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Things to do in Bohol Philippines

Chocolate hills and tarsiers made me wanted to visit Bohol as well as the thrill and adventures along Panglao beach. I’ve been everywhere in the Philippines, and Bohol and Cebu are the two popular cities that triggered my wanderlust and itchy feet this time.

So what are the most fun and thrilling things I did in Bohol for 3 days?.

1. Settled in a cool, quiet and hippy Chill-out Guesthouse which has been famous to most tourists. They have a nice and clean accommodation, friendliest staffs, and very relaxing rooms and balconies. This place will easily make you feel at home with its native ambiance and peaceful surroundings. One must be booked in advance to be accommodated, as they only have 9 rooms and always been fully booked.

 

2. Roaming around Alona (Panglao) beach resort is a must. Seeing a lot of tourists from others parts of the world, bars, pubs, sing along bars, restaurants, and other Korean supermarkets made me feel like I was in Boracay. Walking on the beach gave me an ambiance of Boracay, however, it’s the ambiance I felt 7 years ago when I first visited that place. Alona beach offers a lot of hangout places and different restaurants that you can choose from. They have different bands who played good music on different genres.

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3. Seafood and beers with a good band playing at Trudi’s place is a must place. You’ll surely love the simple beach front restaurant with affordable meal prices and cheap beers. Grilled fish shouldn’t be missed here.

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4. Catch a sleeping tarsier “a nocturnal mammal” while enjoying the short trail at the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary. You’ll surely love these tiny tarsiers with big eyes. Tourists are advised not take photos with flashes and to stay quiet to not disturb these animals.

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5. Visit the famous chocolate hills and have your Instagram worthy pictures. Taking the 220 stair steps is worth all the sweat and effort, as it’s the only and best way to watch the beautiful chocolate hills.

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6. Stopped by on the man-made forest. One must be careful taking selfies and photos as there are plenty of vans and other vehicles passing by

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7. Enjoy Loboc river while feasting on a buffet lunch with seafood and other cuisines. The tour takes an hour and you’ll definitely enjoy the food and the river tour. Loboc Cruise price is P450.00.

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8. Dare to try the Sepatan Twin Hanging Bridge. I was a bit confident for this one and paid P15.00 for the entrance fee. I thought it will be easy for me, yet I was wrong. I got a fear of heights which made my knees trembling and leaves me sweaty. It was scary for me especially when other tourists are jumping off and make this bridge a bit hard for me. Thank God I finished the round trip walk on the bridge. Sorry for the photos, I just can’t stand straight and take good photos, haha.
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9. Visit the butterfly sanctuary and animal park. P90.00 will be collected for the entrance fee but you may opt to see the butterfly sanctuary only for P45.00. For me, seeing and holding the butterflies are a bit more fun than touching the yellow snakes on the other side of the sanctuary. I did enjoy though the monkeys who are too showy and sweet with their partners. Too cute not to catch your attention.

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10. Chilling at Alona Vida Coco Vida bar on my last night was the best. This place got the best band who plays great music. No wonder why there are plenty of people giving tips and dining in the place and enjoying their beers and cocktail drinks.

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Other than the things I’ve mentioned above, you may opt to try the following activities especially if you’ll be staying more than 3 days in Bohol;

Pamilacan Dolphin and Whale Watching
Calape Fish Sanctuary Glide
Loboc Eco Park Adventure
Standup Paddling (Loboc)
ATV Eco Adventure
Firefly Kayaking (Maribojoc)
Cabgan Island Bat Watching & Mangrove (Tubigon)

How to get there?

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By Air:

Book your flight on Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and AirAsia. There are 7 flights daily from Manila to Tagbilaran and the flight will take an hour.

By Sea:

Take a 2-hour fast ferry-boat ride from Cebu to Tagbilaran. Trips are daily for Weesam Express, Supercat, and Oceanjet.

By Land:

You can ride a bus via Mega Bus Line and Silverstar (air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned buses) in Cubao terminals. The trip will take two days and one night.

Have you been to Bohol? Share your wonderful experiences in this beautiful place. Let me know your thoughts by commenting through the comment section.

10 INSPIRING Travel Quotes

I wanted to share inspiring wanderlust quotes that I’ve read from books, the internet, and other sources. These quotes inspired me to do more adventures and see the most beautiful places that I’ve only seen on postcards and Instagram. These quotes are the reasons why I fell deeply in love with photography, voyage, and mother earth, and I’m very grateful to share some of the pictures that made all my travels worthy, heart-stopping and heaven-sent.

Here are the 10 travel quotes that will spark your desire and longing for travels and adventures;

  1. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain
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  2. For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move. – Robert Louis Stevenson

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  3. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu

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  4. The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust

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  5. We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us. – Unknown

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  6. Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  7. If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there. – Lewis Carroll

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  8. Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey. – Pat Conroy

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  9. I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question. – Harun Yahya
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  10. The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. – St. Augustine

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Mount Tapyas

One of the most memorable spots in Coron Palawan where I love to watch the sunrise and sunset is Mount Tapyas. Mt. Tapyas is one of the highest points of Coron Palawan. The giant metal cross serves as a landmark that can be seen day and night because it is brightly lit. It has 700+ stairs steps and handrails all the way up which makes it a bit easier to climb.

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Why do I want to come back in this place?

1. It gives a great view of the beautiful town of Coron and its neighboring islands.

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2. It’s the perfect spot to watch the sunrise and sunset

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3. The feeling of fulfillment is great once you reached the top of the mountain.

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4. The back of the holy cross has a short trail that leads to a resting place, green grass, nature, fresh air and the other side of the mountain.

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The short trail at the back of the cross
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The short trail at the back of the cross
5. Good for people who wants to enjoy a quiet and serene place in Coron

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6. Lastly, it’s free for everyone

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Before you start to climb, ensure you read these tips:

  • Bring enough water
  • Wear sneakers/sandals if possible
  • Climb 30-60 minutes before the sunset
  • Bring insect repellent especially if you’re going to do the short trail at the back of the cross
  • Bring extra clothes/towels
  • Don’t forget phone/cameras for taking perfect photos
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How to get there?

From the town of Coron or your hotel, you can ride a tricycle and just instruct the driver to take you to Mount Tapyas. You can also book a town tour as Mt.Ttapyas is included in the town tour packages being offered by the locals and tour agencies.

If you have questions, tips, or want to share your experience in climbing Mt. Tapyas please let me know in the comments. I would love to hear from you.

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El Nido Palawan

If there will be a place that I would like to go back to, it will be El Nido Palawan. I’ve shown you some of my travels and adventures for 2016, which includes Hongkong, Boracay, Zambales, Bicol, Coron, etc…but, I never posted the first adventure I’ve made in January of 2016 which triggered my wanderlust and passion for travel and photography.

It’s also the reason behind my solo travel in Coron, Palawan which is the other side of El Nido. It made me very curious how these two beautiful places in Palawan are different and unique from each other.

I’ve mentioned how beautiful Coron is, in my previous posts on My First Solo Travel Part II: CORON” and TOP 10: THINGS TO DO IN CORON PALAWAN.

Now, it’s about time to share how El Nido made me fall in love with it, and why I still want to return this year to this beautiful paradise?

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Beautiful El Nido

On the 13th of January 2016, my friend and I arrived at Puerto Princesa International Airport early in the morning. It was suggested by our tour operator to book an earlier flight, as the travel time from Puerto Princesa to El Nido will take 5-6 hours. The van driver picked us at the airport and we proceed with the itinerary. Day 1 was actually spent for our flight and van transfer, and check in to the hotel. We had free time to relax, eat, and roam around the city proper at night.

Read More: TOP 10 REASONS WHY I LOVE SORSOGON

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Spin Hostel: Credits to Benjo Beringuela and Spin Hostel.

We chose Spin Hostel because of the good ambiance, clean rooms and they have a cool hangout place for everyone. They have good reviews and they have friendly staffs. It’s a great hostel for everyone and I will definitely recommend it.

Day 2: After our breakfast at the hotel, we were picked up for the El Nido Island Hopping Tour A. We left at exactly 8:00 AM and went to the port of the town where the boats are located.

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This is where the tour begins 🙂

We visited the Small Lagoon, Big Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, and Seven Commando.

Tour A is the tour everyone should get as it will show you the highlights and the most beautiful lagoons you’ve never seen before. It will let you swim from a small to large nature pools with blue-green, clear water, surrounded by dark and sharp limestones. My friend enjoyed cliff jumping as there are few spots to do that. You won’t see fishes and corals from the small and big lagoons, only giant sea urchins which you have to take extra careful. I was having so much fun and jump to the water while my friend is kayaking. I was on the edge of the kayak and didn’t notice that my foot hit a sea urchin. It was bleeding already and I got scared but thankful our guide assisted me. Just be careful when swimming in the big lagoon.

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Big Lagoon
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Small Lagoon

We enjoyed the island hopping as it showcased the beautiful and colorful sea creatures, fishes, and coral reefs. Swimming and snorkeling will be unforgettable and any person would want to come back and stay longer just to see these wonderful islands. These are the reasons why El Nido is included in “Most Beautiful Beaches in the World. Pictures are beautiful yet it won’t give justice to its beauty especially when you experience it up close.

We had our lunch at Simizu Island which is actually the lunch area for Tour A. Simizu is a small island surrounded by mountains, crystal clear water and rock formations. We had a great seafood, rice, fruits, vegetables and grilled meat prepared by our guides. They are very friendly, helpful and very accommodating.

Note: Boat Fee; Tour Guide; Picnic Lunch; Life Vests; Boat or Staff Assistance during Tour are all included from the package tour we get.

On our Day 3, we had our Island Hopping Tour C. We visited the Hidden Beach, Matinloc Shrine, Star Beach, Secret Beach, and Helicopter Island.

Matinloc Island has so much to offer, and it has The Secret Beach which is our favorite from this tour, and we enjoyed it so much. Matinloc has Kalmung Point and Kulasa Beach which are great snorkeling areas. We also visited the Matinloc Shrine known as Shrine of Our Lady of Matinloc and Shrine of the Blessed Virgin which is a sacred monument built in 1982 to honor the blessed virgin Mary.

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We had our sumptuous lunch at the Star beach. This beach has beautiful coral reefs and colorful fishes which made this unforgettable for me. While our tour guides are busy preparing our food, we are having so much fun snorkeling and exploring this fantastic snorkeling area.

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Star Beach 🙂

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Our Day 4 was actually a free time, but instead of spending it for town tour, we hired a tour guide who accompany us to some places not part of the tour packages. It will be good to talk and ask the locals for some off the beaten path spots, and we never regret our decisions. We wake up at 6 am and started climbing the Taraw Peak which is the highest point in El Nido. One should not try climbing alone as the limestones are sharp and steep and it’s a bit dangerous. There are things to consider before you climb, like proper clothes, water, shoes and local tour guides to guide you with the trail. I got so many bruises, but I enjoyed this climb. I’m so proud of myself to conquer my fear of heights by seeing the stunning summit of Taraw Peak.

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Ms. Happy Rabbit enjoying the gorgeous view of El Nido at Taraw Peak 🙂 I never thought I could climb this high..haha. With this view, it’s worth all the sweat and bruises on my legs.
 After our climb, we went back to our hotel and prepare the things we needed for our next activity. We ride a tricycle going to our next destination, proceed with hiking that last for less than an hour. It’s tiring but it’s also a good way to explore the hidden spots of el Nido. We chase a waterfall, stayed a bit longer and swim the cold water coming from the mountain. Hot springs are also a must visit and you can ask for guides and tips from the locals.

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Our guide took us to another spot which is Nacpan Beach. I can’t remember how long it took us to get there. We only paid the entrance when we arrived. There are cottages and restaurants that are available in this area. We treated our tour guide and our driver for lunch and some beers. We enjoyed the fruit shakes and of course the vegetables and seafood for lunch.

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Nacpan Beach: Credits to my friend Aron M. 🙂

Nacpan beach is famous for its white powdery sands, clean and pure water, friendly and hospitable people. It has great waves that are excellent for surfing and volleyball courts. It has long shorelines and probably one of the best beaches I’ve seen in El Nido. We stayed until 3 o’clock in Nacpan, then we headed to our next destination which is Las Cabanas Beach.

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Las Cabanas: Credits to my friend Aron M. 🙂

If you want to relax on the beach, looking for bars and restaurants, and planning to ride a zip line to enjoy the view of El Nido, then, you must visit Las Cabanas Beach. It’s accessible via tricycle and drivers can take you there, and I also saw some tourists who are actually patient to walk from the town to this area.What I love on this beach is the good vibe for relaxation, you can just lay on the sand, do sunbathing, drink and party with your friends, cuddle with your hubby and enjoy watching the stunning sunset.

After we’re done with our activities, we rest a bit, freshen up and headed to the town to eat and dine at seafood restaurants. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from and you can pick the seafood and the kind of dish you’d like for them to prepare for you. Dinner at the beach with candlelight, great food, and good music are perfect. Also, we enjoyed the night by visiting the famous reggae bar with drinks, dance floor, and perfect reggae bands. The bands are all great and they even sounded like Bob Marley. It’s a must visit place for people who loves fun, music, and party.

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For our Day 5, we had our breakfast to El Nido Boutique & Art Cafe. We actually ate there for a couple of times as they have great food, cocktail drinks, comfortable and relaxing ambiance. You can sign up for island hopping tours and van transfer there. After breakfast, we checked our emails only to find out that our flight was rescheduled the next morning. Our trip was supposed to be 5 days and 4 nights, however, due to some changes, we have to change our plans. We talked to our tour agency and thank God that they still accommodate our van transfer the next day, and we find another affordable hotel just to stay for one night.

What we did for that day is town tour, food tripping and we got massage for our tired and exhausted bodies. We rest in the afternoon, and we went to Las Cabanas Beach just to chill and unwind. My friend went for a night dive while I had my cocktail drinks at El Nido Boutique & Art Cafe while waiting for him.

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Day 5 at Las Cabanas
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I’m so in love with this sunset 🙂
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This is worth waiting at Las Cabanas 🙂

We had a fabulous and amazing time in El Nido and spending 6 days and 5 nights seems short as we no longer want to go back to Manila after witnessing the paradise in Palawan.

I will be sharing our itinerary, guides, travel agency, hotel accommodation and more of El Nido in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

If you have questions, tips, or want to share your experience in El Nido, please let me know in the comments. I would love to hear from you.

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The Greenery

A few months ago, I shared some tips on our #swiss weekend getaway. Our wonderful experience from Crosswinds Swiss Resort made us want to come back sooner. But since our #squad are looking for other beautiful places that we can share with you guys, we decided to visit a place that gives a #Hollandfeels experience.

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For less than two hours of travel time from Manila, you can enjoy the breathtaking and famous prenup destination for wedding couples in Baliwag. The place is called “The Greenery” and well known for its picturesque and gorgeous landscape.

We ride a Baliwag bus that took us one and half hour due to traffic. It’s best to travel early in the morning and on weekends to avoid the traffic jam of Metro Manila.  Since we arrived a bit late, we end up eating in Greenwich. There are plenty of restaurants, however, our hungry stomach can’t let us wait for another minute.

From the city, we ride a tricycle and paid Php 50.00, and the driver took us to our hotel. The guard at the gate will ask for your reservation and it would be better to inform ahead of time for the time of your arrival.

This what the place looks like when we arrived.

You can easily see the mini train and feel the solemn and quite ambiance of the place.

My BFF Tin is actually checking out this place for her prenup this year and we are very happy to see how gorgeous the place is. It’s a great spot for weddings, parties, and conference business activities. It has event halls for seminar and area for the wedding reception. It’s quite big and can accommodate a large number of guests. The Greenery has Pavilion, Open Garden and Lighthouse which are truly eye catching and Instagram perfect.

They also have the following features:

  • Infinity Pool/ Swimming pool
  • Massage
  • Kayak
  • Water sports/other activities (for team buildings)
  • Rooms/villas
  • Christmas Village
  • Mini Train
  • Jetski

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I notice that they have less staff, and it’s great that only a few people are checked in at that time. We like to enjoy this beautiful, serene and peaceful place. Very quiet and private spot that suits the people who hate the noise and crowded city.

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This is our room 🙂
We roam around the area after we arrange our luggage.  We noticed that there are people in the pool area who are on team buildings. They have this bridge, lighthouse, and cottages that you’ll fall in love with. The Christmas village reminded us of the displays in Crosswinds, although the Greenery have a different style and they used different colors. You can spot the uniqueness of this place once you see the lighthouse and the infinity pool.
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This bridge is great for pictorial which we love 🙂

Since it’s Ben’s birthday, we celebrate it during dinner and let him blow the cake we bought for him.

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Ben’s ready to blow the cake he accidentally ruined :p

Because snacks are only allowed to bring in this place, we expected great food for visitors. However, it’s not what we experienced. I don’t know maybe we’re caught up with high expectations or we ordered the wrong food, but honestly, there’s a need for them to improve their food and their menu. We’re a bit disappointed but didn’t allow that feeling to ruin Ben’s celebration. We don’t have much to say as the staffs are all friendly and helpful to us. After all, it’s important that our squad is finally complete this time and we’re able to celebrate our Bff’s birthday.

Tips: you can look for restaurants near the area and instruct the staff to get you a tricycle in case you don’t bring a car.

Early in the morning, we had our buffet breakfast. They served coffee, dried fish, longganisa, fried eggplant, eggs and rice. A typical Filipino food and we’re happy with it. Their breakfast is way better than the food we ordered during dinner.

After breakfast, we went for a swim and took some photos.

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Gorgeous infinity pool 🙂
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Infinity pool 🙂
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infinity pool 🙂
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the other swimming pool near the hall area

Overall, this place is gorgeous, solemn, and not so crowded. You may experience the calmness and quietness of this place which is great if you’re looking for a place outside the busy city of Manila. Accessible and affordable for people who wants fabulous and quiet weekend getaway with friends and family. I will be happy to recommend this place and will definitely come back.

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Also read: Top 10 – Things to do in Coron Palawan

How to get there?

Book a bus from Baliwag Transit Inc, located in Pasay or Cubao Terminal, then, instruct the bus driver to drop you off the center (sentro) of Baliwag. Ride a tricycle and instruct the driver to take you to the Greenery.

For accommodation, you can check below details taken from their site below:

Single Villa P4,400/night Max of 2 persons
Single Villa P6,080/night Max of 4 persons without extra beds
Extra Bed P1,000
Inclusions
Room Type:

Two-double twin bed
One – king size bedOvernight stayBreakfast includedUse of swimming pool facilitiesAttire: proper swimming attire onlyChildren under 12 years old stay for free if using existing bedding.Children aged 12 years old over must use an extra bed. An extra bed is available for this room.Check-in: 2:00pm
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Grand Villa P23,000/night Max of 10 persons
Extra Bed P1,000
Inclusions
Room Type:

5 rooms, with receiving areaRoom 1: one twin bed, sleeps 2
Room 2: one twin bed, sleeps 2
Room 3: one twin bed, sleeps 2
Room 4: one twin bed, sleeps 2
Room 5: two single beds, sleeps 2Overnight stayBreakfast IncludedUse of swimming pool facilitiesAttire: Proper swimming attire onlyChildren under 12 stay for free if using existing bedding.Children aged 12 or over must use an extra bed. An extra bed is available for this room.Check-in: 2:00pm
Check-out 12nnBringing of outside food is strictly prohibitedFood available at our clubhouse cafe *All prices are inclusive of 5% service charge*Prices are subject to change without prior notice

Top 10 – Things to do in Coron Palawan

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” –Lin Yutang

Lin Yutang has been true to his words. Have you ever felt that way after your travel and getaway?

Writing this article made me think of the things that I did that made my whole trip in Coron enjoyable. These are things that I wish to do over and over again. These are the things that I prefer doing. These are the things that I would like to share to anyone who would like to visit Coron for the first time.

Coron is a top tourist destination not only in the Philippines but all over the world. It’s well-known for its gorgeous lagoons, stunning beaches and islands, striking coral reefs, and generous and friendly people.

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I’m sharing these 10 things not only to give a guide but also to let everyone know that these are the things that captured my heart and made my first-time solo travel unquestionably wonderful.

1 KAYANGAN LAKE
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Kayangan Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes that I’ve seen in the Philippines. This is the one that distinguished Coron from El Nido and it’s definitely my favorite spot in Coron. It is less than 20 minutes climb and it will surprise you once you reach the wooden stairs going to the blue-green crystal clear water.

2 MALCAPUYA ISLAND
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It has a nice white powdery sand, great snorkeling site, nice view deck, and tranquil and quiet impression. It made me speechless, calm and at peace. I just sat quietly in the sand while drinking fresh coconut juice and enjoying the beauty of the place. Entrance fee ranges from P150.00-200.00 and is included in tour packages. (Island Escapade Tour)

3 MAQUINIT HOT SPRING
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Maquinit Hot spring is the last place I visited and stayed there till 8:15 in the evening. The hot spring is a great relief for your worn out body after island hopping and town tour. Its water is warm, fresh and salty.

4 CORTO DEL MAR HOTEL
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Corto Del Mar Hotel is an elegant hotel located in the heart of Coron town. It’s actually 10 minutes walk from my hotel. It has 32 bedrooms and suites and wonderful Mediterranean and Filipino ambiance. One will be simply amazed by its architectural designs and decorations. I visited this place because of the famous pasta and pizza that the hotel staff where I stay suggested to me to visit. I will definitely recommend this place because their food and service is exceptional. Corto Del Mar Hotel is a nice and unique jump-of-point for romantic getaways, family vacation, and solo travelers.

5 BULOGDOS ISLAND

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Bulogdos Island is the last stop in our island escapade tour. It is privately owned by the Two Seasons group and with very limited access to the guests. What I love about this island is the sandbar which is visible during low tide, and the view deck that lets you enjoy the view of the whole island.

6 TWIN LAGOONS

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Twin Lagoons is part of the Tour A or the Coron Island Tour consisting of the 7 destinations which are the highlights of Coron. Twin Lagoons will be memorable to every visitors because entering to the hidden lagoon which is the second lagoon is not that easy. You will enter a small crevice underneath the rock, during low tide and a ladder over the rock during high tide.

The water is blurry because of the salt and fresh water inside the lagoon. The temperature also changes as the cold freshwater meets the hot salt water. I love this site because I can simply float with my life jacket in the water and enjoy the stillness of the place.

7 MT. TAPYAS

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I climbed 700+ step stairs just to reach the summit of Mt Tapyas. It is tiring but it has the best view deck to see the panoramic view of Coron and the sunset. At the back of the cross, you can continue with the trekking to see the lush greenery and breathtaking mountains. It’s a great spot for photo-shoot with friends and family.

8 BANANA ISLAND

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Banana Island is the 2nd stop of the Island Escapade Tour. This site has a lot of Pacific Giant Clams and beautiful white powdery sand. This is where we had our lunch. Visitors can do a lot of activities on this site which includes volleyball, snorkeling, swimming, photo-shoot and resting in the hammock under the tree.

9 SIETE PECADOS
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Siete Pecados known as “Seven Sins, is one of the unforgettable snorkeling sites in Coron. Our tour guide mentioned about the legend where seven sisters went swimming against their mothers will, then, all of them get drowned. Their mother wasn’t able to find them, then, afterward, the seven islands appeared. This snorkeling site is surrounded by a countless variety of fishes, corals and marine life which are beautiful.

10 LOLO NONOY’S FOOD

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If you want to try the local’s food, you should try to visit this place. I was surprised that there’s a lot of tourist flocking to this place. It’s a typical carinderia with local meals at affordable prices. The only special about this restaurant are the fruits shakes that they served and their bestseller beef steak and seafood. It is located at Busuanga Road, Coron, Palawan and a five minutes walk from my hotel. (Micasa)

Apart from the 10 go-to places, Caluit Safari Tour,  World War II Sunken ship & Best Reefs souvenir shops, and cashews harvest are another go-to places to complete your Palawan experience. They are part of Tour E or the town tour. This is the last tour you can avail to roam around the town and the market where you can purchase “pasalubong” and fresh cashew nuts which are popular to this Town. You can buy ref magnets, tarts and other products made by the local community. By buying local products, you’re helping the people with their livelihood and tourism.

For travels tips and sample tour packages, check out the link below:
Tips and Tour Packages

I had a pleasant time in Coron. I met new friends and experienced a wonderful paradise for my first-time solo travel. I will never forget it! I hope I inspire you to pack up everything and see the beauty of the Philippines.

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CROSSWINDS RESORT SUITE TAGAYTAY

Recently, I had another staycation with my best of friends. It’s already becoming a habit of our circle to have staycation every quarter. Though we had several choices of hotels, we all agreed to go to Crosswinds Resort Suites this time. We get a one bedroom suite and book the deal from the Deal Grocer.

So, what’s in it that made us picked it?
(All the information are taken from their website: Crosswinds Tagaytay)

About:

Crosswinds is a haven south of Manila inspired by the architecture of Switzerland. Rows of picturesque chalets sit serenely on a lush terrain at one of the highest points of Tagaytay.Over 20,000 pine trees perfume the property with its sweet scent, further adding to the calm while the music of interweaving winds soothe the senses. (source: www.crosswindstagaytay.com)

Nearby attractions:

– Tagaytay Highlands
– Picnic Grove
– Nature Discovery Park
– People’s Park in the Sky

 Features:

  • Free Wi-Fi (all rooms and public areas)
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Playground
  • Shuttle service
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Deposit boxes

Languages

  •  English
  •  Filipino
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At the gate of Crosswinds

We are all happy the moment we saw our room. It exceeded our expectations and surprised us with its beautiful and peaceful scenery outside our window. The spacious, clean, and elegant room received praises from us and we’re glad we made the right choice.

The staffs are indeed helpful and they assist us with our luggage and all the kitchen appliances. They’re friendly and  they ensure that we get all the things we needed in the room before they leave.

Other than the mentioned features of this hotel, we also enjoy the Christmas village where we took several photos. Christmas village is the highlight during the Ber-months season. It starts on September and ends after the new year. So, people must take advantage and feel the holiday vibe of this cozy and luxurious place.

Christmas Village

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Crosswinds has also fully equipped kitchen, and we decided to cook for our dinner and breakfast. I enjoyed cooking because I have complete kitchen appliances to use. I encourage everyone, especially those who’d like to save money to take advantage of the kitchen. I felt great for utilizing all the tools and kitchen appliances. There are nearby restaurants, however, if you don’t bring a car, better bring some foods and do your complete grocery lists to ensure you have enough food during your stay. 

 

Bon Appetit 

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We had an advance pictorial for Tin and Darren, c/o our photographer and fashion blogger Ben of GeekyBf.

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Darren and Tin 🙂
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L.O.V.E.

That Switzerland ambiance will make you want to extend another day to this place. The pine trees, the colorful houses, and buildings added more charm to this place.

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Switzerland feels 🙂
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winning jump shot 🙂

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Make sure you bring nice clothes for pictorial and extra batteries for your phone and camera. Picture taking is part of the bonding that you and your friends do that make the vacation more fun and fabulous.
Also, I suggest bringing a laptop and movies that you and your friends can watch. Better coordinate with the staff of the hotel with regards to the appropriate connector to use. What we brought didn’t work, so, I suggest that you asked ahead of time so you can enjoy the movies. Movie marathon is also a great bonding for the whole family.

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Make sure you bring your swimming clothes so you can go for a swim in their outdoor swimming pool. Also, for coffee lovers like me, there’s a nearby Coffee Bean Tea Leaf where you can take pleasure of your favorite beverages.

We really had an amazing vacation in this place, and I’m planning to take my siblings with me for them to see how cool the place is.

I know we are all thrifty and we always try to find the best places in the Philippines that we can visit, but nowadays, it is easy and accessible to find affordable places, hotels, restaurant, and services.

There’s a lot of promos and discounts that we can avail. In our case, we always book our hotels in Deal Grocer. We are a happy and grateful for Deal Grocer for making it easy for us to find these places and experience luxurious hotels for weekend getaways.

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 How to go to Crosswinds?

Take a van or bus going to Tagaytay. Instruct the driver to drop you at Olivares, Tagaytay City. From Olivares, rent a tricycle and they will take you to the gate of Crosswinds, and you only need to pay around P150.00-P200.00 for the fare. Approach the staff or the guard because the resort will provide a private car or coaster to transfer you to the resort’s main front desk.

Coron : My First Solo Travel (Part II)

I hope you enjoyed the Part I of my first solo travel. I know I promise to tell you everything about the second part of the trip I made. So here it is guys 🙂

PART II – CORON, PALAWAN

Palawan is famous not only here in the Philippines but in all parts of  the world. So what does it have that makes tourists love it?

Answer: Stunning beaches, breathtaking lagoons, great diving sites, hospitable people and it’s off the beaten path

After my Boracay trip, I went back to Manila and had overnight stayed at home. I arrived around 8:10 in the evening. I arranged my luggage and separated my used clothes as fast as I can to get some sleep. I wake up at 8:00 in the morning, have my breakfast with my siblings and then I went to the airport around lunch time as my flight is scheduled at 3:20 in the afternoon. I’m thankful that my flight was not canceled and it was on time.

Read More: My First Solo Travel (Part I)

I arrived at Francisco B. Reyes Airport around 4:30pm. I get a tourist map and guides in the airport and look for a van after. Lucky there are rental vans waiting outside the airport. I paid P150 and the travel took only 30 minutes. I met a Chinese-Filipino group of friends and we are all actually in the same hotel. They’re nice, happy and friendly people. I’m glad to meet them because I was alone in this travel.

When I arrived at my hotel, the staff gave me my keycard and helped me with my luggage. I got a cute and simple room. It is good for two persons but they also have bigger rooms that can accommodate more than 3 -10 persons. By the way, the name of my hotel is Micasa Lodge.

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I went to the roof top and had my coffee… And guess what, I was very happy with what I witnessed…

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Look, this is the view from the roof top. And I love it 😍😍😍

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This place is amazing! It is surrounded by mountains and you can see the small community and the sea. 😍

I rested in my room for a while and then, I went out for dinner. There was a nice restaurant nearby, called Lolo Nonoy’s Food Station and they served Filipino dishes at very affordable price. I noticed there’s a lot of people eating so I was curious about their food. I ordered beef stake which is their best seller and a mango shake. I came to  realized why people are flocking to this place. It’s not the cheap price but the delicious food and fruit shakes they served.

I sleep early because I was tired and I need to prepare for the tour the next day. Also, I notice that there are few establishments and they closed at 10:00 in the evening.

I get the Tour A and the hotel staff contacted the tour operator. I’m happy that the staff is very friendly and very helpful.

I wake up at 6:00 AM and have my breakfast at the hotel which is included in my bookings. You may opt to eat outside as there are also a lot of restaurants nearby.

There are 5 different tours to choose from and their prices vary depending on the tour operator you get, the size of the boat and if it’s a joint or private tour. Price ranges from P600-P2500/person per package tour.

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See sample tour packages:

Tour A – P1600/person
Coron Island Tour (7 destinations)

  • Kayangan lake
  • Twin lagoon
  • Siete Pecados
  • Malwawey Reef
  • CYC Beach
  • Skeleton wreck
  • Beach 91

Tour B – P1700/person
(Island Escaped Tour)

  • Malcapuya Island
  • Banana Island
  • Bulog Dos Island

Tour C – P1400/person

  • World War II Sunken ship & Best Reefs
  • Lusong Gunboat
  • Pass Island
  • Coral Garden

Tour D – P2500/person

  • Caluit Safari Tour
  • Caluit Game Refuge &anctuary Sanctuary
  • Pamalican/Black Island
  • Lusong Gunboat
  • Coral Garden

Tour E – P700/person

  • Mt. Tapyas view deck
  • Souvenir shops
  • Maquinit hot springs
  • Cashew harvest
  • Lualhati Park
  • Public Market Town Plaza

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From the above mention tours, I only picked 3 tours that I know I can do. I wish to dive, however, I need a proper training before I do It’s on my bucket list and I know, one day I will do it.

Anyway, after breakfast, I prepared the things I needed for the tour. I brought my small backpack and put the things I think I needed.

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So to give you some tips for Tour A which is the Coron Island Tour, I listed down the things you should bring:

  • waterproof bag
  • plastic case (for your mobile phone)
  • snorkel gear
  • lotion and sunblock with high SPF
  • Aqua shoes
  • Rashguard
  • Insect repellant
  • Bottled water
  • Plastic bag (wet clothes)
  • Camera/phone
  • Selfie stick (for solo traveler)
  • Powerbank /extra battery
  • Medicine (allergies, headache, dizziness)
  • Shades
  • Hair bands/clip (for women with long hair)

Note: if you don’t want to bring a snorkel gear and aqua shoes on your trip, it’s okay as the tour guide will help you in renting snorkeling equipment and swimming shoes.

The tour operator picked us at the hotel around 8:00 in the morning. After the van driver and our tour guide do the headcount, we headed to the Port of Coron. The boats used for tours and island hopping are everywhere. After the registration, tour operator briefing, and coast guard checking, we left and proceed with our itineraries.

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Tour A- Coron Island Tour

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Kayangan Lake
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Beach 91
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Twin Lagoon

Tour A highlights the most beautiful islands of Coron. I will absolutely recommend it to everyone who will visit Coron. You will certainly enjoy the panoramic view and Instagram-worthy photos. I’m thankful I had my power bank with me cause the tour takes a  whole day and I can’t count how much photos I took. Haha 😂

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I recommend Calamian Island tour operator because we are truly satisfied with their service. From the boat, the food, and the tour guide, all I can give them is thumbs up 👍. The tour guide is very friendly and patient in assisting us and taking our photos. The served Filipino dishes with fruits, they provided us clean drinking water and they prepared everything with care. They treat their guests like their friend and the tour guides are knowledgeable and very entertaining.

After the tour, we went back to our hotel, had a nice shower and left satisfied and dreamy of the astounding islands of Coron. After dinner, I felt sleepy, and I know all the activities (trekking, snorkeling, climbing) I did for tour A made me ready to drop.

To continue my adventure, I took the second tour the next day. Tour B is the “Island Escapades”, featuring the three famous beaches of Coron. Since I grew up in Bicol, surrounded by beautiful beaches, I was curious what their beaches look like. 

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Tour B – Island Escaped Tour

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Malcapuya Island
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Banana Island
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Bulog Dos Island

Tour B is also a whole day tour. The itinerary consists of 3 islands which are outlying places to visit. The three beaches have each snorkeling sites which I enjoyed so much. There are too many little sea creatures, colorful coral reefs and more clown fishes which are my favorite. I’m always a fan of “finding Nemo” movie and I’m always fascinated bClownfish or anemonefish. I saw different kinds of clownfishes when I had my trip to Hong Kong, just by looking at them in the water makes me happy and remember the movie..lol 😂

Among the three beaches, my favorite is Malcapuya beach which has a nice white powdery sand, great snorkeling site, nice view deck, and tranquil and quiet impression. It made me speechless, calm and at peace. I just sit quietly in the sand, drinking fresh coconut and enjoying the place. There’s a cute little monkey in Malcapuya that I saw playing and eating. I think 3 to 4 months old monkey. 

By the way, another highlight of my tour is the food. I ate a lot of crabs and enjoyed so much the lunch prepared for us 🙂 #seafoods #tunafish #grilled #shrimps #crabs and #fruits

The third and the last tour I had in Coron is Tour  E which is worth  P700/person. Instead of paying P700 for the tour, I only paid P387.50 for the tour. The people I’m with on the previous tour rented a van that cost P1500. We divided P1500 to people resulting us to P187.50 each for the van. Then,we paid P200/person entrance fee for Maquinit Hot Spring. Joining a group when you are in your solo trip will save you money and it’s a great way to meet other tourists.

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Tour E – City Tour

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View when you reach 400 stair steps
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When you see this, then you’re at the 600+ stair steps, haha 🙂
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The cross at Mt. Tapyas

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Maquinit Hot Spring

I bought several “pasalubong” for my siblings and officemates.  It includes cashews nuts, tarts, and some dried fish which became my favorite breakfast in Coron. 

My favorite from Tour E are Mt. Tapyas and Maquinit hot spring. I climbed 700+ stairs just to reach the summit. It is tiring but it has the best view deck to see the panoramic view of Coron and the sunset. At the back of the cross, you can continue the trekking. You’ll see the lush greenery and breathtaking mountains. It’s a great spot for photography and photo shoot with friends.

Maquinit Hot spring is the last place we visited. We stayed there till 8:15pm. The hot spring is a great relief for your worn out body after island hopping and town tour. Its water is warm, fresh and salty.

I had a pleasant time in Coron. Indeed, a wonderful paradise that I experience for my first-time solo travel. I will never forget it!!!

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Ms. Happy Rabbit 🙂

I now know the difference of El Nido and Coron and I will be posting soon the trip I made last January in El Nido.

Let me know in the comments your experience in Coron and what other interesting activities you did there. I’d love to hear about it.

Thanks for reading guys!