5.167 Coconut Crab


21 (Sat) June 2014

Coconut Crab


at Pier Uno Dive Resort

-Anilao, Mabini, Batangas, Philippines-

with AGV and colleagues


Over the course of 16 days, through a combination of personal and professional travels, I will be in 12 localities across 7 countries, eating and documenting at least 1 meal in each of them.

Day 1.  Locality 1: Anilao, a small village in the municipality Mabini in the province Batangas on the southern coast of the island Luzon in the Philippines (Country 1).

(For additional posts, see PROJECT : 16/12.)

In Anilao to complete my PADI Open Water Diver certification, which I started a couple days back in Manila (see 5.165 Meat Lovers’ Pizza).  I’m accompanied by a pair of colleagues from the office, one going for his Advanced Open Water, the other for Open Water with me.  We left the city at 0600 and arrived at the resort by 0800, just in time for breakfast.  By 0900, we were on the boat.

Dive 3.  Mainit Point.  In 1005, bottom time 32 minutes. Max depth 10.3m, average 5.9m. Water temperature 30C. (This information is recorded automatically by my dive computer, a wristwatch that measures everything automatically.)
Dive 4. Secret Bay. In 1145, bottom time 48 minutes. Max depth 12m, average 7.1m. Water temperature 30C. (The most obvious sign of an amateur diver is excessive hand movement; that’s me on the far right, paddling upwards to maintain depth.)

Upon returning to the resort, we had lunch and spent the afternoon sleeping in our rooms -diving is surprisingly tiring.

In the evening, we took in a couple lectures on diving theory, ate dinner, and went back to bed -diving is surprisingly tiring.

The food was marginally better this time (see for comparison 5.153 Grilled Fish).

(For more details re foods, see FOODS : WORLD)

(For more details re venues, see RESTAURANTS : PHILIPPINES)

2 thoughts on “5.167 Coconut Crab

  1. Oh my gosh. Is this coconut crab as in crab with coconut, or coconut crab as in the largest land arthropod?

    If it’s the latter, I’m very jealous. Pretty sure the only place you can eat them is on their endemic islands (illegal to distribute/export, I believe, since they’re at risk of being overharvested)

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