Snorkeling Apo Reef, travel to Mamburao

Trip Start Oct 06, 2012
Trip End Jul 08, 2013

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Flag of Philippines  , MIMAROPA,
Saturday, April 27, 2013

Woken at 5.45am by the fricken groups loudness and music again! Goodie. It was really light as well though. Sleep was okay all things considered and we didn't sleep on a mat of any sort! Had our crackers and mango for breakfast! Substantial haha! We were meant to be going snorkeling at 8am and be packed up but the big group was useless and pissed around all morning!! Our guide took us for a walk to the lagoon again but it was the other side this time. Not too exciting!
We were all packed up ready to go and could see it would be awhile before we would be leaving so Sarah and I went for a snorkel. The tide was in so it made it much better. The visibility was 30 meters plus, it was amazingly clear! We saw a turtle which we swam with for ages as it just cruised around. Very kewl. We finally left at 10am 2 hours later than we were told! :S We boated out to the edge of the reef where we all jumped in the water and hung on to the ropes and out rigger as they towed us around the reefs edge. It was much more fun than we expected! We saw 4 turtles a small black tip reef shark, a massive banded sea snake!! And many many fish with heaps of huge ones! It was a weird concept but it was really fun.
Then we headed to the next snorkeling spot 30 minutes away on a small random Island that was taken over by birds. It was okay here, not much to see apart from a few small fish but the reef wasn't that great!
We headed back to the mainland and everyone was passed out most the way, including our guide! We went via Panduan Island for a quick look and we were back at 2pm then took a tricycle back to the Eco Tourism office to have a quick fresh shower and get our packs. We caught the 3pm nice air con bus to Mamburao which was 2 hours away. Found a place to stay then chilled out, La Gensol Plaza Hotel 750P. Had a Face time date with the family even though the wifi kept cutting out it was good to catch up with Hayley.
Brought a delicious BBQ chicken for dinner and had some buns with it. It was the good shit!! Haha had a much needed early night! :)
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