PHOTOS: Underwater Kingdom - The Philippines is a Gift From The Gods

An awe-inspired diver exploring the reef - Moalboal, Cebu - Philippines


 

A Glimpse Below The Surface in Cebu's Diving & Snorkeling Mecca - Welcome To Moalboal


The "sardine run" - Moalboal, Cebu - Philippines
Trpoical fish swimming over the reef as a massive school of sardines forms an arch above them



 

 

The man smiled.  “The Philippines”, he replied.  “I’m going to build a dive resort there”.

“The Philippines??”



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Incredible Sardine Run in Moalboal, Cebu - Philippines
One of the most incredible experiences of my life - swimming with a school of over a MILLION sardines

When Christian finally paid a visit two years later, he fell deeply in love…not only with the stunning beaches and marine life of Sipalay, but also with a beautiful island girl who called it home. 

 

He sold his home in Switzerland and never looked back. 

Fast forward 15 years, and Christian has really put roots down in Sipalay.  Now married with a beautiful family, he built a dive resort of his own next door to his wife’s family.  It’s called “Easy Diving and Beach Resort”, and I was fortunate to be able to experience the place for myself!

 

In the early days, Christian told me there wasn't even a paved road going to the resort.  With a single motorbike and plenty of determination, he began to build his dream piece by piece.  What's impressive to me is the way he has been able to "meet in the middle" - blending his own culture with that of his wife's. 

 

As the property grew over the years, so did Christian's reputation as a world-class diver and host.  He even took a former Philippine President for a dive! 

 

 

 

A splash of tropical color along the reef wall at Pescadero Island - Moalboal, Cebu
A splash of tropical color along the reef wall at Pescadero Island


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 Starfish at sunset - Moalboal, Cebu - Philippines
A colorful starfish clinging on to the coral while the sun sets above the water...

Quo Vadis Dive Resort - My Home Above The Water


Sunset by the pool - Quo Vadis Dive Resort - Moalboal, Cebu - Philippines
Sunset by the pool - Quo Vadis Dive Resort - Moalboal, Cebu - Philippines

 

 

Family owned and tucked away from the bars and restaurants of town.  Christian was a bit baffled by this…after all, he knew of many beautiful islands around the world, but the Philippines wasn’t even on his radar.

Curious, Christian pressed the man for more information about this little-known island paradise.  After countless photos and stories about the warmth and beauty of the Philippines, Christian was convinced he needed to visit.  He ended up buying the house in Switzerland, but he told the man that when his dive resort opened there in Negros, Christian would be his very first guest.  

Well, being a foreigner who was mesmerized by the beauty of the Philippines myself, the rest of the story comes as no surprise to me at all.

 

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Finding Love - and Building a Resort of His Own


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Truly an #idreamedofthis Experience



In closing, I would like to thank Christian and staff for hosting I Dreamed Of This!  Sipalay (and Negros in general) is truly somewhere I could see myself spending much more time in the future.  

Easy Diving Resort isn’t really geared toward budget travelers and backpackers, but if you happen to have a strong foreign currency, it's still an excellent value. You'll enjoy the top-notch lodging, cuisine, and water sports activities - for substantially less than it would cost you back home. 

 

It's perfect for those needing an escape from the monotony of day-to-day city life, and would certainly be an incredible place for a wedding or honeymoon as well!

 

Aside from everything else, Christian is just a really nice guy.  You can tell that years of island life have been good to him. 

Please say hi for me...


You can book your stay with Easy Diving Resort HERE

 

- Nathan Allen

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