The first stop of our Philippines adventure was to the manic metropolis of Manila. We were certainly overwhelmed by the noise, smells and general hustle and bustle of everyday life. After a few days of finding our feet we decided to escape to a slightly more relaxing Tagatay and visit Taal volcano. Taal is an incredible place, as the flooded active volcanic crater is located on Luzon island, which is situated in the center of Taal lake.
After the break from Manila we returned to catch a propeller plane flight to Coron. A remote island where we would be catching an incredible wooden sailing boat for a 5 day adventure. The trip is run by Tao Philippines (Tao meaning people in Filipino) and visits remote untouched islands between Coron and El Nido in Palawan. The trip was on-board the Belatik, a beautiful wooden sailing boat constructed by locals using century old craft techniques.
After staying in some incredible locations, eating the most amazing food, it was a sad day when we arrived back in civilisation. We stayed in El Nido for a few days before making a 6 hour bus journey over twisting, undulating roads to Puerto Princessa. The feeling isolation after being on remote islands were far from gone as we caught a final flight back to Manila for our flight to the last leg of our journey in Borneo.