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Trip Report

Island hopping in breathtaking Philippines

two and a half weaks of beautiful and lonely resorts, beaches and under water life

by katmaiAbout Me:I used to be in the business world as a negotiation consultant until I decided that enough is enough and freedom will always be worth most. So I quit and now I am just living life freely day by day whereever it takes me. I travelled a lo... read more

Philippines16 days / March 2018

Highs & Lows

turtle hatch at 6 AM at a lonely beach santuary

too short time at the individual spots

Itinerary Overview

Me and my friend met in Japan where I was living at that time and flew from Tokyo to Cebu. There we spend one night to continue our travels to the small islands. Cebu is a city and quite chaotic, so for us it was absolutely fine to only stay one night, have one nice dinner and leave.

We went from Cebu to Bohol by ferry and then went with a van to a beautiful beach resort called Momo Beach House where we spend 3 nights. It is located at a very nice, white beach, very small and people are super nice. Momo offers food which is delicious. Around the beach resport, you can take a walk to small stores in the quiet area. We decided to take it slowly for the first location but there is great diving and island hopping around this area as well that must be very beautiful. We loved the resort and can totally recommend to stay there. 

After Bohol, we moved on to Moalboal, Cebu by private van which cost us around 60 USD and takes 5 hours. Moalboal has incredible waters and is an amazing diving area. We went for one dive (diving is very cheap in the Philippines) and saw lots of large sea turtles and tiny sea horses. We stayed at the Blue Orchid Resort which is a little bit bigger than the rest of the resorts we chose but also in a very open-minded and friendly environment. The food is great and diving is directly offered in the diving school of the resort. We also chose one day for island hopping in a small private boat we rented, which is amazing. The islands around that location are very small and lonely with white beaches. At this location we stayed for 2 nights. 

Again, we took a private van back to Cebu airport to catch a flight to the lonely island Palawan to Puerto Princesa This was the most amazing part of the trip. Our first stop was just incredible and can only be reached by boat as there are no roads. The resport is called 'Secret Paradise Resort', which is a small resort that is at the same time a turtle sanctuary. The beach is empty and beautiful, water is green and there are baby sharks visible at sunset directkly at the beach. Snorkling areas are directly at the beach with beautiful fish and turtles. We did an island hopping tours and saw more turtles and also found quite a few sting rays. One morning at 6AM the staff woke us up to observe a turtle hatch at the beach - I will never forget the beauty of having seen this.

Our next stop was in the north part of Palawan. We went with a trycicle to Duli Beach Resort at Duli Beach. This is a tiny resort with small individual huts directly at a beach that is not touristy at all. It is owned by a really nice dutch couple with a small kid that reealised their dream there. It is impossible to reach this place by car so tricycle is the only good option. At the resort there are surfing classes and massages that we can highly recommend. The waves are high, so conditions are perfect to surf.

Afterwards we took a ferry to Coron. At first we stayed at 'The Bay Area Coron' in the town. This is a nice place to stay at and Coron offers lots of nice restaurants and bars. However, we prefer the more lonely areas so we were quite happy to leave again after 2 nights of a more busy touristic area. There are lots iof diving schools around for dives and snorkeling and also lots of island hopping which was less impressive than in Palawan but still very beautiful.
Our last stop was Busuanga where we stayed at a tiny hidden resorts with individual big open houses (only ca. 3 available) called Alam Indah. It is owned by an Austrian lady who is handling the place by herself. Everything is made with lots of love and she makes amazing food in a very romantic environment directly at the beach. We only stayed 2 nights but would have wished to stay much longer. Finally, before we headed back to Japan, we stayed one night in Manila which was more than enough in a chaotic city after so much calmness.

 

  • 3 Nights: Bohol
    Beautiful, lonely area and nice and calm resort
  • 2 Nights: Moalboal
    Diving Area and cristal blue water
  • 7 Nights: Palawan
    Palawan is has only little tourism and is very beautiful
  • 4 Nights: Coron
    Another amazing island

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    stay longer at each indivudual location except in the cities and coron town.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Nothing at all

  • How was the food?

    The food at all the restaurants was great - especially at Alam Indah resort.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Transporttation takes a long time so it makes sense to take some time to rest in between.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Make sure that you inform yourself before going hoe to arrange transportation as not all resorts are easily reachable. It is the best to contact the resorts beforehand.

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