Monday, April 9, 2012

Palawan, Mindoro dive sites tagged as among world's best

It's more fun in the Philippines!

U.S. news channel Cable News Network (CNN) has cited two Philippine dive sites as among the world's best in their "World's 50 best dive sites" list.

The list was posted on CNNGo, an independent travel news arm of the CNN, on April 6 and included the "best places to discover the magic of these thin puddles on the surface of our huge, spinning rock."

The Tubbataha reef in Palawan ranked eight on the list.

Super-size your dive experience at Tubbataha where everything comes in giant form. The main advantage to diving at Tubbataha is that the water is exceptionally clean, so the marine life lives much longer, making it grow to silly proportions.

These two small atoll like reefs in the middle of the ocean offer an inner lagoon with overhangs, slopes, crevices and caves with mor than 300 different types of coral and 379 species of fish.

Expect kaleidoscopic colors combined with guitar sharks, black tip reef sharks, nurse sharks, gliding blue-spotted lagoon rays, unicorns, boxfish, scorpion fish and more.

The other local dive site who made it on the list was The Canyons of Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro. It was ranked 45th.

Schools of spotted and ribbon sweetlips, shiny trevallies and weird-looking batfish make up the scene at this first-rate drift dive site.

There’s also an explosion of coral and plant life including beautiful delicate gorgonian sea fans and hollow barrel sponges; look inside for critters lurking within.

The Barracuda Point in Sipadan Island, Malaysia topped the list.

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