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Exploring at ‘Cuttlefish Rock’

September 22, 2011 · 0 comments

It was 10am when Andy and Myself met at the Full Moon Restaurant for breakfast which involved a burger for Andy:) Then it was down to Blue Ribbon to pick up my dive kit that had been sorted the day before and the gruelling 500m walk into town with three full sets of dive equipment including tanks and weights.. We were finding out that exploring new dive sites is logistically not easy and physically hard work!

However a surprise awaited as while in the process of hiring tricycles a jeepney driver (see the thumbnail) gave us a great price for the journey to the dive site to be explored making the journey considerably easier than anticipated.. Forty minutes later we arrived in Dulagan and we turned the local beach bar into a dive centre complete with shower and wash tank!! (And cold beers for after). As we kitted up, the crowds grew and by the time we were ready to enter the water ten sets of kit would not have been enough for all those wanting to dive. Even the local hotel was very interested in our explorations as they usual send their divers down into Puerto Galera to dive.

Entering the water the excitement grew and after snorkelling on the surface looking for signs of anything but sand we descended onto the rocks to find a rich reef in the five to ten metre range. Deeper, interesting features were scattered where we saw a stunning baby flamboyant cuttlefish, mantis shrimps as well as much macro marine life. Air running low we headed back to the reef to find a beautiful lionfish among the clown fish and more common reef fish.

On exiting it was shower time, kit washing followed by a few well earned beers :) The discussion hinged around what we had seen, wondering if anyone had dived there before and where in the bay to dive next. We estimated we’d explored only a tiny fraction of the bay and hence the kit was stored for future exciting dives. A big thanks to Andy for helping me transport the equipment and tanks and to James and Andy for being my dive buddies. Until the next time… Watch this space!


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