We arrived at Express Inn and the hotel was perfect, cheap and comfortable for our 1 night stay in Cebu (except for the dripping air-conditioning that kept me awake most of the night). The most amazing part was the view, just beautiful.
Harry told us to get an idea of island life we should go for a ride to Pacifico on the North East coast and stop in at Bollocks bar which is run by a crazy Pom for cheap beers and big burgers. We took his advice and were certainly happy we got to spend a day there. When we arrived we spoke to Alan (the pom) for a bit before leaving our stuff and literally walking down 3 steps to reach the beautiful coastline. We did some snorkeling with the goggles that Harry and Grace lent us then relaxed (I say relaxed, I mean chased Hermit Crabs around all afternoon) until our stomachs couldn’t resist the burgers made from imported Aussie beef any longer.
When we come back to Siarago, we will definitely stay a few nights at Bollocks bar, they have an awesome set up and if you drink too many 25p beers (yes, that is a 60cent beer) you can stay for free in the drunk dorm, which is a few hammocks and mattresses in an open gazebo, right on the beach.
The first island we stopped at was called Naked Island, it gets that name for a good reason, it is literally naked, there is nothing except for white, hot sand and a few small rocks (besides the crystal clear water that surrounds it).
We read online that Naked Island gets really hot, but nothing prepares you for just how hot it is, we were certainly glad that Brian suggested going there first, it would be unbearable in midday heat. This island was perfect for snorkeling – by far the best out of the 3 – however if we did this trip over again, we would definitely ask the boat drivers to stop half way between Naked Island and Daku for a snorkel, even from the boat you could see the coral formations and sea critters going about their day
We spent some time here swimming although the water was so hot, the shallow water was too hot to swim in, you had to quickly race out to the deeper water. Then did some of our usual relaxing, eating fruit and playing with the dogs .
If it wasn’t so hot we would have walked further into the village there (this is the biggest of the 3 islands) and had a poke around.
The only other thing on Guyam island is coconut trees, and a whole lot of them at that, we watched in amazement (worry on my behalf) as the resident climbed to the top of the tree to cut down a bunch of coconuts…
Justin’s irrational fear of a death by coconut was closer than ever.
Our last day had arrived; we rode around one last time and packed our bags for our next adventure.
I better go, our van has arrived to take us to the airport. I can already hear his rave music pumping!