It’s been many months, no make that almost a year since my last diving trip. Blame it on the frequent trips to a certain island where debaucheries trumped any attempt at underwater shenanigans. Well now, I am planning to rectify this. Time for some decent diving!
Let me just be the smug SOB to point out that this part of the world is blessed with a diverse, blooming marine life. Yep we do. True, there is a lot of work needed to preserve what we have but really, we are spoiled for choice. And since I am lazy to take photographs underwater, I will shamelessly borrow some other people’s works to prove my point. Sure, I’ve been to these places too. Such doubters!
Because it’s the closest destination from the city, my usual underwater playground is Sabang in Puerto Galera. Now some of you may have heard how seedy the place is, with sexpats going on there for more than just diving. That is true. Girly bars and gogo dancing abound. Whatever. I am not one to judge people’s motives for going there. The fact of the matter is, the diving in Sabang is one of the best in the country. In terms of diversity and having so many sites to explore (lots are not far from the shore,) it is right up there in the top world rankings.
More photos from my friends at Searider Dive Center:
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My favourite spot however is Apo Island in Dumaguete. The work that the locals and diving enthusiasts has put in there to restore the underwater scene is amazing. This is one of the examples when things are done right. It was a great turnaround from an area being badly damaged due to dynamite fishing into one of the most successfully run marine sanctuaries. Something that should be emulated in so many places.
And because it deserves to be shown the accolades it gets, I thought it best to show a video clip of the underwater of Apo Island. Video courtesy of Steve De Neef:
My first forray into diving started many years ago. I still remember my Open Water certification where I was made to read a whole course textbook. The first couple days of the course, all I did was read the book and watch videos. I can tell you how difficult that was given that I was supposed to be on vacation. And it doesn’t help that I was on a gorgeous beach while “studying”:
Obviously I passed. And never looked back since.
My appreciation for the underwater grew and got me hooked for life. Now I understand every diver’s wish to save what is left of our oceans and contribute to efforts of marine preservation. How can you not be? Just look at that!
Sooo… where to go diving next…hmm…