Sunday, March 11, 2018

Ramblin' to Romblon

When exiting the Ferry, I had to arrange the porters again and it was a zoo!

Once we left port, there was a little brown cardboard sign that read PAMELA 3P.  So funny.

Then they loaded up three little motor trikes with our luggage and we got inside.  OMG, it was an insane exit and then ride to the 3P Dive Resort.

Our rooms are really nice.  And they are right near the dining area.

We’ve been told there are a lot of different kinds of shrimp here… not just nudis.

The dive prep area isn’t as nice, but it’s not bad.

We have to walk out to the boats and then climb a ladder in but the bottom is sandy, not rocky.

The water is really warm and we were able to do three dives today.  They don’t do very deep dives so although we are staying down like 90 minutes, I am coming up with like 1000 pounds of air still.  They don’t have nitrox here, so we are diving on air.

I’m going to start my nudi count over in Romblon.  J

Here is what I saw on the very first day!

1 - Aplysia parvula

2 - Phyllidiopsis phiphiensis

3 - Nembrotha livingstonei

4 - Tergiposacca longicerata

5 - Phyllidia picta

6 - Sagaminopteron psychedelicum

7 - Goniobranchus geometricus

8 - Chromodoris lochi

9 - Goniobranchus fidelis

10 - Trapania darvelli

11 - Cyerce nigra

12 - Phyllidiopsis fissurata

13 - Cyerce cf. sp. 2

14 - Aegires sp. 7

15 - Cyerce sp. 5

16 - Dorisprismatica sp. 1

17 - Gymnodoris tuberculosa

18 - Thuridilla flavomaculata

19 - Thuridilla gracilis

20 - Trapania gibbera

21 - Marionia sp. 13

22 - Favorinus tsuruganus

23 - Phyllodesmium koehleri

24 - Goniobranchus reticulatus

25 - Phyllodesmium tuberculatum

26 - Eubranchus mandapamensis

27 - Trapania palmula

28 - Stylocheilus striatus

29 - Pruvotfolia sp. 4

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Ferry Fun

Today we got to sleep in.  We didn’t leave for Romblon until after lunch.

Due to scheduling conflicts, Jim wasn’t able to come to Romblon with us.  So it is me, Anouk, Pirjo and Francis.  Mike put me in charge of the wrangling (making sure all the bags got on to the ferry at the Batangas Pier and that the porter gets paid correctly.)

We got the first class cabin, but it was just so awful!  We had bunk beds and the luggage was right by us.  We had to go to the second class cabin to use a bathroom.  I found out later that there was also an economy class toward the bow of the boat that had beds and a roof but no walls, people were exposed to the elements.  There were no meals, just snacks you could buy at the stern of the ferry.

As we boarded in a tizzy, I heard cheep cheep like little chicks and I looked down at these crates.  There must have been 1,000 little chicks on the boat.  I couldn’t believe it!

We had to overnight on the ferry…6pm until 8am.  I have to say, I slept like a rock.  It was not a problem for me.  I love the rocking of the boat.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Party People

There was a snake in one of the dive gear boxes this morning.  You should have seen all the deckhand squealing like little girls.  This snake was so tiny it was ridiculous!  But Mike came along and yanked it out… getting bit twice in the process.

Today is the last day of diving and the first rainy day.  We have been pretty lucky!

I noticed some signs today by the office.  After three years of coming here, I never knew there was a “Relaxation Room”.  Huh.  It’s up the stairs in a little area I had no idea existed.  It’s for massages.  I guess that says something about me.

I got roped into putting together the slideshow for the evening party.  It wasn’t too tough, but the end product was not that fantastic:
To be clear, only a few of these are my pictures.  Many of them are from the other guests.

Here is the group shot:

The chef made the most amazing cupcakes for dinner.  They are all topped with nudis!

Jim revealed the numbers… we beat 2017 but not 2016.

I left the boys at the bar doing alternating shots of whiskey and rum.  Ew.

Here are the last day’s nudis:

172 - Goniodoridella sp. 10

173 - Facelina sp. 5

174 - Stiliger sp. 2

175 - Bulbaeolidia alba

176 - Dendrodoris denisoni

177 - Goniobranchus collingwoodi

178 - Unknown (lavendar Flabellina with maroonish red tips)

179 - Eubranchus sp. 19

So I made it to 179 nudis this year!  This is my trending graph:

I beat 2017 which was 161 nudis but not 2016 which was 190.   I did 32 dives bringing me up to 1782.

Now, on to Romblon...