Colors and life everywhere! How beautiful it is, Cabilao! (Philippines, February 2019)
Colors and life everywhere! How beautiful, Cabilao! (Philippines, February 2019)

The beautiful surprises of Cabilao, a small coral jewel

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  Philippines : Cabilao + Balicasag [Panglao-Bohol] - February-March 2019

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Making bubbles along coral drop-offs brimming with life and colour, what a delight! In the Philippines, the island of Cabilao is a real little underwater jewel.

Cabilao, a quiet little island

I bring you back in February 2019, to the Philippines. For this stay, I have only two weeks ahead of me and I have decided to devote the first one to Cabilao, who has been catching my eye for quite a few years...

Cabilao is a tiny island of less than five square miles. Triangular in shape, it is located on the northwest coast of Bohol, in the Strait of Cebu. It is here:

Cabilao seen from the sky. It is the triangular island in the foreground. (Philippines, February 2019)
Cabilao seen from the sky. It is the triangular island in the foreground. (Philippines, February 2019)
The dive sites of Cabilao. (Philippines, February 2019)
The dive sites of Cabilao. (Philippines, February 2019)

Cabilao has five villages and less than 5,000 inhabitants, living mainly from fishing, farming and tourism. Unlike other islands near Bohol, it is not connected by a bridge, so the place has remained fairly quiet.

There is a peaceful atmosphere which contrasts with the tourist frenzy of Alona Beach on Panglao, not far from there, which scared me away during my very first stay in the Philippines in 2008

Apart from diving, there is not much to do on Cabilao... There is a large inland lake that can be walked around, lots of small roads where it is easy to ride a scooter, some tourist accommodations and a handful of diving resorts.

It's the perfect island to break from the hustle and bustle of the world... ????

Above: one of the small roads of Cabilao, easy to ride on a scooter. At the small harbour of Talisai, on the south-east coast, you are welcomed by the Ten Commandments. (Philippines, February 2019)

Bangkas (or bancas), traditional Philippine boats with pendulums, act as a "ferry" between Bohol and Cabilao. (Philippines, February 2019)
The bangkas (or bancas), traditional Philippine boats with pendulums, act as "ferry" between Bohol and Cabilao Island. (Philippines, February 2019)
The passengers on the bangka-ferry have just disembarked. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
The passengers of the bangka-ferry have just landed at Talisai, on the southeast coast of the island. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
Under the gray sky, the lake and its mangrove have a somewhat melancholy appearance. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
Under the gray sky, the lake and its mangrove have a somewhat melancholy appearance. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
The pontoon on the lake is more than rocky ... (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
The jetty on the lake is more than rocky... (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
The lake is a popular walking destination. I strike a pose with a group of Filipino students who have come for a walk and admire the view. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
The lake is a popular walking destination. I strike a pose with a group of Filipino students who have come for a walk and admire the view. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
The small road at the back of the resort. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
The small road at the back of the resort. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)

Diving without too many divers around...

After browsing the internet and reading reviews on diving forums (I will often rummage on Plongeur.com and Scubaboard.com to prepare my stays), I opted for the Cabilao Sanctuary and its diving center Miscellaneous Cabilao (located right next to another resort which is often highly recommended too, the Polaris).

I am delighted to have chosen the first (and I have no shares with them).

I discover that the clientele is rather family oriented, so that there are few divers as keen as me (understand: linking three dives a day). So there are very few of us on the boat for diving exploration trips (most of the other clients do first dives or training) and therefore always in very small groups underwater... ????

For a photographer diver like me (understand: who can't stand the big groups that scare the fish away), this is ideal. I admit, I took a malicious pleasure to observe, from far away, the groups that piled up every morning on the boats of the nearby resort.

Two very nice young French instructors manage the Cabilao Divers centre during my stay. They understand very well my expectations and I appreciate the way they organize the fun dives: choice of sites almost à la carte from day to day (depending on the conditions), small size groups and distributed by levels... And, regularly, I have one of the Filipino guides, knowing perfectly the reefs of Cabilao, for me alone. Absolute luxury in my eyes! ????

For the rest, everything else is fine too. There are rooms for all budgets, a nice little swimming pool for post-diving desalting, a nice terrace facing the sea to enjoy the sunset and the staff is adorable. A detail that doesn't spoil anything: as the management is French, the food served at the restaurant is very pleasant.

The two great Filipino guides who worked at the Cabilao Dive Center during my stay. (Philippines, February 2019)
The two great Filipino guides who worked at the Cabilao Dive Center during my stay. (Philippines, February 2019)
I have never managed to carry my camera myself to the boat ... There is always a helpful hand rushing to help me. (Philippines, Cabilao, February 2019)
I have never managed to carry my camera myself to the boat... There is always someone rushing to give me a hand. (Philippines, Cabilao, February 2019)
The terrace was being repainted during my stay. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
The terrace was being repainted during my stay. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
The resort faces west, the sunsets are sumptuous every evening. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
The resort faces west, the sunsets are sumptuous every evening. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
The pretty little pool, slightly elongated and distorted by the panoramic mode of the iPhone. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
The pretty little pool, a little elongated and distorted in this photo by the panoramic mode of my iPhone. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)

My “& #160; house & #160;” for the week, a simple bungalow & #8230; (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)

In the evening, the hermit crabs are on the loose and the geckos have eyes bigger than their stomachs & #8230; (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)

Coral in great shape

Frankly, I was expecting at least "nice" dives at Cabilao, but I quickly realize that we're a notch above...

From the first dive, at the aptly named Gorgonian Wall, I'm won over. ???? There is something exhilarating and moving at the same time to look at such a beautiful underwater landscape. I could almost shed a tear in my mask...

The good health of the coral, exuberant, varied, dense, is so delightful to see!

Colors and life everywhere! How beautiful, Cabilao! (Philippines, February 2019)
Colors and life everywhere! How beautiful, Cabilao & #160 ;! (Philippines, February 2019)

For the wide-angle ambient photos, I have a lot of things to enjoy... I discover with amazement huge orange and pink gorgonians, big tables of Acropora, purple and yellow soft corals in profusion, spectacular barrel sponges... And at every dive or almost every dive, one or more turtles can be seen! Day after day, I am captivated by Cabilao's coral drop offs. In front of these vertical walls overflowing with life, the most delicate thing to manage is the sunlight for underwater photos, because it is not always positioned in the perfect place - depending on the orientation of the sites, the time of day, the direction of the current... Yes, I have big problems in life... ????

Macro photo side, the small fauna usual in these latitudes presents here a rich diversity of species, whether you are a fan of nudibranchs (sea slugs), pygmy seahorses, frogfishes (Antennariids), delicate ghost pipefishes or hideous scorpion fishes... ???? You can't get bored! Apart from the drop-offs, there are also a few more "muck-dive" oriented sites (where you can look for small fauna hiding in the substrate) on a sandy bottom, with seagrass beds and coral rubble.

I show you below a small selection of pictures, which give a good idea of what to expect when diving at Cabilao.

Backlight on a double barrel sponge bristling with protuberances. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
Backlight on a double barrel sponge bristling with protuberances. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)

Along the drop-offs, you can admire imposing gorgonians, roses, orange-yellow... (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)

Gorgonians addict... (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)

Drifting along the reef. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
Drifting along the reef. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
Huge tables of Acropora hard coral are staged along the reef. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
Huge tables of Acropora hard coral are staged along the reef. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
This spectacular colony of Acropora has invaded all the space on this portion of the reef. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
This spectacular colony of Acropora has invaded all the space on this portion of the reef. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
Atmosphere at the top of the reef. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
Atmosphere at the top of the reef. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
An imposing bright orange gorgonian extends its ramifications in the current. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
An imposing bright orange gorgonian extends its ramifications in the current. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
Tangle of corals on the top of the reef. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
Tangle of corals on the top of the reef. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
Always very photogenic, harlequin syngnaths or ghost fish (ghost pipe-fish, in English), often go in pairs, upside down. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
Always very photogenic, harlequin syngnaths or ghost fish (ghost pipe-fish, in English), often go in pairs, upside down. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
The much sought after Coleman shrimp (Periclimenes colemani), a species named in honor of Australian naturalist Neville Coleman (1938-2012). They are found as a couple, living in symbiosis with the formidable fire urchin which protects them from its stinging stingers. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
The much sought after Coleman shrimp (Periclimenes colemani), a species named in honor of Australian naturalist Neville Coleman (1938-2012). They are found as a couple, living in symbiosis with the formidable fire urchin which protects them from its stinging stingers. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
A pipefish, also called sea needle or pipe-fish in English, hunting on the sandy substrate. It is a cousin of seahorses. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
A pipefish, also called a sea needle or pipe fish in English, hunting on the sandy substrate. It is a cousin of seahorses. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)

A cute bargibanti pygmy seahorse, clinging to its gorgonian branch with purple polyps and a denise pygmy seahorse. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019) Read also → Shy as a pygmy seahorse

The golden apogon, mouth closed then open, revealing its eggs which it incubates in its mouth ... This is what is called oral incubation. (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)

Above, close-up portrait of a scorpion fish, and a nudibranch (sea slug) which takes itself for a bull & #8230; (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)

Too cute, this little scarlet frogfish (antennae). (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
Too cute, this little scarlet frogfish (antennae). (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
This giant frogfish is too big to fit under my macro lens ... (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
This giant frogfish is too large to fit under my macro lens & #8230; (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
An anemonefish monitors its eggs, which it regularly "aerates" with its fins. (Philippines, Cabilao, February 2018)
An anemonefish monitors its eggs, which it regularly “aires” #160 with its fins. (Philippines, Cabilao, February 2018)

As for hammerhead sharks who once swam in the waters of Cabilao (and which some dive tour operators still dare to sometimes mention or even photograph, to bait the client), no need to hope to see any. They were massively fished in 1999-2000 and their population has never recovered. Besides, I have not seen big fish around...

The Cabilao sites therefore have everything to please Zen and contemplative divers, rather oriented "bio" (biology), knowing how to appreciate the splendor of the coral and the profusion of small animals as strange as fascinating. But this is clearly not a corner for lovers of "big" (even if, as in Balicasag, not far from there, we are not immune to come across a good big whale shark passing by).

Marine protected areas

Good to know: you have to pay a small daily fee to be allowed to dive in Cabilao, because the island has two marine protected areas (MPAs). That's lucky for the coral and the local fishes. It's probably thanks to those MPAs that the reefs have remained so beautiful...

MPAs are indeed very effective in preserving or locally regenerating an underwater ecosystem, whether in Asia or the Mediterranean. In addition, they benefit the surrounding waters, helping them to repopulate and enrich them in species and biomass: this is the "reserve effect". Enough to give nature a real boost!

Unfortunately, this is still a drop in the ocean, in the face of these three very destructive practices, which are unfortunately well known in Asia, namely dynamite fishing, industrial fishing and shark fin fishing

Dynamite fishing. In Asia in particular, dynamite fishing has destroyed many reefs in a few decades. Although now illegal and very dangerous, it is still practised in certain corners near the coral reefs. I have already happened several times, in Indonesia and the Philippines, in particular, to hear explosions underwater, during dives... Scary. The sound propagates underwater without you being able to identify its direction or distance.

Industrial fishing. On the high seas, these are the factory ships of industrial fishing, those of China at the head, which are the most devastating. They continue to literally empty the ocean, depleting the stocks of fish that cannot be replenished, not to mention their innumerable catches called "accessories" (dolphins, turtles, and other commercially exploitable species).

Shark finning. Finally, there is also the juicy shark-finning, that is to say shark fin fishing, intended for the Asian market, disastrous for populations of sharks, which are essential predators for the balance of marine ecosystems... An ocean without sharks is the terrestrial life that is threatened.

At my modest diving tourist scale, I had the chance to discover many protected sites, reserves and marine parks, offering beautifully preserved and lively reefs. In Cabilao therefore, as well as in Tubbataha and Balicasag in the Philippines, but also in Sipadan in Malaysia, at Komodo and Raja Ampat in Indonesia...

On divers' or travellers' forums, I sometimes read comments from people who are outraged that they have to pay a fee to access some of these marine protected areas, in Asia or elsewhere - some even congratulating themselves for having managed to avoid paying it?

Nothing to brag about. Part of the money collected is used to involve local people in the conservation of their environment and fishery resources. But awareness and good will are not enough. Without financial means, it is impossible to protect a maritime area from poaching, concreting, overexploitation or pollution...

It wriggles on the reef ... (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)
It wriggles on the reef & #8230; (Cabilao, Philippines, February 2019)

My previous diving trips to the Philippines

After Cabilao, I chose to stay in the area and devote the second part of my stay to the diving sites accessible by day from Panglao: in particular the island of Balicasag and the sumptuous reef of Doljo. I'll tell you about it in future posts...

This stay from February-March 2019 is already my fifth trip to Philippines. As I often write to those who ask me for route advice, it is impossible to discover the many facets of this immense archipelago and its countless dive sites at once... We have to make choices. To inspire you, here are my previous journeys:

  Philippines : Cabilao + Balicasag [Panglao-Bohol] - February-March 2019

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  1. I came across your blog by doing research on diving in the Philippines where I had the opportunity to dive and I wanted to tell you that I really like the way you describe your experiences and the images that go with it. Your involvement in becoming aware of our environment is also to be welcomed. Continue to make us travel and dream.
    Terima Kasih

    1. @Larbi: sama sama… 🙂 Mille mercis, en tout cas, d’avoir laissé ce petit commentaire au passage. J’espère que les autres articles t’inspireront aussi pour la plongée aux Philippines.

  2. Hello Corinne
    thank you again for this blog and this story, we were on Tubbataha last year and I was captivated by it and on Palawan (in road trip mode). I'm looking to do another trip to the Philippines and I think I know where to go now...
    As you say it takes several stays to get an idea of the Philippines, but like you, we flee tourist places. I confirm, and yes you have to pay for the parks if you want to continue to marvel in these places, you can't have everything, without anything or compensation especially in these countries.

    1. Thank you Corinne, you have the art of finding dream destinations !! Where do we go to get to this paradise? And is it affordable?
      We return from the Banda Sea, cruise from Ambon to Kaimana a treat & #8230;
      Let's go back at the end of April with marine biologists from Sorong to Ternate & #8230; we discover these corners & #8230;
      Sincerely
      Yves

    2. @ marcopolo8356: Tubbataha is truly unique in the Philippines. But there is a way to have fun with sites that are easier to access and not too crowded with people, like Cabilao & #8230;
      🙂

    3. @Yves Guénot: Cabilao, yes, it is very affordable and easy to access. It is near the very tourist islands of Bohol and Panglao, served by a now brand new airport in Tagbilaran. Obviously, this is less exceptional than the Banda Sea, but the Cabilao sites offer, from my point of view, a triple quality of dives / price / tranquility really ideal for a short stay.

      Bon, tes itinéraires de croisière font pas mal rêver aussi… Ambon-Kaimana, Sorong-Ternate, on se refuse rien 😉 Ravie que tu découvres ces coins. Comme tu as pu déjà le constater, l’archipel indonésien mérite vraiment qu’on lui consacre du temps… J’y retourne sans me lasser, c’est un émerveillement à chaque fois. Je vais encore baver devant tes prochaines photos… 😀

    4. Hello Corinne
      Another great article that brings me back 6 years earlier to Cabilao
      I loved it!
      I remember the walk to the lake, the women selling their handicrafts, the friendliness of the locals and the superb dives
      Thank you for this time travel
      Happy New Year

  3. Hello Corinne. Thank you for these beautiful photos. I was in Cebu last winter but since it was an exclusively bubble-free diet, I did not take advantage of the surrounding reefs. Nice discovery in any case and thank you for sharing it with us.

    1. @ François: ça fait plaisir de te recroiser sur le blog 🙂 Sans bulles, tu veux dire en apnée ? Juste de la verticalité ? Si c’est pour ne pas voir de corail ni de poissons, c’est un peu dommage de mon point de vue de photographe… Je préfère descendre avec mon chapelet de bulles pour profiter du spectacle… Ravie, en tout cas, de réussir à partager mes émerveillements à travers ces images !

    1. @Feulvarch: vous devriez vous régaler ! Pour ma part je suis ravie de mon séjour. Centre de plongée nickel, des guides supers, une bonne ambiance et un petit resort vraiment très agréable… Bonne fin d’année aussi ! 🙂

  4. I have been following you for a long time, in reading but also sometimes in traveling. I also practice photography but do not know anything about underwater photography even if I am a diver. But these photos of Cabilao are stunning. I'll be in the Philippines in a few days and tell myself that, yes, diving in Cabilao would be good for me!
    Thank you Corinne!

    1. @Krystel: c’est très sympa d’avoir laissé un petit message, alors. Les plongées à Cabilao sont vraiment splendides, je me suis régalée… Et surtout, bon voyage ! 🙂

  5. Fan of all your dream articles. I dived on the Visayas and Palawan and Cabilao seems perfect for what I am looking for. What is the best time to go there, as I would like to take a short trip to Apo Island near Siguiyor and a diver tells me that the visibility for Apo is from June to November? What do you think?

    1. @Dominic: merci beaucoup 🙂

      In general, people whether they are divers or not prefer to avoid the monsoon and typhoon season in the Philippines, which roughly corresponds to the June-November period that you indicate & #8230; It is often recommended to travelers to prefer rather because of the weather the period which goes from December to May (December-January-February: period supposed to be dry and cooler; March-April-May: hot season).

      For visibility underwater precisely on the Apo Island side, I don't know if there is a time of year better than others. I had been to Siquijor and Dauin / Apo Island, etc. more than ten years ago, in 2008, it was in February. I refer you to the link of my posts of the time:
      https://petitesbullesdailleurs.fr/voyage-philippines-iles-visayas-2008/

      That said, it is quite possible to travel and dive in the Philippines at any time of the year & #8230; The archipelago is vast, I also imagine that it should not be the same weather everywhere at the same time. In short, I can only refer you to this page of the agency Evaneos, which summarizes at a glance what to expect, month by month, according to his centers of interest in the archipelago, from visiting the rice fields to scuba diving (but nothing on the underwater tour):
      https://www.evaneos.fr/philippines/voyage/quand-partir/

      Good preparations!

  6. Super photos! Quel pied également d’avoir le speed boat de Sanctuary pour soi. (Des reports sur Scubaboard t’ont inspirés 😉 … )
    Personally this is one of the best diving plans I have found in the Phils.

    1. @ Ludo / Luko: merci beaucoup… Mais à cause de toi, questions photos, il va aussi falloir que je découvre et apprenne les joies du snoot un jour prochain 😉
      In any case, yes, it is a real good plan in the area. And I admit, I love having "my" guide and "my" boat. #petitesbullesdeluxe
      Enfin, il faut bien reconnaître qu’il y a d’excellents contributeurs, sur Scubaboard… 😀

  7. Hello !

    As always, superb report and magnificent photos & #8230;

    I went to Cabilao 4/5 years ago and you make me want to go back during my next stay in March / April 2020!

    That's good, I have almost no more "new" places to discover in the Phils (good by searching well I still found some & #8230;)

    thanks again & #8230;

    1. @Chris Cool: merci beaucoup 🙂 Oui, Cabilao mérite bien que tu retournes voir si c’est toujours aussi bien… Mais c’est tellement grand, les Philippines, qu’il y a sûrement encore des tas de petits coins sympas à plonger et pas trop connus à découvrir. Tu nous raconteras bientôt 😉

  8. I'm refining my trip on Cabileo and Siguijor, just a quick question: Why did you choose Cabilao Sanctuary over Polaris, the price difference being huge, I'm wondering! Apparently the two resorts are facing the beach, so what sets them apart? I'm going to the diving show on January 12 in Paris, maybe I would find some details

    1. @Dominique Dujardin: n’ayant pas visité le Polaris, je ne saurais faire la comparaison… 😉 Comme je l’écris plus haut, les deux resorts sont côte à côte, leur situation géographique est donc identique. J’avais réservé le bungalow le moins cher au Sanctuary, qui restait abordable pour mon budget. Quant aux tarifs des plongées, ils sont similaires…

      As I explain in the article, it was the various reviews found on diving forums that made me opt for the Sanctuary, because as a photographer, the lowest price is not my main criterion for choose a resort, I am first interested in the service and the possibility of being able to take underwater photography in the best possible conditions & #8230; The Polaris certainly had good reviews too, but at the time when I was doing my research, it seemed to me less suitable for sub photography than the Sanctuary. Hence my choice.

      What convinced me, by reading the reviews, was the prospect of being in a more “family” resort (with a clientele that is not exclusively made up of divers), therefore much less crowded for diving trips and more flexibility. This effectively resulted in an almost "à la carte" service compared to my requests and the possibility of being really in a very small group underwater, as highlighted by some reports from other photographers divers. These are really criteria that count for me as a photographer & #8230;

      J’avoue qu’une fois sur place, je me suis plus d’une fois félicitée de mon choix, comme je le disais plus haut, en voyant des palanquées nombreuses s’entasser sur les bateaux du resort voisin, alors qu’il m’arrivait pour ma part d’être parfois seule avec mon guide sur le bateau… 😉

      Mais le mieux, effectivement, sera d’aller les rencontrer au Salon de la plongée et de poser toutes les questions utiles pour faire votre choix, en fonction des critères importants pour vous 🙂

  9. Hello Corinne
    Encore merci de m’avoir fait voyager de nouveau , et les photos sont superbes comme d’habitude. Nous ne connaissons pas Cabilao, mais uniquement les Visayas et Anilao, donc ce sera une bonne idée pour une prochaine destination 🙂 !!
    I'm now waiting for your post on Raja Ampat in July! We were there almost at the same time & #8230; Good dives!

    1. @Pascal: thank you for your message, it's very nice to have taken the time to leave a note.

      Yes, Cabilao really deserves a few days of diving, I really enjoyed my short stay there. Of course, it is not as spectacular as Raja Ampat or Komodo in Indonesia, but the ratio "quality of the dives / ease of access / price" is excellent, a real good plan & #8230;

      As for Raja Ampat, I have already written so much on the subject, that there is less urgency to publish a new post. My article of "reference" which compiles full of info is there:
      https://petitesbullesdailleurs.fr/plonger-raja-ampat-voyage-20130303/
      And all my articles tagged "Raja Ampat" can be found at the end of this link:
      https://petitesbullesdailleurs.fr/raja-ampat/

      Bonnes plongées aussi ! 🙂

  10. Hello again,
    I come back from the diving show without finding more explanations. I managed to book 0 Malapascua, the HIC groc is the transfer from Cebu to Cabilao. Supposedly the banca ferries only shuttle twice a week, and the Sanctuaru doesn't respond to my emails. Do you have an idea how to organize? Our plane is booked as well as the 1st hotel in Malapascua. cordially

    1. @Dominic: rebonjour, désolée, mais je ne peux pas vraiment vous aider à organiser un transfert de Malapascua à Cabilao, je ne suis pas un agent de voyage 😉 et puis je vis à Rennes, en Bretagne, je ne connais donc pas par cœur les horaires des ferries philippins entre Malapascua, Cebu, Bohol, Cabilao…

      For the Sanctuary, you should insist and send them emails, they should end up answering you (I don't know them personally)… If not, your first hotel in Malapascua can perhaps help you on this?

      At worst, you should be able to find out once there, in Malapascua or Cebu, about the ferry timetables and the best solution for your transfers ... The hotels are quite well aware of these things in general and can organize transfers for you.

      Good preparations!

  11. @Dominique,
    I allow myself to intervene because I follow this topic.
    I am in your situation and the resort answered me via Booking.
    Take the ferry to Tagbilaran and from there go to Mocpoc by road.
    The crossing to the Sanctuary is done in "public banca". I just asked if there are specific times and will have the answer tomorrow…
    cordially
    Alain

  12. @Dominique: quick response from the hotel… public bancas from 6 am to 6 pm that go directly from Mocpoc to the resort. 800 Pesos per person. The hotel also has a shuttle bus between the two ports, which is good if there are several of you.
    Have a good stay.

    @Corinne: I'm welcome, I used your blog so much for my travels!

  13. Alain and Corinne, Thank you very much for your clarifications which are useful to me. I get in touch with my hotel. I leave on April 1st on Malapascua and then Cabilao. Cdt

  14. Hello, Grosse, big disappointment because I write to you from Normandy and not from Cabilao as expected, because given the events we were forced to cancel our trip. At the moment we should be admiring the underwater world, but unfortunately there is much more serious and it is good by staying with us that we will, I think, manage to get out of this crisis . Another big congratulations to all these caregivers and doctors who fight daily against this damn virus! We still have the chance to dream while looking at your photos.
    Cdt

    1. @Dominic: hello, I understand your disappointment ... But for now, we must be content to dream at home. The most important thing is to be in good health and do whatever is necessary to stem the spread of this damn virus.

      Personal anecdote: I was very lucky in mid-March, on my return from a two-week vacation in the Philippines. My stay was not affected and I was able to return in extremis! My domestic flight to return to Manila, then my international flights from Manila to France were on March 14, the day before the Philippine capital lockdown (ban on entering or leaving Manila) set for March 15 two days earlier by authorities ... Huge stroke of luck.

      I hope for you that it will only be partially postponed, and that you will be able to discover the magnificent funds of Cabilao when this health crisis is last for us.

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