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Diver Dennis
07-10-2007, 11:33
After seeing Mike Pak's terrific photos from Cabilao, we just had to head there and check it out for ourselves and we just got back from 5 diving days there. Cabilao is a small island of the coast of Bohol on the Cebu side here in the Philippines. After a quick 70 minute flight from Manila, we landed in Tagbilaran. The transfer to Cabilao went very smoothly by car and boat which the resort, www.polaris-dive.com, arranged for us.

The resort itself is small but has all the amenities of a larger resort including a big pool. The staff made us feel at home as soon as we arrived, typical here in the Philippines and we were met by Marie, part of a husband wife team who own Polaris. We also met Greg, an instructor who runs the dive shop and scuba school. This is a very laid back resort with hammocks hanging in numerous places from the Palm trees, a bar by the huge pool and a pool table, TV and reading area near the beer gardens where the outdoor BBQs are located. The rooms were big and clean, with covered lanais for relaxing. We stayed in the largest room, 2 stories with a lanai upstairs as well as out the front door.

There is a covered restaurant where we usually ate lunch and breakfast but there are also tables out on the jetty by the Sundowner Bar, which is shaped like a boat, where we had candle lit dinners every night overlooking the ocean. The food is very good, an excellent selection of Philippine and international dishes and cheap with the average dinner running around $4 USD. Drinks are very inexpensive as well with beer at around 80 cents.

You can walk around the tip of the island along deserted white sand beaches and take a dip in the clear blue waters. We did this several time and except for a few dive boats, it was like having the island to ourselves.

The diving? Spectacular. A mix of hard table and other corals along with big thick soft corals of all different colors. The island has wall diving with gentle slopes leading up to them from the shallows as well as muck diving in areas on one side. Clouds of fish met us on the first dive and persisted during all our dives there. Not a lot of big fish, although there are some very big Napoleon Wrasses there along with Jacks, big Frog fish and even some Rainbow Runners but smaller fish, there were a LOT. Terrific macro, you can see some different stuff there, especially on the night dives. I knew this was going to be good when during the first dive briefing the DM told us we were planning on a 70 minute time limit... We did 84 minutes.

Overall, a great experience. From the resort to the pros at the dive shop and of course the wonderful diving, this is a place we will be going back to. Probably in the next couple of months.

All of these shots are full frame, no cropping. I was using the Mike Veitch method and practicing my composition using my trusty Woody...:D

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Diver Dennis
07-10-2007, 11:35
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Diver Dennis
07-10-2007, 11:36
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Diver Dennis
07-10-2007, 11:39
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Diver Dennis
07-10-2007, 11:40
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Diver Dennis
07-10-2007, 11:41
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The dancing Orangutan Crabs...

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Diver Dennis
07-10-2007, 11:44
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This guy was on a Sea Cucumber on and used his claws to pull the soft tissue over him...

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Diver Dennis
07-10-2007, 11:48
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Diver Dennis
07-10-2007, 11:51
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This is a very cooperative Frogfish. He would swim towards me as I would back away and stop for a minute and then repeat when I backed up a bit more. As you can see, they have pretty big mouths...

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Diver Dennis
07-10-2007, 11:54
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Diver Dennis
07-10-2007, 12:01
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underwaterdan
07-10-2007, 12:21
Amazing shots, what kinda of camera setupare you using?

ScubaToys Larry
07-10-2007, 12:35
Can I say anything more than incredible photos! http://www.scubatoys.com/forum/smileys/smiley32.gif

Diver Dennis
07-10-2007, 13:15
Thanks guys. It is just a Canon 350D in an Ikelite housing. I'm thinking of going to a 400D because you can alter my housing to fit it and of course the 10MP doesn't hurt... ;o)

The Philippines has some truly fantastic diving, some of the best I've seen in Asia for smaller fish and macro.

Jason
07-10-2007, 13:22
Simply amazing.. Im speechless

lucidblue
07-10-2007, 14:41
Wow, amazing photography!

Joew
07-11-2007, 02:13
Beautiful shots! I'll most likely be in the Philippines for a few weeks in January, and I'm starting to think I should make a stop in Cabilao.

reaver
07-11-2007, 03:33
Beautiful pictures, dennis. Did you go to Cabilao this month? I'm planning to go but made sure to avoid the rainy season (June to September).

Diver Dennis
07-11-2007, 13:18
Thanks guys. I'll post pics from more destinations in Asia soon.

It was in late May. Don't worry too much about the rainy season, it rains for maybe an hour a day mostly in late afternoon. I flew back to Canada last Friday and that was the weather pattern then. I'm living there now.

Cabilao is a terrific dive area, you won't be disappointed. Easy to get to and very inexpensive.

bversteegh
08-02-2007, 00:32
You have some really nice shots there. I am heading to the Phillipines in May next year with a group of friends, can't wait!!

chinacat46
08-02-2007, 08:19
Thnx Dennis great shots. The Philippines is high on my list of places to visit and after seeing your shots it's even higher. Reminds me a lot of Indonesian diving. Which makes sense since the two are fairly close to one and another.

Centerius
08-02-2007, 09:03
Wow, those pictures are gorgeous.

Asiadiver
08-20-2007, 23:00
Awesome pictures. I dive Puerto Gallera and we have basically the same scenery. The nudibranches are my favorites. Thanks for sharing.

Greg

hoop
08-26-2007, 13:44
Beautiful pics, Dennis! My hat is of to the photographer! May I ask what sort of strobe/lighting setup you are using?

boarder06
09-22-2007, 21:18
Thanks for sharing. I have my flights booked for January. Now I have to figure out what to do onces I get there. Might have to swing by Cabilao :-)

Travelnsj
09-23-2007, 23:30
Wow great shots....I think this destination just moved up on my list.

Bill22
09-24-2007, 11:18
Wow!!! Incredible shots. I'll be in the Philippines next month. Arriving the evening of the 23rd and flying back to Tokyo on November 9th. I'm starting out in Malapascua. I was thinking of trying to do Apo Island also and a few days either in Subic or back to Puerto Galera. Making me give serious thought to a side trip to Cabilao. Truth is there is just to much great diving in the Philippines to do it all in one trip. I'm sure I'll be making at least one more trip next year, maybe two. Thanks for sharing!

allison finch
10-09-2007, 17:41
What lenses did you use for W/A and your macro?

LCFrigon
10-10-2007, 04:57
Wow Just want to say you have some amazing shots!...Mind me askin what Photo eqipment you were using?

deepdiver47
10-10-2007, 08:50
Awesome Dennis, I for one would be interested in knowing whom you went diving with and where did you stay. I have been looking at going to the PI for sometime now and I am looking for a good package (dive, eat sleep)

cyclone
10-16-2007, 19:52
Now, that is what I miss in the Philippines. Even if I am from there, seeing those pictures brings a lot of memories back. Can't wait to go back there next year. Awesome shots by the way. And thanking you for visiting the wonderful Philippines.:smiley31:

Daved
10-16-2007, 21:52
Thanks for sharing--awe inspiring