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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Scuba Diving at Mansud Wall, Talikud Island - An Organized Dive at Carabao Dive Center

At last, scuba diving was recently checked from my bucket list. I been wanting so long to try this underwater activity and just this month, the diving experience was a success. Thanks to a friend - Wayph.com, who organized the said scuba diving event and also to Carabao Dive Center.


It was my first dive actually and I was so excited. But the moment I saw those heavy oxygen tanks and other equipment, I can't help myself to feel a little bit nervous. But I don't want you to be scared. I assure you, you'll be 100% safe if you follow the dive rules properly and the dive masters and guides were expert on this.




Okay, so we meet up at 7:30AM last Saturday. Once you're already booked in Carabao Dive Center, you must be there at their assembly time. The boat will leave at exactly 8:00AM. The Carabao Dive Center offers an organized dive every weekend. Certified and intro divers are welcome to join. So when you join an organized dive at Carabao Dive Center, you'll also meet another divers.

A short briefing about diving and hand signals

We're in the boat while the dive master brief us shortly about what Scuba Diving is, show us all the diving equipment and teach us the underwater hand signals and the do's and don't while diving. The diving spot is 30 feet from sea level. Very deep isn't it? And you'll feel a little pain on your ears because of the underwater current.

We were divided by 2 groups. 4 intro divers per batch and it will consumed around 30 minutes - depends too on the package you'll pay. Since it was an organized dive, there were certified divers joined us but they don't need any guides. The dive masters and guides will focus on the intro divers.

Swimming while waiting for our turn

The dive guides helped us get our diving equipment. The tank was heavy but it goes lighter when you're in the water. The buoyancy was controlled by our dive guide - for intro divers of course.





So we go down and witnessed a lot of coral reefs. The Mansud Wall was very amazing but we only saw few fishes. I saw different types of sea water organism that blends onto corals. The guide showed me some safe to touch sea living creatures. I have a close encounter with Nemo - the clown fish. Really, there's a lot of new to see.


Finding Nemo





As we go down deeper, my ears started to hurt a little. Glad that I don't have problem with my goggles. Most cases, if your goggles doesn't grip well, water will go inside and I know it's difficult for intro divers to release the water from the mask. The ear pain was just bearable. So I don't mind it and I just enjoyed the underwater experience.



Me and my guide. FC mode.

There were photo shoots too. Included on the diving package you'll pay. If you have an underwater camera, that would be great too. I learned how to remove the breathing apparatus so that I can smile while taking pictures. Glad that it ended well. :D



There were numerous diving spots in Talikud Island. On my first dive, we stopped at Mansud Wall. On my second dive, we stopped at 3 diving spots - Coral Garden, Mansud Wall and Angels's Cove. I heard that there were diving spots too on Dayang Beach. Hopefully, on my next underwater adventure, I would encounter some species like dolphins, butanding or whale shark, pawikan and a manta rays.

I would recommend scuba diving. It is fun, it is an ultimate water adventure that you would surely do it again and again. :D

Carabao Dive Center Fees
Certified Diver (with own gear) – 2 dives                  PHP 750.00
Certified Diver (renting BCD, regulator set, weights) – 2 dives  PHP 1,500
Intro Diver – 1 dive                                          PHP 850

Location
Carabao Dive Center is located at Sta. Ana Wharf, Monteverde St., Davao City.

For Reservations and other Information, please contact the following numbers.
Telephone Numbers: (082) 300-1092 and 284-2319
Mobile Numbers: 0928-504-7642 and 0922-861-0874

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/carabao.divers
Email Address: carabaodivers@yahoo.com
Websites:
http://www.divedavao.com
http://cdc.e-davao.com

Photo Credits to Ian Albert Olden and WayPh.com

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by pinoytravelpod · 0

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sunset Beach Park & Resort - Kinawitnon, Babak Samal Island


I've heard about Sunset Beach from my friends and decided to join my colleagues when they plan to stay overnight at the said resort. I wanted to visit the resort to justify it by myself and then to be able to write something about it.



Another  reason why I joined my colleagues was because of fire dance. I never saw a fire dance until then. Poor me.

Okay, so we went there on a cloudy Saturday. And the resort was so crowded to the point that we don't have any cottage to sit on. Too bad that we didn't made any reservation before going there. One of the stuff helped us looked for an unoccupied cottage and luckily we got one. It was an open cottage actually and no foam and bedding available, so we fight against cold at night. Again, poor me.

 

Anyways, I realized that there's a tattoo festival that's why a lot of people flocked on Sunset Beach. At night, we awaited the fire dance and you can see a lot of people circling around the fire dancers, cheering and amazed.

The fire dance was amazing but the music was not spontaneous. There were times the music stopped for many seconds and then play again the same sound. But overall, the fire dancers did an amazing job.

 


The fire dance will occur every weekend (Saturday) according to one of the stuff we talked to. And I think that makes Sunset Beach popular.

 

They also have water sports like Jet Ski and Banana Boat ride. Jet Ski is PHP2,500 for 30mins. I know it is an expensive water sport but I think it's a worth to try. There's a videoke machine and it's open for all. Tables and chairs are available in front of the videoke machine.

 

We haven't tried to plunge in sea water. It's not that indulging because it was very crowded. Maybe if the place was less crowded then I can see it's true beauty and maybe I would go and take a swim.


Sunset Beach has a wide shoreline. Early in the morning we walked along the shoreline and saw that there's a souvenir shop too. A lot of cottages stretched along the coastline. Sunset Beach Resort is indeed a wide resort. I would recommend Sunset Beach if you are a party goer.

 

Sunset Beach Resort Rates and Fees

Entrance Fee
Day Tour - PHP 15.00
Overnight - PHP 30.00

Room Rental
PHP 1,200.000 for 4-8 person (Check in time 2:00pm and Checkout time is  12:00 noon)
Open Cottages - PHP 300.00

Jet Ski Rental
15 minutes - PHP 1,500.00
30 minutes - PHP 2,500.00
1 Hour PHP 3,500.00

Banana Boat Ride
15 minutes - PHP 300 per person (maximum of 5 pax)

 

How to Get There

Sunset Beach Resort is located in Kinawitnon, Babak Samal Island. From Sasa Wharf, ride a barge going to Babak, Samal Island then ride a motorcycle and tell them to take you at Sunset Beach. It is just less 15 minutes going to Sunset Beach from the sea port.

You can also get a boat from Sta. Ana wharf but it's cheaper and easier if you'll start from Sasa Wharf. Barge fare is only  8 to 10 pesos.

Contact Number: 0942-980-9706

Photo Credits to Majar Villapaz

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by pinoytravelpod · 4

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