I woke up early on the 19th December, grabbed my swimming shorts and went to the roof for a swim. It was raining. Not the most ideal start, but it wasn’t particularly heavy rain, so I got into the water and began to swim some laps of the fairly small pool. I had the entire rooftop to myself, probably because no one else was stupid enough to go swimming on the roof of a tall building in a storm. The reward for my idiocy was a rainbow beaming across the green mountains surrounding the back of Cebu City.

Robyn, Nikki and I met for breakfast then headed to the ferry for Bohol. Traffic in Cebu is insane and although the ferry was close to the hotel on a map, we were advised by reception to leave 45 minutes to reach the pier. 40 minutes later we arrived, paid the driver, got tickets and were sat on board ready for the couple of hours journey to paradise.

Except when we arrived paradise was somewhat overcast and wet. 

Another 45 minute taxi took us from the ferry to Alona Beach, a strip of white sand to the south of Bohol lined with palm trees and beach resorts. We were staying at Alona Vida resort, I had stayed there once before and it was fairly basic but reasonably priced for the few days we were booked there, and the food was pretty good. We checked in and then went to the restaurant for lunch, and, thankfully, the sun began to emerge.

That afternoon we booked a boat trip for the following morning, as it was Robyn’s birthday and we wanted to go exploring. We then grabbed our swimming stuff and went to the far end of the beach towards the cliffs where we sunbathed, swam in water so clear it was like being in a bathtub and watched the sunset.