Danjugan Island: Dive, Trek, Discover

by Pauline Pama

Danjugan Island is a marine reserve and wildlife sanctuary. It is not the usual resort with many people and sometimes, party atmosphere. It is the perfect place if you seek nature adventure and peaceful environment at the same time. A limited number of guests are allowed per day. If you’re lucky, your group may happen to have the place all to yourselves. Overnight at Moray Lagoon Camp is 2,950php/person while an overnight stay at Typhoon Beach is 3,950php/person.

Overnight packages of Danjugan include everything you need: accommodation, meals, boat transfers, boat tour, trekking & snorkeling guide, unlimited use of kayaks, free use of snorkeling gear, conservation fee and accident insurance. Therefore, you can focus on your stay and not with unexpected expenses. If you choose to have a day trip only, they also offer it at 1,950php/person. It includes meals, boat transfers, trekking & snorkeling guide, unlimited use of kayaks, free use of snorkeling gear and conservation fee.

Note: Be prepared with power banks since there is no electricity. Also, be mindful of your water usage because running water in the island is also limited. The island’s amenities are solar-powered, and water is maximized carefully. Remember that guests are encouraged to be open-minded. Though it may be a little inconvenient to some, the island promotes environmental preservation and counts on our willingness to cooperate.

How to get there:

From Manila, take an hour flight to Bacolod-Silay Airport. From the airport, you Continue reading Danjugan Island: Dive, Trek, Discover

Experience the Old and Untouched Palawan in Port Barton

Between Coron in danger of being destroyed and El Nido slowly getting overrun, Palawan purists are in search of the good old days. Before the jostling crowds and the badly-planned theme parks, there was just paradise. Now that Palawan is approaching a tipping point, one of the small lights glimmering in the distance is Port Barton.

Port Barton, in San Vicente, Palawan, is a small, sleepy village with little to no commercial developments. This isn’t the place for luxury hotels or buzzing bars for those tropical nights (it only has electricity about 6 hours a day). It’s the perfect place for intrepid travelers and brave adventurers who truly relish in the purity of a place. In return, you get Palawan for what it is: a natural wonder and the Philippines’ last frontier, considered one of the most beautiful in the world.

Snorkeling in untouched reefs


The great thing about snorkeling in Port Barton is how many of the reefs are right off the town. Whether you decide to go far, or just explore off the beach, you’re sure to see a lot. Manta Ray Reef is a highlight, being 150 hectares in size. Its steady healing is apparent despite the damages that severe coral bleaching and typhoons it caused. Reefs near Double Island, like Fantastic Reef and Small Lagoon Reef, are also a great spot for corals and different fish species. Meanwhile, Aquarium Four and Oyster Point are right in the middle of the water and are perhaps the busiest when it comes underwater marine activity. Continue reading Experience the Old and Untouched Palawan in Port Barton

Your Travel Guide To Chasing Waterfalls In Negros Island

Negros Island is full of stunning natural attractions from its pristine beaches, lush green forests, eco-parks to its beautiful mountains. But aside from that, there are also lots of majestic waterfalls scattered all over the province that deserves to be mentioned. Well, here’s a travel guide that will help you chase some of the best Negros Island Waterfalls.

Casaroro Falls

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This 100-feet waterfall is located in the municipality of Valencia which is an hour away from Dumaguete, the capital city of Negros Oriental. Casaroro Falls a.k.a. Kalamason Falls is dubbed by many as the most photographed waterfall in Negros because of its unique appearance. It’s tall and vertically narrow compared to the Continue reading Your Travel Guide To Chasing Waterfalls In Negros Island

Nueva Ecija Activities for Your Next Weekend Roadtrip

Sitting in the center of the popular tourist provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Pangasinan, and Aurora is Nueva Ecija. It’s perhaps the largest province of Central Luzon, and yet, when it comes to tourist activities, it’s never mentioned as much as its neighbors. We’re here to change that.

Nueva Ecija may be most known for its rice fields, but it is full of adventures and unique experiences, too. So pack your bags and get ahead of everyone else as you discover this little known gem of Region III.

Minalungao National Park


Minalungao National Park is perhaps what put Nueva Ecija on the tourism map a few years ago. Today, it’s one of the most visited sites in the province, drawing weekend crowds by the throngs. In spite of its natural wonder and beauty, it’s not really the kind of place you visit for an escape. Thanks to the influx of tourists. But don’t let that stop you. The river’s gorgeous blue water, especially in the summer months, is a sight to behold with or without people. The limestone cliffs standing tall on either side are simply majestic too. Come here to swim, to float on bamboo rafts along the river, to go hiking, or cliff diving. It’s also best to come now before all the planned commercial developments such as a hotel building and swimming pools are built. It’s certainly Continue reading Nueva Ecija Activities for Your Next Weekend Roadtrip

Discover Aurora Province with These Fun Side Trips from Baler

We all love Baler. The long stretch of Sabang Beach, mountain-cool waters of Mother Falls, and laid-back vibes of the town has long enticed surfers and non-surfers alike. But it turns out that Baler is only one gem in Aurora province’s crown. Just a few hours away are several activities near Baler you can take while you’re in the area. They’re just as scenic, maybe even more exciting, and a unique glimpse into a place we all know and love.

Diguisit Falls rappel


Adrenaline junkies have more than just Baler’s famous waves to get them stoked. Rappelling down the 40-foot high cascade of Diguisit Falls is a worthy source of a rush as well. Located just off of the highway, about 10 minutes from Baler town proper, Diguisit Falls is composed of two sets of multi-tiered cascades sitting a few meters apart. It takes some effort to get to the bigger cascade, with a hike up slippery rocks and trickling water. And to get down, you can strap yourself onto some ropes and meet the ultimate challenge. There are few things cooler (literally Continue reading Discover Aurora Province with These Fun Side Trips from Baler

Must-do Batanes Activities Outside the Usual Tours

Here’s what blogs gloss over. Batanes, beautiful though every angle might be, is very small. As such tours only take a half day, leaving the rest of the day and the night pretty empty. Since it’s laid-back and quiet, there’s no semblance of nightlife on the islands either.

But don’t take that to mean it’s boring. On the contrary, it gives us city-folk all the opportunity to bask in the province’s natural wonders. So when you find yourself back at the hotel with a whole afternoon in front of you, remember these spots where you could kill time and revel in Batanes’ beauty all by yourself!

Sunrise at Valugan Beach

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Because Batanes is a group of islands, pretty much its entire eastern coastline is a great spot for sunrise. But Valugan Boulder Beach is something special. Just picture the sun rising on the horizon, right where the mountain and the sea meets and slowly lights up the giant boulders that make the shore. Top that with tall waves and their soothing sound, and you got the perfect start to Continue reading Must-do Batanes Activities Outside the Usual Tours

Fulfill Your Artsy Barkada’s Fantasies in these Spots near Manila

Picture this: you and your barkada of creative souls and inquisitive minds are looking to get some inspiration. Sure there are museums and galleries abound in Manila, but maybe you’re looking to get out of the city too. Is there a place you can go where your creative juices can be stirred without the stresses that come with traveling in the city? The answer is a resounding yes, there are awesome barkada destinations near Manila that artsy groupies like you can venture.

Not only are there quaint galleries and museums to be discovered outside the metro, but there are also places where you can get your hands dirty and let the creative juices freely flow. Bonus points: many of these spots entail a road trip and some good food too!

Ugu Bigyan’s Pottery Garden and Restaurant

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Established in 2000, Ugu Bigyan’s Pottery Garden and Restaurant has remained an underrated destination in Tiaong, Quezon. But for aspiring potters, hungry foodies, or just admirers of finer things, this place can’t be missed. Ugu Bigyan is a renowned Filipino pottery artist who decided to open his lovely home and even more delightful garden to the public.

Artsy barkadas can come here to participate in a pottery workshop, where they can learn the basics of the art. You can come here to shop Ugu Bigyan’s exquisite Continue reading Fulfill Your Artsy Barkada’s Fantasies in these Spots near Manila

Rediscover Puerto Galera with These Fun Activities

Who doesn’t associate Puerto Galera with beaches? But while its white shores get filled up by people, there’s more to this favorite destination than meets the eye. Rediscover this tourist town by going deeper into their rich landscape. Check out these fun and exciting alternative Puerto Galera activities you can enjoy apart from beach-bumming and sunbathing.

Tamaraw Falls

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Looking for a different way to cool off? Take a dip in the freshwater pool of Tamaraw Falls in Barangay Villaflor. Its 423-foot tall cascade is made up of a series of smaller cascades that merge into one grand fall at the base. Around it are also cottages perfect for picnics and chilling. To get here, you can take a tricycle from the beach areas of Puerto Galera to the Calapan Terminal, and then a take a jeep that will pass by the falls. The good news is it’s right on the road, making it Continue reading Rediscover Puerto Galera with These Fun Activities

Go for a Geek-fest in these Manila Spots for Geeky Barkadas

So you and the gang aren’t quite outdoorsy. The mountains don’t call out to you, and the beach is only fun when you have it all to yourselves. You don’t like malling either and find sifting through the crowds tedious. And those “tugs-tugs” clubs – let’s not even go there. So what do you guys do on a Friday night or a free weekend? Check out this list of Manila spots for geeky barkadas to find your answer!

Table Taft Board Game Café

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Normal meals getting too boring for your barkada? Give it a geeky twist at Table Taft Board Game Café. A fave hangout spot for Taft Avenue students, Table Taft, has a wide selection of games you and the gang can enjoy over awesome affordable food. Compliment Cards Against Humanity with their bowls, or joust over Jenga with their ice cream shakes. Whatever mood you guys are in, there’s a board game – meal combo for you. Just make sure you don’t have classes after because you might not Continue reading Go for a Geek-fest in these Manila Spots for Geeky Barkadas

This Secret Spot in Batangas is What You Need this Summer

Batangas is one of the go-to easy escapes for Manila dwellers. That’s probably why its beaches, like Matabungkay and Calatagan, are always jam-packed. But just because you want a quick getaway doesn’t mean you have to endure the crowd, especially when there’s still an undiscovered town waiting to be enjoyed. Case in point: Lobo, Batangas.

Sitting between Batangas City and San Juan, this coast town is a quiet gem filled with surprises. If you’re a nature lover and an avid explorer, check out Lobo, Batangas while you can still have it all to yourself.

Dive in untouched reefs

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Lobo, Batangas may not share the same fame as Anilao, but it shares the same rich underwater life. Lobo has vast reefs brimming with sea fans and giant bouquets, as well as critters perfect for macro photography. Some of the more exciting dive sites are the Lumbangan Underwater Cave, a 60-foot deep tunnel which gets its only light from a small crack overhead, and the Malagundi Point Coral Wall, which is an 80-foot drop covered in vibrant underwater life. Continue reading This Secret Spot in Batangas is What You Need this Summer