The boat was beautiful beyond words with smooth, shiny, rich hardwood floors and cabinets, clean and spacious cabins with air conditioning, private bathrooms with hot and cold running water, a cozy salon with comfortable couches and a flatscreen TV, a diving preparation area with individual cabinets for each diver's equipment, and a spacious sundeck.
my beautiful cabin... all to myself, what a treat! The comfortable salon featuring Juan-Pablo in his typical sleeping spot.
my cabinet and diving prep area showcasing my new rig; Fathom One wing, aluminum backplate and webbing... simple and functional. No more bulky jacket-style BCD!
relaxing on the sundeck... now... where's the sun? Sadly the weather was still cloudy and windy for a lot of the trip. It pays to research the weather of a country before you visit. Lesson learned!
The whole gang and crew
Fresh Tuna Sashimi. Best tuna I have ever had. I'm sorry sea :(
I've seen even more amazing and wierd underwater creatures now... Thar Be Monsters!!! Some of my new finds included Whale Sharks, a Blue-Ringed Octopus, Dragon Sea Moths, Fingered Dragonets, a Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Giant Frogfish (a type of anglerfish), and of course some more different types of Nudibranchs.
Snorkelling with 4 to 5m long Whale Sharks... at least 8 of them in Oslob, Philippines. A highlight of the trip.
my dive buddy, Patrick, photo-bombing my frogfish photo
now just the Giant Frogfish. so cool.
I liked the symmetry of this photo of a Spotfin Lionfish
Patrick photobombing another Giant Frogfish
Persian Carpet Flatworm
Kubaryana's Nembrotha...still my favorite of all the cuddly slugs
Stonefish. A face not even a mother could love. frown in right foreground, eye visible in the center of the lump of fish.
My dive buddy, Patrick, Overcome by boredome on a muck dive... not his cup of tea... but apparently air guitar (er, water guitar?) is his cup of tea.
My dive buddy for the week, Patrick
The Island of Negros, Philippines
This tenacious pair of Tobies kept pecking at my hair and hanging out 1cm in front of my mask so I took a few selfies for proof.
A nice cavern at Pescador Island
Land excursion to Apo Island. Cute goats, dogs, puppies, lovely seascapes. win win win win.