Cuyo

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Cuyo is a small island in the open ocean, so the winds are consistent, making it a good spot for kitesurfing. And unlike Boracay, it is not so well known, so you can expect a lot more space.

As one website wrote, when comparing the different surfing spots in the country:

What to Expect:  There are a few different spots on Cuyo Island, which is found almost in the middle of the Sulu Sea, just south of the windiest region during Amihan season. Victoria Beach gets a side onshore wind, while Capusan beach has a wealth of shallow water and offshore winds. Quijano Windsurfing Retreat which is also known as Anino Retreat, offers a vast virgin and reef-protected lagoon with sandy bottom sea, smooth onshore wind and small waves that are perfect for those just stepping into the amazing thrill of kitesurfing. Very few visitors know about this spot, which makes it extra safe for rookie kiters. The thing to watch out for in Cuyo is that during low tide the water heads so far out that there isn’t enough water to kite in.
Category: Beginner to advanced.

You can also check out our own comparison of kitesurfing spots in the Palawan area.

Getting There

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Located east of El Nido and southwest of Borocay, with sporadic ferries, it’s not the easiest place to get to (click to enlarge):

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As the image instructs, make sure to confirm the schedule beforehand, as it can often change.

Zooming in closer we can see a lot of other islands in the area:

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Unfortunately I did not get a chance to check out any of the surrounding islands, but I will try to come back at a later point to do so.

When you get off the ferry and walk to the gate at the beginning of the pier, hang a left and soon enough you will find Nikki’s Pension. Affordable and did the trick for my short stay.

Since I had about a day before another ferry went on to my next destination, decided to rent a motorbike to explore the island.

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Going counter clockwise I thought I’d check out the smaller white road along the shore:

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Rather enjoyable and perhaps the most fun of the island.

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One part was close enough to take a peak at the ocean.

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After that the only interesting part I found was at the northeast corner:

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Following sign around the San Miguel church:

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Didn’t check out Anino Kite Resort but seems to have nice enough reviews on Trip. So went to check out D’Romielea’s Place instead:

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Somewhat of a goofy place, but hey, what’s a tourist supposed to do?

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Then it was back to the town of Cuyo to check out it’s long beach and lie on a bench before catching my ferry.

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Following is a short video clip of the consistent winds I experienced here, mixed in with a band I played shortly with at my next destination, Iloilo:

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Explore the Philippines

 

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Since I have married a Filipina and found a new life and business partner, I have moved this content to the Travel Tours and Packages in the Philippines page, where you will find the latest info. I am excited to travel around the country with my wife, expanding the tours we offer, which mostly she will be managing.

Whether you explore this country of 7,107 islands by foot, taxi, bus or boat, I have done so by motorbike and am compiling info on all the wonderful little jewels I have come across. Click on the orange text links in the picture above or alphabetically below to find details of specific islands or areas. For clarity, I like to use the free app maps.me, which does not require an internet connection but only gps.

For my boat tours business I have begun to explore the rest of the Philippines. I prefer off the beaten path, nature and away from touristy areas, but I will also stay for at least a month in the larger towns, so expect a lot of information on them as well. Chill places to hang out and so forth. And if we get along, I might just have room on my motorised tricycle for you! Currently exploring the Visayas.

Make sure to check out my general travel tips for the Philippines to optimise your visit here.

Specific islands or areas

Info on cities only

Travel tour packages for the Visayas region

Interesting history and facts about

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Busuanga Island

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You can rent a bike from the Brujita place according to the Coron page, or just ask around. The following was recommended to me by a local friend. I like to use maps.me, because it does not require internet but only gps. During the rainy season (June to Novemberish), be careful of wet, soft, muddy roads that is easy to slip with your bike. I did this trip in June of 2018 and found some roads washed out or blocked later on, so I will only explain an easy and nice route for a day or two. During the dry season you can explore more, unfortunately I could not fit that into my schedule.

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The above picture shows my friend’s place mark up in the mountains around Coron, bottom right corner of the picture. The top left of the above map shows four place marks recommended to me by a local friend. A closeup in the image below. The mark on the bottom left of the below map is for Ocam Ocam beach. Nice hangout or place to overnight for around 500p per hut.

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Ocam Ocam beach

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drive on the way there

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But if you have time, go north for a rest of the day trip.

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I did not manage to get to the Turda recommended by a friend. Couldn’t find the turnoff in the road. Good luck with that one! I tried the small road to Quezon below, but ran into a gate after two sections in the road where the river ate the bridge and I had to go across the river in an alternate route. So unless you have enough time or the conditions are better, could be better to move straight on to Quezon.

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Quezon

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This is my first motorbike trip in the country, and borrowed a bike from a friend that was frustratingly in ill repair. Half way to Quezon, on the dirt road, my chain guard came loose. It was impossible to drive and I stood there baffled what to do. A gentlemen drove by on his bike, two of his sons strapped on, and slowed to ask what the problem was. I asked if he had any string, he said no and rode away. As I was about to tie it back up using a usb cable and power cord (I had not been set up properly yet for the road), he showed up again with a little string (in typical Filipino manner just barely enough to get the job done).

He invited me to his place (Quezon mark above), where he fixed my bike and I stayed at his place, sang karaoke with his lovely family and headed back the same way the next day. It rained too hard overnight and the dirt roads were too soft to feel safe during this rainy season, but my friend recommended all the little corners of the island are wonderful. I would suggest that the rest from Quezon clockwise around the island is doable in a day, but that you should be sure that your bike is in good condition and perhaps have some basic tools. Otherwise the Filipinos are generally nice and will take care of you in one way or another, especially in these rural areas.

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I gave the guy and his family 300p (accommodation), and oops the 8 litre bottles of Red Horse during karaoke night which we shared in half. Not so interesting town but apparently the tourist attraction is to check out the big fat seals just north of Quezon (Calauit), or the Safari (north of Turda  in the second picture above). Whichever you go to of these two, the

 cost for the boat 

  • 1500p/day for either the Safari or the Seals. Can maybe negotiate less than 3000p for both; or
  • 200p/hour

He said there was some chance you could find accommodation once there. Otherwise, I’d suggest for this sleepover trip to crash at Ocam Ocam.

There is also a beach not far east of Coron along the south shore, this below video showing a clip as driving down from my friend’s place in the mountains:

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