A good surprise

Trip Start Sep 07, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Philippines  , Palawan,
Friday, January 20, 2012

We go with the flow and with that unexpected things happen. We were excited to come to one of Philippines paradises although what we didn't checked before booking the flight tickets was accommodation prices as well as how much costs to sightsee. So after waking up at 3am, taking 2 flights and a 30min taxi ride we arrived to a small pier town with humble guesthouses and shops, 35 humid degrees or more, with no beach around and no place to sleep according to our budget. There are amazing places, yes! Islands with only 1 resort - But not on our price range…

So once again Fred went to look for a place to crash for the first nights while Thessa took care of the luggage. It was pouring, we were soaked. We got some tips from other tourists and there’s still some hope left to see paradise. 

 After taking the last available clean room in town we rested. But we couldn’t take out of our minds what we were exactly doing there. But we had to give it a chance since we were there.

Another new thing for us was the 'Brown outs' (periods of no electricity) that occur on a daily basis in Coron, luckily it never happened to us while we were there.

Next morning we arranged a tour hoping around Coron Island. We rented an authentic Filipino Bangka and captain for the 2 of us, bought some fish, meat and veggies in the wet market for lunch that the boat captain barbecued for us along with some beers. It was a clear sunny day.

Coron Island is a black limestone island with breathtaking cliffs cascading down to thirteen magnificent lakes and powder white sand coral beaches.

Our 1st snorkeling point was the Siete Pecados. We will never forget it. The best snorkeling ever! As soon as we jumped out of the boat we were surrounded by colorful all sized fishes with beautiful coral m below us! It felt like swimming in an aquarium, beautiful corals and a great variety of fishes. It was fantastic!!!!

Lake Kayangan was next with its crystal waters, nested into the mountains walls. Underwater is like a moonscape. We followed to Twin Peaks another snorkeling point, an amazing place as well, though due to tourism the coral is really destroyed and visitors didn’t seemed alerted to the damage they cause while stepping into it.

We stopped at Banol beach for a lovely lunch prepared by Fred and or captain.

After a nice nap, we visited the Skeleton wreck surrounded by lively fishes that we fed and ended up at the beach in CYC Island before getting back into town.

The lost feeling that we had when we arrived was gone and we were very pleased that we were there.

That evening we met a Portuguese couple, living in Hong Kong and enjoying a few days during the Chinese New Year – Reason why everything was fully booked in that place. We had a nice chat along with caipirinhas celebrating the new dragon year.

Next day we booked a day trip to Malcapuya and Banana Islands. The ride took 2h each way. Both islands were beautiful with very fine white sand beach. It’s possible to camp in those deserted islands, but you have to bring everything with you since there are no facilities there. We tried to but since we had to rent a boat and captain for all days it ended up being a bit expensive for our pockets.

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