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Just Keep Swimming, Freediving at Barracuda Lake (Coron, Palawan): Photo of the Day

We all know  Coron, Palawan, is an awesome travel destination. The pristine beaches, fresh seafood, nice tan, great view, underwater scenes, just some of the reasons why tourists flock into this group of paradise-islands. Then there’s freediving at the Barracuda Lake. Let’s compile some of the photos of underwater adventurers in this post. Continue reading Just Keep Swimming, Freediving at Barracuda Lake (Coron, Palawan): Photo of the Day

Anniversary Date? Try a Romantic Drink while Diving in Anilao, Batangas: Photo of the Day

When it comes to relationship anniversaries, it seems that the billions of people around the world have done almost everything than can possibly be done to make the celebration unique and special. For a change, how about having the anniversary drinks underwater? “Tara, shot?”, as Gen Santiago (check her Instagram acount, @gensantiago, for more photos) said while diving off the coast of Anilao, Batangas, a favorite diving area close to Manila. Top that! Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Anniversary Date? Try a Romantic Drink while Diving in Anilao, Batangas: Photo of the Day

Lucky Turtles at Apo Island, Negros Oriental: Photo of the Day

“I got to spend the end of the year with this guy,” said charlynfaith. We’re unsure who’s luckier, the turtle dude or charlynfaith (check her Instagram acount, @peytfull, for more photos). We could say she’s lucky, with this seemingly well-timed shot with a turtle at Apo Island (Dauin, Negros Oriental). Not everyone gets the chance (although we hope you’d be able) to visit this marine sanctuary and get a wonderful photo remembrance to boot. We could say, on the other hand, that this turtle is a lucky guy (well, assuming it’s a guy), with this beautiful lady-guest gracefully diving to have a selfie (or is it a turtlefie?) taken in his peaceful underwater habitat. Perhaps we can say that we’re all lucky, living in and exploring this beautiful country called the Philippines. So, go ahead, visit the Philippines and tell the world what’s beautiful about Pinas! Have fun! Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Lucky Turtles at Apo Island, Negros Oriental: Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day: Flying Turtles of Moalboal

Turtles can fly, said the guys who took this photo. And we believe them. Swimming, after all, is simply flying — in water. It’s all about perspective, really, in the same way that aircraft landing is simply a controlled manner of falling back to earth. It’s awesome to see these majestic creatures, these sea turtles, gracefully flying uderwater in a manner totally opposite to how clumsy they are on land. The guys who took this awesome shot, Turtle Bay Dive Resort (check their Instagram account, @turtlebaydiveresort), should know. They have a dive resort in Moalboal (perhaps we’ll see you one of these days in Moalboal, lads?). We know the turtles of Apo Island Marine Reserve, but, in all honesty, we didn’t know there are turtles in Moalboal, a town south of Cebu City; only goes to show that we need to push our boundaries and check the underwater scene. Diving is fun, we’ve heard that before and we’re trying to convince ourselves about that, but Steven Spielberg and his Jaws really ruined it for us. We’ll muster enough courage one of these days. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Flying Turtles of Moalboal

Photo of the Day: The Air Up in Boracay

It’s difficult not to fall in love with Boracay. The main draw is the beach, of course, coupled with an endless array of attractions, including cliff jumping, the mermaid academy, and the 24/7 party atmosphere. The options are endless. There are activities to satisfy the party animals, the outdoors buff, the spa addicts, beach bums, energetic kids; practically everyone, even those who wish to do soul searching. And there’s parasailing. We’d go out on a limb and say that you haven’t been to Boracay if you haven’t done parasailing. We tried to describe how it feels to float high above the white-sand paradise called Boracay, but it seems a photograph is better suited to relay the emotions, like this photo by Charmilyn Mamaradlo (miaischarm3718). Click photo to enlarge:

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Photo of the Day: The Underwater Wall

We admire the brave souls who have the courage to face the deep sea and everything that lurks in its darkness. Ok, we’re exagerrating, we know, probably a result of watching too much suspense movies with the ocean/sea as the backdrop. We’re fish out of water, so to speak, when it comes to diving. But we have lots of friends who go diving and we’ve seen countless photos/videos showing the sheer beauty of underwater life. Take, for instance, this photo by Anna Arancon-Milan (annaamilan) — a digital marketer, ocean lover and smile advocate — of a freediver (your husband, Anna?) at the Barracuda Lake in Coron, Palawan. Gorgeous view, don’t you agree? Click to enlarge the photo: Continue reading Photo of the Day: The Underwater Wall

Photo of the Day: Batangas Sea Gypsies

Should you decide to see the Philippines in a slower pace and ride a ship, there’s a high probability that you’ll encounter a group of kids swimming beside the boat, as the ship is about to dock. Anyone not familiar with this sight will think that the kids are putting their lives at risk by swimming too close to the ship. Why are they doing it? Well, to find out, try throwing a coin towards their direction. Nope, they won’t catch it above water. They’ll let it hit the water and catch the coin as it gracefully falls towards the bottom of the sea. These children are descendants of the best natural freedivers there is. They are most uncomfortable living on land. A few of these sea gypsies, badjaos, were spotted in the Batangas port by cherrdon, a nature lover and a volunteer, an off-the-beaten path traveller. Here’s the photo: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Batangas Sea Gypsies

Photo of the Day: Sardine Run

We remember a movie called “Chicken Run.” It’s a movie about, well, a bunch of chickens. Just recently, on the other hand, we came across a photo of Mary Tariman (miri020988) which she says involves a “sardine run.” It’s a photo of, well, sardines. And Mary trying to run, er, swim after them. Sardines, of course, swim. They don’t really run. Whoever coined the term “sardine run” must have a healthy sense of humor. Or maybe because the billions of sardines involved in a sardine run, associated with the migration of sardines in southern Africa, look like a huge mass of something running when viewed up in the air. We’re not really sure. We’re sure, however, that Mary was freediving in Moalboal (Cebu) when she had her version of running, er, swimming after a school of sardines (but only after taking a selfie). Love it! Here’s the cool photo (click to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Sardine Run

Photo of the Day: Anilao Stroll

We don’t know why JohnJohnJohn (johnnylegendary) would want to say his name not only once, not only twice, but thrice. We also don’t know why he’d do the same thing for ManilaManilaManila and HolaHolaHola. We can tell you, however, why we whispered WowWowWow when we saw his photo while taking a leisurely stroll in Anilao, Batangas. The reason? That stroll is simply amazing. Yep, that’s how they take a stroll in Anilao, a diving haven near Manila. No amount of catwalk walk (uhm, how else can you say that?) can surpass how cool the Anilao stroll is. The only way you can “out-cool” this stroll is to take a stroll underwater — freediving — in one of the best diving paradise in the world, the Philippines. No need to do it for 5 minutes, like the Badjao of the southern Philippines. Here, look at his photo (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Anilao Stroll

Photo of the Day: Freedivers and Mermaids

It is said that mankind knows more about the outer space than earth’s ocean. Perhaps this mystery is the reason why we love images of the underwater world. Just the images, though, because we can’t really venture much below surface. Not with scuba diving; much more with free diving. Four seconds or so after submerging, the gag reflex takes over. We can never be graceful underwater, we thought. That’s why we remain in awe with beautiful sea photos like this graceful freedive in Palawan‘s Siete Pecados — courtesy of the lovely Ferina Santos (ferinasantos), a surfer and a diver (and, judging by the ease by which she glides underwater, perhaps a mermaid). Here’s the photo (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Freedivers and Mermaids