El Nido island hopping tour 🏝
Highlight - Going to Hidden Beach. Here our boat pulled up to a big rock formation with waves crashing into it due to a high tide. On close inspection we could see a tiny hole like entrance into the ‘hidden beach.’ Most of our group didn’t join in for this adventure but we grabbed onto our GoPro and goggles and followed our guide where we had to wait for the right moment between waves to swim through the gap before it disappeared behind the waves.
Our exit was just as exciting with our guides basically pushing all of the tourists through the gap one at a time between the waves so we could swim back to our boat.
Lowlight - The 4 hour ferry from Coron to El Nido was one of my worst experiences. With both my friend and I experiencing sea sickness while the ferry swayed unrelenting from side to side. To top it off an action movie played dramatic music throughout the journey.
The 3rd leg of our Indonesian adventure was island hopping in the Flores sea to go see the Komodo Dragons. Our tumultuous day started when the captain of our boat took us out to sea despite being in a storm, and soon asked the passengers if anyone had a working GPS. He got us to the nearest island to wait out the worst of the storm. Assuming my dragon dreams were going to be crushed, my next goal was to just make it back to the main island and not die with this particular group of tourists.
The day ended up being alright. Saw the dragons. Explored a few beautiful deserted islands. Got my first bout of “Bali belly”
All part of the fun.
We were so looking forward for 27th because we hadn't been to Negros for the longest time, and we've planned on going to Carbin Reef at Sagay to spend the weekend and chill. Sooooooo many mishaps along the way, like I literally thought we were so ready and come the night before, few hours before my flight, the van I rented still hadn't confrmed, we couldn't get ahold of our relatives from Alegria because the signal there was weak, we still didn't know if the reservation we booked still stood because the tourism office can't be reached, and I forgot to plan on the food to bring for when we get to the island. Despite all that tho, we were able to make it to the island and see one of the bluest waters in the Philippines, and actually swim in it :) (*From left to right: Shore view, Carbin Reef; Family Pic, cropped myself out of the pic cause I'm too wide for the frame, lol; road going to Sagay, Talisay)
Another day in paradise calls for more island hopping 🌴 we had so much fun lounging and exploring with our friends on Helicopter Island. Pro tip: make sure you put sunscreen on your back as well as your front so you don’t end up with a burnt backside like me 🤦🏻♀️ this was such an awesome way for everyone to bond and experience something new together. Great group activity and super affordable, too! #travel#globetrotter#philippines#elnido#swing#fitfam#beaches#islandhopping#sunburn#ocean#grateful