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  • Day119

    Coron Stadt

    December 30, 2016 on the Philippines

    Die Fahrt mit dem Nachtschiff war auch der Abschied von Jonas. Ab jetzt geht es erstmal alleine weiter.
    In Coron Stadt angekommen musste ich zunächst meine Unterkunft finden, was trotz Karten und Beschreibung gar nicht so einfach war. Am Ende habe ich den Weg über Holzplanken zu meiner Unterkunft, welche auf Pfählen in der Gezeitenzone steht, gefunden.
    Der Ort und die Umgebung sind schön und auch wenn der Tourismus bereits Einzug gehalten hat, sind die beliebten Ketten (McD., Starbucks, KFC,…) zum Glück noch nicht hier angekommen. Auch sind Klimaanlagen eher eine Seltenheit. Ein kleiner Hügel im/am Ort ermöglicht eine wunderbare Aussicht auf den Sonnenuntergang.
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  • Day175

    Coron Town, PHL

    February 21, 2017 on the Philippines

    Nach dem anstrengenden Tauchtag haben wir einen Ruhetag eingelegt und sind gegen Nachmittag zu heißen Quellen aufgebrochen. Am Abend haben wir noch eine Bootstour für den nächsten Tag gebucht, da auch Coron für seine umliegenden Felsformationen bekannt ist.

    Die Bootstour führte uns zu den bekanntesten Plätzen vor Coron. Wir haben noch einen weiteren wunderschönen See gesehen und durften während der Bootsfahrt viele schöne Ausblicke in die Felsformationen genießen. Nach dem Mittagessen ging es noch zu ein paar Stränden und etwas Schnorcheln stand auch auf dem Programm.

    Der Tag war wirklich wunderschön und wir haben ihn alle drei sehr genossen!
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  • Day176

    Coron Town, PHL

    February 22, 2017 on the Philippines

    Nach der Bootstour haben wir uns dann noch den Sonnenuntergang auf dem Hausberg von Coron Town angesehen. Die 700 Stufen waren schnell gemeistert und die Aussicht samt Sonnenuntergang war es auf jeden Fall wert.

    Die Aussicht hat uns so überzeugt, dass wir am nächsten Tag gleich zu einer größeren Wanderung aufgebrochen sind. Wir gingen die Sache etwas locker an, da es ja "nur" 600 Höhenmeter waren und wir ja schon so manche Bergerfahrung zuhause sammeln konnten.

    Schnell aber mussten wir feststellen, dass Wandern hier doch etwas anderes ist. Der Weg war in einem sehr schlechten Zustand, lange Zeit war es nur ein verwildertes ausgetrocknetes Bachbett. Nicht nur einmal haben wir ans Umdrehen gedacht. Aber als wir dann endlich aus dem Dschungel in die höhere Region kamen, wo nur noch Gras und Steine waren, konnten wir unsere Kondition und Erfahrung dann doch noch gut gebrauchen. Hier machte uns aber dann die Sonne und die heißen Temperaturen kurz vor dem Gipfel sehr zum Schaffen. Nach 3 Stunden aufwärts laufen sind wir dann endlich beim Gipfel angekommen und wurden mit einem wunderschönen Rundum-Ausblick belohnt!

    Beim Abstieg haben wir uns für einen anderen Weg entschieden, der war deutlich besser in Schuss und wir mussten uns nicht mehr so lange durch den Dschungel kämpfen. Nach sechs Stunden Wanderung sind wir dann endlich wieder gut im Hotel angekommen.

    Da schon wieder eine Woche vergangen ist, müssen wir uns morgen leider auch schon von Anna verabschieden!
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  • Day4

    2Tage in Coron City

    December 5 on the Philippines

    Seadive Resort ist eine absolute Empfehlung wobei das Essen in der Stadt gegenüber der Strasse viel besser ist. Tagestouren mit dem Schiff an abgelegene Lagunen, Seen sowie Stränden sind traumhaft schön.

  • Day58

    Coron

    January 8, 2017 on the Philippines

    Mit dem Slow Boot ging es in wackeligen 6 Stunden nach Coron, einer weiteren wunderschönen Insel. Die Fahrt war nass und zum Glück war keiner seekrank denn der Wellengang war hoch.
    Es folgten wieder eine Bootstour durch verschiedene Inseln, und ein auf und Abstieg zu einem Secret lake mit glasklarem grünlich schimmerndem Wasser.
    Ein Tag später gingen wir tauchen zu zwei Schiff Wracks die aus dem 2. Weltkrieg in ca 15 Meter tiefe liegen. So beeindruckend erst schwebte man im nichts, außer die Luftblasen der anderen und dem Seil an dem man herunter ging sah man nichts... dann langsam kamen Korallen und das Schiff mit einer Länge von 100 m vor. Die fortgeschrittenen Taucher konnten auch in die innen räume in denen noch Stühle und Weinflaschen standen.
    Unser Boot nach Manila hat jetzt schon den 2. Tag Verspätung, das büro weiß nicht wann es kommt wegen erneuter Taifun Gefahr. Aus Jux Ließen wir uns in einer hippie bar Dreadlocks machen, ich nur zwei, Nirjan den ganzen Kopf. 😂
    Und ich hatte eine weitere Begegnung die das leben lebenswert macht.. mit Charlie der ein Plastik Projekt startete und versucht die Insel sauber zu halten und die Leute zu unterrichten im Umgang mit Müll und Plastik. Er selbst wuchs in Manila als Straßenkind auf, kam vor 8 Jahren mit 20 nach coron und arbeitete als Tour Guide. Jetzt ist er 28 und hat viele Pläne ua für volunteering bei seinem Projekt. Wir starteten zu 8. und besuchten mit dem Boot ein kleines traditionelles Dorf, unterhielten uns dort mit den Leuten und sammelten den Müll auf vom Dorf und vom Strand, was nicht wenig war leider.
    Dann ging es noch an einen einsamen Strand abschnitt an den immer der Müll vom Meer gespült wird.. insgesamt waren es 8 riesige Mülltüten voller Plastik. Das coole war das die kids uns gleich anfingen zu helfen Müll zu sammeln, und vllt merken sie es sich ja es nicht einfach an den Strand zu schmeißen.
    Charlie hat ein paar Straßenkinder die für etwas Geld den Müll anschließend sortieren und Weiterverwerten. Morgen geht es dann weiter mit einem anderen Boot über einen "kleinen" Umweg nach Manila
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  • Day70

    Super blue blood moon ;)

    February 1 on the Philippines

    Guet in Coron acho und no biz überwältigt vom Gewusel ufde Strasse simmer fein go frische Fisch vom Grill ässe.

    Womer usem Resti cho sind isch scho fascht 8ti gsi und de Mond hät sich langsam afange verdunkle. Woner fasch ganz dunkel gsi isch hät er immer me afange en rot Stich becho. Mega cool 😎 aber ja ufem Foti gsehts immer weniger imposant us ;)

    Und ab morn isch Funkstilli und es gaht uf Tao Expedition
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  • Day150

    Day 149: Reef & Wreck Tour

    November 12, 2016 on the Philippines

    Exciting day today - we booked ourselves a Reef & Wreck tour from one of the many operators in town, this time a different one to the previous tour as the equipment they'd given us was pretty ordinary (crap).

    The wreck diving around Coron is said to be some of the best in the world, and quite varied - a flotilla of 12 small Japanese gunboats were trapped in the shallows around the islands near the end of WW2, and were sunk by American bombers. For one reason or another, they never actually got moved and are mostly still sitting there now, 70 years later, covered in coral and sea life. It's also quite rare to be able to snorkel wrecks, normally they're in deep water and require proper scuba diving (which with my epilepsy I'll never be able to do).

    And since we'd enjoyed the Chinese gunboat snorkelling so much, we decided to do the wreck tour. We had four stops for the day: Tangat wreck, Pass Island beach, the Coral Garden, and the Lusong wreck. Quite a bit more travelling as well today - periods of 40 or even 60 minutes on the boat between stops. After boarding we were surprised to find the trio of Spanish women and their Filipino friend from the previous tour on board, so we greeted them and had a good chat on the way out.

    First up was the Tangat wreck, sitting in about 5 metres of water. Great visibility here, with bright sunshine as well illuminating the whole wreck. There's not much left of the actual shit, just the front half of the hull, but it's sitting mostly upright and you can clearly see the framework on the inside as well. There was a doorway into the bowels of the ship, but my freediving skills are pretty poor and I wasn't going to risk going inside!

    Not quite enough time here, though it always feels like that when you're having fun. Next up was Pass Island, our lunch stop. We'd left the dock around 9:30 and had a 40-minute ride to the first stop, then 30 minutes in the water and then an hour's ride to Pass Island, so it was still a little early. But the island was beautiful; very small and with a bright white sandy beach. We also had a great surprise - a little dachshund named Audrey!!

    Most islands we've been to have stray dog populations, but Audrey apparently lived on this island and was a pet of someone who worked at the small hotel. She was very friendly, though a bit overweight since it was where most of the boat excursions have lunch so I think she got a lot of tidbits. Got some good footage of her running around and enjoying herself.

    Food again was very good, cooked by the boat captain and his offsider - fresh grilled fish, grilled pork, rice, salads and fresh fruit. Sadly I didn't eat as much as usual as my stomach had been feeling a bit off all morning.

    After a long relax on the beach and some time watching locals play basketball (it's the national sport here and people go crazy for it), it was back on the boat for a 40 minute trip to the Coral Garden. It had clouded over a bit, but that didn't dampen the effect - visibility was still great and the coral was amazing. Definitely amongst the best coral we've seen on the entire trip, though not quite as much marine life as we're used to. I did see a small-ish barracuda though!

    Final stop for the day, and thankfully only 5 minutes away, was the wreck of the Lusong gunboat. This is the shallowest of all the wrecks, and indeed was so shallow that part of the hull actually protruded from the water (not sure if it was low tide or not). This was probably in the best condition as well, though again it was overcast by now so the visibility wasn't quite what we'd had in the morning. Still got some great shots and had a lot of fun exploring. The boat lay on its side, with some of the hull metalwork and the superstructure etc clearly still visible. As expected, there was a lot of coral and marine life growing on the hull too. But after again an all-too-brief time in the water, it was time to head off.

    A long hour on the boat, and we were finally back in Coron town. Same tired walk back to the hotel, where again we both collapsed into a hot shower to rinse the salt water off. Didn't feel like going quite as far as the Hippy House from last night, so we went to No Name Bar on the main road a couple of minutes walk away. Beer very cheap but food was average, and I'm still not used to people smoking inside pubs and bars. Home stinking of cigarettes again, gross.
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  • Day148

    Day 147: Coron Snorkelling Tour

    November 10, 2016 on the Philippines

    Time for more snorkelling! The tours here are nowhere near as rigidly organised like in El Nido, and every operator offers slightly different tours. On the plus side, there aren't as many tourists and nowhere near as many boats, so that gives you a bit more freedom to negotiate (and of course much more freedom in the water!).

    Since we were staying right near the wharf and next door to the dive shop, we didn't expect a proper pickup but the dive shop gave us a free tricycle ride to the wharf anyway, even though it was less than 2 minutes. And not long afterwards, we were away!

    Surprised to see that a trio of French guys who'd been on the ferry yesterday were also on the tour, so we chatted to them a bit. Two of them had worked in Australia for a couple of years and were now holidaying their way back to France. The rest of the boat was 8 local Filipino tourists (two couples and a group of four colleagues from Manila), a German/English couple, a trio of Spanish women and a lone American guy who got plenty of stick about President-elect Trump.

    And off we went! Stop number one was the Twin Lagoon, where a small saltwater lagoon collided with a large freshwater lagoon, and you could transition between the two by swimming through an underground cave. This was breathtakingly beautiful - again with towering limestone cliffs, beautiful aquamarine water, jungle foliage and undersea corals. Excellent visibility in the water too, it was actually startling how far you could see! Swam around here for probably 45 minutes before heading back to the boat.

    Next stop was the Skeleton Wreck, the remains of a sunken Chinese warship from the 1930s. It was only a very tiny patrol boat, and admittedly I don't know the story behind it, but it had sunk in about 8 metres of water and the front half of the boat was still very clearly visible. With a bit of effort and breath-holding you could dive down and reach it for close-up views; the rusted iron now teeming with corals and fish life. Again, fantastic environment with clear waters and idyllic beaches.

    Third stop for the day was the CYC coral reef, where we swam around above a shallow reef checking out the corals. Unfortunately not quite as much marine life as we would've liked, but very impressive corals nonetheless, and mostly in great condition too.

    This was also where we had lunch - in a small shelter on a beach overlooking the coral reef. More freshly grilled fish, crabs, salads and rice, with watermelon and banana for afters. Great stuff.

    Back on the boat and we headed off to stops 4 and 5 at the same point. Stop number 4 was another large coral reef, where we swam around checking out everything (saw a huge jellyfish which was thankfully very deep), and stop 5 was the beach attached to the reef - unfortunately I can't remember the names of either place. Didn't really go over to the beach as we were busy checking out the coral reef - always new things to find!

    Stop number 6 was the famous Kayangan Lake, which is actually entirely inland and separated from the seas around the island. Obviously, that makes it freshwater as well. To get there, we docked at a small village, climbed up a small-ish hill of about 200 stairs and were rewarded with the iconic view of Coron (do a Google Image Search for "Coron" and I guarantee that view will be the first picture). Then it was back down a different set of stairs to the lake itself. The lake is huge, and very very deep so the water was much colder than we were used to! Took some photos and had a bit of fun diving in, though it wasn't quite as good for swimming since you don't float in freshwater, unlike saltwater!

    Back up and down the stairs to the boat for our final stop, another coral garden. This was a channel between two islands, though thankfully nowhere near as intense a current as the one from El Nido a few days previous. It was fairly shallow here and with lots of spiky sea urchins sticking up, so I was a bit on edge the whole time. Highlight of this one was spotting an enormous barracuda at least two feet long, just sitting there chilling out. Those guys have huge teeth!

    Back to the boat where we headed back to Coron Town, everyone exhausted after a long day in the water. After an amazing shower and rinse off (and an hour spent watching GoPro footage), we went to a tiny local restaurant next door for dinner. Shandos had grilled pork and I had seafood Canton, which I assume is just shorthand for prawns cooked Cantonese style, ie with just soy sauce and hokkien noodles. It was good, anyway!

    Off to bed feeling very tired, and looking forward to a day of idleness tomorrow. Being retired and on perpetual holiday is hard work!
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  • Day151

    Day 150: Moving Hotels

    November 13, 2016 on the Philippines

    Day off today. Shandos has booked a review stay at a resort about 10 minutes out of town called The Funny Lion Inn. So we checked out of our hotel and awaited our pickup at 1pm. I spent most of the time organising videos and preparing for my snorkelling Palawan video. By 2pm the transfer still hadn't arrived, so we ended up just taking a tricycle instead.

    The new hotel is beautiful, high up on the cliffs and with a big infinity pool and a spa. We had a great room too, at the front of the hotel looking over the jungle and some water glimpses. Lovely large king-sized bed and big bathroom with proper facilities - quite a change from the budget accommodation we're used to!

    Spent most of the afternoon in the pool, then had 2-for-1 cocktails on the deck before dinner. All cocktails and the food were very tasty; I had pork ribs and Shandos had a grilled fish. Retired early as we'd had a few too many cocktails!
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