Connect with us


There’s never been a better time to visit the Philippines, says Regaldive



Following the devastating Typhoon Yolanda in the autumn of 2013, you could easily be mistaken for thinking that the Philippines are currently a no-go destination for tourists. But you couldn’t be more wrong says UK based diving holiday specialist Regaldive. With increased flight capacity now available between the UK and Manila, and the vast majority of the Philippines remaining unaffected or being back in operation following the typhoon, there really hasn’t been a better time to visit.

For experienced divers, the Philippines are a treasure trove waiting to be explored. Its dive sites are home to some of the most diverse marine eco-systems in South East Asia with over 500 species of hard and soft corals and countless varieties of fish and large pelagics waiting to be discovered. For wreck enthusiasts, the Tapilon Wreck – believed to be a WW2 Japanese Cargo wreck, lies off the coast off Malapascua Island, while rare Thresher sharks can also be found close by at Shark Point. For those who are more taken with scenery however, the north of Palawan was once described by Jacques Cousteau as “the most beautiful place I ever explored” and with world-class diving, thermal lakes and underwater caves to be explored, it’s easy to see why.

Andreas Elia, Managing Director of Regaldive, commented “Now is a great time to be visiting the Philippines and this has been reflected in the high demand we have seen for the destination over recent months. From last November, Philippine Airlines re-introduced direct flights from London Heathrow to Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. Divers are now able to get there quicker and have a greater choice on when they fly with five flights each week to choose from”.

With regards to the recent typhoon, Elia commented “The vast majority of the Philippines remained unaffected by the typhoon. All of the accommodation and dive centres we use are open and operating as usual, and we are keen to encourage people to continue visiting and economically supporting the people of the Philippines in line with appeals from the Philippines’ Department of Tourism”.

Regaldive offer a range of dive holidays and liveaboards in the Philippines. Seven nights’ at the Pura Vida Resort, based in the beach town of Dauin, cost from £1,012 per person, to include flights, transfers and seven nights’ B&B accommodation*. Three days unlimited diving costs from £229 per person, to include air tanks and weights.

Regaldive’s six night Southern Leyte itinerary which goes in search of whale sharks and macro creatures which journeying on board the SY Philippines Siren, costs from £1,440 per person*. The price includes full board accommodation, soft drinks and beer, three to four boat dives per day, air tanks and weights. Flights are not included but can be arranged through Regaldive.

For further information or to book, visit or call +44 (0)1353 659 999.


* Price quoted when taking advantage of the 10% discount available on almost all dive holidays in Regaldive’s Winter Sale. Valid until 31st January 2014.

Gear News

Get a FREE undersuit when you buy a trilaminate drysuit from Scubapro





SCUBAPRO is launching its 2024 drysuit promotion:

With the purchase of a trilaminate drysuit EVERTECH DRY BREATHABLE or DEFINITION DRY, SCUBAPRO gives you the matching K2 EXTREME undersuit (GBP 345) for free.

If that’s not a reason to start drysuit diving, because in our climate it’s drysuit season all year round! So don’t miss out – the promotion is valid until May 31, 2024 at participating SCUBAPRO retailers and in participating regions.

All information at

Continue Reading


Diving with Frogfish in Costa Rica: A Hidden Gem Underwater




In the vast and vibrant underwater world of Costa Rica, there’s a peculiar creature that often goes unnoticed but holds a special place in the hearts of divers: the frogfish. This enigmatic and somewhat odd-looking species is a master of camouflage and a marvel of marine life. Diving with frogfish in Costa Rica is not just a dive; it’s an adventurous treasure hunt that rewards the patient and observant with unforgettable encounters. Let’s dive into the world of frogfish and discover what makes these creatures so fascinating and where you can find them in Costa Rica.

The Mystique of Frogfish

Frogfish belong to the family Antennariidae, a group of marine fish known for their incredible ability to blend into their surroundings. They can be found in a variety of colors, including yellow, pink, red, green, black, and white, and they often have unique spots and textures that mimic the coral and sponges around them. This camouflage isn’t just for show; it’s a critical survival tactic that helps them ambush prey and avoid predators.

One of the most remarkable features of the frogfish is its modified dorsal fin, which has evolved into a luring appendage called an esca. The frogfish uses this esca to mimic prey, such as small fish or crustaceans, enticing unsuspecting victims close enough to be engulfed by its surprisingly large mouth in a fraction of a second. This method of hunting is a fascinating spectacle that few divers forget once witnessed.

Where to Find Frogfish in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s Pacific coast is dotted with dive sites that offer the chance to encounter these intriguing creatures. Bat Islands (Islas Murciélagos), Catalina Islands (Islas Catalinas), and the area around the Gulf of Papagayo are renowned for their rich marine life, including frogfish. These sites vary in depth and conditions, catering to both novice and experienced divers.

The key to spotting frogfish is to dive with a knowledgeable guide who can point out these master camouflagers hiding in plain sight. They’re often found perched on rocky outcroppings, nestled within coral, or even hiding among debris, perfectly mimicking their surroundings.


Diving Tips for Spotting Frogfish

Go Slow: The secret to spotting frogfish is to move slowly and scan carefully. Their camouflage is so effective that they can be right in front of you without being noticed.

Look for Details: Pay attention to the small details. A slightly different texture or an out-of-place color can be the clue you need.

Dive with Local Experts: Local dive guides have an eagle eye for spotting wildlife, including frogfish. Their expertise can significantly increase your chances of an encounter.

Practice Buoyancy Control: Good buoyancy control is essential not just for safety and coral preservation but also for getting a closer look without disturbing these delicate creatures.

Be Patient: Patience is key. Frogfish aren’t known for their speed, and sometimes staying in one spot and observing can yield the best sightings.

Conservation and Respect

While the excitement of spotting a frogfish can be thrilling, it’s crucial to approach all marine life with respect and care. Maintain a safe distance, resist the urge to touch or provoke, and take only photos, leaving behind nothing but bubbles. Remember, the health of the reef and its inhabitants ensures future divers can enjoy these incredible encounters as much as you do.

Join the Adventure

Diving with frogfish in Costa Rica is just one of the many underwater adventures that await in this biodiverse paradise. Whether you’re a seasoned diver or taking your first plunge, the waters here offer an unparalleled experience filled with wonders at every turn. Beyond the thrill of the hunt for frogfish, you’ll be treated to a world teeming with incredible marine life, majestic rays, playful dolphins, and so much more.

So, gear up, dive in, and let the mysteries of Costa Rica’s underwater realm unfold before your eyes. With every dive, you’re not just exploring the ocean; you’re embarking on an adventure that highlights the beauty, complexity, and fragility of our marine ecosystems. And who knows? Your next dive might just be the one where you come face-to-face with the elusive and captivating frogfish. Join us at Rocket Frog Divers for the dive of a lifetime, where the marvels of the ocean are waiting to be discovered.

About the Author: Jonathan Rowe

Are you looking to make a splash online? As a seasoned diver and digital marketer, I specialize in crafting bespoke websites and innovative marketing strategies for dive shops worldwide. With my expertise, your business will not only be seen but also remembered.

From deep-sea to digital depths, I navigate the complex waters of web development and online marketing, ensuring your dive shop stands out in the vast ocean of the internet. Contact Scuba Dive Marketing for more information.

Continue Reading

E-Newsletter Sign up!

Experience the Red Sea in May with Bella Eriny Liveaboard! As the weather warms up, there’s no better time to dive into the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea. Join us on Bella Eriny, your premier choice for Red Sea liveaboards, this May for an unforgettable underwater adventure. Explore vibrant marine life and stunning coral reefs Enjoy comfortable accommodation in our spacious cabins Savor delicious meals prepared by our onboard chef Benefit from the expertise of our professional dive guides Visit our website for more information and to secure your spot: or call 01483 411590 More Less

Instagram Feed