Mexican Connection in the Philippines

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Mexican Connection in the Philippines

Philippine-SirenOur next trip around the Southern Visayas was to be enjoyed by 17 Mexican guests. We embarked them on Philippine Siren in Cebu’s Yacht Club and after introducing the boat crew we soon set sail towards Cabilao Island. On our first three day dives we had the chance to spot our resident yellow giant frogfish and pygmy seahorse while on the night dive our new dive guide Philip managed to spot two blue ring octopus. Next morning we moved to Balicasag Island where as usual we were circled by the huge school of big eye jacks whilst later in the afternoon our guests had the chance to visit the island and its white sandy beaches.

pygmy-seahorseOn the third day of the trip we reached Negros Island for some incredible muck dives in the Dauin area. Warty and painted frogfish, thorny seahorses plus many other unusual critters made the delight of the photographers. We then hoisted the sails for a short cruise around across from the Atmosphere Resort. Apo Island and its incredibly healthy corals was the next stop in the cruise. As usual in Coconut Point we had a moderate current which brought plenty of fish action: school of big eye jacks, blue fin trevallies, bumphead parrot fish and many others accompanied us during the dive. That same evening on behalf of Siren Fleet we gifted the trip leader, Ivan Salazar, with a Philippine Siren polo-shirt and a thank you letter on behalf of the owners for joining us once again on a cruise. Of course all our guests fully enjoyed themselves with Chef Jimmy and his Assistant Boy’s food and fun presentations.

warty-frogfishThe last stop of the trip was Moalboal and Pescador Island where on the previous trip we had the luck to enjoy the company of a whale shark during the whole morning. Although he did not accompany us on this trip the dives were still great and our resident giant grey frogfish and leaf scorpion fish gave great photo opportunities. A quick stop at Oslob was voted for by the guests to satisfy their desire for snorkelling with a giant of the ocean.

groupFinally early the next morning after breakfast and the group photo we sadly had to disembark our guests in Moalboal. Fortunately for almost all of them the Siren Fleet experience was not over as they would join Palau Siren for another week of diving.

 

 

 

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