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Into the Deep

Adventures in the Coral Triangle with Lee Webber
Photo Credits: 
Micronesian Divers Association

“The Philippines sits fully within the Coral Triangle, one of the most diverse ocean environments on the planet,” says Lee Webber, President of the Micronesian Divers Association (MDA).

Based in Guam, his tours are top notch for negotiating the region—both above and below the water.

Mr. Webber continues to say of the Coral Triangle, “ Its surrounded by waters from the Philippine, Celebes, and South China Seas. Both Anilao and Puerto Galera, right across Batangas Bay, are particularly well situated at the narrowest point of the Verde Island Passage where a major current flows between the large inter-island area of the Philippines and the South China Sea. A massive variety of life flows through this passage and is the source of the diverse macro environment that makes these must-see destinations for photographers.”

Regarding the MDA’s professionalism in taking divers into the Coral Triangle and beyond he says, “MDA is the oldest (35+ years), largest and most experienced dive travel, training (one of the top five training facilities in all the Americas), retail, repair, wholesale and daily dive boats operations company in the region. We are a PADI Five Star Resort Training facility with four course directors and 40+ instructors. We operate two locations on Guam (one civilian and one U.S. Navy location) and certify in excess of 3,800 people per year.”

He continues, “Personally I have been diving for more than 45 years, am a NAUI Instructor Trainer Emeritus among other things. We train everything from discover SCUBA diving through technical, deep and rebreather diving. Many of the world’s top dive destinations are within easy reach of Guam. Our customized travel packages give you a wide array of hotel and diving choices as well as many other activities. Travel in the Pacific is an adventure for divers and non-divers alike. See picturesque waterfalls, ancient ruins, giant stone money, and stingless jellyfish. Swim with dolphins, kayak, snorkel, relax at the beach or pamper yourself at the spa. History buffs can visit wrecks from WWI and WWII, both above and below the water.”

He explains that, “Coron is considered the wreck diving capital of the Philippines, with many recreational-depth wrecks available in a relatively small area easily reached from Coron Town. Guam divers also enjoy the shorter trip to Chuuk, which is considered the wreck diving capital of the world with more than 60 wrecks (the majority of the WWII Japanese merchant fleet caught there during Operation Hailstorm) within its protected lagoon.

He adds, “We currently offer trips to Puerto Galera, Dumaguete, Malapascua, Moalboal, and Coron.”

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