Escape to the Philippines

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On February 18, 2013, Posted by , In Musings, By ,,,,, , With No Comments
I'm ready for a holiday!
I'm ready for a holiday!
I'm ready for a holiday!
Fragrant Frangipani, Turtle Bay Resort
Fragrant Frangipani, Turtle Bay Resort
Fragrant Frangipani, Turtle Bay Resort
View at Dusk from Turtle Bay Resort
View at Dusk from Turtle Bay Resort
View at Dusk from Turtle Bay Resort
Looking south towards Badian from pier
Looking south towards Badian from pier
Looking south towards Badian from pier
Gearing up, Turtle Bay Resort
Gearing up, Turtle Bay Resort
Gearing up, Turtle Bay Resort
View of Pescador Island in the distance
View of Pescador Island in the distance
View of Pescador Island in the distance
View from White Beach across the Tanon Strait towards Negros
View from White Beach across the Tanon Strait towards Negros
View from White Beach across the Tanon Strait towards Negros
Northern end of White Beach
Northern end of White Beach
Northern end of White Beach
Southerly view from White Beach
Southerly view from White Beach
Southerly view from White Beach
Mama and Tane enjoying the sand, White Beach
Mama and Tane enjoying the sand, White Beach
Mama and Tane enjoying the sand, White Beach
All smiles, White Beach
All smiles, White Beach
All smiles, White Beach
Hats and Toes, White Beach
Hats and Toes, White Beach
Hats and Toes, White Beach
Cuddles, White Beach
Cuddles, White Beach
Cuddles, White Beach
Reuben, our local dive master, enjoying the sun on route to Airplane Wreck
Reuben, our local dive master, enjoying the sun on route to Airplane Wreck
Reuben, our local dive master, enjoying the sun on route to Airplane Wreck
Wing, Airplane Wreck
Wing, Airplane Wreck
Wing, Airplane Wreck
Dave posing at 23m for shot of the Airplane Wreck
Dave posing at 23m for shot of the Airplane Wreck
Dave posing at 23m for shot of the Airplane Wreck
Tail, Airplane Wreck
Tail, Airplane Wreck
Tail, Airplane Wreck
Fuselage, Airplane Wreck
Fuselage, Airplane Wreck
Fuselage, Airplane Wreck
Cockpit, Airplane Wreck
Cockpit, Airplane Wreck
Cockpit, Airplane Wreck
Friend at the Safety Stop, Airplane Wreck
Friend at the Safety Stop, Airplane Wreck
Friend at the Safety Stop, Airplane Wreck
Coral Forest, Airplane Wreck
Coral Forest, Airplane Wreck
Coral Forest, Airplane Wreck
Damsel Fish, Airplane Wreck
Damsel Fish, Airplane Wreck
Damsel Fish, Airplane Wreck
Eugenie descending on Dolphin House
Eugenie descending on Dolphin House
Eugenie descending on Dolphin House
Soft corals wave from the wall at 22m from Dolphin House
Soft corals wave from the wall at 22m from Dolphin House
Soft corals wave from the wall at 22m from Dolphin House
Inflated, Dolphin House
Inflated, Dolphin House
Inflated, Dolphin House
Soft corals, Dolphin House
Soft corals, Dolphin House
Soft corals, Dolphin House
Ghost Pipefish, Dolphin House
Ghost Pipefish, Dolphin House
Ghost Pipefish, Dolphin House
Wall of Damsels, Pescador Island
Wall of Damsels, Pescador Island
Wall of Damsels, Pescador Island
Roaming Barracuda, Pescador Island
Roaming Barracuda, Pescador Island
Roaming Barracuda, Pescador Island
Lion Fish, Pescador Island
Lion Fish, Pescador Island
Lion Fish, Pescador Island
Spanish Dancer, Pescador Island
Spanish Dancer, Pescador Island
Spanish Dancer, Pescador Island
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maolboal_phillippines_032
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Safety Stop, Pescador Island
Safety Stop, Pescador Island
Safety Stop, Pescador Island
Scorpion Fish, Eastern Wall, Pescador Island ~24m
Scorpion Fish, Eastern Wall, Pescador Island ~24m
Scorpion Fish, Eastern Wall, Pescador Island ~24m
Cleaner Shrimps, Eastern Wall, Pescador Island ~24m
Cleaner Shrimps, Eastern Wall, Pescador Island ~24m
Cleaner Shrimps, Eastern Wall, Pescador Island ~24m
An aggressive and highly toxic Stonefish, Eastern Wall, Pescador Island ~24m
An aggressive and highly toxic Stonefish, Eastern Wall, Pescador Island ~24m
An aggressive and highly toxic Stonefish, Eastern Wall, Pescador Island ~24m
Friendly turtle, Eastern Wall, Pescador Island ~24m
Friendly turtle, Eastern Wall, Pescador Island ~24m
Friendly turtle, Eastern Wall, Pescador Island ~24m
Cleaner Shrimp, Eastern Wall, Pescador Island ~24m
Cleaner Shrimp, Eastern Wall, Pescador Island ~24m
Cleaner Shrimp, Eastern Wall, Pescador Island ~24m
Cleaner Shrimp, Eastern Wall, Pescador Island ~24m
Cleaner Shrimp, Eastern Wall, Pescador Island ~24m
Cleaner Shrimp, Eastern Wall, Pescador Island ~24m
Corals, Eastern Wall, Pescador Island ~18m
Corals, Eastern Wall, Pescador Island ~18m
Corals, Eastern Wall, Pescador Island ~18m
Follow the leader, Eastern Wall, Pescador Island ~20m
Follow the leader, Eastern Wall, Pescador Island ~20m
Follow the leader, Eastern Wall, Pescador Island ~20m

 

For our annual Chinese New Year vacation this year we were seeking a destination that was a little off the beaten track with access to good diving yet manageable with a 1 and a half year old son.

Turtle Bay Dive Resort ticked all of these boxes and I would recommend it as an escape.  Off the coast of Maolboal on the island Cebu, the resorts house reef offers some great marine life and is just 30m from the jetty. Just 20mins by speed boat gets you to Pescador Island the best dive site in this area and there are many other dive sites further up the coast.

After almost two years with back-to-back winters it was great to soak up some sun and get back in the water!

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