Island Hopping in Honda Bay

After snorkelling with parrot fish and making friends with some starfish, it was off to explore more of the Honda Bay area. The next stop was Luli Island. I must admit, after falling in love with Starfish Island, Luli Island was a bit of a let down! Sure, the beaches were beautiful and the water […]

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Starfish Island, Puerto Princesa

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As much as I loved exploring the Puerto Princesa Underground River, to do so required me to do a lot of waiting around, which is fine, but it meant that by the next morning I was eager to spend the day up and moving! The other main appeal of Puerto Princesa is the Honda Bay […]

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Puerto Princesa Subterranean River

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After the five hour drive from El Nido down to Puerto Princesa, I expected to be completely zonked and to fall asleep immediately. This was not the case. All of about two seconds after arriving at Sheebang Hostel in Puerto Princesa City Proper I had made two new friends in the form of Canadian born/London […]

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Coconuts and Cocktails on Lagen Island

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Though I stayed on the beautiful island of Miniloc in El Nido – there are numerous different islands catering to a variety of guests. For me, Miniloc was a perfect fit – it is the island with best access to the famous lagoons of El Nido, there are activities galore and there is so much […]

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The Lagoons of El Nido: Part II

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By the time I arrived at the Big Lagoon in El Nido, it was probably between 8-9am. I did not bring a watch or phone with me, so was unable to determine the time. However, the time itself was irrelevant – I just wanted to get there before it filled up with boatloads (literally) of […]

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The Lagoons of El Nido: Part I

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Anyone who has been following this blog for a while will be well aware that there isn’t much I love more than a good kayaking opportunity! Whether it be in tannin filled rivers along the coast of South Africa or amongst enormous icebergs in Greenland, I feel at home in a kayak and will jump […]

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Snorkelling in El Nido

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When I was a little kid, I remember begging my parents to let me do swimming lessons. For whatever reason – they were hesitant at the time – but through near constant nagging I eventually got my wish. I started swim school when I turned 7 and felt immediately at home in the water. I […]

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Snake Island and a Cave

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After settling into my heavenly water villa it was time to set out and see a little more of El Nido. El Nido is a small municipality of the Philippines in the north of Palawan Island. It is home to approximately 700 islands and is famed for it’s stunning beaches, enormous abundance of limestone cliffs […]

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Glorious Miniloc Island

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After a pretty amazing journey from Manila to Miniloc, saying that I was keen to check out my digs for the next few days would be an understatement! After being welcomed to the resort with a traditional Filipino song and a cool refreshing drink, I was able to check in to my amazing overwater villa. […]

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Manila to El Nido

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I really don’t enjoy flying. It doesn’t make me scared or nervous, it’s just that at this point in my life, it’s more of a necessary evil than something to be excited about. Flights can be long, uncomfortable and more than anything – they can be boring. However, there have been a few plane journeys […]

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