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Towards the light

Cebu, Philippines - Part II

August 2nd 2014
Our first days were spent exactly as we'd planned: eating, diving, napping, hanging out on the deck or walking along the beach peering into tide pools. The ocean is definitely the draw here. Locals comb the beach at low tide for mussels and other shellfish and men use nets, spears and lines to fish from boats or by standing in the shallows. Dive tourism provides another source of income and the di ... read more
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Philippine Flag The Philippine Islands became a Spanish colony during the 16th century; they were ceded to the US in 1898 following the Spanish-American War. In 1935 the Philippines became a self-governing commonwealth. Manuel QUEZON was elected President and was ta... ... read more
3rd August 2014

Such contrasts!
What a perfect holiday--except for the little details of dengue fever and typhoons! Once again, I'm so touched by your ethical decision not to support tours that harm the environment/wildlife--here the whale sharks. Too often, people so want photos that they allow guides to grab, herd, catch and endanger wild animals. Perhaps the big turtle sensed your goodness, and that's why s/he came to check you out. I love that you could have your own pools and waterfalls and walk on real trails just by walking further from the hordes--rewards everywhere. Great photos, as usual!
6th August 2014

Thanks Tara!
It seems that authorities in Oslob have been doing a better job of regulating the whale shark feeding industry in order to minimize harassment and educate the public. That's definitely encouraging and should be lauded, but it still wasn't the experience we wanted for our first whale shark encounter, especially when there was so much else to see on and off the reef!

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