Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Yeah, I’m Beach-y



To all the readers who still ask me about my blog, I thank you all (this is so high school declamation tone..haha). I’ve been so booked lately with moving in to a different place and taking care of our house, which is currently unoccupied because my family has moved back to Bukidnon. Also, the internet connection is very discouraging in the most literal and heart-breaking way.

Have you ever waited for the result of a final interview, procrastinating whether you got the job or not? That time between waiting and knowing the verdict is how slow my Smart Bro connection is. For someone who relies on photos (nobody reads this blog, people just check the photos), it’s awfully discouraging.

But as promised, I’m back to share about my other beach trip. I’m being so beachy lately. I swim like I’m fighting for my life the whole time but I still love to do it. I mean, sometimes it’s just so awesome to try so hard to do something that you’re not likely to accomplish anytime soon.

This post is about our trip with my sister and her husband and the entire family and The Boss. We went to Pandanon and Nalusuan, ferried by Island Bancas, which is, quite predictably, operated by Island Souvenirs. This is actually more of an island hopping / snorkeling thing but there’s still some seawater and sand involved so I’m sticking with the title.

The jumpoff point is near Movenpick, which people still refer to as Hilton Hotel. We boarded this huge banca (it’s a boat that looks like a catamaran and if you’re a Filipino you wouldn’t have a hard time imagining what that is). The banca can fit around 15 people, excluding the crew. I don’t know, I’m not sure. I’m a bike guy, not a boat guy. Anyway, the trip to Pandanon is like 45 minutes away from jump off. There isn’t much there save for the nice beach.

I like Nalusuan better because it had all these lovely corals and fishes and the underwater looks like a commercial for some NatGeo show or some tourism advertisement. There’s just so many fishes, it makes me wonder why the fish we had for lunch is still expensive as hell. Yeah, I get it. The fish we ate for lunch was bought somewhere else and brought to the island where there’s so much fish so that we don’t eat the more good looking ones. It’s quite apparent that the more good-looking ones do have a survival/evolutionary edge.

I’m getting tired of all this so just check out the photos and the website for Island Bancas for details about the pricing for Nalusuan and Pandanon. I'm not endorsing, I'm just being lazy. Peace! By the way, trips to both islands is not exclusively offered by Island Bancas. You can swim all the way there or check out some other tour boats.

There’s a lot of Koreans in the island so don’t be surprised. One almost drowned me by bringing a very long rope and I got tangled in it while I was swimming. I’m not saying they’re all bad. But that specific guy is just a moron. who would bring a 15-foot rope while swimming? Does he assume that he’ll not drown if he does not sink beyond 15 feet? So much for that. You guys have a great time, thanks for dropping by.
Bromance in orange.
You won't get board here.

 

8 comments:

coolwaterworks said...

I was able to set my feet on Nalusuan on my first island hopping activity nearly 10 years ago. Yep, the corals and the fish there are really beautiful... For the divers and snorkeling fanatics really. I was able to set foot on Panadanon just this year... And for someone who just want to gaze, stroll and take pictures, Pandanon is the place... I find it more picturesque than Nalusuan...

By the way, I would have hanged that stupid guy to death if that incident with the rope happened to me...

Anonymous said...

i just love the name of the island...
nalusu-an...i bet boys are all around it...


hahahaha ;)

lakbay philippines said...

nindot isnorkel diha sa outpost, daghan kAayo'g isda bsag mabaw ra. Pyter.

jeremy wright said...

really a good place to visit what a lovely island

Bal Marsius said...

@lakbay: oh nindot jud labi nag way korean..nayahaha
@jeremy: indeed it is. i hope we can all work together to preserve this paradise

Grace Arreza said...

hahah! paita pangana oi - saman jud? :D

Bal Marsius said...

mao najud na. wa tay mabuhat ;P

Anne Thea Agoncillo Sode said...

Hey, i like your sense of humor which actually leads me to keep on scrolling down your blog. I agree when you said that Nalusuan is better compared to other marine sanctuaries. I've tried snorkeling there before when we had our ocular inspection. And good choice of using Islands Banca Cruises as your island provider, by the way.

Bal Marsius