Last month, Hayley and I went scuba diving at Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island in the Philippines. This was our first dive trip since we got our PADI certification for open water diver. It was great to put our newly acquired skill into actions and at the same time had the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful and diverse ecosystem in the world. This trip was truly eye-opening for both of us and surly very memorable.
For our dives, we went out with our dive master from Dive Pureto Princesa. He took us to one of the nearby beaches where we loaded up all the kits and of course ourselves onto a speedboat. The fact that went to some exotic locations to do some adventurous made us feel like James Bond and Bond Girl! Totally loved it
Some Action Shots
When we got to the dive sites, we were surprised that we were able to see all the way down to the sea bed, which was about 12 meters from the surface. This was completely different to what we saw in Hong Kong when we did our PADI open water certification.
After we got into the water and descent into the water along the anchor line, the view literally took our breathe away. (Sorry for the pun!)
Chillexing Between the Dives
We love the mandatory surface interval breaks between each dive. They are there fore safety reason to allow excess nitrogen is reduced before the next dive. This makes the day more relaxing and we were able to enjoy the lovely sunshine in the Philippines.
The Wildlife Under the Sea
The water near Puerto Princesa is full of gems. We had a lovely time seeing all the lovely sea creatures. It was our first time to see many of them.
- Dive Centre: Dive Puerto Princesa – they are very professional and give you a lot of dive advises. They even pick you up at the hotel.We had 5 dives with them over two days.
- How to get there: there are many domestic flights coming from Manilas, including Philippines Airlines, AirAsia and Cebu Pacific. If you are coming directly from another country, you may want to consider taking the same airline in case you get delayed and miss a connection at Manilas. Flight delays are very common.
Have you dived in the Puerto Princesa or in other locations in the Philippines? We would love to hear your stories and recommendations. Comment below!