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Mimaropa

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  • Day9

    El Nido

    October 15, 2016 on the Philippines

    Drove to El Nido yesterday and stayed the night, in a room wi a lizard (Ian freaked oot). Daday we went on an island hopping tour, it was so amazing! We hired a GoPro so hopefully wir photos fae dat will be better. It was so amazing, we swam through two lagoons and had snorkelling stuff to see all the fish 🐟. We saw monkeys in trees too which was pretty cool but I couldna get ony good photos. Just waiting noo on wir run back to wir proper hotel.Read more

  • Day11

    Underground River

    October 17, 2016 on the Philippines

    Yesterday we just spent the day at the hotel in the pool and went on a kayak. Been to the underground river daday, it was so amazing!! But really hard to take photos when you wir inside the cave, de wir tonnes o bats and we saw a snake and a monkey ageen. Leaving the Philippines damorn 😢

  • Day75

    Hello Palawan!

    June 14 on the Philippines

    As I have learnt in my short time in the Philippines, getting from one island to another takes a long time. Well at least it does when you pick islands to visit that aren’t next to each other. Rookie mistake. Anyway getting from Loboc in Bohol to El Nido took 16 hours and involved getting a taxi to the port, a two hour ferry, a taxi to the airport, a two hour flight (delayed as usual), then a 5 hour minivan to El Nido town in the north of Palawan, an hours trike to Nacpan beach (which I paid three times as much as a should have) and finally a 5 minute walk along the beach in the pitch black greeted at the end by four people shouting “WELCOME TO MAD MONKEY!!”. The only good thing about the journey was that for most of it I was with three french girls I met at Nuts Huts on my last night. Unfortunately they made the smart decision to stay in El Nido town instead of on Nacpan beach (you’ll understand soon). Needless to say as soon as I got to Mad Monkey I admitted defeat and went straight to bed.

    Day 1
    Unfortunately I woke up to torrential rain, they type that if you stand outside for two seconds you’re drenched. I later found out we were on the edge of a typhoon. Well it is the “rainy” season. My four day break at the beach was not looking so good. I spent the morning in the bar area talking to a few people and slowly realising that this was very much a party hostel. I knew that before I booked it but bought I’d be spending my days relaxing on the beach. But when the weather is bad the only thing to do there is eat and drink in the bar. There’s one other bar a hundred meters up the beach and then a few little shack shops selling convenience food. Other than that there is nothing on this beach. Added to the fact that the nearest town (with the only ATM) is an hour away. It really is a honey trap there. Oh and by the way every hour between 12 and 12 a bell rings and two staff shout: “ladies and gentleman of mad monkey there are free shots at the bar” (watered down ones I’d like to add) and all the party goers flock like sheep. Needless to say I was very much in the wrong place. Oh and to top it off the place had no WiFi! Just very passive aggressive signs in the bar saying “No WiFi. Talk to each other.” The friends I had met were leaving that day so I decided to cut my losses and leave the next day. In the meantime the rain did stop long enough for a quick dip in the sea (though the current was pretty strong so you couldn’t do more than paddle) and take the obligatory picture. At least the food was nice (even though it was way over priced). Anyway let’s cut to the next day.

    Day 2
    I allowed myself to have a lie in (beach life and all that) and left the beach at 12. Luckily I had met an english couple who also wanted to head back to the town to get some money out (spending money on a trike there and back to get cash out is just madness but hey ho) so I could at least split the fair. Unlucky for me was that they were both very tall so I had to spend the hours journey crouched on the back of the drivers bike, uncomfortable doesn’t even do it justice. Back in civilisation I headed to the hostel that the three french girls were staying at as it was the only hostel I knew was there (thanks mad monkey for the no WiFi!). Unfortunately the girl at reception said they’d left after one night (never a good sign). I booked in anyway and then went to a nearby vegan cafe for lunch and had hummus for the first time in a month (hallelujah!). I managed to finally get WiFi and contacted one of the girls and arranged to meet for dinner. The rest of the afternoon I spent in an ice cream shop watching YouTube videos (I can feel the judgement but I don’t care!). I met the girls at a Greek restaurant and told them of my ordeal in not-so-paradise-beach. They had actually gone there that day and tried to look for me but I’d already left. Typical. They also told me they left their hostel because they found a cockroach in their room. I hadn’t seen any yet and their standards are a bit higher than mine so I decided to stay anyway (also mad monkey was pretty expensive so beggars can’t be choosers at this point!). They said they’d been trying to get on a boat tour but they’d all been cancelled because of the weather. I decided to give el Nido one more day and if the boat trip wasn’t running in the morning I’d leave and go to Puerto Princessa and just hang about there before my flight.

    Day 3
    Luckily when I woke up that morning I’d got a message from the girls that the boat trips were running again. We met on the beach and hopped on one of the 50 boats that were running. Unfortunately because this was the first day in about a week that the boat tours were running it meant nearly every tourist boat was out that day. The tour stopped at a small beach first where we could swim, but as there was so many people in the water it was more like treading water. We then went to a large lagoon and rented kayaks to go further in the lagoon. This was pretty nice until I jumped out of the kayak and landed on a rock slicing a chunk of skin off my big toe. At least I was in salt water I guess. The tour leader patched me up though and I was fine for the rest of the day. We then stopped at a small cove for lunch. It was pretty funny seeing all the guides carrying to food off the boats over their heads to stop getting wet. After lunch we went to our last stop which was another lagoon and this time snorkelled. We saw quite a few fish which was really cool but I was saddened by how much of the coral was dead. Global warming for you. After the snorkelling we headed back to the beach and back to the town. Aside from cutting my foot the day was pretty fun and definitely salvaged some positive vibes of El Nido. After the boat trip I decided to get the night bus back to Peurto Princessa so I could have a full day in the city before my flight the following day.

    Day 4
    I had already trip advisored the town to see what there was to do before I arrived and found that there wasn’t really much there. I decided to give myself a break from backpacking and spend the day in the mall (remember those American malls I told you about?). And boy did I have a good day. I went to the cinema (saw Jurassic World 2, was alright), spent a few hours in a cute cafe, surfed the net, and just basked in the wonderfulness that is air conditioning. It was so nice just having a day where I didn’t have to go a mile a minute and feel guilty for not sightseeing. I know that sounds ridiculous, I’m on holiday, why am I complaining? But seriously walking miles everyday and constantly being on the go is exhausting after a while. This day definitely recharges my batteries. Before I move on again tomorrow.

    So there you have my few days on Palawan island. Definitely a love-hate relationship. But as always I met some great people and that’s always a bonus.

    Next stop Vietnam!

    Paalam!
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  • Day20

    Tag 20/21: Sabang

    January 28, 2017 on the Philippines

    _Tag 20_
    In einer dieser typischen Touristengruppen, die einen früher oder später auf jeden Fall mal aufregen, sind wir Richtung Norden nach Sabang gefahren.
    Hier gibt es neben unzähligen Hotels einen Mangrovenwald durch den man mit wackligen Booten kutschiert wird und einen unterirdischen Fluss ("Subterranean River"), der zu den sieben Weltwundern der Natur gehört. Der war dann auch mega beeindruckend!! Bis auf die Lampe des Bootsführers war es stockdunkel, wir fuhren durch Hallen, da würde der A 380 locker reinpassen und über uns haben ganze Armeen von Fledermäusen geschlafen. 😍

    _Tag 21_
    Dazu kommt dann noch, dass wir an einem dieser Traumstrände in einer geräumigen Bambushütte wohnten und so voller Eindrücke waren, dass wir den ganzen Sonntag überwiegend in unserer Hängematte lagen und die Aussicht genossen haben.😊
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  • Day26

    Tag 26/27: El Nido & Fahrt zurück

    February 3, 2017 on the Philippines

    _Tag 26_
    Wir haben die heißeste Nacht mit Karl verbracht.
    Frisch geduscht haben wir ein tolles Frühstück genossen und dann sehr entspannt (sogar mit Massage 😍) unseren letzten Tag in El Nido erlebt.

    Kleine Anmerkung: Heiße Nacht, bedingt durch sehr kleinen Raum und keine Air Con & Karl, unser Freund die Kakerlake. 😲

    _Tag 27_
    11:00 - 17:00 Uhr Fahren mit Bus von El Nido nach Puerto Princesa. Fahrt ging schnell vorbei (--> gute Musik 🎶).Read more

  • Day19

    Tag 19: Puerto Princesa

    January 27, 2017 on the Philippines

    9:40 Uhr Flug von Manila nach Puerto Princesa, der Hauptstadt von Palawan, einer schmalen Insel im Südluzon.
    Sind in süßer Pension mit vielen amerikanischen Backpackern. 🙈

    17:30 Uhr erkunden die Stadt: Cathedral, Plaza Cuartel, den Hafen und den berühmten Baywalk am Ufer entlang, der mit mehreren einzigartigen Fischstatuen zu begeistern versucht. 🐟🐟🐟

    "Plaza Cuartel": ein Denkmal, das an die amerikanischen Soldaten erinnert, welche 1944 im WW2 von den Japanern in Puerto Princesa lebendig verbrannt wurden.Read more

  • Day22

    Tag 22/23: El Nido

    January 30, 2017 on the Philippines

    _Tag 22_
    14:00 Uhr Nach einer 800m-langen Zipline übers Meer (😍) verließen wir Sabang und fuhren weiter.
    20:45 Uhr Ankunft in El Nido, nach sehr langer Busfahrt, aber war okay :D Hier sind viiiiel mehr Touris als überall wo wir sonst bisher waren, aber die Beach-Bars und Gassen-Cafés sehen echt cool aus! Freuen uns auf die nächsten Tage, der erste Eindruck ist super 😄👍

    _Tag 23_
    Jetzt wissen wir, dass die Beach-Bars und Gassen-Cafés tatsächlich super sind😄
    Ansonsten haben wir die Stadt erkundet, Hostels gesucht, weil alles ziemlich ausgebucht ist und alles genossen😊
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  • Day24

    Tag 24: Bacuit-Archipel

    February 1, 2017 on the Philippines

    Nach ein paar ruhigeren Tagen haben wir eine Tour durch die Inselwelt vor El Nido unternommen, den Bacuit-Archipel. 😊
    Auf insgesamt fünf Stopps haben wir weiße Strände, versteckte Lagunen inmitten von bewaldeten Felsinseln und unterirdische Höhlen entdeckt. 😍
    Es war mal wieder wunderschön, fast zu viel, um es alles ordentlich würdigen, aber wunderschön!

  • Day25

    Tag 25: Roller-Tour

    February 2, 2017 on the Philippines

    10:00 Uhr Mieten uns Roller und fahren einfach los! 🙈 Keiner von uns ist davor jemals mit einem Roller gefahren.. dafür lief's super! 😄 War richtig hammer über die kaum befahrenen Straßen durch die Landschaft hier zu fahren 🚀
    12:00 Uhr Ankunft am "Nagkalit-Kalit" Wasserfall 😍
    15:30 Uhr Ankunft am "Las Cabañas Beach": wunderschöner Strand, trinken Cocktails und genießen die Sonne

    Abends haben wir in unserem Hostel einige Leute aus aller Welt kennengelernt und sind um 00:15 Uhr noch auf eine Party mit Leuchtfarben gegangen 🎉 Alles in allem ein richtig, richtig geiler Tag 🤗
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  • Day28

    Tag 28: Puerto Princesa

    February 5, 2017 on the Philippines

    Auf den Geschmack gekommen mieteten wir uns nochmal drei Roller und fuhren einmal quer über die Insel zu einem vergleichsweise sehr bevölkerten Strand.🌴🏖
    Per Zufall fanden wir dann den "Baker's Hill", ein Highlight für alle Einheimischen. Hier gibt es eine Gartenanlage, hunderte Fotomotive und eine Bäckerei😍
    An unser schmerzlich vermisstes deutsches Brot kam die aber nicht ran..😜

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