Jungles, temples and local history
The diving here was phenomenal. There were turtles galore – massive hawksbills, turtles feeding, sleeping, digging in the sand, rubbing up against the coral… you name it – plus giant frogfish in all sorts of colours, schools of big mouth mackerel, loads of colourful nudis, ghost pipefish, scorpion fish, giant map puffers, marbled gropers, clouds of pyramid butterfly fish, a bat fish that followed me round like a puppy dog. The icing on the cake was a pod of seven pilot whales that we saw on the way to Balicasag two days in a row. The males were doing a mating thing where they stuck their tails high out of the water and held the ‘headstand’ for a minute or so. Very impressive.