Heart & Brain Underwater

Malapascua, Philippines (10 – 13 Aug 2007) A Summary

Back from Malapascua, Cebu, Philippines, late Monday (13 Aug) night.
Had a WONDERFUL trip! Saw a thresher shark (on 12 Aug)!!! Pygmy seahorse, Mandarin fishes, seahorses, white-tips reef sharks, large frogfishes, many nudibranches…
DMs were great! Service staff at the resort were nice! Resort was clean & comfy (altho no freshwater & water heater…) To all at Exotic, Thanks!
To Angus – Thanks for being such a fabulous buddy (both in & out of water)! Go take your AOW soon…
To Terence – Thanks for being such an understanding hubby! So will u be taking the OW anytime soon? Wink
For all the details for the trip, read the entries for the individual days.  
Have also uploaded the photos… Angus took some great photos (esp of the thresher), go see them @ http://pelagic.multiply.com/photos/album/22/UW_Malapascua
In case you r interested to go, this is the breakdown on the basic expenses. Wink
Air Tickets = S$290 ($79+$110+ taxes $101) http://www.cebupacificair.com/
Airport Tax = 500P
Accomodation = US$81 per room (2 nites non-aircon, 1 nite aircon US$41) http://malapascua.net/index1.html
Diving (with equip)= US$242 [8 dives * US$27 + 1 nite dive * US$35 – 10% discount (for 8 dives & abv) + US$6 * 2 (torch) + 2 * US$2 (Sanctuary Fees)]
Food & drinks @ resort = ~1600P (~S$55)
Cab = 250P + 200P
Bus = 40P + 40P
Total estimate: S$800
Warning: Food & drink at the Cathay Pacific louge restaurant is quite expensive (~US$13). Better to spend your peso buying the Cebu Pacific inflight meals & drinks Wink 



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