Place 23 – Day 9: Puerto Princesa – Honda Bay Island Hopping

We woke at 06:00 again this morning, had some breakfast, and were picked up to go to Honda Bay! 

We picked people up for 2 hours before making the 20 minute drive.

We stopped at a rental area and Kim got some Scuba gear. 

We got to Honda Bay and had to take a boat for 30 minutes to the first island. 

The first island was called Starfish Island, due to there being a lot of starfish. There wasn’t that many starfish, considering the name! 

We swam there for about an hour or so with fish around everywhere! We had some lunch! There was grilled chicken, rice, noodles, fish, watermelon & squid. 

The view of the first island from the boat

Curtis tried some squid and it was actually not bad! 

The lunch

We then took a 20 minute boat to the next island, Luli Island, which, when the tide comes in, is fully submerged. 

We met some South African women which we got chatting to and had a drink with. 

Us with our South African friends we met today

We did some swimming here and then went to the third and last island. This island was really nice, smooth sand underfoot and nice water. We swam here for a while before heading back on the boat. 

Island 3

All in all we had a great time swimming around and we met some good people as well as filming a lot of fish and swimming on the GoPro which you will be able to see on Facebook somewhen soon!

We took the boat back, got back in our bus and got back to the hotel. We were so tired! We got showered and went for some food downstairs. 

We need to pack tonight as we’ve got 2 flights tomorrow to go to our next place, which is very exciting!

 Paalam!

– Mr & Mrs Hale 

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Place 23 – Day 8: Puerto Princesa – 6 Months of Marriage

Today we’ve been married for 6 months! It’s crazy how time flies, but what an awesome 6 months it’s been. We’ve traveled to 23 seperated places so far and had some great experiences and met some awesome people!

We’ve worked, had laughs, got drunk, traveled for hours on end on busses, boats, trains & planes. Visited temples, palaces, military bases, North Korea, Europe, Asia & more places to come!

Today, we celebrated by getting breakfast, doing some laundry and, whilst this was being done, Kim got a haircut. 

Mmmmm, breakfast!
Kim getting a haircut

We sat and watched a film for a bit and then went to a nice restaurant, La Terrasse, where we got a whisky & Piña Colada respectively, as well as 2 wonderful meals! Kim had teriyaki chicken with vegitables and Curtis had a traditional Philippine meal of Pork & Chicken Adobo which came with pork crackling. Both dishes were beautiful and delicious! 

Chciken teriyaki
Chicken & Pork Adobo
Whisky & Piña Colada

We left and got a bottle of wine for the room, some cake and a couple of fudge sundaes and watched a film. 

This seems like a great way to celebrate! Only about 2.5 years left of this traveling malarki! 

Should be a great time, with some amazing blogs still to come! 

Paalam!

– Mr & Mrs Hale 

Place 23 – Day 7: Puerto Princesa – The Underground River

We woke nice and early, 06:00, to get downstairs for some breakfast, to have showers and be ready. We were told to be downstairs for 07:15, but luckily we were earlier as the mini bus arrived at 07:00.

We set off, stopping at a few hotels before continuing our 2 hour journey to Sabang.

We first stopped at a Mangrove Tree area where there were 2 optional activities. There was a zip line and also a Mangrove tree river tour. Both of these weren’t cheap, so we decided to do the free option, which was walk around the area, go to a beach and inside the forest. This was fun and relaxing as well as being incredibly hot!

Beach
Coconut Trees!

We then got back in the van and made our way to ‘The main event’. 

Before we went to the Underground River, we stopped at a restaurant in Sabang (the town in which the cave is located). The food was amazing! There were multiple types of noodle dishes, vegetables, rice, pork in a beautiful sauce. Lots of wonderful food!

We were warned that after lunch there would be rain and, sure enough, there was. A lot!

We got to the boat departure area and went into a motor boat to get to the part of the island which has the river. 

Once we got to the correct area, we saw the sign for the river just before we went in. To preserve wildlife, they provide audio devices to listen to, rather than speaking in the cave. 

The Underground River is naturally formed and is a cave with a river inside it. 

We needed to take a row boat into the cave, so we had a boat man (thank god! Not sure we could do another rowing trip!) who took us around the cave. The cave was obviously very dark, other than the occasional torch light from the boat men. All things were described and the boat man tried to describe things too. 

Cave entry

There were a lot of bats and birds in the cave and we were warned not to open our mouths too often as a bar or dirty water could drip in our mouths!

Apparently, this is one of the new 7 Natural Wonders in the World!

It was an amazing experience and it was an enormous cave and was very beautiful. The boat trip itself was great too, as we got to the front!

When we got off the boat, we saw monkeys, too! 

We all bundled back into the mini bus to head home and most of us fell asleep at one point or another. Being outside all day does that!

We got back and grabbed some food. We got half a spicy chicken to share with some rice. This was really tasty. The sauce was more sweet than spicy, but had great flavour. 

After dinner, we grabbed some dessert and headed home, where we think we will have an early night! Tomorrow is an important day for us, too!

Paalam!

– Mr & Mrs Hale 

Place 23 – Day 6: Puerto Princesa – Impromptu Dancing

We had a lazy start to the day, though we did get some things booked for future travels!

We left the room around 14:00 and went next door to a travel agency to organise some trips for whilst we’re here, which should be fun! 

We then went to the shop to buy a drink, but also went to a department store as Kim wanted to buy some goggles. We looked around for a bit and then got some goggles, which look beautiful! 

When we were trying to find the exit, we got stuck in the middle of the employees dancing to their own company song, which was terrifying and also hilarious! It was like being at a cult meeting. 

We then relaxed before dinner, where we went downstairs again as our out of hotel experience for food hasn’t been good so far. We shared the chicken in hoisin sauce, which was pleasant!

We then went to the shop and bought a beer each and then stopped at McDonald’s for a sundae!

We then relaxed and watched The Girl in The Train, which is a very solid movie!

Tomorrow should include some very awesome photos and action! 

Paalam!

– Mr & Mrs Hale 

Place 23 – Day 5: Puerto Princesa – Attempted Beach Find & Military Bases

We found another beach to go to today, so after breakfast we went out to find it. 

This was a similar walk to yesterday, but down a different street. We were aware that it was near a military base, but not as near as it was!

We walked for a while to turn up at a military base. Upon speaking with a soldier, he directed us to take a right and keep walking, so that is what we did. This took a lot longer than expected and once passing through a few villages, in which the children all wanted to say hello (which was nice), we saw another military base (Navy, this time). So we asked here and were informed that the beach is within the military base and for military personel only! So, we pretty much walked out there for no reason. That being said, it was a really nice walk, and the weather wasn’t sunny (though still hot!), so walking around was much easier. 

We got to see some cool things, such as some mansions and some really nice houses, among some self made houses and shops. It was a really cool experience. 

Kim also has her own shop!

Cool creepy mansion

We went to a different place for dinner, just down the road, and let’s say..it wasn’t great. 

Kim had ‘buttered chicken’ (it was fried chicken..) and Curtis had BBQ pork. 

It was all okay, but just not great.

We thought we would watch a film, so we sat down to watch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (it’s good). 

We went and got a doughnut and hot chocolate half way through, because why not. 

Paalam!

– Mr & Mrs Hale 

Place 23 – Day 4: Puerto Princesa – Long Walk, Beach & Very Hot Weather

We planned to go to the beach today, so we found out where it was and set off.

Before this, we went for breakfast where they now know our order, so that’s probably a bad thing!

We have left the hotel and, considering it said it was going to rain today, it was incredibly hot with no rain.

We had to walk down one long road for around 1 hour to get to the beach. It was actually a quite nice walk, other than the fact it was very hot!

We got to where the beach was and it was within a 5 star resort! We just walked in and to the beach. 

Turns out, the beach wasn’t very good. It was quite a nice location, and there was some water around, but the beach was walled in. 

We walked across a bridge that was there, which led to a restaurant and nothing else, so was again, disappointing.

We stayed at the hotel resort anyway, dipped our feet (and for Kim, our legs!) Into one of their pools and just relaxed there. It was good fun! 

Sat in the 5 star hotel!
The hotel and the cool looking clouds
One of the pools
Kim loving the pool
Kim got a beautiful photo whilst on the bridge

We then had to make the long walk back to our hotel, so we walked back down the very long road in what seemed like even hotter sun, but it was nice to see other things! We are pretty sure we walked through the main centre, which had some restaurants, so we thought we would go to one for dinner later on.

The long road we had to walk down

We took bought 4 beers before we got back to enjoy, got a bucket of ice from the hotel and drank a beer in bed, watching TV. 
We ended up both falling asleep and having a nap for an hour, because we’re old, but we felt great after!

We went to find a restaurant for dinner, but unfortunately none of them were actually any good, so we came back to the hotel and ate here. 

Kim had chicken with rice and Curtis had sweet and sour pork. Both were very nice!

Chicken and rice
Sweet & sour pork

We ate that, got back to the room and relaxed again! We aren’t sure, but we think we may be sunburst..some kind of monsoon season!

Paalam!
– Mr & Mrs Hale 

Place 23 – Day 3: Puerto Princesa – Laundry, Doughnuts & Shopping

We had our breakfast, the same as yesterday, before we left to do some laundry! 

There was a place just down the road, which we paid just £2.35 for a wash & dry! This place is incredibly cheap!

We walked to the supermarket to pickup some things and then went to Dunkin’ Donuts to ask for the deal they offered, but they said we couldn’t do it, so we left and picked up our laundry. 

Throughout the day, we went to the shop 3 times, as we seemed to forget to buy things! We went back to Dunkin’ Donuts and got 6 doughnuts and 25 mini doughnuts, so that will keep us going.

Mmmmmm doughnuts!

We went to the restaurant again and had the chicken & pork combo again, which was tasty & cheap!

We have some plans for tomorrow, so don’t worry, it will be more interesting tomorrow! We just can’t be bothered to do anything and the things to do are so far away! But tomorrow, we have plans! 

Paalam!

– Mr & Mrs Hale