Our next destination | Volunteering in Greece

We spent 2016 having an incredible time exploring China, the Philippines, Japan and Hawaii -which aren’t exactly our normal backpacker budget locations but we felt that after 8 years of travel we should open our wallets a little and not be such tight arses. So we splashed out and I’m so happy we did as…

Incredible rock pools along Oahu’s wild coast

We arrived at Hanauma Bay an hour later than planned thanks to us missing the bus, not just missing it but watching it go past on the road parallel to us. Brilliant. Hanauma bay was formed in a volcano cone beside the coast and over time seawater has flooded it creating a diverse area for…

The most dramatic Island Scenery in the Philippines 

We saved the best island hopping trip till last and it was time to explore Bacuit Bay near El Nido. We were on a boat with about 18 people and were hoping to get a good group with some westerners to chat to but we ended up with lots of Filipinos, some monotone chaps and…

Island hopping in Port Barton, The Philippines

In half a day we’d left the tranquil jungle and river of Loboc, hopped on a ferry and landed in bustling Cebu City which was a massive contrast with people everywhere and horrible traffic jams, not to mention the smell of sewage, especially in our hotel bathroom. Luckily we just had to hang around a…

Island hopping, Dolphins and clown fish in Bohol

We based ourselves in Alona Beach, a popular stretch of white sand and clear blue sea. We thought it was rather pleasant but a lot of people complain about how busy it is, but maybe we were there at a good time. We had to wake super early for our 6am island hopping trip where…

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…

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…

Finding our own hidden paradise in The Philippines

It takes a bit of effort to reach true paradise but we were certainly rewarded with a place that we will never forget. From Boracay we spent a whole day crossing Panay island and onto Negros island pitching up for the night and eating the local specialty of bbq chicken. When we asked the waitress…

Exploring Boracay’s other beaches

A tricycle took us all the way north to Puka, named after the abundant puka shells on the beach. The sea was rough but beautiful with every tone of blue shining in the sun. Some young lads played on skim boards and we enjoyed the breeze walking along the shores. It was too rough for…

Backpacking in Boracay

Plans can change last minute while travelling and we’d hoped to travel around Mindoro island, check out some of the loin-cloth wearing locals at the markets, visit Apo Reef and then get a ferry to Palawan. But upon calling the company we were told the ferry wasn’t running for another month or two. So, we…

Snorkelling in Puerto Galera, The Philippines

Puerto Galera is said to be one of the top dive sites in the Philippines so we decided to test out the waters with a snorkel. It was much cheaper for us to join a dive boat heading out and just snorkel around the shallow areas of the sites than hire a private Bangka. The…

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…