Slam'S Garden Resort
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On paper, the journey to Malapascua looked like a piece of cake, - a short flight, a bus ride to the top and a tiny little ferry, so small it was hardly worth mentioning. As with all of my boughts of naive optimism (travelwise) reality has very different ideas, it shakes its worldweary old head, has a good old chuckle at your half-baked plans and then throws a big bag of spanners into the works.
At Cebu Airport we made a terrific start by finding the ...
... to cause a bit of a stir and it was explained to me that as the boat was booked under my name it was only me allowed to board it. Any additional passengers, including Catherine would have to take separate boats and pay the same fare. It then became clear that the other gentleman were all captains and crew from other boats and this was how they made money; refusing to take passengers and overcharging them considerably. Our first challenge was to insist ...
... for the tourist season, a major source of income for the locals. The main attraction here? The promise of Thresher sharks, mandarin fish, frog fish, pygmy seahorses and other unique marine creatures. Luckily, Yolanda has left the underwater world relatively intact and the number one drawcard of Threshers are still here!
It's an early start of 5am to see the Threshers and absolutely worth the early wake up call. For my experience anyway, as soon as we hit ...
... one thing really, diving. Especially one specific dive site, where lies a cleaning station. This is a coral and rock pinnacle set in very deep water (200m+) where small fish lie in wait for larger fish to come up from the depths, where they then clean the plankton off the skin of the larger animals. Here it is like a ceasefire zone, nothing eats anything else, otherwise they won't be cleaned! And here at Malapascua there is one specific animal that can be seen ...
... chilled atmosphere to have a beer or cocktail, we decided it must be because the accommodation is so nice that people tend to stay in their bungalows - either way it was a lovely calm, safe atmosphere. The main village was in the middle of the island and if you walked through it you were met with absolute poverty, but at the same time some of the happiest kids I have ever seen, they would follow us shouting 'hello, hello!!!', waving madly and giving us ...