Philippines March 2014

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The March Philippines adventure was nothing short of that, an adventure accompanied by great people. The first half of the trip was land based out of Dumaguete at the Atlantis Resort. This all-inclusive resort treated guests to delicious Western and Filipino food with an entire coffee bar at your disposal. The dive staff were knowledgeable and helpful, knowing all the names to every little critter described during intervals, including the four frogfish seen in one dive (painted frogfish, clown frogfish, hairy frogfish and randall’s frogfish)not to mention the diversity of all the critters! The day trip to Apo island was complete with stunning, STUNNING, views of soft and hard coral. The pig roast on the last day was the perfect bon voyage to the next leg of the adventure on the Azores liveaboard. So the group then took a flight to  Puerto Princessa. Due to bad weather the trip was delayed but to no dismay! The Atlantis staff coordinated a trip to the Subterranean National Park, with a river tour inside the Palawan caves – just the New 7th Wonder of the World! The boat took off in rocky waters, but the staff were there to make sure everyone was comfortable with tea and food. The Azores also has over 1,000 movies to choose from, and you won’t be disappointed. Once the weather cleared, everyone was set to dive! The vessel traveled to the Tubbataha Atoll were there was no lack in fish, schools upon schools of fish. The staff took care of all the equipment at all times, no comfort was overlooked. The wall diving was amazing from all the sharks to the incredible array of tropical fish! Furthermore, the food was outstanding and perfectly timed. The Azores is a great boat for first time liveaboard guests, as there were a couple on this trip. The Azores’ crew were professional and attentive and made the trip great for all.