The Next Boracay
Trip Start Jul 06, 2010
54Trip End Jun 28, 2011
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The next day the skies opened up and the sun began to shine! It was a good omen. So we hopped on a boat and did an island hopping tour. We aren't going to lie. At first we were skeptical as our last two island hopping tours were busts. But we were pleasantly surprised. These guys "got it". The boats all seemed to do slightly different itineraries so that you weren't visiting an island with too many other tourists. It was amazing! We saw some lovely beaches, a couple lagoons and did a bit of snorkeling. The snorkeling was pretty mediocre, but the scenery made up for it.
We ran into a couple Calgarians we had previously met in Donsol, and after several drinks together we realized why they looked so familiar. They live in the condo building next to us! Nothing like traveling all the way to the Philippines to meet your next door neighbour. We actually met many Canadians in El Nido. We divided much of our social calender between a comedian and friend from Edmonton and a couple of jazz musicians from St. Catherines ON. Nothing like some great company to add to a great beach town.
Anyways, the next day we headed to Los Cabanas beach just outside town which had a beautiful strip of white sand and blue water
While the room did have plenty of ants, it lacked everything else. We had to ask for a mosquito net. Then we had to ask for a toilet seat. We overheard some of the staff mocking us in high pitched girl voices "oohh I want a toilet seat" We just thought that was funny. (And in our defense, before committing to staying there, we were assured that we would have a toilet seat). In an effort to keep our business, they said they'd get us a toilet seat. We wondered if they would have to fashion one out of bamboo or something being so secluded. Funniest thing was...they HAD toilet seats. They just chose not to put them on the toilets. After 3 guys spent 20 minutes attaching the toilet seat, Garry couldn't help wondering out loud what else they had stock piled out back...maybe some screens for the windows, trash cans, mirrors, a piece of furniture, a hook, or a shelf
We spent most of our evenings eating at this lovely little French restaurant overlooking the water. In addition to fabulous food, they make their own flavoured rum, and give you a free sample shot at the end of the meal. Pineapple and Apple Cinnamon were the best. We're going to try making it at home.
While we would agree that this might be the "next Boracay," we are off to check out the current Boracay to see what all the fuss is about....