Why Rizal Should Be Your Next Day Trip Destination

by Julia Escano

Despite its proximity to Manila, Rizal province still doesn’t enjoy the same tourism draw of places like Tagaytay or Subic. For many, a list of things to do in Rizal exclusively contains mountains and hikes.  But what most Manileños may not know is that the cities and towns of Antipolo, Angono, Montalban, and Tanay – which are only an hour or two from the metro – are also fast-growing cultural hubs.

A quick drive through the length of Marcos Highway from Katipunan leads you to the edge of Antipolo while taking Ortigas Extension takes you to the heart of Antipolo itself. Once there, it becomes a game of “Choose Your Adventure.” Whether you’re looking to commune with nature, eat your heart out, or get more cultured, there’s a Rizal province activity that’s perfect for you. Even better, you can mix and match activities and get a small dose of everything in one weekend.

If you think you’re ready to explore Rizal, read on to create your perfect weekend day trip.

GET IN TOUCH WITH HISTORY IN RIZAL PROVINCE

Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs

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Rizal province is rich in history and if going back in time is your thing, the Angono Petroglyphs Continue reading Why Rizal Should Be Your Next Day Trip Destination

To Boracay, and Beyond: 9 Things to Do Near Boracay

In a province like Aklan where tourists could be seen frequenting the island of Boracay, one might consider opting for a quiet place to stop and breathe. Luckily the area is filled with an array of activities randomly spread beyond what it’s famous for. Here, we listed down things to do outside Boracay.

1. Wild swimming in Hurom-Hurom springs

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Begin your adventure with the sound of fresh water flowing through rocks and kick off by riding a kayak down the river of Gibon. Spot some deer and hornbills, and stop by to say hi to some tourists you may encounter, if there’s any.

Location: Nabas; 45 minutes – 1 hour travel from Boracay

How To Get There: Ride a boat in Caticlan going to Basang then hire a van for a 30 minute land travel from Caticlan to Hurom-Hurom springs. Continue reading To Boracay, and Beyond: 9 Things to Do Near Boracay

7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do In Boracay

by Shayne Zalameda

Boracay is famous for its white sand beaches, thrilling nightlife, delicious fruit shakes, and calamansi muffins. But here, we’ve listed down 7 things to make your stay in the island beyond the usual.

1. Ride a Flybike

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If you’re looking for a more thrilling water activity, try flybike. Here, you will learn how to fly 25 feet above sea level. They say that if you know how to ride a bike, you Continue reading 7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do In Boracay

Choose Local! 10 Philippine Versions of Famous Foreign Attractions

It seems like everyone’s been bitten by the travel bug lately.

If the spread of “travel inspo” online is any indication, many of us now spend our downtime seeing new places and trying out new activities and adventures. That would be fantastic, if not for the constraints of budget, visas, safety and language barriers, right?

Well, there are local, and sometimes even better versions of foreign attractions that can be enjoyed right here in the Philippines! Enjoy them without the need for visas, a foreign language dictionary, and at a fraction of the cost*:

1. Swim with Whale Sharks

Cancun, Mexico – P7,070.72    vs    Donsol, Sorsogon – P3,750.00

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Whale sharks are the gentle giants of the ocean. As they only feed on plankton, Continue reading Choose Local! 10 Philippine Versions of Famous Foreign Attractions

6 Amazing Spots to Swim with Turtles

by Shayne Zalameda

Put your flippers on, take a deep breath, and swim with one of the sweetest creatures that inhabit the sea —the pawikans. Here, we listed down six wild swimming spots that will surely make everyone happy.

1. Mindoro: Apo Reef

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Considered to be one of the top diving spots in the country, Apo Reef is the closest turtle spotting scene for those who live in Manila. Bountiful with soft and hard corals, plus some shipwrecks, Apo Reef is an interesting dive site to observe turtles and other big sea creatures such as sharks and manta rays. Not to be mistaken with Apo Island in Dumaguete, Apo Reef is located in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.

How To Get There: Ride a ferry in Batangas pier going to Mindoro or fly directly to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro then ride a bus bound for Sablayan. Continue reading 6 Amazing Spots to Swim with Turtles

6 Camping Sites Near Manila that Will Take Your Breath Away

There are a lot of amazing destinations to go camping near Manila. They’re all easy to access and offer stunning views that’ll satisfy your wanderlust. If you feel that the bustling city streets and pollution are taking its toll on your well-being, these breathtaking camping getaways will surely give you the relaxation you deserve – minus the long hours of travel.

1. Dampalitan Island: lets you enjoy beach camping at its most serene.

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Tranquility is the first word that comes to mind when you see the pristine shore of Dampalitan Island, is situated in Padre Burgos, Quezon Province. The Continue reading 6 Camping Sites Near Manila that Will Take Your Breath Away

Asia’s Most Amazing Dive Sites

by Anj Santos

To dive in Asia is to experience the best diving in the world.

It is home to the Coral Triangle, a protected marine area that has more marine species than anywhere else in the world. Above the sea, the days are long, packed with sunshine and the people are warm and hospitable.

If you feel like exploring our vast oceans, here are the best dives each country has to offer:

1. TUBBATAHA REEF
Cagayancillo, Palawan, Philippines

Tubbataha is made up of two atolls (North and South) rising in the middle of the Sulu Sea. It is home to 374 species of corals, almost 90% of all coral species in the country.

Divers come here for its undisturbed character and the guaranteed sightings of shark in almost every dive. There aren’t many macro species here; it’s known in the diving world for its concentration of large fauna such as tiger sharks and turtles, and big schools of pelagic fish like barracuda and trevallies. Colorful and diverse coral formations that cover two-thirds of the area also add to its beauty. Continue reading Asia’s Most Amazing Dive Sites

San Vicente, Palawan Brings Back Memories of the Old Boracay

by Anj Santos

Above: A nostalgic photo of Boracay from Boracay Magazine.

Boracay is the first island to put our country on the tourist map. It became popular among backpackers in the 80s; by the 90s, its beaches were being acclaimed as one of the best in the world.

But much has changed since then. The surge of tourists and explosive business growth has led to the island’s over commercialization and considerable damage of its once teeming marine life. With its-authenticity seemingly lost, tourists have been hard-pressed to find what they once sought in Boracay – postcard-perfect stretches of sand, beautiful sunsets and crystal blue waters, far away from the madding crowd.

Enter San Vicente, Palawan. A small fishing village northwest of Palawan’s mainland, it is now gaining recognition as a center of tourism. Endowed with white Continue reading San Vicente, Palawan Brings Back Memories of the Old Boracay

Why Moalboal is Cebu’s Next Adventure Destination

by Anj Santos

Cebu is world-renowned for its white sand beaches, spectacular diving sites and bustling energy. There’s Malapascua in the north for thresher shark sightings, Bantayan further up for blinding white beaches, and good ‘ol Mactan for island hopping and city life.

South of Cebu is Moalboal (mo-ahl bo-ahl), a sleepy town 3 hours away from the city, which is now a fast growing tourist hub. It doesn’t have awe-inspiring beaches and malls and bars to speak of, for its real beauty is hidden under the sea and deep within the forests. Straight up, it’s not a place for lazy beach days – there is some physical effort and sweat equity involved in truly enjoying what it has to offer. If you’re after more than just a trip and want an adventure, Moalboal, Cebu sure delivers!

Here are some of the activities waiting for you in Moalboal, Cebu:

1. CANYONEERING

Canyoneering or canyoning involves travelling down streams, creeks and boulders in between mountains. The excursion would involve trekking and climbing, and depending on your trail, some free jumping into water and rappelling from waterfalls.

The easiest trail in Moalboal is Kawasan Falls, which does not require the use of climbing gears. It does involve swimming through rapids and Continue reading Why Moalboal is Cebu’s Next Adventure Destination

The Ultimate 2016 Philippine Travel Bucket List

By Mikka Wee

Planning to explore the Philippine’s hidden wonders and enchanting getaway destinations? May this ultimate Philippine travel bucket list help you fill up your check list:

1. Check Out the Scenic Rock Formations at Biri Island

Ultimate Philippine travel bucket list: Rock Formations at Biri Island
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Biri Island in Samar is known for its breathtaking landscape thanks to the intricately shaped rock formations sculpted by the waves. Truly an idyllic sight to behold, the view from here immediately transports you to the rock formations in Tanah Lot, Bali, where you can just sit calmly and watch the sea from a distance.

When to Visit: The best time to visit Biri Island is during dry months (March – May). It may get hot, but a little heat is better than the prospect of getting stranded on the island during -ber months!

Pro-Tip: Make sure to fully charge your batteries and cameras! This place is too scenic that you wouldn’t want to stop taking photos.

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