Heading for a place just down the street
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It is time to leave Manila as early as possible to go to do something more interesting in a friendlier environment than the traffic jams you will continuously experience in this city. Hence I head for the bus to Batangas - it is pretty easy to get a bus to Batangas they seem to leave very frequently - which is not so surprising given it is the major port to go to the tourist spot down around Puerto Galera.
When I get off I am down at the harbor and this is one of the most annoying places I have been in the Philippines. I just want to find a jeepney going to Anilao.
After a while I do find a local jeepney to take me to the Anilao. And after a couple of hours I am there. Then next it is off to the resort which according to Lonely Planet is a bit down the road - unfortunately it does not say how far down the road - but how bad can it be. The tricycle want 400 peso - hence I start walking. And I keep walking - and walking - and walking. There is a lot of police and army like police running down the road. Apparently the president have been visiting the area staying in a resort owned by the minister of Finance to go on one of her diving trips for the weekend.
After a while I do meet someone telling me there is at least 20 minutes in a tricycle for the resort I am heading for - ups. I wait and try to find a jeepney plying the road form here - and it takes forever to get a ride to Planet Dive.
I get a place to stay in one of their huts - which is including all meals. And then I try to discuss my big diving plans. Now I realize I got a problem. I went here on a Sunday because I wanted to be here in the quite part of the week. But what I did not realize was that this place is dead outside the weekend.
And just off the beach at the resort there is some great snorkeling. There is a nice little coral reef just a few meters out in the water. And I go snorkeling down the coast - and just to check the options I swim ashore at one of the neighbor resorts and ask if they got divers going the next day. No luck here either it seems to be a problem. Well back in the water and see a few more fish and corals before heading up on land again.
After the snorkeling I go to the road and walk down and ask one of the other resorts to see if they got divers - but no - no one seems to have any guest what so ever.