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One of the jellyfish that stung me

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

Our first afternoon in Moalboal was spent trawling around for some cheap accomodation in the baking sunshine. We eventually struck it lucky when we found Fitzgeralds, an American run set of bungalows equipped with en-suite and a kitchen for only $8. Our next task was to find a cheap dive operation, which we successfully did, securing a dive for $20 the following day and free use of snorkelling equipment. Important issues out of the way, we sat on a restaurant deck enjoying a beer and looking out to sea.

We awoke early on Tuesday and after a delicious bacon and egg sandwich i was ready to go diving, whilst Julia came along to snorkel.

A school of purple beautys
Within 10 minutes, we had reached Pescador Island, one of Philippines major dive sites. We entered on the North side of the island and after descending to 20 metres, followed the impressive wall anti clockwise. My first thoughts were 's**t, jellyfish!' They were everywhere, but soon we found a depth where there weren't so many and we could concentrate on the beautiful corals and numerous fish species.

Some of the most impressive sights were a lionfish, school of triggerfish, school of purple beautys, nudy branch and moorish idols. I was really loving the dive until i began feeling a stinging sensation across my forehead, face and neck. A Japanese instuctor grabbed me and peeled off a huge jellyfish tentacle. Although extremely uncomfortable, there was no way i was surfacing on such a wonderful dive.

Turtle spotted when snorkelling
We spent nearly an hour underwater and when we got back on the dive boat, i was told to put vinegar on my stings. Ah, vinegar, of course, i'll just pull it out of my bag... Sarcasm over i was left with the dilemma of having a burning sensation on my face or getting someone else to urinate on it, i was never happier to have a burning face!

After a spot of lunch, the burning had subsided and Julia and I went out to snorkel at the nearby underwater wall. We saw some very pretty fish and corals, but the highlight for me was when i spotted a turtle hidden in a coral pot 15 metres below. I managed to dive down to get a picture and almost drown in the process, but it was worth it! It capped a pretty impressive day in the sea.

In the evening we went to Mollies restaurant and just as the sun was setting, there was a huge invasion of flies that came buzzing around the lights and dropping in to the food. It was pretty horrible, so we went back to our room, only to find a huge cockroach waiting for us. This was taking wildlife appreciation just a little too far! We had some beers, watched some TV and drew a close to a wonderfully topsy turvy day.

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One of the jellyfish that stung me
One of the jellyfish that stung me
A school of purple beautys
A school of purple beautys
Turtle spotted when snorkelling
Turtle spotted when snorkelling
Up close and personal with the fish
Up close and personal with the fish
One of the many schools of fish at…
One of the many schools of fish a…
School of fish
School of fish
White pufferfish
White pufferfish
Moorish Idols
Moorish Idols
Trumpet Fish
Trumpet Fish
Sea Snake
Sea Snake
School of fish, including triggerf…
School of fish, including trigger…
Nudy Branch
Nudy Branch
School of fish
School of fish
A colorful Lion Fish
A colorful Lion Fish
Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo
Purple beautys
Purple beautys
A school of Triggerfish
A school of Triggerfish
Pipefish
Pipefish
Vertically swimming fish
Vertically swimming fish
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photo by: katzylicious