Saturday, December 1, 2007

Bohol Beach Club





A paradise resort on Panglao Island in Bohol. Sorry - No TVs, fast food restaurants or big city traffic.

HINAGDANAN CAVE

HINAGDANAN CAVE


There's a long standing superstitious belief in the Philippines that caverns are inhabited by spirits. Enchanted spaces therefore are taboo. No wonder then that caves like this one are well preserved. Nowadays, modernity is catching up and swimming in this underground pool is no longer rare- quite a respite especially to the discomfitting humidity inside the cave. The hope is that people still remain watchful and respectful of nature lest the enchantment becomes lost forever.






PALAWAN



EL NIDO, PALAWAN


El Nido is a municipality located at the northwestern tip of the province of Palawan, Philippines. It is 430 kilometers southwest of Manila, and 238 kilometers northwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan's capital. El Nido is bordered by the Linapacan Strait in the North, the Sulu Sea in the east, and the South China Sea in the west.The Municipality of El Nido is composed of 18 barangays (villages) covering a total land area of 50,000 hectares. Its population of 27,000 people, is a mix of native Palawe├▒os, with a heavy presence of migrants from other parts of the Philippines. Edible-nest Swiftlets (Collocalia fuciphaga) abound in El Nido. The nests of these birds are found in the crevices of the limestone cliffs and are the main ingredient of the health enhancing bird's nest or nido soup. It is these nests that gave the place its Spanish name, El Nido.El Nido is considered a showcase of Palawan's geology and diverse wildlife It is one of the most important sites for biological diversity in the country and has been declared by the Philippine government as a protected area.



CROCODILE GALORE HUNDREDS AT THE PALAWAN WILDLIFE RESCUE AND CONSERVATION CENTER







BUSUANGA DIVE SITE


Scenic Busuanga Busuanga is the largest in the Calamian group of islands. What makes Busuanga special are the game reserve and wildlife sanctuary, and the wrecks around Coron Bay. Taking an average of day long trips from the town proper, you can savour the sight of twelve wrecks identified in diveable depths. Although diving can be done anytime, visibility and current are best from October to May. Bonus attractions are Coron's limestone cliffs and tiny isolated beach coves along with freshwater lakes, one of which features hot springs and can be accessed by a short climb over limestone pinnacles from the sea. A hidden cavern with an underwater entrance to the sea can be explored. Pearl farms are added attractions.




CORON, PALAWAN


Coron has fast become known for it's excellent wreck diving . 14 wrecks are discovered, all in dive able depths. This makes the area to the best wreck diving destination in Asia.Beside the wrecks there are some out standing dives waiting for you, like the fresh water lakes of Coron Island or Gunter's Cathedral, etc...Dive safaris are a great way to discovers the beauty of Coron/Busuanga Island and the north part of Palawan. Join our multiple day trip around the area.Coron is also a great Place to learn diving or advance your dive skill's in fairies Course up to Technical Diver and technical wreck diving.

Friday, November 16, 2007

BOHOL

THE SMALLEST MONKEY- TARSIER


Corella and Tarsier Visitors Centre


Corella (pronounced 'cor-ell-i-a') is an attractive, jungle fringed town with a big, garden of central square. There's nothing in particular to see , but its good place to get lost. Fiesta fever hits Corella on the fourth Saturday of April. The town is about 10km from Tagbilaran. Beyond the the town Corella, near the village of Sikatuna, in a barrio known as Canapnapan, is the Tarsier Visitor Centre.


The Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta) is the world's smallest primate. It has over sized, human-like hands and huge, imploring eyes. To be stared at by the Tarsier is to be personally accused of destroying every precious thing on the planet. And the tarsier should know.


The Tarsier Visitors Centre hopes to protect what's left of the tarsier population through captive breeding programs. The breeding areas are off-limits, but a small patch of forest beside the centre allows discrete ogling of several mature tarsiers. Peer hard into the foliage and you may just see a pair of eyes staring even harder back at you.



PANGLAO ISLAND


Diving is the most popular tourist pursuit in Panglao.






MAG-ASO WATERFALLS





LOBOC RIVER




DAUIS CHURCH



BLOOD COMPACT



BALICASAG ISLAND


About 6km south-west of Panglao, Balicasag is a magnificent diving spot. Low and flat, the island is ringed by a reef that drops away to impressive submarine cliffs as deep as 50m. Soft and hard corals can be found around the cliffs, as can trevally, barracuda, wrasse and the occasional whitetip shark. The reef has been declared as marine sanctuary..


CHOCOLATE HILLS


Opinion is divided over the deliciously named Chocolate Hills. One super-cynical traveller has suggested 'they were planted by the Philippine Government to ge some tourism going on Negros '. Others will tell you the hills are the most surreal natural wonders on Earth, and at sunrise on a clear morning, with the sound of the forest waking, we tend to agree with them.


Legend has it that these 1000 or so near-identical hills are the solidified teardrops of a lovelorn giant. Scientific explanations for this curious landscape are more mundane, with the boffins putting it down to volcanic activity on the ancient ocean-floor, submarine weathering, or both. In the dry season (december-May) the lawn-like vegetation roasts to a rich chocolate-brown.


PAMILACAN ISLAND

The tiny island of Pamilacan (the name apparently means 'mating place of manta rays') is about 23km east of Balicasag. High rated by divers, the island was once an ideal spot for whale and dolphin watching (between October and May). But once common species, including sperm whales and short-finned pilot whales, are now scarce, due to years of hunting.

Monday, November 12, 2007

GINGOOG CITY

BAROTORERA



OLD CITY HALL-GINGOOG



PANTAGON FALLS


GINGOOG SUNSET




FISH SANCTUARY






Saturday, November 10, 2007

MISAMIS ORIENTAL

OPOL SEASCAPE




MAGSAYSAY SHORELINE







CALAMCAM WHITE BEACH









KAGAYHAAN FESTIVAL






SUNRISE- BALINGOAN PORT



CANOPY WALK-CLAVERIA



an eco-tourism destination like no other. Experience the breathtaking high wire adventure, with the perfect scenery of nature climbing through a restful botanical surrounding from one hilltop to another. Tourists are greeted with scent of forest, the brilliant display of diverse flora and fauna, the melodious singing of birds and cluster of exotic plants while traveling through the canopy trails. Situated within the rain forest of Magbais, Claveria.


DUKA BAY DIVE SPOT

Duka Bay, medina- Located about 103kms., North of Cagayan de Oro City. It has underwater gardens with live marine growth starting from 10 ft. depth. It has underwater fresh water spring located at 20,40 and 90 ft. Its underwater hills are shallow, with gradual slopes and caverns.

Friday, November 9, 2007

CAMIGUIN

WATCH TOWER



CAMIGUIN DIVE SPOT






OLD CATARMAN CHURCH RUINS


KATIBAWASAN FALLS



CROSS MARKER & SUNKEN CEMETERY


CAMIGUIN SWEET LANZONES

MANTIGUE ISLAND



ARDENT HOT SPRING

POINT OF INTEREST

  • Cross Marker & Sunken Cemetery
  • Katibawasan Falls
  • Tuasan Falls
  • Ardent Hot Spring
  • Old Catarman Church Ruins
  • Sto. Nino Cold Spring
  • Mt. Hibok-Hibok
  • Old Vulcan
  • White Island
  • Cabua-an Beach
  • Agohay Beach

FESTIVALS

  1. PANAAD- annual Holy Thursday and Good Friday activity. This is a gathering of people from all walks of life from Camiguin and nearby regions for a yearly devotion to spend the Holy Week by walking the 64km. circumferential road of Camiguin and trekking the tedious old vulcan as expression of penitence and spiritual enrichment.
  2. SAN JUAN HIBOK-HIBOKAN(June 24) held to honor St. John the Baptist. Water sports, boat races and fluvial processions are conducted. Miss Hibok-hibokan is selected.
  3. LANZONES FESTIVAL (month of October) - A tw0-day ground festival of agri-cottage industry products in exhibit; barangay beautification, indigenous sports; tableau of local culture, grand parade of this golden fruit found extra sweet in the entire province.
  4. MAY FESTIVAL (month of May) - a month-long fiesta celebration of the barangays and towns in Camiguin. It also features the search for the Rose of May and Santacruzan as the highlight of the celebration.

COME AND ENJOY THE ISLAND OF YOUR IMAGINATION--CAMIGUIN!!!