Dive trip to the Philippines:  Top 5 streets food to try after the dive

The Philippines’ colorful culture has always been reflected to its flavorful food. To get to know the Pearl of the Orient down to the core, one must not only seek to explore its mountains and oceans—one must also take a dive into its gastronomy. Get ready to plunge straight into some of the most sumptuous and adventurous Filipino street food!


Kwek-Kwek

To the unaware foodie, these brightly colored treats could be quite deceiving. They look like deserts being round and a vibrant shade of orange—but they are not sweet. They also do not taste like the Cheetos even though they match in color. Kwek-kwek are actually quail eggs covered in orange batter, and then deep fried. It is usually dipped in a sweet sauce mixed with a little vinegar.

Dive trip to the Philippines:  Top 5 streets food to try after the dive


Isaw

Chicken intestine cleaned thoroughly, coiled onto a bamboo barbecue stick, and then grilled—that is what the infamous isaw is. Dare yourself to find out why a lot of Filipinos love this street food!

Dive trip to the Philippines:  Top 5 streets food to try after the dive


Turon

Slices of saba banana and jackfruit enclosed in egg roll wrapper, deep-fried in a liberal amount of brown sugar, the turon is a classic Filipino favorite!

Dive trip to the Philippines:  Top 5 streets food to try after the dive


Taho

Run outside as soon as you hear the neighborhood taho man, making his rounds and shouting, “Tahoooooooooooooooo!” This Filipino favorite is made of tasty combination of silken tofu, sago pearls, and arnibal (brown sugar syrup). It’s ideal to drink it warm first thing in the morning, before your dive!

Dive trip to the Philippines:  Top 5 streets food to try after the dive


Halo-Halo

Multi-colored food frenzy in a glass! Halo-Halo is layers upon layers of beans, jelly, milk, ice cream, flan, toasted rice, purple yam, tapioca pearls, sweetened fruits, and crushed ice. Mix it up and enjoyed! This cold treat is perfect on a scorching summer day.

Dive trip to the Philippines:  Top 5 streets food to try after the dive


 

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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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4 Reasons Why Dive Riau

A tucked away cluster of islands just south of Singapore shelters a beautiful but hardly visited world of the past. Riau is an archipelago of countless inhabited and untouched islands that only occasionally receives a step by a small fishing village. Aside from the fact that it’s available for diving all year round with a 28-30 °C temperature, here’s a list of other things that you and your friends can do during your stay on the island:


4 Reason Why Dive Riau

1.Wallow in Preserved Magnificent Patch of Corals

First things first, you will enjoy the most beautiful aquatic environment anywhere near Singapore on your dive since this island is rarely booked by tourists due to its remoteness and unique beauty that only a special few have seen. A bunch of nudibranchs, lots of reef fishes and occasional turtles makes up the underwater macro life but who knows what you yet to encounter on your dive.


4 Reason Why Dive Riau

2.Schedule that Immaculate Mangrove Tour

The fun starts with a boat ride through the mangrove swamp and forest. You can expect monkeys hanging out of the tree branches as well as different species of snakes sleeping. When the evening sneaks, you can get a night mangrove tour and be surrounded by magical fireflies! Ending your dive with this activity would simply complete your Riau getaway because nothing beats the relaxation and serenity that Mother Nature brings.


4 Reason Why Dive Riau

3.Relieve stress via Watersports

Although there are a few tourists that come to the island to dive, the Bintan Agro Beach resort offers a whole lot of heart-raising water sports activities. You can just be your awesome self and indulge in wind surfing alone or with your friends. You can also just ride the waves and enjoy surfing or have fun in a jet ski. You can either tone your abs through kayaking or just lay low and hump on that banana boat. This island is free from the judgmental society so you can actually do whatever you want!


4 Reason Why Dive Riau

4.Pay a visit to Penyengat Island

This place literally means Wasp Island that’s approximately 2 sq.km of pure treasure and history. This has been the center of the Malay Riau-Lingga empire for a long time and serves as the tomb of Raja Ali Haji who’s a 19th-century Islamic historian and scholar. You can visit this island and tour around the small village which has an old Dutch fort, royal mausoleums, and a mixture of Javanese and Dutch architectural palaces after your dive to nourish your inner historian.


 

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7 Rules of Scuba Diving

 

Taking these 7 Rules of Scuba Diving into consideration in your every diving trip will not only help you achieve a successful and safe dive. It will also make your diving purposeful and non-destructive for the ocean and the creatures living in it. Ready? Here are they:

1. Do not ditch the dive  computer.

A dive computer is now considered a mandatory gear. Not only it is an advancement in technology (dive tables are long gone, right? Tell me I’m right.), it is also a must for a safer and more enjoyable dives.

7 Rules of Scuba Diving

2. You shall always have a dive buddy.

Although solo diving is now allowed and has long been practiced especially among underwater photographers, it is best to have someone looking after your safety and vice versa.

7 Rules of Scuba Diving

3. Master perfect buoyancy.

This specialty course should never be taken for granted. Mastering perfect buoyancy is a huge factor in the overall success of your dive. Being the master of your own buoyancy allows you to have safer and exciting diving adventures.

7 Rules of Scuba Diving

4. Enriched Nitrox Specialty Course is no joke. Take it.

All the jargons in your Enriched Nitrox Specialty Course are not bluffs. Knowing the techniques on how to breathe right underwater should be number one on your list. After all, you haven’t evolved into a gilled-creature yet, have you? So for now, settle on being an expert underwater-breather by taking up this specialty course.

7 Rules of Scuba Diving

5. Never step on coral reefs.

We go back to rule number 3: Master perfect buoyancy. This one is basic once you have control over your own buoyancy. You don’t want to be stepping on the reefs. The fish have “warm-heartedly” welcomed you; do not demolish their homes with your diving fins.

7 Rules of Scuba Diving

6. Never leave tracks.

You don’t need any school to teach you this (though there are still a lot of people who are not practicing this simple etiquette). Do not leave any kind of trash behind. You are a scuba diver and above all people you are more equipped and educated on the environmental issues our oceans are experiencing. You are the oceans hero, not her destructor.

7 Rules of Scuba Diving

7. Disturbing, catching or killing any marine creatures is a MAJOR NEVER.

The marine creatures have welcomed you to their home and have not caused you harm. Return the favor by not causing them any stress. It is okay to stare at them and marvel upon their beauty, but never ever hurt, catch, or worst, kill any of them.

Being a scuba diver is not all about the excitement and the thrill. It is not just about your expensive diving equipments. It is also about being a responsible human being. Being a diver means having the heart to prevent the destruction of our oceans and having the guts to protect the creatures living in it.

7 Rules of Scuba Diving


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