One Last Run in Guiuan

On my last full day in Guiuan, I visited a beach and did some running along it. The view was so beautiful that it was distracting, but it felt so good to be running though lovely scenery. The cliffs and gentle waves made for a refreshing and exhilarating experience.

Katican Island

Monday we traveled by boat to Katican Island, also known as Pearl Island. It’s a marine sanctuary and we were able to swim and see some beautiful sea life, including clams, coral, fish and sea urchin. The beach surrounding the small island is a stunning white and is made up entirely of coral.

Canhugas Nature Park

Saturday a van load of us headed to Canhugas Nature Park in Hernani. The rock formations are magnificent and the strong waves made for beautiful displays. As high tide approached, there was rough surf and I ended up with a few scrapes, but it was a great trip.

Linao Cave

Friday I headed to the famous (it’s on magnets!) Linao Cave with some of Tonet’s relatives. The cave is incredibly beautiful and it’s well worth the time it takes to trek out to it!

Weather Station Climb

Today we visited the weather station in Guiuan, which had us climbing a steep hill to an impressive building with an equally impressive view. The station was rebuilt in the wake of a major typhoon, Yolanda through cooperation of Japan and the Philippines.

A Beach Day

Today we went to the far end of Calicoan Island with Tonet’s family for a day at the beach. The water was shallow and I was able to watch many sea creatures as I swam. The beach was very beautiful.

Calicoan Beaches

We flew from Manila to Tacloban and then drove to Guiuan in the evening of New Year’s Eve. As we traversed Eastern Samar at night it was striking how dark it was. When I travel to the rural part of Nova Scotia where I grew up it can be quite dark too, but here what lights there were shone lower to the ground. It was nice to spot celebrations taking shape as we passed.

Today I traveled to Calicoan with some of Tonet’s relatives. The beaches there are incredibly beautiful. We saw some huge waves at a surf camp and did quick visits at a few other spots.