Going to the big airport
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I am done
island hopping - it has been great but it is time to move on and the connections
from El Nido to anywhere else are pretty limited. 'There is a cargo boat which
is fairly cheap. There just don't seem to be anybody who knows when it leaves
and from where so that is not really an option. You have to choose between
either a "ferry" to Coron or the plane to
- it is actually just a small bangka - only leaves twice a week and not for
another two days. To make everything even worse the people running the
"ferry" know that tourist got nowhere else to go if they want to get
to Coron so they overcharge the tourist to a degree which is not even funny -
I am not
falling for that trick - I do the only sensible thing - I go for the plane. Which
may just be the most expensive plane connection in all of the
I tell the
woman where I stay that I will be going to the airport and will be there
something like one hour and 15 minutes before departure. But she tells me well
the airport maybe busy and the plane is full - so just to be safe I should make
sure to be there at least two hours before departure.
I get to the airport - and the tricycle driver is not really familiar with the place. He takes a wrong turn and we end up on the runway - this is not a huge problem with the kind of traffic in this airport - and anyways he quickly gets us of the runway and onto the trail for the vehicles. I get to the check in counter/security check/ baggage handling area. And it is closed. There is a bit of a line when I get there - the Danes has already arrived they seem to be getting out of there as well - great a 19 seater plane with 4 Danes onboard - what is this place - a future colony after we lost Britain?
Well I am
really glad I got here early I can see in an airport this crowded you need to
be here at least two hours before departure. One hour before departure they
open up the check in - I am a bit nervous about my baggage - they only allowed
10 kilos of check in baggage and there is no way my back is under 10k.
Next up is the security check. They don't have a metal detector or an x-ray machine handy so instead they do it all by hand - and you have to open your back so they can se what is inside it. My back is like always a work of art which is not something you want to open lightly. There are things stuffed down and my fins block the access to the bottom of the back - there is no way you can see what is inside without me taking everything out and putting it back in which could possibly take hours. Fortunately the security staff doesn't really want to know what is at the bottom of my back and let it on the plane without too much of a search.
step before you can get on the plane is the public weighing.
finally arrives from Puerto Princesa and it will be landing in the middle of a
giant rain shower.
is really tiny - and I am not the only one having problem with bending over
when walking inside the plane - everybody do - even a small Pilipino woman. And
we get to the seats. Just before take of the co-pilot turns around. And state
this is flight 476 bound for
Then we are
of and there is one bonus with this flight - it is a very scenic flight and I
got a window seat to take photos from. After the short flight we get to Busunga
and once again the co-pilot turns around and says welcome to
I get of
the plane and try to find a jeepney - but unfortunately I am the only passenger
actually getting of the plane hence the jeepney driver want to wait for the
next plane coming from
I get of and go to Sea Dive resort where I will spend too much time the coming days. But the location is perfect just out at the water with a view and the rooms are fairly priced.