Diving Philippines: Top 5 Dive Destinations to Explore

Diving Philippines: Top 5 Dive Destinations to Explore

There are a lot of of choices when scuba diving in the Philippines. Here are our first five favorite dive destinations in this Southeast Asian archipelago:


Dauin

Dauin offers a portion of the best muck diving on the planet, with opportunities to see a considerable measure of uncommon critters, for example, colorful cuttlefish, frogfish, blue ring octopus and significantly more.

Diving Philippines: Top 5 Dive Destinations to Explore


Malapascua

The feature of the island is the cleaning station where you can almost dependably observe a thresher shark. Additionally, there is Gato Island, extraordinary compared to other dive areas in the nation.

Diving Philippines: Top 5 Dive Destinations to Explore


Moalboal

Moalboal has a huge amount of marvelous dive locales—a short boat ride from most resorts. The two most known are the celebrated Sardine Run, which is a goliath draw ball, and Pescador Island.Diving Philippines: Top 5 Dive Destinations to Explore

 


Anilao

Privately known as the nudibranch capital, Anilao offers a portion of the best Philippines diving, and an immense assortment of sea animal and reef. It offers more than 50 wonderful dive spots, all with unimaginable critters.

Diving Philippines: Top 5 Dive Destinations to Explore


El Nido

A diving trip won't not be finished without a stop in El Nido, and it's endless excellent islands. In this Palawan-based dive site, hope to chance upon sharks, turtles, enormous schools of fish—and that's only the tip of the iceberg.

Diving Philippines: Top 5 Dive Destinations to Explore


 

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Best Street Food to Taste on Your Next Dive to Indonesia

Best Street Foods to Taste on Your Next Dive to Indonesia

After diving the Indonesian waters, another thing to explore is it culture and gastronomy. Indonesia values its food and history as much as it values its natural resources. Here are some Indonesian street foods to try out on your next dive escapade—they will give you a glimpse of the republic’s flavorful history and culture.


Ketoprak (rice cake with peanut sauce)

This street food is perfect for vegetarians. This typical Betawi dish called Ketoprak will surely delight you with its peanuty, spicy and sweet flavor. It is made of fried tofu chunks, sliced cabbage, bean sprout, lontong (Indonesian compressed rice cake), rice vermicelli, and boiled egg—served with fried shallots, peanut dressing, rice crackers and spicy sambal.

Best Street Foods to Taste on Your Next Dive to Indonesia


Martabak Manis (sweet pancake)

A type of Indonesian dessert popular across the country, Martabak manis will surely satisfy your taste buds with its buttery sweet flavor. It is a soft pancake stuffed with some variations like chocolate, nutella, condensed milk, peanuts, cheese, and much more. The martabak vendors usually sell another appetizing variant—made of egg and meat.

Best Street Foods to Taste on Your Next Dive to Indonesia


Gorengan (Indonesian deep fried snack)

The most popular snack in the entire region is probably the Gorengan, which means “fried food.” You can decide on various bases from tofu, yam and tempeh (fermented soy bean), to banana and cassava—everything is deep fried. The best way to enjoy this greasy food is dipping it in hot chili sauce.

Best Street Foods to Taste on Your Next Dive to Indonesia


 

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Top 3 Reasons Why We Dive Anilao

It was in Anilao where the Philippines’ first scuba-diving operators started in the 60s. This paradise is an extremely popular dive destination for divers who enjoy the tropic warmth and the provincial serenity.


Explore Anilao’s gastronomy

What is great about Anilao is that there is always something delicious to eat after a long day of diving. It boasts a smorgasbord of palatable local cuisines. Some of our favorites are the Mami de Batangas, Special Batangas Goto, and of course, we wouldn’t miss a sip of the famous Kapeng Barako of Batangas. Don’t be afraid to ask the friendly locals where to find the best food nooks in town. Explore Anilao’s gastronomy—it is as exciting and satisfying as diving into its waters.


Anilao inhabitants’ hospitality

Meeting the locals of the place where you are to dive is one of the most rewarding experience as a diver. Through its inhabitants, not only you will discover the destination’s natural resources, you will also get to learn about its culture. The people of Anilao (based on our experience traveling there) are warm and welcoming—they’ll tell you the best food places, and even tour you around town!


Anilao dive sites

Your trip to Anilao would not be complete without taking an adventure to see its underwater. With over 50+ dive sites, Anilao is one of the perfect places to dive in the Philippines. Its dive site are primarily located in the southern area—so when choosing a location for accommodation, it is best to look somewhere near the south. In this way, you do not need to spend longer boat rides when going to the best diving sites.


 

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The Sunken Igara Ship After 45 Years

The Sunken Igara Ship After 45 Years

The Igara was an Italian oil/ore steamship voyaging from Vitoria, Brazil to Muroran, Japan when it struck an unmarked rock in the South China Sea on March 12, 1973. It was split into two parts: the bow settled down the ocean, while the rear was towed to Japan and was built into a new ship, Eraclide. At the time of Igara’s sinking, she was the largest maritime loss in history with a value of $25 million. After 45 years since it descended into the abyss, here’s what has become of the iron ore cargo ship.


Coral-covered ship

Being completely immersed for four decades did not rob the beauty out of Igara—it made it more appealing, especially to divers and underwater enthusiasts. Igara’s body is now encrusted with different species of corals and sponges, making it one of the must-see dive sites in Anambas.

The Sunken Igara Ship After 45 Years


Monickered as “Turtle Wreck”

It was aliased the Turtle Wreck because of a turtle that once made the 45-year-old shipwreck its home. Though the turtle has long vacated the Igara, locals and regular visitors still call it by the name.

The Sunken Igara Ship After 45 Years


Haven for diverse marine species

The once high-priced ship that carries Brazilian iron ore has now turned into a glorious kingdom for different ocean life. Igara has become a safe haven for reef fishes, barracudas, snappers, groupers, and batfish. A group of nurse sharks also made the storage room by the stern their hideout.

The Sunken Igara Ship After 45 Years


 

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Why I Took My Advanced Adventurer Diving Course in Bali

Why I Took My Advanced Adventurer Diving Course in Bali

Still undecided where your next diving destination will be? Make your diving experience exciting in Bali! Let me share with you the five reasons why I chose Bali for my advanced adventurer diving course.


It is considered as the world’s richest diving destination

Bali, also known as the Island of the Gods or Morning of the World, offers you not just the natural beauty of the island, but also fun diving sites to explore. It has a tropical, humid, warm weather that is perfect for tourists. The thrilling part in here is that Bali offers you different diving sites! Go to the northern part of Bali and you’ll see the wonders of Pemuteran and Menjangan Island. If you opted to go south of Bali, then Tulamben and Nusa Penida dive sites got you.

Why I Took My Advanced Adventurer Diving Course in Bali


Travel experience has never been this affordable.

Whether you are in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Dubai, or Singapore, you can visit the beautiful Bali! Huge thanks to few budget-friendly airlines that offer direct flights to Bali. If it is your first time, there are also organized private tours around in Bali. It will take you to different must-see places around the area. Book your trips now!

Why I Took My Advanced Adventurer Diving Course in Bali


It offers you cool wreck diving experience.

Make your Bali dive thrilling by going on their famous shipwrecks! With its hidden mysteries underwater, take your cameras out as the famous Liberty Shipwreck captures you with its beauty. Wreck diving is perfect for advanced divers as its depth ranges from 30 to 40 meters deep. Japanese Shipwreck in Amed, the new attractions Kubu Wreck, and Bogo Wreck, are some of the wonderful wrecks Bali has to offer.

Why I Took My Advanced Adventurer Diving Course in Bali


Stunning marine lives underwater

What makes the diving experience exciting and fun is because of the lovely marine creatures underwater. You may have the chance to see the superstar animals: Mola-mola and Manta Rays! Dive deeper and you may catch the wonderful White-Tip Shark, Black-Tip Shark, and the Gray Reef Shark! Bumphead Parrotfish, Tuna, Napoleon Wrasse, Cuttlefish are some animals you might see underwater. Be mesmerized as nudibranchs, colorful corals and reefs will welcome you.

Why I Took My Advanced Adventurer Diving Course in Bali


Bali is rich in its culture

At the northern coast of Bali, snorkeling can be experienced in here while surfing is more exciting in the southeast or southwest coast of Bali. Looking for an alternative in diving? Try trekking in Mount Batur as it also has breathtaking garden and waterfalls. Beach clubs, bars, and restaurants will also satisfy your hunger and you can have the chance to taste the delicious Indonesian cuisine Balinese people prepared.

Why I Took My Advanced Adventurer Diving Course in Bali


The Island of Gods is waiting for you. Make a move and plan your next diving course in Bali! Witness the beauty of this island and make your trip memorable. See you in Bali!

5 Reasons Why Bintan is the Perfect Dive Spot for your Open Water Diver Course

So you are thinking to finally sign up for your Open Water Diver course? I’m sure you have been thinking about this for a while and deciding on where to complete your first course is a major area for thought. With so many places to dive, prices to compare and other options to consider, you are probably thinking that selecting where to do your course is not easy.
Worry not, it is actually easier than you thought. We’ve narrowed down the top dive spots in Asia and here’s one of our best picks for beginner divers – Bintan, Indonesia. Bintan is the largest island in the province of Riau, lining up with a coast of 105 km and is located just south of Singapore.
Bintan is one of Asia’s best learn-to-dive destinations as it provides a great deal in terms of accessibility, ease, visibility, value for money, and of course, quality and experience.
Not convinced? Here’s why you should take your Open Water Diver Course in Bintan and why you need to do it real soon.

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1.Get worry-free access and transportation when diving in Bintan

Bintan diving is good for short travels especially if you are coming from Singapore. A 45-minute ferry boat ride is usually the best access option through Bandar Bentan Ferry Telani Ferry Terminal, though air travel option is also offered. Due to its close proximity from Singapore, we think Bintan is the best place for a short diving getaway. Now you can already forget the hassle of long hours travel just to get under the water.

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2.Bintan diving is good for beginners and unexperienced divers

Since you are just about to take up your Open Water Diver Course, I understand that you want it easy and basic but still with a worthwhile first-time diving experience. The best part is that the areas and dive sites around Bintan are mostly shallow, making them perfect for those who are not yet confident in the waters. And the water visibility? It is crystal clear with with an average of 5 to 10m for most of its dive sites.

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3.Year-round diving in Bintan

No need to take a week-long vacation away from the hustle of urban life because diving in Bintan is available year-round. Yes, you’ve heard it right! Now you can just pick the most convenient weekend for your open sea dive and without knowing it, you are already a certified diver over the weekend. Beginners can enjoy it year-round although during the months December to February, the water currents are a bit challenging but still manageable. Trust me, that’s not really to worry about.

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4.Bintan is home for a variety of marine life

We know how it feels doing it the first time. For first-time divers and students, it is just normal to expect a picture-perfect experience. If you have chosen to take your Open Water Diver course in Bintan, you can get lucky to witness vibrant fishes, eye-catching corals and spell-binding reefs. With more than 10 dive sites just around Bintan, a variety of marine life will surely surprise you. Some require a keen eye as Bintan is known for macro-life. Anemones, Clownfishes, and Nudibranches are abundant, among others.

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5.Value for money at its best

The fun doesn’t stop there. Bintan is not only known for diving, but for a lot of exciting activities you can never miss.
Accomodations in Bintan, like Bintan Agro Beach Resort, provide picturesque shorelines and white-sand beaches for the perfect weekend getaway. It also provides amazing facilities and activities like sea sports, golf, kayaking, snorkeling, and their popular oceanic spa. So go ahead and take the relaxation you always deserve after a deep dive.

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Truly, with Bintan’s untouched beaches and dive spots, your Open Water Dive will be an experience you will never forget. Though you can explore other new dive destinations later on, still, you will never get to forget the first time you witnessed the enthralling world of the sea.
And yes, if you are thinking to take the first step to your scuba adventure, go start it today.
What else are you waiting for?
Get on the adventure that you’ve always wanted. After all, scuba diving is more than just an activity. It is a lifestyle. And all the things you are considering to get started are solved for you – easy access, flexibility of diving schedule, beginner-friendliness, and value for money.
It only takes a action today.

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TIOMAN SEASON 2016

 

Tioman island is reopening its doors to divers from March 2016.  After a whole season of rest and recovery, the beautiful Tioman island is ready to be our favourite dive destination from Singapore!  Located in the Malaysian East coast in Pahang, Tioman is the home to a wide variety of marine life and a popular dive destination for a long time.  With a wide variety of dive sites to choose from all over the island, it is no surprise.

Starting from the first week of March, we run weekly trips to Tioman for Open Water, Advanced, Rescue and Leisure divers.  So, no matter your certification level, there would be something for you!  Even if you’re not a diver, and would like to simply come along with us to accompany your friends, and have a relaxing beach holiday, you’re also more than welcome.

Be prepared for a whole new 2016 season of beautiful corals, pufferfishes, clownfishes and turtles.  Spaces are limited each week, so reserve them fast!

 

6 REASONS TO DIVE YOUR CHOICE THIS 2015!

We are just as happy you are to discover the 10 Public Holidays Long Weekend this year. Here's a cheat sheet to a long weekend getaway we found. Disclaimer: We don't own the Cheat Sheet! Long-Weekend-Getaways-Singapore-2015 So you have been reading all these blog posts about what to do during the 10 Long Weekends in Singapore, you have found recommendations for stay-cations, dating ideas in Singapore, cheap flights to literally anywhere in the world. Anywhere because you are just to lazy to plan or it takes too much effort to do the researches. Sounds like it? Now, here's where we say "We make the plans, you dive!" Remember our 2014 #diveyourchoice trips? We are exhilarated to announce 2015 #diveyourchoice trips are now OPEN FOR BOOKING!
Dive Your Choice 2015

10 Public Holiday Long Weekends

Public holiday long weekends are a Hoo-Haa here in Singapore. Why? Because that means you can travel far and dive at destinations where you can't usually go over Saturday and Sunday without having the need to fill up leave forms! And this year in 2015, we are blessed with 6 Public holidays which will fall on either Friday or Monday. So book your flights and dive away!

Weekly Trips

If you are already preoccupied during the holidays, the regular long weekends would be your best bet! With weekly trips to Tioman (Resort and Liveaboard MV Nautica), Bintan and Hantu, you would find these trips to fit into your weekends perfectly. Most of which will depart on Friday evening and returns on Sunday. Or better still, Pulau Hantu trips have no obligations for overnight stay at all, just a half day out at our backyard discovering the local beauty.

If you are looking for a weekend trip but have been to Tioman Island a gazillion time, already knew exactly which corals the sharks are hiding, which sites are the rays staying and when are the dolphins popping by to say hi, pick a weekend onboard MV Nautica to Anambas or Mapur for a change!

Dive Tioman

Long Weekends

Like we mentioned earlier, 10 public holiday long weekends! Make use of the long weekends and explore Tenggol and Redang Island, North of Malaysia, near Terengganu.  Take a VIP Coach up to Terengganu, enjoy the white beach and clear blue waters. Known for their resident turtles, sharks, calm waters and easy dive sites! Advanced Open Water Diving Courses are available at these locations! Bali and Phuket are also great destinations for long weekend, at just a 2 hour flight away!

Redang-Island

Dream Destinations

If you can afford to take a break from work for a couple of days, dream wild! Join us at the few top destinations among divers. These destinations are hand picked by our Dive Professionals as their "must-go" destinations. Located near Singapore, this will make logistic and transport easy for all divers who are making their way there for a dream vacation!

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Prestigious Destinations

Red Sea's schooling hammerheads, South Africa's Sardine Run, Galapagos's Marine Iguanas, Qiandao's Underwater City and Raja Ampat's Diverse Ecosystem. Hmmm, no explanations required. It is pretty obvious why they are named "Prestigious".

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Trips On Demand

Have a dive trip you want to go and not on the list? Or want to be on trip with your favourite Dive Instructor? Check with us where our Dive Professionals are leading their dive this year and join their trip!

So anyway, simply put it. NO REASONS TO NOT DIVE!

Dive Your Choice

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