Whale sharks, turtles and a birthday
15.05.2017 - 21.05.2017 33 °C
A warm hello to you all from the Taipei airport!
We are currently on our way to Mexico and stuck in transit...can I just say this airport is amazing!! It has everything. A gym, education centres, a library, so many shops with so much cute stuff, play stations...there could be worse places to spend the next 4 hours. Anyhoo what better place to tell you about our final stop in the Philippines - Cebu!
Our first stop in Cebu was the small seaside town of Oslob. We stopped in here so we could swim with the whale sharks. There is not much else to do in this town so its in and out within 24 hours. We caught the bus from Cebu down to Oslob and that was an experience in itself. Vendors regularly hop on and off the bus selling a variety of food - how good is that?! Mind you the trip itself wasn't that great as there doesn't appear to be set bus stops. If you want to get on you just wait on the side of the road and stick your arm out when you see the bus. All good and well except that its pitch black, the bus driver is speeding between towns and all of a sudden has to slam on the brakes.
We arrived at 9pm at night and pretty much went straight to bed as it was a 6am start for the whale sharks. Our accommodation organised a trike and guide for us for the visit. We headed down to the briefing centre to sign in, were given a few instructions, a life jacket and snorkelling gear then headed out. Now, I'm not sure how ethical the whole thing is as they're not naturally migrating whale sharks. Basically there are about 6 whale sharks that get fed daily so they hang around for the food and tourists get to swim with them. Putting our morals aside we took part in this thrilling experience.
They are such beautiful and gentle creatures. They swim laps vacuuming up the food with their large mouths. Occasionally they will dive down and swim underneath you. You can be watching one and then all of a sudden another has come up right behind you and its a mad dash to get out of their way. They seem oblivious to the people swimming about and are focused solely on the food. As soon as our boat was out far enough we were allowed to slip into the water and there was one right there in front of us. Quite a surreal experience which all of us enjoyed thoroughly.
By 8:30am we were back at our accommodation eating breakfast and getting ready to check out. Our next stop was Moalboal - about an hour and half up the road for some R&R on the beach. Seems like all we've done lately is R&R on the beach...
Our accommodation in Moalboal was right on the beach and in prime snorkelling location. You could go out at any time and see giant turtles swimming about at the drop off or eating in the shallows. These turtles had shells that measured about a metre long. They were really beautiful to watch. Moalboal is also the location of a massive sardine run. Its quite impressive to swim through this massive school of fish that twist and turn and create beautiful shapes right in front of you.
During our stay it was also James's 9th birthday. We headed into the town on this day and went to the mall. James got some more Cavaliers tops, Lucas got some Jordan tops and I got some Golden State tops. I'm now on the Golden State bandwagon and its a good thing too as they won their 4th game against the Spurs today and they're now in the finals. I think Cavaliers will win their next game so its going to be me vs James in the final - winner takes all!! How much can I gloat to a 9 year old when my team wins?!
So now we end our time in S.E. Asia. It's been a blast! We've had some truly amazing experiences and have some wonderful memories of our time here. As I mentioned earlier we are now off to Mexico and we start making our way through central and south America. Cant wait!!
Until next time...