Dive 285: Sinandegan, Puerto Galera (Philippines)

Dive time: 00:36:00
Max depth: 20.4 metres
Temperature: 30 C
Visibility: 20 metres
Buddy: Steve

This was our first dive in Puerto Galera on a trip to the Philippines with my brother Alan, his girlfriend Angela and our schoolfriend Steve. It was only a short boat ride out from the beach in the banca to the dive site. After a backward roll off the boat, we descended onto a reef in a little bay. I think it had been too long between dives for me since my gear was so dry and so full of air bubbles that it was a bit of a struggle to get down from the surface.

I was diving with Angela’s new GoPro to test it out for her since she didn’t yet feel confident enough to concentrate on filming while diving.

The site was a gentle slope from 4m down to around 20m, where we found a fair bit of current. So we drifted along the reef with the current, very relaxing, although I was hoping the others weren’t freaking out too much.

We saw a banded sea snake, nudibranchs, moorish idols, spotted sweet lips, humbugs, anemone fish, and generally lots of fish life.

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