19.12.2008 - 23.12.2008 30 °C
Borarcay to Palawan
We had a good last few days in Boracay. The wind kept blowing and I kited once more, but struggled a little with my foot, so gave up and spent the time topping up my tan. We found the most amazing beach loungers that could be rented for 2 dollars a day, so spent the last few days swimming and lounging on White Beach.
Last night we packed up our little apartment…I have no idea how we’ve managed to accumulate an extra 30lb of “stuff” but somehow we have….and set our alarm for 6am this morning. After a terrible nights sleep we loaded up a little motorcycle and sidecar with 2 bulging kite bags, 2 backpacks, a guitar and yoga mat….plus me Kim and the driver (I wish I’d had the camera to hand) and headed to the Boracay port (all trying to breath in and be as light as possible so as to make it up the hills…or was that just me?).
On arrival at the port I paid for 2 boat tickets and 2 more terminal tickets (my 5th & 6th of the trip and I still haven’t been in the terminal)….paid 2 porters to carry the kite bags down the precarious gang plank and onto the boat and boarded for the 10 minute trip to Caticlan. Another 100 pesos on the other end saw the bags unloaded…although I watched as the second one was carried off by the skinniest of porters (it weighs a good 60lb) and his “friends” proceeded to tickle him under the arms as he walked across the skinny plank of wood from boat to dock! Thankfully he made it.
Checking in with Seair was a non event. It refreshing when there’s no arguments about excess baggage…there’s a charge per kilo that you pay and that’s that…it’s a reasonable amount and no one is confused or upset!
The flight to Palawan was a non event. The plane is a propeller aircraft that holds about 30 people. I suspect there were no more than 10 on our flight. Kim, who was sat by the window, tells me it was quite a spectacular view flying over all the small islands on the Philippines…I was busy eating my BBQ roasted peanuts and missed it.
On landing at the airport we picked up the bags and were met at the airport by a girl from the Hibiscus Garden Inn in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, where we are booked for the next four nights.
The hotel is really nice…a dozen rooms around a garden area….and there airconditioning…ahhhhhh. It’s really hot here (compared to Boracay) and after 3 weeks without it on Boracay it feels a bit of a luxury. I do however think we are the only ones here.
My only complaint…it’s the Hibiscus Garden Inn Christmas Party today. I’m sat here listening to a mixture of Christmas carols and Filipino karaoke! Something tells me it isn’t going to end soon!