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Nova, a Philippine friend who has 3 days vacation, joined me early in the morning at Cebu’s South Station.
The road to Moalboal goes trough lively villages and sometimes highly polluted natural aeras, like this river. Here is the village of Talisay (thank you to the GPS Canon eos6D) photographed from the bus.
The road then runs along the coast, planted with coconut trees ubiquitous in the Philippines. From the bus, corals can be seen in the sea (almost) crystalline. Arrived in Moalboal, Rowena welcomes us in a tourist aera. She is the goddaughter of a childhood friend of mine, who lives in Bordeaux.
It was very easy to find rooms, with bathrooms, only 600 pesos (10 euros) for these 3 days.
Moalboal ‘s waterfront has nothing special, no beautiful beaches here, people come here only for diving and snorkeling.
It’s time to swim along this rocky coast, biodiversity is incredible, huge shoals of sardines swirl and sparkle under the golden sun of the late afternoon. We see a turtle, the funds are covered with soft corals, showing a healthy ecosystem, for the time being.
Well over 5 p:m the sun sets over the Bangkas oscillating on the sea, while children begin to sing Christmas carols.
Opposite Moalboal, the small island is Pescados, the 3 of us participate to a snorkeling trip, with some divers, aboard a Bangka.
The Bangka now returns to the coast and stops at a marine sanctuary where soft corals and fish abound. The rain is back, and blurs the sea surface, it feels nice, here, i appreciate the calm and poetry prevailing at this time, on board.
Back to the harbor, some children come on board the Bangka to wish us a (singing) Merry Christmas.
Mmmmm yes ok…it’s lacking a little bit of concentration…
Moalboal is really a place rich in marine life, certainly the most interesting of this trip to the Philippines. I know it now, writing this post, but i did not know it before my stay, here in Philippines.