I was feeling a bit groggy when my friends woke me up at around 6:30 in the morning. Yesterday, we had arranged an island tour along with our transportation to Bantayan Island later that day.
|Cliff diving at Malapascua Island|
It was almost 8:30 in the morning (an hour and half behind schedule) when we finally sailed to Malapascua Strait.
Because Malapascua Island lies a million miles away from Metro Cebu, the water was exceptionally clean and clear (parang facial wash lang, LOL). The whole island tour package includes three snorkeling spots, the infamous cliff diving and the transportation to Bantayan Island. It cost us 950 per head, which according to Edwin was a bit pricey.
We first dove at the first snorkeling spot. I tried to swim with a life jacket but it seemed more difficult to move!
Here are some photos prior sailing to the first snorkeling spot:
|When I was still a mestizo. Sigh.|
|Werq it, Robbie... WERQ IT!|
The next snorkeling site was even more interesting, that is if you have a penchant for shipwrecks. Yes, you read it right! SHIPWRECKS! Arrrrgghhh matey! One can find a lonely shipwreck near the coast of the island. Today, the remains of the ship is slowly becoming a breeding ground for corals and a home to some marine creatures. Andrew and Ivan opted to swim near the shipwreck...
|I think Ivan found something in the shipwreck... and he will never tell us about it!|
|Jump and splash!|
The third destination of our island tour was the most exhilarating one, well for Andrew and Brenna. Both of them swam and climbed to the summit of a 50-foot cliff. Here's a sequence shot of Andrew's dramatic dive!
And oh, we stopped by near the protected marine sanctuary of Malapascua Island and fed the fishes! They were so colorful and looked lovely! But when Brenna swam near them, the fishes started to hide underneath the colorful coral reefs. Akala kasi ng mga isda, kakainin sila ng buhay ni Brenna. Lol!
|Fishy! FISHY FISHY FISHY!|
Traveling to Malapascua wasn't easy I tell you. I wasn't used of traveling 3-4 hours just to visit and explore a beach. Despite the difficulties that we had experienced, it was ALL WORTH IT. *10 thumbs up!* The whole island itself was perpetually clean, the water was free of debris (except for floating Sargasum) and the underwater life was vibrant and full of life! I shouldn't forget that the weather was perfect on that particular day.
|Northern tip of Malapascua Island|
I wouldn't mind of spending too much just to get there. Malapascua Island is indeed a must-visit place in Cebu!
And there's only one thing that I could say about my Malapascua experience: I shall return.
Cliff diving, humanda ka!
2011 Year-end Trip Series:
Day 1: Start the Year-end Trip at Malapascua Island
Day 2: Island Hopping at Malapascua
Day 3: Sojourn in Bantayan Island
Day 4: Where to Eat at IT Park, Cebu City
Day 5: Conquering Mount Samat of Bataan
Day 6: The Giant Lanterns of Pampanga