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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.
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.
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.