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)
Scubapix will be appearing at the 2010 Byron Bay Underwater Photo Competition and running a number of SLR demo units for you to jump in the water and trial.
With systems from Nauticam and Aquatica available to use during the week, this will give participants the opportunity to get their hands on the latest SLR housings and see what they’re capable of. We’ll have both macro and wide angle setups from Canon and Nikon, allowing you to use your own camera and preferred lens, or if you don’t own an SLR to give a try, take one of ours.
Scubapix will also be giving every participant in the competition a $300 voucher redeemable against Aquatica and Nauticam housing and port packages, or Light & Motion video housings or video lighting systems. However, even if you’re not looking to compete you’re still welcome to take one of our demo systems for a dive.
We’ll also be running a ‘Best Photo Taken With A Demo Unit’ as part of the competition, with the winner receiving a $100 voucher for ULCS arm systems.
Numbers are limited, so to book your system, email us at email@example.com.
The 2010 Byron Bay Underwater Photo Competition is being run by Sundive Byron Bay on May 22 – 29, 2010.
21/03/10 Latest news: From Sundive at Byron Bay
Due to the great demand of weekend competition dives, we have extended the duration of the Sundive shoot-out: Competitors can now start taking photos and videos for the competition on Saturday 22 May 2010. Entries close on Saturday 29 May 2010. That’s a total of eight days diving! Book your spots now to secure you preferred dive times!
For more information check out the competition page on our new website: