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Kinabatangan Nature Lodge (Gallery)

A nature lodge on the Kinabatangan River gets us closer to Borneo’s jungle and wildlife. Three days of treks, river cruises and night walks allows us to see wild orangutans, macaques, lanurs and proboscis monkeys, western tarsier, crocodiles, highly poisonous viper and mangrove snakes, spiders and frogs, leeches and plenty of birds! An alarmingly high…

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Sepilok Orangutan Sancturary

Orangutans are rehabilitated at this sanctuary in Borneo. Whilst being reintroduced to the wild they are fed bananas from a feeding platform. Eventually the primates become bored of a banana only diet and venture out into the jungle to forage for themselves.

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Climbing Mt Kinabalu (Gallery)

Whilst reading my guidebook before leaving home I knew Mount Kinabalu had to be on the list for the trip. Photos from the plateau at sunrise looked spectacular and it promised to be a simple climb to Low’s Peak at 4095m (the highest point in SE Asia). Unfortunately our guidebook advises booking months in advance,…

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Donsol Whale Sharks

We head to Donsol to try and swim with the elusive Philippine  buntanding (whale shark). Once a guaranteed sighting, it appears numbers have slumped in recent years. After two boat trips with no sightings we are giving up hope, but decide to try once more. In the middle of the trip there is a flurry…

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El Nido Fishing Trip

An early 7am start provides a good catch, 3 small tuna, a 1.5kg lapu-lapu (grouper) and several smaller snapper and grouper. I prepared the tuna into sashimi to have with homemade chilli soy sauce for lunch. You can’t get fresher than that! To say goodbye to our friends in El Nido we grilled the rest…

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Palawan Kayak Adventure (Gallery)

One of my goals whilst travelling was to try living a more sustainable lifestyle. This included eating only local produce, minimising my impact on the environment and spending more time enjoying nature. The dream slowly formed whilst travelling around SE Asia and came together in the Philippines when we reached El Nido. Bacuit Bay is…

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Island Hopping Tour (Gallery)

The islands of Bacuit bay are stunning – steep limestone cliffs and crystal clear water.  We spent a day exploring them on a banca boat tour. Each island has its own hidden beaches and lagoons, all of which make you want to stay for weeks.

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Shimizu Island (Gallery)

When checking into a guesthouse at El Nido we overhear other travellers organising an overnight camping trip to one of the islands in Bacuit Bay. Luckily there’s space for 2 more on the boat so we are able to join. The hostel owner makes a list and divides up the shopping for the 12 of…

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Puerto Princessa

After the cool highlands of Northern Luzon we want to head to the beaches of Palawan. We have to fly to Puerto Princessa and spend a night before the 7 hour bus ride up to El Nido. Its the weekend – lids plat on the streets and climb trees to collect mangoes. They are the…

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Sagada Cave Connection

We were excited about the famous Cave Connection in Sagada but weren’t sure what to expect. The cave took us deep 250m underground crawling on hands and knees. We past old wooden coffins from times before colonial Christian stopped the ceremony of placing them in the cave. At points we were walking in water knee…

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