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In the last decade, the Philippines has become a significant destination for divers because of nonstop flights from the West Coast, relatively inexpensive diving and accommodations, and its friendliness, not to mention its easily accessible, diverse and profuse marine life. Besides the Visayas, major Philippine dive areas are concentrated around Batangas (on the island of Luzon), Southern Leyte, Mindoro, Dauin and Palawan.

Dauin, a municipality on Negros Island, is home to Dumaguete, where subscriber D. Demming (Chagrin Falls, OH) has visited three years in a row. He says, ""The Atlantis runs a first class shorebased operation with excellent food. Tremendous muck diving, with macro dominating the pictures. Dozens of fish like ornate ghost pipefish and luminescent cuttlefish made each dive an experience." ( www.atlantishotel.com/dumaguete )

But Bonnie McKenna (Kingwood, TX), found the reefs "suffering from the pressure of too many divers. The corals were almost nonexistent, colorless and broken. Fish??? I counted exactly two sweet-lips on eight dives. I think that, due to commercial and subsistence fishing, the area is fished out. The dive guides from Amontillado Beach and Dive Resort "fished for their lunch," she observed. "They were happy to be dining on a sergeant."...


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