Searching for Sharks and Seahorses

Trip Start Jul 27, 2004
Trip End Dec 13, 2006

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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Following a recommendation from some friends of ours we headed out to Malapascua Island, which is off the north coast of Cebu Island. The island has lovely white sand beaches and clear waters and is famous for the regular sightings of Thresher Sharks. We found a great place to stay called Wobbly Boot which had a swimming pool and also included a full cooked breakfast every morning which was a real treat. We decided to do some more diving and signed up to do a NITROX course with Thresher Shark Divers. Diving with NITROX is a speciality which involves using a blend of more air and less nitrogen so that you can stay submerged longer. The course was really enjoyable and Mandy managed to spot one of the Thresher Sharks in the distance while Paul missed it.. On another dive though we both managed to see lots of Seahorses and some White Tip Reef Sharks including a huge one which was sleeping in a cave (we didnt wake it up!!). Our week here went by all too quickly as it was a really relaxing location - some nice restaurants and chilled bars at night but quiet in the daytime. There was also a small village near our hotel where you could watch the locals weaving baskets and building boats. We could definitely have stayed here a lot longer but our visa in the Phillipines was nearly up. With a couple of days left there was some excitement in the capital, Manila - the President had the Commander of the Marines thrown in jail for plotting to overthrow her and also imposed a State of Emergency. Demonstrations followed and the army were called in to disperse protesters with water-cannons. Luckily we saw no trouble when we returned there and safely got our flight out to Hong Kong...
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