Diving Komodo, July 2011

Diving Komodo, July 2011

Komodo-softcoralPRThe start of another trip and all the customers arrived on time, thanks Merpati. After settling into their cabins and a spot of lunch it was time to set up their equipment and make our first dive at The Unusual Suspects in Bima bay. This was a very enjoyable muck dive with ornate ghost pipe fish, frog fish, octopus, crocodile fish and nudbrancgs everywhere. We all watched the sun slowly drop into the sea from our very spacious sun deck and then it was time for dinner. With full stomachs and heavy eyes all the guests opted for an early night. We lifted the anchor early in the morning and arrived at Sangeang Island ready for our first dive on Techno Reef. This was a fantastic start to the day with black corals hiding ghost pipe fish and sawblade shrimp as well as finding stonefish, spearing mantis and many different rays sleeping in the black sand that this island is so well known for. We spent the rest of the day diving along the coast line of this still active volcano enjoying the brightly colored soft corals and bubbles coming out of the ocean floor. For our night dive we moved to the island of Gilli Banta and made a visit to The Circus where we were joined by lionfish using our torches to hunt by, sepia, many different varieties of moray eels and a giant black frog fish trying to hide behind a very small piece of coral. After all the divers were back on the boat we cruised on to Batu Moncho where we spent the night ready for our first dive in the morning at coral garden.

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Liveaboard diving in Southern Visayas : whale shark and frogfish

Liveaboard Diving in Southern Visayas : whale shark and frogfish

the cars-frogfishAfter a year’s diving in Komodo, Thailand, Burma and the Andaman Islands I returned to the Philippines and welcomed our international guest aboard the “S/Y Philippine Siren”. We started our Southern Visayas tour in the yacht club in Cebu and after check in and harbour clearance our captains Bagos and Bernes sailed us south direction Cabilao. The next morning everybody was ready for the dive briefing when a pod of dolphins passed by and said hi to us. We started our diving cruise at “”Canbaquiz” with sightings of different pipefish and frogfish. We spent the whole day around this lovely island and dove “Talisay Tree” and “The Lighthouse” in the afternoon to see the pygmy seahorses before returning to “Cambaquiz” for our night dive with pleurobranch, frogfish and spiny devilfish. What a beautiful day to start our cruise.

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Tubbataha and More : Divers Paradise

Tubbataha and More : Divers Paradise

PhilippinesSirenThe luxurious Phinisi Schooner “Philippine Siren” left Puerto Princesa in Palawan on June 04 for a 13 day diving trip via the Tubbataha Reefs and Cagayancillo to the southern Visayas Islands. The very special thing about this itinerary is the difference of divesites and diversity of animals from tiny to extra-large that one is able to encounter along the way. Our 16 divers on this trip came from Germany, Switzerland, the UK, USA, Canada and the Netherlands. The sea was incredibly calm when we left the port and lay like a mirror underneath the boat.

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Southern Leyte : Diving with Whale sharks

Southern Leyte : Diving with Whale sharks

limasawaBayreOn a beautiful, sunny day the Philippine Siren once more headed out of port for a cruise to Southern Leyte. On board were fourteen Guests from Germany and Switzerland accompanied by thirteen crew members to make their stay on the luxurious 40m long Phinisi Schooner as comfortable as possible. On our first dive of the trip on, a dive site called Tambuli – just around the corner from the Cebu Yacht Club, Andreas, one of our guests from Switzerland proved that he has real eagle-eyes and showed the rest of his dive group a Blue ringed Octopus! A rare sight anyway, but to find one during daytime is really very unusual. Divemaster Donato showed us a purple-brown and green colored sea hare, a big slug that normally spends the day hiding in crevices and under coral bommies. What a nice start of this Cruise. During the evening, after a delicious dinner, on our 12 hour journey to Limasawa Island we marveled at the stars on the cloudless sky and Werner and his fellow guests enhanced this experience with a cocktail poured by Noel, our host.

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