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2022 Anilao Trip


Outer Bamnks diving on the Great Escape Southern California Live-Aboard Dive Boat


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Posted by Max Bottomtime on June 09, 2022 at 12:55:58:

Merry and I just returned from three and a half weeks in Analao. We stayed at Crystal Blue Resort. SoCal native Mike Bartick has done a ton of work improving the facility. It was a very nice trip, especially compared to our last trip to the Philippines. Each room includes a shower with plenty of water pressure and air conditioning. The only work we did was walking up and down steps all day. The crew carries your tanks/BC and camera to and from the boat. The guides are adept at finding critters from octopus to nearly microscopic shrimp and nudibranchs. The first ten days included four day dives and an occasional night dive. The next seven days included one day dive and two blackwater dives. Between diving, meals, and photo workshops, there was little time for sleep. We caught up when we got home yesterday.

One of the divers in our group, Britta Siegers from Germany competed in four Paralympics, winning eight gold, four silver, and one bronze medal. It was difficult to keep up with her underwater. We spent our trip with several divers already known to us including Audrey Garbacik from Washington and a Southern California contingent that included Merry and me, Mike Bartick, Richard Salas, John and Fletcher Forbes, Nannette and Bill Van Antwerp, Linda Blanchard, and Walter Marti.

Visibility was good every day with water temperature as high as 86.


Our guide, Jhomer Demayo


Antennarius commerson


Gymnothorax meleagris, Whitemouth moray eel


Tridacna gigas, Giant Clam


Taeniura lymma


Plotsus lineatus


Phycocaris simulans


Lactoria cornuta, Longhorn Cowfish


Hippocampus bargibanti, Pygmy Seahorse


Cypraea tigris


Balistoides viridescens, Titan triggerfish. This is the largest triggerfish in the Indo-Pacific. They are very aggressive. This one attacked my camera three times before I gave up and swam away. I did get one closeup of its dental work.


Antennarius maculatus


Acanthaster planci


Melibe colemani, the coolest looking transparent nudibranch


Sagaminopteron psychedelicum, psychedelic batwing slug,


Phyllodesmium tuberculatum


Phyllodesmium parangatum


Phyllodesmium kabiranum


Phyllidiopsis xishaensis


Phyllidiella pustulosa


Nembrotha sp. 1


Nembrotha milleri


Nembrotha kubaryana


Nembrotha Cristata


Hypselodoris kaname


Hypselodoris bollandi


Gymnodoris rubropapulosa


Goniobranchus sp.


Goniobranchus kuniei


Goniobranchus fidelis


Goniobranchus coi


Glossodoris buko


Flabellina exoptata


Chromodoris willani


Chromodoris joshi


Chromodoris colemani


Chromodoris annae


Aegires villosus




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