Let me warn you: this post is definitely loaded with tons of photos, and these are already my “chosen ones”. I could have shared a whole lot more but it would take another post to do it. Before you check all of them out, I hope you’ll read this until the end.
Lol I’m kidding. Breeze through it if you like. More photos can be seen under the cut! :)
If anyone would ask me which part of the trip was my favorite, I’d easily say it was the entire second day. Everyone had a nice sleep despite the heat (yes even at night it was still pretty hot). After the long and tiring countryside tour we had, we were recharged and ready for the new day. I definitely had more than enough sleep compared to the one I had in the ship during our travel from CGY to Jagna.
We woke up early for the 6AM dolphin watching and island hopping tour. It was Kuya Naldix again who arranged the entire thing for us. He was the only one I searched in the internet who was offering a no-down payment tour. After prepping for the long morning, we grabbed some breakfast and met our assigned boatman. Then we were off to the great blue!
|A part of Panglao Island as seen from our boat|
A lot of tourists in different boats were also on the look out for dolphins. Just like the whale sharks in Oslob, those dolphins appear only in the earlier part of the morning. But unlike the whale sharks, they are not being lured with food by boatmen. They swim freely, and tourists observe them about a few meters away. If you get lucky (just like us lol), they will swim near your boat.
We waited for a long time and went to a lot of different parts of the ocean just to catch a glimpse of those elusive mammals. The other boats proceeded to the first island on the tour, but we still searched almost everywhere. We reached a part where we could see the silhouette of Siquijor Island already. One of our boatmen even said, “Maam wala ma’y dolphins. Adto nalang ta sa first island” (Maam, there are no dolphins. Let’s go to our first island instead). Those words broke our little hearts.
|There were so many you guiseee!|
|A private island located near the famous Virgin Island. You can literally walk to this island through the sand bar if the sea water isn’t too high yet. Only invited guests of the owner are allowed to go there though.|
In Virgin Island, all my dreams of experiencing powdery white sand came true. It feels so good to sink your feet in warm white sand, and swim in crystal clear waters. Though there aren’t any tall trees to hide away from the intense heat, this place is still a freakin’ gem! What makes it even better is there are people selling sea food and fresh coconut under makeshift stalls. Some are selling water, cold beer, and sodas in can.
The place is pretty in the morning, but it’s even more captivating when the sun sets. Everything becomes livelier. The place is buzzing with more energy. People are chilling in beach chairs or just sitting down on the warm white sand. Some are taking a dip in the cool turquoise water. Some are enjoying their cold drinks, exchanging stories with their friends. Others are busy snapping away tons of photos. Upbeat songs are playing in the background and everyone is just having a good time.
|You’ll see a lot of restaurants with this kind of set-up. Meat and seafood are being displayed outside so people can choose which ones they want cooked.|