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22 August 2008 @ 10:04 pm
The Philippines - Take 1  
This year we went on holiday to the Philippines. We stayed at a resort called Atlantis Hotel: Puerto Galera for ten nights and had the best service I have ever experienced at a dive resort. The food was amazing, the people were beautiful and the diving absolutely spectacular.

I took well over 6 gigabytes of photos (again) and have narrowed the field of favourites down to just over 50 (which is still pretty impressive for me!).

I'm breaking them up into installments and posting them as and when I have time.

Just for continuity of information - the island we were staying on was Mindoro, and the resort is located on Sabang Beach, a five or so minute drive out of the main city of Puerto Galera. To be honest, we only went into PG once because Sabang has more nightlife and activity than even my group of divers needed! Certainly a magic place to have a holiday.

Enough rambling - here goes the photos!





The classic (and real!) nemo!!





A spectacular dropoff wall (30m +) on Verde Island, a magic day trip we did. Absolutely stunning diving - the best of the trip, I think.



A banded seasnake - we saw HEAPS of these, but this was the only good pic I managed to snap because most of the time they were swimming like made, and I was terrified they'd latch on to me!!!



A lionfish. I took heaps of these!



One of the two million nudibranch pictures I took. Never in my life have I seen so many of them, and so many varied species! Unbelievable, and they are so photographic! Andrew and I have a whole folder dedicated to nudibranch pictures, and our goal is to find all their real names and label them! We are so sad :)



A ghost pipefish. About 7cm long and looks like a bit of stick. Really cool!



A batfish on the Alma Jane, a wreck deliberately sunk a few years ago about two hundred metres off the beach (in 30m of water). Really really really pretty wreck dive, with so many cool critters around it!



Yet another nudibranch (there will be a few of these!)



Really closeup of a coral plate.



One of the many gorgonian fans we saw. They were so big and colourful and delicate, we were terrified of kicking them over.
 
 
 
amandamanabanana on August 22nd, 2008 12:18 pm (UTC)
Fantastic pictures! My husband and I enjoyed looking at them. What a wonderful trip, we've added it to our list of places to go! ;)
fungiggles on August 22nd, 2008 12:22 pm (UTC)
Absolutely amazing pics...thank you for sharing!!!
floundering through lifedivejunkie on August 22nd, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you for enjoying!
Sniggity-niggity-noinch!heywood417 on August 22nd, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
Beautiful!!! This community leaves me so anxious to get in the water again! :)
floundering through lifedivejunkie on August 22nd, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you - hope you get to go soon!
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Johnny Stormjohnny_storm on August 22nd, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed your stay here. Next time try the resorts down south, I heard they're much more beautiful. :)
floundering through lifedivejunkie on August 23rd, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)
My partner and I did travel on to Sangat Island (palawan, I think) to dive on the world war 2 wrecks down there - certainly interesting and very different to the reefs of PG!

We intend to return not next year but the year after (We run a dive holiday through our store ever year and next year's is already booked) and will stay with Atlantis Dumagete (if that's how you spell it!). I'm keen to dive on Apo!
lilalila_02 on August 22nd, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
Great photos! What kind of camera did you use?
floundering through lifedivejunkie on August 23rd, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
Thank you for the comment. I use a little sony cybershot (DSCP150) with an inon strobe.
The Supercalifragilistic Supernovakriziasupernova on August 22nd, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
These are great photos! And they make me miss Puerto.

What camera did you use?
floundering through lifedivejunkie on August 23rd, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
Puerto is great, isn't it!

I just use a sony cybershot with an inon strobe - I hink it's 4 or 5 years old now, so getting towards update time!
Harfafnorharfafnor on August 22nd, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
I'm jealous. I recently got my Open Water Cert. But, fractured my elbow and haven't been able to go. I'm about healed now and hope to go to Florida soon.
Harfafnorharfafnor on August 22nd, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
Sorry. I also looked in your journal. Great Pictures.
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Jennifer: Advanced Open Water Diverdivaluxe on August 22nd, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
Whoa, really gorgeous, thanks!!
floundering through lifedivejunkie on August 23rd, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Kaz: shark hugphrixus_nyx on August 22nd, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
Fantastic photo's - keep them coming!
With regards to the Nudibranchs - there are several books out there that are full of them!
Nudibranchs & Sea Snails, this is just an indo pacific guide but should cover all the one's you photographed.
Nudibranchs of the World is the new book by Helmut Debelius, not had a chance to look at it yet so no idea if it's any good.
Another option is the sea slug forum, based in Australia but seems to have pictures from all over the world
floundering through lifedivejunkie on August 23rd, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
THank you for that info! We have a couple of Neville Coleman's books (We're in Australia ourselves) and I'll have to see if I can get my hands on those ones you've listed there.

Cheers,
DJ
neoclover on August 22nd, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
Wow...amazing pictures. so clear :)
floundering through lifedivejunkie on August 23rd, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
Thank you - the visibility was really really good!
Take any heart, take mine!mabels on August 22nd, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
I'd like to see more nudibranch pictures of yours please. They are among my favorite animals.
floundering through lifedivejunkie on August 23rd, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
Oh, I have a million! There will definitely be more when I find an hour or so to much around with downsizing, uploading and putting up on LJ!
April_dilate_ on August 23rd, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
Love the Nudibranchs....
floundering through lifedivejunkie on August 24th, 2008 08:57 am (UTC)
Thanks!
aquatic_apeaquatic_ape on November 11th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
I'm trying to sandwich Puerto Galera in for 10 days at the end of a Borneo trip - is PG worth the effort or should I head to Apo Island?

floundering through lifedivejunkie on November 11th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
Head for Apo, I think. The diving in PG was good, but it wasn't excellent. PG is more place to go if you want to have a great time out of the water, as well as doing some good diving.

Apo is better, I've heard, but I haven't beent here so I can't offer an honest opnion on it.
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