Category Archives: Philippines

I really want to go and stay here

Ariara Island is available for rental from $US295 a person a night for a party of 15-17 guests. This includes exclusive occupation of the entire island, staff, all meals, two dives a person a week and use of water-sports equipment (30-metre trimaran, 10-metre speedboat, two jet-skis, dive boat, kayaks, windsurfers, water-skis, wakeboards, fishing and snorkelling gear). Drinks and fuel are not included.

But for a backpacker like me the price is way too expensive. Maybe someone will invite me for an all expenses paid one month stay?

Check it out here. 

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Speed boat first class

More than once you will travel by boat between islands in the Philippines as it is the only means of going between most islands. Sometimes its nice to splurge and go first class. As you will see in the video first class is not always how we in Europe define ‘first class’. The boats are very old and not that sturdy. Every single seat and space in the boat is occupied by either a person or a package or chickens. In first class there was a TV but only the sound worked so we got to listen to a movie. There are emergency exits but most are bolted shut.

Here are pics from another boat ride we took to coastal town. As the boat was already full when we embarked we had to sit on the side of the boat. To give us some comfort they pulled a plastic cover over our heads. This proved to be worse as there was no air under the cover. We removed the cover and instead enjoyed the scenic ride.

Party with the locals on Siargao island

Every Wednesday there is a party at the Ocean 101 pub and of course we had to go. My daughter had taught the local girls how to dance Hip Hop which they proudly performed in the evening.

Staying at Ocean 101 Hotel is a great deal as the price is right and its very near the famous surf spot Cloud Nine.

In the pics you can try to spot the two  lady boys.

Unfortunately the pics came out ‘dirty’ . I was using the Sony TX5 camera.

Snorkeling off Mantigue island

Snorkeling in the Philippines is equal to great joy. The water is crystal clear and there is an abundance of sea life. The coral is colorful and alive. Here are some pictures I took while snorkeling off Mantigue island near the larger island Camiguin.

Philippines in pictures – Malapascua and Siargao islands