A Big Thank You To My Friends At Scandinavian Chang Diving Center For The Following Item:-
Why The Rainy Season is GOOD
I know that sounds weird now, BUT I wrote that the sea around Koh Chang and Koh Rang was too hot, that was too hot for the corals and they started to bleach. By too hot I mean 33 till 35 degree Celsius!! The rain let us wait this year for a long time, so the water got hot and hotter and the corals got light and lighter till white/ yellow or a (beautiful but sad) blue.
That’s why the rain is good, now it is raining some hours every day, so the water is getting cooler, not too cold at all but back to acceptable temperatures like 31 degree celsius. And finally we can see the result of it: The corals get their colours back, of course not from one day to the other, but they start slowly to recover and that is just sooo good to see!
So, what are you waiting for contact Scandinavian Chang Dive Center Now and book your next dive and don’t forget to tell them that we told you.
Sorry for the lack of updates but I have been on a trip to the UK for three weeks, but now I am back so normal service will resume ASAP
A big thank you to John Carlo Sola at Mermaid Resort and Dive Centre for the following two part article I hope you enjoy it.
Diving in Puerto Galera is a must for any serious SCUBA enthusiast as well as for those just about thinking of taking on the underwater sport. With its awesome dive sites teeming with excellent coral reefs and excitingly vibrant marine life, Puerto Galera, dubbed the Pearl of Mindoro, is also part of the “center of the center of marine biodiversity in the world” according to Environmental Biology of Fishes. Underwater photography and videography find subjects in several wrecks, colorful Nudibranchs, sponges, and sea fans, and the main attraction of South East Asia’s Coral Triangle.
But diving in Puerto Galera (PG) is not only about the experience of “getting wet.” The whole package is what counts. Here are a few tips that would make your diving vacation a truly memorable experience.
Book in Advance and Plan your Trip
There is truth to the saying that “He who fails to plan, plans to fail.” No matter how much promise a trip or a destination gives you, there is much more to be gained from a well thought out venture. Read about PG from travel books and travel resources online. Search the web for travel reviews. Ask friends who’ve actually gone diving around these parts.
Map out the trip down to the smallest details from the best places to stay in, the best dive shops to dive with, and all your booking options. You may be surprised to learn how much discounts you can get if you book in advance. While knowing the best dates to book for your vacation could mean either you’ll have the whole place almost exclusively to yourself or there will be a lot of other divers you could network with. Any of the two would be good, depending on your overall plan.
Go with the Best Dive Center Possible
Once you’re done planning your trip and reading about PG, you’ll have a list of some dive centers you can go with. Some of the best dive shops in PG can be found in Sabang. Most often than not, they are the ones that really look good. That is, those with new equipment, a clean compressor room, equipment cleaning areas, and well kept interiors. If it feels and looks great, you’d know the shop actually invested to provide quality service.
The centers to go with are those with clear information ready all over. These are the ones that have printed material on dive sites, rates, courses and those critical to the day such as tide and weather information. Also consider their extras. The best often provide towels, hot and cold showers, and beverages. In addition, go with the SCUBA shops that can actually handle several guests all at the same time. This ability comes in handy when it comes to the next tip, which deals with diversification
(pt 2 to follow soon)
lots of spaces are still available for MV DiveRACE trip to Anambas Islands on 21st to 23rd May 2010!
Do contact me for deals and offers yah!
Hope to hear from all of you soon!
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Reef Teach, Cairns, Australia One of the things we sometimes get asked about at Reef Teach, particularly by people working in the dive industry, is unusual jellyfish sightings. “Do you know what that big/small/ clear/purple/spotty/flowery/round-thing-with-dangly-bits I saw the other day was?” Sometimes we do, sometimes we don’t – it helps if you have a photo! If you do, you can also submit them to JellyWatch – an awesome site for all things jelly! Find them on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/jellywatch or go direct to their website
UPDATE MAY 13th 2010 – POSITION CLOSED
EXPAT DIVEMASTER WANTED FOR FULL TIME WORK & IMMEDIATE START. Must have minimum 1000 dives experience in the local dive sites of Puerto Galera, good rates of pay offered for the right applicant.
Call Neil on +639151954821
UPDATE MAY 13th 2010 – POSITION CLOSED
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The mission of the Shark Safe certification program is to protect oceanic ecosystems by encouraging practices that do not negatively impact shark populations. By increasing public awareness of the need for shark conservation, we endeavor to change the way people think about sharks, thereby reducing the sale, use, and trade of shark products.
The Shark Safe certification program < style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">uses an easily recognizable logo to endorse restaurants and select businesses that distinguish themselves through their manifest dedication to shark conservation.< style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> Establishments earning Shark Safe status may proudly display the logo to attract customers. The logo also serves to engage dialogue from patrons, thereby further promoting awareness of shark and ocean conservation.
Matava Director Stuart Gow said “We have worked hard over the past few years to ensure that all the food, not just the fish, within our resturant ‘The Terrace’ here at Matava are sustainable and natural”
“Matava, and our on site fishing charters Bite Me Gamefishing Charters, are the first in Fiji to sign up and be awarded certification. We are now actively promoting, coordinating and distributing information about the Shark Safe certification program < style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">around Fiji.” he continued.< style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">
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< style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">Restaurants and businesses recognized as Shark Safe have met scientific criteria and stringent guidelines, and they are awarded the authorization to display the Shark Safe logo. The logo and its associated recognition and prestige will help attract customers to the business.
Since sharks are universally recognizable and tend to attract attention, customers and passers-by not already familiar with the program will still be drawn to the displayed logo and will be inquisitive. Participating establishments can provide literature about the Shark Safe program, explain the basic premises, and direct people to the sharksafe.org website.
Christopher Chin, Executive Director and Founder of COARE and the Shark Safe Ceritifcation programsaid “We’re thrilled to be working with Matava. For them, conservation and sustainability are not mere bylines, but a deeply held philosophy. The world would truly be a better place if more resorts were to follow Matava’s lead.”
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Beginning with the city of San Francisco and neighboring towns and cities, COAREand WildAid are organizing a campaign to increase awareness of shark finning and the deleterious effects of sharkfin soup consumption.
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< style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">The ultimate goal of this campaign is to encourage both communities and the city administrations to embrace a requirement that any shark fins used come from legal and sustainable fisheries.
< style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">As part of this project, COARE is proud to offer Shark Safe certification to businesses that distinguish themselves through their dedication to shark conservation.
Bite Me Gamefishing Chartersactively avoids fishing for any species of shark and encourages this practice to be followed by all. By encouraging non-lethal ‘catch-and-release’ shark fishing fishermen and those sharks inevitably caught accidentally can enjoy their sport while ensuring that shark populations are not further diminished. By promoting sustainable practices of ocean management we hope that sharks will be around to keep our oceans healthy for generations to come.
“At Matava, and Bite Me Gamefishing Charters we are of course both happy and proud to be spearheading this initiative in the South Pacific and indeed the World” said Matava Director and Bite Me Gamefishing Charter Captain, Captain Adrian Watt.
Captain Watt finished by saying “We would like to thank all friends and clients of Matava and Bite Me Gamefishing Charterspast and present who have contributed to the success of our ecotourism principles and the resort and we look forward to exciting times ahead.”
A big thank you to Action Divers Puerto Galera
a 10% discount off diving and off dive courses from Action Divers Puerto Galera, Philippines for people contacting us and mentioning www.divelistings.com.
So what are you waiting for?