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Asia » Philippines » Mindanao » Davao February 4th 2015

The day did not start well, an overnight mosquito bite to my eye left me half blinded. We slowly rode South from Malaybalay, not expecting much but a long days motorbike ride towards Davao. It didnt take too long too realise that the journey was going to take even longer than expected. Just South of Quezon Town we started to head higher and higher into the mountains. Some very steep hills and incredibly windy roads took us between two mountain ranges. The scenery was absolutely awesome, some of the best I have seen in the Philippines. Luckily it stayed sunny all day so we just enjoyed the ride and just as I was thinking that things dont get much better than wizzing through this amazing scenery, then bang! Rear tyre blown out. We ended up having ... read more
Mountains to the East
Mountains of Malaybalay in far distance
Near Kitatao

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Puerto Princesa February 1st 2015

Asia » Philippines » Mindanao » Bukidnon January 31st 2015

After leaving Iligan we paid a quick visit to to Initao to see the white beach there. Then a long ride to Cagayan De Oro. Not an especially nice day, mostly Industrial Plants along the road. Went straight through CDO as been there before and stayed the night in Puerto, just outside CDO. One of the worst places we have ever stayed, tiny cell like room, no windows and very noisy. Next day we took the road to Malaybalay and completely different. Beautiful scenery up in the mountains and loads of Pineapple Plantations. One Police stop where needed to show Filipino Licence and motorbike registration, then straight on. Arrived in Malaybalay and very nice little city, Found great place to stay at the Plaza View Pension, very big room with CATV and wifi for 480 peso. ... read more
Very green
Our little bike on the bendy roads
Scenery near Manolo

Asia » Philippines January 31st 2015

Well, suddenly I found myself on the way to the Philippines again thanks to some impulsive flight booking. Not quite sure why I booked again several weeks before when my friend found these cheap flights - maybe I was under the influence of hops and malt. Anyways, I tried to keep an open mind and explore something new - and you never know what happens as it turned out... Cebu: I booked flights directly through to Cebu as I really had no intention to spend any more in Manila (after several visits, it's confirmed my least favourite city in the world so far). Not that Cebu City is a beauty or has many attractions to offer, but the annoyance-level is only half compared to Manila. So all-in-all, Cebu is actually fine, but can't spend all my ... read more
Camiguin
Camiguin
Camiguin

Asia » Philippines » Mindanao » Lanao del Norte January 29th 2015

We left Ozamis and caught the roro ferry across to Dukas. Pretty easy, just turn up at the Port in Ozamis, buy tickets and Port Fee and ride straight on to the ferry. The ferry was packed, but only took about 30 mins to cross to Dukas. Then short ride to Maigo, very small town were we stayed on the beach at Kutitap Resort , AC room right on the beach for 500 peso. Noticed that Lanao Del Norte has very high Muslim population, many Mosques along the roads. Next day rode about an hour to Linamon just outside Iligan City, very friendly family resort called Villa Lucida, right on the beach for 500 peso. Then spent 2 days visiting waterfalls. First was Tinago Falls, about 10km north of Linamon, and have to descend 436 steps ... read more
Arriving in Dukas, Lanao Del Norte
Lanao Del Norte scenery
Lunch stop in Maigo

Asia » Philippines » Cebu » Dalaguete January 29th 2015

It was on a fine Monday afternoon -19th day of January when Carmela, my college friend and Minette, my brother's girlfriend reached the peak of Cebu, the Osmena Peak. Minnette and I woke up a little bit late since we partied in the streets of Cebu prior to our trip in celebration of Sinulog Festival. Carmela, on the other hand will just meet us halfway as she was currently in her hometown, Oslob -she doesn't really like to be in a large crowd. At exactly 9:45am, Minette and I arrived at Cebu South Bus Terminal and took the Ceres bus bound for Bato Oslob, we left the city at exactly 11:00am. We took the unairconditioned bus since a pile of people were lining in the air conditioned buses. It was an uneasy two-hour trip for me as I ... read more

Asia » Philippines » Manila January 26th 2015

A relaxing week after arriving in Sandakan, Sabah . We visited the Orangutang's at Sepilock sanctuary we spent the whole day watching these wonderful creatures this was amazing. We wandered around rainforests canopy walks. The Eco resort where we had booked into was very relaxing. Accommodation was in open aired bungalows with out side bathroom, mozzie nets over the bed we woke each morning to watch squirrels and tropical birds. It was very tranquil three days of relaxing and recharging. We then then travelled to Sandakan to spend our last few days in Borneo, we visited the war Memorial which was to commemorate the men that died in the death marches in the 2nd world war. Australian and British soldiers made to march from Sandakan to Ranua after being imprisoned in a prisoner war camp in ... read more
Sepilok
Sepilok, Borneo
Sepilok, Borneo

Asia » Philippines » Manila » Quiapo January 26th 2015

Asia » Philippines » Mindanao » Misamis Occidental » Ozamis City January 25th 2015

The day did not start well in Dapitan, pouring with rain in the morning. We set off anyway and luckily the sun soon came out. A very scenic ride to Oroquita City past rivers, hills, small villages and towns and lots of rice fields. Had lunch in Oroquita but then decided to continue on to Ozamis City. Again very scenic with Mount Malingdan in the distance and even more extensive rice fields. 125 km on out little scooter with no problems, only one manned Police Road block but we were just waved through. Ozamis is far bigger than Dapitan and a bit of a culture shock! Went to have a look at Cotta Fort on the seafront and very nice. Stayed at 67th Boulevard Pension, 600 peso for very nice AC room.... read more
Zamboanga scenery
Sunshine at last!
Big waves in Oroquieta

Asia » Philippines » Mindanao » Zamboanga del Norte » Dapitan January 22nd 2015

Took a lot of effort to get ourselves to Dapitan, mainly because we wanted to bring a motorbike with us on the ferry from Dumaguete. Needed first to get a Filipino Driving Licence, then clearance from the Coastguard, then Terminal fees, then finally fees from the Port Authourity. Took a while but worth the effort becuase we were able to just turn up at Dumaguete Port and drive right onto to the Cokaliong ferry. No need to go through the passenger terminal. Downside was that the ferry was totally packed with people returning to Mindanao from the Sinulog Festival in Cebu. 4 hours later we sighted the coast of Northern Mindanao and the port near Dapitan. Very big green hills dropping down to white sandy beaches. Short ride to Sunset Boulevard in Dapitan and found a ... read more
Aliguay Island on the approach to Dapitan
First sight of Mindanao
Dapitan Port




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