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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

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

Free Diving: More Fun in the Philippines

With its crystal clear waters and abundant sea life, the Philippines is a perfect spot for freedivers. People engage in freediving — swimming underwater without any breathing apparatus — as a recreation. Now, imagine staying underwater without any breathing device for around 5 minutes as a way of life? That’s the way of life of the Badjao. We know the Badjao as an ethnic Filipino community in southern Philippines who call the sea their home. Featured in this clip from the Human Planet documentary on Oceans (Sea Bed Hunting On One Breath – Human Planet: Oceans), is a Badjao (also Bajaw, spelled in the documentary as Bajau) underwater fish hunter doing what he does naturally: free diving at its best. Watch: Continue reading Free Diving: More Fun in the Philippines