Hi Everyone :o)
I went on a jungle safari in Borneo up Kinabatangan River, it was a 3 day trip and I saw so many animals, it was amazing! I've been trekking quite a bit and hiking but I haven't seen any wild life and this trip made up for that! I saw wild Elephants!! It's extremely rare to see Elephants especially at this time of year so I feel really really lucky! I saw crocodiles and tons of different monkeys like short/long/pig tailed macaws, orang-utan, and proboscis monkeys (they are Soo UGLY!). I trekked in the jungle with swamp up to my waist! It was something out of nightmares but all the different animals and even crazy bugs made it worth it!
After that I headed to Seporna, took my PADI course and spent a week there diving around Sipadan. When I thought about learning to dive I never really thought about it in any detail. About how you'd have to equalize and make yourself weightless in the water and how if you go up or down to quickly you can get decompression sickness amongst other things. I had an amazing teacher and loved diving! The water there is alive with HUGE sea turtles and small sharks and millions and millions of different fish and other sea creatures. It's a whole new world! Go diving if you ever get the chance!
I met 2 girls diving in Borneo and we're traveling the Philippines together, it's so nice to have traveling companions :o) Matty is from England and Lisa is from Sweden and we've been having a blast together!
We flew from KK Borneo to Manila and directly from there to Cebu. I love the Philippines! The people have a sparkle in their eyes that'll make you smile ear to ear! Sometimes I feel like I'm famous, the people just scream when they see you, kids chase you down the street, it's kind of crazy!
We've been to Bohol, seen the chocolate hills, the smallest monkeys in the world called tarsiers (I want one! They're so cute!) And stayed on Alona Beach.
Then we went to Camuguin Island, it's beautiful, covered in volcanoes, hot and cold springs and we stayed at the coolest place ever! It was a gigantic artsy tree house called Enigmata and the people that run it are awesome! They took us all around; we had a coconut picnic and swam in beautiful water falls. It was hard to leave this place.
From there it was a excruciating 48 hr bus-ferry-bus-ferry-bus-ferry trip to Donsol; we came all the way up here to swim with the whale sharks.
Wondering what a whale shark is, check it out: http://www.oceanlight.com/html/whale_shark.html
Ahhhhhh!!! It was so crazy to swim with something that big! It was incredible, I'll remember it for the rest of my life!
I just flew from Donsol to Manila a couple hours ago and tonight I'm on my way to Indonesia :o)
Only 2 more months to go!