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Dive Safari Asia: Philippines Safari Trip Report

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We have just returned after a fabulous small group trip to the Philippines. The trip began in Manila, with a group transfer to Puerto Galera where we stayed at a fantastic owner-run resort, Fisherman’s Cove. Set in a private bay this dive resort combines excellent diving with friendly knowledgeable staff and delicious Italian-inspired food.  The sites in the area boast some incredible macro diving, beautiful walls and coral gardens, over a variety of terrain and topography.  One of the highlights for us was diving Canyons in strong current enjoying views of large groups of schooling trevally and snappers. We did a day trip to Verde Island, a well-known pinnacle site, covered with coral and teaming with fish; truly magnificent.

img_0201The muck diving revealed some fabulous and rare critters including pygmy and thorny sea horses, frogfish, ornate and robust ghost pipfish, too many crabs and shrimp to name (including zebra, spider, soft coral, xeno crabs; emperor, skeleton and harlequin shrimp) and so many nudibranchs of all colours and sizes.

After a fantastic week, enjoying three dives a day, we made our way to Sangat Island off Busuanga to dive the famous WWII wrecks in Coron Bay.  This private island is truly a slice of paradise with beachfront bungalows, a sunset bar on the rocks and easy access to the wrecks that brought us there. The wrecks were all sank in September 1944 when the Americans bombed a fleet of Japanese ships, including seaplane tenders, cargo carriers and gunboats. Many of these wrecks have ammunition, guns, and building materials (bulldozers, cement, jeeps etc) still onboard. They are mostly within recreational dive depths and offer fantastic opportunities for wreck penetration with knowledgeable experienced guides.

Exploring the cargo holds, engine rooms, heads and crane mechanisms were some highlights. We had 25m+ visibility with almost no current; and the wrecks boast fabulous marine life, including soft coral and sea fans, schools of snapper, barracuda and batfish, sea snakes and cuttlefish as well as nudibranchs and crabs. Two group members took the opportunity to complete their deep diver specialty so they could confidently explore the engine room of the Irako Maru.

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Our last night as a group was spent in Manila, enjoying the atmosphere of the Mall of Asia sea front promenade. It was then time to go our separate ways, after an absolutely fabulous tour.

Bernita is the Operations Manager and Tour Leader for UK-based tour operator Dive Safari Asia. to find out more, visit www.divesafariasia.com.

Born and bred in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa. Traveled and instructed in South East Asia for the approx 10 years. Now living the dream working as Operations Manager and Tour Leader for UK-based tour operator Dive Safari Asia. Believes in mermaids.

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Nauticam announce NA-A7C Housing for Sony a7C Camera

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Sony’s latest full frame mirrorless camera, the a7C offers the underwater image maker one of the most compact and travel friendly full frame systems available on the market today.  The a7C features Sony’s latest stellar autofocus and a much improved battery life thanks to its use of the larger Z series battery. The BIONZ X processor delivers superb low-light performance and faster image processing. For video shooters, the a7C features internal UHD 4K capture in the wide-dynamic range HLG image profile at up to 30p.

Nauticam has housed more mirrorless cameras, and more Sony E Mount cameras than any other housing manufacturer. This experience results in the most evolved housing line with broadest range of accessories available today.

Pioneering optical accessories elevate performance to a new level. Magnifying viewfinders, the sharpest super macro accessory lenses ever made, and now the highest quality water contact wide angle lenses (the WWL-1B and WACP-1) combine with the NA-A7C housing to form a complete imaging system.

Nauticam is known for ergonomics, and an unmatched experience. Key controls are placed at the photographer’s fingertips. The housing and accessories are light weight, and easy to assemble. The camera drops in without any control presetting, and lens port changes are effortless.

NA-A7C features an integrated handle system. This ergonomic style provides exceptional control access, even with thick gloves, with ideal placement of the shutter release and a thumb-lever to actuate the AF-ON button from the right handle.

Nauticam build quality is well known by underwater photographers around the globe. The housing is machined from a solid block of aluminum, then hard anodized making it impervious to salt water corrosion. Marine grade stainless and plastic parts complete the housing, and it is backed by a two year warranty against manufacturing defects.

For more information in the UK visit the Nauticam website by clicking here.

For more information in the USA visit the Nauticam website by clicking here.

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BLUE EARTH – Future Frogmen Podcast Series – The Next Generation of Ocean Stewards: Lauren Brideau

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A series of conservation educational podcasts from Future Frogmen, introduced by Jeff Goodman.

The Next Generation of Ocean Stewards: Lauren Brideau

We have a new host, Dr. Colleen Bielitz, and today we’ll be interviewing a recent college graduate as part of our once-a-month episode that focuses on students: the next generation of conservationists, researchers, and activists.

What are the next generation of ocean stewards doing to protect our Blue Earth? Join us as we find out by speaking to Lauren Brideau, a recent graduate of Southern Connecticut State University. Lauren started as an undeclared major but soon found her calling, now she is part of a research team conserving life below water.  She is a prime example that if you want to defend our oceans and the creatures that depend on the sea to survive, now is the time to become part of the solution.


Richard E Hyman Bio

Richard is the Chairman and President of Future Frogmen.

Born from mentoring and love of the ocean, Richard is developing an impactful non-profit organization. His memoir, FROGMEN, details expeditions aboard Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s famed ship Calypso.

Future Frogmen, Inc. is a nonprofit organization and public charity that works to improve ocean health by deepening the connection between people and nature. They foster ocean ambassadors and future leaders to protect the ocean by accomplishing five objectives.


You can find more episodes and information at www.futurefrogmen.org and on most social platforms @futurefrogmen.

 

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