Very happy with the Buceo Resort in Anilao, both in accommodation and food, dive staff couldn’t do enough to oblige, which is just as well since their guides’ expertise was needed to point out most of the invertebrate life on the local reefs-amazing. Nudibranch heaven!
Second week aboard MV Solitude was just as fascinating, if not more so. Good viz in excess of 20 mtrs, lovely corals, many sea fans & large sponges, with shoals of jacks, barracuda, bumphead parrotfish, sea turtles, as well as plenty of general reef fish, several manta encounters, though perhaps not so many butterfly or angel fish species as say Raja Ampat.
An unfortunate slip leading to the loss of one of my BCD lead pouches meant I had to scrub a dive at Jessie Beazley Reef, but it turned out well when I climbed back aboard the skiff, only to be alerted by the driver that a whale shark was only 20 mtrs ahead. Snorkel gear in place and video camera primed, I spent the next 10 minutes playing with a 10-12 foot juvenile which seemed very taken with me, leading to several extremely close passes of the shark to me, so close that it actually bumped me twice and I literally had to fend it off by hand! If I can find out how to post to YouTube it should look exciting!
The vessel is the biggest I’ve been on, so there’s plenty of room for all needs, including the dive skiffs, though neither skiffs are entirely shaded from the sun, unlike at Anilao, where shade can always be found on their dive boats, which is an issue for me. Food on “Solitude” was plentiful and varied and soft drinks, snacks and even sweets are available.0