Currently I’m not the best in updating this blog, I could blame the bad internet here in the Philippines or I just been lazy, I leave that thought to you!!! My laziness also means that my posts might be posted in a random order so the intro to this post might not make sense so please bear with me. It’s not just my blog posts that are random or not exciting but so are my travel movement at the moment…
I spent a few days in Moalboal but one day i decided to go to Oslob to swim with the whale sharks, something I originally was against due to the set up. Basically the only reason why there are so many whale sharks in Oslob every morning is that there are tour guides feeding them every morning to get them close so its all very set up and due to this I also heard there are herds of tourists going everyday. Not really my cup of tea so a couple of hours after booking a place to stay I stuck to my belief that it would be a bad idea. Canceled my room in Oslob and decided to go to Dauin for some diving instead!
After a couple of bus rides, a ferry, a couple of tricycles, 104 km and five hours later I finally arrived at Bongo Bongo Dive in Dauin where I was going to stay. Low season made the place extremely quiet but was lucky enough to run in to a British guy who I already met in Moalboal so wasn't completely solo. One big downside with not many people staying in the place and not many people staying anywhere else in Dauin was that it would be a challenge to get the four people together that we needed for the place to do the dive trip to Apo island where we would do the dives. Apo island is known for its turtle sanctuary by the way so you kind of guaranteed to see turtles and this was the reason I came to Dauin. I would be far from happy if this dive trip didn't happen. Anyhow, wasn't to bothered that only the British guy had signed up for the next day because I had decided that I would just stick to the hammock and try to finish my book that i read for the last three months. It’s not that I’m a slow reader, it’s just that the book is pretty shit and I read a couple of other books in between…
Coming afternoon on that first day both me and British guy started to get slightly agitated since there was still no sign of anyone else signing up for the dives on the upcoming day and we wouldn't get a clear answer from the dive shop if they were going to try to put us with another dive shop or if we had to do so ourself. So except for an hour snorkelling we did the only thing we could do and that was to wait. One thing was for sure though, we both were determined that we would do the Apo island dive the next day. In the end we were lucky because coming late afternoon a couple walked in and signed up. I told you that we would do the dive the next day!
In the morning of the dive the staff at Bongo Bongo had already loaded our gear so it was just for us to walk the 100 M to the beach and jump on the boat that would take us to the dive sites. I had had the worst sleep the night before so felt very tired on the boat, felt most of all that I would have rather gotten back in to bed then be on the very wet sea. But hey with the knowledge that we had the chance of seeing turtles was pretty high I started to warm up and get excited again. I got my gear on after the briefing by our dive master and then jumped in to the water. Realised that I left my GOPRO on the boat so asked the guys to get it for me. For what ever reason they couldn't find it where I left it so in the end I just said don't worry about it and I didn’t think about it.
I had finally woken up when I hit the water and our first dive was great, we saw two turtles just floating around and one that was just lazying around on the bottom of the sea. Defiantly one of the best things Ive seen and I think all four of us got as excited when we saw them. I find the they look highly depressed though!!!
After getting all my stuff off after the dive, I went to check for my GOPRO. It was nowhere to be seen and that’s when it hit me that I've been a very very stupid girl. I had just put it next to me when I got ready for the dive and at some stage I must have pushed it in to the sea. With some positive thinking I was kind of hoping it would still be on the bottom of the sea close to the boat. So I grabbed a mask and jumped back in again but guess what??! No it was still nowhere to be seen. The sea had taken my GOPRO away from me but guess that’s serves me right for being utterly stupid…
We had about an hour rest on the boat and then it was time to get ready for dive number two on another dive site. This time we saw some really good corral, sea snakes, lion fish and a ton of other little fishes. I didn't have a very good dive this time… It started with a terrible mask squees and then I had some serious issues equalising, not sure but I just couldn't get comfortable this time around and back on the boat I felt a bit dizzy and sick. But then some delicious food was served and all of the sudden I felt great again!
Just as I made peace with myself and stopped sulking over loosing my camera another boat pulls up next to us and you never believe this but one of the dive masters on that boat had found my GO PRO. This is about three hours after I dropped it and understandably this defiantly cheered me up after having a pissy second dive.
Third dive and all was back to normal, no problems equalising and the mask didn't try to squees my eye balls out of their sockets so had a very pleasant dive. Again we saw a beautiful underwater landscape but I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t come across anymore of the fantastic turtles. Saying that though, the diving here is defiantly better then Taganga where I did my Open Water!!!
After the three dives it was time to return to Dauin, there was some heavy dark rain clouds hanging over land as we were coming closer but thankfully no rain. We also had a very nice surprise in the form of dolphins coming up swimming and playing along and in front of our boat. Haven't had this since I did the crossing from Colombia to Panama by sail boat so felt super to get to experience this as a last thing on a fantastic day!
Cost For The Day Trip To Apo Island:
PHP 3 700/ USD 80/ EUR 72
Including dive equipment, transport, lunch and snacks
Where I Stayed in Dauin:
Bongo Bongo Dive PHP 400/ USD 8.70/ EUR 7.70
Private room with shared bathroom
I decided that it was time for a career break. So handed in my notice to the company who I worked with for the last ten years. It's time to pack my bag and depart from Amsterdam which been my home town for the last 4.5 years. -"Amsterdam, it's not you it's me and I need a break!". Read more
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