I’m in love with the Ocean. I ‘exhale’ at the Ocean bed! To research and save the Ocean is my mission. I ‘live’ under the ocean. The serenity bond that connects you to real life ecology emerges as life’s biggest lessons far deeper than those found in classrooms. If you want to live the talk, get out and embrace our planet. And Diving with sharks has taught me humility and how to be one with nature, sheer bliss.
Come to Philippines! Philippines offers some of the most exciting extreme dives in the world.I went diving with Devocean and I found them very accommodating and professional.
It’s Nirvana with adrenaline pumping good sighting of thresher shark deep diving. Malapascua. You have to wake up at 4am to see the sharks at their cleaning stations and you also have to be an advanced certified open water Diver. I was elated, kept telling myself breathe, breathe, breathe, this is one of the most wonderous sights I have experienced so far, watching sharks up close. Sharks keep circling and do not harm you if you do not provoke them. Ensure you do not panic. Ensure that you are used to deep diving. And watch the sharks with utmost respect and keep your distance. No flash photos and no distractions allowed.
I found the cleaning stations of these thresher Sharks almost, like sacred grounds.
The island is known for its wide white sand beach, known as Bounty Beach; it has also become known for its beautiful coral gardens, coral walls and excellent local dive spots, as well as further-out sites including Gato Island, Monad Shoal, and Kemod Shoal. Monad Shoal is an underwater plateau where thresher sharks and manta rays can regularly be sighted.
Most of the islanders derive their livelihood from tourism, while some still rely on subsistence fishing and farming. I did cook, and share a meal with a family in the village. Documenting all the goals of sustainable development, with my Focus on Sustainable Tourism.
How to get to Malapascua Philippines? Cebu is the closest airport. From Cebu Take a 3 to 5 hours local bus ride for 200Peso or a private taxi for approx 3000PPeso to the Maya port. This is the tiniest one man port I have seen in the whole wide world. Its really adventurous. It’s about another 100 Peso on the motor boat to the Malapascua island, sometimes a rough Sea journey for over one hour so be prepared . They did ask me for double the amount if I wanted to leave earlier with less passengers but I was enjoying the whole journey so much, I took it slow and easy at the ocean side enjoying the scenes and people, I simply waited for the boat to get packed. Once on the island our hotel Hippocampus resort was a few steps away, imagine literally living near the waves kissing the Oceans.
Tip-Do not pack a suitcase, carry a light backpack, wear sunscreen, glares, caps, carry water, carry all cash, passports in watertight bags, just let your self free, give in to the indulgence the ocean offers. I did. I am in love with the ocean, again!
Philippines is one of the most beautiful archipelago’s in the world.