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Whale Sharks in Donsol Philippines

After a nonstop 36 hour trip through the Ifugao Rice Terraces of Batad and Banau, we were immediately back at the Manila airport for a flight to Donsol, Philippines. Why Donsol you may ask? Well, having heard about the opportunity to see and even swim with the enormous Whale Sharks, we did our homework and made it a reality. As we...

Banau, Batad Rice Terraces

In reading through a handful of must see lists online and then more specifically in our travel companion "Southeast Asia on a Shoestring," we came across the Ifugao Rice Terraces. These rice terraces must have been built by hand long before the use of modern tools as they are estimated to have been carved into the steep mountains over 2,000...

Backpacking through Malaysian Borneo: Second stop, Orangutans in Sepilok!

Orangutans, the critically endangered great apes, live in the wild in only 2 places in the world. That's right, only 2 places. The rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. We just so happened to be heading that way when we booked our trip to Malaysian Borneo for diving. So, after a little research, we arranged our flights in and out...

Backpacking through Malaysian Borneo: First Stop, Sipadan Island!

After taking a diving refresher course in Thailand when my sister Lilli was traveling with us, I was determined to find the best diving in Southeast Asia. It only took a minute to Google "the best scuba diving in the world" and find Sipadan Island at the top. And it certainly didn't hurt that some of the dive lodges...