Pandan Island

Trip Start Jun 10, 2008
Trip End Aug 01, 2008

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Pandan Island Resort

Flag of Philippines  ,
Thursday, June 12, 2008

We got to the island about 6.00, just as it was getting dark and were given a lovely welcome cocktail at the bar right on the beach.  Went down well after the long journey we just had.  They showed us to our beach hut, a little bit down the beach, which was lovely but very basic.  There are salt water showers with a bucket and scoop for you to rinse with fresh water afterwards.  And you have to pour water into the toilet yourself to flush.  There are no windows or air conditioning, so it gets VERY hot at night.  And the power goes off at 7pm with enough only to power a few small lights in the room, and even at the bar.  But, despite all this the island has a certain charm and its just a really great place to be.  Apart from the mozzies.  Feckin mozzies....

Anyway, the reason we came here was to learn to dive, so the next day we donned our equipment and had our first lesson.  In a classroom!!  It was interesting enough to keep us awake, and then we had our first dive in the morning in about 3 metres of water to practice all the things we learned.  There was a class and a dive every morning and afternoon for 4 days, which is about average to do the dive course.  We were lucky to learn in such a great place, the island is surrounded by great corals in fairly shallow water and lots of life.  Most places you learn in a pool and only get to do an actual dive after about 2 or three days in the pool.  So it made us much more excited about the course when we could see fish swimming about as we learned.

After a few dives up to 6 metres we eventually went deeper into about 20 metres and saw some incredible stuff.  The water was so clear here away from the wash of the beach.  There were turtles, lion fish, jack fish, big trigger fish, everything.  And the corals were beautiful too.  I couldn't really take my camera with me while we were doing the course, which was a bit of a killer when you can see such amazing things just whizzing around you.  But on the last dive I took it with me and got a few snaps. Its much more difficult than I thought it would be.  The water is moving, you are moving, the fish are moving, so basically it takes a bit of patience and some skill (which I haven't quite gotten yet) to get a good shot. 

So no we're qualified divers, and to make matters more interesting, I got an ear infection after my last dive which made my right ear really sore and my left ear blocked up completely so I couldn't hear a thing!!

Luckily we were leaving the next day, so hopefully I could get it sorted out and dive again soon.
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