Monday, September 1, 2008

Philippine Island hopping

Balicasag IslandMy previous visits to the Philippines have been limited to a few hours or maybe a night in Manila, transiting to Yap, Guam, PNG, etc. This time I had decided to give the country a better chance to seduce me - going on a Scuba Safari in The Visayas. 13 days in total, divided between resorts in Moalboal on Cebu, Dauin on Negros Oriental and Cabilao off Bohol, with the days spent diving around and between the resorts.

Apart from the first few days, we had excellent weather, contrary to common misconceptions that this would be in the middle of the rainy as well as the typhoon season. Yes, there where typhoons hitting the north of the Philippines, and yes they also had a lot rain in other areas, but it really is a big country, with local climates.

The diving was great as well. Even better than I had expected. Not much in the way of big creatures, but lots and lots of small stuff, as well as a multitude of corals hard and soft in excellent condition.

For now, photos can be found on my travel site and over on Flickr.

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