More sharks!

Trip Start Jan 09, 2013
Trip End Jan 22, 2013

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Flag of Philippines  , Visayas,
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

We had a PHENOMENAL day of diving yesterday!
We tried the thresher shark dive again since our first attempt was not very good. We were in luck! We were able to have close encounters with about 4 threshers and WOW. What an adrenalin rush that was!! Absolutely amazing.

Then we did 2 additional dives at Gato Island, where we were told we may have White-tip shark sightings. Cool! The island has a cave you can swim through with a flashlight. As we swam through the cave, there was a pocket of space where we saw 2 white-tips swimming in circles!!! I must admit, it was a bit scary. The shark was swimming within 10 meters!
Later we saw a few more - we were definitely lucky - 9 shark sightings all in a day's dive!
Not to mention I saw a biggest sea horse to date (about 6 inches), 2 silver/black sea snakes, a flat worm and so many more amazing creatures I don't know the names for!!

We met some awesome people on the dive boat. This older man Stephen from UK told me he travelled from UK to Singapore ON LAND. I said "Whaaaat?!? How?!?" I thought I misunderstood. No, he meant it. He took a train through Europe going east, then to Siberia through Russia, then to China, down to Vietnam and Cambodia. I had to visualize the world Atlas and think about that route. I can't believe that was even possible. He's been on the road since July and he's half way through his world tour. He's just a friendly and charming and awesome fellow. If we weren't heading in opposite directions in SE Asia I would have followed him!

We met up with Stephen and another girl from UK for dinner. I ordered fish and chips, expecting French fries with battered fish fillet. What I got was deep fried slices of fresh potatoes and one whole catch-of-the-day!
I guess that would be the real fish and chips! NICE.
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mom on

You said you hated me when I took you to the swimming school you were 5 yearrs old then. But you are now enjoying the scuba diving very much.
You shoud thank me,right? hhhh

oshioshi on

Haha yes! Thanks mom!!!
I am thankful that you did NOT let me quit 2 things. Swimming lessons and University of Michigan :)

Janel on

You and Luis are very very brave, swimming with sharks, that would quickly end my scuba career !! (I know, I am a scaredy cat !)

oshioshi on

Janel, it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you just can't miss. It was scary but it helped to know that at least thresher sharks don't have teeth ;)

Oli on

Mmmm yammi fish, scary sharks

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