My last stop in Palawan was Coron, which I in my initial planning of this trip thought was a quick two hour boat ride from El Nido. That's not the case if you wonder, I learned this when I booked my ticket and I was asked if I wanted the fast ferry that take 4 hours to he slow boat that takes 8 hours. Again, when will I learn to do some more research when I move from A to B... There are two different Coron by the way, there is Coron island and there is Coron city which is on another island. I went to Busuanga island where you can find Coron city. After nearly three speedy to short days in Coron it was time to return to Manila.
I had a kind of tight schedule in Palawan. Not sure why but I only gave myself two weeks to explore the area. Guess thats plenty of time for a lot of people but as you know I like to go a bit slower so another week would have been great. I already done a post about my day and a half in Sabang and here is the my journey traveling north visiting Port Barton and El Nido.
I reached Sabang Beach on Palawan. To get here I had to take a minivan from Puerto Princesa and to my surprise the ride only took the two hours that they told me it would take. I read online that it’s good to book the minivan in advance but I took my chance and just went to the terminal in the morning and there was no probs what so ever to get a seat + they charged me PHP 200 instead of the PHP 300 I was original told. Ok, only a difference of USD 2/ EUR 1.90 but still, every little helps. Another nice surprise this morning was that they didn’t overload the van, with other words they didn't fill the van to max and then squeezed another 7 people + bags in there!
It was time to leave Koh Tao again and this time it would be a trip of around twenty hours to Manila. This is the joy when you are on an island without airport, it takes forever to get anywhere. I could have saved about 5 hours if I would have taken a flight from the nearest island Koh Samui but after consulting my favorite flight booking site, momondo.com, I came to the conclusion that I rather spend an extra 5 hours traveling then forking out an additional 130 Euros on already expensive flight. You might wonder how it can take twenty something hours when flying, it's not like you going around the world. The answer is: Hours quickly adds on when you have to walk to the port, take a ferry, a bus and two flights + you want to add some extra time for delays in between. You especially want to add some extra time in between if you book two flights with two different airlines. If you don't and you delayed missing your connection flight, you screwed. So why book separate airlines might be your next question. My answer: save money, in this case 100 Euros. That's good enough reason when you are on a budget for me at least!
Puerto Galera my last and my longest stop on my Philippine trip. All the first trip that a kind of calm came over me since entering Asia. Maybe it was the tremendous place I was staying at, maybe it was the calm environment that had you do absolutely nothing, maybe it was the tranquil beach, really not sure but one thing is for sure... After moving around from place to place and not relaxing for a while then when you do; a bad horrible cold and cough catches up with you and floors you for a couple of days. Luckily I stayed at a very friendly place and the owners had a lot of strong ginger tea made for me!
Even though my first half in the Philippines was very restless I ended up finding my travel tempo again towards the last half thanx to meeting some great people. The Philippines can defiantly be a bit harder to travel to travel solo in low season if you want to be social and want to find people to travel with, especially if you a bit picky and you rather want to travel alone then with people you feel you have nothing in common with! Luckily there are a ton of things to be done and seen in this country so no need to sit and moop around doing nothing. However here are four things I didn't do in the Philippines. Please be warned that the next picture in this post is a bit gruesome...
Panagsama beach a 10 minute tricycle ride from Moalboal is a great little laid back place, at least it was when I was there in low season. This is not really a beach beach but defiantly places where you can go swimming if you look for them. Stayed for 5 days and that was just enough to do a few things but at the same time not do to much. Here are my top three things to do while in Moalboal.
Oh how I failed doing a trip leaving Boracay and arriving in Puerto Galera in one day. What I thought were going to be about 8 hour travel turned in to an overnight stay kind of half way and in the end it took me about 27 hours. But guess that’s what can happen when you try to wing it to another place half way through your trip and you not even sure you can get transportation all the way to the place you all of the sudden try to wing it to. Yep, I got the brilliant idea of going to Coron instead of Puerto Galera…
Currently I’m not the best in updating this blog, I could blame the bad internet here in the Philippines or I just been lazy, I leave that thought to you!!! My laziness also means that my posts might be posted in a random order so the intro to this post might not make sense so please bear with me. It’s not just my blog posts that are random or not exciting but so are my travel movement at the moment…
I spent a few days in Moalboal but one day i decided to go to Oslob to swim with the whale sharks, something I originally was against due to the set up. Basically the only reason why there are so many whale sharks in Oslob every morning is that there are tour guides feeding them every morning to get them close so its all very set up and due to this I also heard there are herds of tourists going everyday. Not really my cup of tea so a couple of hours after booking a place to stay I stuck to my belief that it would be a bad idea. Canceled my room in Oslob and decided to go to Dauin for some diving instead!
Another island another scooter, this time a fully automatic so felt like riding my beloved scooter from back home. This scooter ride took me around Siquijor that is known for it’s witchcraft among the Philippine people. I didn't notice any of that though, instead I found another green island with white beaches… So what is there to see on the small island of Siquijor you might wonder?
I kind of mixed up my memories in my last post about touring around Bohol where I wrote that I missed the exit to the Tubod water sanctuary. As a matter of fact that didn't happen on my Bohol trip, it actually happened here on Siquijor, shame on me. So here is a copy paste of those lines… My first stop was suppose to be the Tudor water sanctuary for some what I heard should be great snorkelling but for what ever reason I missed the turn and I only realised this about half an hour to late and I wasn't in the mood to turn around so skipped that one on the list!
I decided that it was time for a career break. So handed in my notice to the company who I worked with for the last ten years. It's time to pack my bag and depart from Amsterdam which been my home town for the last 4.5 years. -"Amsterdam, it's not you it's me and I need a break!". Read more
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