Diving from Anilao, Apo Reef, Dimipac – Dimacya and Coron

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Philippine Siren Diving from Anilao, Apo Reef, Dimipac – Dimacya and Coron

philippineSirenOur cruise left from Batangas on the 08th of December on our luxurious Pinisi Schooner “Philippine Siren”. We started our 10 day diving adventure in Anilao (Batangas), followed by Apo Reef (Mindoro Occidental), Dimipac + Dimacya Island (Busuanga) and finished in Coron (Palawan). The group on board was very international, with divers from Switzerland, Germany, Australia, United Kingdom and the US.

Mimic-octoThroughout our trip all divers were thrilled by the wide abundance of variety: Anilao offers beautiful reef diving with walls and slopes, as well as stunning critter dives on black volcanic sand. Encounters with Blue Ring Octopus, Frogfish, Bobtail Squid, Mimic Octopus and lots of Nudibranchs were on our daily agenda. Apo Reef is known for its bigger pelagic, and on almost every dive we saw Black Tip and White Tip Reef Sharks as well as very big fish schools (Barracudas, Trevally and Jacks). In Dimipac + Dimacya everybody we were spoiled with absolutely healthy reefs and an abundance of reef fish and critters. The grand finale was Coron with its sunning Wrecks, reminders of WWII and now a peaceful home to a large variety of corals and reef animals.

wreck-bow-reEverybody had great fun and most of the evenings we enjoyed Fritz and Anke’s video presentation from today’s diving. One evening Jonathan presented a video from his last year trip to Southern Visayas, which he has superbly narrated, and donated afterwards to the boat, thanks a lot Jonathan! The daily joke with Peter and Jo involved them not being able to stay with their dive master, as their continued to go down with Donato and came out with JoJo. Even when we changed the dive groups slightly during the trip as divers wanted to dive with their new friends, they always seemed to swop around, with impressively continuity…LOL

shark-airport52In between the dives we were spoiled with delicious meals from Jimmy and Boy, and as per divers request, Boy started to present their superb food also during lunchtime, in addition to Jimmy’s famous dinner briefings. It was a great success, even we couldn’t really understand much from the first lunch briefing as Boy was so nervous that he fell over his own words, but he was rewarded by a big round of applause! Also lots of relaxing opportunities were given, either in the comfy Salon, outside in the dining area or on our large sundeck, reading books, editing pictures or simply having a nap.

On our last diving day we visited Barracuda Lake, a beautiful fresh water marine lake, which everybody referred to as a hot tub after the dive as the water temperature in the lake holds 38°C. But some divers saw it quite pragmatic, stating what great idea to wash off their scuba equipment this way before packing…LOL

A truly enjoyable trip with lots of interesting conversations and lots and lots of laughter! I truly hope to see you all again in the future!




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