7 Breathtaking Spots in Siquijor Few People Have Seen

By Claire Marie Algarme

For years, many travelers have skipped the island of Siquijor because of its reputation as a mystical island where healers and sorcerers abound. But as more and more explorers discover the beaches, tourist attractions, and swimming spots of Siquijor, the veil of mystery is taken down, revealing the enchanting beauty of the island.

Blue green waters surrounding the Siquijor Island and those found inland cannot keep water lovers from taking a plunge and dipping into its clear seas and pools. No amount of potion is needed to lure travelers to Siquijor. At the Siquijor port alone, the sight of the white sand beach, with the green mountains at the backdrop and the clear water in the foreground, is magical and alluring enough to those who haven’t yet set foot on the island.

To get around the island, tourists charter a tricycle right at the Siquijor port, or you can have your resort arrange for one that will include port transfers and a tour of the island. Rates can range from P800 to P1,500 depending on the number of passengers and how many destinations you want to see. Let your bargaining skills work wonders here. Some jeepneys ply from town to town but they are quite few, and it will leave you wasting precious time just trying to get into one.

The whole island can be circumnavigated in just a day, and you can allot a few hours per stop.  From Siquijor town, you can work counterclockwise to the towns of San Juan, Lazi, Maria, Enrique Villanueva, Larena, and back to Siquijor.

1. Paliton Beach, San Juan

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Rent These Entire Private Islands in Palawan, Butler Included!

We’re sure you’ll agree: the best vacay is one that’s uninterrupted. When you’re spending what’s left of your downtime at the beach or a hotel, the last thing you want is to contend with throngs of tourists and families for lodging, or your own space on the shore. That certainly won’t be a problem if you can have the entire island to yourself — like these private islands in Palawan we’re about to show you.

Yup, that’s right! Among the world-renowned islands of Palawan are 6 exclusive, private islands that you can rent entirely. No other tourists but you and your family. Some of them come fully-staffed, with chefs, butlers, and masseuses to cater to your every whim, while some offer a taste of real island life, with some basic comforts.

Whether you want to make like Richard Branson and own a luxurious private island for a night or be a castaway with no need for rescue, there’s a hideaway in Palawan to suit your taste:

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  1. NoaNoa Private Islands 
    Northeast Palawan

This private island is so incognito it’s not on Google Maps. The tiny speck on the map, 200 feet above sea level, can be found through its exact coordinates – look close enough, and you’ll see its own pier and helipad Continue reading Rent These Entire Private Islands in Palawan, Butler Included!

Eat, Pray, Travel: Yoga and Adventure Retreats in the Philippines

The stresses of living in the city can take its toll on our health and mentality. Are daily traffic, record temperatures and constant pressure at work getting to you? You probably could use a break. Count on these wellness groups to whisk you away for a weekend (or two) around the Philippines with their yoga and adventure retreats:

1. FLOW SURF YOGA SAMBA
Caliraya, Siquijor, Subic, Bataan

Flow Retreats organizes holiday wellness retreats in beach resorts and hotels around the Philippines and Asia. As their name suggests, they offer much more than yoga – a typical weekend includes surf lessons at the best surf spots in the country, samba workshops, occasional diving lessons, and curated tours to local spots around the chosen venue.

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Their commitment to wellness also means that they serve healthy food, such as smoothies and raw food recipes. Just recently, they branched out to Manila with Flow in the City, a one-day wellness pop-up, and workshop event, and Flow Mystery Tours, a half-day tour where one discovers under-the-radar spots, healthy eats, and new ways to move the body. Continue reading Eat, Pray, Travel: Yoga and Adventure Retreats in the Philippines

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 Palawan Island Gems Most People Don’t Know About

The Underground River in Puerto Princesa. The islands of Honda Bay. Dive sites in Coron. Limestone cliffs in El Nido. Palawan Island has a host of natural wonders that make for some of the world’s most popular tourist attractions today.

But did you know that the province still has a number of underrated destinations waiting to be discovered?

If you are looking to change up your itinerary for your next Palawan island getaway or have always preferred the off-beaten path, here are seven hidden gems you won’t want to miss out on.

1. Cuyo

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Pamalican Island is a small Island part of Cuyo Islands

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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

Gorgeous Boracay Hideaways for Families and Barkadas

Summer is right around the corner, and it’s never too early to plan the perfect trip. If you are bursting to get some sea and sun with your barkada or family, Boracay is always a safe bet for fun – and then some. But it isn’t just the island’s legendary beaches and waters that could make a trip memorable; the perfect lodging could do so too. There is now a ton of Boracay group accommodations for extended families or large cliques that not only give you a place to rest your head after a night of partying, but also create a whole other experience.

Check out these gorgeous accommodations perfect for big groups like barkadas and families. We dare you to resist.

The Ocean View Penthouse at Karuna Suites

Boracay group accommodations: The Ocean View Penthouse at Karuna Suites

Boracay group accommodations: Karuna Suites (Top View)

The Gist: A serviced penthouse with 180° views of the island
P 23,757/night
The Space: Accommodates: 12
Bathrooms: 4
Bedrooms: 4
Beds: 4
Rating: 4 stars (151 reviews)
Amenities: Swimming pool
Kitchen
Butler service
Wireless internet
Air-conditioning

If you are looking for something truly remarkable, look no further. Karuna Suites Continue reading Gorgeous Boracay Hideaways for Families and Barkadas

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