Monday, June 5, 2017

5 Fascinating Facts about Coron, Palawan

Here are some fascinating facts about Coron in Palawan, from how this island was formed to its environmental awards to its keepers’ greatest legacy.


Fact #1. Coron limestones were formed 260 million years ago as a coral reef along the length of Southeast Asia and was part of the China Continental Crust. It was later drafted to its present location north of Palawan by tectonic movements.

They were uplifted by tectonism some 30 million years ago and then extensively eroded by waves and monsoon rains to create its present unique “karst” topography. These limestone crops rise dramatically as cathedral-like formations more 400 meters above sea level. [Source: UNOCAL company calendar]

Waterfalls Rappelling with Kaddlagan - Itbog Twin Falls Camarines Sur

Waterfalls Rappelling - Itbog Twin Falls, Buhi, Camarines Sur
Addictive! That's the kind of term you'll be talking for when you go chasing a waterfall. To all the millennials out there, when you're out of tone to go catching your goals, try chasing the waterfalls! I tell you, you'll call it generation goals.

This isn't the first time we're doing waterfall rappelling. But the excitement we feel is always equally the same. It never changes, it never fails. It keeps coming back like a wrecking ball. (Hehehe!) I will be forever grateful to Kaddlagan Outdoor Adventure Tour for introducing this bone-boggling kind of water sport to me and to my better half.

So, what's our next final destination? Today, we'll go hunting for Itbog Twin Falls in Sta Cruz, Buhi Camarines Sur. Let me start the odyssey from Lake Buhi, in the town proper itself. We're taking a short boat trip across the lake to get to the jump-off point of the trek. (I can't tell you now how long the voyage is, it's too short to remember! hehehe!)

Travel Guide: Paguriran Island, Sorsogon City, Sorsogon Province

Paguriran Island is a small island located in Barangay Sawanga, Sorsogon City. The island is mostly composed of sharp jagged rocks, a short sandy beach and a few vegetation. The island has a small lagoon in the middle. You can walk from the main beach of Sawanga to Paguriran Island. It is just a few meters from the beach and usually during low tide, the sea level is just knee deep. During high tide, the sea level can be as high as 3 to 4 feet.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pandan Island, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

Pandan Island is located in Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa City. The island boasts a cream sand beach. There is a resort in the island and there are several cottages available for rent. Pandan Island has its own source of fresh water and it is a favorite destination for island hopping and snorkelling in Honda Bay.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Travel Guide: Pinamuntugan Island - The Hidden White Sand Paradise in Albay

Pinamuntugan Island is one of the unique island and beach destinations located off the coast of Cagraray Island in Albay. It is without refinement, a little wilder, slightly more untamed and significantly less touristy than its neighbor destinations. With a limited accommodation and infrastructure, it is surely an Eden for intrepid explorer who loves a rugged, less refined island with natural landscape. This simple and distinct island is now gaining popularity as it shines itself as one of the few white sand beaches in Albay. The island's stand-alone rock formation is somewhat the landmark and gateway of Pinamuntugan and is the premier celebrity of the island.

Calaguas Island Hiking Adventure - Travel Blog

Calaguas Island hill top view.
Here's the sequel to the story "Calaguas Island: Powdery White Sand Beach, Camarines Norte - Travel Blog". The adventure continues the next day.

Good morning my little dear sunshine! We surely had a goodnight sleep here at Calaguas camp site. When in island,  Mom usually sleeps late and wakes up early. But not today.. Everyone's having delightful breakfast now but mom? Oh well, she sleeps in.. (Feel at home and lola mo!  Feeling naka air-con.) Can't blame her.. It's likely cold in here.

Sky is always the last one standing when spending a night in an island. So, he couldn't be a morning person he actually is. I have to wake him up because we're all set for our morning short hike to Calaguas hills. If there's one thing I like more about this island is that, it doesn't only offer exciting water adventures. It also promises a little hike under the early rays of sun. We pay a hundred pesos each for this hiking. We're all itching to get on our feet! So, now we walk..

Calaguas Islands : Complete and Updated Travel Guide

Calaguas, a group of islands and islets,  is one of the best destinations in Camarines Norte. Judging from our own perception and personal experience, it is one of the best beaches and islands and by far our number one pick destination in the entire Region of Bicol. This white sand wonderland promises to outlast your expectation as it meets both adventure and relaxation.

COMPLETE TRAVEL GUIDE IN CALAGUAS ISLAND
Location: Vinzons, Camarines Norte
(Updated: April 2017)
Tinaga Hill View of Mahabang Buhangin
Calaguas Island, Mahabang Buhangin "Tinaga Hill View"
ACCOMMODATION:
  • Rooms - There are several resorts in Calaguas Island, particularly in Tinaga (Mahabang Buhangin), offering beautiful native rooms "air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned" that are able to accommodate a single backpacker  to a group of friends and families.
  • Cabanas - Available in some resorts, which alone can accommodate some 8 to 15 tourists, fronts the cove from a distance.
  • Cottages - They offer open-air cottages, large enough to shelter up to 15 aliens.
  • Camping Site - Probably the famous choice of backpackers and travelers; you may pitch your own tent or rent a tent from the locals. They offer single person tent to family size tents. You may also hang your hammock in the trees or post-anchored your hammock.
  • Restaurant - Calaguas Paradise Resort serves fresh crustacean cuisines and locally grown fruits and veggies. They also offer catering service. Waling-Waling Island Resort on the other hand is also in the edge of providing a 100 sitting capacity restaurant; ideal for conferences and team building.
  • Restroom - Resorts in Calaguas have their own restrooms and common bathrooms. If you're in the Camp Site, it's about 30 to 70 steps away from your site location.
Additional Information:
  • Natives in Calaguas Island offer delicious food. Ranging from P200 to P800, you may taste their best-served yummy seafood dishes, native chicken, pork, veggies and a lot more.
Tips: Mahabang Buhangin of Tinaga Island is the best Island to spend a night or two and the most famous island in Calaguas. Resorts in Tinaga Island offer various set of accommodations; rooms, cottages, tents, food and more.

Calaguas Island: Powdery White Sand Beach, Camarines Norte - Travel Blog

A piece of Calaguas Island.. Break free now.. It's worth a thousand tries!
Sky is tremendously happy today! All for one reason.. It's suummeeeeeeerrrr!!! He is a huge fan of a "Happy Family Forever" scheme. Well, family trip is surely on top of our list for summer vacation. We have no idea where to go yet. Not until my phone beeps with a text message from dearly dear sister. We are going to Calaguas Island! Yohooooo!

We are going camping so let's pave the way for packing back packs. Two vehicle convoys with four families including mama and papa (grandparents) are now extra ready for the ride. What are we waiting for? We're always on the go so  let's get moving! I can tell, my husband is the happiest of all. He's been waiting for this for ages!

Our journey starts with a ride to Naga City. Of course, it's early morning so we have no any troubles with the traffic. From Naga, we 're heading to Daet, Camarines Norte. Then from Daet, we're traveling to Vinzonz port. Travel time is roughly four hours in total. We are taking a boat ride from Vinzonz to Calaguas Island. The boatmen sent by the travel and tour where we booked our tour package from were already waiting for us even before we arrive.

The boat ride is crazy! The wind waves are insanely wild. I now understand why the boatmen provided us plastic materials to cover our stuff. The waves hit the boats high until the salty sea water splashes on our faces. I can see mom holding still and dad furrowing his brows. They're freaking nervous! Hehehe! But it's nothing to cause for concern. Even Sky is having so much fun with the roaring waves! He thinks we're in a movie. Hehehe. Besides, our 5-month old nephew, Kian, is not even bothered by the bouncy and rowdy ride. In fact, he likes it. Well, he's in deep sleep. You know, we can always laugh the whole thing off. To some degree, I truly enjoy it! I can feel the boat moves harmoniously with the wind sea. We go up and down like a roller coaster water ride for almost two hours. Not until we feel like the sea finally calms.

Then, we start seeing the shiny and shimmery white edges of  Calaguas group of Islands. The boatman says we're getting near our destination. They call it Mahabang Buhangin. The island slowly comes into a dreamy beautiful scenery. Oh wow! Surefire, it takes my fancy not just my craze, right away.