My son Chris recently took a trip to the Philippines with his wife, Liza, who is from there. He was kind enough to share the story of his trip in a guest blog. He sent photos from both that visit and an earlier one. Some of the places in the photos have an ethereal beauty almost bordering on magical.
My wife and I spent just under three weeks in the Philippines. The first part of the trip we spent in Anilao with her family. At the end of the trip just the two of us went to Bohol. Both places have great diving, as do many other places around the country. On a previous trip we dove at Boracay and Coron.
When we arrived at the Outrigger Resortin Anilao, my wife was immediately upset by the long stairway leading down to the hotel. She worried about her 68-year-old mother going up and down that many stairs. It seems she worried about the wrong person though because it turned out to be her older son who actually got tired walking up all those stairs.
We checked in and had lunch in an open restaurant where we ate all our meals during our stay. The food tasted great and the view was even better. At night small lizards ran around on the roof. A mango tree growing behind the restaurant occasionally dropped a mango on the roof with a loud thump.
Our room had plenty of space and was right next to the water. We happened to be there at just the right time for what I believe was a small shrimp spawning time. Every morning enough small shrimp washed up on the beach outside to turn the water pink. By evening they died and turned white. It was interesting to see, but unpleasant to smell.
The hotel provided many activities for guests to do including a swimming pool and a pool table. They had kayaks, paddle boats, snorkel and scuba gear for rent and life jackets free to use.
Many small corals made up the most part of the coral just off the rocky beach at the hotel. Some areas of coral had a bit of damage, but still a good variety of life to view and probably the most lion fish of any single area I have ever seen. I did three beach dives there and although not the best diving I did during my trip, it was the cheapest. All the other diving required a boat to get to the dive site. Here I could do beach dives and only needed to hire a guide and a tank. (I always travel with my scuba gear.) It was still much better than the mud holes I dive in at home in Texas.