We are planning our 1st real trip to Philippines (were there only briefly over 15 yrs ago) next Feb. We have about 2-3 weeks. Flying in to MNL, then CEB, spend 1 night near airport, we will rent our own car at airport and drive down to Moalboal where we have booked 9 nights at Turtle Bay Resort. I know many of your would recommend against renting our own car, but we like to be independent, and drive our own car all over the world, including Bali every year, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Istanbul, Naples. We are very slow travelers, we like to spend time in places and really relax. Our main goal this trip is great snorkeling, preferably off the shore, or if necessary, a very short boat ride. We are looking for fabulous world class snorkeling, as good as Komodo Island or Bunaken. My question is: would we be happy just snorkeling every day in Moalboal for a week (either at the Turtle Bay Resort) or a short boat ride away? We are happy snorkeling in the same place for a week if the coral and sea life are fabulous. Also, after Moalboal, we are planning on driving via car ferry to Siquijor, and snorkeling off the marine sanctuary by Coco Grove for about a week. From there, we might just go off to Bali as we do every year, or maybe on to Coron to do some island hopping.
Basically we are looking for a lazy beach vacation with fantastic easy access snorkeling. Will we find that in Moalboal and Siquijor?
Thanks advance for any input.