Snorkeling in Dauin Marine Sanctuary

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Our trip to Apo Island was cancelled because of the typhoon, so we did this instead.

We arrived in Dumaguete City at around 6:30AM and we hurried to Harold’s Dive Center so we could still avail of their snorkeling package for Apo Island. The trip was supposed to start at 7AM. We were so excited! But then, something very unfortunate and disappointing happened. Upon entering the shop, we were greeted by a piece of paper that said the Philippine Coast Guard prohibited any trip to Apo Island that day because of the “typhoon” Ambo. The only reason we went on this trip was to see Apo Island’s turtles. Imagine the disappointment on our faces.

To make up for this unfortunate event, they offered the customers another snorkeling trip – in Dauin Marine Sanctuary. We went with it because we really didn’t have any other choice. It was too early to check in at our hotel.

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We got the Dauin snorkeling package for only P500/person, and it was inclusive of round trip transfers (Dumaguete-Dauin-Dumaguete), snorkeling gear, fins, life vest, snacks, drinks (water, tea, and coffee), and light lunch. Quite a good deal, right?

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We saw lots of colorful fish, corals (live and dead lol), garden eels, etc. But unfortunately, no matter how far and deep we’ve swam, there was still no sighting of the turtles. How sad. Apo Island is just right across Dauin (actually it’s part of Dauin), so we were hoping that a few turtles would reach the area.

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We headed back to Dumaguete City at around lunch time.

My verdict? I’ve seen better. But hey, I finally had the guts to swim in deep waters without a life vest. I guess that’s an achievement. LOL!

What other good snorkeling spots can you recommend?

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xo Faith Mari

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