Tubbataha 2017: For the Love of the Reef

This is the last installment of a 3-part write-up of my May 2017 trip to Tubbataha Reef Natural Park. My visit wouldn’t have been possible without the help of MY Sakura and Let’s Dive Palawan, as well as the management and team behind the Tubbataha Management Office (TMO), the Tubbataha Protected Area Management Board (TPAMB), […]

Tubbataha 2017: Isolation

This is part 2 of a 3-part write-up of my May 2017 trip to Tubbataha Reef Natural Park. I joined MY Sakura and Let’s Dive Palawan’s 11th Tubbataha trip for the 2017 season. Tubbataha Reef Natural Park lies at the center of the Sulu Sea. It is 150 kilometers southeast of Puerto Princesa (Palawan), the […]

Tubbataha 2017: Getting To Know

Towards the end of May 2017, I set out for Puerto Princesa, Palawan to join the crew of MY Sakura and Let’s Dive Palawan for their 11th Tubbataha trip of the 2017 season. It was my first time at Tubbataha Reef Natural Park. This is part 1 of a 3-part write-up. On Our Way I […]

Donsol whale shark

Donsol 2017: On the Trail of Whale Sharks

Like many divers, I have been on the trail of whale sharks. From Malapascua to Ticao Island, Apo Reef (Occidental Mindoro) and Sogod Bay, I took Travel Dive Connect where there was the possibility of a whale shark encounter in the wild. I had imagined such encounter to be one of those gasp-inducing wow moments. […]

Islas De Gigantes, Ilo-Ilo: At The Foot of A Sleeping Giant

I was following a story when I chose Islas de Gigantes and Sicogon Island as this trip’s destinations. I knew about the Ayala development at Sicogon’s Barangay Buaya and I wanted to see the island as it was before high-end resorts, manicured beachfronts and jetskis take over. I also knew that Gigantes was its neighbor. […]