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Freediving at Molave Point, Dauis Nov 6, 2017

Location: Molave Point, Dauis (municipality), Bohol (province), Philippines
Freediving Guide: Jeffrey Huerte Jeffrey Huerte

Off to Dauis for Water Adventure
I've heard the 'cliff dive' in Dauis bounced off a few times but it was just an idea until Jeffrey invited me to tag along. I'm not really a cliff diver but I don't mind trying. Together with JR, the 3 of us headed out to Dauis not just for a cliff dive but also for snorkeling and freediving. We brought our dive gears with us plus my 20m nylon rope and my 30L drybag to act as floatation device to anchor the rope to (more like a nylon string really).

Cliff Dive
We entered into Molave Resort for a P30 entrance fee. It's a daytime beach resort with shaded nipa huts and picnic tables mostly for locals (it's by the water, but no beach). They have a concrete diving platform that lands you in the water below. The jump is about 20 feet and the water below is perhaps 15ft deep. No, we didn't do a jump. Instead, we went down the concrete steps and into the water for snorkeling.

Video by Jeffrey

Sardine Bowl
The entire time, I thought the sardine bowl was exclusive to Moalboal, Cebu. But here in Dauis, the sardines by the tens of thousands are just by the shallows on the coral reef where the cliff diver lands. They open up whenever we dive into their bowl. I'm surprised that there is no tourism effort to highlight this feature. People come from near and far to swim with the sardines of Moalboal, dangerously competing against pumpboats for space. But here in Dauis, it's all for ourselves!

Dive Wall
Just a short distance away is the drop-off where the deep blue begins - you don't see the bottom! From the surface, I could see scuba divers along the wall. I did a little freediving along the vertical wall and the coral wall is intense with marine life - plants and fishes. A school of Jacks are visible. The wall is no different from the dive wall of Apo Island, Pescador Island or Balicasag.

Freediving at Molave Point, Dauis
plunging into the depth

Little Shack by the Sea
Jeffrey's friends, Leonid & co, were just adjacent to Molave Resort, on an undeveloped section of the coastal strip frequented by locals. We joined them later and feasted on grilled and kinilaw fish washed down by bahalina. We also assisted a fisherman with his net. He had a modest catch of rock fish - hardly a kilo for all that work.

Freediving
After feasting on the fish, Jeffrey and I setup the 20m rope with the drybag on the dive wall. We tied-up the running line onto a heavy rock and took turns freediving. Jeffrey reached down to his new record - 15m! I had difficulty equalizing and consequently stopped trying after a few unsuccessful attempts. But seeing the wall at a deeper level revealed more of its marine diversity. It was a different kind of fun as we usually do saddle time together.

Blue Dragon's Lair
The group later on decided to continue our hang at Leonid's place - a working farm near the proposed airport with ample space for expansion. There was more bahalina than we could finish. There was good talk, good bantering and good bonding. Half tipsy, we headed back home.

Ending Thoughts
Molave Point is perhaps a best kept secret in Dauis despite not having a beach. No need to go far from Tagbilaran. Molave has a sudden and deep drop-off you just see a deep blue - perfect for scuba diving and freediving. The shallows offer an animated coral scene for snorkelers. To top all of that, you have the sardine bowl right smack where you do a cliff dive. What more could you ask for?

Jeffrey, thank you for taking me along your magical adventures!

--- TheLoneRider

GoPro screen captures by Jeffrey



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Tagbilaran Port to Panglao

You can charter any tricycle from the port all the way to Panglao (~P300), but if you want to do it on the cheap,
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Tagbilaran (Bohol) to Cebu City by boat

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  1. Chocolate Hills - this is a clustering of more than 1200 hills within a 50km2 area. They range in height from 30-50 meters. What's unusual is their near-perfect conical shape resembling an individual chocolate chip. No one knows how they were formed. Entrance is P50/pax.
  2. Tarsier Conservation Area - located Upper Bonbon, Loboc. The tarsiers are no longer being played at by tourists as circus props, but instead, visitors now view them in cordoned-off areas in their natural 6ha habitat. As they are territorial and nocturnal, they are predictable on where they can be viewed. P50/pax.
  3. Alona Beach (Panglao) - Alona Beach is the tourist hub of Bohol. It has 1.5 kms of white sand beach lined-up by bars, hotels and restos. Alona is also the jump-off point for Balicasag Island, a world class dive destination.
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    Anda
  1. Exploring Combento Cave Pool June 29, 2017
  2. Visiting Cabagnow Cave Pool of Anda Jun 28, 2017
  3. Exploring Anda, Bohol June 25-30, 2017

  4. Dauis
  5. Freediving at Molave Point, Dauis Nov 6, 2017
  6. The Return to Hinagdanan Cave Nov 5, 2017
  7. Exploring Hinagdanan Cave Oct 24, 2017

  8. Candijay
  9. Roadtrip from Candijay to Ubay July 1, 2017
  10. Firefly Tour in Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  11. Freediving Canawa Cold Spring of Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  12. Splashing at Can-umantad Falls, Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017

  13. Corella
  14. Cycling to the Tarsiers of Corella Oct 26, 2017

  15. Loay
  16. The Ride to Morning Hill Oct 22, 2017
  17. The Ride to the Old Spanish Tower Oct 21, 2017

  18. Loboc
  19. 37 Days in Loboc - Thank You and Goodbye Oct 8-Nov 14, 2017
  20. Exploring Busay Falls, Loktob Spring and Jimili-an Spring...on Foot Nov 11, 2017
  21. Stand-Up Paddle Yoga with Joan Christine Nov 3, 2017
  22. Loboc River Cruise on a Stand-Up Paddle Oct 29, 2017
  23. Exploring Guimba and Sog-ong Caves of Loboc Oct 22, 2017
  24. Ziplining and Cable Car Ride at Eco-Tourism Adventure Park Oct 22, 2017
  25. Savouring Villagio Pizza Oct 19, 2017
  26. Wet and Wild Bonbon-Alegria Downhill Ride Oct 18, 2017
  27. River Cruise on Loboc River Oct 17, 2017
  28. Back Road Ride from Loboc to Loay Oct 17, 2017
  29. Leisurely Ride to Loktob Spring Oct 14, 2017
  30. Sweet Ride to Busay Falls Oct 13, 2017
  31. Bike Climb to the Virgen de Guadalupe Oct 12, 2017
  32. The Ride to Cruz Daku (Big Cross) Oct 11, 2017
  33. Exploring Loboc, Bohol Oct 8, 2017

  34. Panglao
  35. Coastal Cleanup with Plastic Free Bohol Sept 16, 2017
  36. Exploring Panglao June 12-18, 2017
  37. Yoga with Ging and Rai at Oasis Resort June 18, 2017
  38. Freediving with Ben Meerhaeghe at SeaQuest Dive Center June 16, 2017
  39. Scuba Diving Balicasag Island with SeaQuest Dive Center June 15, 2017
  40. Bohol Revisited June 12, 2017
  41. Exploring Bohol Nov 28-30, 2015

  42. Sevilla
  43. Killer MTB Ride from Sevilla Oct 30, 2017

  44. Sikatuna
  45. Solo Ride to the Sikatuna Tree Park Nov 2, 2017

  46. Tagbilaran
  47. 30 days in Tagbilaran, Thank You! Oct 8, 2017
  48. Breakfast Talk with Tagbilaran's Finest Oct 8, 2017
  49. Exploring the Cafe Scene of Tagbilaran Oct 7, 2017
  50. Yoga for 60+ Students at the University of Bohol Oct 4, 2017
  51. Chocolate Overload at Dalareich Chocolate House October 2, 2017
  52. Talk on Philosophy and Spirituality to 12-Graders at the University of Bohol Sep 27, 2017
  53. Celebrating the International Day of Peace Sep 23, 2017
  54. Judging a Student Debate at the University of Bohol Sept 15, 2017
  55. Fitness Workout with Chie at Bohol Tropics Resort Sept 13, 2017
  56. Modified Ashtanga Primary Series by Jing Yoga, Tagbilaran Sept 12, 2017
  57. Tagbilaran Revisited Sep 7-12, 2017
  58. Hello Tagbilaran! June 19-25, 2017

  59. Ubay
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  61. Visiting Ubay Green Park Nov 18, 2017
  62. The Ride to Sinandigan Boardwalk and the Yamashita Treasure Hunt Nov 18, 2017
  63. Ubay in a Nutshell Nov 17, 2017
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