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6.4 km (4.0 miles) WSW of Bintuan, Busuanga Island, Palawan, Philippines
Approx. altitude: 0 m (0 ft)
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Antipode: 12°S 60°W

Accuracy: 27 m (88 ft)
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#2: The reason for being there #3: Looking North #4: Looking East #5: Looking South #6: Looking West #7: Mangrove forest near confluence site #8: Lusong Wreck very near the confluence #9: Sta. Monica Island #10: Confluence Visitors

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  12°N 120°E (visit #2)  

#1: General area shot looking NW

(visited by Joel de Castro, Jorge de Castro, Jay Anne dela Cruz, Jonathan dela Cruz, Violeta dela Cruz, Kenneth Villafranca, Yurie Amaro, May Jhane Villafranca and JM Medalla)

12-Aug-2016 -- 12 August 2016 - Culion, Palawan, Philippines - The 12N, 120 E confluence is a must for divers and beach-lovers because it is situated just off the coast of the famous Busuanga Island in the Calamian group of islands. About half-way between the small Sta. Monica Island and the promontory in brgy. Sto. Nino (Dipuyai) in Busuanga Town, the degree confluence should be an easy find -- though a boat is required to get there.

The visit was part of a whole-day island hopping adventure that shown us the different aspects of island living.

Our first stop was the land-claim of one of the confluence visitor, Mr. Jonathan dela Cruz, in the beautiful but wild Marily Island in Culion Town. We had a delicious picnic lunch on board Mr. dela Cruz' motorized banca (M/BCA JAY-ANNE) before exploring the mangrove forest of Marily Is.

The route to our next stop, the Japanese gunboat wreck off the southern tip of Lusong Island in Coron Town, took us tantalizingly close to the confluence site that we decided to make a try. The weather was not really ideal for a visit because of the gale-force south-westerly (habagat). But the tide and the weather gave us a window for a successful visit -- closest approach of within 20 meters and a recorded approach of within 30 meters -- the best we can do given the rough seas.

For future visitors, the ideal time to go to the confluence is during summer when the seas are calmer and when the visitors can enjoy more the stunning dive sites around the confluence.

The Lusong Wreck was breath taking with its friendly fishes, coral formations, and of course the wreck -- which is just a few feet below the tide.

Degree Confluence Visitors:

Joel de Castro, Manila Jorge de Castro, Manila Jay-Anne dela Cruz, Culion, Palawan Jonathan dela Cruz (captain, owner M/BCA JAY-ANNE), Culion, Palawan Violeta dela Cruz, Culion, Palawan Kenneth Villafranca Culion, Palawan Yurie Amaro Culion, Palawan JM Medalla Culion, Palawan May Jhane Villafranca Culion, Palawan


 All pictures
#1: General area shot looking NW
#2: The reason for being there
#3: Looking North
#4: Looking East
#5: Looking South
#6: Looking West
#7: Mangrove forest near confluence site
#8: Lusong Wreck very near the confluence
#9: Sta. Monica Island
#10: Confluence Visitors
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Notes
In the sea, just about 300 m off the shore of Busuanga Island.