【Love traveling: Moving to Oslob from Moalboal】Introducing Oslob and the Hotel where I stayed there

Hello everyone!

I would like to introduce the hotel where I stayed in Oslob in this article.

I wrote about Moalboal, which is one of the towns in Cebu, Philippines. If you're wondering "What is Moalboal?", please read this article.

 

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■ From Moalboal to Oslob

Oslob is also a municipality in Cebu island. It is located in the Southeast of Cebu.

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It was evening when I finished diving and left Moalboal. So when I got to Oslob, it was already night time.

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The transportation is a van and it took about 2 hours and 30 minutes to get to Oslob. It was a pretty long drive again.

The staff of the diving shop drove us to the hotel in Oslob. This is a really convenient and useful service. 

But the driver drove pretty fast and there were only a few lights on the road. Plus many people and animals were walking on the road in the dark. I was worried we might hit some people.

 

This day was such a long day, moving to Moalboal from Cebu City in the morning, diving until evening, moving to Oslob from Moalboal. I was pretty tired. I think I was completely asleep in the vehicle on the way to Oslob.

 

■ Introduction of the hotel where I stayed in Oslob

After a long drive, finally I got to a hotel called Ging-Ging Hotel & Resort which has a 3.5-star rating on tripadvisor. The atmosphere was so good I almost forgot I was tired.

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I liked the lights. Tables surround the pool forming a letter of "L". The sea is right next to the hotel.

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This is taken from the other side. This hotel has 3 floors.

 

■ Filipino local food and beer are the best to make tired you rise up again!

After checking in and taking a shower, it is finally dinner time.

We enjoyed local beers while waiting for our food! The first beer I drank was the beer my friend recommended. This is the beer. It is said to be the most famous and best selling beer in the Philippines.

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San Miguel Pale Pilsen. It looks better with the blue lights behind! While drinking beer in front of the ocean, you can hear the the sound of the waves. That was so relaxing and the taste of the beer was the best. I finished this soon and ordered another local beer.

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RED HORSE BEER.  This was also really good! It is one of the most popular beers known for its higher alcohol content.  Thus, "Extra Strong".

I couldn't stop drinking and ordered my 3rd beer.

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San Mig LIGHT. It is the same brand with the first beer I introduced. This is a low-calorie beer, which is why it is "light" on the stomach. It is good for longer drinking sessions with friends.

This hotel has this 3 different local beers. Since I was tired, it didn't take a long time to get tipsy. 

The food we ordered came while we were enjoying the conversation about our university life and the plan of the trip.   

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These are the food we ate on this night. There is still a picture of chicken wings that we ate but the picture is not so good. So I cannot show here.  Those were a bit oily but I loved that.

We got full, drunk and satisfied enough to sleep after a couple of hours!

 

■ Good morning Oslob!

The day begins with seeing the sun rise.

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The wind is so good and I could sleep tight at night. So I felt something special with this view.

There were a bit too much clouds but the sunshine is so beautiful. You can see the bottom of the water. I stood here for a while.

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This is my breakfast. Four slices of bread for a person. There are a few more food choices for breakfast. And you can order fresh fruit juice.

 

The schedule on this day is diving.

Actually I came to Oslob to see a creature, can you guess what it is?

I want to write the answer on the next article.

Thank you so much for reading! 

 

 

【海外旅行フィリピン編】モールボールからオスロブへ移動!滞在ホテルやフィリピン料理を紹介

皆さん、こんにちは!

今回も前回に引き続きフィリピン旅行についてです。

前回では、セブ島の南西に位置するモールボールについて紹介しました。

モールボールって何?と思われた方はこちらの記事をご覧下さい。 

 

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■ モールボールからオスロブへ

さて、今回はオスロブについて紹介したいと思います。皆さんはオスロブがどこにあるか分かりますでしょうか?

モールボールと同様にセブ島にあります。

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セブ島の南部にあるのが分かったかな?

モールボールを出たのはダイビング後の夕方だったので、オスロブに到着した時にはすでに日は暮れていました。

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移動手段は車。モールボールだとオスロブまで、約2時間30分ほどかかります。

ダイビングのオプションでスタッフがホテルまで送迎してくれました。本当に便利で助かるサービス。

ただ、道中街灯はほとんどなく、ドライバーが真っ暗な道を結構速いスピードで運転するので、やや心配でした。

しかも人や動物が多い!!車のライトで照らさせれる道は、人や犬がよく歩いていました。歩道は整備されていませんので誰か撥ねるんじゃないかと思うほどでした。

この日は午前中にセブ市からモールボールへ移動、昼から夕方までモールボールでダイビング、その後モールボールからオスロブへ移動だったこともあって、結構疲れてました。オスロブへ向かう車の中では完全に寝落ちしていたと思います。 

 

オスロブ滞在ホテルの紹介

ようやくホテルに到着。オスロブ滞在期間中はGingging Hotel & Resortというホテルを利用。トリップアドバイザーでは、3.5星の評価(最大4つ星)でした。

あまりの雰囲気が良さに、披露を忘れてしまうほどテンションがあがります。

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やっぱりホテルにプールがあると雰囲気出ますよね。また、このライトアップがいい感じ。プールをL字に囲むようにテーブルが並んでいます。ホテルのすぐ横は海です。

南国に来た感じがしますよね。

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逆側からホテルを撮影。3階建てのホテルになります。建物は比較的新しかったです。

 

■ 長旅の疲れはフィリピンのローカルフードとビールで吹き飛ばす!

ホテルに着くとすぐに食事を。

食事が出てくるのを待つ間にビールを堪能!まずは友達に聞き、一番お勧めのビールを教えてもらいます。それがこちら。

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ローカルビールSan Miguelです。ホテルがライドアップしている時に撮影してみました。ちょっとピンボケしまってますが。海のさざ波の音を聞きながら飲むビールはすっごく美味しかった。

一気に飲み干し2本目へ。

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こちらもフィリピンのローカルビールのRED HORSE BEER。これも美味しい。

もう止まりません。続いて3本目へ。

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疲れた後のお酒は最高ですね。このホテルには、フィリピンのローカルビールはこの3種類しかありません。いい感じに酔ってきてました。

フィリピン人の友人とビールや会話を楽しんでいるうちに食事が出てきました。

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パッとみると日本にもありそうな料理ですよね。でも味付けは違います。とりわけ油っこい印象がありました。でもこれがまた美味しい。この日食べた料理はこんな感じ。

ほろ酔いで、お腹も満たされたところで、この日は寝ることに。

 

オスロブで過ごす朝

披露もあり、夜はぐっすりと眠ることができました。

翌日は目覚めがとても良かったです。すっきりした状態で、まずは朝日を見に海へ。

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やや雲が多かったですが、朝日の光が奇麗でした。海の透明度が高いので、水中まで見ることができます。めっちゃくちゃ奇麗!

しばらくここに立っていました。

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朝日の眺めた後は朝食を。朝食は食パンのみですが、結構枚数が多いです。バターの味が若干違った印象を覚えています。

 

朝食を済ませた後は朝のランニングへ。

 

この日のスケジュールはダイビング。

ある生き物を見るためにオスロブへやってきたんですが、皆さんは何か想像がつきますか?

続きは次の記事で書きたいと思います。

読者の皆様ありがとうございました。 

 

【Love traveling: It was like the hugest creature in the world】It was AWESOME! Sardine Run in Moalboal, Philippines!!

 Hello everyone!

I would like to write about Moalboal, Philippines. I think there are only a few people who can imagine immediately the town in Cebu, Philippines when you hear the word "Moalboal". haha

I am very glad to talk about this town and share an amazing experience that I had there. Let's go!!

 

First of all, as I mentioned, Moalboal is one of the towns in Cebu. This is a post card my Filipino friend sent to me. It's a bit small but can you find where Moalboal is in this card?

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Moalboal is located Southwest of Cebu island. You can see two stars on the left side and the star which is the higher position is the one where Moalboal is.

 

■ Amazing Diving in Moalboal!! You must see the Sardine Run!

The biggest reason I chose to go to this town is because of diving! I can't think of going the countries whose ocean is beautiful without diving. haha

Just only having a diving license can make your travel more enjoyable. Needless to say that you can enjoy diving and seeing creatures. Also it is easy to make new friends who are on the same boat

Sardine run is so famous in Moalboal. Divers come from all over the world to see that. Unfortunately, the water was not so clear.  That is maybe because there were too much plankton.

Ok! Seeing is believing! Please check this out!!

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It was SO AMAZING that millions and millions of sardines changed their school shape! They became like a massive ball but some of them started to run and extended into a line soon. It is too huge so I was like "where should I see??" Sometimes I realized I was surrounded by them.  It never makes you bored. It was also too difficult to take the picture. You can't take the whole shape. So I took more videos instead. There are some pictures but just only a part of the school.

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I remember I had a weird feeling when I was surrounded by sardines. I really thought this is one really huge creature and I would be eaten. And also I thought I was watching a really beautiful ecosystem and I'm part of them. I can't explain well but it was kind of a mixed feeling of fear and wonder.haha

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My friend took this picture. You can see many divers. I wished the water was clearer but it can't be helped. I think the water is clearer in the morning than in the afternoon.

It was about 4 pm when this picture was taken. 

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It was already evening when we finished diving. I was going to dive on the next day in Oslob. I didn't stay overnight in Moalboal. I moved to Oslob on the same day.

It was a little bit disappointing that the water wasn't so clear but I was really satisfied with the sardine run. I absolutely love it!!

■ How to get to Moaboal

I would like to tell how to get there next.  I stayed at a hotel in Cebu City one night before going to dive in Moalboal since it was pretty late night when I arrived in the Philippines from Japan. 

I got a hotel pick up from the diving shop in Moalboal. You can request for it when you book a dive trip. It is so convenient.

You can see Moalboal's location on the photo I posted above in this article. It is in the  southwestern side from Cebu City. And it is pretty far.

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We went through a mountain and there was only one road to pass through and sometimes we were involved in a traffic jam so it took about 3 hours.

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We left around 10am and when we got to Moalboal it was already about noon.

According to some other information, you can go there until some extent by a bus but you still have to take a motorcycle or tricycle. Tricycle is like a motorcycle with a side car.

I was glad that I could take a hotel pick up service. It was comfortable and so easy. You had better check there is a hotel pick up service when you book a tour or so in Moalboal.

 

■ The cityscape of the places

I visited in Moalboal

I went to Moalboal just only for the diving so I didn't go to any other places. This will be a very small information. The road is super narrow like only one car can pass through.

Most of the people are walking or driving a motorcycle.

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I would never want to drive this narrow road. The driver's driving skill is so high.

This is the diving shop we booked.

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f:id:KAZ-U:20180530110927j:plainThe staff and tour guide are very nice and friendly. Their service is also very good.

You can rent diving gears but you have to set it up by yourself.  Of course, they will help if you don't know how to set it up. The tank I rented had a small trouble, which is leaking air from the part of the connection between the tank and the regulator. So I had to change the devices right before diving. We were already in the ocean and checking the devices at that time. It was good to notice the problem at the start.

There are over 10 diving sites there.

 

■ Having a small lunch before diving

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We were hungry since it was past noon when we got there. So we decided to have a small lunch because it was an hour before diving. 

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This is a Filipino food called Sinigang. This taste is sour but also plain. And it is so very good!! I love this!!

As you see there are some vegetables such as eggplant, okra, onion, string beans, so healthy. You can choose chicken or pork. I ate this soup like once a day. haha

I was supposed to have a small lunch like only this soup but I ordered more after all.

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Like this. We could not finish so we took them out. haha

 

This is all about experiences that I had in Moalboal although there is only information about diving. haha

I just hope I could post better diving pictures but it was just so difficult.

One more information I can share about diving in Moalboal is that the sardine run can be seen near the surface of the water and 15m depth. So you don't need the advance license and you can even see them just by snorkeling. 

 

If you are interested, please read this article! The overview my of whole Philippine trip is written here.

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Thank you for reading!!

 

 

 

 

【海外旅行フィリピン編】モールボールのイワシの巨群が凄すぎる!

どうも、皆さん御機嫌よう。Kazです。

今回の記事ではフィリピンのモールボールについて書きたいと思います。

モールボールと聞いてすぐにフィリピンの町だと分かる人は少ないと思います。というこでモールボールはセブ島の南西にある、町?市?です。

下の写真はセブ島のポストカードなんですが、Moalboalと書いてあるのが分かるかな?

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これを見てもらうと何となくの場所が掴めるかと思います。

 

■ モールボールでダイビング

モールボールに行った最大の理由はダイビング!海が奇麗な国に行くならやっぱりダイビングですよね。

ダイビングライセンスがあるだけで、海外旅行の幅が本当に広がります。

ダイビングでリラックスできることはさることながら、同じボートに乗った人と出会い、その人達と食事にいったりなど、ダイビングを通じて新たな人間関係を構築でき、一層旅行を楽しめることができます。

この日はイギリス人の旅行者と仲良くなりました。

 

モールボールダイビングと言えばこれ!イワシの大群は必見!

モールボールでは、イワシの大群がすごく有名。世界中からダイバーが集まります。

この日はプランクトンの影響もあり?少し海の透明度が低めでした。

ってことで早速イワシの大群を動画でご覧下さい。

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何百万匹ものイワシがボールの様に丸い固まりになったかと思えば、一部が線を作って横に伸びたり。あまりに巨大すぎてどこを見ていいのか分からなくなることもあります。気づいたらイワシの群れの中に自分がいることも何度か。

あまりに巨大だったので写真にも当然捉えきれておりません。ほんの一部分です。

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イワシの群れに囲まれている時に、本当に1匹の巨大な生き物を見ているような、なんか自分がこの生き物に食べられるんじゃないかという感覚と、それと別に何か地球の生態系を見ているような、なんだか地球の一部になっているような不思議な感覚に陥ったのを覚えています。

あんまり上手に表現できませんが。笑

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これは友達が撮影した写真。ダイバーが多かったです。

この時間は午後4時前ですが、透明度がもう少し高かったら良かったけど、仕方ない。

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ダイビングを終えると既に夕方に。この日の翌日にはオスロブでダイビングだったため、モールボールでは宿泊せずにダイビング後にオスロブへ出発。

透明度がやや低かったのが残念でしたが、イワシの大群に大満足!とにかく圧巻!絶対に見る価値ありますよ。

 

■ モールボールまでの行き方

さてさて話が変わりまして、モールボールへの行き方について書きます。

モールボールに向かう前日の夜にセブ島に到着し、そのまま1泊セブ市に滞在しました。翌日にダイビングショップのホテルピックアップにより、車でセブ市からモールボールへ移動しました。

上のポストカードを見てもらえば分かると思いますが、モールボールはセブ市から見て南西にあります。結構遠いです。

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道中山を超えるのですが道が1本しかなく、しばらく渋滞が続いたこともあり車で3時間ほどかかりました。

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午前10時頃に出発して、モールボールに着いたときには昼を回っていました。                                  

調べてみると他にもバスである程度のところまで行けるようですが、その後はトライシクルというバイクにサイドカーを付けた乗り物で行く事ができるようです(他人のブログ情報では自動車のタクシーはないみたい)。

今回のホテルピックアップのサービスは本当に楽です。サービスはダイビング代に含まれてた思いますので、特段支払いをする必要もありませんでした。

モールボールでツアーとかを組む時に、ホテルピックアップサービスがあるか確認するといいかもしれませんね。

 

■ モールボールの街並

自分が訪れた場所は、道が狭く、なんだか窮屈なところでした。車も1台通るのがやっと。みんなトライシクルかバイクで移動しているようでした。

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この先にはどう考えても車では進めませんね。この道幅でバンを運転するのが凄い。個人的に運転手の運転技術はかなり高いと思いました。

ダイビングショップに到着。

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今回お世話になったダイビングショップ。スタッフやガイドの対応も良かったです。

ダイビングの機材の準備は自分達で行わなければなりません(もちろん分からなければスタッフが手取り足取り教えてくれます)。

ただ一部ダイビング機材に不具合(エアー漏れ)があり、潜る直前に再度機材取り付けを行わないといけなければなりませんでした。

この近辺だけで10を超えるダイビングスポットがあります。 

 

■ ダイビング前の腹ごしらえ

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モールボールに着いたのが昼を過ぎていた事もあり、まずは昼食を。

ダイビング前の1時間だったので軽食にしました。

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これはシニガンという酸味の効いたあっさりスープ。フィリピン料理の一つです。

ご覧の通り茄子、ネギ、玉ねぎ、豆など野菜がたっぷり入っていて本当に健康的。肉は鶏肉だったかな?もう本当に癖になる味。

フィリピンにいる間、1日1回は食べたと思います。それくらい美味しい。

軽食で抑えておくはずだったのが、結果的に結構食べてしまった。笑

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この野菜とエビの炒め物ですが、エビの歯ごたえが半端なかった。ポテトフライは友達が注文したものです。結局残してしまって、お持ち帰りにしてもらいました。

 

モールボールについて書きましたが、いかがだったでしょうか?

もう少しダイビングの写真をアップできたらよかったんですが、写真では捉えきれず、動画をたくさんとりました。

ちなみに、イワシの大群は海の表面付近から水深15メートル程度にかけていますので、ライセンスはオープンウォーターでもできます。また、シュノーケルでも十分に楽しめるかと思います。

ぜひ、行ってみて下さいね。

 

フィリピン旅行全体の概要に興味のある方は前回の記事をご覧下さいね。

kaz-u.hatenadiary.jp

 

一読いただきまして、ありがとうございました。

 

 

 

 

【Love traveling: It's always like summer】If you really wanna enjoy at the beach when it's winter in your country, the Philippines could be the best place to go!!

Hello, everyone!

I would like to write about the Philippines starting from this article!

What do you think about the Philippines?

"Always summer","Tropical islands","beautiful ocean","It's a little bit dangerous". Each has his own image about the Philippines but I think what many people think is among those things. I also had the same ideas. haha

I don't know why but Cebu island is especially popular among Japanese people. So many people go there from Japan during winter season. But I feel many of them stay only in Cebu City and less people go out of the city. 

I went to the Philippines for 10days in 2018 and I had wonderful experiences there. There are so many good places to go and see in the Philippines. Of course, it is not enough to tell only about places I traveled but I also want to share what I saw and experienced.

I will be glad if you use this article as reference when you go there.

 

■ What kind of country is the Philippines?

I wrote down things I personally thought important to know in advance.

1. Geography, Land 

As most of you know, the Philippines is a Southeast Asian country. According to Wikipedia, over 7,000 islands consist the Philippines. My Filippino friend told me they were previously taught there were 7,107 islands. Now, the number increased to 7,641 islands.

2. Culture, Religion, Language

Filipino, which is based in Tagalog, is the spoken language in the Philippines but people can speak English as well. So if you can speak English, there is no problem.

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The Philippines is a Christian nation. The religion of most Filipinos Roman Catholic. Church is crowded every Sunday.

3. Can people walk alone at night?

My friend told that me I need to watch my belongings when I walk on the street even when it's daytime. I think it is not really safe although it depends on where. But all Filipinos people I met during the trip were so nice and I never felt it was dangerous at all.

4. Food

Many food are pretty oily but DELICIOUS. Simple-tasting soup was also really delicious.

Meat dish, fish dish, fresh friuts, you can enjoy many food in Philippines.

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5. Travel budget

I stayed there for 10days in Cebu and Palawan. The total amount I spent was approximately 2,000 US dollars and it included roundtrip flights. I went to many places in the two islands and stayed at different hotels. So it costs transportation. Also, I did activities such as diving and island-hopping. Those kinds of costs are included. Do you think it is expensive? I enjoyed enough! 

 

■ The reason I chose Philippines

The reason was I wanted to see whale sharks and swim together with them before I die! Also, it was winter season in Japan, so I wanted to go somewhere hot. It is so simple, right?

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They gave me so much chills. I could see my friends there and we really had a good time!

 

■ The summary of the trip

I traveled to the East, South and West side of Cebu island and the North side of Palawan island.

To be exact, Cebu City, Moalboal, Oslob, Badian in Cebu and El Nido and Coron in Palawan. You can see where those places are in this post card.

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I made a video, please check it out! Hope you like it :)

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What did you think?? Now, do you want to go there, too??haha

 

■ Weather condition in Philippines 

Mabye you thought good weather lasted during my whole trip but actually rainy days lasted for a while because a typhoon passed through to the Philippines.

I did not have a good luck so I had to cancel a tour.  But the good thing was I could take a boat to Coron although it was on the next day we supposed to go. The boat couldn't go on schedule due to the typhoon. Some were not able to take the boat on the day they wanted. That was because people needed to get a boat ticket again but many people thought the same things so it got difficult to buy tickets.

My friends tried their best and fortunately we could take the boat on the next day we scheduled.

Typhoon comes even in December and January in the Philippines. Even if you made a  plan, there is a chance will be messed up haha.

 

■ My favorite places in the Philippines

Although a part of my trip was ruined by a typhoon, thinking about the whole trip, I think it was so very good. And I could re-recognize how my friends are important and helpful, Thanks to them I could come back to Japan.

The landscapes I especially liked are CYC beach in Coron, Big lagoon and Small lagoon in El Nido and Sardine run in Moalboal.

This is CYC beach and I think this is absolutely one of the most beautiful seas in the world. 

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You definitely need to go to the Philippines! A paradise is waiting for you!! haha I will come back!!

Thank you so much for reading!

【海外旅行フィリピン編】常夏の国フィリピンへ!セブ島をはじめ旅行満喫♬

皆さん、こんにちは。

今回の記事からフィリピンについて書きたいと思います。

皆さんはフィリピンについてどのようなイメージを持っていますか?

「常夏」、「セブ島」、「きれいな海」、「ちょっと治安が心配」などなど人それぞれ違った印象があるかと思います。

日本人の間ではセブ島がとりわけ人気で、旅行者が多いイメージがありますよね。ただ、セブ市内に留まる旅行者が多く、市外へ旅行する人が少ない印象もあります。

今回の記事からしばらくフィリピンについて自分が実際に旅行して、実際に経験して感じたこと、知ったことなどなどいろんな情報をお伝えしていきます。

日本人にも人気のフィリピン、今回の記事ではフィリピンという国と旅の概要をお伝えします。

 

■ フィリピンってどんな国?

魅力がいっぱいのフィリピンですが、いったいどんな国なんでしょうか?

旅行する上で必要だと個人的に思う項目について簡単にまとめてみました。

(1)地理・地形

ご存知の方がほとんどだと思いますが、東南アジアの属する島国です。ウィキペディアでは、7,000以上の島からなると書いてますが、実際のところ、フィリピン国民の間では7,107だいう共通認識があるんだそうです。フィリピン海南シナ海に囲まれる島の中でもセブ島がとりわけ日本人の間では人気ですよね。

(2)文化・宗教・言語

言語はタガログ語ですが、フィリピンの人たちはみんな英語が堪能です。

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宗教はキリスト教で、毎週日曜日は協会は人で溢れています。

(3)治安

治安については、現地の友達からもバッグとか「盗られないように気をつけて」と言っていました。場所にもよるとは思いますが、あまり良くないようです。ただ、自分が旅行中はフィリピンの人達はみんないい人ばかりで全く治安の悪さを感じませんでした。

(4)食事

やや油っこい食事が多めですが、とにかく美味しい!さっぱりしたスープもあり、これがまた格段にうまい!肉料理、魚料理、鮮度100%フルーツなどなど、堪能してきました!

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(5)予算

今回のフィリピンの旅は9泊10日で、セブ島パラワン島に滞在しました。

合計で約20万円(往復分のフライト込み)でした。また、セブ島パラワン島といっても島の中のいろいろな場所に行って、そこに滞在したので交通費もかかっています。また、ダイビングや島巡りなどだいたい1日に1ツアーの料金を含んでいます。

十分過ぎる程楽しめました。 

■ フィリピンを選んだ理由

フィリピンを選んだ理由としては、死ぬまでに一度は野生のジンベイザメを見たい!っていうのと、旅行期間が年末年始だったので、寒い日本を抜け出したい!という単純な思いからです。

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実際に間近で見たときには鳥肌マックス!

大学院時代からのフィリピン人の友人にも会うことができました。

 

■ 旅行のサマリー

今回自分はセブ島パラワン島に行ってきました。日本人に人気のセブ島の東、南、西を中心に、セブ市、モールボール、オスロブ、バディアンに行ってきました。パラワン島ではエル・ニド、コロンに行っていきました。コロンはパラワン島からフェリーで行く離島なのですが、友達に聞くとパラワン島の一部だそう。下のポストカードを見ていただくと、だいたいの場所が分かっていただけるかと思います。

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今回の旅行を動画にまとめたので、見て下さい。

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いかがだったでしょう?行きたくなってきませんか??笑

 

■ フィリピンの天候

動画を見ていただくと天気が良い日が続いているように見えたと思いますが、実は旅行期間中に台風がフィリピンを通過し、数日間雨続きでした。予約していたツアーもキャンセルしなければならず、運がありませんでした。ツアーのキャンセルはまだ良い方で、危うく帰りの飛行機まで逃しかねない状況に陥るところでした。。。友達のおかげで難をしのぐことができましたが。

12月〜1月にもかかわらず台風の襲来。常夏の地ならではの天候ですね。

 

■ フィリピン旅行を全体通して

台風の影響で貴重な旅行期間が一部台無しになりましたが、全体を通して考えるととても有意義な旅行になりました。また、改めて友達の大切さを感じることができました。無事に予定通りの日程で日本に帰って来れたのも友達のおかげ。

とりわけ印象に残っている場所や景色は、コロン島の「CYCビーチ」、エルニドの「ビッグラグーン」と「スモールラグーン」、セブ島モールボールで見た「イワシの大群」かな。この写真はCYCビーチ。

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フィリピンを旅行する時は、ぜひセブ市以外の場所も検討してみてくださいね。

また行くぜ、フィリピン!!

一読いただき、ありがとうございました!

 

【Love traveling: The belly button of the earth that I had wanted to see】I finally saw! The hole in the ocean that I had wanted to see

Hello, everyone! 

I am going to write more about Belize , countinuing from my last article.

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But this time, I would like to write about San Pedro that is a small island 60min away by boat from the main island.

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It was the best weather when I was there.

I want to tell everything about San Pedro using a lot of pictures. I like San Pedro more than Belize City, which I wrote about last time.

Please watch this video. Most of the places and scenes here were taken in San Pedro.

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The ocean is extremely beautiful, right!? I am going to tell you how to go and what you can do there.

■ How to get to San Pedro 

There are scheduled boats from Belize City, 12 times a day. And it takes about 60min-90min. Those boats usually stop by Caye Caulker, which is on the way to San Pedro and  is also a popular island among tourists. Since people who go to Caye Caulker and San Pedro take the same boat, it was pretty crowded until it got to Caye Caulker.   

I took a boat to go to San Pedro but there is another option.

There are 25 scheduled flights from Belize City daily.  You can choose between Tropic airline and Maya Island airline.

If you go by plane, it takes only 15min-30min.

 

■ Time passes by slowly in San Pedro 

San Pedro is a small island surrounded by the Caribbean ocean. People looked so relax everyday and I felt time passed by slowly there.

You can go diving, you can go to the beach, you can sleep at the hotel, you can drink from noon. You can do anything although there is nothing extra special except the beautiful ocean.haha

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I like to go running so I often ran in the early morning and went diving after running. I also exproed in the island and sometimes drank from noon. 

■ Ocean is super beautiful 

If you love resort trips, I can really recommend for you to go to San Pedro.  There is no

luxury hotel and there are many undeveloped places in San Pedro. Therefor, I thought the nature keeps it beautiful.

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The water is so clear. And 

I found the most beautiful basketball court in the world.

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When I took this picture there were two boys playing basketball and that made the scene even better for taking  pictures. It was really nice.

 

■ What are the good activities in San Pedro?

Since the ocean is very beautiful, going to the beach is a must. Also there are some diving shops.

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A white diagonal on a red cloth, this is the diving flag. There are many dive sites!!

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I dove at two different sites and hoped I had more time. 

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This is not really a good picture but you can see the sharks there. It was my first time to see wild sharks and it was one of the greatest experiences. They were friendly. 

If you don't have a license you can enjoy snorkeling. I probably saw a tour advertisement  for watching sharks by snorkeling.

You can also enjoy the beautiful ocean from the sky. If you take a charter flight, the staff will bring you to see the world heritage in Belize. There is the coastal area on the ocean and it is an outstanding natural system consisiting of the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, offshore atolls, several hundred sand cays and so on.

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Four to six people are required to take the charter flight but since I was traveling alone I had to pay the same price. The tour was about an hour tour and it was really expensive but for me it has highier value than its price. It was about 600 dollars or so.

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People can't see the belly button of the earth without taking this flight, I thought it is so expensive but I can't go back to Japan without seeing that. So I didn't hesitate.haha

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■ The belly button of the earth is the Blue Hole!

This is a must-see!! The belly button of the earth, Blue Hole!!

I went there all the way from Japan to see this and finally saw this amazing view. I was so happy to see this to achieve my travel goal.

I can't describe how beautiful Blue hole is. It is a perfect blue circle created by nature. 

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If you go to Belize, you definitely have to see this view. I actually wanted to try skydiving into Blue Hole but I could not make it due to the price. It is 5000 dollars for one dive. LOL

Of course, you can do skydiving at different places near the beach and it doesn't cost as much. It is about 300 dollars. 

 

■ The best food in Belize is Ceviche

I would like to introduce some food I ate there. The best food for me was ceviche and I really want to you to eat Ceviche in San Pedro.

Ceviche is a food which has mixed onions, tomatoes and fresh fish or squid or shrimp (one of those) and lime juice. People eat that with chips. There is no food in Japan like ceviche . That was my first time to eat it and the taste was really, really, really good!

I ate it everyday.

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This is squid ceviche. I tried some different ceviche and all of them tastes really good. But the No.1 taste for me was the shrimp one.

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You can enjoy having dinner watching sunset like this.

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There are other good food.

That is all about San Pedro and Belize. I hope you could enjoy and this article makes you want go there.

Thank you so much for reading!!