We have an opportunity for a dive shop in an unmapped area
yet close to major dive sites in the Philippines.
nearby reefs for house dives.
Galera dive sites are 30 to 45 minutes away.
dive safaris to the Apo reef in Occidental Mindoro can
be easily organized.
The dive shop
can be a start up or part of the planned Adler Resort operation.
Terms are flexible and depend on the requirements of the
marine survey of the foreshore should reveal a number of
possible dive sites A dive shop with accompanying fast dive
boat can easily reach fascinating and rewarding dive sites
in the nearer surrounding. One can even explore the world
famous Apo Reef off the shoreline of Sablayan.
of Marine Survey 50 meters out from shoreline:
coral formations of the property was the same to the offshore
reefs in a tropical country; different kinds of corals and
an abundance of marine life. The coral formation, though
was very impressive for a young reef. The divers have
found Boulder corals that were gigantic, which tickled their
fancy. These Boulder corals is not abundant in the
Balayan Bay area, but is striving in the site. There is
also an abundance of Table corals. Table corals thrive
in an environment that is characteristic to the property.
Strong surges and currents are two factors that affect the
development and health of the Table corals, these two factors
that are constant in the property, which is why all the
table corals found by the divers were healthy and in good
condition. Table corals are also home for many fishes,
which also help in the population growth of the tropical
reef of the area.
in all the divers found the reef healthy and very diverse.
The surge and the current coming from the habagat
is very beneficial to the different kinds of corals;
the habagat helps in the increasing number of
the corals as well as making it diverse by bringing other
species to the area. These corals in turn support
the fishes with food and shelter, hence, the good health
of the fishes and other marine creatures.
Creatures Commonly Seen in the Area
Name Scientific Name Description
living in holes and caves, the emerge usually at night to
feed on small fishes and crustaceans, which they kill by
ejecting a poison through their beaks. Most were found
have small disc-shaped bodies, with five long arms that
look like lizard tails. They are carnivorous, feeding
on animals like mollusks by turning their stomachs inside
out, engulfing their food and pouring digestive juices on
it. The digested food is then swallowed. Most
abundant, found in R4 and R5.
Sea-Urchins Diadema setosum
they may be plant- or meat-eaters but scavenges for almost
anything when food is hard to find. The mouth of the
underside of their bodies can be projected to scrape
algae and other food off rocks. Most abundant in R4
often swimming in a vertical position with its head down,
they will wait for small fishes on which it feeds.
Found in R4.
or Clown Fish-Amphirion percula
lives among the tentacles of certain sea anemones.
A special mucous skin secretion protects them from the anemones
sting cells. They feed on smaller fishes and plankton.
Found in R4 and R5.
black fish with three white spots-one on the forehead and
one on each side of the body-that disappear as the fish
grows older. Found in R5.
popular in the marine aquariums, they live within table
corals, feeding on plankton that pass them. Found
colorful fishes found in shallow areas. Using a mouth
that can be thrust forward, thick lips and strong, sharp
teeth, they feed on snails, mollusks, worms, crustaceans,
and fish. Found in R4 and R5.
have large, spiny heads and strong spines in their fins-venomous
and capable of producing painful wounds. Exhibits
dull shades providing such effective camouflage that is
nearly impossible to distinguish them from the surrounding
rocks and seaweeds on the bottom. Found in R4.
separated rays of dorsal fins, which stand up like a lions
mane, but spiny dorsal-fin rays are venomous and are capable
of inflicting very painful wounds. Found in R4.
has box like protective covering over most part of the body,
made of fused bony plates and containing holes for the eyes,
mouth, fins and anus. When endangered, they give off
a strong poisonous substance from under the skin.
Found in R5.
their brilliant coloring includes bold patches and bands
that serve to break up their characteristic circular outline
and thus help camouflage them. With the real eyes
hidden in black bands and usually a black eyespot showing
prominently in front of the tail, butterflyfish further
confuse predators into thinking they are back to front.
Found in R4 and R5.
has long tubular mouth which it uses to suck in small fishes
and crustaceans. Found R4 and R5.
in sand and pokes their head out in search of food, usually
waiting for something tasty to swim by. Found
they have tube feet that allow them to walk by means of
the tube feets tiny suckers. Their tentacles
are specially modified tube feet that surround their mouth.
They are used to trap small particles of food and thrust
them into their mouth. Found in R3, R4
animals that look like flowers, their long, jointed and
highly flexible arms are branched, and they often swim by
waving these arm up and down. They catch small plankton
and particles of food in streams of mucus that
are carried along ciliated grooves in the arms to the mouth.
Found in R4 and R5
found in shallows, they are self-sustaining shells for they
produce their own food. Found in R4.
Slug-Clossodoris gloriosa gastropods
that do not have shells. Most feed on seaweeds, but
some eat sponges or even coelenterates such as sea anemones
and corals. Found in R4 and R5.