Vitton & Woodland Beach Resorts
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... from Pilar, and the remaining four of us had breakfast by the sea. This gave Jacqui a chance to indulge in another favourite pastime - collecting shells and sea-rounded glass. She had amassed quite a collection by the time our pancakes had arrived. Then we said our goodbyes to Sean and Mitsy before setting off towards the bus.
After a few minutes walking, a tricycle came past, and we loaded the bags onto the roof of the sidecar before jumping inside. ...
... still able to see the enormous creature between breaths. We swam alongside the giant fish as it wafted along, a "cleaner fish" alongside / beneath it. We also noticed many tiny stinging sensations while in the water, which Abe explained was krill.
Another two dips into the water yielded further sightings, including one where we ended up in front of the whale shark's huge, gaping mouth as it scoured the ocean for plankton. The huge crowds of snorkellers trying ...
... Bernard instructed us all to clap, and thousands of fireflies glowed in response to the perceived threat.
We spent a while just looking at the specs of light as they floated on the air like ashes from a bonfire, while the captain explained how they played a vital role in the creation of the plankton which feed Donsol's whale sharks. Over time the pulsing lights became synchronised, with sections of the tree lighting in waves. Eventually ...
... made the 3 hours on a boat and the disappointment of not seeing a whale shark a bit easier to take. Later in the afternoon Arion took us to a remote snorkelling location in which he was so proud to show us. He didn't tell us that after he drove 30 minutes down the bumpiest dirt roads going we would have to walk 25 minutes through a remote village in the blistering heat to get there, but still it was worth it and it seemed to make his day too! We left ...
... as the tree looks like a Christmas tree full of small twinkle lights, almost all of which are flashing in unison, as the fireflies do when they all gather together. The hour and a half spent cruising on the river, soaking in the wonder of the bright stars, and stopping to admire the cheerful display of fireflies at intermittent intervals was a wonderful romantic evening for the two of us! (Alyssa was getting some rest after our travel ...