While Mark spend his days diving and chasing fish, I enjoyed the peacefulness of the lovely beach just at the entrance of our bungalow. How easy it is to get used to the island way of life…Mark ended up doing 10 dives together with the crew of Devocean.
Not only did they see thresher and whitetip sharks, they got to swim with lots of nudibranches and cuddle-fish and found the beautiful, hard to spot, pygmy seahorses sitting on the Gorgenian coral.
Fluorescent shrimps and the funny hairy oerang-oetang-crabs accompanied them on their exploration of the underwater-world.I joined the diving crew when they did a day trip to Kalangaman Island. Mark did 1 dive around the island while I was snorkelling just off shore.
A few meters in the sea, surrounding a rock, I met a whole family little black yellow fish. Curious as I was, I swam a bit closer and soon a couple of the bigger fish swam up towards me, defending their territory. Besides them I saw some blue and red starfish, sea urchins, a pipefish and a barracuda. Happy days!
We had a nice bbq on the amazing white beach and met some people from UK, Poland, Canada and Belgium. (Yes Belgium!) Bohol was waiting for us… After 1 hour on the boat, 5 hours on the local bus, another 2 hours on the ferry and 45 minutes in the taxi, we arrived in Pangloa beach, Bohol.
Citadel Alona bed and breakfast was our new home for the next couple of days.
The jungle of Bohol is home to the tarsiers. These little wonders of the world are the smallest primates you will find and a highly endangered spieces. Indonesia and Philippines are the only two places left where you can find them. Its always been my dream to see them and now I can finally tell that I made that dream come true. A few years ago I saw them in North Sulawesi and I fell in love. Today again I was amazed by their appearance and their beauty. We visited the tarsiers research centre where they have a breeding program for the little cuties. The centre is divided in a visit and non visit area. We could see 5 tarsiers in the visit area, although they where still very hard to spot. In total the centre is home to about a 100 of them, but public isn’t allowed in the area where they live, and thats a good thing. The little ones are easily stressed and cant be kept in captivity. Once captured they commit suicide!
I was very happy to be able to see them again in their natural habitat. Besides seeing the tarsiers we went to the picturesque chocolate mountains and Mark and Ben did a zip line ride across the Loboc river. We had a lovely lunch on the river cruise and a challenging walk over the hanging bridge. On this island we also met some nice people, from Malta this time and we spend two evenings with them, playing pool.
Ben, a guy from Canada we met at Malapascua, is also still accompanying us.My last stop in the Philippines will be Moalboal… Hopefully I can snorkel with the sardines there and enjoy my last days of holiday.
Between all the lovely impressions of living the nomad life, I also got sad news. One of my clients from Belgium passed away. My former colleagues were so nice to keep me updated on her situation. Yesterday morning I got the final email saying that my beautiful client went on to the other side. My thoughts are with her family and with the team of the Anjelier. I love you guys and I wish I was there by your side.