Tropical coral reefs in Padre Burgos
Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
124Trip End Feb 01, 2012
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We got the ferry over to Samar the following day and if anything the weather got even worse. So we quickly found a bungalow to lay our heads in. We shared dinner with loads of curious frogs and called it a night.
We woke up to the sound of rain, heavy rain! So we decided against going over to Samar's northern islands. It was a shame as they are meant to be beautiful. We decided to go south instead to a town called Tacloban. It only took 3 buses to get there but the scenery was spectacular. Some of the prettiest we have seen in any country. We passed over countless rivers, small villages full with nipa huts that hugged the coastline, green fertile fields and mountains and jungle! Just your average drive really.
Tacloban is a bit more built up compared to the last few places we have stayed in. We had a proper hotel with hot water! We had the best food in the Philippines that night for dinner in a great restaurant that did amazing seafood and fish, in fact it was so good we went again the following night!
Our next stop was Padre Burgos. Along the way we took various jeepneys and at one point in between swapping from one to another, some local guys helped us with our bags. It was only a small walk but the locals always do it. Anyhow one of the guys asked for money in front of the jeepney driver so we naturally assumed it was for the ride and paid. When we got to our destination the bus driver and conductor asked us for money again!!?? We told them we paid the other guy and they said no that was for helping you with the bags. The scammers had charged us the equivalent of two fares for carrying our bags for 1 metre. We basically told them there was no chance in hell that we were going to pay again and that they should have told us that we were being swindled! So we left telling them if you want your money, you know who has it! Ha ha. They didn't even bother arguing with us they just let us walk off.
Paul and I decided to go explore other beaches on the island so we got a jeepney to a beach on the other side of the island. When we got there the gorgeous stretch of sand was deserted, with the exception of a small group of Filipinos who were obviously having a party.
We sat a few metres away and settled in for a few hours of reading and chilling at the beach.
Soon it was time for dancing. Theron was clearly the star of the show. At two years' old he could copy his dad's dance moves and it was such a cute sight. But the dancing wasn't just left to Theron. Everyone got up and started doing these fun moves to the music. It was infectious. I joined them trying to keep up with the moves. And whilst I'm sure my dancing was shocking I had the time of my life. Paul on the other hand spent the afternoon playing football with the little boys. It was an amazing day - one of our favourite days in the Philippines. All thanks to these wonderful, friendly, generous people. Thanks guys and gals, we know you're reading this! :)
We took a boat to another small island about an hour's away from our place and did two dives in the area. We were not disappointed. The variety and quantity of fish were amazing. The reefs dazzled us with their purple, red and orange colours. We've borrowed some more pics from the web that were taken on the dive sites we went to. As you can see it's absolutely magical. It made me feel like I was swimming in a documentary set!
Whilst our stay in Padre Burgos came to an end, our diving didn't. We shared a bangka with about 40 Philippinos, 30 boxes and 1 motorbike to arrive to our next destination - Bohol.
More when we get there, with a special appearance of a very cute critter.
Lots of love
Karen & Paul