Snorkelling heaven

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Me snorkelling at the cemetery

People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Chris (England), Monica (Spain)

We arrived onto Malapascua after an hour long trip on an outrigger boat. We had turned up at the small port at 7.30am for the 8am boat, but were soon told that no boat would leave in the near future, unless we were willing to pay 8x the normal fee. We smiled and politely declined so at 7.55, we were told to pay 4x the normal fee and we would be on our way. Again we politely refused. At 8am, we boarded the boat and paid the standard $1, cheeky beggers!

The second we stepped foot on the beach, we were offered cheap accomodation and were surprised to find that 300 peso ($6) got us a nice little cabin with cold water bathroom attached.

School of fish at the cemetery snorkelling site
The only downside was that the generator only worked for 6 hours on a night. Next stop was to the restaurant next door that served up decent food at reasonable prices, so all in all we were pretty happy with the set up.

The main reason to visit Malapascua is for its beaches and sealife, so once refreshed we headed to Dans Dive shop to book some dives for the following day and hire out some snorkelling equipment. Dan was a decent old American bloke who had married a local and set up shop in the Philippines many years ago. He agreed to lend us some snorkelling gear for free if i was going to be diving and tipped us off about a great site only 5 minutes walk away.

We reached a rocky outcrop via a cemetery and weren't too sure we should really be where we were, but felt reassured when we came out smack in the middle of 2 big resorts.

Sea snake at the cemetery snorkelling site
We donned our gear and paddled out to see what wonders the sea would hold. We soon saw jellyfish, clown fish, beautiful starfish and a host of other brightly coloured sea life, only metres below the surface. It was the first time Julia had ever snorkelled and combined with my camera battery running out, we headed back to grab some lunch after around an hour.

All charged and ready to go, we headed back to the same spot in the afternoon. This time i swam a little further out and was blown away with how vibrant the sealife was. After getting up close to 'Nemo' the clown fish, i found myself in the middle of a couple of huge schools of fish, which seemed quite oblivious to my presence. I then moved on to photographing some colourful yellow and black moorish idols, before i got the shock of my life as a sea snake swam past me.

View from where we snorkelled near the cemetery
I froze for an instance before swimming after it to get a closer look. I managed a couple of pictures before it stopped and took a long look at what was swimming after it. I decided not to push my luck and didn't follow it the next time it made a move.

Exhausted and exhilerated, we headed back to our hut for a lie down and then went out to get an evening meal. We were joined by Chris and Monica, a couple in the bungalow 2 doors down. It turned out that Chris was a mad Chelsea fan, so we agreed to go out and watch the FA Cup Final together. The only place that we could find, that both had a small TV and electral capability to show the game, told us they would stay open until 12, but no later. The game was a shocker and finished 0-0, meaning extra time and a 1am finish. Luckily there had been a few other people who had joined us to watch, so the generator was left running. Chelsea came out triumphant 1-0 with a very late goal, which delighted Chris and also amused me as i hate Man United! A good finish to a great first day on the island.

Wendyveer says:
Very nice pictures....I want to dive for sure...I,m inpressed!
Posted on: Dec 20, 2007
Deats says:
Hey garry, there were few Threshers around so i didnt even try and go out so early! Where were you in Russia? I hope you made st petersburg - bliss!
Posted on: Jun 14, 2007
Deats says:
Just the best mate, add it to your future travels!
Posted on: Jun 12, 2007
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photo by: Deats