Siquijor Island, Philippines. May 18-19, 2012 - This third smallest province in the country has three famous names: "Island of Fire", "Island of Mystery" and "Island of Healing". Now don't get the idea that fire can heal. Siquijor's long ago reputation as a place of magic and sorcery both attracts visitors and keeps them away. "Hala!", a FIlipino expression when in surprise or frightened, was officially banned on this island - yeh, I made that up for a very good reason!
Holy Week, Bantayan Island, Philippines - It begins Monday until Palm Sunday. There are many festivals, processions, and beach games that take place on the island - all in one, but in different areas. In the past, they have a record of more than 75,000 to 100,000 tourists have sealed the 1 hour boat ride from Hagnaya Port to Port of Santa Fe.
Santa Fe, Bantayan Island, Philippines (April 6-8, 2012). - If you speak of Bantayan to anybody outside Visayas Region, they would respond "ahh.. okay". Yeh, they've never been there before.. never done that.. never had a friend or family who shared their awesome experiences with them.. never imagined how wonderful life is while chillin' on a beach. Bantayan Island has wide, white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, pleasant town folk and delicious sea foods that are well known among the local citizens and has so far avoided large commercialization and the "tourist-trap" curse that has befallen so many other islands.
Santa Fe, Bantayan Island, Philippines. Summer & Holy Week (April 6-8, 2012) - I've been invited to experience summer heat in Bantayan Island a couple of times before and yes! I was always convinced - but this time it's different. While half of the population of the country was out on the streets for processions (some nailed themselves to the cross), I was browsing a plastic book full of henna designs in Sugar Beach, Santa Fe, Bantayan Island.
After having lunch at "Bilao at Palayok" and a 30-minute pit stop at Rainbows Pension Inn, we headed straight to north of Puerto Princesa and hopped onto a boat (Nicole II) and went island hopping. Honda Bay is the ideal place for sun seekers and snorkellers, specially divers, discovers, and even wanderers like me. The next day, we visited the subterranean natural world wonder - Underground River in National Park, Sabang, Puerto Princesa.
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Sabang Island, Palawan Philippines, September 21, 2011 - Sabang is a small village in Palawan which is used as an entry point to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean Underground River. I've heard that there's nothing much on the village except services for tourists going to visit the river, but that's a total misunderstanding. It's like Boracay 20 years ago. Several resorts are lining up the shore. The beach dominated by high cliffs is amazing. The mountains, covered with huge green carpet that you could hardly see its land. I imagined different types of more than 3-legged creatures crawling somewhere, looking back at me. Pak! That's the time I came back to my senses and decided to stay focus.
Underground River, Palawan - Subterranean Natural World Wonder. September 21, 2011 - Everybody bade us good night before we entered the dragon... I mean, the cave. We, then, realized the reason why. Once you'll get inside, the only light you'll see is the small halogen light bulb handed by the person in front of the two-seated canoe.
This Natural World Wonder is located in the town of Sabang in Palawan. It took us 2 hours to get there via private van, and another 15 minutes boat ride from Sabang Port to the mouth of the world's longest subterranean watercourse. Within that 15 minutes span of time you will be fully entertained by big rocks as huge as a mountain made up of limestones at the side of the Sabang beach.
One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you'd be stricken blind.