A few days out to the last quarter and I’m definitely running low on enthusiasm, among many other things.

This was a birthday get-away. A much needed stepping back. A deep breath.

The idea of swimming with the whale sharks got us on-board. This trip unraveled to be way more than that, though. The gentle giants were definitely awesome, but for me, that was just the cherry on top. I got pretty full and drunk with the plain vodka on the rocks!

The Batcave

Aaron Beach Resort

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Our refuge for the week.

Beach front room. Breakfast by the view, in that cottage. Peace and quiet swinging by the hammock. Birds chirping. Friendly conversations. Oslob was a charging station.

Airport

Mactan Cebu International Airport

A three-hour music and chips-filled road trip led us to the home of the whalesharks in Visayas. Albeit welcoming us a tad bit rainy, Oslob granted us sunshiny mornings and clear, calm seas.

Only in Oslob

Sumilon Island

That tiny donut island, that's where were headed--the private Sumilon Island

That tiny donut island, that’s where were headed–the private Sumilon Island 

Doing what they do best

Doing what they do best 

Turquoise clear in Sumilon Island

Turquoise clear in Sumilon Island

Mainit Springs

The tourists (L) and the locals (R). Mainit spring hotness (hey, not the gut, the water! :p) level #2; Downtown local market

The tourists (L) and the locals (R). Mainit spring hotness (hey, not the gut, the water! :p) level #2; Downtown local market 

The long and winding road on-board a local multi-cab, pick-up style

The long and winding road on-board a local multi-cab, pick-up style 

Road triiiiiipppp!

Road triiiiiipppp!

Cuartel

Magnificent bay view

Magnificent bay view

A portion of the throwback-inducing Cuartel

A portion of the throwback-inducing Cuartel

Immaculate Concepcion Parish Church

Immaculate Concepcion Parish Church

Oslob is a great place to relax. You can do it anywhere. See? That's under the tree, fronting the bay.

Oslob is a great place to relax. You can do it anywhere. See? That’s under the tree, fronting the bay.

Riding in more-than-a-tandem

Riding in more-than-a-tandem

  Tumalog Falls

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I am more of a hot spring person than a freezing one. But this one, a few minutes of steep trudge down, I enjoyed, with all my cold-averse body!

Swimming with the Whale Sharks

Boats line up for the day's grand activity--swimming with the whale sharks!

Boats line up for the day’s grand activity–swimming with the whale sharks!

All aboard and geared up!

All aboard and geared up!

Letting go of the life vest to swim deeper with them

Letting go of the life vest to swim deeper with them

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Photo by LA Madridejos

Photo by LA Madridejos 

And I leave you with one of the cutie patootie babies I’ve traveled with! He’s going to be a bright star one day.

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Bantayan Island, check!
Oslob, check!
Sumilon Island, check!
Malapascua, next?

For the logistics part of this trip, made an Oslob Travel Guide for TravelFindsShop.com.

Travelthon No. 09252014-04