Philippines 2017: Swimming with the Turtles

Heard many things about Apo Island from friends and though I cannot swim, I was still intrigue and want to see the underwater beauty and see beautiful corals and swim with the turtles.

The island is best known as one of most beautiful diving spot in the country.  It is located just a few hours by boat from the main island of Dumaguete. There are several options to from Dumaguete to the island but after computing the cost of day trip to the island several times, we decided to opt and join a tour by Acqua  Dive.

There were 2 other customer who joined us so we had the boat all to ourselves. All snorkeling equipment are included. They also move around several times so we can get some good snorkeling area since the best location was currently close. The corals were damaged during the big typhoon that happened a year before, so they close off that part of the corals to give it time to heal.

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Can you see the Turtle’s head?

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Beautiful Island.

It was a beautiful day, relaxing and lazying in the boat.

If you are around the area, try to visit the island and enjoy what nature has to offer.



Thailand 2016 : Koh Samui

Koh Samui or Samui Island is the 2nd largest island of Thailand.

We met a nice gentleman that most local go to Koh Samui during the school break , which is around July and December so going there in May would be a nice a relaxing since it will not be so crowded.

Most tourist will go and visit the East side of the island since that is where most of the party is going on. Local mostly go the west side. Luckily, we were booked around the West side. It was a relaxing , quiet atmosphere.

Relaxing in Koh Samui All alone in the beach. Relaxing in Koh Samui
Enjoying a beautiful sunset and all ours.

The west side of the island is where most of the expensive resorts are but we did found Lipa Lovely Resort which fits our budget. They were also very kind to upgrade our room so we were very happy about that.

From Koh Samui, you can join a tour to Ang Thong National Marine Park. You can opt for a normal tour or Kayak around the island which is so much fun. I had body pains afterwards and sunburn but it was a great day.

Day trip to Ang Thong National Park Getting ready to make a tour around the island in a Kayak. Day trip to Ang Thong National Park
Beautiful, but since it is protected no swimming allowed.

If you want to get away from the bustling city of Bangkok, Koh Samui is the place to be.

Best way to get there is by plane, a bit expensive but faster and less troublesome. Although the way to get there can also be an adventure but if you are press of time, airplane will be the best.


Third time is the charm

From around  Maizuru, Miyazu and Fukuchiyama

Amanohashidate (天橋立) is one of Japan’s three scenic views. The sandbar is located in Miyazu Bay in northern Kyoto Prefecture. It forms part of the Tango-Amanohashidate-Ōeyama Quasi-National Park.

The last two times I visited Amanohashidate was for an all-you-can-eat crab on a winter. We usually just have 90 minutes to eat and a few minutes to visit the shops to get some souvenirs. We could squeeze a minute or two to check out the beach area but could not venture out to other areas.

One of the best viewing area, is a park callled Kasamatsu Park (笠松公園) .

From around  Maizuru, Miyazu and Fukuchiyama

Which can be reached by renting a bicycle or a short ferry ride.
Untitled From the ferry station, you need to walk for a few minutes till you get to the cable car or lift. From around  Maizuru, Miyazu and Fukuchiyama

There is a restaurant with a view and a good place to cool down on a hot summer day.


Around 5 minutes walk you can reach the higher point of the park and much nicer view of the sand strip.

There are couple of temple to visit around the area and some nice restaurants too.

I thought the beach would be more crowded but I guess the summer break was other so most families have already gone home. It’s a long strip, so you can always find a place to be alone a relax.


The hidden beach of Shinwakaura

Shinwakaura (新和歌浦) is a small town located south of Wakayama Prefecture.

Before the summer officially started last year (2016), we made a trip to a place called Shinwakaura which I accidentally found on google map.

It’s easier and cheaper than going all the way to Shirahama.

Just take a bus (和歌山)  from JR Wakayama Station  and stop at the last stop. The beach area is just a few minutes from there.

Since summer has not officially started, there are no stores stall up yet and most all barely anyone.

浦和歌山 A panoramic view of the beach 浦和歌山
Almost sunset.

I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a crowded during the summer.


Hotel Review : Ocean Paradise

Ocean Paradise is one of Sunny Paradise Hotel and is one the within our budget. 

Room is spacious and clean with ensuite bathroom and a huge tub. Buffet breakfast is also included. 

There was an extra payment if we want to use the pool I think but we can freely go around the other places. 

Very well maintained. Staff were polite enough. 

It’s a little bit out of the way from the central area so it’s quieter. 

Our room is not in the beach front, but it’s only a minute or two away. 

A great place to relax and unwind.