agave, or wherever for drinks. Should be easy to walk into a place in Serendra or High Street for the drinks. Won't be coming from training anymore, so I'm good for an 8pm dinner. :) I have a...
  12. wershwie

    Overnight in Manila

    Eya, all! Right now I have training till 930pm on Monday, the 31st. So, I'ma have to skip dinner and will just catch up for the drinks, yeah? :) By that time, I should be in Malate in 30mins (hopefully!) And because I'll be late, I promise to buy a round of drinks! ;P Might be bringing...
  13. wershwie

    dive shop + alona beach

    I think everyone was quite busy celebrating the New Year, OP ;P Anyhoo, I went diving with Genesis Divers end-Nov and the DMs are pretty good. The staff/instructors were good company as well :) You might wanna check them out, they're right between Hayahay and Alona Palm resorts. Rates are...
  14. wershwie

    Overnight in Manila

    I vote for Makati, if that even matters. Hahaha! If that happens, though, I promise to drive you back to Ermita! :) It's going there in time for dinner that can be a bit crazy, is all ;P
  15. wershwie

    Overnight in Manila

    Eya, happy holidays! :) So far I'm still good, but weekdays can be very random for me in terms of work hours. I won't be able to really confirm whether or not I'll be late till the day itself, but right now I'm gonna plot this on my calendar already. :) I'm not that familiar with Ermita, so...
  16. wershwie

    Puerto Galera or Bohol

    I'll be in Bohol from Nov28-30, diving with Genesis Divers. If you decide to head out there, drop me a PM. Maybe we can dive together or meet up for a few drinks :)
  17. wershwie

    Overnight in Manila

    I'm in :) Just message when you're closer to the date so we can set it up. Cheers!
  18. wershwie

    Overnight in Manila

    I have relatives who stayed in Kabayan before. The hotel seems fine, but the location is really a drag. Like Andy, I would also suggest that you stay in Makati. Makati is a good first step into the country, I think - more modern and a bit cleaner than Manila. A friend owns a hotel...
  19. wershwie

    Sunfish in Anilao!

    A 3-meter sunfish was found in the shallows in front of Mayumi Resort on Friday, June 11. In this short camphone video taken from the topside by the resort's staff, you'll see the size reference of the fish versus the 2 adult men helping it out in the water. The volunteers helped clean off its...
  20. wershwie

    Anilao: Planet Dive or Arthur's place in mid May

    If the weather keeps clear (meaning no rain or storm), viz should normally be about 50-80ft depending on the site. If you do get to PG, try and find a trip to Verde Island. It's 30mins off bay, but it's really worth the trip if you do 2-3 dives there. Last week in Anilao viz was about...
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