Our Sky View Restaurant is now open!

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We are proud to announce the opening of the Sky View restaurant at Scandi Divers Resort. Enjoy delicious international dishes while soaking in the incredible view of Big La Laguna Bay. It’s also the perfect spot for sundowner cocktails!

We hope to see you there soon.

Three Things to Know About the Coral Triangle, the Ocean’s Biodiversity Hot Spot

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At more than a billion acres of ocean, the Coral Triangle is one of the world’s biggest and most important marine regions.

The Triangle is a billion-acre ocean region controlled by Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. Unlike some other coral-rich areas like the Great Barrier Reef, the Coral Triangle isn’t a household name. But it’s importance to Southeast Asia and the world’s oceans can’t be downplayed: The region encompasses a full 30 percent of the world’s coral and has the highest diversity of corals and fishes in the world. It’s a place to know—especially if you’re concerned about conservation and coastal communities, which many are.

Here are three need-to-know facts about the Coral Triangle:

It’s been called “the Amazon of the ocean”

Like the Amazon rainforest in comparison to other forest regions, the Coral Triangle is home to diversity found nowhere else in the reef system. More than 75 percent of the world’s coral species–over 600 species–live in the Triangle, and the area contains more than 30 percent of all the world’s coral reefs.

But the coral is only the start of the diversity in this living system. “The Coral Triangle has more coral reef fish diversity than anywhere else in the world,” writes the World Wildlife Federation. Of the 6,000 currently known species of reef fish, 37 percent of the world’s coral reef fish live in parts of the Triangle. Two hundred and thirty-five of those species are found nowhere else.

Six out of the world’s seven marine turtles live in regions of the Coral Triangle. So do aquatic mammals like blue whales, sperm whales and dolphins and endangered species like dugongs. The list is long. In fact, writes the WWF, the criteria used to define the Coral Triangle relied on high species diversity–higher than that of nearby reefs in Australia and Fiji.

It’s a stunning array of diversity that scientists from the Smithsonian Institution and elsewhere are working hard to understand–even as it might be fading away.

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It may be where coral reefs began

“The theory is that this is where coral reefs started,” says naturalist Chris Cook in the National Geographic documentary below. Today, the Triangle is the center of diversity for ocean life, and research in reef sciences has suggested that it was the historic point of origin for many coral species as well as many of the species that live there.

Paleontologists are studying ocean in the Triangle to get a sense of what the underwater past looked like. “The ancient diversity of the Coral Triangle can tell us much about how life has adapted to changing conditions in the past, and how life may well adapt again in the future,” writes Britain’s National History Museum.

Among the abundant species Cook and his colleagues observed recently: the cuttlefish, a species which itself has been around for more than 500 million years. “It’s hard to explain. You have to see it,” Cook says. “It’s a mollusc. It’s related to a clam. And it just displays such intelligence.”

Enter the Coral Triangle

It’s in danger exactly because of its abundance

Like reefs everywhere else on the planet, the Triangle is in critical danger because of human-produced factors. It’s in danger from localized threats like cyanide fishing for rare aquarium fish that live in its waters. This practice damages fish communities and the surrounding environment. But it’s also in danger because of huge threats, like anthropogenic climate change, which is warming the seas as they become more acidic, resulting in conditions where many species of coral can’t live.

On top of that, coral bleaching and white syndrome are immediate threats to many species of coral that dominate the Triangle–the Acropora corals.  “In the next century, maybe all coral reef researchers will be paleontologists,” one coral researcher said to the Natural History Museum.

But there’s hope that parts of the Coral Triangle may be refuges for marine life once again. “High levels of biodiversity, coupled with fast rates of growth and recovery, put many Coral Triangle ecosystems in a favorable position to survive climate change,” writes the World Wildlife Fund.

The Coral Triangle: Nursery of the Seas

PADI Women’s Dive Day 2017 Official Video

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At last we are delighted to reveal our official video for the PADI Women’s Dive Day Event of 2017 at Scandi Divers Resort.

We had an excellent turnout, and hope the event will continue to grow each year!

PADI Womens Dive Day 2017 at Scandi Divers Resort – Video part 1

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We were really pleased to see a great turn out for this year’s PADI Womens Dive Day event at Scandi Divers Resort, and the ladies had a whale of a time!

Part 2 of the video coming soon!

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PADI Women’s Dive Day at Scandi Divers Resort July 17th 2017

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We invite women to dive with us here at Scandi Divers for the Celebration of International Women’s Day.We are happy to announce the PADI WOMEN’S DIVE DAY will be held on July 17th 2017 at Scandi Divers

Be sure to come and join us…. FOR ONLY P550 which gets you:

  • Refresher dive
  • Scuba Dive
  • Lunch
  • T-Shirt
  • Photo competition – 1st Prize: Dinner for two.
  • 30% discount on all courses booked on the day of July 17

For more information/registration please visit the Event page on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1872096289722381/permalink/1872096293055714/

Creature Feature: The Octopus

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Octopuses inhabit diverse regions of the ocean, including coral reefs & the ocean floor. They have numerous strategies for defending themselves against predators, including the expulsion of ink & camouflage, their ability to jet quickly through the water, and their ability to hide. They trail their eight arms behind them as they swim. All octopuses are venomous, but only one group, the blue-ringed octopus, is known to be deadly to humans!

There are many varieties of Octopus in the waters of Puerto Galera, so keep your eyes peeled and see if you can spot one!

Photo credit to Roni from Planet Hero

Puerto Galera Scuba Diving Video by Christoph Weber

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Enjoy this brilliant video made by Christoph Weber whose stayed here diving with us for almost two weeks. Thank you for sharing your beautiful underwater and aerial shots. Hope to see you again soon!

A Warm Welcome to Cheri – Yoga Instructor & Divemaster Student

We’d like to give a warm welcome to Cheri from Singapore!

She is training to be a Divemaster at Scandi Divers Resort, and will also give yoga lessons to staff and guests – in English or Chinese. Namaste Cheri!

Cheri qualified as a Yoga Instructor in Nepal at Chintamani Gautam’s Nepal Yoga Academy and is certified by the Yoga Alliance. She is also passionate about the underwater world.

So why not try some yoga with Cheri. She can help you to improve your air consumption, bottom time and deal with anxious situations underwater such as over exertion and new divers. Non divers are also welcome to join classes and reap the many benefits of yoga.