The Taytay-Palawan Scuba Divers Association recently conducted a Scuba diving course on July 18-22, 2015 for its first batch of new members with 13 of them completing the performance requirements for open water scuba diver certification. Training for the next batch of 14 members is being scheduled for July 29 - August 3, 2015. Incidentally, most of the participants are also members of PILAK-SAMA, a big Taytay fishermen's federation who, after getting enough knowledge and experience in the field of scuba diving tourism, should then be able to participate in alternative livelihood opportunities that the industry offers.
15 July 2015
Mr. Drew Arrellano, host of a GMA TV travel show called Biyahe ni Drew, dropped in at Kuta ng Sta. Isabel unannounced this afternoon for a brief visit and did a few minutes of filming before they proceeded to Flower Island Resort. Here are some photos of Drew and his crew along with some of our historical site personnel...
08 July 2015
TAYTAY, PALAWAN IS LESS THAN TWO HOURS AWAY BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT FROM EL NIDO, SAN VICENTE, AND ROXAS. SCUBA/SNORKELING ENTHUSIASTS MAY BE ABLE TO DO A FULL DAY OF UNDERWATER/BEACH ACTIVITIES, ESPECIALLY DURING THE HABAGAT (SOUTHWEST PREVAILING WINDS), AND STILL BE ABLE TO CATCH THE EARLY EVENING BUS BACK TO THEIR POINTS OF ORIGIN. THERE ARE PENSIONS/INNS WHICH OFFER NICE, COMFORTABLE ROOMS AND GOOD FOOD FOR THOSE WHO PREFER TO EXTEND THEIR STAY.
25 June 2015
PRIMEX and Western Philippines University, with participation from LGU Taytay and its MFARMC/fishermen's federation recently conducted a 3 day seminar/workshop on how to transplant, care, and grow live corals taken from damaged coral reefs or from areas near where intact coral colonies thrive. It also included the collection and tagging of giant clam juveniles and putting them in a common site for easier and proper monitoring and care. It was a truly successful activity, in that, more than 200 clams and 2000 coral seedlings were finally gathered and securely placed on underwater seedling trays / beds where they will be left and cared for until they are ready to be transferred or transplanted about 6 months later. Future plans include opening the underwater farm sites to visitors where they would also have the chance to participate in farming activities