Diving off Dumaguete at Apo Island
Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
124Trip End Feb 01, 2012
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Dived Apo Island
Dumaguete is a bustling university town with high buildings, traffic and even a mall! After our week in Siquijor these things felt a bit strange. As we chilled out in our guest house we got to see the full coverage of the Royal Wedding. Ah both of us felt a bit homesick thinking of all the parties being held around London. Still we were very excited to be here as we were about to go diving in one of the top places of the Philippines, Apo Island!
The next day we kitted up and set off for our diving adventure. The island is about 30 minutes off Dumaguete and we reached it with the tiniest of boats that barely held us and our dive master. The water was quite choppy and we were soaked by the time we got there. I was feeling a little shaky!
The rest of the dive lived up to our expectations. Loads of beautiful fish, fabulous alien looking nudi branches and amazing coral. We got out of the water extremely excited about our next two dives. Little did we know that our next dive was to be both the scariest and the best dive both of us have done to date!! But I'll let Paul tell the story....
Okay Dive number 2. Karen was not exaggerating when she said it was the best dive we have ever done. It was simply the reason why I started diving 14 years ago. Before entering the ocean our divemaster gave us a quick briefing about the dive ahead. It was a drift dive along a wall and then when we reach the end we follow the wall around. He nonchalantly mentioned that the current changes at the end of the wall but it's nothing to worry about.
With no beach to keep us cool Paul and I were at a loss as to what to do the next day. So we did what any Filipino would do on a hot summer's day... and hit the mall. If anyone would have told us we'd end up walking around malls on our travels we would have laughed at them. We don't even window shop in London, why would we do it on a beautiful tropical island? Well it's down to two letters....A.C.!!! Bliss! We spent all day wondering around the shops, caught a glimpse of some famous Filipino singer (judging by people's reactions to his appearance on a makeshift stage) and even watched a movie at the huge cinema on the top floor. We finished off the day with a lovely walk along the promenade. We felt like true locals.
And with that ended our short but sweet stay in Dumaguete. We were off to our next gorgeous beach destination, this time in a small town called Sipalay.
More when we get there
Lots of love
Karen and Paul
P.S. We've borrowed these pics from the net to give you an idea of what we saw.