Apr 14, 1992
Throughout all of my time on Malapascua, I haven't exactly had a plan for what I was going to do come the end of my stay. I knew I had roughly a month and a half to do whatever I could with my budget allowing me too. The possibilities were endless basically, and there were literally too many destinations to choose from. Should I stay in the Visayas to dive around Moalboal, Dumaguete, Bohol and Southern Leyte? Do I go see the whale sharks in Oslob (as controversial as it may be)? Or do I really test out my budget and make my way to Sipadan, where I know the diving is just unreal? Now I'm not going to lie, but I didn't really put any thought into my next stop until I realized I had only one week left until I was out of Malapascua. This is when I really started to kind of get stressed out because I did not have the slightest idea as to what on earth I was going to do. I started doing piles and piles of research about how to get anywhere and everywhere basically. I got into contact with a few people I've met during my time in the Philippines this summer, asking for their recommendations, and of course both of them say different things. Finally, after discussing my options with one of the instructors at TSD, he made an extremely valide point: the majority of the Visayas all have the same things to see, I've already seen giant mantas, thresher sharks, a whale shark, and loads of macro stuff in Malapascua, and in my previous travels to Bohol and Tubbataha I had seen the big schools of jacks, barracuda, a ridiculous amount of turtles and the list goes on really. So it was for this reason I decided to expand my horizons and book my flight to Kota Kinabalu, where I would then hop on an 8 hour long night-bus ride to Semporna to dive Sipadan! I literally booked my plane tickets the day before I left Malapascua, and that was that.