Has it only been a week since I last checked in? I’m traveling through the Philippines in a manner I’m not really accustomed to — at lightening speed. Generally I’m a slow, lazy traveler. I like it that way. But with only a three-week visa and so much I wanted to see, I thought I’d give this whole race-through-the-country thing that so many travelers do a try.
This week kicked off with a with reunion with travel buddy Heather, who I waved goodbye to in November when we parted ways on The Big Island. She booked a spontaneous island-fever induced trip to join me (she lives in The Cayman Islands), and I couldn’t be happier!
So in the mere seven days that have elapsed we’ve gone from the Cordillera mountain town of Sagada to the whale-shark spotting capital of Donsol to the laid-back island of Malapascua, where I write you from. The Philippines is such a departure from anywhere I’ve been in Southeast Asia, I find myself constantly tapping away at my iPhone or scribbling away in my notebook, trying to capture all the little idiosyncrasies that make this place tick. Lack of WiFi notwithstanding, the beach where I now sit is paradise — they’re going to have to drag us off this island.
Why bury when you can hang? Sagada’s biggest tourism draw is the coffins hung from the area’s limestone cliffs.
We were more interested in what was underground — a several hour journey more than 780 meters underground through a natural tunnel connecting two local caves.
A local boat in Donsol.
Our accommodation in Donsol.
Diving! This nudibranch was one of a parade of creatures that absolutely blew my mind.
The coral was anxious to keep up — I felt like I was in Avatar.
The little mandarin fish on the right were a new discovery for me. My favorite part about that photo was that I shot it totally blind — my new mask would NOT stop fogging, so I was working with a pretty serious handicap.
Which photo is your favorite? Can’t wait to show you photos of Malapascua next week!