Our thanks to Captain Kirk for these great photos he took while diving with us at Scandi Divers, and for the lovely compliments he gave to our dive team :)

“Thanks to Scandi Divers and their team, diving in and around Sabang just keeps getting better!!
Some of the most diverse diving ,in just a few days!!!

My first Pygmy Seahorse, a Mimic Octopus, Lion fish, Murray Eel, Frog fish… And some very territorial Clown fish 😨

I couldn’t even name all the Nudibranchs we saw! But thanks to Conan, Edz , Rose and Rommel for helping me ID everything There are a few more unidentified ones here too… “

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Some great photos from Amal’s birthday trip to the always impressive Verde Island, widely considered to be the best dive site in Puerto Galera.

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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.

November 2014 Highlights from Videoguy on Vimeo.

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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.

Washing Machine

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.

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Let’s say you been seriously contemplating getting your PADI Scuba Diving certification — Open Water, Advanced Open Water, NiTROX, etc.

Maybe you’ve been thinking about doing this at an island paradise dive resort in the coral triangle defined by the vertices: Puerto Galera, Anilao, and Verde Island (this coral triangle is widely regarded as the center of the center of the greatest bio-diversity on earth).

Maybe you want to go somewhere close to Manila, say three hours away, with over 35 dive sites that offer challenges to divers of all levels — beginner, advanced, expert.

Maybe it’s been nagging at you for some time. You tell yourself to go do things that are good for you: read more, eat better, get out there and get certified.

We’d like to offer this gentle inducement to head over our way. Come see us at Scandi Divers Resort or Campbell’s Beach Resort and take your PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water courses to receive a 15% discount on your room and dives! 

Of course, you might already be certified and you’ve been daydreaming of getting back out there and getting some well-deserved, biodiversalicious undersea scuba-type R&R. Come for seven nights with dives and receive 15% off on your room and dives.

Book with us today.

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six ways divers rule at life

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.

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June 8 is World Oceans Day! We’re showing some love for seahorses!

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Seahorses aren’t just unique in their looks. They’re unusual among fish because they’re monogamous – they mate for life!

They also swim “upright,” fluttering a small fin on their back up to 35x per second.

Several species are vulnerable to extinction, so show them some love by not buying products made from seahorses.

World Oceans Day is celebrated around the world every June 8th. Join in! Visit http://www.WorldOceansDay.org/ to download materials & find events near you!

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Thanks to Bill Sarro from Maryland Scuba Association for the beautiful photos. Looking forward to have you back!

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