マラパスクア島/Malapascua Island


Malapascua Island is located in the northern part of Cebu. Depending on how congested the traffic is, it may take about four hours by car from Cebu Mactan Airport to reach the boat terminal. After about a 40-minute boat ride, we can arrive at Malapascua Island.

マラパスクア島はスクーバダイビングをする人にはとても有名です。ほとんどのダイバーはニタリをみるためにマラパスクア島を訪れます。ニタリを観るダイビングは”Monad Shoal”というダイビングスポットですが、色々と独特です。まだ暗闇の朝5時過ぎ(寝坊は絶対に出来ません)にボートに乗り込み、30メートル程度の深さのところでロープに捕まり、正座の姿勢でニタリが来るのを待ちます。

Malapascua Island is very famous among scuba divers. Most divers come to Malapascua Island to see the Thresher Shark. The dive site where you can see them is called “Monad Shoal”, and it is unique in many ways. You get on the boat after 5:00 in the morning when it is still dark (you are never allowed overslept), get caught on a rope at a depth of about 30 meters, and wait in an upright position for thresher sharks to come.


We also tried to dive for hammer sharks, but we didn’t see any. The excitement of waiting for the hammer sharks in the deep water with not much light is indescribable. The Russian women who dived with us were so excited and shouting “I saw them, there were,”. We felt so defeated because we couldn’t see it. I have yet to see a hammer shark.


Picture was taken at Malapascua Island and video of elegant thresher sharks

マニラからダイビング/Diving from Manila


I was grown up in Gifu Prefecture, where there is no ocean, and I never thought I would experience diving. Of course, I knew about diving, but I thought it was a hobby that only a few rich people were allowed to do. The world is unpredictable, even for my future.


The reason I started diving was a simple invitation from Mr. M, a good friend of mine at the time I worked for non-life insurance company in Manila, “I’m going to get my diving license with President T of Company A and Financial Officer I of Company B. Would you like to join us? “. Both Company A and Company B were very important clients, so without a moment’s hesitation, I replied, “Yes, By all means! “


My motives may have been impure, but I believe that being able to enjoy diving casually is a privilege of being stationed in Manila. That’s why I recommend diving to many people.


Due to the nature of diving, it is not allowed to fly for 24 hours after diving. Therefore, if you go diving by airplane, you will have to spend at least two days. Considering the major cities in Southeast Asia, Bangkok, Jakarta, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur, you have to fly to get to the dive sites.


Manila, on the other hand, has a diving spot called Anilao Batangas, about a two-hour drive away from Manila, where you can enjoy one-day diving. It’s a great diving spot, even though I don’t know all the diving spots in the world.


Although it is not possible to come and go freely at this moment, I think it is a great option to come to the Philippines to get a diving license. In fact, I think a lot of people are doing so. There are also dive shop run by Japanese, so I don’t think there will be any language problems.


Pictures are taken at Anilao/Batangas

プエルト・ガレラ/Puerto Galera


The divers living in Manila/NCR most probably have been to Batangas Anilao. I think I’ve done more than half of my dives in Anilao, even though I don’t keep accurate records of dives I’ve done.


There is a place where divers gather, Puerto Galera at Mindoro Island, about an hour boat ride from Batangas. I think a lot of divers have been to Puerto Galera and enjoyed diving there. Of course, it is also a place that non-divers can enjoy, and I remember that when I first went to Puerto Galera, it was not for diving.


The scenery of Sabang Beach approaching by bunker boat and the lodges nestled into the mountainside made us always excited. I don’t know about now, but before the Covid19 pandemic, there welcomed all kinds of tourists, including Westerners, Chinese, Koreans, Japanese and of course Filipino.


I wish I had taken more pictures, I post some of them.