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:

 

WATCH THE FULL VIDEO HERE

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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

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

7 Days in Cambodia

From Los Angeles to Cambodia

There are so many exciting places that are jaw dropping in this beautiful and humble country. In just 7 days, we absolutely had time to really enjoy the warm weather by the beach, meet locals that are welcoming and kind, see temples that have been around thousands of years, and also see free roaming elephants that live in a protected sanctuary.

“Time is money friends!” The time difference from Los Angeles to Asia is quite lengthy so first, consider booking a flight that may beneficial to fly overnight. After we got off of work on a Friday afternoon, my boyfriend and I already had our bags ready, dropped off our dog to my sister’s house the night before, and all we needed was to change into our comfy plane clothes, and headed to LAX at 7 pm with his best friend. Although we were stuck in rush hour traffic, we were there two hours before our flight boarded- perfect timing!

15 hours later, TOUCH DOWN! Our driver Khen (like CAN of soda) picked us up in Phnom Penh, and that’s when we hit the road. In the hustle and bustle of the busy city, we were definitely not at home. First stop–WATER! In every trip you make whether it be outside of the country or out side the state or hometown, you must be equipped with necessities.

Day 1- Phnom Penh to  Mondulkiri Province (5-6 hour drive)

  • Arrived at Mondulkiri around 7 p.m. and ate dinner.
  • Slept early because our day will start at 6 a.m.
  • Slept in the huts that cost about $7-$15 a night- it was a cray experience hearing the sound of the jungle at night- UNFORGETTABLE

Day 2- Mondulikiri Province

  • Full day at Mondulkiri Elephant Sanctuary Trek- fed the elephants, bathe with them, and had a wonderful time exploring the jungle with the free roaming beauties.
  • The sanctuary served homemade fresh veggies lunch! YUM

Day 3- Mondulkiri to Siem Reap (8-9 hours drive)

  • On route at 3 a.m. Stopped over Kampong to eat breakfast.
  • Arrived at Siem Reap- checked in the hotel, had lunch, a massage, and relaxed at the pool.
  • Checked out Pub Street, the street food, and the hundreds of tourists partying at the local clubs.

Day 4- Siem Reap

  • Woke at 5 am to get our temple passes. They took our picture and pretty much used it as a badge to get in the temples.
  • We went to Angkor Wat, Bayon Temple (high stair cases), Ta Phrom (trees), Angkor Thom (faces).
  • We had a cultural dinner and show at our hotel in the evening.

Day 5- Siem Reap to Sihanoukville (7-8 hours drive)

  • On route to Sihanoukville at 3am. Stopped by on the sides of the roads to see mini temples and also bought souvenirs from the local artists.
  • Checked in our hotel by the beach and had lunch.
  • Relaxed at the beach and went to town to check out the nightlife.

Day 6- Koh Rong Island

  • Took an early ferry to Koh Rong island.
  • Went snorkeling- I suggest you bring your own gear because they have limited amounts and sizes available.
  • Relaxed by the beach and snorkeled for hours.

Day 7- Sihanouville to Phnom Penh

  • One route back to Phnom Penh at 3am.
  • Ate breakfast and went shopping in the city for more souvenirs.
  • Boarded the plane in late afternoon.
  • Back to Los Angeles!