The Under Water World at Palawan Island, Philippines

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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.

 

Our Dives

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

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Hayley was walking toward the boat. Look at how clear the water was. We had never imagine it was like that.
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Our boat ride to the first dive site – The Crossing

 

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.

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Phil did a back roll into the sea – that’s my favourite way to enter the water
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Hayley was getting ready into the water

 

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!)

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Exploring and having fun under water
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More action shot of Phil
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5 meters safety stop. This is important to remove excess nitrogen in the blood stream before surfacing 

 

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.

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Soaking Up the Sun in the Philippines
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Getting cooled off in the lovely sea
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Picture time with our dive master 

 

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.

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Blue starfish – we had definitely never seen this before! I have to stay it looked very much alien-like 
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We found Nemo again, but what about his friend Dory?
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Anemone – strange but beautiful
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More anemone 
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I love this cliff of coral
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A closer look at this wall of coral. The colour is stunning.

 

Trip Detail:

  • 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!

 

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26 Comments Add yours

  1. Amazed at how informative this post is! Loved the pictures, gorgeous!

    xoxo

    Samarpita
    http://www.wideeyedwanderer.in

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  2. Loved seeing tje grogeous photographs and reading such an informative post.

    xoxo

    Samarpita
    http://www.wideeyedwanderer.in

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    1. yhpchung says:

      I’m glad to enjoy the post 🙂

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  3. travelingmin says:

    I’m glad u really had a great time in palawan. Those were really nice pics! It’s such an interesting post! 👍

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    1. yhpchung says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post. It’s a nice place and I highly recommend it. 🙂

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  4. Wonderful island and amazing crystal clear water; all of your pictures bring me to the past when I went there for 4 days during my journey in Philippines!! Nice experience no?!?! 😀

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    1. yhpchung says:

      I’m glad you had a nice time there too. To us, it was a very exciting trip.

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  5. asoulwindow says:

    Philippines has been making a lot of positive news lately. One of my close friends is a certified diver. Thanks to her I am interested in exploring the under water world of Philippines. A very well written blog. I hope to make it there soon.

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    1. yhpchung says:

      Yes, it was a nice place. I totally recommend anyone to go there. 🙂

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  6. Indrani says:

    Just 12m below, the sea bed was quite close then. Amazing experience you have had! Loved seeing those colorful creatures. Theirs is such a beautiful world.

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  7. Stefano Mura says:

    Never been in Philippines, but I heard only good things about it. My friend and co-blogger went to Palawan as well and I got fall in love with this paradise. It was a really amazing experience, wasn’t it?

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  8. Anastasia says:

    Scuba diving shows you the parts of the planet which are unbelievable! I have a bit of a fear to go beyond snorkeling, but your experience reminds me that may be it is high time to re-comsider it 🙂

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  9. Wow, that really looks amazing. Most really be a great experience getting up close with all the creatures at the bottom of the sea. So many colorful creatures. 🙂

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  10. That’s a really memorable way to explore Puerto Princesa. I’ve been snorkeling before but you guys got to see a lot of cool stuff. Great underwater pictures.

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  11. Adam, Bite of Iceland says:

    Such a cool post! The underwater world is so amazing and beautiful 🙂 I would love to experience it!

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  12. Joanna says:

    There’s such an amazing word down there, under water, isn’t it? I have only done snorkeling as I don’t have the Padi certificate for diving, and I remember how amazed I was the first time I could observe clearly what was below me. It looks like Puerto Princesa it’s a great spot for diving, with all that clear visibility.

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    1. yhpchung says:

      I believe there are also places out there to do snorkelling too. 🙂 It’s an amazing place and so much to see underwater.

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  13. awaradiaries says:

    So far we had Philippines on our bucket list! Now we know what-not-to-miss 🙂
    Great pictures and videos of what sounds like a crazy but rejuvenating experience!

    Parampara-Parichay
    http://awaradiaries.com
    India

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    1. yhpchung says:

      We highly recommend that. There are so many amazing places in the provinces.

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  14. The water looks amazing! Can’t wait to go there too! X

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  15. That blue star fish!!! Oh my gosh so cool. I am so happy for y’all that you enjoyed your first dive! It sounds like a wonderful experience. How did y’all take your underwater pictures?

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    1. yhpchung says:

      Yes we really enjoyed ourselves. It was a great first dive. For the underwater photos, we use a GoPro that is fitted with a red filter on top of the waterproof case. 🙂

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  16. travellingslacker says:

    Congrats for the a great achivement to get the diving certfication. I wll probably never get there with my natural lethargy. Nevertheless, great to see the underwater life through your eyes.

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