I’d Rather Be in Busuanga…

With another freeze headed my way next weekend, I’m envious of one of my Manila high school friends who has been visiting  in the Philippines for over two months (as he has been doing for many years).  He recently posted some photos of a trip to Busuanga, about an hour flying time southwest of Manila.   If you’re looking for low key natural scenery, Busuanga fits the bill.  And if you like to scuba dive wrecks, there are  many sunken Japanese ships nearby.

Here’s why I’d rather be in Busuanga next weekend…

Coron is the "big city" in Busuanga

Coron is the “big city” in Busuanga

On the flight to Busuanga, you’ll have an aerial view of Taal Volcano and its lake, which is also the photo at the top of this blog.

Taal Volcano and Lake

Taal Volcano and Lake

Rooms with a view at Sea Dive Resort

Rooms with a view at Sea Dive Resort, Coron

View from resort deck

View from resort deck

View to Coron market

View to Coron market

But of course the reason to go to Busanga is to get on (and into) the water, so let’s go….!

Leaving Coron

Leaving Coron

Banol Beach - lunch!

Banol Beach – lunch!

We got grilled squid, grilled fish, mangos and more!

We got grilled squid, grilled fish, mangos and more!

On Banol Beach

On Banol Beach

Back on the water

Back on the water

Relaxing on Lunch Island

Relaxing on Lunch Island

Traditional living

Traditional living

If you’d rather be on Busuanga, you can start planning you’re visit here.

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6 responses to “I’d Rather Be in Busuanga…

  1. Lovely! But you can keep the grilled squid!

    • I’ve not had grilled squid and most of the fried squid I’ve had in the US has been rubbery. But when we were in Spain, we checked out a hole in the wall near the “gypsy” section of Barcelona based on recommendation in Rick Steves’ guidebook. We got this huge platter of assorted seafood, including fresh fried whole baby octopus and it was delicious!

  2. Steve-
    This looks like an unspoiled little piece of heaven. Any chance you’ll be spending part of your time there going forward?
    I can see you in retirement as the owner of that seaside rsort hotel!
    All the best,
    Jack

    • Maybe…. The alum I mention in the post is Andy Butler (72). His brother Brian is our class. Their younger sister Susan is a pediatrician there and treats many of the kids of AS alums who live in Manila. Their grandfather was the first U.S. Postmaster General in the PI after the US took it from Spain in 1898. Their father was AS Class of ’39.

  3. What a beautiful place! It looks incredibly appealing to me from where I sit here in frozen Minnesota!

  4. Coron Island certainly looks lovely! Norma Villanueva (Class 71 or 72?) has a house there….

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