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Newest Dive Resort in Mindoro – Apo Reef Club

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15 – 22 March 2010

N12 39.856 E120 53.266 – Apo Reef Club

Sunset illuminates this charming dive resort in MindoroSunset illuminates this charming dive resort in Mindoro

Guenter Taus was my dive instructor for my PADI advance course many years ago. He also is part owner of Occidental Mindoro’s newest dive resort called Apo Reef Club. Michi Roos is the founder and operations manager of this resort in the Philippine tropics.

Michi in the yellow kayak and Guenter and I paddle around Apo Reef Club I - The Liveaboard!Michi in the yellow kayak and Guenter and I paddle around Apo Reef Club I - The Liveaboard!

Slowly but surely, they are building an eco resort to cater to American, European and local Philippine divers.  Apo Reef as well as the surrounding muck dive sites in Concepcion Mindoro is the star attraction for divers.

Tropical paradise at sunsetTropical paradise at sunset Apo Reef Club staff and guests pose with the giant PandaApo Reef Club staff and guests pose with the giant Panda

We made a land trip to the surrounding area and photographed farmers and the indigenous Mangyan tribe living at the foothills of Barangay Poypoy, in Calintaan, Occidental Mindoro. It was a very dry summer and we could see how the farmers struggle with irrigating their fields. Here are some images of people from the fields.

A farmer's best friend. The hard working water buffalo harvesting rice stalksA farmer's best friend - the hard working water buffalo pulling in harvests of rice stalks Watering hole of the water buffalos. In the hot summer heat, these beasts of burden need to be hydrated about three times a dayWatering hole of the water buffalos. In the hot summer heat, these beasts of burden need to be hydrated about three times a day An old Manyan farmer walking two kilometers to the nearest town from their villageAn old Mangyan farmer walking two kilometers to the nearest town from their village in Sitio Tamisan Fire wood is brought home from the fields by the end of the working dayFire wood is brought home from the fields by the end of the working day A thin old Manyan man carries heavy sacks of rice to be received by a sleepy young manA thin indigenous upland Mangyan man carries heavy sacks of rice to be received by a constantly sleeping lowland strapping young man Irrigating the vast Mindoro rice fields come from pumped out ground water. How long will it last, I wonder? Irrigating the vast Mindoro rice fields come from pumped out ground water. How long will it last, I wonder? This farmer looks at his dry field and wonder when the next rains will comeThis farmer looks at his dry field and wonder when the next rains will come At the end of our walk to Sitio Tamisan is this watering hole. It was a sobering thought to know there's still water amidst the drought this summerAt the end of our walk to Sitio Tamisan is this watering hole. It was a sobering thought to know there's still water amidst the drought this summer

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  • Maureen Purcell

    what lovely pics, a joy to look at, keep up the good work!

  • Marlon Valencia

    can I get a contact number on any dive resorts there in mindoro. cause i want to dive apo reef. and I also want to know how to go there.

  • bregel

    @marlon valencia info@aporeefclub.com

    that is not a buffalo that is kalabaw !!