Nagcarlan’s Bunga Falls

Named after the betel nut of the areca palm that used to grow abundantly in the area, Bunga Falls has always attracted our interest since we first visited this twin cascade ten years ago. Located along a stream that meanders through a forested area, this waterfall sits in a quiet section of Nagcarlan town near the foot of Mt. Banahaw.

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.

Our 15 Favorite Philippine Beaches

With 7,641 islands, the Philippines has plentiful sandy beaches, coves and seaside lagoons. Visiting over 50 provinces of the country has allowed us to relish a good number of these beaches but still left out a considerable number in our bucket list. Compiling lists of this sort almost certainly leaves out quite a number of other outstanding examples but we chose to confine ourselves to the beaches we've personally visited.

Remembering Caramoan

When it was still largely unknown to local tourists, the Caramoan peninsula was featured in the 2004 edition of an international travel guide book. It was described as a rugged, pristine and beautiful landscape only accessible by boat. Caramoan burst into the scene in 2008 when the French version of the TV series Survivor featured the place. It soon began attracting local and international visitors.

Alubihod Beach, Guimaras

Sometimes you just have to go with the most popular place in town. We usually favor off-the-beaten-path destinations, especially when it comes to beaches, because they’re usually pristine and devoid of the tourist crowd. But with limited time on our hands – we were on a side-trip after a series of meetings at Iloilo –... Continue Reading →

Gigantes Islands: The Not-So-Well-Known Side

The most well-known destinations in the Gigantes Islands group (sometimes called Islas de Gigantes) are Cabugao Gamay, Antonia Beach, Bantigue Island and Sandbar and the Tangke Saltwater Lagoon. Our island-hopping took us to these destinations in a little under 6 hours. However, there are other islands and islets scattered in this section of the Visayan... Continue Reading →

Bantigue’s Sandbar

From our vantage point at the hill on Cabugao Gamay’s northern tip we spied a rocky island nearby with a long, easily recognizable sandbar snaking its way lazily in the direction of nearby Gigantes Sur. It was immediately apparent that this is Bantigue Island and sandbar – the third stop of our island-hopping tour at... Continue Reading →

Cabugao Gamay: Hidden Gem No Longer

For decades the beauty of the Gigantes Islands off the northeastern coast of Panay has remained hidden. Even as late as the 1990s tourists set their sights on Boracay Island to the west although the nearby island of Sicogon briefly gained fame in the 1970s before the resort there abruptly closed down. It was only... Continue Reading →

Coron’s Banol Beach

We were the only visitors during the first time we came to this white sand beach in the early 2000’s. Part of the Coron Island loop tour even back then, Banol Beach was our lunch stop for the day. It was practically deserted with no human-made structures in sight. Resting after our exhilarating snorkeling experience... Continue Reading →

Mayon Volcano: A Dangerous Beauty

Disembarking from our plane at Legaspi airport we immediately came face to face with the volcano but almost half of the famous landmark was hidden from view by a band of clouds. Even as we sped away from Legaspi City towards the port town of Matnog in Sorsogon province, we could only make out the... Continue Reading →

Hop Aboard Helicopter Island, El Nido

It was a perfect sunny morning as our outrigger made its way through the calm waves of Bacuit Bay on the way to our first island destination. From a distance the unusual shape of Dilumacad Island stood out with its tall and massive limestone cliffs and verdant tropical forest. Soon our boat was slowing to... Continue Reading →

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