Talicod Island

It’s 13 years since I first visited Samal Island and looked at a tourist map showing its smaller neighbour Talicod. In 2008, we bought land with a distant view of the north coast of Talicod. For three years, I’ve enjoyed the view of Talicod every morning and evening, but, until the last month or so, I’ve never been to Talicod Island.

Our first trip was supposed to be a family jaunt to the nearest resort on Talicod. We rode down in advance of the rest of the family to check the availability of ferries. We were a little surprised to be asked if we wanted to take our motorbike and scooter across. Assuming that there was a larger ferry with docking and drive on ramps we thought, ‘Why not?’

I couldn’t bring myself to watch or take photos, but these photos of the return journey give a flavour.

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Cruising the road of Talicod

Cruising the road of Talicod

Still waiting to see my first  Dugong

Still waiting to see my first Dugong

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And then the reverse voyage

And then the reverse voyage

Our next trip, about a month later, was to the famous Coral Garden off the west coast of Talicod.

Boat pick-up from the beach at the The Red Parrot,

Boat pick-up from the beach at the The Red Parrot,

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The northwest coat of Talicod is surprisingly developed with some luxurious villas

The northwest coat of Talicod is surprisingly developed with some luxurious villas

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The Coral Garden is vast and beautiful

The Coral Garden is vast and beautiful

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Possibly a distant sighting of a Dugong

Possibly a distant sighting of a Dugong

 

A 2m+ sea snake gave me a bit of a fright, but passed on by

A 2m+ sea snake gave me a bit of a fright, but passed on by

 

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