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Brunei: The Beaches

Because we pretty much did everything there was to do on our first couple of days in Brunei, on our last day we rented a car with a driver (it cost us BND70 – about $55 – for 5 hours) and at 1pm, after checking out of the hotel, we went off for our beach hopping trip.

The drive there was pretty easy…

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The roads were great…

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And in less than 30 minutes, we were at Muara Park (and since I know a nice playground is a rare find here in Manila, I took a few pictures in case any Foreign Service folks are thinking of bidding for a post in Brunei).

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And after crossing the park, we were at Muara Beach…

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The soft white sand was a nice change from the Philippines (where we mostly deal with crushed coral), but the view of the beach reminded me a lot of the US east coast beaches (except with much finer sand, like we have in Rio). 

The one main difference?  The water wasn’t just lukewarm like Caribbean beaches (or super-cold like east coast beaches), it was hot like a hot tub.  As in, we would get up to hit the air and refresh ourselves, because even though it was a hot day, the air was cooler than the water. 

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After an hour at Muara Beach, we hopped back in the car on our way to our next destination, Meragang Beach.  And we were hit with this…  Yep, construction work going on at the beach (looks like a house is going up) and there was dirt on the whole beach front.  Needless to say, we didn’t stay.

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So we continued on to what quickly became our favorite beach in Brunei: Berakas Beach!

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The water though still warm, it wasn’t nearly as hot as Muara Beach (my only guess for this is that is probably due to rivers near Muara Beach, which are likely making the water warmer?  What do I know?).

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I could have stayed here all day…

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But we had one last stop…  Jerudong Beach!  That was a disappointment though…  There was a wet market about a 100 feet from the beach, so the whole place stunk.  To make things worse, there was garbage all over the sand (plastic bags, bottles, rest of food, everything…  I didn’t even take my flip-flops off…)

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I took strategic pictures showing the water, instead of the trash strewn around (though you can see a little bit of it on the picture above), then we took off.  We really didn’t want to get into the water, so back we went to Berakas to shower.

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On the way back to Berakas, we stopped by at Tungku Beach, in hopes of finding a shower (there was nothing), but we did take a few good pictures!  This seems to be the place for ATV riding, there were groups riding them everywhere (lots of dirt roads here).

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Going back to Berakas to use the showers was worth it though, we encountered monkeys on the way back in to the park!

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After showering, we headed back to Gadong (the area where we were staying) and killed a few hours eating yummy food at the night market, catching a movie, then grabbed our stuff at the hotel to head off to the airport for our 2am flight.

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Saturday in Pictures…

I tried posting this using BlogPress app on my phone, but it was a big fail.  At first, I thought it was the wifi at the resort (which sucked), but I haven’t been able to do it from home either…  (This post was originally titled “Today in Pictures” all the pictures, except for the last two, taken with the iPhone.)

Waiting for our ferry to take us to Siquijor Island (it was 2 hours late, ugh).

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Finally boarding…

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This doesn’t look too comfortable (and it wasn’t, luckily it was over within an hour).

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We made it!

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End of day in Siquijor… 

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Beautiful sunsets…

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Despite the travel hassle on our way there, the trip was amazing and totally worth it!  If you’re in the Philippines, I highly recommend a stop at Siquijor Island!  I’ll post more pictures about the trip, but here’s a preview of what else you get to do while there…

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I also got dives number 42-47 done!  Only 3 more before I hit #50 (with only 9 months of diving under my belt!).  Diving in Siquijor wasn’t too exciting, but we went to Apo Island the second day and got some amazing drift diving done (visiting 2-3 dive spots each time since the current was so strong!). 

More to come…

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Palau: The Beaches!

I have posted the boat rides, the super-cool pictures of the jellyfish lake, and I’ll be posting a ton of diving pictures later.  But Palau also has amazing beaches!  And when you dive 5 days in a row from a boat, you stop to eat your bento box lunch at some pretty spectacular places…  (Again, apologies for the drops of water on the lens of some of the pictures.)

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If I remember it correctly, the beach below is Ulong Beach, where one of the Survivors was filmed.

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As you can see in the picture below, I was too lazy to remove my wetsuit most of the time…  It’s no wonder I came home with a burnt back and face, but non-tanned legs.  But putting on a wetsuit is a pain!

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The folks with spent most of our days with on our dives!

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And lastly our hotel beach.  It’s a little small man-made beach that I never actually got to use (we were so pooped when we got back at the end of the day that we would go straight to the shower), but the last day I walked on the sand, and it was very soft fluffy sand, not bad!  If United hadn’t screwed up our travel, we would have enjoyed the beach on the first day of our trip.  (We stayed at the Palau Royal Resort, I’ll post a full review later.  I still owe so many travel reviews…)

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Happiness is…

My friend Liz sent me this picture from El Nido’s Paradise Beach, and it shows pretty much why when Facebook used to have a phrase under your profile picture, mine was “Just add water.”   Back in the MySpace days?  It was “I’m happiest at the beach.”

Can’t you tell? 

El Nido, we’ll meet again.  Next time, I’ll bring Karl with me, I promise!  And here’s hoping wherever we end up next, I can be right by a clean beach for daily dips in the ocean.  Nothing makes me happier.

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