The sexy Tashina is ready for her maiden Voyage to Palawan, Philippines... the NEW DIVE BOAT is available for you very soon at the Dugong Dive Center...
Remember our sexy Tashina? How could you forget...well she is ready to go on her maiden Voyage to Palawan shortly...
This is the latest NEWS from Dirk Fahrenbach from the Dugong Dive Center at Club Paradise a few more days and then she is traveling with Dirk to Palawan.
I just received (only minutes ago) these latest images from Dirk, YES this sexy lady is floating and in the water.
Dugong watching and trips to APO REEF have just become a lot more comfortable and easier.
Stay tuned for some more updates on Tashina.
The cool NEW Dive Boat “Tashina”from the
Dugong Dive Center in Palawan.
ASIA KAYAK TOURS & Wilderness travel continues, part three of a series by Lee Goldman, EXPLORING Palawan in the Philippines…Natures paradise...THE DIVERS CHOICE.
I like to introduce also two NEW banners from two of our partners soon featured on our website and at DivePhotoGuide.com
our last stop has us at one of the Alliance partners,
Club Paradise and Dugong Dive Center. Again we’d like to thank them both
for a wonderful time. We stopped here for the rare opportunity to
swim with, what else, Dugongs.
While we did see one, it decided to play shy and swam away rather
than being usually curious allowing guests of the resort to swim
with them in their natural environment. The other major attraction
here is Apo
Reef, and we had one of
the best days at Apo you can imagine. At first, we were concerned
about the 3.5 hour banca ride in open ocean to the reef, but we had
smooth as glass conditions the entire way out and back. And when I
mean smooth as glass, there wasn’t so much as a ripple on the
water. Dolphins jumped for us several times on our way out and upon
reaching the reef, we were greeted by over 100 foot visibility and
great conditions for snorkeling. Although we had a brisk current,
it was just enough to allow us to see everything without the need
for swimming. We just drifted over the hundreds of reef fish,
including Pyramid butterflys and White-tail surgeon fish as they
congregated in massive schools in the currents to feed. After a
nice walk up in the lighthouse for a birds-eye view of the reef, we
snorkeled the nearly current-less north reef and were treated to
nice coral and plenty of reef fish. Turtles and sharks were spotted
throughout the day. We returned, tired but excited at our
Photo: © Lee Goldman - Strapweed Filefish
our first snorkeling and kayaking expedition to the Philippines was
a huge success. Many might be wondering why I am so excited about
snorkeling in the Philippines and perhaps even why this is being
mentioned on a website that caters to divers. The obvious is that
many divers are avid snorkelers, but more importantly, this trip is
designed to expose divers to areas of the Philippines, especially
El Nido, that they wouldn’t normally see. The whale shark
portion, quite frankly, would appeal to any admirer of ocean
critters as it is one of the best big animal encounters in the
world. Thus, getting divers excited about this would not be hard.
The main part of the trip is in El Nido, and since it is not known
for it’s diving, it may be overlooked by many divers coming
to the Philippines. I assure you though; it is one of the best the
Philippines have to offer.
Photo: © Lee Goldman - yellowtail Coris (Coris gaimard),
juvenile phase belongs to the Wrasse family
Not only is it recognized as one of the
most beautiful tropical destinations in the world (and this
Planet and Conde Nast Traveller saying this), but as a marine biologist
who spent many years guiding in the Indo-Pacific, I can tell you
that the snorkeling here is world class. One doesn’t need
dive gear when everything is in less than 3 meters of water. There
is incredible diversity and abundance of coral and plenty of rare
fish in El Nido. In addition, there are juvenile fish that divers
may only see as adults in the outer reef environment.
My point? If you are planning to visit the Philippines, it is more than worth your time to visit El Nido and camp, kayak, and snorkel among some of the most breathtaking scenery. Even the seasoned diver and naturalist will be amazed at the opportunities to see unique terrestrial and marine organisms.