Goodbyes said and in the Van's for 7am sharp to transfer to Hilongos port for the supercat crossing back to Cebu.
Ferry was running late and with a deadline for the second boat crossing, everyone had to be ready, by the exit door, ready to get to the coach as soon as possible to start the four hour coach trip across Cebu island up to Maya.
How was the four hour trip? Well like any good road trip with snoozing and a good old fashion game of eye spy.
Maya old port was where we were departing from, we awaited in anticipation for why the term 'port' was being used loosely.
Arriving with minutes to spare at Maya Old port, we found out we were being allowed to make the crossing to the island as night crossings are banned.
It had been a point of discussion on route as to why the term 'port' had been loosely used in relation to the Maya Old Port. This is where we agreed that port.... maybe more..... little old harbour.
Following the guys taking our luggage it was a scramble down some rocks and into the sea... yep... the tide was the lowest Tony our Dive Philippines representative had ever seen. We had to wade to a little old style row boat to be taken across to Exotic 3 for our transfer to the island.
Wet shoes all around... good job we have a week in a warm place to dry shoes out. Some tried bare foot, managing to avoid any sea urchins, but lots were seen. This was the first time that even Tony had to get wet feet... probably due to us being late! After all we love a Dive Rutland adventure - this felt like a true expedition.
Arriving at our new destination at just after sundown, welcomed with a garland and a drink. Followed by a quick dinner, unpack and time for bed...awaiting day one diving... with the promise of a 4am wake up (really?! Let's see how many make it on Tuesday to go see if we can find the Thresher sharks!
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