Thursday, March 30, 2017

Five Reasons You’ll Get High With Caramoan


Caramoan is considered as Bicol’s best kept paradise. Even if there have been man-made changes in some islands, the rest remained unspoiled.
Paniman is one of the jump-off sites for island hopping in Caramoan.
Like the tourists that flock to the peninsula all-year round, here are five reasons you’ll love Caramoan, too.

1. It offers unparalleled coastal exploration opportunities. Whether you visit the nearest islands or those farthest from Paniman, you’ll discover that every island is an ideal spot for endless outdoor adventures. Island hopping is the big drawcard, but travelers can also experience Caramoan through snorkeling, rock climbing, trekking, as well as spelunking, mountain biking and camping.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Atulayan Island, Sagñay, Camarines Sur

Atulayan Island is located off the coast of Sagñay town (pronounced as Sangay) in the province of Camarines Sur, Bicol Region. The island has an off-white sandy beach. It is somewhat a medium-sized island with a barangay on the other side, a public beach on one side and a private resort on the semi rocky portion of the island. The island has a solar generator and has a source of fresh water. There are about several families living in the island. There are also several sari-sari stores in the island.

There are several small resorts in the island and most of these small resorts only have open-air cottages for rent. The private resort in the other cove has several rooms available for a more comfortable accommodation.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Travel Guide: Malawmawan Island, Castilla, Sorsogon Province

Malawmawan is a tadpole-shaped island located in Sorsogon Bay in Castilla town. Malawmawan is a private island and it has a brown-sand beach and a long stretch of sand bar. There is no resort in the island but there is one small hut where you can stay for the night. It is advisable to bring your own tent for accommodation. There is also no source of fresh water in the island. Only a caretaker and Bantay-Dagat personnel lives in the island. You can circle the island in a span of 2 to 3 hours.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sanipaan Island, Samal City, Davao Del Norte

Sanipaan Island is an island located in Barangay Tambo, Samal City. The island has several names. It is also called as Vanishing Island, Wishing Island, Arboles Island and Arboles Shoal. The island is mostly composed of mangroves and sandbar. Most of the island is submerged during high tide and it appears during low tide and that is why it is also called as Vanishing Island. There’s no source of electricity and fresh water in the island. There is a large concrete building in the island with a wooden pathway.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Calaguas Jaw-Dropping Island Hopping - Travel Blog

Calaguas Group of Islands.
Today is our final day in Calaguas. They always say.. "Save the best for last!" I like it when we take our ultimate succulent breakfast. Let's take a moment of gentle burps just before we begin with our next adventure. We intentionally set our island hopping before we loose our sights with these awesome more-some species of islets and islands. Let's bid goodbye to the flabbergasting, huge and long cove of Mahabang Buhangin beach. Sayonara to its fine-grained, soft and white sand.. We fell in love with you! Farewell to the rolling hills of Tinaga Island. We'll see you soon, toodle-oo!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Travel Guide: Burias Island, Masbate Province

Burias is a large island located in Masbate Province, Bicol Region. The island is comprised of two municipalities: Claveria and San Jacinto. The town of Claveria is located at the south end of the island and San Jacinto at the north end of the island. There is a road network in the island but most of it are unpaved and only motorcycle will be able to navigate the rough roads.  There is electricity in the island, however, most of the time the electricity only last for 12 hours or less every day. Each town has its own diesel-powered generator that supplies electricity to some barangays.

Burias Island also boast some semi-white sand beaches. There are few semi-white sand beaches located in the town of Claveria and San Jacinto. One of the known beaches is San Isidro Beach located in Barangay San Isidro, Claveria town. It has a long stretch of fine semi-white sand beach.

Burias can be accessed through two ports: via Claveria town and via San Jacinto town. There are daily trips going to these two towns but the access point to Claveria is via Pio Duran town in Albay province and if you’re going to San Jacinto town, your access point would be in Pasacao town in the province of Camarines Sur.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Samal Island, Samal City, Davao Del Norte

Samal Island comprises the major part of the Island Garden City of Samal. It is a large island. There are also several small islands around it. Samal Island is blessed with a lot of beautiful destinations. There are a lot of hotels and resorts in the island. There is also a source of electricity and fresh water in Samal. Paved roads connect the different barangays in the island. There are several ports or point of entry to Samal Island. Transportation is not a major concern in the large communities or barangays in Samal because there are a lot of tricycles, jeepneys, bus and multicabs that plies the major roads in Samal. There are several beautiful beaches in Samal and some these are the cream/beige colored sand in Kaputian Beach and Canibad Cove. Another tourist destination in the island is the Monfort Bat Cave.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Calintaan Island, Matnog, Sorsogon Province

Calintaan is located in the town of Matnog, Sorsogon, in the Bicol Region. The island is famous for its semi-pink sand beach called Subic Beach. The sand in Subic Beach is a mixture of white sand and crushed red pipe corals. The island is now starting to become a tourist destination in the Bicol Region. There's also an existing community in the island. Calintaan has its own source of fresh water. There’s also an electricity in the island. The electricity source comes from a long power line connected to the mainland Luzon.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

New Attractions: Chocolate Hills of Albay

A new tourist destination in Camalig, Albay is getting attention for its span of hills that look like the Chocolate Hills of Bohol. Although the hills are not as rounded and symmetrical as those in Bohol, both share a strikingly similar appearance.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Pinamuntugan Island, Hidden Paradise in Albay

Pinamuntugan Island, Bacacay Albay
Where do we go next? How much fortune do we have? You know, we don't have much of both cash and time. Needless to say, we're also ultra busy sometimes with empty pocket most of the time. These circumstances may keep us swinging for just a little while. But our strong desire to go out and play under the scorching sun always prevails in the right time.

Here we go again! Bargaining with the boatman to take us to a hidden paradise without having us pay the standard fee for the ride. Deal was sealed. We paid ₱1,400 instead of ₱1,800 for a day trip, back and forth, good for 5 human beings - from small, medium, large, extra large to double extra large. (Hehehe!). Now, we're heading to Pinamuntugan Island. According to our research, it's a private beautiful island situated offshore Bacacay, Albay. Rumor has it that the island will be developed into a resort very soon. So, we better experience it first hand while virgin.

It's just one boat ride away from the mainland, more or less  1 hour and 20  minutes from Bacacay port. It's a huge white sand beach island with smooth rock formation around. I'd like to think it's a starfish sanctuary because starfishes are everywhere! The sand is shiny white and the shore is  utterly wide. The beach water is crystal clear making it ideal for snorkeling.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Travel Guide: Basul Island, Surigao City, Surigao Del Norte

Basul Island is located in the province of Surigao Del Norte. It is the nearest island from Surigao City and its beach has a light-brown sand. Basul is a small island and there are no rooms available in the island but there are several open-air cottages that are for rent. There's an entrance fee of 50 pesos per person plus 100 pesos boat docking fee being collected by the islands' caretaker.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Travel Guide: Tinaga Island, Vinzons, Camarines Norte (Calaguas Island)

Tinaga Island is famously known for its soft fine white sand beach called as Mahabang Buhangin. This island is also called as Calaguas. However, the Calaguas is a group of islands found off the coast of Vinzons town, and Tinaga Island is just one of the islands in the Calaguas Group of Islands.