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‘Fin’tastic Philippines

Posted by on April 20, 2014

As we’re having such a good time we realised we may not get all of these blogs finished before we return home in July, so for now here are some photos of our time in the Philippines. We’ll update with funny stories when we get chance!

Panglao – Bohol

Flying over some of the 7,107 islands which make up the Philippines was pretty impressiveOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We arrived in Panglao after almost missing a flight. Who would have thought that two terminals could be an hour taxi ride apart? Anyhows, here is Claire enjoying a bit of pre birthday rest

Home sweet home for just a couple of quid, this place had so many beds in it, we could have slept in a different one every nightPhilippines 006 (425x640)

Who said hammocks were relaxing?!? Scarred for lifeOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Hells angel warming up the beast for the birthday day trip outOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Stop number 1, Tarsier refugeOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

In case you didn’t know what they look like, the smallest primate in the world and they only live in the Philippines :)Philippines 028 (640x526)

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Mr ‘not very cool’ at allPhilippines 039 (406x640)

Almost at stop number 2, where else but the Chocolate hillsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Birthday girl wishing they really were full of chocolateOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

They don’t know why they are here but they looked pretty cool to usPhilippines 051 (640x335)

Just like teletubby landPhilippines 052 (640x373)

Not sure why these guys were here either but it was worth a sneaky camera shotOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Another year older but unfortunately, not another year wiserOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

After a cracking day, along came the stormPhilippines 069 (314x640)

Decided to do the clever thing and get on a boat boasting one of the worst safety records on the planet, still, the three blind mice at the terminal cheered us all upPhilippines 073 (640x539)

Siquijor Island

Made it in one piece, so did our slightly soggy rucksacksPhilippines 075 (640x425)

After the storm cleared we were yet again in Paradise Philippines 079 (407x640)

Even paradise has uninvited guests

The owners invited us to the party of the year on the island in San Juan. It was pop and crisps, plastic chairs and boogeing on the basketball court – what a blast, they were blooming loving itOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sightseeing around SiquijorPhilippines 081 (457x640)

Rice fieldsPhilippines 084 (640x423)

Oldest Balate tree on the Island – apparentlyPhilippines 088 (409x640)

We wondered why the kids weren’t swimming
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With smooth tootsies we continued on our way across the IslandPhilippines 104 (640x413)

Rice paddies galorePhilippines 106 (640x341)

San Isidro Church from the Spanish daysPhilippines 107 (440x640)

Not a bad place to go to school
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The beautiful Cambugahay falls
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Desperate for a cool downPhilippines 118 (640x507)

Good job he remembered his arm bandsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Working on the white bits


Not a person in sightPhilippines 125 (454x640)


After 8 months on the road he finally gets to cook again
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The T-shirt says it all

Philippine’s TaxiPhilippines 136 (423x640)

A less conventional mode of transport, ideal for 45kg of luggage. As long as we didn’t need to turn we were right as a bobbinOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Dumaguete – Negros Island

We think she may have been having a little more than her 5 a day

Taxi run in Dumaquate townPhilippines 147 (526x640)


A tiny bit of wood, a captain, us and some dive gear – destination that dot on the landscape Apo IslandOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Thankfully getting closerOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Taking a dive interval OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Moalboal – Cebu Island

Yet another totally unsafe ferryOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Then onto a bus along with a man and his pet cockOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Moalboal is famous for the tornadoes of Sardines, after getting stung by a jellyfish Claire was out after 10 minutesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


As the sun set on Moalboal and Danny had instigated his home made Jelly fish remedy on Claire, we enjoyed a few beers before the next boat crossingPhilippines 181 (640x436)

Malapascua Island

First it was a bus, true to its name we got there, be it a little shakenOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

After a rough crossing on a dingy, Del boy celebrated in styleOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

What could be better than cheap cocktails on a tropical island with darts on the telly!

Total unspoilt paradise, not even another tourist in sightPhilippines 187 (640x475)

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Passing by the locals, looks like the dog has his washing outPhilippines 194 (485x640)

It was paradise…………..then Claire put her hand on a sea urchinOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sampling the local beverages before a 3.30am start to see the local residentsPhilippines 209 (433x640)

The island is famous for the thresher sharks and let us tell you, these things are big and are very scary close upThresher 2 (2) (640x480)

Layed on the wall edge waiting for them passing by
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Some of them were 6 metres long, pretty scary when they come for a closer lookThresher 2 (640x480)

With eyes this big we weren’t sure why he needed to come so close!
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Cebu City

A trip to the Philippines wouldn’t be complete without a taste of the national dish Balut, the Filipinos go crazy for this almost hatched fluffy duck – Look away duck lovers, its not a pretty sight!!!!Philippines 221 (640x515)

Loads of vinegar to numb the taste budsPhilippines 227 (640x448)

Hold your nose!Philippines 229 (611x640)

Another 5 days and this little quacky would have been begging for bread. Claire eventually forgave Danny but still refuses to kiss himPhilippines 230 (640x501)

So the whistle stop, jam packed trip to the wonderful Philippines was top notch. So much to see and so little time. This is one of the first places on our trip that we have vowed to return to some day, we didn’t go or see half of these sprawling islands but will definitely give it another shot sometime. Next stop Indonesia!

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