Mike Bryant's Dive Trips, Photo Galleries

Thornback Cowfish

Thornback Cowfish

Spotted Sweetlips,

Juvenile

Spotted Sweetlips,

Juvenile

Wrasse-unknown

Dwarf Hawkfish

Wrasse-unknown

Pair of Orange Dashed

Gobies with yellow Two

Spot Hogfish

Schooling Catfish

Catfish, juveniles

Razorfish

Banded Goby

Spotted Shrimpgoby--

note shrimp that keeps

the burrow clean

Reptilian Snake Eel

White-eyed moray

Whitespotted Puffer

Whitespotted Puffer--

night

Pink Anemone fish

False Clown Anemone

fish

False Clown Anemone

fish

Tomato Anemone fish

Bartels' Dragonet

Fingered Dragonet Male

Fingered Dragonet Male

Fingered Dragonet

Female

Fingered Dragonet

Female

Slender Pipefish

Thorny Seahorse

Thorny Seahorse

Thorny Seahorse

Thorny Seahorse

Giant Frogfish

Warty Frogfish

Warty Frogfish

Flasher Scorpionfish

Flasher Scorpionfish

Mozambique

Scorpionfish

Bandtail Scorpionfish

Bandtail Scorpionfish

Ornate Ghost Pipefish--

juvenile

Ornate Ghost Pipefish--

juvenile

Ornate Ghost Pipefish

hiding in crinoid

Pygmy Seahorse

mimicking the seafan that

it lives in all its life.

REALLY small, maybe 3/4

inch long.

As good as I have ever

got--it's almost

impossible to see them in

a viewfinder

Spotfin Lionfish

Gurnard Lionfish--bright

blue pectoral fins like the

unrelated "Flying"

Gurnard

It's a juvenile--they get

bigger and more

dramatic. But it's the only

one I have ever seen so

this is what we got!

Philippines, Puerto Galera. Fish.

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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

again.....

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

and cameras).

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