Pawikan Power in Apo Island

May 10, 2015 Tsina 1 Comments

We had a lot of catch ups with Mother Nature on this trip. After the face-to-face encounter with the whale sharks, we met few giant sea turtles in Apo Island. 

When we left Oslob, we went to Dumaguete for food trip and pawikan face-off. We did not stay in Harold's Mansion, but we availed their dive trip err snorkeling tour. They offer diving trips, and people can opt to snorkel. We went at their place early in the morning, and paid P1000/pax. The fee included the transfers, gear rentals, and snacks. It took us about an hour to reach Dauin, and another half an hour boat ride to reach the first diving/snorkeling point. We had at least three spots to explore. 
waiting
almost ready
The gear rental was included in the fee, so we were looking like legit divers err snorkelers. :P
looking legit, right? :P
One of the dive masters accompanied us, because we told them that none of us are good swimmers. Well actually, we can't swim. :P Even on the first spot, we already found a giant sea turtle. Yay!!! 
If only I could swim, I would be this close to the wonders of nature. I must learn how to swim, I guess.
I want to be this close.

under the sea
On the second spot, Bren was able to capture awesome shots of the pawikan!
fly high, pawikan!
giant sea turtle
cool shot :P
We were too exhausted to snorkel on the third spot so we decided to just stay in the boat and rest! When they were done, we went back in Dauin and then in Dumaguete. I was a bit hesitant to push through in this activity, because I thought I won't be able to enjoy this. But I enjoyed snorkeling in the Apo Island, and it was a bonus to see giant see turtles. Hopefully, I could be able to swim next time. Motivation!! :P

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The Charm of Oslob

May 01, 2015 Tsina 0 Comments

I was a bit anxious on this butanding adventure. Because 1 - I can't swim; 2 - I can't swim. Do I really need to explain why I was anxious? :P

We stayed at BCD Place which is adjacent to the starting point of the whale shark adventure. We paid P1500/room for a night. We woke up early the following day, and went to the briefing area. We paid P500/pax for this, they provided us with the life jacket and the gears. So what did they tell us during the briefing? Well, 1 - We must not use sunblock lotion; 2 - We should maintain a specific distance to the whale sharks; 3 - We must not panic. Okay, I made up the third one. Hehe. :P
briefing area
here we go!
So, we jumped in the water, and found face to face with the gentle giants. We only found two butandings during that time. Only Ara could swim, it was either her or Bren who'd take the butanding photos. 
butanding in action
the gentle giant
We should have been more courageous and should not have worn the life jacket. No photos, but hey memories are way better than anything, right? :P

But I say that it was a bit chaotic. There were many people wanting to see the butandings in action and we were early. We saw more people coming in after we finished the activity. So I understand the concerns of some groups on the butandings, it was looking really stressful for them. 
Oslob
We decided to explore Tumalog Falls after a quick coffee. We took a habal-habal ride for PhP120/pax two-way. We paid P20/pax for the entrance fee, but walked to the falls instead of getting into another motorcycle ride. 
almost there, Tumalog Falls!
But I found the one, my favorite falls! This falls has a certain charm that I could not resist. :P What a beauty!!!
what a beauty!!!
let's go!
By the way, I busied myself trying to feel the universe around me. It was wonderful. I miss Tumalog!
whatchadoin
We left the falls feeling refreshed. The falls took all our troubles away. Nuks! 

Oslob offers more than the excitement and thrill of the whale shark adventure, but also the quiet beauty of the Tumalog Falls. I could definitely stay there all day. Yayy!

*Photos were taken by either Ara, Bren or myself

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