Hey... We are heading this weekend to Apo Reef in a van.
We will cross from Luzon to Mindoro in a ferry. After we will drive till Sablayan and we will sleep in Pandan Island, a perfect island for rest.
Our ferry. On saturday morning we will start a trip to the Reef, in the middle of nowhere, where we will dive to see whte tip sharks, manta rays and many other bichos.
A nice sky is promising a great weekend...
BRUUUWM nice motor looping sound (recorded, check it)
It is always easy in Pilipinas to get close to the ferry captain and crew and machine room :P
Way in van thru Mindoro now!
HAHAHAHA The piedras thing. I drove over a big step and we needed to make an adapted way out with stones...
Now we are in Pandan and we have a fantastic cottage house for ourselves with two floors and nice decoration, all wooden.
And next day, this is the incredible boat we have to surf the sea till Apo.
Good bye Pandan island!
In this boat we have a kitchen, living room, toilet, different standing areas and an awesome upper deck with beds and everything.
This is the diving tanks area, with compressor and all we need
The kitchen chef (we had the best food in last months) HUURAY for the chef! And the captain, all so nice to us.
Thats already Apo island, the only over-water piece of land within the whole reef.
The water in Apo was the cleanest ever. You could see fishes clearly from the boat.
And since wet season is already here, expect rains, storm, and some wind! But also some beautiful views of the ocean...
Lets try our first dive!
Jumping off boat
Ready! Sorry I could not take camera on me... that was spectacula down the water.
spinning mortal backwards from boat after a happy dive
Sweet chill in the middle of the sea
Now we head to Apo island for a walk
sea and sky
Look at the light!
We had always hot tea, coffee and stuff
Now we are going to have some look at the inner part of Apo island, previous snorkel around it.
The reef, only few meters under water
of course diving with tanks had nothing to do with this, it was overwhelming
And our walk thru the island!
Our boat, our house!
I didnt expect it but we found some people living in the island!
The rain has this power light and colours in the sea...
The sand here was quite round, like balls!
We found a non-habitated house in the jungle with some sort of gym... :)
With this views from it.
And then we walked thru to find an inner lake!
Yes, this is our little raft. We found it and there was a rope to follow and cross this nice small lake!
Thats the magic rope we followed!
And theres our next stop. Nobody around, just us.
See how light changes may times within a day?
So we are back to some beach after the lake adventure: there was some underwater menace fish that we didnt identify.
Back in our boat, ready for our dinner, and some drinks, nice chat and sleep some time.
We will ride now to anchor in a place with no currents called the small lagoon.
Cant stop watching these blues
An awesome sunset onboard.
This is our invention to attract some fish at night:
An underwater light torch hanging from a rope and turning around like a lighthouse to check surroundings. We saw a manta-ray about two meters wide.
And now some chating and drinks!
After a so good night on board, with electrical storm included, we early wake up to make some early dive.
Theres some reefs appearing.
I wish I could have some pics of the wonders we saw underwater in Apo Reef. Like sharks or many strange fishes. BUT! Too deep for camera...
So we are back to Pandan on a nice sunday afternoon.
Good bye wonderful boat!
Getting in the car and departing back to Manila
Gently People as usual
Our road, damaged with last rains
Stop for eat, and loong way till Manila: see you next time!