Breathtaking Philippine Honeymoon Getaways for Adventurous Couples

By Claire Marie Algarme

That time together after the wedding is one of the most awaited event in a newly married couple’s life. They call it as the “honeymoon.”  And for adventurous couples who want to have a mix of romance and adrenaline rush, your honeymoon in the Philippines can be extra special as countless honeymoon destinations offer exciting activities with a touch of romantic escapes.

Wouldn’t you want to spend your honeymoon where you can bond with your partner in the most exhilarating way? Make this moment memorable by taking the road less traveled. Spend your days doing a few thrilling activities and cap them with a quiet interlude in a magnificent hotel or resort while sharing a toast for this beautiful union. If you’re looking for the best places where you can spend your exciting honeymoon in the Philippines, consider these breathtaking honeymoon destinations for a romantic getaway while satiating your adventurous spirits as a couple.

Camiguin Island: Snorkel at the giant clam sanctuary, cap the day with a dip in the hot springs, and stay at the Volcano House overlooking the island

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8 Epic Daytrip Destinations Near Manila You Can Reach by Bus

Living everyday to the fullest is our philosophy here at Ellry. And what better way to do that than by going on memorable adventures? They don’t have to be far and exotic to be exciting either. There’s a ton of day trip destinations near Manila waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. Just hop on a bus and you’re there!

If you’re looking for a thrill, cultural immersion, or just plain chillaxing, these spots have got you covered. The best part is, they’re all only a few hours away with multiple buses plying their routes daily. Whether it’s a weekend, a holiday, or just your day off, there’s no more excuse! It’s time to fill your Saturdays and free days with these awesome day trip destinations near Manila.

Biak-na-Bato National Park, Bulacan

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Located in San Miguel, the Biak-na-Bato National Park isn’t only rich historically, but also ecologically. This is the spot where the first Philippine government was founded under Emilio Aguinaldo, and where many meetings of the Katipunan were held. These days, it’s where families and barkadas converge to do some nature tripping. Most adventurers come here to climb Mt. Manalmon and its twin peak, Mt. Gola. But its tens of caves, including the Madlum and Bayukbok Caves, and the Madlum River and its giant rock formations are not to be missed either. It’s considered by many to be an easy and scenic hike, perfect for those looking for some outdoor fun without difficulty.

How to get there: From Cubao, take a Baliwag Transit or Five Star bus bound for Cabanatuan. Get off at Brgy. Kamias, San Miguel. From here take a tricycle to the jump off point.

Travel time: 2 hours Continue reading 8 Epic Daytrip Destinations Near Manila You Can Reach by Bus

This Remote Island in The Philippines is The Galapagos of Asia

by: Claire Marie Algarme

Accessible only by sea via pump boats, Sibuyan Island is one of the remote places in the Philippines. The Sibuyan Island ecotourism and rich biodiversity, such as the flora and fauna which have grown abundantly over the years when the island remained isolated from the rest of the world, has earned Sibuyan the moniker as the “Galapagos of Asia”.

Sibuyan is one of the seven islands in the province of Romblon, considered as the heart of the Philippines, geographically speaking. It is covered by forests, which made it a favorite place for exploration and study by scientists who are mapping the various species endemic in the island. It has the densest forest in the country.

The National Museum once conducted a study in Sibuyan and found 1,551 trees within one hectare which contained 123 tree species, 54 of which is unique in this island. There are hundreds and thousands of plant and animal species that are still up for cataloguing. Among the animals that were identified were the Orange-bellied Flowerpecker, Philippine Pygmy-woodpecker, Colasisi Loriculus philippensis bournsi, fruit bat species, and rodents. The pitcher plant, or the Nepenthes sibuyanensis, is one of the popular vascular plants that are endemic to Sibuyan Island.

  1. Guiting-Guiting: hike towards its jagged peaks
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Have the Most Thrilling Trek of Your Life in This CDO Park

by Julia Escano

A visit to Cagayan de Oro almost certainly entails the outdoors. With white water rafting as one of its main draws and with the Dahilayan Adventure Park so close in Bukidnon, most tourists to this progressive Mindanao city come prepared to get their hearts beating and their adrenaline rushing. But these aren’t all the blood-pumping action CDO has in store. Mapawa Nature Park lies a mere 30 minutes from the city center, and it holds adventure, not for the faint of heart.

Initially opened as a place that caters to team building activities, Mapawa Nature Park offers a unique canyoneering experience open to groups of all sizes. They are done under the supervision of expert local guides who coach and even cheer you on every step of the way. Mapawa’s river course is 100% all-natural, meaning none of its 4 main activities are man-made. It’s very much a man vs. nature thing, which eventually becomes a mind-over-matter thing. It takes an average of 5 hours to complete the trail though the guides say it could last well beyond that depending on how quickly people can complete the activities.

Going through the river course not only takes people through a slew of physical challenges, but it also has the ability to take you through a whole spectrum of emotions. Curious? Tantalized? Read on!

Stage 1: Why did I agree to this? Is this safe? Am I going to die?

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The first activity is a 20 ft. high natural waterslide that drops into a pool below. First, you have to sit at the top of the slide, giving you a perfect view Continue reading Have the Most Thrilling Trek of Your Life in This CDO Park

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

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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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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