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A week in the Philippines - Moalboal

Publié par Marie sur 6 Juillet 2011, 12:47pm

Catégories : #Philippines

While I was waiting for my work permit to be approved, I decided to go diving in the Philippines for a short week. The Philippines is an archipelago of more than 7000 islands so I had to decide where I wanted to go! I finally chose Moalboal because it is known as one of the best diving in South East Asia.  

 

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Moalboal is a small village with a population of 30 000 souls. It is a peninsula surrounded by water and there are two tiny islands few miles away where it is perfect to dive (Badian Island and Pescador Island).

 

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The common mode of transportation is this… a motorcycle with side cars called “pedicabs”, you can also choose the cheapest version which is a tricycle with side cars. It might take longer to get where you want but it is also safer!

 

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Getting to Moalboal is a bit of an adventure, I took a night plane arriving at 4am in Cebu, then I had to catch a taxi for a long long trip… 3 hours on the roads is quite an experience in the Philippines, I was afraid for my life more than once!  

Arriving around 7am in Moalboal was great as the village was still sleepy, I went straight to bed but I was soon back on track because I had to!

 

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Being in Moalboal reminds me a lot my trips in Mozambique. The country is very poor but locals are so friendly!

 

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The village looks like it is divided between dive centers and accommodations only. Also a lot of instructors there are foreigners so you might be able to find every language you are looking for.

I didn’t do it in purpose but I ended up with a French instructor which was great as it was easier to communicate and to share my expectations before going on a dive (no need to see big fishes as sharks, small and colorful fishes will be all right!)

 

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