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Puerto Galera - Ferry Arriving
  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


  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 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:   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


  MAY 2016:   Click here to read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I had made my way from Bantayan Island to Malapascua Island and stayed in the BLUE CORALS BEACH RESORT for 10 nights. As I say in my post about Malapascua, you only really come to this island for SCUBA diving. It was time to move on to Biliran Island. But, first, I had to get to Ormoc. BANGKA TO MAYA: If you are staying in the ‘Green Zone‘, it is an easy walk to the port. Make your way to the small wooden building that sits over the water. The bangkas leave […]

Malapascua – Philippines – To Ormoc



MAY 2016: OVERVIEW: My costs start in Bantayan Island and include: Transport from Bantayan to my Malapascua hotel 1 night in a BELOW GRANDPAcking Standard Fan Room (breakfast included) 10 nights in a GRANDPAcking Standard Fan Room (breakfast included) Food & Drink Mobile Data / Communications Visa cost apportionment 5 SCUBA Dives CROSS REFERENCES: For more detail, read about Bantayan Island to Malapascua Island, Malapascua Information, and Where To Stay On Malapascua. Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed Travel Information and more Travel Budgets in this country. Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures. SPREADSHEET SUMMARY: MY ACTUAL 1 PERSON […]

Malapascua – Philippines – GRANDPAcking Costs


  MAY 2016:   Click here to read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I had made my way from Cebu City to Bantayan Island and stayed in the KOTA BEACH RESORT on Bantayan for 8 nights. I was pleasantly surprised by Bantayan. I liked the place. Bantayan has made it into my Retirement REVIEWS. It was time to say goodbye to my friends and to move on to Malapascua Island. HOTEL TO FERRY: I was up at 5:00am, showered & packed, and on the street by 6:15am. There was 1 Trike waiting outside the front of my hotel. The Trike ride to the Ferry Terminal should […]

Bantayan – Philippines – To Malapascua