Asiaโ€™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 arenโ€™t many macro species here; itโ€™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 Asiaโ€™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 islandโ€™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 โ€“ 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 Palawanโ€™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. Thereโ€™s Malapascua in the north for thresher shark sightings, Bantayan further up for blinding white beaches, and good โ€˜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 doesnโ€™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, itโ€™s not a place for lazy beach days โ€“ there is some physical effort and sweat equity involved in truly enjoying what it has to offer. If youโ€™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
Photo by Edge Genciagan/ CC BY

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 wouldnโ€™t want to stop taking photos.

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