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Moalboal in Cebu is famous for being the gateway to some of the best diving spots in the Philippines, due to its unspoiled fine white sand beaches and diverse marine life. We decided to hop on a plane after our visit in Singapore to experience diving in this part of South East Asia.
Cebu is a tropical island, but not a small one – it’s 3.6 times the size of Manhattan. The drive to the hotel takes almost three hours from the airport. The road seems framed by houses and more primitive dwellings and with people out everywhere. Half way through the journey, the road and its surroundings turn into something more authentic with lots of people walking, standing around with their children in their arms, cooking or whatever they need to do. Everybody is smiling and seems quite happy. There are many children and open housed schools everywhere.
The island is lush with palms and greens everywhere except for where people have built their houses. Most houses seem to be without any amenities such as water, electricity or anything else. We have been told that many people live a day to day life where they only work if they have no money for the next day. If they have money they would rather not work until next they need money.
Dolphin House is a beautiful hotel made up of small villas with a restaurant and pool and of course a diving centre. The view is fantastic across a narrow sound to a neighbouring island. When you wake up early in the morning the air is filled with sounds from all types of birds, including the local roosters, cows, dogs and whatever else. The service at the hotel is fantastically friendly and attentive.
We certainly felt like we were in a paradise. As for the diving experience itself, I will give you my verdict next time.