In Search of Karst Landscapes

Karst is a type of landscape formed by the weathering of rocks, typically limestone, resulting in pronounced, often dramatic topographical features such as caves, underground streams, sinkholes, cliffs and steep-sided towers. We were surprised to find out that karst landscapes cover about 10% of the country's land mass.

Sagada: Hanging Coffins and More

Burial grounds rarely make for tourist destinations in the Philippines but in one of the highland towns of the Cordillera Region, a burial tradition of the indigenous population has made it a major attraction alongside majestic mountain scenery and more.

Remembering Coron

As the ferry slowly glided into a channel towards our destination, primeval towers of limestone rising out of aquamarine and turquoise waters greeted our eyes that cold June morning. It was our first visit to Coron in northern Palawan 18 years ago. Soon we were talking to a Danish woman who rented her boat to... Continue Reading →

Punta Villa: A Hidden Eden

It was just a footnote in the rare blogs that we encountered about Dinagat more than a year before we made this trip – a destination that did not figure in our island-hopping itinerary more than a year later. But with erstwhile regulars Sundayo Beach and Cabacungan Cove now unexpectedly off-limits to visitors, our boat... Continue Reading →

Dinagat: Caraga’s Unpolished Gem

It has numerous deserted coves, pristine white-sand beaches and verdant islands wrapped in dense jungle foliage and colossal rock formations. It’s the second newest province in the country and possesses an abundance of natural resources including minerals such as nickel but is also one of the nation’s poorest. And despite being adjacent to its eastern... Continue Reading →

Pangabangan Island’s Blue Lagoon

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... Continue Reading →

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