A colleague of mine have asked me if where will be my next destination. When I told him that I will be heading to Cebu next, he then enthusiastically said that it would be a lot of fun especially when I try Kawasan Canyoneering in Badian. At the back of my mind, I was trying to recall if I have already encountered what he said, but I was clueless. Back then, I had the slightest idea of what canyoneering was all about but the huge smile on his face piqued my curiosity and gave me the impression that it seemed very exciting.
Fifteen minutes off the coast of Bancogon in Oslob rests Bluewater Sumilon Island, a tiny landmass measuring at only twenty-four hectares. To most tourists, the parcel of land is quite renowned for its shifting white sandbar. However, the privately-owned island is more than just the sandbar and to discern more of what it is truly about, I spent the rest of my first day in Oslob on a day tour in Bluewater Sumilon Island.
The island of Cebu is divided in two main regions, North and South. They say that the northern part is for the laid-back wanderer where most of the pristine white sand beaches can be found. And while the southern part of Cebu is for the adventurous and more active traveler, I thought, hey! I also have an adventurous spirit in me and journeying to the south might just let me explore it even more.
Day 1 of my DIY Cebu City Tour on a jeep and habal-habal was a huge defeat. Before retiring to bed, I pondered on what I did wrong that day. I went back to the drawing board and worked on a different approach. It was a new day the following day. The debacle that I’ve encountered didn’t stop me from making an effort to start anew.
An hour had passed then finally, “Welcome to Mactan-Cebu International Airport”, was announced over the airline’s PA system…At last, I was in Cebu. As I got out of the airport, I was thinking whether to take the taxi which was readily available right in front of me, or to look for the MyBus terminal or jeepney stop to get to where will I be staying while in Cebu. I was inclined to take the bus or the jeep however, I didn’t exactly know yet where the hotel was. So, after weighing each pros and cons, it was more practical to take a taxi at that time even if it was costly.
My grip on to the side of the boat tightened as the huge waves tossed us up in the air. Our boat was like jumping over a hurdle while forging through the swells that were about a meter high. Even with a life jacket on, I was a bit concerned and my imagination ran wild. Will our small boat be able to make it to Carabao Island without capsizing? All thanks to our young but skillful boat men, my paranoia was wiped out about 45 minutes later when we arrived safely in Carabao Island. However, it wasn’t quite the Carabao Island that we were expecting it to be.
I arrived in Liliw late in the afternoon by way of San Pablo City, the initial plan was to visit a good old friend of mine in his hometown to do some catching up. With my recent fascination with waterfalls and to maximize my time in the place, I searched the web for which alluring cascades are within the boundaries of Liliw and was lucky enough to have found Kilangin Falls.
With all the accolades and recognitions that were awarded to Boracay year in and year out, my reluctance to take a journey to this top destination grew more and more as it might be too expensive or too mainstream and overcrowded. Is it really what they say it is or is it just over-hyped?
Boracay has been the flagship vacation destination in the Philippines for the longest time. It has been perceived to be an expensive place to go to and spending your long weekend on the island may not come cheap. Everything seemed so costly to be on a world-renowned island getaway like Boracay. However, there are ways to make the most of your first time in Boracay even if you’re on a budget.
Despite its remoteness, looking for a place to stay in Islas de Gigantes nowadays would not be a difficult task due to the number of resorts and homestays that can be found on the islands of Gigantes Norte and Gigantes Sur. It just boils down to which you think can offer you the best deal. As for me, I chose Gigantes Hideaway Tourist Inn as the place to stay in Islas de Gigantes.
You must have probably seen dozens of photos of Islas de Gigantes also known as Gigantes Islands as you sift through some destinations in the Philippines over the internet. Tagged as the Scallop Capital of the Philippines, its postcard-like immaculate white sand beaches and astounding karst formations have caught the attention of many and had urged them to come and spend a day or two, or even more in this so-called Paradise.
An overcast skies greeted us on our arrival at the busy Estancia Port in Iloilo after an hour and a half long drive from Roxas City. At the pier, we met our contact, Sir Nick. Arriving early gave us ample time to procure our provisions for some snacks and most importantly, drinking water. And off we went.
Gigantes Islands, have been luring local and international travelers alike in an impressive accelerated rate over the past few years. But can we, the average Joe, afford to have a vacation in this fast-rising dream destination?
I took a break from soloing and dragged my folks with me on a 9-day journey in and around Panay. To kick-off our Panay Island escapade, we sought for Roxas City, the capital of Capiz, as our first stop. We’ve spent 3D/2N in Exploring Places in Roxas City on DIY. Roxas City is an emerging economic city, 460 kilometers southeast of Manila. Also known as the Seafood Capital of the Philippines, it supplies the nation with most of the freshest seafood.
Bauan is more than just a gateway to Anilao and other distinguished places in Batangas. Bauan is vibrant, it is lively, and it is a destination on its own. To make the most of your time, go for this 7 must-try things to do when in Bauan.
Despite the rapid growth, the structural changes and fast-paced way of life in the municipality of Bauan, Batangas there are still some things that were kept simple. A river at this day would not be as clean as they were before, but I was wrong – we’ve found Abaksa River of Inicbulan.
A different kind of gem that the locals of Liliw, Laguna have been raving about. Most of them head to Mabini Street not to buy the famed Liliw Tsinelas (Slippers/Footwear) but to get a taste of their favorite Rice Toppings from Kuya Bal’s Chao Fan. But what is so special about Kuya Bal’s Chao Fan that the locals just can’t get enough of it?
Summer is in! I’m sure everyone is making their own plans where to spend their time to beat the heat. Check out Masasa Beach in Tingloy Batangas. It is heralded as the municipality’s number one tourist spot today. Why not? This once sleepy island municipality has everything in one place. To help you out in deciding whether Masasa Beach is for you, here is a list of 10 things to do when in Masasa Beach.
It was 5:15 AM and darkness still lingers when we left the house where we were staying to start on our trek to Mt. Mag-Asawang Bato. Feeling the morning breeze blowing gently made my body chill. I was with my father, siblings, 12-year old niece and cousin during this hike. Our guide said that it would take about an hour to get to the peak of Mt. Mag-Asawang Bato for beginners like us (we were all beginners except for my brother and his girlfriend) however for them they can do it in 30 minutes.
Hmmm…Was it really that easy?
Tingloy, Batangas is slowly getting recognized because of the sheer charm of one of its beaches, Masasa Beach. The pristine beauty of Masasa Beach has gained popularity through word of mouth from those who have been delighted by its splendor.
If you ever wondered where you can go for a budget weekend getaway, Bauan, Batangas is the perfect destination. It is not too far from Manila but you can spend time to break free from the chaotic urban life.
Huge raindrops started to fall, I ran down to the nearest covered stopover and in no time the whole town was already drenched in rain water. As much as I wanted to go all the way down, I could not risk the gadgets that I have in my bag getting wet, so I have decided to stay put to wait the rain out. That was when my not so ordinary travel story at Mt. Tapyas in Coron all started.
I was thrilled to go island hopping and see more of Coron’s prized wonders. We were to stop at CYC Beach, Siete Pecados Marine Park, Hidden Lagoon, Calachuchi Beach, Calachuchi Coral Eden, and Kayangan Lake. More sites tantamount to less time spent in each location but that was a not a problem, the more the merrier!
Having read tons of blogs and good reviews about Coron in Palawan and having seen those nothing but alluring photographs posted by those who have been to the paradise, made me more envious to go there and experience it firsthand. And so I did. Yes!
Since most island hopping tours start in the morning, I have nothing booked for my first day. I was looking for a bike rental shop that I read on an article but unfortunately the shop had already moved someplace else. The locals told me that there was a new bike rental shop near the hospital so I headed there.
I know that it’s not that easy to plan a trip and it’s not at all CHEAP to travel. Airfare would consume a huge chunk in my budget, plus my accommodation, then I have to spend for the tours, of course I need to eat (A LOT!), and not to forget the souvenirs. But I have to start somewhere to make it happen…Coron seemed to be a great place to start.
I have had the pleasure and the privilege to set foot on Batanes just recently and it left me in awe since then up until now. And I’m already missing it. Wow! is definitely an understatement.
I haven’t done biking a great distance like that in my life that’s why mountain biking in North Batan was a whole new experience for me. It was fun, physically possible, and quite strenuous but it was absolutely worth it.
Sabtang is the smallest of the three inhabited island municipality in Batanes. Thirty minutes away from Batan, it can be reached via a Faluwa, a type of boat which is its only public transportation, it is docked at Ivana Port that leaves at 6:30H and comes back around 14:00H every day. It was day two of my Batanes journey and I was looking forward to what I was about to set my eyes on.
I stayed in Batanes for four days and three nights and our tour guide said that it was the ideal length of stay in the province to be able to get around the islands of Batan and Sabtang. If you are extra adventurous and want to sojourn in Itbayat, a week-long stay would suffice to have ample time in case you get stranded due to inclement weather. First on my list was the island of Batan, it is where the capital of Basco is found. Batan is divided into two regions, North and South. On my first day, I rented a bike for PHP60/hour to explore North Batan on my own. I took off and sought for the famed landmarks in the region.
The larger part of the Batan Tour is South Batan. It was my third day in Batanes, I didn’t rent a mountain bike this time but instead, I joined the same group that I was with on my Sabtang tour. Unlike its northern counterpart, some of the sites in this region are distant from each other. Most of the roads leading to the landmarks are along the coast; I was already in for a treat with the beauteous view of the hills, cliffs, blue skies and the big blue Pacific Ocean and South China Sea even before we get to our journey’s end. They say that if you have been enthralled by North Batan wait until you see the South.