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Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Coron July 14th 2019

Day 6 Another early morning..ah.. a buffet breakfast before heading off on our tour for the day. We had originally booked the Reef and Wreck tour as we were keen to snorkel over the top of WW2 shipwrecks but unfortunately it was cancelled due to the weather. It looked like blue skies with dotted clouds but apparently the direction of the tour was in was forecasted torrential rain. I was really dissapointed, this tour was the only reason why we went to Coron, but you cant control the weather. We went on the Coron Island Tour instead. Our tour guide, Dalton, provided a lot of information including history, tips and was great in getting tour guests to get to know each other. He told us by the end of the tour we would be like family. ... read more
Drinking a beer
Ukulele playing on a boat
One of the local 7/11 shops

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Coron July 13th 2019

Day 5 Another early morning, we needed to leave by 7.20am to get to the ferry, so breakfast was wolfed down before we caught a tricycle to the port. A tax of 20 pesos was paid each, something that was not on any sites I had researched and I began to understand that this was the norm in the Philippines. You would book and pay for a tour, your booking agent often didn't tell you, the websites often didn't tell that there was a surcharge, service charge or environmental fee or some strange tax or 3. Be prepared. Make sure that you have pesos. No one takes credit card so cash is the only way you are going to pay for something. If you do find a place that takes credit card they can charge a ... read more
Tricycle from the back
The resort boat
View of our resort from the boat

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido July 12th 2019

Day 4 Up earlish for our island hopping tour, we had picked Tour A. We were told pick up would be between 8 and 9 so we went down for breakfast early. We weren't picked up until after 9.30 and were getting worried that they had forgotten us. We went by tricycle, which is a motorbike with a sidecar extension that could fit families, although not sure how, it fit us sitting opposite each other comfortably but i had seen a family of 5 in it plus the driver. It will cost you in El Nido 150 pesos ($4.20AUD) Many of the streets in El Nido are narrow and vans could not fit down them, pot holes were everywhere so the ride was bumpy. We passed lots of small stores, there seemed to be a store ... read more
Going to drown me some sailors
One of the 3000 plus islands..
Lunch is served

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Puerto Princesa July 11th 2019

The air conditioning had kicked in at some stage during the night, I had an unfitful sleep. The mattress was too hard and my sciatica was playing up and around 3.30am I was awake and needing to stretch. Eventually got back to sleep and we were woken at 6.50am for breakfast. Sweet pork and filipino sausage and eggs with rice. We said our goodbyes to our host who gave me two boxes of the hopia to take for our journey. We had booked the subtarenean river cave tour and an hour or so journey we gave over our ID so that the tour guide could get permits for us to do this. Apparently it takes at least an hour, so while we waited we were offered two choices, mangrove river cruise or zipline. Each had a ... read more
This view
Zipline
Kym ready for ziplining

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Puerto Princesa July 10th 2019

Day 2 We had complimentary breakfast and needed to be there before 9am, so had set an earlish alarm. The buffet consisted of rice, noodles, deep fried sweet hotdogs, fried eggs and a slightly spicy dish and mushroom soup... it was good. A swim in the rooftop pool for an hour felt like we were officially on vacation. The weather was a balmy 32 degrees, slightly humid but exactly what we wanted. Packing our suitcase back up (We travel lightly, 17kg suitcase between us plus carry on) and we got a Grab to the airport. Air Asia asked us to check in 2 hours before and over an hour of that was spent in line for the bag drop. A quick lunch of sweet doughy buns filled with pork and a donut kept us saited. Our ... read more
The Face of Jesus
One of the many shrines at this place
Mermaiding in natural mineral water

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Coron June 1st 2019

We touched down in 45 minutes from Manila to Coron in a tiny plane, seating no more than 60 people! Coron is one of the islands that make up the Calamanian group. After a 20-minute winding ride through the rolling lush green landscape, we arrived at Acacia Garden situated in the town of Coron. As we chucked our backpacks down for lunch, the sky turned grey, and a powerful thunderstorm passed through, bringing enormous amounts of rain and heavy winds. Once the storm had passed, we hitched down a tricycle and rode into town for a mere 15p per person! This was our first experience of Coron town, which is vibrant with colours, people, smells and in every direction there is something to look at! We manoeuvred our way through the crazy traffic, over unstable drains ... read more
Coconut Time!
Coron Town
Barracuda Lake

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido January 30th 2018

Ich weiß gar nicht so richtig wo ich anfangen soll. Wer hätte gedacht, dass Palawan zu meinem absoluten Highlight mutieren würde? Am 22.1.18 hatte ich den Flieger von Cebu City nach Puerto Princesa genommen und war spät am Abend gelandet. Die Stadt war nicht sonderlich attraktiv und ich lief im Dunkeln zu meinem Hostel. Am nächsten Morgen lernte ich 3 Malaien beim Frühstück kennen und gemeinsam fuhren wir mit Rollern durch die Stadt. Ich hatte von einem Gefängnis gelesen, in welchem die Gefangenen arbeiten und leben, aber nicht in Zellen, sondern auf dem Land. Ohne Kontrolle passierten wir den Eingang des Iwahig Prisons. Arbeitende Männer winkten uns zu, während wir mit den Rollern über die Schotterwege fuhren. Wir wurden von Insassen in Zivilkleidung, sowie einheitlichen Shirts, je nach aktuellem Sicherheitsgrad, begrüßt. Das war alles sehr imposant. ... read more
Port Barton Hostelcrew
Einsamer Strandspaziergang
ich komme wieder!

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Busuanga December 15th 2017

Here we are, the last blog of the year! We actually did another stop of 4 nights in Dubai on our way back before spending Christmas and New Year Eve at home, but I won't write a blog about Dubai, done this multiple times before. Busuanga is a short hour propeller trip from Manila. Due to connections time, we spent the night in Manila, this time as the Sofitel as the new number two of the hotel is a friend. Once in Busuanga, it's another 45 minutes 4 by 4 drive to the Cashew Grove resort. The first part is a little cute countryside road, than it simply turn into a dirt track. No shopping around here, if you don't have it with you, you will not find it here! I heard about this place while ... read more
Dugong time...
Little lovely walk on the beach...
Apo reef

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Coron April 18th 2017

2017 has been a weird year for me. Weird and so turbulent that for the first time I have been absent from my travel blog for half a year. This blog entry is using the pictures of my trip to Coron in the Philippines in early April, although the content is not going to cover much about that specific trip. I anyhow think that pictures from this paradise on earth should be shown and make it out to the wonderful world of the internet. So dear readers, enjoy my snaps of this truly tropical paradise. Anyhow, back to the topic of interest. I have decided to leave Asia after 7 long years living in Vietnam, Hong Kong and Macau. This specific travel blog was started by me when I backpacked (for the first time in my ... read more
Coron
Coron
Coron

Asia » Philippines » Palawan February 8th 2017

The Tao Experience ~ Nautical Paradise As often happens in the world of travel, you meet people with the best and most recent recommendations for the next stop! I really enjoyed having an unplanned trip earlier this year and it worked out well - I met a (now) friend at Tiger Muay Thai who told me about the Tao experience in Palawan, Philippines. Fairly soon I was booked on to a boat trip amongst deserted islands! In my last blog I mentioned that El Nido is quite touristy as well as being stunning. The Tao Experience gave me a real opportunity to see the beauty of Palawan without the acne of tourists! The day before the journey we met for a briefing and were introduced to our jolly crew! They informed us what to bring and ... read more
Sun sand sea
One of many
My house for the night




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