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I Am Afraid of the Depths, But I Swam Anyway

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Okay, let’s get this straight; I did not swim. Or maybe I did. If you call flapping and kicking while wearing a life vest – swimming. Then, yes, I did.

A few weeks ago, I went to South Cebu for an overnight adventure with my friend, CJ. We were invited by Raymund Sande Cebu Adventures for a canyoneering adventure in Badian and island hopping in Moalboal.

It was already my second time to try canyoneering in Badian. The first time I went there, it was also Kuya Raymund’s team who made my first canyoneering experience amazing. I highly recommend booking your South Cebu trip with them. So to be invited for the second time, I was pretty ecstatic. However, it was immediately replaced by anxiety when he said that he would also tour me around Pescador Island in Moalboal too.

I don’t know how to swim. And worse, I’m scared of the sea. But when adventure calls, who am I to say no?

Anyway, I’m not going to talk about my canyoneering adventure this time. It was still as awesome as my first time.

Second time to try canyoneering in Badian and quite possibly, a third time soon. 😂 #grabinajud

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Let’s talk about my adventure in Pescador Island in Moalboal.

CJ and I, along with travelers from Manila, were grouped together. It was cloudy when we set out to the sea, and I was a little bit worried that it would rain. Nobody wants to spend some time on the beach when it is raining. Luckily, it did not rain and we had the perfect weather to enjoy everything.

While we were out in the open sea towards Pescador Island, Kuya Raymund went towards the bow of the boat and started thumping the base of the boat to call the dolphins. We were lucky that the dolphins were not shy that day and I was able to capture them swimming with us. It was a sight to behold!

Upon arriving in Pescador Island, everyone in the boat started snorkeling the beautiful waters. To be honest, the view of the deep blue sea was incredible. The sort of thing that can really make your jaws drop. It always amazes me how serene and beautiful it looks under. I can even saw free divers and scuba divers several meters below me who looked pretty graceful underwater.

The only problem is I have to look up every 15 seconds or so. Staring into the deep blue sea causes me panic attacks. I try not to show it because it is embarrassing. Every now and then, I would remove my snorkeling mask and face the sky, and then after that plunge myself back to the water again. Others moved further away, while I kept myself near the boat. I looked pretty ridiculous. Haha!

Nevertheless, I had fun. Surprisingly, it wasn’t that bad. I pretty much survived.

Our next destination was located near the beach resorts in Moalboal to see some turtles. I was surprised that you can actually see them near the beachfront. I was expecting that they are located a little further.

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Oh, the size of them! The turtles were pretty big. It was my first time to see turtles in those sizes. There was even one which actually looked like the size of a standard dining table!

Seeing creatures of great majesty such as turtles warms my heart. It makes me thankful to God to have given me the chance to see them with my very own eyes.

A little farther from the turtles is the spot where the famous sardine run can be witnessed. Seeing thousands, or perhaps millions, of silvery sardines group together in the cool waters is a must-see phenomenon. It was interesting to see the fishes move in perfect harmony. And when you try to wriggle through the huge school of sardines, they would move in such synchronized pattern for you to pass through. Such beauty in chaos!

I’m glad I did not pass up the chance to see all those things. It was a bone-tiring experience to go canyoneering and island hopping in a single day. That night, we stayed in Pescadores Seaview Suites and I slept like a log. Luckily, I finally got to use my hotel coupon which I won from the Traveloka blogging contest. I didn’t spend a single peso for my stay there. I was contented of everything that I did the day before that I didn’t do much the next day. I just pretty much enjoyed the view from our hotel room.

If I were to choose an adventure between the highlands and the seas, I would still choose the former. But, getting out of your comfort zone is exciting. I would always say yes to adventures. 😉

Disclaimer: The canyoneering and island hopping trip was sponsored by Raymund Sande Cebu Adventures. All thoughts & opinions expressed in this post are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of the sponsor.

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  • JD

    In contrary, I’m afraid of the shallow waters. Who knows what poisonous snail lives under the pebbles? Ugh.

    • Johanna Marie Frejoles

      hahaha!

    • hannafrej

      hahaha!

  • Jennifer Richardson

    I love your story! The best method, especially for travellers is just to do it anyway 🙂

    • hannafrej

      Thank you, Jennifer! Yeah, someone said to me once that sometimes, you need to stop thinking, you just gotta do it. 😀

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  • I could totally relate with the have-to-look-up-every-15-seconds-or-so. I also have this fear of not knowing whatever’s under the ocean that might come and get me. I just recently knew that this fear actually has a name. Anyways, it’s great that despite being afraid of the deep blue seas, you still decided to do it. Wa nimo ma-miss ang performance sa sardines hihi

    • hannafrej

      Ahaha apir pareho diay ta mahadlok dagat.. And yes, I’m glad I did not pass up the chance to do it. 🙂