- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2014
Edit: Oh and St. Thomas!
Edit: Oh and St. Thomas!
The sunset is from an island called Malapascua. It’s famous for SCUBA diving with hammerhead or thresher sharks (depending on what time of the year you go). I don’t dive, so I just lounged on the beach and read books while DH went. We stayed at Ocean Vida. We LOVED Malapascua and want to go back. Not crowded at all and a really chill vibe.
The hut on the beach photo is from a resort called Apulit Island run by a company called El Nido resorts. They are all-inclusive, have the over-the-water huts, and the BEST employees that I have ever met. Everyone was incredibly friendly and they had lots of activities too (snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboarding, cliff rappelling, etc). They were the most expensive place we stayed, but we didn’t want to leave!
The photo of the palm trees is from a mini-trip we took called Tao Expeditions. It’s not for everyone, as its glorified camping, but you get to travel around on a small boat and stay on these remote islands. I didn’t see another tourist (except those on our tour) for 5 whole days!
We usually don’t like to visit places we have already been, but we loved the Philippines so much that we can’t wait to go back. Plus its a huge group of over 8,000 islands, so there is always something new to see 🙂
We did not stay in an all inclusive resort, although the island does have them. We were really set on having the privacy. For excursions, we went to a couple temples, rice paddies, a few villages, two beaches, and a coffee plantation tht had that coffee made from the beans found in the excrement of an animal.
When we stayed at the villa we made sure to take advantage of the spa! The massages were very inexpensive, like $12 USD for an hour long hot stone massage, but could be found for even less outside of the resort. The exchange rate is insanity. We exchanged about $400 USD and I walked out of the bank with over 5 Million IDR.
Bali, the Reunion, Mauritius, Zanzibar!
Check out Belize! My fiance and I were also considering Bora Bora but found it to be very expensive. Hopefully an anniversary trip down the road!! We did extensive research and ended up picking Belize. There are some beautiful resorts with different packages and great excursions! The resort we booked with has been absolutely wonderful with everything so far! 🙂
The people in Turks and Caicos are incredibly friendly and it’s pretty low crime (from what we could tell, we never felt unsafe), and the water is incredible. Food is pricey there, but we chose to buy groceries and cook some meals in the condo in addition to eating at restaurants. We splurged with the money we saved on a fabulous meal our last night on the island. The island is small, you can drive anywhere you’d want to go in less than 15 minutes, and there are tons of beaches to explore if you are a little adventurous. We are already talking about going back, and most of the people we met there visit year after year.
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