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Philippines
8 days in Boracay to recover from Island Peak, then off to Donsol to swim with whale sharks, Coron to do some diving and get our Nitrox certification and lastly, El Nido for island tour and snorkeling!
Philippines
yeah...this is basically what we did for a week- swim, lay, sleep and eat!
yeah…this is basically what we did for a week- swim, lay, sleep and eat!
you will need to use your imagination on this- that is a 4 metre long whale shark but you can only tell by the spotted skin
you will need to use your imagination on this- that is a 4 metre long whale shark but you can only tell by the spotted skin
this is the head of the whale shark we swam above for about 10 minutes. It has a very square head and huge mouth for filter feeding
this is the head of the whale shark we swam above for about 10 minutes. It has a very square head and huge mouth for filter feeding
mid section and head of whale shark
mid section and head of whale shark
some of the locals! they LOVED the camera and seeing themselves on it!
some of the locals! they LOVED the camera and seeing themselves on it!
our bungalow in Donsol- Victorias Guesthouse
our bungalow in Donsol- Victorias Guesthouse
This is the dinner Victoria prepared for us- DELICIOUS feast! Right at our place. very nice and very affordable (PHP 350 = $8.50)
This is the dinner Victoria prepared for us- DELICIOUS feast! Right at our place. very nice and very affordable (PHP 350 = $8.50)
We did one day of diving in Donsol - saw mostly reef and fish and one wreck. Pretty good reef condition here but not many big fish
We did one day of diving in Donsol – saw mostly reef and fish and one wreck. Pretty good reef condition here but not many big fish
this is where we ate lunch:)
this is where we ate lunch:)
Sea urchin
Sea urchin
Arlene, Elli any the lens cap! whoops
Arlene, Elli any the lens cap! whoops
Anastasia
Anastasia
Arlene and Elli
Arlene and Elli
shrimp on crown of thorns starfish
shrimp on crown of thorns starfish
black tip reef shark
black tip reef shark
Anastasia on the reef hook!
Anastasia on the reef hook!
Anastasia on the reef hook
Anastasia on the reef hook
Stefanie fish
Stefanie fish
Mount Mayon
Mount Mayon
us on the boat heading back to Donsol town after 3 great dives
us on the boat heading back to Donsol town after 3 great dives
great dinner of fresh fish !
great dinner of fresh fish !
Exploring Coron on our arrival- found the dive shop!
Exploring Coron on our arrival- found the dive shop!
Studying in the guesthouse lobby for our Enriched Air certification
Studying in the guesthouse lobby for our Enriched Air certification
much of Coron town is over water- whole neighborhoods are on stilts
much of Coron town is over water- whole neighborhoods are on stilts
street food dinner- beef mami by head torch. Coron loses power about 18 hours a day so everyone needs at least 1!
street food dinner- beef mami by head torch. Coron loses power about 18 hours a day so everyone needs at least 1!
wreck diving!! there are 12 amazing WW2 wrecks in Coron- we did 3 this day.
wreck diving!! there are 12 amazing WW2 wrecks in Coron- we did 3 this day.
the buoy rope
the buoy rope
instead of diving today, we rented out a boat to tour some of the islands and did some amazing snorkeling
instead of diving today, we rented out a boat to tour some of the islands and did some amazing snorkeling
such beautiful water!!! and really healthy beautiful coral as well
such beautiful water!!! and really healthy beautiful coral as well
skeleton wreck
skeleton wreck
a little hut on the beach near skeleton wreck
a little hut on the beach near skeleton wreck
this is John swimming me a San Miguel beer so we could enjoy beers in our private hut with a view:)
this is John swimming me a San Miguel beer so we could enjoy beers in our private hut with a view:)
our beer spot:)
our beer spot:)
um it's bright so don't look at me but that propeller behind me is pretty cool
um it's bright so don't look at me but that propeller behind me is pretty cool
sunset from Helldivers bar where we spent every night playing pool, snacking on popcorn and enjoying a fruit shake and/or beer
sunset from Helldivers bar where we spent every night playing pool, snacking on popcorn and enjoying a fruit shake and/or beer
our first night in El Nido
our first night in El Nido
last stop on the boat island hopping tour- volleyball and fresh coconut!
last stop on the boat island hopping tour- volleyball and fresh coconut!
Dinner at Pizzeria with Sam and Michael
Dinner at Pizzeria with Sam and Michael
   


18 comments on “Photo Gallery

  1. Cool pictures, some of those fish and coral are beautiful!!! Going in the small spaces looks a little scary. Can’t wait to see you tomorrow. :-)

  2. Where are all the tourists? Or are you avoiding the places they go? Looks so interesting……. glad you are keeping us up to date with pics of where you are. The electric works on Khaosan Road remind me of Cozumel, looks exactly the same!!! I’m sure you are loving the food, it seems right up your alley!!! Mom

    Sure is nice to see you. As I said before, this 13 hr differential is so wierd. We’re basically sleeping during your most active part of each day! Its unusually warm here today, so may lose what snow we have left. Stay safe and have fun. Love, Dad

  3. you finally did get off…great to see these photos of the start of this fantastic trip (I should be saying all this in German…).
    enjoy and I look forward to seeing more pics and read your stories.
    Happy new year… and best wishes.

    • Thanks Robert- we have actually been able to practice our German a little on the trip- running into a fair number of Germans on our journey:) So hopefully we won’t fall too far behind.
      Happy New Year!
      Stef and John

  4. Just showed Annie the monkey pictures and she would like to see a picture of you holding one!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And she would like to see more pictures of monkeys. AND she would like to see Aunt Steffie in a beautiful dress. :-)

  5. I love the picture of all the latterns in China Town! The pictures are amazing, it all look so exciting! Keep posting so we can have some escapism from behind our desk in the daily hamster wheel of work! We check literally daily in the office! Love to you both x

  6. Stef! This looks amazing. Hope you are enjoying yourself. The bungalow was almost too much. Maybe I should come and make sure you guys are doing ok. :) Love you and miss you. Oh, and I think we are going to get a world map and follow your trip with the girls. It will be our little geography lesson.

    love you!

  7. Annie, Lucy and I are sitting here looking at your pictures. Here are Annie’s thoughts… “please, I want that you come to my house. And, please, I love you Aunt Steffie and John. Please, I want you to see my beautiful muffin (purse) that I made with my daddy.” That is what she wanted to say.

    She loved looking at the fish. She thought Nemo was really cool. We love you guys. Enjoy. We would love to Skype whenever you have a good shot!

  8. Dad says: incredible! Some really nice additions! I’m thinking there will be some nice prints on the walls of your place someday soon!
    Love, dad

  9. Hey you two! Really amazing photos – brightens up my lunch break in a cold, rainy, windy England. My bike has been well lit throughout the winter though, thanks to you two! Though it’s now almost light enough to cycle back home without it!

    Take care and enjoy Japan. Make the most of the food and the onsen!

    David

  10. Annie wanted to look at your pictures again. Anytime she saw a picture of the two of you together she said “AAAHHHHHHH.” So cute! Love you guys.

    This is from Annie: “I want you to see a castle. I want you to have marry. I want you to have a wreath. I wish you could have a beautiful book like me. I miss you and love you.”

    Quality stuff!

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