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SeaWorld operations following 6-month closure of Boracay Island

Dear SeaWorld Customers,

We are very sorry and apologize to the many divers who have loved, visited and planned to visit our center over the years.

 

On April 5, 2018, it was announced that the island of Boracay will be closed for the next six months starting April 26th, 2018 until October 25th, 2018. This comes following the decision of the Philippine government. As a result, foreigners and local tourists will be unable to enter Boracay Island during this time period. Therefore, Boracay SeaWorld will continue to operate until April 20, 2018 and will temporarily cease operations for the following six months.

 

Over the past 22 years, SeaWorld has been provided diving services on Boracay Island, has met many divers and made countless memories. Therefore, all of the staff and instructors of SeaWorld are extremely sad over this decision over closure of the island. For divers who love Boracay, SeaWorld has been the heart of it all and are as just as disappointed about this as we are.

 

The closing of the island is very frustrating for us since we have operated our diving business here for more than 20 years. However, we hope this opportunity will solve the environmental pollution problem and that Boracay will be restored after the next six months.

 

We would like to thank all of those who have visited Boracay Sea World Dive Center over the past 22 years. We will prepare for the upcoming six-month closure and will be happy to see you again with a new look once we re-open in October.

 

Thank you.
Your SeaWorld Team

Sea Slugs : Have You Seen One?

 Sea Slugs! What are they?

  They are a very interesting creature found crawling at the bottom of the sea, sometimes perched up on a rock or hanging by a sponge. If you have been on a recent dive and your guide pointed at one of them, what’s the first thing that came to your mind? With their tiny size, stunningly colorful pattern and fascinating structures, this cute fellas are called Nudibranch or Sea Slugs ( soft-bodied, and their overall shape is slug-like ).  They are wide-spread here and we get a fair share of their variety in the Philippines.  A common subject for underwater photographers who specializes in macro photography.

Most creatures known as sea slugs are actually snails that over time due to evolution lost their shells.  The word sea slug is most commonly applied to nudibranchs and other marine gastropods without any obvious shells.

 

Below are some of the most common sea slugs I often spot on our reef sites in Boracay!

 

 Nembrotha kubaryana eating a Stalked Green Ascidian

 Some species ingest toxic chemicals from the sponges they eat and store away the single most noxious compound to use against their predators later on. So they are definitely not in the menu and taste yucky to predators, and even toxic when ingested.

Like a flowing skirt from the summer breeze

Ardeadoris Egretta
A sea slug with white body, gills and rhinophores which has a yellowish-orange marginal band on the mantle.

 

 

Funeral Jorunna (Jorunna funebris) | 6 cm at 12m
With a voracious appetite for sponges.

A sea slug that looks like a rice cake, fluffy marshmallow, a polka dot mochi or a cute cow 😀

 

A Ribbon Egg that is made of tiny Nudibranch embryos suspended in a jelly-like substance in a spiral, that curls loosely that looks like a pasta noodle and sometimes like a rose.

The jelly itself provides all the care it needs eliminating parental care.

 

 

They find their way across the ocean using little stalks with thin layers of folded tissue called rhinophores, which are chemically sensitive.  Using these, they can sense the chemicals given off by their favorite food and takes on an adventure towards it.

 

 

These creatures are Hermaprodites. Each one of them are simultaneously a male and female. While mating they fertilize each other, but cannot fertilize themselves. What a vast world and the guys above  found each other for a ménage à trois.

 

The “nudi” in nudibranch means naked, and the “branch” means gills. Their scientific name translates literally as “naked-gills”, because their  ‘respiratory organ’ are exposed.

Willan’s Chromodoris (Chromodoris Willani), also called Toothpaste Nudibranch.
The most distinguishing external feature of this sea slug are the white spots or specks on both the gills and the rhinophores. It almost looks as if they are encrusted in thousands of sparkling diamonds

 

We don’t have to dive deep to find fascinating creatures. Some of them are just around the corner of the reef happily munching on a sponge!

 

     Happy bubbles~

Que Zhantal

PADI Instructor

Underwater Photography : Ribbon eel

 


 Ribbon eel (Rhinomuraena quaesita), also known as the Leaf-nosed moray eel or Bernis eel

The ribbon eel grows to an overall length of approximately 1 m (3.3 ft), and has a life span of up to twenty years.

Angol reef | 14 meters

Photo by : Que Zhantal ( PADI Instructor )

Underwater Photography : Anemone Porcelain Crab

Anemone Porcelain Crab

Underwater photography subject is an Anemone Porcelain Crab.

Spotted on a night dive living on a giant anemone where they can hide among the tentacles and mainly feeds by filtering the water. With a hard exoskeleton, this crab looked like it has an armor.

Beach night dive |  4 – 6 meters | Olympus TG – 2 with external torch

Photo by : Que Zhantal ( PADI Instructor )

REFUND POLICY

BORACAY SEAWOLD DIVE CENTER

REFUND POLICY

 

Dear customers,

According to the refund policy, 100% refund will be available when you change or cancel your reservation at least 7 days before. Between 3 and 6 days before, refund will be proceeded partially according to the days left from your reservation day. And there is no refund amount, if you cancel within 2 days. Refund amount will be calculated depends on your deposit amount or total amount and currency will be the same currency that you paid.

 

  1. If diving schedule has cancelled due to weather deterioration or natural disaster – 100% refund

  2. Cancel the reservation at least 7 days before – 100% refund

  3. Cancel the reservation between 3~6 days before – 50% refund

  4. Cancel the reservation within 2 days – no refund

  5. Refund will be not available if you cancel the PADI diving course after start due to your personal issue. In this case, we can provide to you the referral document so that you can finish your course at other PADI dive center.

  6. If you not protect (if you break) the underwater environment such as corals, fishes during your dive, diving can be stop immediately and diving fee will not be refund.

  7. This policy will be applied to the walk-in guest also and refund will not be available even though you cancel same day as you make reservation or cancel on your reservation day.

 

Thank you for your understanding.

BORACAY SEAWOLD DIVE CENTER

 

 

Discover Scuba Diving Program

Today’s entry will feature our amazing divers who went for the

PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program.

The holidays are here and some have gone to Asia to have a piece of summer this winter season.

                       The contrast of wearing a thick jacket, gloves and shoes on a winter wonderland eating turkey at thanksgiving to wearing bikini and shorts, barefoot on a sunny beach paradise sipping cocktails or a local beer.

In  the morning, a group of young professionals from Vancouver, Canada who are all in the Philippines to attend an International Ultimate Frisbee competition in Manila.

Jeff, who was a certified PADI Advanced Open Water diver shares their story at how they all end up travelling together to play and have a side trip to Taiwan and of course to Boracay Island.

Jeff LaForge | PADI Advanced Open Water

 

The whole gang all suited up ready for the confined water training dive.

The Squad!

 

 Assisted by PADI Divemaster Jerry and Core both from Korea and our PADI Chinese Instructor Sean.

 

 

 

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Wall dive with PADI certified divers

Aloha!

Welcome to my new entry for Sea World Boracay gallery.

Here are the divers who went for a fun diving trip to one of our wall dives, Diniwid.

It has a max depth of 18m – 22m with a nice wall drop. Also a perfect site for a good drift.

The site offers variety of marine life such as Green sea turtles, Hawksbill turtle, Stingray, Moray eel, Triggerfish, Mantis shrimp, Anemone fishes, Trumphet fish, Reef groupers, Snappers, Cornetfish to name a few.  I have been lucky to spot a 2 meter long white tip reef shark at 16m here before. The wall is covered with sponge corals, barrel sponges, staghorn corals, coral whips etc.

 

Ariel Han | PADI Dive Master | China

 

Kenichi Kaji | Open Water Diver | Japan


Tim Gottlieb | Open Water Diver | Japan

 

Patron | Dive Master Intern | Korea

 

We were accompanied by Patron, his English alias, a Korean national who took his PADI Divemaster with us. He is set to start his PADI Instructor Development Course next week.

 

 

That’s all for now. Will be back for more 🙂

 

 Happy days!

Hugs and bubbles,

ZHANTAL

PADI Instructor

Beginners To Certified PADI Open Water Divers!

   Aloha everyone!

Another beautiful day with an office view so bright that we almost need to wear sunglasses all the time.  Scuba diving is just the perfect activity!

In the afternoon I met Cliff and Tim from Switzerland. Two young man on a vacation to explore the corners of the Philippines.

Both of them decided to sign up for the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program. Tim dove before with PADI DSD while it was the first time for Cliff.

After our dive briefing, we went to the beach for our confined water session where we practice safety skills in the shallow water before the real dive adventure begins.

 

Find out more below ⬇️

 

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