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Helmet Diving in Boracay

Posted by on Apr 13, 2009 in Art & Photography, Featured, Pilipinas, Travel | 59 comments


All pictures are copyrighted and property of flaircandy.com. Pictures can be grabbed with the author’s permission or credits to my site flaircandy.com. All underwater pictures are taken by Panasonic Lumix TZ5.


Since I am kinda claustrophobic and that includes me being trapped underwater, I tried an alternative to scuba diving. Yes, although I really wanna try so much the scuba diving thing and being underwater for almost 45 minutes, I still don’t have the balls try it… Well not for now… probably later…

But I wanted to try being underwater still but less riskier… So I tried reef walking!!! They said that there is not so much danger if you are 15 feet below water. If you are way lower than that then you have to listen to your dive instructors because if you think you can just swim from down there and 15feet above up at an instant then you’re more likely to have an injury…

But this reef walking is such a baby activity that anyone who just know how to obey the rules can do…

This is not so popular yet in the Philippines but it is known in Countries with beautiful reefs like Australia and Thailand. Most people would also not like the idea and got turned off by it even if it is being offered face-to-face. They would rather ride a banana boat or flying fish if they’re so much of a baby, and try scuba diving if they are hyper daring!

But for mid fellas like me who is just getting my groove on the underwater stuff and conquering my aqua-claustrophobism then you sure must try this!

At the boracay, the rates for this activity goes around 500 to 600. You could get a discount if you go in as a group (like we did). The speedboat ride form the boracay shore to a reef walking spot is already included in the price so yippey-di-do-wap-ba-bap! you’re off to try this now if you see my pictures I am pretty sure.


Here’s how we knew about reef-walking (paraphrased conversation between my, Kristel and Angela while we were planning our Boracay activities together):

What time izzit?? laglagan na! XD

Kristel: I wanna try Reef walking!

Angela and me: What is that?

Kristel: I haven’t tried that yet, but literally, reef-walking.. and you have like a some sorta fishbowl in your head.

Angela: (**silent laughter** rotflmao)

Me: ah… that’s kinda super weird i haven’t heard of that…

Kristel: let’s google it!

(aparantly we couldn’t find any pictures)


Kristel: cmon! let’s go reef walking

Angela: I don’t like I’m scared of the fishies and we would all look stupid walking along the shore with a fishbowl and fishies in your head +_+’

Kristel and me: **literally LOL**

But I couldn’t blame her for that because I actually could just not imagine having a fishbowl in my head too!!! so, our mistake Kristel and luckily and hopefully when someone googles “REEF-WALKING” at least they would already see some pictures of it and not create victims of people like us LOL!

This is also actually the first time I used my Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ5 underwater! I will post more about it soon but see I am so glad of the results!

here are samples of underwater pictures for Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ5.


Captured by Lumix, but sad, the corals look dead


Water aliens


Me, Cisqo and Kristel


This doesn't look like a fishbowl to me, this looks more like a dishwasher


The fishy wanna fight Cisqo

Click here for the complete pictures on my flickr Reef Walking Gallery.

More Reef Walking Pictures


Who to contact?

Please look for Danny of Bora Napoleon sports and contact him at +63 910 805 0021 Tell him flaircandy.com referred him πŸ˜‰


  1. I really want to try that since last last year, how much pala yung rate nila dyan?

  2. wow i really like this one .. i hope i can experience something like this too .. i mean someday ..

  3. 500?? We got it for 350 only! lol joke!:P Shux..Your fishbowl is better than the ones we got. Kaya kailangan mag turn para makita yung sa side namin haha Hmm..parang gusto ko mag beach ulit ah!

  4. Hi I went to your site, seems like you love the beach as well. In that case, go for it!

  5. Ongai! di na? iba? “fishbowls” n a talaga ang tawag natin eh no lol alam mo bang lahat tayo ganyan ang iniisip, si Tel and Angela kahit kakarating niya lang from her Eurotrip gusto niyang bumalik XD if only… pwedeng next summer ^_^ then sa shang na tayo LOL

  6. yes i love boracay .. and trying to guide people on its hotels .. which one are you in the picture ? the black suit ?

  7. WOahhhhhh, i would loveeee to do that some day and i must say that digicam of urs really did come in handy. probably should get one before my bali trip, lol

  8. 500 for a reef walk in fish bowl?
    well kung ganyan kaganda ang scenery ok lang.

    sana lang sa oct mas mura

    *** napadpad lang

  9. whoaaa! cool! parang gustong gusto ko eto a try ah.. yay! ur theme is back!!! πŸ˜€ hahahaha! weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

  10. ha ha yes it does come in handy… even if my slr got an underwater case I wouldn’t dare take it down there with me lol… would you? And btw, BALI? wow!!! when?

  11. Laughtrip, you published the conversation! =))

    I had fun! I heard you’re going to Palawan??? Pahinga ka naman! =P

  12. haha ey epfi ^_^ yep try mo rin πŸ™‚

  13. actually that’s navy blue πŸ™‚ but yea

  14. sa browser ko lang pala nakikita kasi sinelect ko.. haha! yung flaircandy theme πŸ˜›

  15. teka.. pahabol.. pwede ba mag dala ng tinapay para ipa kain sa isda? hehehe

  16. hahaha… di na ata matutuloy coz I’m saving for our HK-Macau trip! yeah baby!!! but let’s go back to bora again together plish…

  17. hahaha, kasama na sa bayad yon…

  18. ah, yeah the theme switcher πŸ˜›

  19. you have nice pics… reef walking for 500 pesos? we are planning to try this… meron kang contact number nila? thanks… πŸ˜€

  20. thanks Hannah ha… sa friday kami punta kasi long weekend…

  21. yes i did… salamat ng marami πŸ˜€

  22. ei ganda ng mga kuha nu, pwd q rn b mkuha ung contact number nung s reef walking? plan dn nmn pnta nxtwik e, try dn nmn mukhng msaya kc e. sna oks lng.tenkyu!=)

  23. Hi belle, sorry I just replied to this now.. how was your bora outing? naka pag reef-walking ba kayo?

  24. hi, nice pics! can i also get the contact number? Parang ang saya! pnta kc kme sa bora, Me and hubby. thanks!

  25. you got it for P500/head? and u were a group of 3?

  26. hey just wanna ask. u got it for P500/head. how many were u? just a group of three?

  27. There were 5 of us but they only had 3 “fishbowls” at that time… so 3 of us went first, then 2 of my friends πŸ™‚ but yea 500 per head πŸ™‚

  28. Hi yep πŸ™‚ we were a group of 5 actually…

  29. I think it costs 600 initially

  30. ahh ic πŸ™‚ do u remember the name where u rented ur gear and stuff? and did they take those pics? or u brought a camera wiht you? πŸ™‚ thanks for replying!

    • It’s part of the package πŸ˜‰ yes, I had my compact cam and an underwater cover πŸ˜€

  31. hi! is your camera an underwater cam or did you buy a sleeve for it ? you have really nice shots

  32. hey nice pics, can i get the contact number where you rented the fishbowl thing? πŸ™‚ kelangan ba marunong lumangoy? hindi kasi ako marunong eh! hahaha just wanna try..

  33. hello.. nice adventure.. can i also get the contact for this activity? planning to have vacation sa pinas this month.. thanks.. [email protected], if you still have the contacts for reef walk. thanks a lot

  34. gurl ang ganda nun gamit nio na helmet? sino contact person pa email naman po nun details!!!thanx

    [email protected] TIA!!!

  35. hi can i get the contact number where you rented the equip. for reef walking. thanks.

  36. hey just dropping by and surfing for reef walking items, pictures..and i fortunately found your pictures.. im going to boracay tomorrow, it’s not scary?? im planning to try it on my 2nd visit ti Bora..with my some of my friends and some of them are scared to do it.. is it scary??

  37. Thank you.. and yes I bought underwater sleeve for it. be careful in using it though. check first if the seal is tight πŸ™‚

  38. please look at the bottom of my post. I have posted the contact number of the person in Bora πŸ˜€ and nope, you don’t need to know how to swim… πŸ˜€ coz you’re going to be walking sa reef mismo.. and if you need to get out may mga divers naman to assist πŸ˜€

  39. not scary at all.. it’s fun! and may trained divers naman so don’t be scared πŸ™‚

  40. ung reef walking na 500 pati mga gamit na dun.. 500 na lhat lhat per person po?

  41. hi! saw ur pics.. ganda.. just wanna ask do they have a waterproof camera? cause unfortunately i dont have one.. πŸ™

    • yes they have their own waterproof camera πŸ™‚ you need to add like 150 pesos more if you want the photos burned in CD i think πŸ™‚

  42. Hi! ganda ng mga pix. pupunta kami sa december,,, ung cam ba nila for sale/rent? or sila kukuha ng pix using their cam for free? i really need to know cos gusto ko rin sya itry hehehe, thank you so much for sharing this! πŸ™‚


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