Porcelain crab - Diving Visayas Philippines

2 weeks in the Visayas: my ultimate itinerary for scuba divers

I thought I was going back to South East Asia by going for 2 weeks in the Philippines. But the Archipelago, located on the edge of the coral triangle, has a unique feel. I couldn’t help thinking I was in a baffling mix of Indonesia and Mexico. Colonised by the Spanish for more than 300 years from 1591 with the arrival of Magellan to 1898 when

Thresher Shark Malapascua Philippines

Diving Malapascua : playing hide and seek with the thresher shark

Going to the Philippines without indulging myself with some relaxing time on a paradise island? No, of course, that was not possible! But instead of going to overcrowded Bocaray, I decided to end my island hopping tour in the Visayas by Malapascua, the tiny island on the northeast tip of Cebu Island.  Only 2km long by 1 km wide, the island of Malapascua is

Ghost pipefish muck diving Dauin Negros Philippines

Muck diving paradise in Dauin, Philippines

Negros was the 3rd step of my island hopping tour in the Visayas in the Philippines, just before going diving in Malapascua. Surprisingly, I found out on the ferry between Tagbilaran in Bohol and Dumaguete in Negros that most travellers were stopping on Siquijor, the ‘island of the witches’, and not visiting Negros. Let me assure you that even if you are not a scuba

Scuba diving in Nemo 33 Brussels Belgium

Nemo 33: diving in the first deepest pool in the world

Have you ever thought you can also dive in a pool? Boring? It depends on the place! Nemo 33, near Brussels, the capital city of Belgium, is definitely an exciting place worth checking for when you can’t travel to warm tropical waters. At first, scuba diving in a swimming pool was not really on the top of my list of places I wanted to

Blue hole mania: marketing or must-dive spots? A report from Belize

When I started scuba diving, I quickly heard about “The Blue Hole”. My first reaction “Ooh I have to go diving there!”. After some research, I realised there was more than one. So why the Great Blue Hole is so famous? From a tourism marketing point of view, this is an excellent brand but does it keep its promises? What can you expect to

Swallowtail seaperch Cadaques Diving in Costa Brava

Diving in Costa Brava: a road trip from Barcelona to Cadaquès

If you like road trips with great food, fascinating architecture and history, here is an adventure for you: you can go scuba diving near Barcelona along Costa Brava while picking delicious food on the way. From Barcelona to Cadaquès, near the French border, you can diving in Costa Brava in 4 main areas while visiting 3 interesting towns. Evenly distributed on a total 140

ninfeo claudio - scuba diving underwater archeological park Baia - plongée cité engloutie Baia

Dive into history: underwater Pompeii in Pozzuoli, Italy

Since my archaeological surprises in Turkey, I should say I developed a keen interested in finding new destinations with archaeological diving experiences. While doing some research, I quickly spotted Alexandria in Egypt and Pozzuoli in Italy. While Alexandria requires specific authorizations, just before moving to Scotland, I decided, in less than a week, thanks to a reward ticket with my miles, to go to Naples

Becoming a certified ice diver in Switzerland

Nestled in the heart of the Alps and historically valuing neutrality, Switzerland is both in and outside Europe in its very own peaceful way. Influenced by their German, French and Italian neighbours, they took from them the language and culture and mixed it their way to create this relaxing land of peaceful mountains where the organisation is smooth and perfect, and the pleasure of gastronomy is