Thanks to Rob Jacobs of Calypso Multimedia for allowing us to share this great video of some of the wonderful creatures you can see when scuba diving in beautiful Puerto Galera.
If you are diving the Philippines, as a visitor, a resident or an expatriate; Verde Island needs to be on your scuba-safari bucket list. Situated between Batangas and the island of Mindoro, Verde Island is a day trip away from Puerto Galera (as well as Sabang and White Beach). The area around Verde Island boasts some of the best diving in the area, which is to say some of the best diving anywhere in the world. Depending on the tide, the currents in the area run from tepid to strong. This dive is therefore best suited to more experienced divers with an advanced PADI open water certification.
With over 300 coral species, the area (known as the “coral triangle) is considered one of the largest and most diverse concentrations of coral found anywhere. The pristine coral attracts an astonishing array of marine lifeincluding dense schools of anthia fish, dolphins, fans,sea whips, sea snakes,rays, reef sharks, as well as endangered species such as hawksbill turtles, olive ridley turtles, green turtles, humphead wrasses, giant groupers and giant clams.
Because Verde Island is some distance from our location on Big La Laguna, you should coordinate with Scandi’s dive team to organize a day trip to remember. It’s best to enlist a few like-minded advanced divers for the trip to share the cost of the boat and crew. More importantly, you’ll definitely want to compadres for the experience as you explore the stunning beauty of a Verde Island Dive.
Verde Island Dive Trip Logistics: The boat leaves early in the morning to catch the proper tides for diving Pinnacle, Coral Garden or Washing Machine. Scandi will organize a dive master and crew who will take care of your gear and lunch after your two dives. The crew brings drinking water and towels as well as most everything you need besides a camera (which you will definitely want). Typically the dives are separated by a surface interval followed by lunch on the beach before you head back to Scandi in the early afternoon.
The Pinnacle/Drop Off
The Pinnacle is a massive reef located on the east side of Verde Island. Your boat will drop you near the point or pinnacle of the reef where you descend to explore the amazing variety of coral and marine life denizens of the reef formation. It’s important to maintain buoyancy and stay with the dive master as the current is best gaged by a diver with plenty of Verde Island experience to ensure you don’t get blown off the wall or caught in a rogue up or down current. As you traverse through the dive, you will see large fan coral, sponges and large schools of juvenile triggerfish, butterfly fish and antheas. The area is so abundant with life, that the schools actually obscure the surface. The variety of marine life as well as the hard and soft coral together with great visibility make this Puerto Galera’s premier dive.
After the stunning experience of the Drop Off, Washing Machine makes for a wholly different scuba experience. Depending on the tidal conditions when you dive, you might experience currents that rip across several shallow canyons that push you in different directions or a great, shallow dive for photographing sea life and coral. Besides a wild current ride, you can see schooling fish and occasionally pelagics such as tuna, traveled or reef sharks. With the current churning, hence the name “Washing Machine,” it may shift direction unexpectedly and so the dive is reserved for experienced divers with and experienced guide.
Being a scuba diver is awesome. You breathe underwater, identify fish and experience weightlessness on every vacation. You have designated yourself as an ocean activist, and you’re well on your way to achieving Master Scuba Diver. Being the scuba diver in your group of friends is a big responsibility, but you handle it with grace and ease.
Did you know that as a scuba diver, you’ve developed skills that also make you rule at life? It’s true!
Here are six areas where divers rule because of their savvy scuba skills:
#1 – You know how to go with the flow literally and figuratively
The resistance of water forces us to slow everything down.
Divers rule because we know: Life doesn’t always go the way we want it to, when that happens act slowly and deliberately and don’t fight forces of nature.
#2 – You’re better at communicating
Whether it’s with hand signals or flashlights, we are constantly checking in with a buddy. The more you dive the more you learn how to identify a diver in distress.
Divers rule because we know: Communication is important to any relationship. Divers know the importance of checking-in to let your partner know you’re OK.
#3 – You’re brave
Breathing underwater is an unnatural act for humans. After proper training you learn to trust your equipment and your instructor.
Divers rule because we know: A new experience once thought to be scary isn’t so bad after education and practice.
#4 – You know how to prioritize
Three outfits for a 7-day trip? No problem. Equipment that gives you a memorable experience takes precedence over looking good.
Divers rule because we know: Happiness means prioritizing experiences. Making memories that last a lifetime is far more important that superficial stuff.
#5 – You know how to get things done
Every diver knows to begin their dive against the current.
Divers rule because we know: Getting the hard part out of the way first will mean having the time and space to relax later.
#6 – You learn to play well with others
Scuba divers bond together by their shared experience. The scuba diving community creates a sense of camaraderie.
Divers rule because we know: Everyone wants to be part of a community. Divers have a way to bond with others outside of family and work.
Another great week with a group from I Love Diving. See you next month Shen Lei!
How many people can say they have the best job in the world?
Meet Scandi Divers Resort’s beautiful and talented PADI Scuba instructor and dive guide Rosemarie!
As Rose describes a day at the office:
“Another day in paradise working and having fun at the same time. What a life!”
Divers Andreea, David, Irene and Ahmed from the Netherlands, Dana from the USA, with Scandi Divers Resort instructors Conan and Rose. Off to enjoy another great dive on a a beautiful sunny day in Puerto Galera!
What are you waiting for? Book your dream tropical scuba diving vacation with Scandi Divers Resort today and join us for the time of your life!
Thanks to our visitors from Buri Resort & Spa. They went out to explore the waters of Puerto Galera with Scandi Divers Resort instructor Dennis Frandsen, and judging by the looks on their faces, had a great time.
Come back soon guys!
Well done to the La Grange College group all the way from Georgia, USA. Another successful scuba adventure with Scandi Divers Resort. A special thanks to David Ahearn .
Everyone at Scandi wish you all the best and hope to see y’all next time!
Congratulations to sisters Reshel And Aishiyll from Manila for successfully completing their PADI Open Water Diver course with Scandi Divers Resort resident diving instructor Rey Magsino and Dive Master candididate Terry Hudson.
Well done ladies, we hope to see you again soon for your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course!