It’s no secret that the Philippines is my favorite country in Asia. The richness in undamaged environment and natural friendliness of the local people is unprecedented; it’s a great “China break” for my readers trapped in the smog-filled cities of China during Chinese New Years! I first came to the Philippines in February 2015, but after my experience in Puerta Galera, I’m confident that I will buy a house in the Philippines at some point.
BadLadz Beach and Diving Resort is true to its name. The owner, Sean, and I exchanged multiple stories about our experiences as expats abroad and his trumped mine in every single way. And lets face it, I love putting myself in danger regularly. Ask him about his adventures with underwater treasure hunting. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
It’s a bit of a trek to get to Puerta Galera, but its natural remoteness makes it that much more worth the journey. I took a cab, to a bus, to a boat, to a tricycle to finally get to the gorgeous seaside resort.
I was immediately greeted by the friendly staff and my contact Anna with warm smiles and genuine interest in my well-being. After eating my weight in Mexican food (score), I immediately jumped into my scuba diving course without hesitation. I couldn’t fly 18 hours after diving so I needed to pack my PADI certification course into three days. Nice job Vanessa.
The next three days were a blur of underwater adventures. My instructor was incredibly patient with me, even though I kicked him multiple times when I started panicking underwater when I took off my mask. (Sorry, again) I was able to see giant clams, sea horses, and even a turtle while I was diving as well! Scuba diving was definitely a challenge for me because I’m actually afraid of the ocean, but I choose to pursue my PADI license to conquer this fear head on.
I can’t say enough positive things about the staff at BadLadz!! A few of the staff members also took me out to Sabang for a facial and peak into the nightlife… and I was not disappointed. First of all, I love facials more than most humans. With a former career in beauty and cosmetic health, I’ve had facials all over the world and this was one of the best ones I’ve ever experienced! Secondly, Sabang is a CRAZY party hub and you will NOT leave without some sort of crazy story… I promise.
I have a strict policy about writing concise posts, which is frustrating at the moment because I cannot stop RAVING about the people and quality of service at BadLadz. It’s a safe, clean environment for solo female travelers like myself and be sure to let them know that Vanessa from Wander Onwards sent you!
Here’s a little promo I’ve put together so you can see inside BadLadz Beach Resort for yourself!
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About Vanessa Elizabeth
Vanessa Elizabeth is a cultural chameleon currently based in London. She enjoys sports (such as CrossFit and dating), cooking, and demolishing her savings account. When she's not busy blogging about her feelings, she works full-time and practices Chinese with her English/German friends.
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