Hinagdanan Cave in Panglao Island, Bohol.

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Hinagdanan Cave in Bohol

The cave is located in the Municipality of Dauis on Panglao Island, in Bohol Province, in the Philippines. It is naturally lighted cavern with a deep lagoon and many large stalactites and stalagmites.

The cave is one of the most visited tourist spot here in Bohol. It’s the most interesting place in Panglao Island, with a beautiful rock formations. Stalactites and stalagmites surround a purest underground lake. Their is a stairs from the entrance, so you can go to the lake even in heels. However, a floor inside is slippery, so there are rope railing along walls. The underground lake is very popular for swimming.

Hinagdanan Cave, Bohol

In the history, it was accidentally discovered in the 16th century when the owner found the hole. He threw a stone into it, and heard a splash. Then he built a ladder to get in to the cave. They named it Hinagdanan in cebuano, which means “laddered”. Hinagdanan Cave is made of limestone with a 100-meter beautiful rock formations. Stalactites and Stalagmites protrude from the ceiling and floor as though trying to meet each other. 

Inside in the cave is a greenish lagoon with a depth of 12-15 feet deep. Fresh water from the cave is connected to the sea through a small hole, making water brackish. Long before, the water was also a source for drinking. The cave’s entrance, which leads to a cavern that is less than a hundred meters long, can only be entered one at a time. The slimy ang smooth friction on the walkway is caused by the caves natural water droplets.

Due to its growing popularity, restaurants and souvenir shops have also opened close to the cave, so tourist and locals alike can enjoy a nice meal before or after their swim. After enjoying your trip to Hinagdanan, you can also check out other tourist spots near the area, such as the Dauis Church, Bikini Beach and Bingag Beach.

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Explore the “Born of Fire” Camiguin Island

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Camiguin Island: Island Born of Fire

The island is part of the Northern Mindanao Region, and second of the smallest province in the Philippines. The capital of Camiguin is Mambajao, which is the largest both in area and population in the province. The name born of fire in the island, its because of the active mountain called Mt. Hibok-hibok. The island also known of their sweetest Lanzones, and they annually celebrated the Lanzones Festival in every month of October.

Ardent Hot Spring-Camiguin Island

The picture is one of the most popular tourist spot in Camiguin, and that is Ardent Hot Spring. In the heart of the island bubbles this mineral pool with water around 40 degrees Celsius. Mist rises from the heated waters that run down the vents on the active Hibok-Hibok volcano. The Ardent hot spring is located in Esperanza Tagdo, Mambajao, Camiguin.  The hot spring is the most visited in the island both local and international tourist. The entrance fee is 50.00 pesos. They have also dotted with picnic huts and tables, and cookout spaces, all rented out for a minimal fee.

During the weekends and on public holidays, the springs can be very busy with local holiday makers, but during weekdays, you will often find yourself alone taking a hot bath under the high trees of a tropical forest. After relaxing the hot spring, they have dressing home available and also a comfort room.

Click the link and watch the video of One Armed Wanderer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QtIW7oz7tI

How to Get to Camiguin

There is a small domestic airport in the capital Mambajao, currently there are no direct flights from Manila to Camiguin. The most convenient option is to book a flight from Manila to Cagayan de Oro City. Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific fly daily to Cagayan de Oro from Manila City. Time flight is approximately 1.5 hours.

From Laguindingan Airport, transfer to van bound to Agora Terminal. Magnum Shuttle Service to Agora Terminal can be found outside in the arrival area, fare is P200 per person. From Agora Terminal ride a bus bound to Balingoan Terminal. The fare from Agora to Balingoan is around 150.00 pesos.

Get off in the Bus of Balingoan Terminal, and get a ticket for ferry going to Benoni Port of Camiguin. The regular fare is 170.00 pesos with a travel time approximately 2 hours, and walk to Balingoan Port which is just beside the terminal. Upon arrival in Benoni Port, there are jeepneys and vans going to Mambajao, travel time is about 1 hour.

 

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Balicasag Island for a perfect diving spot!

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BALICASAG ISLAND!

Balicasag is a small island off the coast of Panglao Island, Bohol. It is a marine sanctuary with white sand beach and amazing corals in the deep water. It is 600 meters in diameter and may be explored within 45 minutes. Balicasag Island is known and best for snorkeling and diving spot and you can swim in the crystal clear water.

Balicasag Island, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

HOW TO GO TO BALICASAG ISLAND

If you are in Luzon, take a plane going to Tagbiliran City. If you are in Visayas or Mindanao area, you can ride a fast ferry, a boat or a plane going to Tagbiliran City.  

       From Tagbiliran City you can ride a car, motorcycle or a tricycle going to Panglao Island specifically in Alona Beach. There you will find many motorized boats that will ferry you to Balicasag island.  The rates around 1,600 per boat for a round. The price of the boat can be change.

WHAT TO DO IN BALICASAG ISLAND

Balicasag Island is a truly a wonderful destination for tourists in the Philippines. You can enjoy diving, snorkeling, and dolphin watching. Many tourists visited in the island it’s because of the wonders of the corals and the different kind of fish can be found. You can play with the fish by feeding them a loaf bread. 

You can watch this video about exploring Balicasag Island. Credits to the video owner by Travel Toujours with Gresa.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6PBeKMUnTk

  Bohol sea is one of the richest waters in marine biodiversity in the country and home to many species of turtles and dolphins. Balicasag Island is blessed with bounty of different kind of fish and amazing corals. Book now and enjoy your stay here in Bohol, Philippines! Discover and Behold Bohol!

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Mystical Waterfalls: Cambugahay Falls, Siquijor

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Cambugahay Falls, Siquijor Island

Mystical Waterfalls: Cambugahay Falls

Siquijor is a located in the Central Visayas region. A 5th provincial income class island in the Philippines. During the Spanish colonial period of the Philippines, the Spaniards called the Island “Isla del Fuego” (Island of Fire). Siquijor is associated with mystic traditions that the islands growing tourism industry.

You can see at the picture that is the Cambugahay Falls in Siquijor, the most famous falls in the island and a large number of tourist enjoys the fascinating atmosphere. Some locals within the island enjoy spending their time in the mystical waterfall together with their friends and family.

Going to the enchanting waterfalls, its very easy to reach, no long hike needed. From the Parking area, there’s a sign leading you to the waterfalls. You’ll just to go down in a stairs, it  will take you around 5-10 minutes. The water is very clear and blue and you can swim and you can also jump from the top of the falls since the base is deep enough.

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Secret Paradise of El Nido, Palawan

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Beautiful Paradise of EL Nido, Palawan

Municipality of EL Nido, is a first class municipality in the province of Palawan. It is about 420 kilometers (261 miles) south-west manila, and about 238 kilometers (148 miles) north-east of Puerto Princesa. It is known for its white sand beaches, coral reefs, and limestone cliff. El Nido is ranked number 4 in the List of 20 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World, for its “extraordinary natural splendor and ecosystem”. It’s truly EL Nido is a beautiful paradise in the island of the Philippines.
El Nido, Palawan in the Philippines

The Paradise of El Nido, Palawan in the Philippines

 

The beautiful paradise in El Nido, is located in the northern tip of Palawan. This is one of the best island in the Philippines, there’s a lot to do in this island. First is Hiking”, one way to explore and experience the beauty of island. One of the most famous climbs is the Taraw Peak, the highest peak in EL Nido. A three-hour trek to the top and can be a little bit dangerous especially to the beginners.

 

Second is Scuba Diving”, the island is known for its beautiful reefs and is home to several species of corals and marine life. They have 30 diving sites, and the Bacuit Bay is home to a wide range of a beautiful sea life, and a clear blue water are teeming with marine life.

And lastly, “Island Hopping” is the best especially if you are a first time visiting the island. There’s a lot to see in the island, in a one tour package consist of 4 stops, in the Big and Small Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, and Seven Commandos Beach. Some packages have different itineraries which would include other sites like Snake Island and Cadugnon Cave.

Come and experience EL Nido, they have more where you can enjoy and relax and taste the delicious foods. What are you waiting for, book now! 

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Cebu in its Amazing Tourist Destinations

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One of the Amazing Island of the Philippines, let’s go to Cebu!

Cebu is one of the amazing and progressive province, located in the Central Visayas Region, and consist of a main island and 167 surrounding islands and islets. Metro Cebu being second largest metropolitan area in the Philippines after (Manila City), and Cebu City is the main center of commerce, trade, education, and industry in the Visayas Region. In a decade, it has transformed into a global hub for shipping, furniture making, tourism, business processing services and heavy industry.

Short History of Cebu

               The name “Cebu”, comes from the old Cebuano word sibu or sibo (trade), a shortened form of sinibuayng hingpit (the place of trading). In 1521 Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer began a period of Spanish exploration and colonization. Arriving in Cebu City, Rajah Humabon or the King of Cebu and his wife were given christian names and baptized as Carlos and Juana. The Santo Nino was presented to the native queen of cebu, as a symbol of peace and friendship between the spaniards and cebuano. For more info, just click the link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cebu

Cebu City is rich in history and culture, they have a lots of amazing tourist spot, which you can visit anytime, here’s the top tourist spot:

  1. 1. Chapel Housing Magellan’s Cross
  2. It was believed that Ferdinand Magellan planted the wooden cross which mark the spot were some 800 natives were baptized into the Catholic faith. A casing made of tindalo wood serves as the cover of the original cross, which was gradually chipped away by the natives in the belief that it possessed miraculous power. The chapel housing is currently part of the Seal of Cebu City.  This chapel housing is open to the public.
  3. 2. Sto. Nino Church
  4. After visiting in the Chapel housing of Magellans Cross, you can proceed to Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino or most populary known as Sto. Nino Church. The church is located right beside in the Magellans Cross. The image was a gift given by Ferdinand Magellan to the wife of Rajah Humabon.
  5. 3. Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral Museum
  6. The museum is formally known as the Ecclesiastical Museum of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cebu. The museum it look like an ordinary from the outside, but very impressive collection of religious artifacts and architecture from different parts of the region. 
  7. 4. Cebu Taoist Temple
  8. Located in the posh subdivision of Beverly Hills in Lahug, Cebu City. This tourist spot is recommended to the people who like to experience the Taoism religion as the temple is home to various artifacts related to the religion. The Taoist Temple is also a place where you can make a wish and do a ritual to check if the that wish will come true.

So what are you waiting for, book now for you trip to Cebu. And experience the amazing and discover the wonders of the Queen City of the South. Cebu City is your perfect adventure.

 

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Bohol for a perfect Adventure!

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BOHOL FOR A PERFECT ADVENTURE!

       Bohol is a province of the Philippines, in the country’s Central Visayas region. Known for the coral reefs, diving spots, white sand beaches, and unusual geological formations, notably the Chocolate Hills. Don’t forget to include in your bucket list the wonders of Boholanons.

Bohol Island, is a cluster over 7,000 tropical islands. The island has a natural wonders, historical landmarks, exotic wild life, fascinating white sand beaches and great people an enchanting sense of Hospitality.

The Chocolate Hills, is one of the famous tourist attraction in Bohol. There are at least 1,260 hills but there may be as many as 1,776 hills, covered in a green grass that turns brown like chocolate during dry season.

Tarsier Sanctuary, is located in a forest between Corella and Sikatuna, because it’s a place where tarsiers live in the wild life. Tarsiers are adorable cute small animals and weighs about 113 to 142 grams , with giant eyes and immensely soft fur and they can rotate their heads to almost 180 degree.

tarsier loccated at bohol

Tarsier in corella Bohol

Alona Beach, is one of the most visited place here in Panglao, Bohol. It has 800 meter stretch of powdery white sand beach, located in the south of Panglao Island. They offer various water sports activities such as Banana Boat, Parasailing, Diving, Snorkeling and others. Dive tours going to Balicasag Island and Pamilacan Island the famous dive spots, can be arranged.

Blood Compact, was an ancient ritual in the Philippines intended to seal a friendship or treaty. The site is located at Barangay Bool, Tagbilran City, which marks the location where Datu Sikatuna,  a native cheiftain in Bohol, forged a blood compact with Don Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, representing the Spain. The historical event took place on March 16, 1565 and considered as the first “Treaty of Friendship”.

Hinagdanan Cave, in the Municipality of Dauis on Panglao Island, in Bohol Province. It is naturally lighted cavern with a deep lagoon and many large stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is the most popular and easy to reach among the caves in Bohol. The underground lake is a popular swimming spot.

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