MABINI, BATANGAS, PHILIPPINES — Scuba diving is something that I wanted to tick off from my bucket list. Seeing the diving expeditions of my friend Kristyl, a NAUI-certified scuba diver, especially during their research exploration on Benham Rise, made me want it off the list even more.
As part of my weekly weekend getaway this past few months, I have decided to try scuba diving. Plus this is another solo travel. I booked an Intro Day Trip Package in Pink Turtle Fun Dive Tours and packed my bag the next day.
The dive site is at Twin Rocks Marine Sanctuary near Planet Dive Resort located in Brgy. Anilao, Mabini, Batangas. Since this is just an intro diving course, we only went down for not more than 10-15 meters. Plus, I’m not good at swimming 😛
The lessons include basic use of scuba gears, safety tips, common hand signals, and equalization techniques. We were not taught finning techniques as our route will be guided by the dive instructor.
The world underwater has a much different feeling when you can breathe air. The marine organisms exhibit their beauty right in front of your eyes.
After your intro course and you still can’t stop yourself from hitting the water, fret not! You could borrow snorkeling gears from Planet Dive Resort and you could swim to your heart’s content. A feisty buffet meal, inclusive in the package, follows after. The chocolate turon is to die for!
While I did not became an actual diver, having the chance to experience this type of outdoor activity allows you to not just explore the world by land but also by the seas. The Earth is comprised of 70% water and yet we are having a hard time in exploring the land. What more if we include the underwater in our journey? I would like to assume there are far more greater things waiting to be seen.
Thanks to Kristyl for helping with the identification of the marine fauna! Most of the photos were included free in the tour package that I have availed.
The blogger dived on June 27, 2015.