Scuba diving with Whale Sharks at Oslob in the Philippines. It’s a much discussed theme among divers as they feed the Whale Sharks to lure them and keep them near the coast so tourists can dive or go snorkeling with these majestic gentle giants. Oslob has a bad reputation in the scuba world as in the past they abused the Whale Sharks so they couldn’t swim away. After reassurance by the Dutch dive resort owners where I was staying I decided to take a visit to Oslob and take a look with my own eyes if the situation had really improved.
Magic Oceans and Magic Island are not just dive centers, but are specially equipt and focussed dive resorts. Usually when I hear the term resort I always have to think about the massive ones where you are just a number between all other guests. Well not this time! I believe during our stay we where with a max of around 20 people who you also actually get to know during that time.
Islands that shimmer like green pearls in an perfect aquatic blue ocean with white beaches and palmtrees, the Philippines… Perhaps I should just use the word ‘paradise’ for that’s what it looks like . In 3,5 weeks time I’ve been able to visit Manilla (the capital) and the islands Palawan, Bohol and Cebu. I had a fantastic and amazing holiday and I just loved the Philippines and it’s people. In earlier posts I already wrote about my high expectations about scuba diving there as everyone claims how wonderful it is. So… is this true of are it al fairytales?! In the end it really depends on what you are looking for! I had some amazing dives, I just loved the scuba diving here but it all comes down to the island where you are scuba diving!
Last weekend I was on a dive at the dive site ‘Bergse Diepsluis’. As I haven’t dived a lot the past year this dive was mainly focussed on getting familiar again with my action camera’s; Go Pro Hero 2 and the Intova Limited HD Sports. I’m taking both camera’s with me to the Philippines as it’s going to be wonderland for any diver with a camera, professional of amateur. During this dive I was able to make some really nice photo’s which I want to share with you. Enjoy and get a incline of the Dutch underwater world.
The ‘perfect’ thermocline, it almost sounds magical doesn’t it. I have to say that for me it has that magical feeling about it. When I encountered this phenomenon I had never heard about the term thermocline before. In retrospect I scuba dived through several off them before, I just didn’t know they where called thermoclines. A thermocline can appear anywhere in the world, however this encounter happened to be on a forlorn beach on the Caribbean island of Curacao. Not a bad place for some magic!
Since my first blog about the Philippines I’m seeing story after story about scuba diving at this country. The Philippines offers a huge variety of marine life. The island Cebu, somewhere in the middle of the Philippines, offers a change on a spectaculair encounter! Something that brings the words amazing, awesome and fantastic to mind. A change to scuba dive with whale sharks!