The media are full of proverbial s**t, I don't buy into any of it. General advice to all on the forum. Question, challenge, doubt anything in the media. Thats common sense to me!
Last edited by graham_hk; 29-11-2020 at 11:18 AM.
The reason for the UK Foreign Office advisory for essential travel only to that small corner of southern Cebu (not Cebu city, which is still OK for travel) is that an alleged terrorist suspect from Mindanao (which is totally off-limits as it's pretty much bandit country) was possibly spotted by one of the UK's local contacts, who then reported it back. The sighting was never confirmed. That's pretty much all it can take sometimes for the FCO to slap on a travel ban.
Incidentally, I have to agree re: the Philippines being one of the best places in the world to dive. The variety of marine life, underwater topography and history is remarkable. Plus let's not forget that much of the Philippines are part of the famous 'Coral Triangle', with over 500 species of hard and soft corals and innumerable varieties of fish and large pelagics.
Well that's the glory of the internet, I get notifications about the thread I started haha.
Anyway I have a friend who arranges liveaboards to Tubbataha for Usd 1600 per person. I'm not sure what the arrangements are as I've never done it. He's arranging a trip for April and for May. You can check out his post
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