2017 May 2-4.
For our ride to our next destinations, Susana and I lucked out and got a party tuktuk (rickshaw?). Our driver had his rigged up with a lots of speakers and bass. After a few of his songs, I asked whether I could DJ. And then the Tomorrowland-esque music started and we had a blast haha.
Along the way, I took pictures of various busses and other modes of transportations I saw.
There’s someone on top of that!!
I forget what their busses are called.
But they were colorful!
Crossing the street here is a fun experience.
So is riding on back of trucks!
Sure, cut right in across flowing traffic. I love that driving rules are just suggestions! :D We dropped Susana off at a ferry and I was a bit sad to see her go. We had so much fun together! :D We planned to meet up again somewhere in the world. She’s in Copenhagen, I’ll be in Boston, easypeasy, just a hop across the pond! (I had told her about Sipadan, Malaysia, being one of the best dive sites in the world and she actually went six months or so after we met and it looked as life changingly epic as I remembered. :D Her posts gave me serious dive/wanderlust all over again haha.)
My driver knew of some relatively cheap accommodations close to Alona Beach. When we reached the lodgings, he asked for a playlist of my music and I happily grabbed a notepad and shared some of my favorite DJs. The place he recommended was clean, had AC, reasonably priced and yay hammocks! It was also a 3 minute walk down the beach, which was great. I paid a few bucks for them to do my laundry and gave the girl at reception some of the things from my backpack that I didn’t feel like carrying anymore haha.
And then the hunt began for a dive shop! There were a bunch along the beach and I inquired at all of them. Most only had certain trips to certain islands on certain days. One of the dive shops was very honest about the best places to dive. I had told the guy where I’d been diving (some of the top 10 world dive sites, because I’m spoiled af) so he knew my standards, and he said the best in the area would be Balicasag Island! Deal! I also wanted Nitrox, now that I was newly certified. Sweet! I’d be going tomorrow. :) So excited!
I wandered around. I splurged a little on a more expensive Western-style dinner because I’d been relatively unimpressed with Filipino food so far.
It’d be an early morning so I went to bed early.
YAY!!! WHITE SAND BEACHES AND CLEAR WATER!! This is what I came for. (But mostly just diving haha.) I think I reported around 8 a.m. to get fitted for a wetsuit and gear.
I had considered snorkeling since I had my gear but there didn’t seem to be much to see in the water.
Too lazy to figure out how to rotate this on a Macbook.
Alona Divers apparently had the newest and largest dive boat on Panglao Island. It was amazingly spacious.
We were catching up to the other boats easily. I’M SO EXCITED!
TURTLE!!! I love turtles! This island was well known for them.
Dive tanks ready!
We arrived at Balicasag Island and it looks spectacular. The water was inviting.
SO MANY TURTLES!! One of the Divemasters had an underwater camera and took photos of us.
Swimming with fishes!
Hang ten! Universal hand signal for “rad, dude”. :)
That’s meeeeee! I love diving. :D