island hopping

Balabac, Palawan: An Island-Hopping Guide

Posted on March 30, 2017

Looking for deserted islands to play out your Survivor fantasies? Off the southernmost tip of Palawan is Balabac, a remote municipality comprised of 31 islands and islets, dotting the Sulu Sea between mainland Palawan and Borneo. This faraway corner of the archipelago, which can be reached in 10 hours by van and boat from the nearest commercial airport in Puerto Princesa, remains untouched by mainstream tourism – a paradise for those looking for a truly off-the-grid adventure. The island group isRead More

Caramoan, Camarines Sur: Rolling Landscape of Guinahoan Island

Posted on June 5, 2015

While Pitogo Bay stands out from the well-known karst islands of Caramoan with its marine lakes and pebble beaches, Guinahoan Island exudes a different natural beauty altogether with its rolling pastures reminiscent of the Batanes islands or Palaui island in Cagayan. Located northeast of Manlawi Sandbar and Cotivas Island, Guinahoan Island – also known as Basot Island – is an irregular shaped parcel of grassland bordered by a shallow mangrove bay on the west and desolate white-sand beach coves toRead More

Caramoan, Camarines Sur: Marine Lakes and Pebble Beaches of Pitogo Bay

Posted on June 4, 2015

The most popular cluster islands in Caramoan, Camarines Sur – namely Matukad, Lahos and Minalahos – are characterized by jagged limestone and powder-fine beaches, but outlying islands in the area evoke a different kind of beauty. Southeast of this island group is Pitogo Bay, which clutches hidden marine lakes and a grassy island with pebble beaches. Our outrigger boat entered the innermost coast of the bay and docked next to a dilapidated platform next to an abandoned structure which seemed like a guardRead More

Maimbung, Sulu: Island Hopping Around Maimbung Bay

Posted on November 12, 2014

Besides the atoll-like islands of Hadji Panglima Tahil, the southern coast of Jolo island in Sulu harbors a few more islets worth exploring off the coast of Maimbung. My friend and I enjoyed an exclusive island-hopping tour where we got to visit Bualu Bat Sanctuary, Takut Islets and Teomabal Island – thanks to the generous assistance of no less than the Philippine Marines! Fourteen Marines escorted me and fellow travel blogger Gay Mitra-Emami of www.pinaytraveljunkie.com aboard a 25-foot speedboat around Maimbung Bay. Unfortunately, centuriesRead More

Sarangani, Davao Occidental: Sarangani, Olanivan & Marorong Islands

Posted on October 19, 2014

The frontier town of Sarangani consists of three islands: the main island of Balut, the namesake island of Sarangani and the small islets of Olanivan and Marorong. A day of island-hopping can take visitors around these islands and islets, jumping off from Mabila Port on Balut Island. Tuke Maklang Beach Resort is home to hundreds of endangered flying foxes! In contrast to the prominent peak and graceful slopes of Balut Volcano which I hiked across with B’laan farmers, the neighboringRead More

Carabao Island, Romblon: Escape from Boracay

Posted on December 9, 2013

Glassy waters of Lanas Beach on Carabao Island (San Jose), Romblon Just 30 minutes north from famed Boracay Island is Carabao Island, whose territory is contiguous with San Jose, a municipality of Romblon province.  The island is also known as Hambil, hence, its inhabitants are called Hambilanons. There are two possible reasons why the island is named after the beast of burden. Some say that the island has long been populated by carabaos or water buffalos, while others say itsRead More