Yearly diving in the Red Sea, 2013

Our planned trip to the Red sea didn’t promise to be remarkable in any way. These days working people (thanks to Cheaptrip) can afford going to Egypt just about the weekend. :smile: But we fail to come up to this level, but once a year between long-distance travel we certainly decide to make this kind of a sally in order to get rid of a diver’s addiction to the azure deep, palms and the sun. Continue reading


Philippines above and underwater

Trip planning and ticket purchasing

«The Kingdom of seven thousand islands» — this is how they call Philippines in the promotional videos that surf world wide web. Having watched these videos it’s impossible not to want to see at least the smallest part of this country with one’s own eyes. «You don’t like this island? Then why don’t you visit another 7106!».

We decided to go to the Philippines about a year and a half before the trip, we bought the tickets three months before the trip (Emirates: St-Petersburg-Dubai-Manila, ~$920). And we started to work through the itinerary of pur trip.

The main objective of the trip was diving that’s why such places as Boracay (world-known beach resort, which is in the top ten of world best beaches) were consciously left out in the cold. Day and night googling and studying of Vinskiy forum eventually bore some fruit, giving birth to the next itinerary: Manila-Busuanga(Coron)-El Nido Puerte Princesa-Dumaguete-Iligan-isle Bohol-Donson-Manila. We bought all the connecting flights and ferry tickets in advance. And we understood it later that we should not have been that greedy with our desire to see everything in 20 days. In fact we spent one third of the whole journey on the
way … :-( Continue reading