Calayan is renowned for its pristine white sand beaches, spectacular waterfalls and incredible caves, but until just recently, the only way to get was a 5-9 hour boat ride, which was not for everyone as the sea can be unpredictable which can lead to delays and sea sickness! But now, thanks to some recent investment, a brand new ‘airport’ has opened.
San Felipe is much more than the numerous Surfing and Diving locations you can find in the Philippines, although these activities are well catered for and are fantastic, but additionally and uniquely, San Felipe offers the more adventurous traveller in the form of terrific trekking and a unique glimpse into the past heritage of the local Aeta people.
If you’ve been before to Bolinao, Cabongaoan Death Pool in Anda or maybe the famous Hundred Islands, you may think you’ve “done” Pangasinan. I’d say no. Why? Because you have not 'done' Pangasinan until you’ve checked out it’s more remote, fascinating and unexplored towns.
Pabrika Beach on the far western part of Macaboboni, Agno, Pangasinan; untouched by major tourism. The beach is home to a small fishing village and still retains a magical aura of peace, beauty, and tranquility.
Sepoc Beach is a small part of paradise on this earth and by small it's kinda literal as it is only narrow and you can stroll from one side to another in a few minutes. Part of it is a beautiful white sandy beach looking towards Mindoro and the scuba diving is famous around the world.
High on your list of must-see places in Taiwan have to be the iconic, historical and charming old towns of Keelung, Jiufen (九份) and Shifen (十分). They are rich in old world charm of a bygone era and have some of the best and atypical eateries in the country.
Beitou is a geothermally active region only half an hour from Taipei if you take the MRT. It's a popular spot for both locals and tourists, who go to enjoy its mix of hot springs, Japanese history, and its geothermally active park and spring.
It is also known locally as the 'Backyard of Taipei' owing to the abundance of flora which thrives in its tropical climate, also loved by some of the unusual animals there.
Here, one will experience the Japanese influence left in the country and the Mainland China. So let's start!
Taiwan is a culture shock for most visitors; an amazingly good culture shock and one that is sure not to disappoint any expectations and leave you wanting more at every juncture.
It’s a little crazy, very busy and intense at times but the people are so friendly and there’s so much to do that it takes no timed lap it all up and love it.
Mount Pinagbanderahan or widely known as Mount Gulugod Baboy is a hidden paradise of Southern Batangas that is only three hours away from Manila and features the scenic views of Batangas and Balayan Bay, its magnificent rolling hills and its beautiful grassland. This mountain stands 525 meters above sea level and takes at least an hour of trek to reach its peak.
The trail for this mountain is approximately 10 KM and it will take around 6 to 8 hours to finish depending on your pace. In our case, we started our adventure to Mt Ulap as early as 6AM taking a traverse day hike.
There is a new miaow source in town and you better get your paws on it quickly if you want your life to take a purrrr-fect turn!
The museum is not your ordinary museum that houses all its arts in one building. Rather, it consists of more than five buildings that give home to different arts and crafts from our Filipino artists- from modern and contemporary arts to indigenous ones.
Rizal province is undoubtedly one of the most favored places to visit for mountaineers. It is a perfect place for beginners to celebrate their first mountain hike since it is in here where you can find the right mountain to climb based on your specifications.
If you are looking for a great waterside experience near to Manila then Masasa beach is an 'easy to reach' weekend destination that is a great place to unwind from the rigours of city living.
Mt Batulao is a 2-3 hours away from Manila that has been tagged as one of the most famous hiking destinations for enthusiasts that offers a magnificent view of provinces of Batangas and Cavite.
The changing color of the sky, the flowers that bloomed overnight, the city lights, the greenest grasses in the mountain that were turned into gold, it was indeed a wonderful scenery!
It was an early start on day 4 of our Bohol Backpacking trip - we had booked a tour that would take us to multiple places in the Bohol Sea. We had chosen a popular trip, the Panglao Island Hopping Tour, that takes you out into the sea for a heady mix of dolphin watching, snorkeling, turtle encountering on Balicasag Island, and finally to The Virgin Island.
My sister and I recently went chasing waterfalls as part of our Bohol backpacking trip. We took a van ride from the Dao Bus Terminal from near the Island Mall. The departure times can be a bit of an unknown as it will not leave until it is fully occupied; we were quite lucky and only had to wait for 20 minutes. Fares are 100/pax one way.
My sister and I joined up with 8 other people (connected thru FB) who had hired a van for the day at a cost of Php1,800 not including entrance fees. In short, the cost of getting from one place to another came down to Php180 per person. Great value, but there is also the alternative of getting bikes and private cars.
Bohol is a one off wonder that has it all- the sun, shimmering, crystal clear sea, soft sand and spotless beaches, a cornucopia of amazing historic heritage sites, and panoramic sensational scenery and if that isn't enough folks, you can do it all on a shoe string if you feel so inclined.
Anda and Candijay as tourist destinations are some of the most underrated attractions in Bohol. As far as I am concerned, both these exciting destinations are a mix of Banawe, Boracay, and Cebu, but without the hustle of too many people - what heaven!!
An event that combines both fun and fitness is something you can find with Color Manila and just this July 31, 2017, the event that I and my friends were looking forward to, happened.
In recent years, a myriad of massage spa centers have emerged in the market place as people believe that they have more leisure time to indulge in some of the nicer things in life
In the middle of the ocean of Malilipot, Albay lies a spell binding scenery that surprisingly emerges when the tide recedes formed by the huge waves during strong typhoons.
But behind its beauty is something amiss, unexpectedly so - there lies people (especially kids) mostly in dire need of help!
Quezon Province has always been a favorite spot when it comes to beautiful islands- from its white beaches, crystal clear oceans and island hopping activities. For a considerably lower price than those in demand beaches that will cost you thousands of pesos, it is no doubt that Quezon province wears one of the crowns for the best affordable places to visit in the Philippines.
This mountain is a good climb for a beginner. The trail is very wide and is easy to follow, you'll never worry in getting lost. Though it still requires a deal of stamina especially during rainy season. For less than two hours, I was able to reach the summit welcoming me with this amazing view.
This little town is not as well-known as the other municipalities found in Sorsogon but, believe me, when i say that it has masses to offer, from its majestic coves to its pristine beaches - seeing is believing!
You will be amazed by the beauty of the Subic Pink Beach Island, Tikling Island, Calintaan Cave and the Juag Lagoon Fish Sanctuary.
Until now I always labored under the impression that the only thing of note in the Bicol Region was the ever-majestic and infamous Mayon Volcano, at least my childhood memories led me to believe that. How wrong can a person be? In my case, big time! There's so so much more to Bicolandia!
Travelling has radically altered my outlook on life, given me the opportunity to get things in a realistic focus and grow me (still growing).
Things you need to know if you’re planning a trip to the Land of Smiles in the near future
Make your day a glitter-filled
Bag of Rainbows and Unicorn farts !!
Every cafe I have visited has its own distinct ambiance and just recently, I came to visit a Unicorn themed cafe located at Malolos, Bulacan that is a first in the Philippines!
It is not often, anywhere in the world, that you come across a destination where it is possible to immerse yourself in theme park fun and important historical buildings all in one great day - but you can in Negros Occidental!
My cousins and I have been wanting to go to Mt. Pulag ever since we saw photos of the sea of clouds. The first rays of the sun break on the horizon and warm orange light slowly seeps through the rolling sea of clouds as they break against the mountain peaks of Luzon's highest pinnacles...
It is one of the few places in the country where you can visit to escape the summer heat and enjoy a chilly weather. Aside from its cold weather, this place also offers a magnificent view of cordillera administrative region mountain ranges and breathtaking destinations -- from its rich heritage to its indigenous culture.
Climbing this mountain requires great endurance as its trail is a never ending ascent. Along the way, there are stores where you can buy something that can cleanse your thirst or something you can chew on.
Going into Garin Farm is a whole experience in itself. If your a city dweller you will be bowled over by the warm greeting from assorted farmyard animals like ducks, chickens, pigs and cows to name but a few; you are also assaulted by their requisite odours, but then thats no worse than a lot of city places lol :D.
The Kayak Inn is the starting point for some up-beat activities that include river kayaking, rafting, mountain biking and hiking up waterfalls. For the less energetically inclined, you will be delighted to know that there are also some relaxed activities including soaking in the Kawa hot baths, full body massages or shooting the breeze with the locals.
Tourists call it Malalison Island. Locals say it’s Mararison. I call it Paradise.
Malalison Island is quite small. Tho, It is now being called The Batanes of Visayas.
This spur of the moment trip started with my arrival at Kalibo International Airport, your gateway to one hell of an experience. Armed with my trusty back pack and the thought of the wise words 'negotiate, negotiate, negotiate' It began..........
Alibijaban! Say that again – A-li-bi-ha-ban. Pronouncing it is a struggle as going to this remote island.
Alibijaban Island is a virgin paradise located at the most southern tip of Quezon and is in the municipality of San Andres.
I have a fear of swimming in open water and an over active imagination when it comes to thinking about some nasty, teeth loaded, aquatic monster rising from the depths with the sole intention of seeking me out as some snack item. Which leads me into my first experience with Scuba Diving in Malaysia.
Everything you read about Palawan talks of stunning seascapes and incredible sunsets etc etc, but the reality is that ...
If you are in need of a place of rare natural beauty, picture postcard white sand beaches and some of the friendliest, helpful locals you could wish to meet, then hurry along to Masamirey Beach.
Sagada is a truly wonderful place to visit. Rich in culture, unique history and some of the most spectacular performances that nature can deliver. It’s a place that should be high on your ‘must go and see’ list – go soon or you will regret you did not!
Fantastic Chef is a fantastic new Korean restaurant in Malate, where you can eat unlimited Samgyeopsal* for the amazing price of just PHP 499! That’s just one of the ongoing promos at the revamped Korean hangout.
It is not often that you find a luxurious resort complex, set in amazing scenery on the shores of a lake, that is equipped with fantastic amenities and only just over 100kms from Manila. Mountain Lake Resort is such a place.
Palawan is one of the best islands in the world. It is not a baseless claim and if we talk about the diversity of life both above and underwater and couple it with beautiful fun-loving people, Palawan would easily beat all the places on the list.
There is a bucket full of superlatives that are time and time again associated with these beaches, but the simple and honest truth is that they are simply stunning and few beaches anywhere in the world can upstage them.
Unspoiled, sugar-white beaches and world-class scuba diving are just some of the big pulls for both local and global travelers; welcome to the holiday brochure paradise island of Palawan.