We are a simple family. When we travel, we avoid staying at expensive hotels or resorts. We prefer to stay with family, friends, or at AirBnb places. Our two-week stay in Dumaguete in January 2016 was no different. There are many choices for staying in Dumaguete. One can stay in the city itself, in one of its many hotels, BnBs, and hostels. Most of the AirBnb places are not in the city center though and we think that’s well and good. After hours of looking on AirBnb and actually driving around on our rented motorbike, we found a small farmhouse in a town outside of the city, and it was the perfect place to stay for the New Year and the days after. We played many games of Dobble, Fabio’s Christmas present for Lia, and watched movies. On New Year’s Eve, all three of us laid on the hammock, covered with a warm blanket, and watched and counted shooting stars in the night sky – the distant sounds of firecrackers, and fireworks a faint glint in the far horizon.
It’s never too early to start planning your summer holiday with the family. Why not go to Sardegna where activities like island hopping, snorkeling, diving, and simply lounging on the white sandy beaches await. There is also good food, excellent wine, and the Mediterranean breeze and sun!
Let us help you plan your summer activities with your significant other, your friends, or the entire family. We have packages that include accommodations, early booking discounts, off-season discounts, and discounts for multiple dives. Who knows? We may even have some freebies for you and your friends!
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This will be where the entire family will be this summer. Lia will be eight years old by then and she will start scuba diving by then. PADI has Youth Scuba Diving Programs for kids ages 8 years old and above. Maybe you will even dive with her!
Gato Island is one of Malapascua’s most famous dive sites. It is a small uninhabited island north west of Malapascua.
Gato is a marine reserve and sea snake sanctuary. It has abundant marine life and considered an underwater paradise for the tons of exotic aqua marine life species it plays home to. Gato Island is also a popular breeding ground for sea snakes. It is one of the only remaining three sea snake breeding spots in the Philippines. Breeding season is from March to September and during these months, species of snakes like the black and white banded sea snake, gigantic moray eel, silver eel and other poisonous snakes abound. Other marine life species you can see are frogfish, scorpionfish, shrimps, shells, cuttlefish (often while mating), pufferfish, tuna, mackerel, squids, stingrays, snappers, nudibranchs and pygmy sea horses. The site is also known for sightings of sharks such as the white tip reef sharks, cat sharks, and bamboo sharks that are usually seen sleeping in the cave and sometimes lurking around the exit.
As the boat was approaching Balicasag Island, I could not help but exclaim, “Welcome back to me, Balicasag!”
Balicasag Island happens to be one of my favorite islands to snorkel at. Though, I was, on a dive boat this time, with other divers, I was still not diving. I have yet to get a license. I just go on the dive boat all the time because, aside from other reasons, it’s really much cheaper that way. I brought my own snorkel and fins, so on this boat, I only had to pay Php300. This was one of the boats of Sierra Madre Divers.
It is not Balicasag if I don’t take a photo with the lighthouse in it. I simply must.
Snorkelers in the marine sanctuary.
On a dive boat with loads of Koreans.
I have gone on diving trips many times. Soon, I will go on a diving trip and actually go diving, instead of just hanging around, listening to music, taking photos here and there, posting on Instagram and sipping coffee. Soon. For now, here are the photos from that jellyfish-filled day. 😛
I went to… wait for it, my Friendster account, and saw a lot of photos there that had me going through my old folders and files, looking at photos. I love looking at my photos from the year that I spent living in El Nido. It was the happiest times in my life, I suppose. Life was simple. We went to work everyday, went out island hopping, taraw-climbing, trekking to waterfalls, visiting inner baranggays on weekends. Work was light, so we had time to go out at night to hang out at Balay Tubay Bistro and have long talks over coffee at restaurants by the beach, read books and watch movies we had not time to read and watch. We ate six times a day! I was, I suppose, at my best there. Weight-wise at least. 😉
I wish I was the one who took this video or even the one in it, but no, I just had to be the one watching it all green with envy. Hahaha. I got to this video because Kristelle tweeted it this morning. Thanks Kristelle! This video makes me look forward all the more to our Bohol trip on December 5-8, 2009. That’s just two weeks away! Yehey!! I wish we could scuba dive too!