Trip Start Feb 15, 2009
Trip End Mar 15, 2009

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Flag of Philippines  , Palawan,
Saturday, March 7, 2009

We took the overnight cargo boat with Atienza Shipping Lines to Coron. The boat leaves at midnight and should take about 8 hours. But we had to stop after an hour to do a little mechanical work on the drive shaft since we were taking on water. After an hour and a half, the problem was apparently solved, and we were off again. We got to Tagumpay pier, near Coron, at about 10:30 am, and took a trike to Sea Dive Resort where we were lucky to get a room.

After walking through town we found a dive shop that was recommended by some people we met in Panglau. They did a live-aboard trip to the Apo Reef with this company and couldn't say enough great things about them. We signed up for 2 dives the next day, and went back to Sea Dive to visit the Hell Diver's Bar. Our friendly bartender gave Jimmy a lesson on how to eat Balut, which he did, and somehow did not throw up.

The next day we went diving and although the dive site was incredible, the equipment was not. Jim spoke to the owner, who apologized, and for some reason we signed up for another 2 dives for the next day. Our friends from Port Barton happened to find the same dive shop and were on our boat so that worked out well. The first dive site was Lake Barracuda, where you have to climb 75ft over the rocks and back down with all of your equipment on- or you can pay the guy $2 to carry it fr you, like Jimmy did. Then you get to the lake which is layers of fresh, brackish, and the bottom is very hot salt water- so that dive was interesting.

The second dive was at a nearby reef with a strong current, and for some reason the dive shop did dot do a drift dive, but made us fight the current for the first half of the dive, and for part of the way back, and our guide actually LEFT our other 2 friends!!!!

So that night, we signed up for 2 dives the next day with Sea Dive, who were more expensive, but well worth it. The guides were professional, and the boat was nice, the equipment was new and everything worked, and the food was better. We dove with them again the next day, and after 4 days straight of diving, we were able to see every big WWII wreck in the area, and were completely exhausted.

From here we fly to Manila, spend one day, hopefully get our visa extended, and then fly back to NY the next day.
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