The morning started as all good mornings with breakfast as the days were going to be full on. Once we had completed the required paperwork and analysed two cylinders it was time to get kitted up and then the briefing.
With 4 dives all in the local area, the format was going to be:
Turtles, Frogfish, Morays, Shrimps, Nudibranch, crabs are just some of the selection of what we came across as well as the selection of hard and soft corals and masses of fish of all shapes, colour and size.
There are many areas of natural reef, some very good muck diving areas but also some very good areas of man made reef. One reef takes the ethos of reuse to another level as they have concreted glass bottles together and then made structures from these blocks of bottles and these are alive with hard and soft corals as well as a wealth of creatures have made their homes here. There are also a few multi level metal platforms with holes and crevices for fish and creatures to hide in and amongst.
The variety of dives differ not only from dive to dive but also as you progress through a dive, some parts of the dive you are finning into the current and other times you drift along with it only finning long enough to hold position to take that picture or to change direction, certainly worth thinking about a drift dive speciality if you don't have it.
Two days of local sites covered, 9 dives completed here, tomorrow is a 45 minute boat trip to Apo island a marine protected area and "Turtle Paradise" so we are told.
I will find out tomorrow, you will need to wait for the next update
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