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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.
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.
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.
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!