Day 3: Over the Waves and Under the Sea
Panglao Island Travel Blog› entry 5 of 6 › view all entries
January 17th, 2008 – by: JeAr
Part 1: Chasing Dolphins
I woke up at 5AM because I'd like to watch the sunrise. However, looking out the window, I realized that it's raining outside. I started to worry that our dolphin-watching might be canceled if the waves were too big, and if they were, I'd be scared to push through with it because I couldn't swim (in case the boat capsized). What a dilemma at such an early time! Anyway, I'd have to scrap the whole sunrise thing, apparently, and Ross and I just waited for the banca that will take us to the open seas to see some dolphins.
Finally, at exactly 6AM, Mang Celso (the man we made a deal with for the island-hopping) knocked at our door and told us it's time. Normally, boats leave the island at 5-5:30AM, but Mang Celso said it's better to leave at 6AM so that we didn't have to wait very long for the dolphins to appear.
So, 30 minutes later, we're out in the open seas with the other boats (and tourists) waiting for the dolphins to steal the scene and make our day.
I also remembered the part when a group of 4 dolphins swam next to our boat.
Les dauphins, a bientot!
Part 2: Finding Nemo
Our next stop for the day was Balicasag Island, one of the small islands dotting the Bohol Sea. Balicasag is actually famous for its protected fish sanctuary where people can snorkel and be up close and personal with the fishes.
Before getting too close to Balicasag Island, our boat stopped and smaller ones being rowed by young men approached us. We were then informed that the motor boat weren't allowed to get too close to the fish sanctuary to avoid damaging the corals and disturbing the peace, I mean, fishes, so we need to use the smaller ones. Then, being numb to 'financial' surprises already, we were told that we have to pay P150 each for the small boat. Fine. So, we left our stuff on our big boat, hopped on to the smaller one, and taken to the part of the sea where we can find Nemo. The water was very shallow (only went up to my torso) so I was fine with snorkeling and testing my camera under water, although I had to hold on to the boat the whole time for fear of being carried further away by the current hehehe.
Our boatman (il s'appelle Luther) had with him some bread crumbs to attract the fishes, so we took some and threw them in the water. In a nanosecond, we were surrounded by fishes of all shapes and sizes! Actually, they kinda have the same size and shape hehehe. But they're very colorful and amusing. So the fishes got their stomachs full while I got busy taking pics of them underwater. Very photogenic, those fishes! The corals were also nice so I took pics of those as well. Pretty soon, we ran out of bread crumbs (next time I'd bring a loaf hehehe), and the fishes, being ingrates that they were, left us wanting more :D Then, more problem - my cam's battery got depleted! Oh no! Then, ironically, the bigger, more 'Animal Planet' type of fishes began swimming our way. Bummer!!! I should've brought extra battery, I should've! Somebody help! But nobody did, of course not, so yeah, another shoulda-woulda-coulda for me.
So, after more than an hour with the fishes, it's time to go. Luther rowed us back to the bigger boat, we got his number (we will be back), paid him P500 because Ross used flippers which cost an additional P150 (we had a P50 change but we decided to forego it), and left Balicasag. The ride back to Panglao was a bit bumpy because of the bigger waves, and since we've seen what we came for and were already heading back, we were more conscious of the time and how far the islands actually were from one another. Mang Tony, our driver/tour guide from Tagbilaran, would be picking us up at 11AM, so we had to be at the resort by 10AM to shower and pack.
We had enough time to shower and pack, so we took it slowly. I also took pics of the resort to show other friends what it looked like in case they go to Bohol someday. Mang Tony arrived before 11AM, so we made him wait a bit hehehe. Next, we paid our bill, said our goodbyes to the resort crew, got inside the car, then drove away. I almost asked Mang Tony to stop because I forgot something very important in Alona Beach - my heart...
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