Our boat drove that sunny morning along the western coast of Dinagat, making for the islands off the coast of Libjo town. It was the second day of our island-hopping tour and after exploring the beaches, islands and Lake Bababu of Basilisa the day before we were on the move north towards the karst-dominated landscape […]
Before we set foot on Dinagat we already knew that Bitaog Beach is one of the best in the province. During the first day of our island-hopping tour, however, we realized that the island where Bitaog is located – Unib Island more locally known as Lalaking Bukid – is home to at least 4 other […]
As our boat cut its engine and slowly glided inside the tranquil, jewel-like, turquoise waters of Babas Cove our sights turned towards the white sand beach in front of us and the towering karst formations on both sides of the cove. But the gorgeous scene wasn’t our primary destination for visiting this side of Dinagat.
Masbate has always been known as the cattle capital of the Philippines, its gently rolling hills providing an excellent setting for cattle ranching. In the 1990s, Masbateños launched an annual rodeo festival in Masbate City – the Rodeo Masbateño – and the event has been roping in tourists ever since.
With its pristine beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters and amazing rock formations, Ticao Island in Masbate province, was quite a revelation. And even though we only had a limited amount of time to go around, we were still impressed with the beaches of bigger Masbate Island to the south.
Our journey from Masbate City proper to the pier at the coastal town of Dimasalang had been an uneventful one. So far so good. But as we tried to get a boat to take us to Porta Vega Beach Resort we suddenly got stuck between two boat crews fighting over who would take us on […]
In the Philippines, most of the fascinating nature destinations are usually located at considerable distances from the cities. Not so in Masbate province as we would soon find out during the second leg of our 8-day visit to Ticao and Masbate Islands.
As stunningly beautiful as Halea Nature Park is, it wasn’t the only remarkable natural feature in Monreal on the island of Ticao. Lying to the southwest is a small island featuring a collection of slab-like boulders looking like stack of books tilting to one side and a waterfall cascading down a rugged cliff into the […]
We first learned about the unspoiled beauty of the islands and beaches of Monreal, a town in Ticao Island, Masbate about 7 years ago but kept putting off a visit to this place for next few years.
Soaking in the crowded but buoyant street scene of Hanoi’s Old Quarter was quite an experience but this Friday morning promised a radically different encounter. Cruising on the main highway east of Hanoi, we passed vast expanses of green rice fields on the way to Quang Ninh Province and the resort city of Ha Long.