island hopping

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

Ticao Island, Masbate: Island-Hopping To A Seaside Waterfall

Posted on December 8, 2013

The northernmost town on Ticao Island, Masbate is Monreal, an unassuming coastal settlement with a few early 20th century colonial homes and glorious views of Mt. Mayon and Mt. Bulusan on the Bicol Peninsula at the pier across Ticao Pass. Monreal also serves as a staging point for island-hopping adventures around the northern islets, sandy beaches, rock formations and one of the most amazing waterfalls I’ve ever seen! Passing by some rocky islands with impressive escarpments and shallow caves, weRead More

San Vicente, Palawan: Tropical Pulchritude of Port Barton

Posted on May 29, 2013

Turquoise waters, sapphire skies and fecund foliage all come together at Port Barton, Palawan. Located between the tourist hotspots of Puerto Princesa and El Nido, Port Barton – a modest barangay (village) in the municipality of San Vicente – surprisingly receives only a trickle of tourists, catering mostly to backpackers looking for some solitude and relaxation. Even during the “super peak” season of Holy Week when I visited, there were barely any tourists and many rooms available. Supple sands hugged by jungle-cladRead More

Dinagat Islands: The Enigma of Bababu Lake

Posted on February 7, 2013

The mysterious marine lake of Bababu and the longest underwater cave in the Philippines! The mystique of Dinagat Islands certainly extend far beyond the capital of San Jose, where the Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association (PBMA) of Ruben Ecleo, Sr. is based. In the next town, we reached a large natural pool that PBMA members believe possesses curative powers. For decades, PBMA members have trekked the jungle of Basilisa to swim and collect its healing waters. Scientifically speaking, Bababu Lake –Read More

Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur: Island Hopping Respite at Portlamon Bay

Posted on October 4, 2012

Vanishing Island, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur I was surprised to discover that there were other sights to see beyond the Enchanted River in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. The popular sapphire abyss overflows into a bay where some offshore attractions in the barangay of Portlamon offer respite when the Enchanted River gets too crowded with tourists. Pangasinan Island – a good spot to watch the sunset Following the river, I hired a bangka to take me around the bay. We passedRead More

Caramoan Peninsula: Sabitan Laya, Lahuy, Cotivas & Guinahoan Islands

Posted on January 24, 2012

The gang strutting our stuff at Sabitan Laya, ala Survivor My travel buddy Jessica and I spent our birthday weekend with friends at Caramoan Peninsula in Camarines Sur, an anvil-shaped piece of land jutting out of southeast Luzon that fractures into numerous islands, some of them boasting karst formations akin to El Nido and Coron. This island paradise catapulted to world-wide stardom starting in 2007 as the setting of the French, Swedish, Bulgarian, Serbian, Israeli and, most recently, Indian franchiseRead More

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