27 – 31 March 2010
N13 44.441 E120 53.580
The charming clownfish finds a symbolic home out of water in this quaint dive resort by the sea in Anilao, Mabini, Batangas. Club Ocellaris is where I first entered the water with a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus and Boy Venus was there to teach and introduce me to this wonderful world of diving.
Club Ocellaris was where, for many weekends of my single life, I spent glorious time with dear Filipino friends laughing hard and diving.
As everywhere in Asia, all a diver has to do in Anilao is to put on his wetsuit. Everything else pertaining to ones dive gear is prepared – ready and waiting for you in the boat. Service spoiled divers would ride outrigger boats to the dive site, put their weight belt on, stick out their arms while sitting on the boat’s edge for the boat crew to put on their heavy tanks with BCD & regulators and just fall back to enter the water. Bliss. I have to unspoil myself when we go back diving the Great Barrier Reef.
Catering to underwater photographers worldwide, Club Ocellaris has dive guides with sharp eyes and minds and can name the usual suspects by their scientific names. Most of our dives were not shorter than 100 minutes and it was the norm! The only reason we surfaced was lack of air!
Many may ask why we feature private enterprises like liveaboards and dive resorts in some of our blog entries. It’s our chance to say thank you to these wonderful operators who, because of their generosity in hosting us, has allowed us to photograph and show the world the beauty of life within their waters during this monumental expedition. It is in their areas, in amongst their many dive spots, that the biodiversity of the Coral Triangle is evident.
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