Philippines

The Wander Nest: Relaxing Countryside Villa & Cabanas in Panglao, Bohol

Posted on January 26, 2023

With its combination of amazing landscapes, white-sand beaches, unique wildlife and heritage landmarks, Bohol remains a top destination for tourists to the Philippines. Travelers gravitate to Panglao Island, off the southwest coast, which is connected by two causeways to the provincial capital of Tagbilaran City and the Bohol mainland. Since 2018, the island has also become the gateway to the province by air with the opening of the Bohol-Panglao International Airport. Most travelers stay in and around Alona Beach, whichRead More

Banton, Romblon: A Travel Guide to the Heritage Paradise

Posted on January 9, 2023

After exploring the provincial capital of Romblon for a three days, I spontaneously decided to stop by for a few days on the island municipality of Banton – still part of Romblon province – en route back to the Luzon mainland. The remote island sits halfway between the larger islands of Tablas and Marinduque in the northern portion of the Sibuyan Sea. It is known for its exceptional archaeological sites, colonial-era fortress, and isolated white-sand beaches that ring its mostlyRead More

5 Great Reasons to Join Suroy Suroy Sugbo Tours

Posted on January 2, 2023

Launched in 2005, Suroy Suroy Sugbo – which means “wandering in Cebu” in the Cebuano language – are the official tours of Cebu Province organized by the Cebu Provincial Tourism Office. Each of the overland bus tours focuses on a particular area in the province, stopping by every single municipality to visit the town center (usually the town church and plaza), taste the local delicacies, and watch cultural presentations. Last November 18 to 20, I was invited to join theRead More

Camotes Hidden Huts: Awesome Beach Hideaway in Camotes Islands, Cebu

Posted on December 26, 2022

After two wonderful days of scuba diving with Camotes Fun Divers, I drove my scooter to the northern end of Pacijan Island (San Francisco, Cebu) to relax at Camotes Hidden Huts, the only overnight accommodation located at the coastal area of Sitio Cogon 1, Barangay Esperanza. Tucked away within vast coconut plantations and accessed by a 700-meter long dirt path from the main road, the low-key resort – owned and managed by a friendly and accommodating German couple – isRead More

Camotes Fun Divers: Beautiful Scuba Diving in Camotes Islands, Cebu

Posted on December 18, 2022

With a world-class international airport, the accessible island province of Cebu in central Philippines has been drawing scuba divers from all over the world since the 1970s. It is one of the first scuba diving destinations in the country. Popular areas to dive are Mactan Island in Metro Cebu (close to the international airport), Moalboal in the south for sardines and coral walls, and Malapascua in the north for thresher sharks. But if you’re looking for a beautiful yet uncrowdedRead More

Pito’s Sutokil & Bamboo Rock Resort: Seafood Paradise in Camotes Islands, Cebu

Posted on December 16, 2022

Most tourists to Cebu head to the northernmost destinations of Bantayan and Malapascua for an island escape. Camotes Islands, however, offers more diverse insular attractions – such as white-sand beaches, cave pools, waterfalls, heritage churches, and highland viewpoints – that’s much closer to Metro Cebu. The island group is comprised of three main islands: Pacijan (under the municipality of San Francisco), Poro (divided into the municipalities of Poor and Tudela), and Ponson (under the municipality of Pilar). Most of theRead More