A Day at Bunker Dive Resort

Bauan, Batangas

If you haven’t heard the news, March is almost over and so is the first quarter of the year. (That’s time being ruthless for you.) And so, summer is basically upon us again. This ain’t the first beach for me this year but because I loved our quickie how quick and easy it was, well, here I am bragging about it first.

The JAM Liner terminal was crawling around 5:00 AM but thankfully most of the people were not bound for Lemery, Batangas. With an accident in EDSA that early, it was three hours and twenny (felt the twang there?) minutes before we got off in front of Xentro Mall. After munching at Jollibee we immediately headed off to the pick-up point but were shookt (in case you’re not familiar with millenial slæng, that meant “shocked”) when an extension of EDSA was in town; the main road was under construction so I practically started sunbathing at the back of the tricycle driver.

Around forty-five minutes elapsed and there we were, walking towards other groups of people who were also waiting to be whisked away. To my not-so surprise, I met two (which later became three) folks from last year’s getaways. Twenny more minutes for the boat ride and we were finally at Binukbok Viewpoint, which is already part of the municipality of Bauan.

Binukbok Viewpoint × Bunker Dive Resort

Having arrived later than anticipated and with the beach just in front of the resort, we di(d)n’t waste another breath and made out with the aquatic life. On another note, pardon my sleazy sneezy look in that photo.

Beachfront

POV

On the hunt

The site is perfect for snorkeling and learning and practicing skin diving. It even goes beyond that when the sun is up and about and not behind the comfort of clouds.

Duck dive

Skin diving

Skin diving

Ascendant

Duck dive

Skin diving

Skin diving

Underwater sigh

Seeing boats come and go with passengers in life vests getting off to snorkel made me realize that it could be the same site I went to a few years back with a different set of friends. That time not a single soul in our group brought money so the boatmen collecting the entrance fee or something got pissed. Thankfully we were not shooed. Anyway, that’s another story.

I haven’t really thought of enquiring rates but scuba diving is also available. Malamang. Or could it be, that the massive school of trevallies below simply drowned the thought away? How I wish I had a fishing net. I heard it’s better than using dynamites. JK!

School of trevallies

School of trevallies

School of trevallies

Part of the day tour rate in the resort is a buffet lunch, but according to the lady in charge, they serve meals by the plate when there are only a few guests or guests don’t to eat at the same time, which was the case when we were there. We had pochero, laing, and chicken feet. Now, I generally have quite the appetite and if it weren’t for the satisfactory underwater sightseeing, I would’ve gone berserk and flipped a table. Fortunately the food was just right for us so I no longer bothered asking if they would refill it had I asked for it.

There was already coldness in the waters in the morning but in the afternoon it seemed to have spread. Even with fins, propelling around no longer felt easy because of the temperature. Nonetheless, we lasted for two hours and saw more creatures up close as well as other schools of fishes.

First off… Nemo!

Sea anemone

Clownfish

The crown-of-thorns starfff… Wait, what? How could this be a starfish. *insert grumpy emoji here* Turns out it’s a nasty coral predator. Puksain!

Crown-of-thorns starfish

Brain, anyone?

Brain coral

School of Fish: Exhibit A

A year-long supply of unlimited beer on me to the first one who can tell me the name of these transparent-looking fishes that open their mouth like “Whuuut?” while swimming swiftly. Offer expires in five seconds.

School of Fish: Exhibit B

School of Fish: Exhibit C

School of Fish: Exhibit D

School of Fish: Exhibit E

School of Fish: Exhibit F

I’ve been told that sea turtles can be seen early in the morning and that being said, you can opt to stay overnight if you intend to catch a glimpse of them or if a day simply isn’t enough for you. They have air-conditioned dorm and private rooms and also a private fan room. Rates start at ₱1,750 inclusive of boat transfers and three meals. For details you may contact them via their Facebook page. I’d say I’d spend the night next time.

Bunker Dive Resort

Bunker Dive Resort

Sunsets look stunning everywhere IMO (okay, that was “in my opinion”) but I’m still gonna say it looks stunning from the Binukbok Viewpoint. Must be because of those platforms. Some people were well-prepared that they had props for their photos as the sun was being extinguished. If they want it that way next time I’ll have a photo taken wearing this, wearing only this.

Sunset photo op

Expenses

Tips:

  • If you’re just going on a day tour be there at your earliest to maximize your stay and experience!
  • There’s no corkage for food and drinks!
  • There’s free water and coffee so you might wanna skip bringing those.
  • Neighboring resorts might be cheaper so you might wanna check them as well. One of them is Camp Raya.
  • Last schedule of buses going back straight to EDSA is 7:00 PM.

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