A little while back two of my very good friends (whom you may recognise some my very old Thailand posts) booked flights to the Philippines. They asked me to join them. I ummed. I ahhhhed. I found myself on the Air Oman website on a dreary Sunday morning. A few weeks later, we were off.
Having arrived in Manila at 10pm, we checked into an airport hotel and were greeted by this view only a few hours later, before we head back to the airport for our next flight.
We flew to Coron, a town on the island of Palawan.
We knew it was going to be our sort of place just from the luggage collection area…
We booked into our awesome hostel Seahorse right away, and ditched our bags and set off in search of a beach. (Got to give a shoutout here to our lovely roommate Ark!)
Coron is right on the coast but only has a harbour, so hiring a boat is the best way to get to the gorgeous beaches and snorkelling areas nearby.
This is a dog faced puffa fish. Apparently they are pretty rare but we found them in abundance around these parts. If you look at them face on they are just like a beagle, but ya’know, in the sea.
We were welcomed back to shore with a pretty glorious sunset.
The next few days were spent hopping on and off boats into lakes, the sea, and pristine white beaches.
Desert island parking.
Our sunset hike to the viewpoint was beautiful but one of the more sweaty experiences in my life.
But I’ll do pretty much anything for a good sunset shot.
Fran had a terrifying encounter with a huge purple jellyfish…
Maya and I swam back to safety and stayed on dry land the next day, checking out the christmas decorations.
But were soon drawn back to the turquoise waters.
The photo below is not enhanced in any way. The sea really was this blue!
Lunch cooking up on the boats…
Coron was so beautiful we never wanted to leave. But onward and upward (literally) we went to Boracay…
In the smallest of planes!
The view from above was other worldly.
But more on Boracay next time.
All water shots on Fran’s Hero Session GoPro. All land shots on my Canon 6d with various lenses.