Mike Bryant's Dive Trips, Photo Galleries

This was a welcome

opportunity. Some wide

angle scenics of sponges

and reefs shot with two

strobe lights.

Tube sponges and

crinoids.

Barrel sponges (big) four

or five feet high.

Barrel sponges (big) four

or five feet high.

Barrel sponges (big) four

or five feet high.

Top of the reef.

Scalefin Anthias.

Scalefin Anthias in green

coral.

Scalefin Anthias in green

coral.

Golden Rabbitfish.

Golden Rabbitfish.

Tomato Anemonefish.

Female.

Tomato Anemonefish.

The male is the smaller

brighter one in back.

Pink Anemonefish.

Pink Anemonefish.

Threadfin Hawkfish.

Longnose Hawkfish.

Finger Dragonet.

Bluespotted Stingray.

Shrimpgoby.  Lives  in

burrow with shrimp, the

goby keeps guard, the

shrimp excavates and

cleans the burrow.

Shrimpgoby.

Clearfin Lizardfish.

Stargazer. Night dive.

lives in sand, an ambush

hunter.

Juvenile Shortfin

Lionfish.

Tasseled Scorpionfish.

Color is variable.

Tasseled Scorpionfish.

Color is variable.

Tasseled Scorpionfish.

This was a monster, at

least two feet long.

Giant Frogfish. Mimicking

the color of the sponges

it's in.

Giant Frogfish. Mimicking

the color of the sponges

it's in.

Warty Frogfish.

Warty Frogfish.

Hairy (Striated) Frogfish.

Hairy (Striated) Frogfish.

Hairy (Striated) Frogfish.

They "yawn" to stretch

the mouth muscles.

Redline Gobies.

Golden Coralgobies.

Firedart Goby.

Moorish Idol.

Teardrop Butterflyfish.

Longnose Butterflyfish.

Longnose Butterflyfish.

Peacock Razorfish.

Bristle Tailed Filefish.

Thornback Cowfish.

Star Puffer.

Striped Puffer. That's a

little cleaner shrimp

removing dead scales.

Striped Puffer. Cleaner

shrimp acts as dental

hygienist as well.

Circular Spadefish. Deep,

it's darker down there.

Anilao, Philippines 2017. Fish

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Our third trip to the Northern part of the "Coral Triangle",  this time to Anilao. We

stayed at the Aiyanar International Resort, a three hour drive southwest from Manila

(easy, no internal flights needed). It can be a little "resorty" at weekends being so

close to Manila but has a fantastic dive operation that uses fast fiberglass hulled

boats--way quicker than the traditional wooden outriggers that most of the local

operations still have. We covered a lot of distance and a lot of areas. I ended up with

way more images than expected for a nine day dive trip , including many new species.

Thanks to Vernie, our expert dive guide and critter finder. All the staff at Aiyanar

were friendly and  incredibly helpful,  be it food preparation, room and most

important, the dive staff and crews who handled all the gear and tanks. The heaviest

item I had to lift the entire trip was an icy cold  bottle of San Miguel Pilsner at the end

of the day.

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