Albeit of it being an offbeat attraction, Tagaytay is one of the best places to visit in the magnificent islands of Philippines. For avid wanderlusters, it is a popular destination since it is situated very close to Manila as well.
El Nido, Philippines is one of the most breathtaking places I have ever been to, which is why one visit is clearly not enough. It is almost impossible to leave El Nido without feeling a sense of awe. So when planning your holiday to Philippines’ last frontier, it is only natural that you would want somewhere equally memorable to rest your head on at night. There are literally hundreds of accommodation options to be found in El Nido, so the choice can be truly overwhelming. Luckily, I’ve done the research for you, and when it comes to finding the best hotel in El Nido, there is no better choice than Sea Cocoon Hotel.
The Italians have a concept for piddling around known as “Dolce Far Niente,” which means – the sweetness of doing nothing. I learned about this concept after watching Elizabeth Gilbert’s masterpiece Eat. Pray. Love. like a million times. The idea finally sunk in to me so I asked my dear husband to spend a weekend “staycation” with me in one of the resorts in Mactan just because. Sure, there are plenty of high end resorts to choose from but Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort clearly stood out for many reasons.
Seasoned travelers like Olivier and I had our fair share of mishaps during our time in the Philippines. We had countless of delayed flights, overloading bus/ferries, engine problems, road accidents, cramped seats and what not. I swear, we are almost at our tipping point. However, lately, we learned that there is a better, safer, faster, flexible, more convenient, not to mention fun, way to travel around the Philippines. And, that is through air charter.
We had been contemplating to visit Camiguin since we missed it on our backpacking adventures in Northern Mindanao. Torrential rains immobilized all ferries to depart Balingon port so we moved to Butuan City instead. Besides, being close and accessible to Cebu, flights to there are quiet cheap so we decided to do it as a separate trip. A few weeks later, I had a long weekend break from work so we booked our flights to visit Camiguin for a couple of days.
Taal volcano has quite a reputation as we learned from our Elementary years. Just an hour away from Manila, this geological wonder may be
small the smallest active volcano in the world, but just so you know, with at least 33 eruptions in recorded history, some were even destructive, it is the second most active volcano (Mayon being the first) in the whole Philippine archipelago.
The Mister and I are always keen to visiting spots which are less traveled, less popular and away from the regular tourist crowd – which brought us to Mantigue Island. It is a lesser known attraction in the island of Camiguin. It is not receiving a huge and steady flock of tourists yet comparing to White Island.
Our stay at Punta del Este (The Point of the East) was a delight on so many levels. From the moment we arrived and then saw just how lovely the villa is, we knew we were in for a great holiday.
After spending a night in Manila, the Mr. and I are keen to leave the city. Both of us have been looking forward to going to Puerto Galera to celebrate my birthday and spend some alone time together.
There is no direct flight to El Nido. This means that you will have to (a) fly to Puerto Princesa, the capital city of Palawan and travel 6-7 hours of long and winding road or (b) fly to Coron and take a boat trip for 7-8 hours to reach El Nido. Yes, it sounds stressful.