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Puerto Vallarta - Beach North
  JULY 2016:   Click here to read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from Puerto Galera to Manila and I stayed in the Leesons Residences for 10 nights. If you read my Puerto Galera to Manila post, you will see that I DO NOT recommend the Leesons Residences unless you: Can get a massive 60-70% discount off of their Rack Rate; and Are happy to be stuck in the middle of nowhere Manila was my last stop in The Philippines and, indeed, South East Asia. It was time to start the 2nd phase of My Plan and head for Mexico. MY FLIGHT PLAN: I had booked […]

Manila – Philippines – To Puerto Vallarta – Mexico


  JULY 2016:   Click here to read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from Marinduque Island to Puerto Galera and I stayed in the Sabang Inn Dive Resort for 7 nights. Even though I was there at the end of the ‘season’, and the service starting falling apart, I recommend this resort. The Sabang Inn was very good value for the PHP940 / night that I paid. It was a decent sized room with many ‘comforts’ not typically found at this price in The Philippines: a wardrobe, satellite movie and sports channels, hot water shower, fridge, furniture, and plenty of power ports (some […]

Puerto Galera – Philippines – To Manila


  MAY/JUNE 2016:   Click here to read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: You can come to The Philippines and hit all of the popular spots from Palawan Island (Puerto Princesa, Sabang, Port Barton and El Nido) to Coron to Boracay to Siquijor to Panglao to Malapascua … But the Central Spine offers more of an authentic Philippines experience at a cheaper price without the crowds … with beaches and experiences that are just as good. In this post, I suggest a 1-2 month itinerary for those who want to follow a ‘Road Less Travelled’. All on a GRANDPAcking Budget of US$54 / […]

Central – Philippines – A Road Less Travelled



  JUNE 2016:   OVERVIEW: In this post, I tell you about a little ‘hideaway’: Marinduque Island … I tell you how you can spend a month living in peace and quiet on this idyllic little island … and do so on a GRANDPAcking Budget. ABOUT MARINDUQUE ISLAND: Marinduque is an island province in the Philippines located in the MIMAROPA Region. Its capital is Boac. Marinduque lies between Tayabas Bay to the north and the Sibuyan Sea to the south. It is west of the Bondoc Peninsula of Quezon province, east of Mindoro Island, and north of the island province of Romblon. Couple […]

Marinduque – Philippines – A Perfect Escape


  JUNE 2016:   Click here to read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from Lucena City to Marinduque Island and I stayed in the A&B Coral Resort for 3 nights. I recommend this resort. The A&B was very good value for the PHP1,000 / night that I paid. In fact, it was one of the best value for money beach resorts that I have stayed in at that price after 5 months in The Philippines. I was in Marinduque Island as a short cut to Puerto Galera. Taking this shortcut meant that I got to see one more island before leaving The Philippines […]

Marinduque – Philippines – To Puerto Galera


  JUNE 2016:   Click here to read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from Naga City to Lucena City and I stayed in the Castle Bernardina for 2 nights. The Castle Bernardina was OK for the PHP1,000 / night that I paid. I got it at a good price because I used an AsiaTravel discount voucher. Without that voucher, it would have cost PHP1,300 / night. At that latter price, it would have been poor value for money. I was in Lucena to make my way to Marinduque Island. My plan was to spend 4 nights in Marinduque en route to Puerto Galera, Mindoro. The […]

Lucena – Philippines – To Marinduque Island



  JUNE 2016:   Click here to read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I was expecting to be in Burias Island for a few days; I abandoned it after 1 night. I quickly made my way from Burias Island to Naga City and I stayed in the Nagaland Hotel for 3 night so that I could catch up on some work over the weekend and do some re-planning. The Nagaland was just what I needed after Burias Island … aircon, hot water shower, cable tv, furniture, and clean. Naga City was OK – but just another unkempt Philippines city … but it was nice to be […]

Naga – Philippines – To Lucena City


  JUNE 2016:   Click here to read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from Donsol to Claveria, Burias Island and I stayed in the Montenegro Lodge for 1 night. The Montenegro is the only accommodation in Claveria Town. It was well below GRANDPAcking Standard. I rented a Moto (Hamal / Hamal) to take me to San Pascual in the north of the island with the intention of finding a better place to stay. The accommodation in San Pascual was not much better, so I decided to abandon Burias Island. I quickly looked in Agoda to find nearby towns with hotels. In this area of The […]

Burias – Philippines – To Naga City


  JUNE 2016:   Click here to read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from Masbate City to Donsol and I stayed in the Amor Farm Beach Resort for 3 nights. The Amor was good for the price but it is was empty … I was the only person there! I was in Donsol to SCUBA for Whale Sharks and Manta Rays. The season usually ends in July … but this year it ended early. There were no Whale Sharks nor Manta rays around. I had a quiet (and boring) 3 nights in the resort. It was time to move on to Burias Island. Burias […]

Donsol – Philippines – To Burias Island



  JUNE 2016:   Click here to read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from Ticao Island to Masbate City and I stayed in the Greenview Hotel & Restobar for 3 nights. The Greenview Hotel was OK for the price but it is a bit isolated. I would advise GRANDPAckers to look for a different hotel located in the ‘north east corner’ of the city peninsular. It was time to move on to Donsol. Donsol is where you SCUBA dive for Whale Sharks and Manta Rays. HOTEL TO MASBATE FERRY PORT: I walked to the port the previous day and enquired about ferry times. There […]

Masbate – Philippines – To Donsol


  JUNE 2016:   Click here to read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from San Antonio To Ticao Island and I stayed in the Ticao Lodge, San Jacinto for 2 nights. San Jacinto is a pleasant little town in the real Philippines – away from the busy and popular tourist spots. It was time to move on to Masbate. The internet in San Jacinto was so bad that I couldn’t do any detailed planning before I left … to some extent, I was running blind … MINIBUS TO LAGUNDI: The owner of the Ticao Lodge told me that Jeepneys leave from San Jacinto […]

Ticao – Philippines – To Masbate City


  JUNE 2016:   OVERVIEW: In this post, I tell you a secret … I tell you about a little ‘hideaway’: Maripipi Island … I tell you how you can spend a month living in peace and quiet on this idyllic little island … and do so on a GRANDPAcking Budget. ABOUT MARIPIPI ISLAND: Maripipi is an island in the province of Biliran, Philippines. It is the smallest and least populous municipality in the province. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 6,699 people. Maripipi has a coastal circumference of twenty-four kms. Maripipi is home to the famous Sambawan Island. Maripipi has […]

Maripipi – Philippines – A Secret Escape



  JUNE 2016:   Click here to read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from Maripipi to San Antonio and I stayed in the Haven Of Fun Beach Resort for 2 nights. There were only 2 nights available in an ‘acceptable’ quality room. San Antonio is a nice ‘hideaway’ island if you are looking for a quiet place in the real Philippines – away from the busy and popular tourist spots. It was time to move on to Ticao Island. The internet on San Antonio was so bad that I couldn’t do any detailed planning before I left … to some extent, I was […]

San Antonio – Philippines – To Ticao Island


  JUNE 2016:   Click here to read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from Naval to Maripipi and I stayed in the Napo Beach Resort for 3 nights. The Napo were great hosts and I will have more to say about them in a future post … It was time to move on north. My next target was San Antonio Island just off the east coast of northern Samar. To get to San Antonio, I had 2 options: OPTION 1 – VIA TACLOBAN CITY: Head south back to Naval and take Minivans through Tacloban City, Catbalogan City, and Calbayog City. This entailed: A 4:00am […]

Maripipi – Philippines – To San Antonio


  JUNE 2016:   Click here to read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from Ormoc to Naval and I stayed in the QUTCERR BED & BATH for 2 nights. I only stayed for 2 nights in Naval so that I could have a quick look around and organise a trip to Maripipi Island. Naval was surprising pleasant but it is not a town where you want to stay for more than a day or two. If you are coming to Naval, have a look at the QUTCERR; the Aircon Double with cable tv and wifi is good value (for The Philippines) at PHP1,000 / night. HOTEL TO […]

Naval – Philippines – To Maripipi Island