Alona Beach - Panglao

Trip Start Aug 20, 2004
Trip End Aug 28, 2005

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Saturday, February 5, 2005

Brian and I took a ferry from Cebu to Tagbilaran on the next island, Bohol. We walked a bit and then hired a jeepney to take us to Alona Beach on Panglao Island. Its very nice, but if this is the high season then I'd hate to see the low season because its dead! I mean, theres a nice beach and a good tropical scene here, but not so many people - mostly families and couples and old western men with young Filipino girls. After looking around a bit, we went on a night dive and it was great except for being just a bit too cold. Ive never seen so many lionfish and we also saw many crabs and some cool aquatic life. Then we just chilled, had a nice seafood dinner, a few drinks and mostly just hung out.

The next day we slept in and went diving again, me to Bohol Beach Club and Brian to a shallower reef b/c he's only an open-water diver! haha So when transferring boats I dive off into the water only to find out that its about only 5 feet deep and when I curve upwards my chest scratches along the seashell bottom sands so that when I get up on the other boat the people ask if I'm okay and I look down and have blood running down my chest! No worries though and I tell them that maybe it'll attract a shark or two and we can get some good pics! So we went down and it was nice and we some some rare pygmie seahorses and then I had to surface early b/c they started me off with a low tank and I had to ride the choppy surface for 20 minutes before the boat picked me up. So I feel a bit seasick, but eventually we get back to the shore and I have my camera in its waterproof case around my wrist and when I lower myself from the boat it slips, swings around my wirst and smacks me in the eye! It hurts a little but I think no big deal until I walk up to the dive shop and the staff has bug eyes and comes over "OMG, what happened?" and then I can see the blood pouring from my eye and that I'd given myself quite a cut underneath the I walk to the guesthouse with a torn up chest and blood-drizzling eye to the hordes of confused onlookers and tourists! It was an interesting day and I was glad that I wasn't on a scooter having such bad luck! Anyway, later we just had another nice dinner and chatted with a local girl named Analyn who was studying Hotel & Restaurant Management in a nearby university and that was about it.
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Jiya on

I have been here in Panglao once and its a really nice white sandy beach.

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