Our next Scenezoned adventure was in and around Tañon Strait – the narrow body of water in the middle of the islands of Cebu and Negros. The strait is the largest marine protected area in the country rich with different species and organisms lurking around the ocean. We had the adventurous Anjo Damiles who was game for every activity we planned out from searching for dolphins, swimming with the sardines and even trying out some fresh oysters.
We started our trip in Dumaguete where we traveled north of Negros to Bais. From the port, we took a boat that took us to the majestic Manjuyod Sandbar where we got to try some fresh oyster and sea urchins. We then went further down the bay to search for dolphins and were lucky enough to spot a few who were playful enough to stroll with us for a couple of minutes. Early the next day, we took a ferry from Dumaguete to the southern part of Cebu (Liloan) and headed north towards Moalboal. We instantly put on our swimwear because we couldn’t wait to experience the infamous sardine run. Our friends from Freediving Planet took us in the water and we immediately saw a vast amount of sardines swimming in chorus. It was amazing to say the least. We capped off our adventure by diving around Pescador Island to see a few more corals and friends under the sea. A turtle even bid us farewell while we were on our way out of the island.
Even with a jam-packed itinerary, we were only able to explore a small portion of the Strait. There is so much more to see down there and it’s all up to us if we want to educate ourselves and the younger generation to preserve one of our country’s unique gems.
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