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Scuba Diving Batangas-Style: Intro Dive

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Start with scuba diving Batangas-style. Before, when I think about scuba diving, I always thought it’s expensive. But I discovered that you can begin your journey to become a licensed scuba diver starting at PHP 1,500.

Unfortunately, it costs a fortune to gear yourself up in oxygen tanks and submerge yourself beneath the deep blue seas to see marine life — especially if you do it in commercialized tourist spots.

Lucky for me, Travel Compass has a scuba diving trip to Mabini Batangas, right at Bagalangit Hideaways. Here, Jeroen Elout Diving Manila instructs wannabe divers the basics of scuba diving.

Mabini, Batangas is accessible via JAM Liner bus ride to Batangas Port. A tricycle afterwards is taken to go to Bagalangit Hideaways. Jeroen along with other licensed scuba diving instructors awaited our arrival, whereupon they took us on a detour to Botoc Seaview Guest House which is a viable option for accommodation.

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Scuba Diving Batangas-style 101

Jeroen made us watch introductory videos which covers the technical functions of the gear as well as what to do in panic-inducing situations (e.g. when water creeps into your snorkel), as well as the traditional gestures for underwater communication. Pretty soon, we strapped ourselves in and geared ourselves up.

It takes several minutes to line up the tubes and learn about their functions before plunging in. I was partnered with Jeroen himself, who has been a scuba diving instructor for nearly two decades. He showed us how to use the buoyancy control device (BCD), the gauges, the regulators and air hose, how to strap in the weight belts properly and to put on the fins. My mind raced to remember everything!

Ready, Set, Scuba Dive!

Once Maqi, Josh and I were set, we carried the heavy gear into the water. We had to get used to breathing with our mouths and live with the terrifying feeling of floating with our feet not touching the ground. You don’t have to learn how to swim to scuba dive.

Upon shallow waters, Jeroen asked us to apply what we learned from the video and the demonstrations before the dive. In case of losing air, we performed getting the extra air hose of our buddies. We also practiced towing our buddies across the surface, in case they get fatigued.19

Afterwards, he led us to the vast coral reef reserves just a few minutes’ swim from the jump-off point. The sight of the undestroyed corals was breathtaking! I could hear Aladdin’s “A Whole New World” playing from the background and wished I can move more gracefully underwater.

Corals of different shapes and textures peppered the bottom of the sea. Even at 15 meters, the reefs were thick, clumped tightly together for as far as the eyes can see. If the density of coral reefs while scuba diving Batangas-style is like this, I wondered how much more awesome is the Tubbataha Reef? 

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Like Jasmine Singing “A Whole New World”

At deeper depth, my ears kept popping with the water pressure.  I was also still not used to regulating my buoyancy, which means I had a difficult time estimating with the BCD. As seen in the picture below, I would sometimes lurk dangerously near the bottom! Jeroen went to the rescue and hoisted me up until I can adjust. Sometimes I would shoot right up the surface.

Thankfully, we learned how to hover properly. Since Maqi and Josh were on their second dives, they were taught more advanced techniques. My first dive was amazing, albeit a bit clumsy! Even with so many fears (of drowning, stepping on coral reefs, my ear drums giving away), I have zero doubt that I will be scuba diving Batangas-style again! After our dive (Jeroen really took his time), we went snorkeling as we are allowed to borrow the masks and fins as long as they are available.17

After an entire day spent underwater, we finally prepared to go. I really enjoyed scuba diving Batangas-style because the world beneath the deep blue sea is something we don’t always say. The biodiversity of marine life, as they say, is much more pronounced especially in the Philippines. As they say, you can witness more biodiversity in one dive than in many forest hikes.

I desire to continue diving in order to make it to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Tubbataha Reef — the center of the center of marine biodiversity someday. A girl can dream. Join me until then?

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Credits to Josh and Jeroen Elout Diving Manila for the photos.

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    Amazing Life Daily
    June 22, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    Hi, Sam! I am glad that you had fun scuba diving for the first time. It is completely different underwater. It’s just the sound of the bubbles as you inhale and exhale, being able to float weightless and then to see all the marine life.

    I would also like to take this opportunity to make it clear too… swimming is a prerequisite to getting a certification, this is to make sure no one misreads your statement as I believe what you did was intro dive.

    Seriously glad here that now you have seen it first hand, experienced it, that you would support the conservation of marine life.

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      Sam Coronado
      June 22, 2016 at 9:37 PM

      Thanks! I didn’t push through the road to licensure though, just an update. I really am terrified of deep waters haha and yes, swimming is a prerequisite to the license. Thanks for clarifying that!

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    […] long as my toes can touch the floor, I am good with anything water-related. In scuba diving, there was no floor to start with and I was submerged in dangerously deep waters. I can’t […]

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    Chinky
    August 24, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Congrats on checking something off your bucket list! 🙂

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    Peachy A.
    August 16, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    One of my greatest fears is drowning. I don’t like the feeling of being submerged into the water so scuba diving is not for me,huhuhu

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    Janice
    August 13, 2014 at 6:37 AM

    I’m looking forward to reading your post when you finally achieve that diving dream of yours. Good luck! 🙂

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      Samantha Isabel
      August 13, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      Thank you Janice for joining me in the journey! 🙂

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    Rikka Redrico
    August 13, 2014 at 2:57 AM

    Wow! I’ve never tried scuba diving before and I would love to try this with my husband. <3

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    Michelle Solee (@michisolee)
    August 10, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    This is in my hubby’s bucket list and I agree it is expensive.

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      Samantha Isabel
      August 13, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      This one in Batangas is the cheapest one you’ll ever find 🙂

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    Alaine
    August 10, 2014 at 3:06 AM

    Such a beautiful place. I’ve always wanted to try scuba diving but I’m not a confident swimmer lol (so…good luck with diving).

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      Samantha Isabel
      August 13, 2014 at 8:28 AM

      You don’t need to swim in order to dive 🙂 I myself am not a good swimmer. I tend to panic when my feet don’t touch the ground. But scuba diving is not about swimming 🙂

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    May De Jesus-Palacpac
    August 8, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    the pictures are very very nice. my brother and sister in law do scuba diving as their hobby. it’s an extremely expensive hobby, if i may say, haha. but right you are when you say a girl can dream–hopefully the US fixes the damage they’ve made on our reef by the time you get to that point. 🙂

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    Franc Ramon
    August 2, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    I think I should add doing scuba in my personal bucket list.

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    Leira Bhagwani Pagaspas
    August 2, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    When is your next dive? are you planning to get a cerfitication?

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      Samantha Isabel
      August 13, 2014 at 8:29 AM

      I’m diving again this month and the next. I am planning to get certified yes because I want to dive cheaper 🙂

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    FX777 Classified Articles
    August 2, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    An enjoyable way and nice pastime for you and friends. At least you made this as your memorable experience.

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    Janice
    August 2, 2014 at 3:58 AM

    Oh and I want to add, those are really nice underwater photos. What camera did you use?

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    Imelda Guanzon
    August 2, 2014 at 3:01 AM

    Scuba Diving will be on the last list for sure lol. I’m not a good swimmer but I love beaches

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    sherlane
    August 2, 2014 at 2:26 AM

    Wow. I haven’t tried scuba diving yet but it is in my bucket list. I only tried snorkeling and i first did it in Batangas .

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    Michelle
    August 2, 2014 at 1:56 AM

    I always wanted to visit the under water world but never got the chance but anyway someday I’ll surely go for that.Thanks for sharing such awesome under water pictures with us.

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      Samantha Isabel
      August 13, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      You’re welcome! Do plan it soon, it’s really worth it 🙂

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    Jaja of Beauty Colada
    August 2, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    Scuba diving is in my bucket list. Iwanna do it someday – when im not scared anymore hehe.

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    Bhuboy
    August 1, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    so how much did you spend for this? and how much did you spend since you did it with travel compass

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      Samantha Isabel
      August 13, 2014 at 8:34 AM

      I spent around 2500. Travel Compass didn’t charge for the services on this one. It was mainly KKB 🙂 Do join us and look for the group 🙂

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    Aisha Kristine Chong
    August 1, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    That is awesome. I haven’t tried yet – too scared – but I want to! hopefully, lol!

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    Michelle
    August 1, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Those pictures are looking great,would love to do scuba diving someday…amazing pictures.

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    Meryll Catalan
    August 1, 2014 at 2:31 AM

    Wow! This looks so fun! Scuba diving is also one of my bucket lists. I hope can try soon 🙂

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    Patty | MrsC
    August 1, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    Gorgeous views underwater, and above the water too! I wanna check this place out, even if I don’t dive hehe.

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    Leira Bhagwani Pagaspas
    July 31, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Congratulations!! I am sure you will be diving again sometime soon.

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    FX777 Classified Articles
    July 31, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Nice of you to experience this scuba diving. You enjoyed so much I think.

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    franckxethee
    July 31, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    You have nice underwater shots. You really enjoyed your time down there.

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    Kumiko Mae
    July 31, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Super cool photos! I’ve always wanted to learn to scuba dive but I’m scared..

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    Peachy A.
    July 30, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Kudos to you for trying our scuba diving! I’m scared of it.

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    kumiko mae - beauty blog philippines
    July 29, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    I want to go scuba diving too but i dont think i will ever earn fhe skill! So im good with visiting as much beaches as i can

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    Leira Bhagwani Pagaspas
    July 29, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Wow Lucky you!! I want to do it someday when my EENT gives me the clearance to do it.

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    Bhuboy
    July 29, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Congrats on fulfilling one of your bucket list

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    Eng Tinkham
    July 29, 2014 at 4:43 AM

    Scuba Diving is not my thing, but after I watch the photos I think I wanna try it lol. Wait for me Batangas!

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    franckxethee
    July 29, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    You’re such an adventurous lady. From mountain climbing, now you’re exploring the deep blue sea.

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      Samantha Isabel
      August 13, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      Actually, the day after this trip, I climbed Mt. Pico de Loro for the second time. Haha 🙂

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    Janice / The Roller Coaster Ride
    July 28, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    I’ve always been curious about scuba diving because I just LOVE the water. But I’m scared to actually scuba dive. Hahaha! But I’m game to try almost anything at least once. 🙂

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      Samantha Isabel
      August 13, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      Glad you want to try new things, I really recommend doing this at least once 🙂

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    Jay Mee
    July 28, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    wow! i would really love to go scuba diving too! i would surely save up for this adventure! the scuba diving spot you went to is beautiful… i wonder what other places offer scuba diving lesson for people who are in a tight budget.

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      Samantha Isabel
      August 13, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      Batangas is the best place to start 🙂 Hope you can join us next time! 🙂

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