Philippines: Swimming with Sharks

I finally saw a whale shark, which would never have happened if my flight wasn’t canceled. Thank you my travel gods. The whale sharks were amazing. They are so huge and graceful. Truly gentle giants.Screen Shot 2016-06-27 at 2.25.22 AM

I don’t know what I was thinking by booking that flight other than Apo Island is suppose to be one of the best dive destinations in the Philippines. But it’s shark week or so I read somewhere that it was. In honor of shark week I decided to skip Apo Island (plus I’m not in the mood to deal with rustic) and head to Malapascua Island instead.

IMG_1094Malapascua was on my radar early in the trip but I had been reluctant to travel there because a ship recently ran aground and the reports were that it damaged the reef. Light bulb moment, I am not going for the reef I’m going for the cleaning station where the Thresher Sharks are known to hangout year ’round

Once I pulled my head out of the sand, I realized I have to go there IMG_1051before I leave. This could be my only chance to see a Thresher Shark. Three weeks ago I didn’t even know what a Thresher Shark was and now I hope to see at least one.

Plus it’s about time I spoil myself with a fancy place to stay. I’m going IMG_0630upscale splurging in the Philippines for a $55 a night room and that’s the promotional rate. Hopefully it will all be worth it and I will be posting shark pictures soon.

Next up Malapascua for shark week!