In the fall of 2017, I was considering quite a few destinations for my next dive trip.  And while I was contemplating Malaysia, Micronesia and even Norway, I’ve received a message from my Facebook contact, Andrey Shpatak, who invited me to join his group for a two-weeks-long excursion to the Philippines.

Andrey lives in Russian Federation, at the Rudnaya Bay (Primorye), and regularly posts beautiful pictures that he takes above- and below the waterline of the Sea of  Japan.

Rudnaya Bay (Primorye) Russian Federation

Rudnaya Bay (Primorye) Russian Federation

Giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini)

Anyway, my decision to join Andrew’s group was influenced by a few factors – my previous southeast Asia experience and the price tag for the whole trip.