My friend, Edwin, was negotiating with boatmen in Moalboal, Cebu, while Doi, Gael, and I, set up a table for lunch. Arriving from the night before, we stayed in Basdaku/White Beach in order to spend a day of snorkelling in the Tuble Marine Sanctuary.
Tuble Marine Sanctuary
September 05, 2011
Swimming in Moalboal
This was one of those spontaneous decisions made out of our love for travelling. Our original plan was only to trek to one of the caves in this region. However, we decided to spend the night in this quick beach fix and swim with the fishes the following day.
White Beach or Basdaku
After eating, kuya Dodong, our boatman, met and advised us to place our bags and gadgets in a plastic paint bucket which served as a makeshift waterproof container.
It was just a 20-minute ride and we arrived at the marine sanctuary happy that the weather cooperated with us. I was also excited because it’s been awhile since I last went to the beach and swam in the sea.
heading to the boat
We paid the entrance fee (100 Php) and I immediately jumped into the water while Edwin was still preparing himself to dive with his flippers on. He’s been practicing free diving which enables him to swim into the deep without having to use an air tank. It’s something I need to learn more if I want to hold my breath longer.
Our boatman preparing the eye goggles
Boatman and Tour Guide
Kuya Dodong advised us to hold onto a raft that he made so we could swim with him as he pointed out the fishes and the corals underneath. It was fascinating to see him full of life in sharing which corals we could touch and which ones we shouldn’t to avoid destroying them.
He accompanied us all throughout the underwater tour so we could enjoy the scenery without having to stress about swimming. He even described the types of fishes that were around. “He knows how to please his clients.”, I thought to myself. Talk about great service! We got more than what we bargained for.
improvised flippers made out of wood
Normally, boatmen will just leave you alone while you swim in the water. But not in this case; kuya Dodong acted as our tour guide as he showed us the different corals and creatures underwater. He also he gave us clean and functioning goggles that made me wonder if they were brand new. I noticed him cleaning them before handing it to us free of charge.
He didn’t know that we have our own websites and when we told him that we’ll post his number there, he was more than thankful for it.
“Careful with your feet not to touch the corals!” our boatman said.
I’ve been to Moalboal many times but it’s only now that I was able to visit the marine sanctuary in Tuble. It was amazing to see such beauty lurking beneath the surface.
I’d like to go back next time with flippers in tow but I need to find a size that would fit my feet first.
After the tour, we spent the remaining time enjoying the sea. But at one point, I became nauseous because of being too hyperactive underwater that I wanted to throw up. Some of my companions also felt the same so we had to rest for awhile.
failed headstand underwater. hehe
I’m thankful that I didn’t have to go too far or pay a high price just to experience this underwater adventure. There’s no need to purchase an all inclusive holidays to Caribbean when such a place already exists here. To think this is only a 3-hour drive from the city.
100 Php – Tuble Marine Sanctuary Entrance Fee per boat
800 Php – Pumpboat ride to Tuble Marine Sanctuary (good for 10 people)
Kuya Dodong Jaquez (boat guide): 0922 687 8646 or 0943 814 9254
Ester Resort: 0927 578 5983 (Where we stayed at 1500 per night good for 4 persons)
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