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Philippines - where, oh where?

Discussion in 'Philippine Paradise Divers' started by Pelicanne, Oct 11, 2019.

  1. Pelicanne

    Pelicanne Registered

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    Gosh, sounds absolutely wonderful - thanks for the report, lucky you! Look forward to seeing your photos and wishing you a safe trip home!
     
  2. Pelicanne

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    Thank you, I read about the wonderful pier dive. I really want to stay somewhere where you get chance to interact with local people, too... Sounds great, I can’t wait! x
     
  3. Pelicanne

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    Thank you, that’s really, really helpful. Sometimes the most memorable bits of trips come from the most unexpected places. This could be the one!
     
  4. Barmaglot

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    I have uploaded the photos here, sorted by date and dive site: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1bssL7ayPD1585xDIKkekX-mHt6yBp7Yj

    Most of them are pretty meh, and quite a few still need a lot of editing to remove the backscatter, but they should give you an idea of the marine life you can meet in southern Visayas.
     
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  5. Pelicanne

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    The pics are great! I can see how the sites vary in character. Loads of lovely little things!

    Were you diving with the whale sharks while all the snorkel trips were there, too?

    Food on the boat looks good, but I’m not sure I could eat that SCUBA chicken! :D
     
  6. Barmaglot

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    We were, but since we stayed at 5-10 meters depth, it wasn't an issue. There were some shore-based divers as well, but since the boat staff is qualified to do Oslob briefings onboard, we were able to hit the water at 6AM sharp, while the shore-based divers were still going through all the formalities, and we didn't see any of them until about 6:45.
     
  7. Pelicanne

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    So you missed the worst of the bunfight presumably, then? It must have been a lovely experience, but I’m very uneasy with the whole idea of Oslob... Need to research it more, I think.
     
  8. Barmaglot

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    Pretty much, yeah. We saw the bunches of snorkelers on the surface, but didn't come close to all the kicking feet.
    Regarding the whole practice of feeding the whale sharks there, we were told that from tracking the individuals, it was determined there are only two that hang out in the feeding area every day, and the rest tend to visit it a couple times and move on. They also restrict feeding from 6AM to noon, so even the few permanent residents have to go out and find food on their own after that.
     
  9. Pelicanne

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    Useful to know, thanks!
     
  10. Blueringocto_73

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    I thoroughly enjoy diving Puerto Galera. So much so that I returned several times. For me the highlight was diving the Alma Jane wreck. A 30 meter Japanese vessel that lies at a depth of about 30 meters. The cargo ship was sunk intentionally for divers in 2003.

    Here's a couple links to segments of a dive I did last December.

    divevid11 - Streamable

    divetest2 - Streamable
     
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