Our first trip to the Philippines, January 2011, staying at the Atlantis Resort in Puerto
Galera, Sabang Point. Weather and water temperatures a little cooler than expected.
The resort and the dive operation were great--the food was the best we have ever had
on a dive trip. In fact, as good as we have here in NYC.
The diving is varied, mostly reefs but some "muck" dives similar to Indonesia were the
most interesting to me. A good variety of sea-horses including the ever elusive Pygmy,
pipefish and dragonets amongst the unusual. The rare Gurnard Lion fish with its
bright blue pectoral fins, finally found on my sixth attempt at the same dive-site,
Secret Bay--much to the relief of my boat-mates who no longer had to go back there
All in all, a worthwhile trip especially as we missed four major snowstorms back in
New York. Reasonably easy to get to (by some standards). We spent three nights in
Manilla before transferring by bus to Batangas City, a short Jeepney ride to the
shore, a wooden ferry with outriggers to Sabang and then a walk along the beach to
get to the resort (aided by incredibly strong porters carrying all our luggage, gear
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