Kinatarcan: Breathtaking Frontier Island of Santa Fe, Cebu

Posted on January 11, 2022

Situated between the popular destinations of Bantayan and Malapascua off the northernmost coast of Cebu, Kinatarcan (also spelled Kinatarkan) — formerly known as Guintacan — is a long-overlooked, roughhewn limestone island untouched by tourism overdevelopment.  Divided into three barangays (Langub, Hagdan and Kinatarcan), the island is within the political jurisdiction of Santa Fe, one of the three municipalities centered on Bantayan island. It is, however, more easily reached by daily pump boats from Daanbantayan on mainland Cebu. Aside from limitedRead More

Birdwatching in Camiguin: Spotting Rare Birds at Mount Hibok-Hibok

Posted on January 7, 2022

After driving up a dark, winding mountain road on a scooter for half an hour from Mambajao town proper, I was relieved to reach our destination safely with fellow travel blogger Elal Lasola on back ride. A day before our Mt. Hibok-Hibok climb, the Camiguin Tourism Office arranged for us to experience birdwatching (ie. birding among serious enthusiasts), the newest eco-tourism activity on the island.   We arrived at 5:30 am at the Mounts Timpoong–Hibok-Hibok Natural Monument (MTHNM) – VisitorsRead More

5 New Places to Eat & Drink in Camiguin

Posted on January 4, 2022

Now serviced by twice-weekly flights from Manila and Cebu on Cebu Pacific Air, the picturesque island of Camiguin has reopened to fully-vaccinated domestic tourists since October 25. Aside from revisiting its volcanic peaks, white-sand islands and historic ruins, one must check out the newest restaurants, too. Several dining establishments are centered around Barangay Yumbing in Mambajao, where most of the tourist-oriented accommodations are located. But if you venture off the beaten track, you’ll find some memorable eats like fern-topped pizza,Read More

Cebu Pacific relaunches flights to Camiguin from Manila & Cebu

Posted on January 2, 2022

Finally! After nearly two years of staying home in Cebu due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I was thrilled to fly again and enjoy my first vacation outside my home province. With the peace of mind of being fully vaccinated, I was really looking forward to revisit destinations that were reopening to domestic tourists with fellow travel blogger Elal Lasola.  Cebu Pacific Air — the largest airline in the Philippines — sponsored our flights to one of my favorite destinations inRead More

NC Tiger Driving School: Learn to Drive a Car & Motorcycle in Metro Cebu

Posted on November 20, 2021

Safeguarding our health has become top priority while traveling in the “new normal”. While I’ve long been an advocate of reducing our carbon footprint by using a bicycle or taking mass transport when traveling, I’ve finally decided to take driving lessons to acquire new skills and expand my options when I travel. Aside from the convenience, driving your own wheels – whether it’s a motorcycle or four-wheeled vehicle – poses a lower health risk compared to riding public transportation. EvenRead More

Treehouse de Valentine: Private Jungle Hideaway in Balamban, Cebu

Posted on October 3, 2021

Simply being close to nature can have such a healing effect on the mind and body. Just a 90-minute drive away from Cebu City, one can find a perfect escape where visitors are embraced by greenery, serenaded by trilling cicadas and birdsong, before getting lulled to sleep by the gushing rhythms of a shallow stream. Tucked in a lush gully, Treehouse de Valentine features rustic but well-appointed treehouses right next to a swimmable stream deep in the forested uplands ofRead More