Tropical coral reefs in Padre Burgos

Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
Trip End Feb 01, 2012

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Flag of Philippines  , Eastern Visayas,
Friday, April 15, 2011

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We reluctantly left Donsol and the whale sharks to go to Samar. `The weather was atrocious! Mainly because of a tropical typhoon out in the pacific. In fact the weather was so bad we stopped our journey half way and stayed in a town called Sorsogon. We can't say much about the place as we stayed in for most of the time. We did venture out for some food and ended up in Graceland. A fast food place where Karen tried the local Halo Halo - A mixture of ice cream, fruit and other bits. For some strange reason Karen's Halo Halo also had grated cheese on top which didn't got that well with the purple ice-cream and the fruit.  

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. 

Our accomodation in Padre Burgos was lovely. We were overlooking the ocean and could actually see the bottom of the sea from our window. We will never ever tire of having an ocean view. As I have mainly talked about our journey to Padre Burgos I will let Karen talk about the very special 2 days that we spent there.


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. A few minutes later one of the guys from the party came over with the cutest little boy. It turns out the party was in honour of the little boy, Theron who had just turned two. We got invited to the party and we were soon sitting under a coconut tree eating gorgeous food prepared by our new friend Dulce and sipping on Coconut wine. It was amazing spending the day with this lovely group of people who were so generous and open hearted. They had been partying since the early morning as the first thing they did in Theron's honour was plant some mangrove trees in the sea. The mangrove trees are essential in protecting the coastline and instead of buying Theron toys they invested in his future habitat. What a brilliant idea!  




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! :)



  The next day we had another special outing in store. We were finally going to dive in the Philippines. The country is reknown for it's abundance of fish life and pristine coral reefs. It is part of what's known as the coral triangle - a triangular area in the sea that covers over 1.6 billion acres and houses 75% of coral species. It's also home to over 3000 species of fish and 6 of the world's 7 species of sea turtles. There are hundreds of great dive sites in the Philippines but with a traveller's budget we really had to cherry pick the areas wewere going to dive in. Padre Burgos was one of them.  We couldn't wait to get in the water! 

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

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mom on

Keep having the time of your lives,it is so amazing love you both xx

mary tsiterou on

the pics with the coral reefs are fantastic really it is like a dream world, but the best of all were the philippino group and the party they were really great ! ! you were really lucky to meet them it was the best of this adventure.

Pauline Cummings on

Thanks for adding me to your blog- I am so jealous - I wish I could have stayed longer than my 3 weeks annual leave :-( ...
I'm glad you enjoyed your time in Donsol & had a great swim with the whalesharks...
Below is a link to my photos if you wish to look & use any...
& remember if you make it to Perth - let me know & you can come dive with me.

xx Pauline xx

pearl foyle on

What a pretty place, and what nice people. Keep the pic coming. Take care.

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