I grew up with the sea just behind my house and with a grandfather who used to sail but for some reason (overprotective parents), I never once did venture out into the open waters. Today was my chance, and a chance for my Lolo to return to the familiar environment he used to tread.
We were up early on a Tuesday for our Sea Tour costing P 1,800. If you'll be arriving from Tagbilaran City, there is an additional P 1,000 round trip fee for land transfers because it's quite far. We left the hotel around 5:00 am and were now headed to Panglao Island, this time for some sun, sand and splash!
After a long walk to the docks, we finally got to our motorized boat and on our way to the middle of the sea for Dolphin Watching near Pamilacan Island. Dolphins are most commonly seen around 6:00 to 7:00 am which is the reason for the early start of the tour. Despite being a weekday, there were a lot of bancas on dolphin watch, which according to our guide causes disturbance to dolphins and reduces the chances of seeing them. After about 20 minutes of wait with no sighting, we decided to end the pursuit because my grandmother was feeling sea sick. I was starting to feel bad and disappointed when two minutes into our retreat, we lucked out on seeing a gang of dolphins pop right across our boat! They hoped, dived and dazzled in front of us for about a minute until the other boats caught up and the dolphins disappeared for good.
Seeing the dolphins roam free in their natural habitat up close makes rising early worth it. There is just more fun in seeing them unpredictable and in the wild compared to being in controlled environments like marine parks.
|Early morning, lost at sea|