It was a 3+ hour drive there, so we didn’t really get to see the little beach village in the daylight on our first day, but the vibes in the evening were nevertheless amazing! We stayed in the area of Panagsama beach (incase anyone cares). After arriving at our Airbnb, we went out right away to go explore. There were little restaurants, bars, massage places, souvenirs shops, etc. about 5 minute walk from our house, so it was perfect. We had dinner, some drinks, and later went for a much needed massage (that only cost 5€..). A very nice, relaxing night after a whole day of traveling!
Regardless of the occasional slipping off of a rock, or getting carried away by the strong current and having your tour guide grab your arm (aka life saver), it was a lot of fun. I don’t think I have done anything this “thrill seeking” in a while. I honestly felt like we were on an episode of survivor and we had to find our way back to civilization by hiking and climbing through the jungle. After 5 hours of “canyoneering” and two scratched up and blue knees, we made it out of the jungle alive. 💪🏼🐒
However, like 20 minutes later the rain started to really come down. Being on a public beach, there was no place to sit with a decent roof, so we hid under a tree, which still got us as wet as just standing in the open rain. The thing I hate most about rain is having my clothes get soaked and not being able to properly dry them, and because we were traveling to the next location a few hours later, this was going to be the case; traveling 2 hours with a bag of wet clothes. Putting my drama queen attitude aside, I knew everything was going to get wet regardless so we enjoyed the remainder of the morning and went into the ocean; enjoying the warm water while outside of the water it was getting pretty cold.
Before heading for lunch, we went back to our airbnb and got into some clean, dry clothes. Then we were picked up by another one of those tricycle motorcycle taxi rides to bring us to where we could get some food and also take a bus later to go down south to Oslob.
Getting a bus took foreverrrr, and whenever one passed us it was always so full that people were even standing where the doors usually close. Luckily, these two taxi guys started talking to us and offered a private ride down to Oslob for a certain price. After some negotiating (which you really have to do in this country because they might take advantage of the situation if you don’t play hard) our HUGEEE (limo) van arrived and drove us down about 2 hours.
During dinner, we had made the plan for the following day which would require us to wake up around 6am. At the time, we didn’t really look forward to waking up this early, but wow… it was so, so worth it.
Getting a very, very early start to today, we also started the day with a very, very exciting activity. We had signed up to go swimming, in open water, with whale sharks!!! These animals are super safe for humans and (I don’t think) can do any harm to us, which makes it a little less bad-ass for swimming with them but WOW, I DON'T CARE - IT WAS AWESOME.
Today, we would leave Oslob and go back north to the city of Cebu. This being our last day, we thought it’d be best to go back closer to the airport so we didn’t have to leave at 2am with a bus to catch our flight early Tuesday morning.