8 Things You Need During Boat Tours in Palawan

8 Things You Need During Boat Tours in Palawan

1.Sunscreen

Must must must even though it isn’t as sunny as you think since the clouds are out in the morning during on-boarding, the sun will come out. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

2. Snorkel gear

The boat guides will ask everyone in advance who needs snorkeling gear and for   March 2017 it cost 150 pesos per person. Not all snorkel goggles are meant for everyone’s face so it’s best to bring your own good pair.

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3. Water shoes

Again, this will typically be needed during the spots where there are tons of sea urchins and stone fish. Cost is also 150 pesos per person.

4. Cash

Don’t miss out on not having a fresh coconut juice when the coconut man comes sailing to your boat. Oh if you are lucky, there will also be an ice cream man with the familiar ice cream truck tune that will come by to sell you Filipino branded ice creams like Magnolia or fresh fruit bars.

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5.Towel

Not all tour boats hand out towels so it’s better to bring your own when you want to get dry in between island and beach hopping.

6. Waterproof camera

Don’t be that friend that you knew went somewhere awesome but that person only shared pictures from the mainland and not while at sea. Capture every moment!

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7. Water

Yes the boat tour guides will have plenty, but that’s for when it’s lunch time and if they’ve only got enough for everyone and you find yourself parched, hopefully your seat mate will have extra for you. Bring at least a liter of water per person to last the whole day.

8. Snacks

Lunch time will be served around 11-12pm but the tour ends between 4-5pm. Make sure you bring some quick snack before dinner time in the main land.

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Glimpse of El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

The water was marvelous and the weather was perfect in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. This video is shows a bit of what the town proper looks like, the beautiful hills where you can see the islands from afar, and the pristine water of El Nido.

We stayed at the Sommer (yes it is spelled like that) Eco Cottage in the neighborhood of Corong Corong which was less than 20 minute van ride from the town proper. It is by the main road and about a minute trek up the hills. This town barely got electricity in October of 2016 and there are  many places where you will get no service/ reception which for some is positive thing so you can enjoy nature more than your phone.

The town proper has many restaurant options. We actually ate dinner by the beach under  the stars one evening and it was super pleasant walking from the entrance to the actual restaurant. There is a pizza eatery with an actual stone oven and the food was deelish.

We only stayed in El Nido for two days and two nights in which we used one full day doing TOUR C-which by far was a great choice from what I heard from the other tourists. It covered the following spots:

  1. Helicopter Island
  2. Secret Beach
  3. Matinloc Shrine
  4. Star Beach
  5. Hidden Beach

I will upload another video covering the awesome tour soon.

But for now, click the link/photo below to watch the glimpse of paradise.

 

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Barracuda Lake, Coron, Palawan

The Barracuda Lake is beyond beautiful and bewitching! Although we did not spot any creepy looking Barracuda fish, the Barracuda Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes that is a must see and experience when going to Coron, Palawan, Philippines.

The boat tour guides brought us first to the entrance  of the lake which was picturesque by itself. The rock limestone formation is lined with a wooden bridge that the villagers made just for visitors. You will see a small hut by the entrance where I call the “guardians of the islands” chill out and receive their entrance fees from visitors and tour guides.

Just a small trek of about fifty steps up and then down the wooden bridge, you will find yourself viewing a stunning and magnificent view that will make you not want to leave. There will be a few tourists if you’re lucky but the tour guide coordinators do a pretty good job not over packing the area.

Bring your snorkel gear, fins, or even dive down the divine blue green water and feel warm and cold at the same time. This lake is a thermo halocline where the water temperature rapidly rises from 27°C to 38°C. You will also notice the crazy rock formations under water that follows to the deep mysterious drop where you can no longer see the ocean floor or wall limestone formations.

We visited early March and the weather was perfect. The sun was out during the day and it was cooler at night. Watch the full video by clicking the picture below:

 

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Strawberry Peak Bubba Adventures

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Click here to watch the video on YouTube

Watch our latest video of Bubba hiking up Strawberry Peak in Angeles National Forest with friends. It was supposed to be a 9 mile hike round trip but it ended up a 13 mile hike because weight lost and did Strawberry Meadows then came back to the saddle realizing that we had missed the trail going up Strawberry Peak. We decided turn back around and finish the hike. Although it was a long day, it was very rewarding.

To all the hikers attempting to go to Strawberry Peak, once you reach the saddle after going in less then two miles, instead of going to the path on the right, there is another unmarked path going up. If you feel like the path was flat and too easy, then you are going towards Strawberry Meadows. If you feel like the incline just increased and it’s getting a little tough that you are taking breaks to catch your breath, then you are going the right way!

Make sure to bring lots of water and snacks! There will be a notepad at the peak in a box, so don’t forget to sign the guestbook and share your story. #BubbaAdventures

Siblings

They say that the longest relationships one person will have is with their siblings. As we get older, we are more in tuned with what is happening in the world and what kind of  relationships we have with one another. So far, no one has probably annoyed us, made us feel super happy, and then ate so much of the other person’s food without asking than our very own siblings. We haven’t said “Leave me alone,” “stop wearing my clothes,” or “I’m telling Mom” so many times other than with an encounter with your siblings.

Whatever your age now, we continue to experience watching our siblings get older, mature a little more, and become closer to one another. You try to forget the past and whatever shortcomings you have with one another because surely, it was not worth remembering five or ten years down the road. You have not forgiven much more of any person in the world than forgiving your brother and sister. They know your past and you know there’s. You know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and have more hope for them for their well being as much as your parents do for their future. They teach you lessons of patience, forgiveness, and nurture. Although you may not see each other now eye to eye, you will experience more understanding and patience when the wrinkles around your eyes will come to be.

Whatever the circumstances are, be there for one another because not only your parents expect it of you, but your siblings will be the first to be there for you when in need. They are family and that connection is a stronger bond. Be thankful that you are blessed with siblings for they are one of the most important teachers of your life.

 

New Year Travel

Tired of the same old parties that you feel like you have to attend to celebrate the new year? Tired of dressing up every year just to go clubbing or bar hopping for the New Year’s Eve celebration? Why not use your holiday time off to travel?

My boyfriend and I have a tradition on New Years. We told ourselves every first day of the year, we will be somewhere we haven’t been before. Since we only have a couple of days off, we decided to go somewhere out of town for a quick road trip because we want to start the new year right by traveling. Of course, we took our little Maltese, Mr. Bubba, our adventure dog and packed our bags to drive up the coast.

Last year, we were at the Grand Canyon and this year, we drove up the coast on the 101 and PCH from Los Angeles. We stayed over night at this beautiful and peaceful town in Little River, ate breakfast in Mendocino, Ca, and then we were on our way to Oregon. We stopped by a few small towns and also stopped at the Trees of Mystery. Bubba and I rode a gandola for the first time, went 750 ft up on an observatory and saw an amazing and breathtaking view of the green mountains.img_3756