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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



San Pascual - Stormed In
  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



Pio Duran - Bangka Skipper
  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



Ticao - Bangka to Masbate
  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



Bulan - Ferry Seating to Matnog
  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



Calbayog - Finding a Parking Spot
  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