Paradise At Blue Cove

Trip Start Sep 19, 2010
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Trip End Sep 19, 2011


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Blue Cove

Flag of Philippines  , Mimaropa,
Sunday, April 3, 2011

 21 ST March,

 

  It was a hot sunny day as we climbed onto the Roxas ( pronounced Rohas ) bus. We had been told we would first have to travel to Roxas and from there catch an onward bus to Port Barton. Two and a half hours into our journey a local guy asked where were we going. On hearing we were going to Port Barton he told us that we needed to get off at such and such a junction and from there take a motorbike and sidecar over to Port Barton. When we got to such and such a junction this same guy let us know it was time to get off. This helpful stranger probably saved us a good couple of hours traveling time. We were left at the side of the road, nothing more than a T- junction really. Very soon a motorbike and sidecar pulled up and we asked him to take us to Port Barton. We threw our packs on the back and climbed on. We turned of the Paved road onto an unsealed dirt road and after a couple of miles we started climbing into the jungle clad interior. We traveled 23 KM in this way, sometimes having to get out and walk on the steeper hills. You could say it was like doing the Guisborough section of the Cleveland Way on motorbike and sidecar. Actually it was great fun with spectacular scenery.

  We arrived into Part Barton and told the driver to take us to the jetty. The previous night I had found a nice little place called Blue Cove that is on a tiny little island about 45 minutes off shore from Port Barton. We quickly arranged for a banka to take us over for 800 Pesos. When we arrived we were instantly impressed. Blue Cove as the name suggests sits in it's own little cove with about 250 Meters of beautiful white beach fringed with coconut palms and a jungle clad hillside as a backdrop. Perfect !! We quickly realized that the resort only had five rooms. It could never get crowded here ! They showed us to the honeymoon suite that sits away from the rest of the accommodation, well the other 4 rooms. We instantly said we would take it. It was a large wooden Cabana with a large terrace that literally extended over the water. We loved it. We told them that we would stay 4 nights and settled in. Our room by the way cost us 20 a night.

   The resort itself was very well set out and I could not understand how they ever hoped to make any money with it only having 5 rooms. Not that I was complaining. The staff showed us the turtle sanctuary they had as the beach here was a turtle breeding ground. It was fantastic getting to pick up and hold these tiny little creatures and it's also brilliant that these vulnerable creatures are getting a good head start in life. We found out that we were sharing this little cove with just two other guests. They were a couple of German divers that kept themselves to themselves and left for home after the second night, so we had the place to ourselves for our last two days!! There was a great little restaurant on the beach where Cathy and I enjoyed really good food and we were the only customers.

  Of course with any true Paradise you have to forfeit certain things or its not actually paradise. You see being on this unspoiled tiny island 45 minutes by boat to the nearest civilization, in this case Port Barton which is nothing more than a village anyway, there is of course no electricity. The resort does however have a generator. We have power from 12 PM to 2 PM and from 6 PM to 9 PM. We also had no telephone and no TV or hot water but the water coming out of the shower was warm enough anyway.

  It took Cathy and I two days to realize that the headboard of the bed was actually a mosquito net! Once we had that sorted Cathy had a better nights sleep as she was getting bitten to death. On my second day there I went out snorkeling. I saw a turtle and a cuttlefish and I followed a black and silver striped sea snake around for a while. On my way back to shore not 30 Meters from our Cabana I swam past a shark !! I was completely amazed. There he was swimming right past me. I was thrilled to bits. As a snorkeler to see a shark has always been my dream. Yes I saw plenty of them when I was diving, but I was expecting to. This was totally unexpected. He was a black tip shark about three to four feet in length and he was a beauty. He was pretty curious and swam around for a while before heading out to sea. This all happened in no more than 4 feet of water. I got out and told Cathy about my close encounter. She was heavily into a book at the time and said she would come out later. An hour later I went back in to see if I could find the shark again and this time I saw two of them in deeper water near the drop off. They circled around me once from a respectable distance and with a flick of the tail headed out into the deep blue sea. I searched for the next two days but never saw them again.

  Our days were taken up with snorkeling and lazing around in this beautiful place. On a night after the power went out we would sit on the terrace and look up at the star spangled night sky. Being in the tropics with no light pollution at all the night sky is unbelievable. There are literally Billions of stars up there. In the UK on a clear summer night you can still count the stars in the sky. If I lived to be a hundred I could never count the stars I saw in just one night here. 

 Anyway it's getting late and I realize I am prattling on a bit. Needless to say we had a great time here and would come back any time. On the morning of our fifth day on the island we set off once more by banka to a town a little further up the coast called San Vincente. From here we would make our way up to El Nido.

 

 
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Aunty Ann on

Still enjoying your Blogs. No doubt your Mam will have told you Aunty Marian is getting married on April 20th. Enjoy the rest of your trip. Looking forward to seeing you. Aunty Ann

carol on

how wonderful it all sounds very happy for you both xxx

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