|The Making Of Southern Leyte Divers|
The beginning takes place in the year 1990.
Günter worked as an
instructor in Palawan. On a trip through the Philippines, he took rest
in San Roque, a town on the island Southern Leyte.
In a completely unknown region, at least for foreigners, he met Alona,
a Philippina. Back then is was difficult, due a lengthy journey (more
than 7 hours) and an irregular ferry that came in the night, to get to
this island. Together, Alona and Günter searched within 100 km of her
hometown for a possible diving-station, and one that would provide a
chance to fill tanks. With disappointment they began to realize the
region was just good for snorkelers, and their hopes sank on finding a
paradise for divers.
Günter Mosch started diving in 1978. Before he founded the
„Southern Leyte Divers“ in 1997, he worked as an Instructor on the Maldives Islands, Palawan, Egypt and Germany.
A proud sum of more than 3.500 dives makes him highly qualified as a Padi Master Instructor.
married in Germany, Günter and Alona spent three years travelling
between Karlsruhe and the Philippines, without visiting Southern Leyte
once. In the spring of 1996, they both made a resolution, to make a
side-trip to her hometown on their next visit to the Philippines. Alona travelled ahead with her 10 month old son Adrian. 12 weeks later
she picked up Günter and his friend „Wolle“ Wolfgang at the airport in
Alona Mosch was born and raised in San Roque. She is in charge of the
resort, the restaurant and the kids of course.
Her famous Asian-western cuisine is the result of a six year long stay in Germany. Occasionally she accompanies
Günter on his dives.
After long debate,
they took up the idea again of finding a way to make Southern Leyte an
attractive vacationing area for divers. To all the good surprises that
would come, the first was a modern ferry, called Super cat, that made
the trip over to the island shorter, by five hours! The trip from Cebu
to Maasin, the capital of Southern Leyte, was now in a reasonable
time to be reached. They set up headquarters in San Roque, laying 25 km
from Maasin, and began the same search as in the year 1990. The
feelings of euphoria vanished, after intensely scanning the area and
not having once the chance to use the taken along diving equipment.
They swallowed their disappointment and began to deal with the truth,
here would be no place for diving excursions. Just a day before
leaving for an earlier departure, Alona made a discovery that changed
„Wolle“ Wolfgang Horn is a Padi Dive master with more than 600 dives.
In the early 90ties he also was working in Palawan and he will be
settling in soon on Southern Leyte.
Three boys named
Rio, Roy, and Dag with an old but still functional Bauer Utilus
Compressor, including tanks, made dreams come true. The next day, with
a rented boot, they rode out to the island Limasawa;
a completely unknown diving region even for Phillippinos. Günter und
Wolle put on their diving equipment and plunged in at the next best
site. What then came, neither of them could have put it into words.
Not even their best expectations came close to what they found; a
wonderful drop-off, clear water, undamaged corals, fish and turtles.
Today this place is known as Adrian's Cove,
beloved by tourists and natives.
From left to right: Alona and Rio
around the island of Limasawa were, from this point on, more than once
a day on the agenda. Not one corner was to be left undiscovered.
Diving expeditions followed on the riffs of San Roque, Padre Burgos
and on the island of Panaon. Each dive was as impressive and
interesting as the other.