Beginners Guide to Wreck Diving

Congratulations, adventurer. Finally, your dream of hunting down wreck ship phantoms and sea monsters is coming to reality. We know that planning a wreck diving trip can be really tedious, so here’s to help you achieve that perfect getaway. Get a pen and paper—list down these things you have to remember before you plunge into that submerged enchanted vessel.


Local rules

Research or ask locals about regulations in diving the wreck site. Are there any dive range limit? Which parts are off-limits, and which parts are free to be explored? Ask authorities or divers who have explored the territory several times. Knowing the local laws helps you avoid delays.

Beginners Guide to Wreck Diving


The wreck site

Are there phantoms lurking around it? How about sea monsters? Are there resident sea creatures in the wreck? When did it sank? Why did it sank? Did people die when it when it went down the abyss? Learning these things makes the dive more interesting and exciting.

Beginners Guide to Wreck Diving


Be certified

This is your ticket to diving that wreck: certification. Without being certified, you have no way to prove that you are capable to safely and comfortably dive the site. A wreck diving program from SSI will teach you the do’s and don’t’s of diving a wreck, as well as give you techniques on how to navigate around these underwater treasures.

Beginners Guide to Wreck Diving


Possible hazards

Jellyfish and poisonous creatures may be lurking around the wreck site. There may also be sharp objects around it. To prepare for these possible hazards, bring jellyfish protection sunscreen to protect you from jellyfish stings, thicker wetsuit and gloves for pointed objects, and a dive knife to remove you in case of an entanglement.

Beginners Guide to Wreck Diving


 

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Here’s Why You Should Dive in Anilao

Anilao is the place where scuba diving in the Philippines began. Its tropical appeal and panoramic landscapes continuously attracts Philippine-based, as well as divers from other parts of the globe. Anilao’s charisma stretches from its beautiful shore down to its psychedelic dive sites.


Anilao’s local

Anilao is part of an archipelago that is known for its welcoming people. In this destination, expect no frowning faces. Hospitality is an innate thing among its denizens. The staff in the nearby resorts will never fail to flash you their warm smiles—just the positive energy you need after a long day of diving.

Here’s Why You Should Dive in Anilao


Island gastronomy

Another thing about Anilao that keeps us coming back is its local cuisine. Apart from diving to explore its underwater, taking a gastronomical escapade is an activity you should not miss when in Anilao, Batangas. Experience its Mami de Batangas (noodles in thick soup with beef innards and meat), special Batangas Goto (Sticky rice porridge with meat), and of course, Batangas’ Kapeng Barako (Batangas coffee famous for it strong taste and aroma).

Here’s Why You Should Dive in Anilao


Dive site feast

The birthplace of diving in the Philippine has more than 50 dive sites around it—most of these dive sites are situated at the southern part. If you are planning to stay in Anilao for diving, it is best if you look for a place to stay in the south so you can have access to more dive sites.

Here’s Why You Should Dive in Anilao
Photo credits to Mark Long


 

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7 Odd Facts About Manta Rays

Apart from their dancing, here are more fascinating facts about our beloved manta rays. Caution: Do not be weirded out the next time you see them on your next dive to the Philippines or Anambas. Believe us, they are amazing creatures even how bizarre they are.


Baby Burritos

Manta rays give birth to little manta pups every other year which are rolled up like burritos. These burrito babies are formed inside an egg, but mommy mantas do not release them. They give birth to live offsprings.

7 Odd Facts About Manta Rays
Photo credit: Mikko Kolkkala


Manta Brain

Mantas have the greatest brain to body weight difference of all the 32,000 fish species. Perhaps, this is the reason for their coordinated feeding system and graceful dancing?

7 Odd Facts About Manta Rays


Picky-Eaters

Their favorite food are planktons, so you’ll likely see them in plankton-infested areas.

7 Odd Facts About Manta Rays


Unique Pattern

Manta rays have distinct patterns of stripes, blotches,and spots that helps researchers know their real numbers.

7 Odd Facts About Manta Rays


Sea Blankets

Their name is a Spanish word that means ‘blanket.” But, please, no snuggling.

7 Odd Facts About Manta Rays


Sting

They are close relatives of stingrays. They actually evolved from them. It has been discovered that some mobula species still hides a “sting” at the base of their tails.

7 Odd Facts About Manta Rays


Weird Teeth

A manta’s 300 rows of teeth are covered with skin.Don’t worry, they don’t bite. These teeth are not for eating.

7 Odd Facts About Manta Rays


 

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4 Best Dive Sites to Swim with Jellyfish

A sea blanketed with jellyfish may sting your heart with fear or you can just choose to be mesmerized by their intricate beauty. I know it’s hard to stay calm when a slimy jellyfish touches your leg, nonetheless, here is a list of four (4) destinations to give you a chance to swim with them anyway:


EIL MALK ISLAND IN PALAU, MICRONESIA

The world-famous enticing Jellyfish Lake that attracts divers from all over the world. Your Palau travel would not be complete without a snorkeling trip to the lake. Millions of golden jellyfish have been trapped here for eternity causing them to differently evolve into a stingless species out in the open water and entertain visitors. To greatly enjoy your time with Palau’s army of jellies, be sure to apply Jellyfish Protection Sunscreen that’s suited for sensitive skin and can last hours of aquatic activities!

4 Best Dive Sites to Swim with Jellyfish


TOJOMAN LAGOON, PHILIPPINES

The Bucas Grande Group off the coast of Surigao del Norte is home to enchanting Tojoman Lagoon which literally means sea urchin, however, its main attraction is the huge population of non-stinging and friendly jellyfish, making it known as the Jellyfish Lagoon. The Spotted Jelly can be seen around the lagoon that will give your vacation a captivating twist. It is best to visit here on the summer, during the months of March until early June.

4 Best Dive Sites to Swim with Jellyfish


LENMAKANA JELLYFISH LAKE IN RAJA AMPAT, INDONESIA

Jellyfish can be a great companion as well as subject for photography so be ready to snap those shots! This is one Holy Grail for experienced swimmers who’d like to witness pink jellies under clear waters. Tourists can interact closely with amazing jellyfish because they do not consider humans as a threat.

4 Best Dive Sites to Swim with Jellyfish


KAKABAN DERAWAN ISLANDS, INDONESIA

Another jellyfish paradise in Indonesia! This shelters 4 species of jellyfish namely spotted jellyfish which has evolved to no longer have spots, the second kind is the upside-down jellyfish then the moon jelly, and the fourth species would be the box jellyfish. When these jellyfish bumped into you, they will feel like mushrooms and your brain may not fully digest that these jellies will not harm you, so to pacify your worry, make sure to apply a jellyfish protection sunscreen before taking the plunge!

4 Best Dive Sites to Swim with Jellyfish


As fun as swimming with jellyfishes sound, they are fragile creatures and we have to be always careful around them.

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