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MALDIVES

Tourism in the Maldives did not flourish until the early months of 1972, after the first resort opened in the country. Maldives’ fairly recent involvement in the tourism industry makes the country some of the lesser-known tourist destinations in the world. However, the Maldives’ tourism continues to blossom yearly, making up an average of 30% of the country’s GDP.

Male the Capital of Maldives

Today, the Maldives is starting to be recognized for having some of the best beaches, diving, and snorkeling spots in the world. Only 185 of its islands are inhabited; majority of the uninhabited islands are dedicated for tourism and agriculture. Each island is unique, and there’s so much to explore and do in the Maldives. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, read on. This is the travel guide for you.

Floating Cottages – Maldives

As a tropical country, the Maldives are hot, sunny and humid all year round, with average temperatures of 23ºC-31ºC. The best time to visit the Maldives is between November and April, these are the months with less precipitation. The peak season falls between December and March. If you want to maximize your vacation, avoid visiting the Maldives during the monsoon season from May to October.

Flights to Maldives
How to get there

Cebu Pacific and AirAsia are two of the local carriers that offer flights from Manila (MNL) Philippines to Malé (MLE), Maldives’ capital. Cebu Pacific’s Malé flights stopover at Singapore (SIN), while AirAsia’s Malé flights stopover at Kuala Lumpur (KUL).

Both carriers land on Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, which is alternatively called Velana International Airport or simply Malé International Airport.

Maldives Seaplane Transfer Prices and Schedule

Riding a seaplane is the generally preferred method of travelling between islands and atolls in the Maldives. Riding a ferry is less expensive, however, ferries travel less frequently. Speedboats are similarly a less-preferred mode of transportation, as they can become really expensive despite the convenience they offer.

Is it Expensive to Visit Maldives?

In most cases, the answer is YES. A vacation in Maldives can be cheap and it can be expensive too. It really depends on the type of accommodation you book, the food you eat and the activities you prefer to do on this island paradise.

Maldives Travel Tips
  1. The Maldives is a predominantly Muslim country, therefore you have to make sure to observe its customs. Specifically: observe the dress code in public areas. Women and men should cover their thighs, and women should cover their shoulders. This should be strictly observed when you plan to visit mosques. On the other hand, most resorts allow any kind of clothing. Make sure to always consult with your accommodation about this.
  2. Don’t schedule flights that arrive on a Friday. Friday and Saturday are weekends in the Maldives. Most modes of transportation and local establishments close during these days to observe custom. Make sure to consult with your travel agency so that you arrive on a weekday morning.
  3. Riding a ferry is the cheapest mode of transportation, and is more culture-immersive. Seaplanes are generally for the tourists. The downside of ferries is that they travel infrequently per island, and stop operating completely on the weekends. However, if you chance upon one, it will give you the best Maldivian experience.
  4. The Maldives is a tropical country, so expect that March will be the hottest month and January the coldest. August and September are generally the rainy months, and there will be lesser crowds. If you plan well enough, you might chance upon a nice, rainy weather on a weekend, and enjoy the seclusion of one of the resort islands as if you own it.
  5. There are relatively few ATMs in the country, so make sure to bring ample money. If you plan on staying in a resort during your entire stay, then money won’t be a problem. However, if you plan to explore more of the country, then make sure to have enough to cover you up. Most local, small-time shops won’t accept dollars.

Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly.

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Top Resorts In The Philippines

Hidden Island Resort

Hidden Island Resort ensure a pleasant stay for guests. This hotel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.

The ambiance of Hidden Island Resort is reflected in every guestroom. non smoking rooms, air conditioning, balcony/terrace, satellite/cable TV, shower are just some of the facilities that can be found throughout the property. Throughout the day you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the fitness center, garden, water sports (non-motorized). Discover an engaging blend of professional service and a wide array of features at Hidden Island Resort.

Two Seasons Coron Island Resort & Spa

Presenting a haven in the middle ground of fine luxury and raw nature, Two Seasons Coron is also a turtle and giant clam sanctuary, and known as the first eco-friendly luxury island resort in Coron.

Luxuries abound in its thoughtfully furnished, high-ceiling bungalow accommodations that carry a distinct contemporary Filipino tropical design. Perfect for the adventurous are the island tours and dive courses offered at the resort’s Pawikan Aqua Sports Center. You may also discover the beautiful underseas of Coron in the lap of luxury with the Molokini transparent kayaks and HydroBOB submersible scooters.

Two Seasons Coron Island Resort & Spa enchants and excites while maintaining idyllic havens and quiet spaces of relaxation to create the infinite balance for a holiday in paradise, perfect for honeymooners and families alike. Our staff, with warmth and the renowned wholehearted Filipino hospitality, looks forward to welcoming you to the island.

La Carmela De Boracay

When all the day’s fun and excitement settles down, our accommodation is the  perfect place to unwind. Each Room includes simplistic charm and warmth, and is tastefully designed with classic furniture and equipped with simple conveniences to ensure your comfortable stay.  

We have an International Cuisine Restaurant that serves local and European food. Our Bar is always fully stocked with your favorite Cocktalils and  Drinks. The pool area is perfect for them relaxing moments when you want to put your feet up and watch the world go by and Our resort is fully powered by solar energy

Paradise Island Park & Beach

What started out as a weekend picnic destination back in the seventies, catering mostly to friends and their families has become what it is today as not only the preferred island getaway for families but is also the byword for those growing impulsive groups who are so busy and yet wise enough to squeeze – in leisure in their hectic schedules at the spur of the moment.
Having a shoreline of almost eight hundred meters (800 m), it is the only place in this part of Samal Island that has maintained its shores by feeding the fishes, clean them with having periodic “Scubasurero Activities”, and has placed a “safety pole” to ward off jelly fish and rubbish, discouraging anglers from poaching the area and encouraging its visitors to enjoy the marine life and leave the same so that others may also enjoy them. Its white sand beach as well as its surroundings are combed and cleaned throughout the day giving a pure and clean ambiance for its visitors and workers alike.

Pearl Farm Beach Resort

Pearl Farm Beach Resort was once home to a pearl farm, where precious pearls were nurtured and cultivated as the ocean’s most beautiful gems. Today, it is Samal Island’s jewel; an exceptional destination just off the coast of the bustling Davao City.

Luxurious comfort, breathtaking Filipino design, a protected natural environment, and the rich culture of the southern Philippines meet. Together, they create a relaxing, private retreat unlike any other in the Philippine archipelago.

Experience Nature in Sevilla Hanging Bridge, Bohol

The bamboo hanging of Sevilla, Bohol located at Loboc, Bohol. Entrance fee is Php35. 00 per person and the income is used for the maintenance of the bridge. Open 24/7 for children under 9 years old is free. How to go to Sipatan Hanging Bridge. From Tagbilaran City, go to the municipality of Sevilla. It is 36 kilometres away from the city through the Loay-Interior road. Ask the driver to drop you off at barangay Poblacion, where you can walk your way to the bridge.

Bamboo Hanging Bridge Brief Description

The Bamboo Hanging Bridge crossing the Sipatan River in the Municipality of Sevilla, Bohol, is a fun tourist attraction. Originally constructed using just bamboo and rope, today the rope has made way to steel cables, giving added safety and stability. The deck of the bridge is formed out of woven bamboo slats. In places some of these appear broken but it’s still sturdy enough to take the weight of tourists, locals and even small motorcycles. The bridge spans around 40 meters and offers a great view of the emerald Sipatan River below. There are actually two bridges now, so foot traffic is reduced somewhat with I believe a one-way system in place, you cross on one bridge and come back on the other. (https://bohollifetours.com)

Our experience there was a little bit scary because I’m not into crossing bridges with deep river below. We had to cross the first bridge and the movement of the bridge make us feel uneasy, as it will bend and sway more than normal. When we reach at end of the first bridge there are stores for souvenirs and buko juice. For the second time around we had to cross the second bridge and fighting again our fear to fall off but for you to relax, take your time and enjoy every movement or the sway of the bridge. Overall, we had a great time and experience together with my family.

Hinagdanan Cave in Bingag, Dauis, Bohol

Hinagdanan Cave is located specifically at Bingag, Dauis, Bohol with an entrance fee of Php50.00 and additional Php20.00 for parking fee . Hinagdanan Cave is open Monday to Sunday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. It is a naturally lighted cavern with a deep lagoon and many large stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is lit by sunlight which filters through holes in the ceiling. If you are from Tagbilaran (Bohol’s capital), going there is easy. In my estimation, you can reach the cave in around five to ten minutes. If you’re commuting, you can get there by a tricycle or a rented motorcycle.

Hinagdanan Cave Brief History

Hinagdanan Cave was accidentally discovered when the owner of the area was clearing the decaying branches of the land when he found the hole. The owner threw a stone into the hole, then he heard a splash. Then he built a ladder to get into the cave. They named it Hinagdanan, means “laddered” used to get into the cave’s interior. The cave is about 100 metres long of beautiful rock formations. The stalactites and stalagmites stick out from the ceiling and floor of the cave as though trying to meet each other. Inside the cave, there’s also a lagoon with a greenish surface produced by the green limestone at the bottom of the pool, where people used to bath in the lagoon, however, it has been advised to not go dip into the lagoon because of the karst pollutants present in the water.

My experience in Hinagdanan Cave was very amazing. I didn’t expect that there are hidden beautiful creation made by nature. It was very challenging to us because it has a narrow space and stairs going down to reach the lagoon. The water was very cool and fresh and the depth is up to 10 to 12 meters deep but if you are afraid of deep water you can swim on the side of the lagoon. Overall, it was the best experience and the best cave I’ve been to.

Famous Chocolate Hills in Bohol

Chocolate Hills is the government-owned Chocolate Hills Complex in Carmen, Bohol, -are a geological formation in the Bohol province of the Philippines. The famed Chocolate Hills of Bohol are not only two but more than 1,268 cone-shaped hills – a very strange geological formation that has baffled a lot of geologists. The hills are spread over an area of 50 square kilometres or more and vary in size from 30 meters to 120 meters in height. The Chocolate Hills appear to be seemingly endless when viewed atop the hill in Carmen town. The viewing deck there gives you a 360° view of the hills “as far as the eyes can see”. It is more majestic when viewed from a plane – them appearing to be thousands of mole hills dotting out from verdant surroundings. They are covered in green grass that turns brown during the dry season. (Wikipedia)

Personal experience

I grew up in Bohol and I’ve been there 3 times even though it is far away from our home.  For an entrance fee Php50 per person you can see a wonderful landscape of hundreds truffle looking hills. This is my most favorite spot in our place I swear! Why? Because this is one of the most picturesque places in the world, the hills are perfect, all I can say it is really amazing and a beautiful creation made by nature, a nature that was very relaxing view when you see it personally, good for pictures for those who likes taking/collecting pictures for memories. To reach the viewing deck my family and I have to climb 214 steps but don’t worry there are rest areas along the way, which we can rest and catch our breath. I could recommend you that entire if want to visit there, it’s better to go or visit there early in the morning like 6 o’clock, to avoid much heat from the sun. How to Get to Chocolate Hills from Tagbilaran? Just take a bus to Carmen city at a bus station near island City Mall and ask the driver to take you off at Chocolate Hills. There is a billboard on the road, so you will not miss it. Opening times are between 9 to 4 pm and cost around Php50 for an hour.

Bohol Tarsier Conservation Area in Bohol

Unique attraction featuring close-up views of tarsiers, with tours & a souvenir shop. Located at Loay Interior Road, Loboc, Bohol. To get here, if you’re from Tagbilaran you can take a bus bound to Sikatuna. From there, you just need to walk in until you see their ticketing office.Bohol Tarsier Conservation Area is open every day between 8 am to 5 pm (Google)

Why visit Bohol Tarsier Conservation Area ?

Such an informative and one of my favorite tourist spot in my place why? Because for an entrance fee of Php80.00 you can experience them up close in their natural habitat. With attendants closely observing every tourist ensuring they are not stressed by touching or making loud noise and have to be silent on this tour, as the attendants introduce us that tarsiers are nocturnal, meaning they sleep during the day. When we arrived the staff/attendants guide us where to go. The centre for the Tarsiers has been built very well and accurate for the tarsier to survive. The place is a little bit cold because they are surrounded with lots of trees. It’s nice to see tarsiers for the first time in person, they are really cute and sensitive and fascinating to see. The tarsiers are strategically placed throughout the walk through at their sanctuary. We can find a number of Philippine Tarsier in this place for conserving them as we all know that they are endangered species here in our country. Salute to my Co-Boholanos/Boholanas for taking care of these one of a kind creatures and also to our tourism. As they maintained it and preserved well our natural resources. I am hoping that our next generation will still get a chance to see these cute and cool endangered creatures at our place.

My overall experienced here was very good, and happy to have a close up views of tarsiers, which was one of my wishes before, when I was young. I thought they are big as what I have seen in many posters or pictures but when I saw it personally, it was like (WOW) shocking reaction that they are just smaller than I thought and super cute.

Man-made Forest, Bilar, Bohol

The Bohol Forest is a man-made mahogany forest stretching in a two-kilometer stretch of densely planted Mahogany trees located in the border of Loboc and Bilar towns. This rainforest is about 20 kilometers from Tagbilaran City. Plying the interior road from the capital, one passes the town of Loboc and what the Boholanos call the “tina-i sa manok” (chicken’s intestines) which refers to the winding road up the mountain of Loboc going towards Bilar. Opens 24 hours. No entrance fee.

Man-made forest History

The man-made forest stands out because of the uniformity in height of the big trees, the spread of its branches, thickness and design of leaves. Trunks, some thick and others just a few months old, grow resplendently straight up towards the sky which is obscured by the branches and the thick leaves. What you see are only the Mahogany trees that look like thousands of sentinels guarding the road, standing erect. One only sees the brown trunks stretching forth from the earth and the green canopy above. And that’s what makes them look so attractive! Looking at them gives you the creeps. Like tentacles of a giant octopus, the roots seem to reach out and grasp the unwary passers-by. When you enter the forest, one will feel the abrupt change in temperature, especially during summer or hot season. The Loboc-Bilar man-made forest plays host to many visitors, locals and foreigners alike who take time to view it from the road and take pictures. The Metro Manila filmmakers often use the forest as a backdrop for some of their action films. Some groups go hiking thru the woods and up the mountain. Mountain bikers often use the wide asphalt road that traverse the forest aside from the day-to-day buses and public transport that ply between the towns (https://www.bohol-philippines.com/mahogany-man-made-forest.html).

Our experience there was nice and relaxing, we ate lunch at their park like place where you can bond there with your friends and family. We enjoy the cold breeze air, taking pictures and roaming around the beautiful formation of the man made forest. Bohol Forest has no entrance fee, you can enjoy there freely and inhale fresh air.

EL NIDO PALAWAN THINGS TO DO – BE MY MUSE

EL NIDO PALAWAN

Have you ever thought of traveling to El Nido, Palawan? If you love to travel and give yourself a break, give a little space from the tiring days and weeks. Traveling is a time to relax and enjoy and it imparts a fresh outlook, a new zeal into your life.

There are so many places in the Philippines where you can spend your vacations. The country can offer you a lot of new things to experience that will surely surprise you. The street foods, the native dishes, beaches, and natural resources that we’d love to introduce you. Tourist loves to spend their times enjoying the heat of the sun for a change, sun bathing and exploring beaches. Philippines are very rich when we talk about natural resources and tourist spots. The most exciting experience in Philippines are the Filipinos who will love to welcome you for your stay.

One of the country’s paradises is Palawan, an island province of the Philippines that is located in the MIMAROPA region. It is the largest province in the country in terms of total area of jurisdiction. Its capital is Puerto Princesa City, but it is governed independently from the province. The islands of Palawan stretch from Mindoro in the northeast to Borneo in the southwest. It lies between the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea. The province is named after its largest island.

Where is El Nido?

El Nido is a first-class municipality and managed resource protected area in the province of Palawan in the Philippines. It is about 420 kilometers (260 mi) southwest of Manila, and about 238 kilometers (148 mi) northeast of Puerto Princesa, Palawan’s capital.

El Nido Palawan is the ultimate place for diving, island hopping, snorkeling, and kayaking. This piece of paradise is renowned for its mangroves and tall limestone cliffs that are about 250 million years old. It has 4 archaeological sites, 45 islands, and around 888 varieties of fish are found in Bacuit Bay.

The unique beauty of El Nido has had a lasting appeal on the nature fans. It has the most distinct ecosystems in the country and is safeguarded by the foremost institutions in the Philippines. Its exceptional magnetism and out of sight escapades will leave you spellbound and make you travel to the place all over again.

How to get there

To reach El Nido, it is recommended traveling by air as it is the fastest mode of transportation. The flight from Manila takes only one hour and fifteen minutes to reach Lio airport. Aieswift is the only airline that flies to El Nido (+63) 915 5097024, (+632) 318 5941, (+632) 318 5942, (+632) 318 5943.

You can also fly to El Nido from Clark, Davao, and Cebu via Airswift.

Travel Tips and Reminders
  • Make sure your tour guide is licensed, Licensed tour guides have been trained to minimize the damage to the environment. They are also trained in how to do first aid and they can provide you with interesting facts and information about each island or destinations you are visiting.
  • Always wear a life jacket – A life vest protects both of you and the coral from damage.
  • Be careful not to step on the coral – Dangerous organisms sometimes live on the surface of the coral and it is unsafe for you to step there. Touching or stepping on corals also damages the habitat of other marine species.
  • Be aware of your waste – Help El Nido to stay clean by using environment-friendly/reusable containers. Refrain from littering and lastly, segregate biodegradable from non-biodegradable wastes and put them in proper waste containers.
Important Things you need to know
  • El Nido is now collecting Eco-Tourism Development Fee (Php200 valid for 10 days)
  • Waste Segregation is practiced in the town proper. The penalty for littering at any public place is Php100.
  • Swimming attire is not allowed in the town streets.
  • Taking shells and sands from the beach is prohibited.
To travel, to experience and learn: that is to live 🙂

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Sagada is a place that one cannot forget. Its a small town in the Mountain Province, Philippines. Sagada is famous for its “hanging coffins”.

Sagada is one of the ten municipalities of Mountain Province in the Cordillera Administrative Region. Sagada lies in a small valley at an elevation of 5,000 feet above sea level in the Cordillera mountain range of Northern Luzon, 415 km. from Manila via Baguio and 18 km. from Bontoc, which is situated in a larger valley beside the Chico River.

Sagada is a town in the Cordillera Mountains, within the Philippines’ Mountain Province. The nearby Sumaguing Cave has unusual limestone formations. To the north, Bomod-ok Falls has a natural swimming pool. Rice terraces are carved into the area’s surrounding mountainsides.

How to get to Sagada?

From Manila:

There are very few bus lines that offer direct trips from Manila to Sagada.

Buses leave from their terminal at Cubao, Quezon City at 9PM daily. The route passes through the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, and Ifugao.

For bookings, you can contact:

Coda Lines: Telephone – 0927-559-2197 or 0929-521-3229.

Language in Sagada

The People of Sagada speak a language called Kankana-ey. It was referred to Igorots (people from the mountains). They are sturdy and industrious.

Learn Few Kankana-ey Words

Gawis ay agew mo [Good Day to you!]
Gawis ay agsapa [Good Morning.]
Gawis ay masdem [Good Afternoon]
Gawis ay labi [Good Evening]
Nalpuam? [Where did you come from?]
Umayam? [Where are you going?]
Entako. [Let’s Go.]

Sagada Travel Trips

  • All tourists who arrive in Sagada are required to pay Php 70 for the tourism fee at the tourism office. They will issue a receipt, which you should keep with you to give you access to tourist destinations like Samaguing Cave, which requires a guide.
  • Bring your own pocket Wi-Fi. Internet access is not too stable, poor signal.
  • If you are more of a card person, get used to bringing along paper money. All establishments here (souvenir shops, restaurants, accommodation) only accept cash for payment.
  • Conserve water. Like Baguio, the supply of water in mountainous Sagada is limited and expensive.
  • Bring your own water bottle. Let’s help our environment by minimizing the consumption of beverages in plastic bottles.
  • Do not go out too late in night. Some roads are not installed with lights, and the rocky terrain will make it difficult and very dangerous to walk around at night.
Shout out all your frustrations in Sagada <3

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