Trip Start Sep 23, 2011
Trip End Dec 24, 2012

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Flag of Philippines  , Visayas,
Monday, November 21, 2011

We got into Cebu quite late, we had booked a place on some various website and when we got there it wasn't what it looked like on the site. Oh well only one night then off to a lovely Island that's said to be Boracay's baby brother.

Next morning we had what we could of the breakfast 'selection' then shot off to the bus station to travel a few hours upland to Maya where we could get a Banka (there type of boat) to Malapascua.

We met a lovely bloke called Shane on the boat over, he was Irish and very very smart.

We got to the Island and started to look for a place to sleep as well as dive, we had Shane with us to see if we could make a deal.
We found Exotic Dive Resort which had good reviews and was the biggest resort on the Island. Shane went to his diver's digs whilst me and Elle had to settle for a suite... they didn't have enough room for us in the digs... promise.
Went and had a drink after we got settled but not too much as we would be diving with some big fish the next morning!

We got up really early as that's when the sharks like to get up. We went down to 20 metres, sat and waited on the reef. Our dive master started pointing at shadows appearing in the distance, with every minute they kept on getting clearer, until we we're able to make out the sharks. They got a little braver and were about 5 metres away at one stage, except for the one that swam over our heads which felt like it was within touching distance!!
On the same day in the evening, we done another dive to see Mandarin fish. These fish are good to see at sunset as they mate when the sun starts to go down. Only small, they swim upwards entwined in one another, the only thing is they are scared of light. So trying to shine a torch on them and watch them is hard, but well worth it.

The Island was lovely, we walked around it a little and threw the local disco on the basketball courts. 

We went on one more dive, a lot of sea life including a huge jellyfish the size of a beach ball.

We left the next day, leaving Shane on the island we moved onward back down to Cebu to catch a ferry over to Bohol. The weather changed a lot from waiting for the banka in the baking sun to trying to get off the banka dodging the rain, with me nearly falling in the water with both my bags on!!

We waited for a bus for half hour, watching the torrential rain we just missed. Missed a ferry when we got to Cebu so decided to stay in a hostel close to the port. A nice new hostel it was pretty good for the money, a cool little safe storage place under your pillow so your valuables are tucked away whilst you sleep.

The next morning we managed to jump on a ferry over to Bohol.

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