The trip was.. I'll let the pictures do the talking
DAMN GOOD TRIP! my self portrait with my shaky left hand struggling with the weight of the rig. :bsmilie:
Peter's Dive Resort had recently renovated the dining area, so it's now air conditioned, and comes with free Wifi! There's also a basic gym and treadmill beside it, but I don't think any sane diver is interested in lifting weights other than camera rigs!
The night dive at Burgos jetty was still as superb as ever. It's the only night dive where all the jaded divepros actually did a night dive! We spent almost 80 minutes at the jetty just busy spotting creatures and watching hunting lionfish. Still the best night dive site for me! We saw seahorses, dwarf cuttlefish, stargazers, flounders, pipefish, lobsters, Saron shrimp, ornate ghost pipefish, fanged blennies, snake eels, decorator crabs by the ton, candy shrimp, hunting lionfish, and more - all in 2-8m of water.
The dive center seemed reluctant to take us snorkeling with the whalesharks for the 1st 2 days and kept planning more dives for us. Later we found out it was because there has only been 1 sighting the whole of last week, so they didn't want to deal with disappointed guests. However we insisted on going on the 3rd day (we only had 4 days there!) and were richly rewarded with a close encounter with a juvenile 4m whaleshark that circled us for a good 30 minutes. we also saw another couple of whalesharks within the next 90 minutes before heading back for lunch. We went back again the next day and saw maybe 5-6 whalesharks but they were all short encounters.
#1 5fps. Pray and Spray. the juve that played with us and tried to ram all of us many times
#2 I think I saw a magazine cover with a picture like this. it looked much better than this, of course
#3 I like how the textures and colours all fit nicely in this pic
#4 huge barrel sponges at napantao sanctuary. it's been a sanctuary for 16 years and the abundance of fish and health of the reef was evident
#5 trying out some "aaron wong" lighting.. still far short though!
#6 playing chicken. taken with 10-17 at the widest end, uncropped.
#7 Jaws (note to self: over-unders only work when you have strobes! haha)
#8 the many roaming seahorses at Burgos jetty
#9 Kamikaze whaleshark trying to figure out if the boat was edible
hope you enjoyed the pics as much as we enjoyed the amazing experience!
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Edited by antacid, 19 November 2010 - 06:35 AM.