We are lucky to live in a place with extraordinary marine life. You can shoot wide angle images from whale sharks and sardine balls or macros from ghost pipe fish or pygmy sea horses. However, many divers have nice and sophisticated uw camera set up but lack the skill and experience to get the images they are after. Enter Bo Mancao, Underwater Photographer Extraordinary, who teamed up with us to help you getting the pictures you deserve.
Born into a family of divers in Cebu, an island in the Philippine archipelago, it came naturally that he learned to swim, spearfish and scuba dive. His first memories were of the beach and the ocean, and the spell was cast. Diving and travel was hard wired into his DNA.
After university days, He pursued a career in Information Technology that led him to work across three continents mostly land locked, over seven years. Realizing that he could no longer forsake the call of sea, he gave up technology. In 2012, he worked towards to his second coming to the diving world, with a renewed commitment to ocean conservation and a camera.
He has since extensively revisited dive sites from his youth and is continuing to explore new ones.
His dive experience now spans from the all over the Philippine waters to other South East Asian countries and Micronesia.
Bo’s award winning underwater photography and articles have been published in major Philippine newspapers, books on marine conservation and International Magazines like EZ Dive and Asian Diver magazine.
He currently runs The Dive Local Network, a Scuba and Adventure tours company that showcases the Philippines’ best dive destinations. He continuously strives to empower the local dive guides and heavily promotes marine awareness and sustainable fishing methods.