Tuesday, December 09, 2008

From the Philippines

I am on a one month assignment in the Philippines, a country with 1107 islands in the Indo-Pacific area or South East Asia. I have been diving in many different of these islands and each one has something special. Some are good for “muck diving”, where we look for the most strange critters hiding on sandy slopes or under piers. Others offer the most pristine coral reefs with abundant fish life, from colorful tropical fish to large groupers and sharks. The negative side is that dynamite fishing is still common around some islands, like Cebu. This causes massive coral damage and kills every living being, leaving few fish to photograph. The country is so big that it takes a long time to move from island to island, involving flights, boats and road transfers.

On land I have seen awesome landscapes, like the shallow lagoons formed between the limestone islands of Northern Palawan.

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