October 23,2016 Team #1 away!
Here we go…
Breakfast Day 1
Feel like were in wonderland, Henry Hotel mind blowing!! Interesting journey here from Airport last night, rush hour in downtown Cebu is something else!!! Breakfast done. Just waiting for bus to take us on next leg of our travels, ferry to ‘Ormroc’ for first lot of diving tomorrow!
Keep ya posted, Holibloggers
The journey to Sogod Bay
October 26, 2016
After a two and a half hour OcenJet (business class) ride to Ormoc, we meet our driver for the three hour trek to Sogod Bay, mayhem at the terminal with tuk tuks moving in every possible direction, each one with a smiling Philippino at the helm
People appeared from nowhere to help is load bags into the van and then stood there smiling whilst we fumbled for change.
Or driver was not hanging around for anything and we overtook just about everything in our way.
After a brief stop to take on fuel and comfort breaks we concluded our journey and were greeted by our hosts.
In our rooms was a little welcome gift from Tony, marks and Spencer’s red. Going down nicely then it was out to look for the Moose and Squirrel restaurant which had disappeared disappointingly. Fortunately the same chef had opened up a new restaurant next door in the same building, all was well, delicious food, washed down with a bottle or two of “Red Horse” beer. Apparently the only one they had in stock was the “Stallion” variant, the equivalent to Special Brew! We blame our disappointing cribbage performance due to the Stallion effect! Back to our rooms to pass out after a long day.
Philippines: Arrived Sogod Bay Scuba Resort…
We were hoping to give you an update of our travel adventures however we had a beer and played crib instead.
Perhaps we will have more energy tomorrow after a full days diving or perhaps not.
FYI the two Jos are in the lead from Jen and Richard by two games to nil.
Philippines: Sogod Bay day #1
October 26, 2016
We made the long journey from our rooms to the boat for an 8.30 departure. We crossed the bay to dive Santa Paz and Napantau, then back for a quick lunch stop then out on the boat again for more fun.
Three excellent dives , last one on house reef 70 mins, absolutely stunning!!! Happy divers. Weather is windy and grey but HOT! BBQ tonight with wine thrown in. More on that later unless the cribbage takes over
Philippines: Food Overload
October 26, 2016
Beach barbecue food overload. Dinner with the owner, his family and other diving guests. Jack fruit. Seaweed, pork, chicken, corn, mango, kebabs, rice, banana heart and red wine (Hardy’s) all for a few pesos, please, no more food!
Philippines: Pygmy seahorse, big seahorse and tiny tiny slugs
October 27, 2016
So Day 2, got off to a rainy start, middle and finish, bit like being in Cornwall at Easter but still able to dive! Still, a hearty breakfast saw us getting off on time to Kermit the boat! First Dive Voltairs Rock, felt like getting into a bath! A gentle slope going down to 45 meters, we stayed at around 26! Lots of rocky outcrops with stunning corals and lots of stuff going on! Critters, slugs, manta shrimp and Frog fish! Second Dive, Bunga Bend, Pygmy Seahorse X 2 on a single fan coral, stunning!! Just lovely poking around in bath water! Pedro, (our dive guide) lost his torch at the end, nearly a Monkey moment but luckily for him he found it, and discovered his clip had broken, thus saving him from spankey as we felt for him! We were asked to return earlier for afternoon dive as (we think) the boys have dates tonight, we have made them promise to give us the Gos tomorrow!
So Back to base, for a quick chip buttie before the long laborious walk to get back on boat, 10 feet of it , oh so exhausting…………….
We have been a little concerned regarding Richard’s shorts, Foxy and I are convinced he’s gonna loose them! However befor our 3rd dive Jo managed to tie em before all ‘his clothes fell off’ in a Kenny Everet way!!! best not put the picture on here!!
Final dive of day ‘ Puloys Anchor’ (none in sight) plopped us into about 5 meters of just sand, Muck diving at its best! Spent an hour looking into holes, corals, anenomes, rubbish and anything else to look under or in! Believe it or not it was amazing!! Beautiful white seahorse, huge Anenomes with all types of Clown fish and full of cleaner shrimps! No end of Slugs and in competition to the Pygmy seahorse earlier, the tiniest of tiniest slugs, which we could barley see but which Jo Clark took some beautiful photos of! Turns out there were 2 together looking back at Photo footage! (Will have to get Jo C to post them)
Returned to base, another long slog up the beach to home for a shower, log book logging and blogging to be done!
Then off to Jerry and Alma’s for dinner, which you place your order then Jerry pops off shopping on his Motorbike for the ingredients! This gave us the opportunity to fire up the Crib board! Alas Richard and Elf’s luck has not held, 3 games to 2, but the holiday is still young……..
Tarrar blogger readers more tomorrow!
PS Just seen a crab run away with a plastic bottle top!
Philippines: Dive it again Sam!
An early swim for some followed by Waffles, banana pancakes, omelette and eggs on toast for breakfast we went back out on Kermit for a trip north to a site called Caasablanca.
Today the sun is shining and it’s really hot. The trip north took about an hour and we were the first team in. As we were getting ready we noticed that Pedro had not put his Micky mouse ears hood on, oh no, how would we recognize him amongst all the other divers (all four of them)? After a quick reprimand, order was restored, we were saved.
Dropped in on a bit of a bomb site, muck diving was the order of the day. Mostly shrimps and slugs. Our guide has a laser pointer that he uses under water which made some of the gobies light up in a way so bizarre that they were identified as alien fish.
Upon returning to the boat other reports of frog fish and giant nudibranchs came in so it was decided to dive the same site again. This time we saw painted frog fish and solar Nudis as well as lots of other stuff. Solar Nudis are the ones that grow their own algae on their backs to use for food when out on a long crawl.
The afternoon dive has turned into a Padre Burgous night dive so we have just taken a light lunch and are resting to build up the strength required to walk down the steps by the jetty into the deep.
The night dive adventure started with us in the back of a tiny flat back truck for the 10 minute journey to Padre Burgos pier. We arrived at the pier to find Arnold, Pedro’s nephew, waiting with our kit. Our kit was carried down some very steep steps and we followed. At this point we split into two groups. Richard, Foxy and Pedro who went diving and Jo and Jen who decided that having to wade through nappies and any amount of other rubbish wrapping around your legs was not their idea of a great night dive.
Jen and Jo spent a very lovely hour or so, with young Arnold learning Philipinno (or at least trying) listening to music from the local bar and chatting with the locals .
Of course, what with this being a diving holibog you are possibly more interested in the diving:
An onshore breeze made entry a little interesting as we had to make our way through all the weed and all the other rubbish that was being blown up against the sea wall. Once past all that we descended and were greeted by near perfect vis.
As we made our way around the legs of the jetty we were greeted by frog fish, seahorses, more frog fish and another seahorse, star gazers, banded sea snake, pipe fish, tiny squid, sea moths, octopus, an inquisitive scrawled file fish, a very large nudi and a whole bunch of other characters.
After the hour we made our way to the exit which was another set of steep steps though many hands were there to take our kit and get us back to the van.
Philippines: Diving Limasawa Island
Today we headed south for about 40 minutes to dive some walls on Limasawa Island. Lots more hard corals and a few turtles mostly sums it up. New guests on the boat, one of them introduced himself as BJ, who came highly recommended.
Back for a light lunch, Behong chicken, fried rice with an egg on top and tuna mayo sandwiches with chips then it’s out on Kermit again for a critter hunt,
Must dash, the captain is calling!
Third dive complete, back to base for pre dinner drinks, crib and dinner. Pork adobo, bico express, harangue halang chicken, rice, beer and coke, yum. Let’s not make the mistake of ordering two loads of spring rolls again!
Philippines: Wet and Dry
This morning we were rudely awakened by several cockerels declaring that it was time to get up. we are currently seeking fresh chicken recipes.
After a quick shower we had blisteringly hot sunshine for a couple of dives in the MPA Napantao One from north to south, one the other way, lots to see, lovely.
On the way back it rained a little, no drama, as we were heading ashore the sky behind us was black. Once ashore it hammered it down, we could see others on the boat still but we were ok.
Apparently this weather was forecast and it will dry up after lunch, well we have had lunch and it’s still raining!
Jo and Jen have planned a trip into town this afternoon , we look forward to hearing about that shortly!
A short ride in a Tuk Tuk saw the explorers in to town at a total cost of 50p each way. The visited the hardware store, bakery and pharmacy. The police station and church were both closed. Padre Burgos town center is actually so big, they nearly got lost NOT, No more than ten shops in total and a few bars.
Back to base for cake and beverage. Banana cake went down well, the sunshine cake went to the boat crew, they appeared pleased..
It will soon be beer and crib o clock and of course, tonight is… night!