Happy Mount Pinatubo trekking

2 hrs by car fm Manila
1 hr by 4×4
3 hrs trekking and there you are đŸ™‚
It was world’s 2nd biggest eruption in last century (1991).
All “mountains” around are made of lahar and slowly eroding…

The day after and we are  felling overwhelmed. Out of this world experience. I didn’t expect that volcano can be so beautiful. When I think of destruction that this volcano brought 20 years ago it’s so ironic to see the crater as a jewel of blue and green. I screamed from happiness and joy at the viewing point.

Trekking is not difficult, the heat and the sun are the ones who are making the trek demanding experience. Luckily the trail passes through a series of streams, so we used every opportunity to refresh ourself along the way. Presence of water at 1PM in summer Filipino sky is blessing from above. Eucerin 50+ was also helpful, don’t know what they put in that shit, but it sure saved us. No burning skin today.

Basically, everything was organize by Pinaykeypoint, we just showed our faces at 6am at randesvouz point in Tarlac. Our guide was great, both of them, lunch was also tasty and filling. Some people blogging that the price for this tour is expensive and complaining about different prices for foreigners. We don’t mind.  We did not feel cheated in any way and everything was absolutly fantastic.

Moalboal

Flight  Manila – Cebu – 1 hour.
Taxi Cebu airport – Cebu south bus station – 30 min.
Bus ride Cebu – Moalboal – 3 hours ride with one 10 minutes stop.
I always want to go with the bus without air-con, otherwise prepare yourself for temperature of 18C or less.
Moalboal main road – Moalboal Savedra dive shop – tricycle ride around 5 min.

And here we are where we were before. It’s easy to go to Moalboal because we know two things: diving is great and food is fantastic. Savedra dive shop is professional and they also coordinate accommodation.

Our dive guide, again, was Lindy. I had to ask her how old is she. She told us:

I’m 66, I’ll be like Cousteau, diving until 80.

Underwater she’s just incredible. Moving effortlessly, like a fish. We have never seen such buoyancy. O, I wanna be like her when I got old.

The sardines around Pescador island are gone. The weather was too bad to go to Oslob and to see the whale sharks. Later on we find out that the local fisherman’s are feeding them. What an impact on eco system? Newspaper claims that divers organization said it was all right – and even beneficial – for fishermen to feed them. Yeah, right! Money, money, money.

Luckily Lantaw restaurant had the same chef. Filipina lady who is cooking everything from the scratch. She came to our table and told us not to order sashimi cause fish is not the freshest. What a privilege, to have an honest person in this business. Her kitchen is open space, her food is for the soul. This lady, she knows how to cook. The best way to judge the food was the amount of alcohol we had during and after the dinner, and no hangover in the morning. That’s a good food.

From the terrace there is magnificent and romantic sea view on Pescador island.  And we eat, lunch and dinner, as much as we possibly could. It’s so hard to find a place with tasty food in the Philippines. So we enjoyed to the maximum.