My First 3-Dive Day

If this photo looks like I’m inside the cockpit of an airplane, it’s because I’m inside the cockpit of an airplane!

The first dive was a 5-person group. We spent 51 minutes at Baring, off Olango Island, Cebu, Philippines. Maximum depth was 25 meters. We recovered 6 pieces of debris, weighing a total of 1.3 kg.

The highlight should have been the garden eels. Unfortunately, in my excitement to photograph them, I scared them back down into the sand. As you can see from the photos that I am sharing, I did not get them. As soon as we surfaced, I apologized to my group.

The second dive was Dakit-Dakit, which is near Kontiki, off Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines. My 3-diver group spent 50 minutes underwater, with a maximum depth of 25 meters. We recovered 18 pieces of debris weighing a total of 1.7 kg.

I had actually never heard of this dive site before. I had passed through it a few times, but no one mentioned that it was a dive site. It also does not appear on any maps, and is barely mentioned on the Internet.

I should probably know better than to exhale while taking a photo, but I was excited!

The third dive, saving the best for last, was Tambuli, off Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines. My 3-diver group spent 55 minutes there. Our maximum depth was 20 meters, since that is the depth of the airplane wreck and that was our destination. We recovered 7 pieces of debris weighing a total of .1 kg.

If the airplane wreck is not enough, there is also this small wreck-like wreck at Tambuli.

Once again, I find it ironic that an underwater airplane wreck is a tourist attraction off an island with an international airport. The truth is that it was sunk deliberately, but, if you don’t know that, the information is disconcerting.

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