Published: December 7th 2009November 16th 2009
First time in Barrio Barreto
This place is full of heathens.
Looking around for a legitimate dive shop, I am quite concerned about getting Jeremy "safe" gear. I mean, I have my own, I'll be okay, but every shop I go into treats me like a child and Jeremy lets me do the talking when it comes to diving. Anyway, I keep getting annoyed, so we go down to have some lunch in the Barrio. It's not too crazy during the day and Blue Rock is a pretty nice spot. In essence, it doesn't have as many hookers and the food is good, though the beach hawkers are just as annoying as the guys outside the pier gate. We see a dive flag. Jeremy had googled diving and Blue Rock had been a listing, so we walk over to check it out. We talk to the Korean dive instructor, Brandon, and I'm in. He's nice, respectful, knowledgeable and funny. Perfect. We book a dive day and I'm stoked. I'll see you guys in a couple of days.
So, two days later, they drive the boat over near the ship to pick us up. What a cool boat! It's one of the local boats, made
out of wood... I had been worried at first glance, but talk about watertight and fast! They are called bankas. It's all bamboo, twine and spit. It's amazing that they float. :)
Trying to still learn everything about my camera.
I haven't downloaded the underwater photos yet, but these will do for now. Blue Rock does have amazing food, there is nothing expensive about the Philippines. Two tank dive = $60, Post Dive Dinner = $8, Great Company and Good Diving in Subic Bay (without dying from bad equipment) = Priceless
I recommend these guys... http://divebluerock.com/
We dove the USS NEW YORK (CA-2) and SAN QUINTAN (an old Spanish galleon).
There are more photos below