It was almost a flip of the coin Philippines or Thailand as first "real" international dive. Philippines won. I am figuring on a two week trip. One week in and around Cebu, Oslob - Moalboal, then other areas. The second week was planning on Puerto Galera. That would give me both whale and thresher sharks. However I am starting to wonder if I should not rethink the Puerto Galera after reading about different problems in the area e.g. power outages, raw sewage, beaches becoming trashy. Would love to hear suggestions.