Look out there's a turtle

North Pandan Island Travel Blog

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The island

The boat does not sink before we get to Pandan Island and we make it safely to the shore. They we need to check in at the resort. We go to the bar and we are greeted by the bartender. He gives us a welcome drink and passes along a guestbook and asks us to put down our names. Then he leaves.

 

Ok I guess we can check in later no hurry. Well there is a couple of other guests in the bar having a drink - they have just been diving. The first of them starts talking - I can't believe my streak of bad luck - he claims he do not have an accent. But he does. He got a pretty pronounced Danish accent - once again I am surrounded by fellow Danes to make matters even worse there is a Danish couple staying on the island as well making the majority of the adult guest Danes.

A blue spotted ray
Ah well we chat to the other people anyways and we ask where we go to check in - and we are told - hey you are already check in. Hmm ok we still have no rooms or anything but hey that will probably work itself out later.

 

We head of to go grab some lunch - you are always at the mercy at the place you when you go to a resort on an otherwise uninhabited island - you have to eat what they are serving. We got lucky - the food is ok. And they are not even overcharging you too much even though they could given you have to eat at the restaurant.

 

This island is famous for two things - or maybe just one - it is the main jump of point to Apo Reef and they got turtles coming in close to the shore to eat the sea grass.

Banner fish
I wanna see turtles so I get my snorkelling gear and go out to find those turtles. Well in the beginning there are no turtles - but there are lots of blue spotted rays. After Steve Irving got himself kill by a ray I have had some second thoughts about rays. But then again I am not gonna dive down to pick it up and scream into is head isn't she a beauty. So I am probably ok I guess.

 

After the rays I continue a bit down the coast and right there is an amazing reef - the visibility is really good even though it is close to the coast and in the afternoon. I start feeling really good about going to Apo. After the hopeless visibility at Coron we had some concerns about the visibility this time of year. Well all sorts of fish are around the corals and the corals themselves are in pretty good condition.

Going up for air

 

All good comes to an end and I turn back to go back on land - but then right there at the sea grass is a big turtle. It is not one of those tiny young ones no it is a fully grown turtle. We follow it around for a while and it seems to be ok with us hanging around it. Then it stops eating and go swimming. Hey I can swim too so I follow the turtle. It swims along and then heads a few times for the surface to get air - and there it is my turtle breaking the surface to get air. And yeah it is a beauty but I got a snorkel in my mouth so I can't scream it out to the world - sorry should not talk this way about the dead - I behave now.

 

Well we leave the turtle alone and head for the shore.

Koralifix says:
Amazing photos :)
Posted on: May 29, 2009
ellekape says:
haha
Posted on: Jul 31, 2008
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The island
The island
A blue spotted ray
A blue spotted ray
Banner fish
Banner fish
Going up for air
Going up for air
A blue spotted ray
A blue spotted ray
Yep the boat may just be able to s…
Yep the boat may just be able to …
Another blue spotted ray
Another blue spotted ray
Another blue spotted ray
Another blue spotted ray
One blue spotted ray
One blue spotted ray
The turtle
The turtle
Close up of the turtle
Close up of the turtle
REal close up of the turtle
REal close up of the turtle
Trying to get away - I heard the t…
Trying to get away - I heard the …
North Pandan Island
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