|California drysuit divers escape to Anilao|
Posted by Max Bottomtime on April 11, 2013 at 22:43:34:|
Merry and I joined Kevin Lee for a couple of weeks in the Philippines for some warm water nudibranch hunting. We flew Asiana Airlines aboard a 777 that made the long trip the most comfortable plane ride I've taken. It was over sixteen hours in the air, including having to go around North Korean airspace, but the appointments were incredible, and Kevin described the flight attendants as "dolls".
We arrived in Manila, a city of eleven million bad drivers, where Reggie picked us up for the two and a half hour drive to Club Ocellaris. He told us that the traffic signs in Manila are merely suggestions.
The money in the Philippines doesn't seem to trickle down much outside of downtown Manila. The rest of the island seemed very poor, although the people we met were very nice and worked long hours. The boatmen and the resort staff were already working before 6:00 each morning and would work until well after 11:00 most nights.
We had a little wind chop a few days, but not enough to keep most of the divers from making four dives. Merry and I wussed out, making three dives only once. This was Kevin's fourth trip to Club-O. We followed his lead for a few dives, trying not to act like newbies. After a couple of days, we were in the swing of things.
Most reefs are full of lush coral and fish, with many others being muck dives, mostly nudibranchs under coral debris. The water was a bit stirred up with visibility slightly below April standards for Anilao, but the temperatures were a comfortable 79° to 82° throughout our time there.
A few other non-nudi creatures found on the reefs...
I have a few more to identify.
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