Surfing with turtles and hiking Maui’s valleys

The first day we went surfing in Maui we lasted a mere two minutes before a lifeguard on a jet ski zoomed past telling everyone to get out of the sea as a shark had been spotted. All of the coast around our Airbnb house and surf board rental place was closed for the rest…

First impressions of Japan

I can’t quite believe we decided to come to Japan. Two backpackers in Japan, what were we thinking? We randomly pointed at a map and picked it because it was en route to Alaska (it’s really not that en route) but it looked like a fascinating country. We knew it would be expensive but we…

Our 13 highlights of The Philippines

Our two months in the Philippines has flown by and we miss it already…although maybe not the food (sorry guys). Two months wasn’t enough time! We only made it to 21 of the 7000 or so islands so barely scraped the surface. It’s one of our favourite countries now and we had so many once…

Kayaking through paradise | Cadlao Island, The Philippines

Cadlao island is the closest island to El Nido so we bartered with a bubbly chap along the beach for a kayak rental. He was full of banter, offering us dry bags and giving us a bin liner instead. We plowed across the slightly choppy waters to the tip of the island where we were…

Finding another hidden gem in The Philippines

We hired a motor bike to visit some beaches around El Nido and headed north to Nacpan Beach. The last 5km were dirt roads and quite nasty but nothing my chauffeur, I mean Craig, couldn’t handle. Unlike some other backpackers we saw who toppled sideways on some soft sand. It explains all the bandaged right…

Diving through the Sardine run, The Philippines

For the past few years the sardines that formally swam around Pescador Island have packed their suitcases and moved to the drop-off just 30m offshore from Panagsama Beach in Moalboal. We found a friendly dive company that also happened to be the cheapest and headed out to House Reef where the sardine run takes place….

The blue Kawasan Waterfalls, The Philippines

Panagsama Beach in Moalboal was much smaller and more chilled than we’d anticipated. A dirt track led close to the shore of a rocky beach and was lined with bars and restaurants. We hired out a motorbike to visit some sights in the area as it was cheaper to do this than get public transport….

A boat trip to paradise ~ Sumilon Island

We had a Filipino breakfast right after snorkelling with the whale sharks and then looked around for a boatmen to take us to Sumilon Island. We were quoted more than we wanted to pay so walked up the road only to find the resort quoting the same price…so we went back to our original spot…

Swimming with Whale Sharks, The Philippines

After much contemplation about animal rights and whether or not it was right to swim with the hand fed whale sharks of Oslob, we decided to just head there and judge it for ourselves. We were unlucky not to see them while in Thailand and Honduras and I wanted to see how big these gentle…

Snorkelling with more turtles than humans at Apo Island

Negros island is much more rural than the others we’ve visited. We must’ve passed millions of palm trees along the road and small villages were all made from natural materials. It was a scenic drive with sea views and we soon made it to Malatapay Beach where boats head to Apo Island. It was a…

Parasailing and beach life in Puerto Galera

Our first boat across to a tropical island wasn’t exactly the boat we’d expected. Instead of a sizeable ferry it was a brightly painted Bangka, basically a large wooden boat with bamboo stabilisers on each side tied together with fishing line. We were heading across to Puerto Galera on Mindoro Island and were so excited…

Taal volcanic island, the Philippines

Two long days of transport, a stop in a hotel with a swimming pool which was empty on our visit and hours spent sitting in gridlock traffic through Manila but we finally made it to Tagaytay. The town sprawls along a ridge line 600m above Lake Taal crater lake.       We met a French…