Beach bliss

Boracay Travel Blog

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Simon is engulfed by the fish once more... i told him to leave his pack lunch on the boat!

People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Hannes (Sweden), Rocky (USA), Gaz (England), Alex (England), Simon (England)

Arriving on an outrigger from Caticlan to the island of Boracay, we were greeted by a woman who was able to offer us a room just off the beach for $8, which is pretty decent for Boracays standards. It was already 5pm so we decided to quickly take a stroll down the beautiful white, sandy beach, fringed with palm trees. On our way back to our guest house we stopped in some dive shops and The Blue Mango was by far the most impressive. I therefore pencilled my name down to dive the following day and we had a happy hour beer to celebrate.

The Captain has gone down with the ship
It was now pretty dark outside and we soon realised that we didn't actually  have a clue which small path our guest house was on! After walking up and down the same stretch of beach for over half an hour, we eventually found the right path to the relief of the guest house owner, who thought something terrible must have happened to us!

On Friday morning we went straight down to the dive shop and properly met the dive instructors - Rocky, Gaz, Simon and Alex. The latter 3 would be coming with myself and a german guy on the first dive, which was around 10 minutes away by boat. The dive was a very short one as the currents are incredibly strong and if you remain underwater more than 25 minutes, then you'll either be in a shipping lane or out to sea! The official name for such a dive is a drift dive, but this was anything but drifting as we raced along the bottom of the sea bed.

Ship Wreck
We saw some interesting coral pots and also a few large pufferfish and triggerfish, but it was more about the experience of the currents than the fish that was the remarkable and enjoyable thing here.

Back on the mainland we went for an energizing spaghetti lunch before we returned back to the diveshop and i was preparing for my second dive. This time there was more people, as it was a less technical dive. We went to a site with some pretty corals and interesting fish. Some of the highlights included an eel, lobster, nudy branch and stonefish - which Gaz almost put his hand on - now that would have hurt! But my favourite part of the dive was when we got to feed the fish, as we became engulfed by the greedy little things. Even when we had nothing left to feed them, they were still trying to nibble our fingers!

Later in the afternoon Rocky and Simon took me out to do a wreck dive, which was about 30m down.

Alex gets to work in Juice Bar
It was the first i had ever done and was really enjoyable. The wreck is about 4 years old and has already attracted some impressive residents including a banana coloured trumpet fish, lionfish, grippers and moorish idols. We swam through different sections of the ship and it was a really strange thought to know that one day people had walked along the same corridors! Back near the surface we also saw 2 really beautiful batfish, which was an added bonus.

That evening we met Hannes who we knew from Manila and had just arrived on the island. We enjoyed a meal together at our hostel before we went back to the diveshop to meet up with the other guys. We spent a couple of hours drinking at the diveshop before we made our way up the beach and to the impressive Juice Bar, where the guys were so well known that they ended up behind the bar serving drinks and making some elaborate flaming shooters!

Deats says:
Hiya buddy. Im not sure what it will cost by 2010, as the Peso has become much stronger in the last few years and the pound has devalued. Borcay is also the most expensive place in the Philippines. If money is no issue then its a great place to learn. Expect to pay about $350 for a decent course in a good shop. If you do your course in Moalboal which is also very good, i think you could pay somewhere nearer to $250. It also depends how good you are at bargaining! One off dives cost an absolute minimum of $30 in Boracay but after becoming friends with the owner i did some dives for only $6!!! My advice is to go there with nothing booked and bargain when you arrive. Then you can check out the best prices and importantly which place has good new equipment and friendly instructors. Hope this helps! Oh and check out feel free to check out my Boracay blog on the next page, for the stunning beach photos ;)
Posted on: Jun 01, 2009
vodkaphix says:
Hi Deats
i am planning a trip to philippnes in 2010 and wandered where i can get a dive coarse? i would really love to see what you've seen here for real in boracay. what can i expect to pay for a package coarse?
Posted on: May 31, 2009
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Simon is engulfed by the fish once…
Simon is engulfed by the fish onc…
The Captain has gone down with the…
The Captain has gone down with th…
Ship Wreck
Ship Wreck
Alex gets to work in Juice Bar
Alex gets to work in Juice Bar
Attack of the killer fish... Feedi…
Attack of the killer fish... Feed…
An eel greets us on the second dive
An eel greets us on the second dive
Coral and fish on our second dive
Coral and fish on our second dive
Second Dive
Second Dive
Lobster
Lobster
Stone fish
Stone fish
Fish take shelter in a small openi…
Fish take shelter in a small open…
Colourful fish on our second dive
Colourful fish on our second dive
Fish on the second dive
Fish on the second dive
2 camouflaged fish on the second d…
2 camouflaged fish on the second …
What a big fish
What a big fish
School of fish at the Ship Wreck
School of fish at the Ship Wreck
Me with the rudder of the ship wre…
Me with the rudder of the ship wr…
Ship Wreck
Ship Wreck
Ship Wreck
Ship Wreck
Trumpet Fish at the Ship Wreck
Trumpet Fish at the Ship Wreck
Fish on the ship wreck
Fish on the ship wreck
Banana Trumpet Fish at the Ship Wr…
Banana Trumpet Fish at the Ship W…
Ship Wreck
Ship Wreck
Lion Fish at the Ship Wreck
Lion Fish at the Ship Wreck
Ship Wreck
Ship Wreck
Moorish Idols at the ship wreck
Moorish Idols at the ship wreck
Diving at the ship wreck
Diving at the ship wreck
This was a spider or something, no…
This was a spider or something, n…
Bat Fish
Bat Fish
An artist makes a T-Shirt outside …
An artist makes a T-Shirt outside…
Me, Gaz, Hannes, Alex, Simon, Rock…
Me, Gaz, Hannes, Alex, Simon, Roc…
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