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Busuanga Bay Lodge – Part 1 – The Lodge

Busuanga Bay Lodge from the water

Busuanga Bay Lodge from the water

Sunset over the pool

Sunset over the pool

This is the first in a multi-part series about my experience in the Phillipines at the magical Busuanga Bay Lodge resort.  I was fortunate to be able to spend an amazing 10 days exploring the resort and surrounds and have to say that it ranks as one of the most memorable holidays in my life.

The Phillipines is an island nation – many small islands often with uninhabited or only housing only a few fishermen.  It is lush and green with small sandy beaches and normally very clear waters although on our stay it was the peak of the full moon so the tidal currents caused the water to be less clear than normal. Still, in comparison to places like the med the water was clean and clear and an amazing temperature (bearing in mind that we are in mid winter!).  Busuanga Bay is on the island of Palawan voted best island in the world based on over 76,000 votes in Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2014.

Our trip started with a seaplane ride from the cultural center in Manila. While one can take the less expensive trip via commercial airline to Coron and then courtesy bus or taxi to the resort I would shell out the extra (about Ph15,500) for the seaplane – not only is the scenery way better lower down but its really cool to rock up and climb aboard with no wait and then climb out at the resort dock!  And where else would a 5 year old get to drive the plane?

The dock at Busuanga Bay Lodge

The dock at Busuanga Bay Lodge

We flew low over the resort and then landed in the sea close by, taxiing up to tie up at the resort dock.  Staff were on hand to sing us a welcome song, hand out drinks and take care of the bags.  We shared a waterfront twin room – I would take this again by choice – being able to sit outside in our own little garden and watch the evening creep on is a beautiful way to end the day.

Much of the resort activity (not surprisingly) revolves around the pool and the sea, with all the usual toys – jet skis, kayaks, paddle boards and boat trips on hand.  Busuanga bay and Coron Bay are also home to 15 wrecks courtesy of the US airforce taking out a Japanese supply convoy – all of which make for an array of amazing wreck dives from the shallow gunboat at to the much deeper dives where the adventurous can dive within the wreck, some at much more depth.

South Cay Exclusive Island

South Cay Exclusive Island

One can also venture inland to the local villages and via taxi or boat further afield to the main town of Coron. The resort runs regular trips too and from the South Cay island which is a private island owned by the resort – featuring a bar and lunchtime buffet, really nice beach and snorkelling and various other activities.

Our week started with a swim in the pool and sundowners while we got comfortable and got to know the staff. The staff deserve a special mention – from the manager Thomas, barmen Brian, Felix and Dante to the wait staff Cathy and her clan they were all amazingly friendly, greeting guests by name and making us feel at home.  I did prefer the “Sir” Adriaan to “Madame” Tricia (I think she felt it should be more “Lady” Tricia!).  And, incidentally, if you are wondering when you are there why you are called “Sir Adriaan Po” it is because Po is affixed to the end of a name as a sign of respect.

Cathy singing with the band

Cathy singing with the band

We watched the sun go down over the horizon from the pool level and ended the first magical day in this rare, unspoilt, paradise.

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