fun! fun! fun! at nalusuan

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one of the outrigger boats that can be rented going to the island

It was an impromptu plan to go for a last hurrah this summer. We planned the outing just a day before the getaway. Took a van from SM terminal going to Tonggo at Lapu Lapu City where the boat will be waiting for us. Fare was about 65 bucks per person. A boat was reserved the day before to take us to the island which costs about P2500. Alas when we arrived, the banca already left since the call time was 7 AM  but we arrived around 8. We had to wait at the wharf for a more friends to join us as well while we wait for the boat. While waiting, we treated ourselves to watching the outrigger boats going in and out of the wharf and chatting with our foreign guest.

It was about a 30-minute ride from the wharf to Nalusuan Island. At times the outrigger had to run slow because there were parts where the waters were very shallow that we can even see starfishes and sea urchins.

accommodations at nalusuan island
Nevertheless everyone was excited to get to the island. Along the way we were greeted with views of Hilutungan and other small fish sanctuaries. The excitement built up when we finally saw the welcome sign from afar and seeing that there were already people snorkeling around the quay. When we finally got to the quay, we were amazed by the clarity of the water and the myriad of fishes swimming that it felt like you can touch them. But before we can jump in to the inviting water, we had to settle and put our things aside.

There is a foot bridge connecting the quay to the island and once you get there, you can either rent tables for the day trip or get a cottage to stay overnight but the rooms are quite expensive. For those who are not quite swimmers, the resort offers life vests for rent as well as snorkel gear.

feeding frenzy
 Our friend's family already rented tables when we got there and after having our fill of lechon, we headed out to the quay to enjoy the fishes. One can dive from a platform or for those who get wobbly knees when diving, there are stairs along the foot bridge that you can use to get down to the water. The  best place to enjoy the fishes are right under the quay. Well, if you have rice or bread on your hands, the fish will flock to you like flies :-) Take an underwater cam with you so you can rightfully enjoy the view of the fish and corals.

All in all twas a beautiful day to relax and unwind as well as a fitting send off to a good friend.

bhush2006 says:
Nice writeup and photos. Just 2 days ago, I found their website and browsed various blogs on web. Seems a nice place to visit from Cebu. Will keep this in mind. Thanks for writing this blog.
Posted on: Mar 09, 2015
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one of the outrigger boats that ca…
one of the outrigger boats that c…
accommodations at nalusuan island
accommodations at nalusuan island
feeding frenzy
zen-inspired
zen-inspired
going to the sanctuary
going to the sanctuary
with fellow travbuddy Clark
with fellow travbuddy Clark
jump! dive!
jump! dive!
small sandbars when the tide is low
small sandbars when the tide is low
the other side of the island
the other side of the island
grouper for sale
grouper for sale
feeding frenzy
feeding frenzy
school or swarm?
school or swarm?
grouper
grouper
basking in the sun
basking in the sun
sunset on the way back to lapulapu
sunset on the way back to lapulapu
31 km (19 miles) traveled
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