2017 Philippines Dive Log

January – March 2017: Here’s a look at our diving adventures that took place during our 2017 cruising season.

Diving in the Philippines can vary dramatically from ho hum to magnificent, from poor viz to great, and from bleak dynamited corals, to incredible wrecks, to healthy, abundant reefs. We can have a spectacular reef all to ourselves one day, or we can share one with a horde of inexperienced divers that bounce along the reef and seem to take no notice of all the damage they are causing. And neither, it would seem, do their guides. It can be exhilarating, heart wrenching, impressive and depressing, sometimes all melded together on one dive.

The big mystery, as yet unsolved, is what caused the thick dense fog on the Kyokuzan Maru wreck on the north side of Busuanga Island. It was only sitting in the cargo holds. Our buddy Dan immersed himself in it, but even that didn’t help us learn anything more about it.

Our favourite dives? That’s probably a tie between the sharks at Apo Reef and the overall great diving conditions and variety of life we saw at Verde Island.

It’s only too bad that we didn’t take our GoPro and underwater camera along with us on every dive. But we have incorporated those videos and photos we did get into a video that gives you an idea of what we experienced. You really have to get out there and explore it for yourself if you want to understand the beauty of the undersea world in the Philippines.


2017 Dive Log

Date Area Dive Site Buddies Highlights
January 13, 2017 Apo Reef Apo Island, North Mooring Brian (M/V Furthur) Stunning reef, clear water
January 13, 2017 Apo Reef Menor Island Mooring Brian & Lisanna (M/V Furthur) Sharks!
January 16, 2017 Coron Wrecks Akitsushima Seaplane Tender D’Divers Favourite Wreck
January 16, 2017 Coron Wrecks Okikawa D’Divers Another Favourite
January 18, 2017 Coron Area Calumbuyan Reef D’Divers Healthy Reef
January 19, 2017 Coron Wrecks Okikawa D’Divers; Where did you go Richard? Night Dive
January 22, 2017 Coron Wrecks Akitsushima Seaplane Tender D’Divers
January 23, 2017 Coron Wrecks Kogyo Maru D’Divers boat with Stephan and Kay Chris led dive
January 23, 2017 Coron Wrecks Morozan Maru D’Divers boat with Stephan and Kay Chris led dive
January 26, 2017 Coron Wrecks Okikawa D’Divers with Richard, Stephan, Brian and Lisanna; Guides: Dan and Henriette Night Dive
February 1, 2017 Bacuit Bay Miniloc Island, Southwest Point On our own Meh
February 22, 2017 Port Caltom Kyokuzan Maru On our own Deep wreck dive; strange fog
February 25, 2017 Coron Wrecks Akitsushima Seaplane Tender D’Divers

Guide: Dan

Lots of swim throughs
February 28, 2017 Coron Wrecks Lusong Gun Boat D’Divers Nice reef and wreck
March 4, 2017 Coron Wrecks Okikawa D’Divers
March 7, 2017 Port Caltom Kyokuzan Maru Dan Nitrox dive
March 8, 2017 Port Caltom Kyokuzan Maru Dan and Richard Nitrox dive; Dan explored the fog
March 12, 2017 Verde Island Southside Drop Off South Sea Divers; Guide: Amil; Buddy: Dan WOW
March 12, 2017 Verde Island North Side South Sea Divers; Guide: Amil; Buddy: Dan More WOW
March 26, 2017 Romblon Logbon Island Sandbar Buddy: Brian (M/V Furthur) Surprisingly great

For our videos of the Coron wrecks from other years, click here and here.

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3 responses to “2017 Philippines Dive Log

  1. Hi Sandra and Chris, As always I am enjoying your blog. This diving video was very special. Would you mind if I forwarded the link to some friends and perhaps reposted on my FB page ? We return to the Philippines on 10/20 for 6 months. Im anticipating also that John and Carol Ross’s 462 will soon be completed. I wxpect to help him with preparations in H K. and then the trip to Subic (I presume). Regards, Dean

    • Hi Dean and thanks for the thumbs up. Feel free to share this post or send a link to your friends. We’re back in Subic mid October so hopefully we’ll see you soon. Cheers! C&S

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