There is something truly special about the Philippines. I never knew the world could look like this, or did look like this. Every moment spent exploring was a treasure in itself. And I can’t wait to go back.
Uno, Dos, Palmos!
Okay, so I didn’t take very many photos at the resort. Too busy taking in the unreal sunrises and sunsets. Also, my phone broke and had to keep recharging my gopro. We stayed at Dos Palmos, a 4 star hotel on it’s own island. You’re greeted with a drink and necklace upon arrival. Bonus fact, if you visit the main island for any tours, you get to cut the lines since you’re staying at Dos Palmos. This is because your island is about an hour away from the mainland, but the ride to and from is so beautiful and relaxing you don’t mind. I spent most of my time relaxing on the beach after snorkeling off the private dock. What’s cool about this resort is they don’t charge you for all the activities. You can kayak and snorkel for as long as you want. Stay here a few nights, you’ll love it.
You need to go see one of the seven natural wonders of the world: The Underground River at Puerta Princesa. The tour is all run by locals only. All the money you spend goes directly to them and the conservation of the cave. You are given headphones and an audio recording as to leave the least amount of impact on the caves. You are forbidden to use your flash, and you need to keep your hands inside the boat. Even the sweat and sunscreen dripping from your hands can have an impact on the eco system. So all I have are photos of my arrival and departure.
El Nido is the international beach of the Philippines. I’ve never heard so many other languages spoken at once. You’ll run into backpackers from all over Europe, well, all over the world really. I only met one other American the entire time. The town has fresh fish everywhere. Seriously you walk to the beachfront, pick whatever you want out, and it will be grilled and bought to you. You may not know what you’re eating. But just know that it will be delicious and you stomach will be satisfied.
TOUR B, IF YOU DO NOTHING ELSE IN LIFE THAT’S OK BECAUSE YOU WENT ON TOUR B
The best muscles I’ve ever had. Sweet and green. Tour B includes a lot of island hopping with secrets waiting for you. Make sure you bring some pesos in case you run into the boat beer boat, or decide to buy some fresh buko with rum.
Tour A. Just as magical. No secrets though, just hidden lagoons and beaches.
When you’re done with island hopping and have extra time there is lots to see in the city. Crocodile conservatory
Baker’s hill. Get the pan de coco, unless you’re allergic to coconut.
Bear witness to the massacre from World War 2
And go to church to pray