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A Family Weekend at Planet Dive

A Family Weekend at Planet Dive
by Danny Tariman

The town of Mabini in Batangas has been one of my family’s most frequent travel destination. And for a lot of reasons: the entire Mabini peninsula is literally lined with choices of resorts — mostly diving resorts. This is because the municipality of Mabini is blessed with many good diving spots.

Planet Dive’s boardwalk fronting the beach.

This weekend, my family booked at Planet Dive. A good place to be: clean air-conditioned rooms, restaurant overlooking the sea — not to mention its flowing coffee and tea, an infinity pool, a beachfront boardwalk, accommodating and smiling staff.

We were in this resort for a dive! I actually don’t dive; the most I can do is snorkeling near the beach. The sea is endowed with good diving sites. Not too far from the beach is a diving spot where professional divers go for a dive.

Mabini’s golden sunset as seen from the resort.

We came here with my entire household, including our 2 dogs! Ha-ha! Becoming part of the family huh. The resort is pet-friendly. We had seen big dog — a Golden Retriever — who loves to swim with his master. On the master’s signal he would swim even to the deep. Of course, he got a dog-vest strapped to his body. It appears that the dog enjoys the swim.

Our family with the dogs enjoying the beautiful and refreshing view.

During our stay, there was a team of divers from a diving group/organization. I can observe that this place is indeed for diving. I felt kind-of out-of-place, but who cares! I am here to enjoy sea breeze and see my children enjoying their dive.

At dinner time, we decided to eat outside of the resort. We checked-in to this garden restaurant, the OMG Grill. It was a good almost 7km drive from the resort. And oh… it is full of people — mostly tourists like us — enjoying moments in this al-fresco type of garden resto. The food is good, not to mention that it is reasonably priced.

OMG Grill, a very nice place to hang-out for the night.

We returned to Planet Dive Resort quite late night. We arrived with our 2 dogs asleep. Hehe. We had a good night rest in the comfortable family room that we had.

The following morning, I woke up to the quietness of the sea and tamed wind. I love those moments that I can commune with nature. I had a good prayer time at the boardwalk beside the beach. Really awesome moments with the Lord!

Thank You, Lord, for this another weekend with the family!

The resort as seen from the hill top view at our accommodation.
My family from another perspective of the beachfront. Note the infinity pool at the back.
My children who most enjoy swimming and diving together
Me and my wife enjoying the moments.
Our daughter at the edge of the the infinity pool
Inside the resort’s restaurant where flowing coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are available all day.
My family just in front of our room, overlooking the beach.

Family Snorkeling and Diving in Mabini

Family Snorkeling and Diving in Mabini
by Danny Tariman

It was a long weekend. My family usually looks forward to extended weekends so that we can go for our outdoor activities. We really love outdoors!

This particular weekend, we decided to just go for a day trip to one of Batangas’ famous shores for diving and snorkeling — the shorelines of the municipality of Mabini. Popular in this place is Anilao, the spot where the best underwater marine gardens are.

The view of Mabini snorkelling and diving area

While I and my wife were just lounging at the resort’s balcony which offers a good vantage view of Balayan Bay, our grown-up children were enjoying their free-diving. We later joined them in the dive area, but since I don’t know how to dive, I just enjoy seeing them go down to the deep and explore the beauty of corals and reef fishes.

My wife and I enjoyed our snorkeling, viewing the colorful corals under the sea. I was glad that my wife finally conquered her fear of the deep as we were really in the “deep”. Haha! She didn’t notice we can no longer step on the rocks; we were just floating with our life-vests.

Beautiful and colorful: coral formations in Balayan Bay

Come lunchtime, we prepared grilled tuna and pork chops. I did the cooking — on bare charcoal. This too, is an experience as I have to set it on fire with just match sticks and old newspaper. This is something that I seldom do in the city.

It was an enjoyable lunch for the family, as always! We always have fun and enjoy meals on banana leaves and use our bare hands to eat. And with the shore and the sea in front of us, wow, truly an appetizing ambiance for lunch.

My daughter going for the free dive.

We were told by local folks that there is a cave at the far right-end of the cove. And so in the afternoon, we trekked to the place, passing through pebble shoreline, and climbing rock formations. After about 15 minutes slow trek, we finally reached the “cave”. It was not really a cave but an arch — a rock, which by the pounding of waves through the years, had a huge hole punched through it. And so for me it was not a cave because we can pass through it from the front (facing the sea) to the back of the rock.

My family in front of the “cave”

We continued our snorkeling, while our children had their free-diving. It was a full-day of just enjoying the seas and the company of the family.

We drove back to the city, leaving the resort at about 4:30 in the afternoon. It was a surprisingly less-traffic drive. We reached the city in just about one-and-a-half hour drive. And just before we reached home, we dropped by Starbucks for a good sip of its famous coffee concoctions.

Really a great way to spend a weekend!

Capping the day with espresso coffee at Starbucks
The sunset view of Balayan Bay
Photo of our children taken from the top balcony of the resort
A rock formation at the right-end of the bay
Our son taking his free-dive
A coral formation at the snorkelling area