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Underwater Adventure (Seawalk and Helmet Dive), Panglao, Bohol

17 Aug
Underwater Adventure (Seawalk and Helmet Dive), Panglao, Bohol

When my hubby -then fiance- learned I did suislide with friends in Danao, Bohol, he wanted to faint. And when he knew I did underwater adventure, seawalk, I think I gave him a heart attack. There is nothing, however, to worry about this aqua sport. It is completely safe and fully guided.

To my delight, swimming skills is not necessary for this seawalk adventure. Yey! A closed fiber helmet is simply used with a compressor attached to the air source above water for breathing. Thirst for fun, nonetheless, is a must!

Dumaluan Beach Resort, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

 

A short glass bottom boat ride of Dumaluan Beach Resort Aquasport took us to the location, allowing us to observe the underwater from within the boat. It was already fun watching the aqua life through this glass but I was itching to play with them.

Glass Bottom Boat Ride in Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

Glass Bottom Boat Ride in Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

Glass Bottom Boat Ride in Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

 

We finally arrived at the spot for the dive after the quick tour. We were then shortly briefed by our qualified seawalk instructor of DBR Aquasport before going underwater. Do’s and don’ts and hand signals were rehearsed. I am not certain I was paying full attention out of excitement. All I was making sure though is to remember these three signals which I think will help me survive:

  1. OK sign – thumb and forefinger making a circle
  2. going up sign – make a fist with one hand, thumb extended upward
  3. camera click! – I personally think this is of most importance, PHOTOS!

And the dive starts! Our guide fully assisted each of us with gearing up our helmets as we go down one by one. The helmet by the way weighs about 35kg to allow you to walk underwater. It is only worn when you are starting to descend so you cant really feel the weight. A ladder from the pontoon was used in going underwater with full assistance. The instructor will never leave you for the entire dive.

Ear pressure starts to build as you descend deeper so you must equalize by forcing an exhalation out of the closed nostrils. Then relax and enjoy.

Underwater Adventure (Seawalk), Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

Underwater Adventure (Seawalk), Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

Nico and Eve on Underwater Adventure (Seawalk), Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

Nico and Eve on Underwater Adventure (Seawalk), Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

 

Slices of bread were also handed out by the instructor so we can feed the fish.

Carlo, diving instructor and me on Underwater Adventure (Seawalk), Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

Carlo, diving instructor and me on Underwater Adventure (Seawalk), Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

Carlo during his Underwater Adventure (Seawalk), Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

Carlo during his Underwater Adventure (Seawalk), Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

Underwater Adventure (Seawalk), Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

Underwater Adventure (Seawalk), Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

 

Seawalk tour took 45 minutes to an hour and it was absolutely amazing. I love snorkeling but I find seawalking better because I don’t have to breathe through my mouth and try to float and paddle but I just breathe and walk normally like I do on land. I also felt like I was space walking :)

We ascended and we can’t stop marveling at how incredible the underwater tour was as we headed back to the resort. We could not get over the excitement so we decided to play with jet skis.

jet ski ride at Dumaluan Beach Resort, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

Jet ski ride at Dumaluan Beach Resort, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

jet ski ride at Dumaluan Beach Resort, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

Jet ski ride at Dumaluan Beach Resort, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

jet ski ride at Dumaluan Beach Resort, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

Jet ski ride at Dumaluan Beach Resort, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

 

It was my first time to do jet skiing but Carlo did a good job at boosting my confidence.

jet ski ride at Dumaluan Beach Resort, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

Jet ski ride at Dumaluan Beach Resort, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

jet ski ride at Dumaluan Beach Resort, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

Jet ski ride at Dumaluan Beach Resort, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

jet ski ride at Dumaluan Beach Resort, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

Jet ski ride at Dumaluan Beach Resort, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

 

Before we left the beautiful island of Bohol, we met Sonnen Labastilla for lunch.

Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines

Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines

 

And we took a ferry ride back to Cebu that afternoon with huge smiles (and sunburn) on our faces and beautiful memories to cherish a lifetime.

 

 

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Posted by on August 17, 2012 in PHILIPPINES, TRAVEL

 

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10 responses to “Underwater Adventure (Seawalk and Helmet Dive), Panglao, Bohol

  1. dearestnelly

    September 5, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    I will have to make sure the hubby does this, he might be skeptical at first with the safety of this adventure but maybe he’ll give in. We hail from Bohol btw… glad to discover new fun activities out there.

     
    • apple.e.e-s.

      September 5, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      i am confident you will have tons of fun. when hubby and i visited bohol last year it was drizzling, we did most of sightseeing. you and i will have to do a lot of convincing to our other half :D i am from cebu :)

       
  2. apple.e.e-s.

    September 5, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    maayong buntag pud :D

     
  3. jacek29

    September 6, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Hello,thank you very much for stoping by at my blog and looking for all of my post.i am also not professional photographer but I like to share picture with others from places around world where I have been .greatings Jacek

     
    • apple.e.e-s.

      September 6, 2012 at 8:01 AM

      you are welcome. i was amazed at your posts, i wish i can do all of them. your paragliding, trip to antartica and sailing with dolphins and whales are my favorites. i am very jealous right now. please keep posting :)

       
      • jacek29

        September 6, 2012 at 9:01 AM

        I will.thanks Jacek

         
  4. onlyvic

    October 25, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    yay! i also did sea trekking last month in Shangri La! im gonna post something about it when i have the time. It’s been quite a while since the last time i have really updated my blog. Sea trek is really fun and amazing down the water!

     
    • apple.e.e-s.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:28 PM

      my friends laughed when I said i love it better because i am starting to get lazy to snorkel and sea walking is a perfect alternative haha.

       
  5. Mark Armstrong

    August 16, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    What a wonderful adventure, and a delightful post– you’re an inspiration!! : )

     

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