Late News: Black Pearl...New Boat launched at Dugong Dive Center in Palawan, Philippines
Late NEWS from the Dugong Dive
in Palawan, Philippines.
Black Pearl from the Dugong Dive Center
in Palawan, Philippines
Our latest new Boat the "Black Pearl" has been launched yesterday and is ready for all your Diving adventures. The “Black Pearl” has a capacity for 16 divers, ideal for groups and adventure excursions in Palawan. Overnight trips to the world famous Coron Wrecks & Apo Reef for 8 divers. Like our other big Boats the Tashina and Karen Claire it has high quality standards and a Compressor on board.
Discover amazing Palawan with the "Black Pearl" operated by the Dugong Dive Center on Club Paradise.
Photo Workshop in Paradise...Palawan & beyond with Club Paradise & supported by Power Mac Center Philippines
Mac Center Philippines & Club Paradise
proudly brings you...
Palawan & beyond...a Photo Workshop in Paradise...December 3 to 7, 2009
You are cordially invited to a 4
nights 5 days exclusive Photo Workshop at Club Paradise Palawan
with Gunther Deichmann, international multi-awarded travel
photographer and Apple Pro Certified Aperture Trainer. Registration
fees includes airfare and accommodation from Manila to Club
Paradise Palawan, all meals (full Board) and full hands on with
Aperture 2. Discover & Explore a different Palawan with the
Please book early this Workshop is for a limited number of participants only! Testimonials from previous international PhotoWorkshop.
Registration and Inquiries contact: email@example.com or Carsten Warnke at Club Paradise firstname.lastname@example.org
0919-2051659 & 0917-5228286. More details will be announced very shortly.
Discover Coron & Culion Island plus the amazing african and
endemic wildlife on Calauit Island in Northern Palawan.
Paradise is waiting...Club Paradise, Palawan!
For more information and a recent Video on Club Paradise check out the links below:
The Underwater Channel filmed at Club Paradise and Dugong Dive Center. a very cool Video from this dream destination in Palawan, Philippines. http://www.theunderwaterchannel.tv/clipinfo/4003142
Dive the Philippines: Apo Reef is the second largest contiguous coral reef in the world, scuba diving at its best.
Apo Reef is the second largest contiguous
coral reef in the world and the largest one in the Philippines.
consists of the three islands.
Apo Reef is the largest among the three islands. Apo Reef Natural Park (check this link for more info on APO Reef)compared to that of Tubbataha National Marine Park has a unique natural phenomenon. Apo Reef has a high diversity of corals and has an island covered with terrestrial vegetation.
© Gunther Deichmann - Apo Reef Philippines...a Scuba Divers Dream
and a heaven for Underwater Photographers.
The Apo Reef Natural Park, with more than
20 dive sites, will truly fascinate you with its magnificent walls
and large fish species. The reef plateau will surely impress divers
and snorkeler alike.
Only 3 hours by banca from the Dugong Dive Center and Club Paradise Apo Reef offers very dramatic drop-offs down to about 400m. The steep walls are well covered with corals, sponges, tunicates, nudibranchs and slugs.
The coral formation at the plateau is magnificent. Green and hawksbill turtles, sharks, Eagle Rays and a multitude of fish including damselfish, butterfly fish, batfish, surgeonfish, snappers, fusiliers and trevallies are common.
Underwater Video caught thousands of sharks, dolphins and gannets feast on the sardines...
A BBC film crew captured some
amazing Video footage...
thousands of sharks, dolphins and gannets feast on the sardines.
© Gunther Deichmann - a frisky shark at
Blue Corner in Palau, Micronesia
Fish feast frenzy caught on
By Rebecca Morelle
Science reporter, BBC News
A sardine feeding frenzy has been captured on camera in remarkable detail. A BBC crew filmed thousands of sharks and dolphins, as well as elusive Bryde's whales, feasting on shoals.
The footage also revealed gannets' deft underwater hunting skills as they dived to catch sardines.
Each winter, cool ocean currents drive millions of the small fish northwards along the eastern coast of South Africa.
These immense shoals, squeezed into this narrow cold-water corridor, provide an incredible feeding opportunity for the predators that live in and around these waters, watch the Video and read more at:
Dive Travel: A Great Month Of Diving With Asia Divers Travel Galapagos & the Maldives
A Great Month
Of Diving With Asia Divers Travel
Galapagos Oct. 2 to 9. Maldives Oct. 19 to 28.
With any trip
Divers organize, it’s almost always a year or
two before you finally have the fun to excitement of the trip. This
month was a special month for Asia Divers and a very special month
for me, as I had the pleasure of participating in both trips.
We set off the end of September for that long hard flight from Manila-LA-Miami, then down to Quito, Ecuador. Arriving in Quito was a pleasure, not so much as the flight was finally over, but to see a new and improved airport from the one I remember some five/six years before. It was a brief visit to the immigration and to my surprise; AA had in deed managed to, not loose my bags!
After a pleasant day and two memorable nights in Quito, eating Tapas and drinking some great reds, it was off to the Galapagos Islands. We soon arrived in San Cristobal and was quickly picked up and sent aboard the Galapagos Aggressor 1. A truly great welcome and orientation was given before we set off for our first checkout dive.
The dive was excellent, with sea lions
and many sea stars littering the sea floor. This was a great time
to put on that 7ml semi dry, hooded vest, gloves and all that you
don’t use here in the Philippines, and work with getting your
buoyancy right for the great dives that were to follow.
The first day was spent diving around St Cristobal and Bultra, great action with schools of fish, sea lions, eagle rays and a large school of hammerheads. The trip then took us up to Wolf and Darwin (where the big stuff is) an overnight trip that put us on our first dive mid morning. The fun began when we dropped in and seen our schools of Hammerheads. The dives we did around Wolf all consisted of Hammerheads, Mantas, Galapagos sharks, and a school of Eagle rays that seem to be following us on every dive. On one dive we had the pleasure of dolphins. The
Dolphins spent a good 10min. with us, playing and showing off in front of us, quite a spectacle.
Darwin was of course our favorite with all the whale sharks we seen. They say whale sharks only grow to 15m; I’m sure whoever has said that, they have never been to Darwin! I still say this whale shark is at least 18m, it has to be! The most memorable dive at Darwin (this trip) for me was the first dive when this enormous whale shark came from behind us and hovered over us for a few minuets. This fellow was not concerned about us at all.
The Galapagos is well known for its
wild life. The number of Hammerheads, Galapagos and black tip
sharks, Eagle rays, whale sharks, Penguins and so much more is some
On land the sea lions, seals and marine and land iguanas are just going about their business as if you were not there. The land tours we did were excellent, with all kinds of wild life from Blue Footed Boobies, Frigate’s to sea lions backing in the sun to iguanas lounging around with some fighting and others who obviously just did not care.
The Landscape was something special and one or two places really got your attention with the harshness and barren volcanic planes.
The island landscape changed, with some islands covered with larva and others with cactus and colorful vegetation.
It was a sad moment climbing aboard the plain to take us back to Quito. Back in Quito was a quiet night of reflection, wine and good friends, and then there was that terribly long flight back home.
We had a great time in the Galapagos and I’m very lucky to have made my second trip but, I can assure you, it will not be my last. Special thanks to the Galapagos Aggressor 1 crew and to Alison Pocket, Kenneth Svennerlind, Johan and Maria Lyrevik, Bob Andrews, Kevin Ella, Kevin and Debbie Painter, Larry Bird, Kjell Soderstrom, Suzi Denton, Brian King and our trusty organizer Peter Eaton.
there was the Maldives!
It was March/April
this year we did a trip to the Maldives. We had such a good time
and were looked after so well we decided on another trip. Moosa our
trusting guide and new friend suggested August to October as the
Manta Aggregation happened during these months. After checking with
Manthiri bookings office we only had one chance, October 19 to 28,
we immediately said book it, were on!
After a week to the day I arrived back from the Galapagos, I was off to the Maldives aboard Singapore airlines best. It restored my faith and interest in flying again after my friends from over yonder. Arriving in Male we took a hotel for the night and headed to the boat at 8am.
We reuniting with Moosa and the crew of the Manthiri, a quick introduction to our new friends onboard and it was off for our first dive, Manta Point. We had a great introduction with eight Mantas, this is what we came for!
The first two to three days of our
nine-day trip was spent in the South Male area. The first few dives
we did were everything we could have expected. Good visibility,
Whale sharks and lots of life. Mantas occasionally, but great
colours and formations. By the third day however, the weather
started to turn and rain was upon us. We had to take shelter from
the weather on the eve of the third day before crossing from South
to North Male.
On day four we arrived in North Male, a place where the Manta aggregation has been seen on regular occasions. Our first dive was with nine Mantas, not as many as we had hoped for but still an excellent dive. This dive was done in a maximum of 9 meters and we stayed for 76min. Everyone was excited about the dives we did that day, even if the numbers of Mantas did not reach more than 12 at any one time.
The following days we traveled further north and visited an island where Moosa our guide is now building a house. We were received warmly by the people and felt a real sense of being.
The diving kept on getting better (not the weather) with some very good pinnacle formations and of course more Mantas. There were a couple of sites where the Mantas literally came to you. They made it obvious they had no fear of you and in some incidences you felt they were playing with you. What a great trip, another great time and one I’d be happy to repeat over and over again. We had a few days and nights at different resorts for a break from the boat.
Back home and I have to say, I feel I’ve been a very lucky person to do so much in just one month. Two great trips, great friends on both trips, and so much looking forward to my next dive holiday, who wants to come?
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An Underwater Photographer's Guide to Southeast
Author: Matt J. Weiss / August 10, 2008 12:00AM MDT
3 months in the field, and a brief stint manning the DivePhotoGuide
booth at the Malaysian Dive Expo (MIDE) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,
I am finally home and in the process of preparing a series of
articles about South East Asia, sometimes referred to as the coral
triangle and the most bio-diverse marine ecosystems in the world.
Therefore, this is also one of the most productive regions for
underwater photographer and video. Of course in no way is this
nearly a complete guide to Southeast Asia (that would take years!),
but rather some recommended destinations to dive and shoot.
I will be providing comprehensive trip reports on the diving and photo opportunities in each location. I was fortunate enough to stay at some of the top resorts in each destination, and the articles will include some information on the resorts and their facilities. We intend for these articles to be fairly different from other trip reports. I plan to concentrate on all aspects of my trip, including some that are often overlooked, solely from an underwater photographer’s point of view – How was the camera room set up? How large were the rinse buckets on the boat? etc. This vital information is often ignored by non photographers, so I hope to cover all the idiosyncratic requirements that are very important for underwater photographers and videographers to keep top of mind while traveling..
You will see that a lot of my images are macro shots, with little coral around them. The reason for this is simple - I am very interested in the seemingly barren benthic environments that nurture a surprising amount of life. It is here that I found the smaller, interesting and charismatic critters that make you scratch your head and ask - “why?” It is my intention for each article to be informative by answering not only what and who, but also the how and why of the marine biology behind these environments.
Underwater photography stargazer Lembeh Strait
Did you know that stargazers (family Uranoscopidae) are represented by 50 species in 8 genre? This amazing animal was one of two species I found while searching the benthic environments of the Coral Triangle.
I will be covering the following destinations in the upcoming weeks. Each article will have a link back to this main page, where you can access each article as it goes live online.
Bali, Indonesia with AquaMarine Diving-Bali
Puerto Galera, Philippines with El Galleon Resort/Asia Diver
Palawan, Philippines with Club Paradise/Dugong Dive Center
Lembeh Straits, Indonesia with Lembeh Resort
Manado, Indonesia with Minahasa Lagoon Resort
Sipadan/Mabul/Kapalai, Malaysia with Borneo Divers
For any readers who are looking for ideas for your next dive trip, South East Asia is full of them, feel free to bookmark this page, and within the upcoming weeks, you'll find links to each of the destinations I've visited with a complete report on each. I certainly hope to bump into many of you as I return to these destinations in the future.
Happy Diving & more from Matt Weiss @
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