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Another favorite zen paradise- Pamilacan Island Bohol

panoramic view of the beach
panoramic view of the beach

Similar to Boracay and or Panglao Island, minus the people and the commercial establishments, that’s Pamilacan Island. A literal paradise we’ve’ fallen in love with. Inhabited by less than 2000 people mainly fisher folks and operator of homestays. I was here last year 2016 when I join Balyena.org ”Bohol Sea Cetacean Survey”. We stayed in the island for 2 nights and 3days mainly spending the whole day in the boat looking and spotting for dolphins and whales of Bohol Sea. It was that time that I told myself to come back for a vacation and hopefully I can tag along my kids.

Recently about 3rd week of September I finally got that plan realize with my buddy and kids.

Day 1

We depart Cebu to Tagbilaran via Lite shipping ferry leaving daily from Cebu at 10pm, took us 5hrs to reach Tagbilaran City in Bohol. We stayed two more hours in the boat while its docked, then we proceed to go out of the boat around 530am and took a tricycle from the port to the main town of Baclayon for about 15-20minutes ride, the boat from the cottage that we book waited to pick us up in the port.

Kuya Junior of Junior and Nemesia’s Cottages greeted us with warmth smiles, immediately assisting us with our luggage.The trip to the island took about 30-45minutes with a sighting of Rissos’ Dolphin roughly ive minutes before arriving the island, another good welcome sign.

We are booked for 2 nights and 3days in a small cottage with 2 queen size bed, they charge 1000Php/night per pax including 3 meals already, children 12years old and below they charge half which is 500Php. The room is simply made of light material and bamboo floors, the toilet is clean, although water is limited since this is tiny island surrounded by sea water, even in summer they have to fetch fresh water from the mainland of Baclayon. Please remember to conserve water once you visit here.

JR & Nemesia's cottage Pamilacan
JR & Nemesia’s cottage Pamilacan
JR & Nemesia's cottage
JR & Nemesia’s cottage Pamilacan

My two kids immediately change to swimming attire, grab their snorkel, fins and run to the beach when we arrive, while me and my buddy settled in our room and arrange our things.

kids snorkeling
kids snorkeling

It was a very quiet place with only audible chirping birds and sometimes a cry of a hungry goat you can hear. In front of our cottage is the powdery white sand stretching up to 3km long.

While walking along the beach we noticed women in their early or late 40’s sweeping the sand with a broomstick, sensing positive vibes and smiling aura of the woman I ask her if they do that every day and if the cottage owner is paying them to clean the beach, she smiles and said  ”No” the local government of Baclayon is paying us Php200 daily to pick up trash and leaves or seaweeds left in the sand when hightide goes back to low-tide”. That’s a big thumbs up to Baclayon LGU.

After a brief chat with the women, I called my kids to pause from swimming since we need to grab our breakfast at the moment prepared by Ate Nemesia, she’s a very charming woman wife of Kuya Junior who runs the JR & Nemesia’s Cottages, They have at least 9 cottages for rent.

Our breakfast is a yummy pancake , sunny side up egg, Chocolate drink for my kids and coffee for us.After eating we notice a fearsome jaw hanging outside Ate nemesia’s kitchen. Without Shark biology knowledge you will immediately conclude that Sharks are really dangerous.This is caught a very long time ago in Bohol sea by Kuya Junior’s forefathers a very long time ago he was still a kid as a bycatch. In fact, before you freak out, Tiger Shark is listed as near threatened species of shark because of massive finning and fishing by humans. ”Sharks are smart animals, they are naturally shy to humans but if you stay calm they became curious and might look at you in the eye and smile” ( according to my buddy who dives with Sharks a lot of times)

tiger shark teeth
tiger shark teeth

We had a quick chat with the nearby resort for info about diving in the area. We pass by a huge concrete structure that is the 200-year-old Spanish fort, they try to rebuilt now after the earthquake that hits Bohol in 2013.

the old Spanish port
the old Spanish port Rebuilt

After lunch thick clouds covered the skies and strong winds are blowing, so perfect time to make a kite. We lost one kite and made another one. The kids obviously enjoyed it a lot.

kite flying
kite flying

The kids had another swim for the day. In the afternoon we decide to have a stroll in the village crossing to the other side of the island, we end up in a fishing village full of boats and fisherman having drinks, we pass by 1 school and a pathway so beautifully curtained by a flowering tree on each side looking like a canopy.

nice pathway
nice pathway

 

Day 2

Today we decide to wake up early for the most awaited part, dolphin watching. Bohol sea is home for atleast 16 species of whales & dolphins , as well as sharks, rays and mantas.Locals in  Pamilacan are known to be manta hunters for over a decade, thus ”Pamilacan” means a resting place for manta.

The sunrise for a bit but was quickly covered by thick clouds. The water is is filled with white caps.The first hour we didn’t see any dolphins, we reach further until we felt hungry so we decide to come back to the island and eat breakfast. The condition of the water probably is one reason we didn’t spot dolphins, but I am sure they are there, we just didn’t spot them.

sunrise
sunrise

After eating breakfast we had an hour break then we decide to go snorkeling.There is a marine sanctuary on the west side of the beach where you can pay 200Php for the local guide and a paddle boat that will bring you there.

We opted just to stay in front of the beach and see what’s beneath. My kids had lots of fun seeing clownfishes and corals. Some parts are grassy which is perfect habitat for turtles, we didn’t see them while snorkeling but my buddy spotted them from afar surfacing when we were seated outside our cottage shortly after we arrive in the island.

 

 

We end the day playing ”touching ball” with a beautiful sunset.

Day 3

Another chance to spot dolphins, of course, we are all excited again , very happy and we can feel it through our nerves that hundreds of them will gonna show up. Now I don’t wanna hold you waiting, see below the dolphins of Pamilacan.

During the day we spotted 3 species of Dolphins, Fraser, Rissos & Spinners(almost a hundred of them).Another occurrence during the interaction is that 2 white hawks is seen flying by to have some bits of the tuna leftovers from the feeding Spinners.

 

 

The interaction lasted for about 2.5 hours, the spinners entertained us non stop as it jumps, breach, and bow ride closest to our boat.

We head back to the beach for our brunch and a well deserve rest, followed by last day of snorkeling on the island.

Some freediving

 

 

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I did less than an hour yoga poses to stretch my muscles and core having my mind and body in one. It is my deep way to say thank you to the universe for letting us experience this bliss.

 

 

living,

lace will remain a favorite in our heart , it composes all elements of a paradise that we love. Simple living , nice beach, very kind people, the sea, the corals, the fish, the dolphins, the flowers, the garden, the yummy food. Everything sums up for a very nice place to unwind, destress, relax and reconnect with mother nature.

More photos below :

 

 

Time to say thank you to the lovely locals, specially Ate Nemesia & Kuya Junior and family for being so hospitable.

We promise to come back in the future. ><(((0> 🙂 ❤ ❤

I plan to organize an event here in the fure with Geko Adventures.

So stay tune  and cheers to the Spinners in Pamilacan Island.

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Mermaid Tale- a weekend escapade in Moalboal White Beach

moalboal beach
enjoying sunset

It’s been awhile since the mermaids had gone to the abyss.

One saturday morning around 6am, cute voices woke me up very early.It was sweet and quite familiar.I open the door half awake, since I still feel so sleepy, darn it guess who is invading the city? It’s two of my favorite human being in the world.Who could that be. Well of course my happy pilss

#PrinceRobzki and #PrincessFeona.

So they will spend weekend with me in the city, and I have no plans in mind what to do. But since its been long time the mermaid is in dryland, I decided to pack our bags and prepare for a beach trip, this time heading in one of our favorite place in the South-Moalboal beach.This place holds a special place in my heart, we use to spend a lot of our weekends here when me and my best of friends think of hitting the beach.My little prince & princess loves the beach just like their mom. I’m thinkin of spending overnight so I google quickly where to rent a room cheaply that can accomodate us four including my niece Shela.I pretty much dont have any idea anymore what is the current rates of the rooms their since in the past we usually just bring tents and pitch it in the wite sand beach.

But hence were running out of time for reservation so I just crossed my fingers and hope there will be room available for us when we arrive.I cook quickly pancake to bring so kids will have something to eat while in the bus-its a 3hrs ride and ofcourse I dont want them to eat so much Chicharon and Ampaw along the way 🙂

So were ready : goggles/swimsuits/sunblock/towels/clothes/repellant/water = check.

We tool the non-aircon ceres bus in Cebu City South terminal located near E-Mall.

Fare :

Adult = 90

Kids 6years old and above=45

Travel time was around 3hrs, we stop at Moalboal Poblacion town and took a tricycle which cost us P100 one way to Basdaku (White Beach), normally it is 25/head when u wait for it to be full with passengers, but since I’m travellin with my kids I prefer to have the tricycle on our own to avoid crowding.There’s an important thing to note tho, along halfway the travel someone will stop the tricycle and ask for like a toll fee of 5peso per passenger and they will gave you a documentary stamp in return, and when you arrive at the beach you have to pay 20peso entrance.

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So we arrive finally, along the main white beach are some huts and bamboo cottages and some native hut with rooms, owners delighted us and persuade us to come look inside their room, so we are lucky there are still available rooms at the time. However it is feeling to crowded already there are may young group of beach goers from each side of the rooms.So I decided to walk further and see if there is a place which is a little bit quite, then we found this room just walking distance from the busy area where people pitch tents,a woman in her middle 40’s told us they have 2 vacant rooms one is fanroom and another one is with AC. I chose the fan room since its cheaper P1000 initially but then I was able to haggle the price to 900, me and my kids don’t really like AC, we easily chill. The room has only one bed but the size can fit us four since I have skinny kids too.There is toilet inside very cute and surroundings is clean. We will be spending most of our time anyways in the beach and swimming and snorkeling , so the room is basically is just for our things and charging our phones for pictorials 😉

So Feona and Robzki can’t wait they immediately change to beach wears and run to the beach.Feona miss swimming a lot, one of the reasons why she loves summer days, she can spent most of her time either in the pool or wholedays in the beach.

What could be more serence, this place has one of the best sunset view.

stunning sunset

“We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.”
-Mother Teresa

I told feona to come with me snorkeling about 50meters from the beach because I wanted to show her the beautiful coral reef near the dropoff, it was lowtide so it would be easier for her to see. In the beginning she is hesitant since she has only goggles and not snorkeling, I still have to buy her one which fits her size.Anyhow I manage to convince her that she will never regret coming with me to the edge of the coral reef plateau, besides I told her we have two mission: 1.to find Nemo 2. to find Dory, then we start swimming. Corals are still stunning in the area, healthy aquatic life , fishes ,soft corals everywhere and closer to the drop off are anthias and snappers.

It feels like home, it feels completely different to be submerged again.

moalboal beach
dive into the ocean

I share same sentiment !

“The ocean makes me feel really small and it makes me put my whole life into perspective… it humbles you and makes you feel almost like you’ve been baptized. I feel born again when I get out of the ocean”
-Beyoncé Knowles

 

We spend two days in the beach were sunburnt, but we wont ever complain.We can’t wait to be back again. As we pack our bags heading home we felt tired, we felt blessed and we felt grateful, because no matter how cruel city life is, we still got the chance to be in a place we wanted to be over the weekend, in paradise.

Thanks Moalboal beach, please stay alive and vibrant.

 

Sleepy Surfer Award

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Lemme start this blog with the awesome view above. My accomodation for 3N/4D surf trip in Mati Davao-Nov26-29.

So whats up with the title ? Care to explain 😀

Well, its my most prestigious award from a recent surf trip in Mati Davao Oriental- Dahican Beach.This is how it goes:

A friend of mine knowing my addiction to the saline water ask me to join an organized event called ”Ripples goes to Dahican”. With no hesitation, I said yes, that was like 3 months before the scheduled surf trip (Nov.26-29). I paid down payment of 3000 pesos to secure the slot and as down payment also , total package fee is P8500 which can be paid in installment before the event, package covers our accommodation for 3N/4D, food, van transfers, surf instructor/guide and surf board rentals.

But things went wrong with my schedules and the event is getting closer, I’m slowly drifting away, sad , mad, upset all negative vibes engulf me, so I decided to cancel my slot 2 times and then 3rd time.But hold on, do you believe in miracles ? … miracles do happen. Few days before the event I got the money to pay for the remaining balance of the package plus my work leave was approved, so this is it pancit !!! Happy gecko is jumping with joy and immediately pack my bags and ready to go. Alas we touched down Davao city in the morning of Nov.26, 2015-thursday.

Our first day was spent on a side trip in Samal Island, first stop is the Hagimit Waterfalls, series of 1-1.5m drops of curtain like water.Second stop was funny, hahahaa everyone in the group knows why so I just say thank you for the ”Johnny’s Ride ” makes a huge difference on our trip 😀 😀 😀 and ohhh theres more, that addicting water slide that ends you falling into the sea, finally what makes this side trip special is our illegal trip underwater without the lifebelt(which is extremely prohibited by the lifeguard) just to have our mermaid photos taken, sorry for that but we can be kids too,.. sometimes.

After the Side trip in Samal we’re off for the real purpose- the ”waves”. Arriving in Mati is a relief for all of us, although it’s dark already we can already feel the roaring waves splashing into the sand. We have our welcome dinner which is a hot Sinigang soup and barbecue (yohooooo just right for hungry tummy).After dinner we had a quick orientation for the entire surfing program and we got to be introduce with other campers.The following day, everyone woke up early (alams na bakit  🙂 – its our first day of surfing, so everyone was on their boardshorts , bikini and surfing attires.First, the instructor and head guide Mac do the demonstration for basic of surfing , then we grab our boards and paddle towards the line up.I was able to catch some small waves, small but really good enough for me already and was more than happy just to be in the waters again. Sometimes just even staying flat on the board pushed by white waves is like an orgasm for a life time-oooops sorry for the word, but you will know it once you tried surfing. The next day we surf again in a secret spot known to locals, only 2-3 houses present nearby. Waves are just everywhere, its like a playground full of lego blocks, and palm trees and blowing winds, what more can you ask for ? ahahaha another pair of bikini maybe 🙂 , after morning surf we head back to the resort to grab our late breakfast and relax a bit, some of the campers went to surf in Dahican beach but I was too tired from the morning session and of course you know already where to find me, in the hammock dreaming mode. Afternoon program is the glider thingy, I was actually dispensing cash before arriving to Mati just to try riding this toy in Mati. But wait , where am I again the last time you saw me? mmmmm of course in my hammock. So when I wake up there is no one in the resort, campers were gone gliding 😦

But someone came back to pick me up yohooooo so I was able to glide too 🙂

glider

Our last day of surfing is everyone’s favorite place -the secret spot.After surfing almost an hr I lend the long board that I use to another camper,then I was cheering other beginners like me when they can catch waves, shouting them ”awesome, great yohoooo”. Then I assisted fellow camper too, pushing him when waves are closer. Ten mins after ,one of the Local community leader Kuya Jun ask me to try on his short board, of course at first I’m hesitant because his short board is for the pro and I’m quite not good in balancing yet so in my mind I cant handle short boards yet, but there’s no harm in trying anyways, for fun you know,hehe. So first I got lessons from Kuya Jun about surfing, then he told me the advantage of being small and having a short board.He also emphasize to me the correct way of paddling(for me this is very useful).I actually was dreaming to learn surfing with short board since its lighter and easy to maneuver and I’m crazily dreaming of doing surf stunts hahaha (5yrs from now) that’s my long term plan.So back to the lesson from Kuya Jun ,first few waves he tried to push me and see if I can stand on the board, of course I failed 3x 😦 then came the next 2 waves where I perfectly stand on the board and was able to catch it omaygasssssssssssshhhhhh it was just the best time of my life my life.Then I was hooked and don’t wanna stop, I tried paddling in my own and yes I catch another 2 waves -something to celebrate, only lacking is the lenses that captures it. But anyways next time will be ready for documentation, I promise.

 

To cap it all, it was super awesome 4days, best food, you wake up everyday with smell of coffee followed by sumptous meal, then the sexy waves calling you out, its something you will wish will be your life everyday. You got to discover also some places in the locality , like waterfalls , museums and eat the local popular fruit buongon- ang maliit na lemonsito awww, d diay reverse lemonsito ang maliit na buongon 😀 😀 😀 super sweet buongon don’t know the english term.

But  you know whats more awesome on this trip, the people around you are just equally crazy and  happy people from different walks of life in all ages we were drawn to a single passion- surfing. Started as strangers to each other but left as friends who shares happy moments, laugh trips and many groupies 🙂 🙂 🙂 see, life is awesome bruh, Live it ,it to the fullest please 🙂

But wait going back to the title, why why why I was awarded as Sleepy Surfer when they dont have evidences 🙂

See this : caught in the act !

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But I am truly the awardee,I admit , you can also ask the organizer and fellow campers why 😉 I am a small gecko , so no one caught me sleeping, but i did in many times. Almost miss the glider, the food , the surfing just because moments that I can SLEEP , I immediately do 😉

I wanna grab this opportunity to thank you for RIPPLES the event organizer Mac Co Senora, Cielo, Stacey, Aldrin, Jah and Walter – because you impress me then you did a good job!!! Thank you sponsors for nice surfprising gits 😉 Thanks also everyone for the laugh trips hahahaa..you know who you ares, my new set of friends!

See more pics here

xoxo until the next surf trip )))

What I cant forget about this trip.

  1. The waves
  2. ukelele peoples (darn they’re so talented)I’m impressed.
  3. the laugh trips
  4. #movenpick  😀 😀 😀 ooops its not the hotel you know, ask Stacey :p
  5. nice sleeps