Travel Guide : Isla De Potipot

 

If you are looking for clear turquoise water and white sandy shores of sugary sands and rough coral stones Potipot island is another place you have to check out. The island is not too crowded with an exception of summer time. The island is very accessible and affordable. This is a nice place to relax and get some serenity.
HOW TO GET TO POTIPOT ISLAND?
Commute 
  1. Take a bus (Victory Liner) going to Sta. Cruz.  Alight in Uacon, town of Candelaria just in front of Petron Station.
  2. Ride a tricycle to the port. Just tell the trike driver you are going to Potipot Island.
  3. Once at the port, hire a boat to take you to Potipot Island

 

Private
  • Drive to NLEX continuing to Rizal Hwy in Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
  • Take the exit toward Olongapo City from NLEX.
  • Follow Olongapo – Bugallon Rd and Zambales – Pangasinan Rd to Uacon in Candelaria.
  • Once in Uacon, ask the locals for further direction to the port or better yet secure a contact person who can assist you when you’re there.

 

WHAT TO DO IN THE ISLAND?

 

  • Photo Ops.
  • Swimming
  • Sunset Viewing if you plan to go fo an overnight
  • Star Gazing when the night comes
  • Beach Volleyball.(bring your own volleyball)
  • Snorkel
  • Ride boat
  • Kayaking

WHERE TO STAY?
There are no hotel in the Island but there are cottages and none aircon rooms (kubo) where you can stay. If you prefer to go camping you can also pinch your own tent. Kubo rates is from Php 1500 to Php 2500 good for 5 to 10 persons and 10 to 20 persons.
If you are looking for a more comfortable accommodation there are resort near the island where you can check in. Please do you research before you there.
Here are some suggestions Potipot Gateway ResortIsla Vista Beach Resort and Sunbloom Resort

WHERE TO EAT?
No restaurants in the Island. There are mini store where you can buy basic stuff. You can either bring your own food and cook there or have your meals in the resorts where you stayed. Kitchen and grilling area is available.OTHER REMINDERS

  • The island has water source and has decent rest rooms and shower area.
  • Electricity is only available during the night but you may charge your phones and gadgets in one of the stores in the island.
  • The 2-way boat rental fee is around  P400  and is good for 5-6 people.
  • Reservation is not necessary but is an advantage especially in high season.
  • Please be considerate of other visitors. Don’t be too loud especially in the wee hours.
  • Please practice LNT

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Travel Guide : Baler, Aurora

FACTS ABOUT BALER
  • Baler is a municipality and the capital of Aurora province
  • the home town of Manuel L. Quezon
  • Its original name was Kinagunasan
  • Known as a surfing destination specilally during surfing season from September to February. Waves can reach up to nine feet high.
Origin of the name “Baler”
There are different theories about the origin of the name Baler.
  1. Fron the local legend, it came come “Balid” the name of a wise powerful Lakan or chieftain who lived in the village in the area.
  2. From the dialect spoken by nomadic people of the area. “Baled,” a word in the latter’s language, meant waves.
  3. Some people said that it was from a women’s name, Valeriana. Other says it was from a missionary named Fray Pedro Valeriano.
  4. The last version was that Baler came from the word “Balod” which is the name of a large mountain dove which abounded in the area.
HOW TO GET TO BALER
Direct Bus to BalerGenesis Transport Bus provides the only direct route to Baler from Metro Manila. They have 5 to 6 trips daily form Manila to Baler. Daily trips starts from 3:00am to 7:30am. Bus fare is around 550.00 pesos.
Genesis Transport
G/F & 2/F Genesis Transport Building, 704 EDSA cor New York St., Cubao Quezon City
Phone : (02)332.8034 / (02)421.1425 Email : genesistransportinc@gmail.com
They also have luxury trips via Joy Bus (also owned by Genesis Transport) . Travel time is five hours. Bus fare is around 750.00 pesos.
Bus via CabanatuanIf your schedule will not permit you for a direct route, you can opt to take bus going to Cabanatuan City. When you get to Cabanatuan Central Terminal there are Vans waiting going to Baler. There are a lot of buses going to Cabanatuan City. Bus fare is 185 pesos fro aircon buses. Van fare is 220 pesos. Three to four hours travel time going to Cabanatuan then another three hours going to Baler.
via Private TransportationFrom Manila, enter the North Expressway at Balintawak and exit at Sta. Rita Bulacan. From there, follow the highway leading to Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija. From Cabanatuan City Proper, follow signs leading to Bongabon until you come to a fork, where you see a sign “to Baler” headed right. Turn right and you will reach the foot of the Baler-Bongabon highway which eventually runs right into Aurora National Memorial Park. Beware of wild zigzagging roads, fast trucks and landslides during rainy season. After approximately 150 kilometers, you will see the Aurora Welcome Arch. Proceed until you reach the town of San Luis. Stay on the highway until you see the sign going to Baler, and you will be in its town proper within minutes.
To go back from Baler to Manila you can take the buses directly going to cubao. But during the day your option is to take van going to Cabanatuan City and then bus going to Cubao.
HOW TO GET AROUND BALER?
The usual way around Baler is via Tricycle. From the central terminal going to Sabang beach cost 15 pesos per person. If you came with private transportation you can also bring your own bike and bike around the area. You also walk. If you want to go to a tour you can hire a tricycle. 500 pesos for half day tour and 800 pesos for whole day.
If you will be visiting Baler, Aurora Province and need someone to Tour you around please don’t hesitate to contact ZOREN VILLANOS of BACTTODA no 0706. His contact number is 09108085109. This young man can give you a tour around Baler and it’s tourist attraction. You can also asked him where you can stay if your in a budget and food establishment where you can eat which are very affordable. This man is very nice, polite and very accommodating.
WHERE TO STAY?
There are a lot of transient houses around Baler. You can do online search if you wish to do reservations (specially during pick season). For regular days including weekdays you can easily find transient houses beside or near Sabang beach. You can asked asked Zoren for an affordable place to stay and he can bring you there and you can choose the type of rooms that you want.
If you are not planning to spend you entire stay in the transient house you can visit SUNRISE TRANSIENT. You can contact Ate Hannah/Anna at 09482665540. Please note this is just a basic aircon room with CR. Has 2 queen size bed good for 4 people but very spacious. Nothing special I should say. Just a good place to sleep after a long tiring day.
You can get a non aircon room for 800 pesos good for 4 person, Aircon rooms start at 1200 pesos also good for 4 person. There are also other luxury resort in baler such as Costa Pacifica.
WHAT TO DO IS BALER?
Learn to Surf at Sabang Beach
What’s the sense of going to Baler, specially if it is your first time without surfing. Surfing typically cost 500 pesos (200 for the surf board rent and 300 for the instructor) good for an hour.
Go for a Tour
Whole day tour cost 800 pesos and 500 pesos for Half day. The tour typically includes the following :
Millennium Tree
It is a Balete Tree, which is more than 600 year old. It stand 65 meters or more than 200 ft tall. has a crown diameter of 60m. It needs 50 people standing side-by-side and hand-in-hand to circle the tree. Entrance fee is 15 pesos.
Ditumabo Waterfalls
Experience the clean and crystal clear water of Ditumabo Waterfalls also known as Mother Falls. The tour only includes the ride going to the entrance. Since Ditumabo waterfalls is located from another town you will be required to get a tour guide. 200 pesos for every tour guide and it’s good for 10 person. Entrance fee is 30 pesos.

Diguisit Beach and Aniao Islets
This is were you can find stunning rock formations. Good for photo ops. Just be cautious as you hop through the rocks because they are slippery. On the left side you can find the Aniao Islets.

Diguisit waterfalls
Along your way to Diguisit Beach you can stop over at the Diguisit waterfalls. It is literally beside the road. In just less than 5 mins hike you can take photos of the falls.

Ermita Hill
As per the story, a great storm came and a huge wave called “tromba marina” washed out the old settlement in Baler, Aurora. The old town location was in Barrio Sabang. It was believed that the known survivors were the Angaras, Bijasas, Bitongs, Lumasacs, Carrascos, and Pobletes who swam (take note of the word ‘swam’) in the nearby Ermita Hill. The families who survived the disaster were said to have climbed up the hill for safety. You can find a chapel, view decks, gazebos, a large picnic area, and restrooms in Ermita Hill.
There is nothing much to see here except to the nice overlooking view of Sabang Beach and Baler. Ermita Hill is open to visitors from 6AM to 7PM. Entrace fee is 15 pesos.

Museo de Baler
First thing that you will notice in Museo de Baler is the building unique facade. This museum is faily new so do not expect too much. The first floor contains dew artifacts while the second floor displays mostly nice paintings.

Dona Aurora Quezon House
Few block away you will find the Dona Aurora Quezon House. Dona Aurora Quezon is the wife of the late Manuel Quezon and the second first lady of the Philippines. The Province of Aurora was name after her. Another familiar place that was named after her is the Aurora Boulevard in Quezon City.
Whats is the house? This is obviously not the original structure of the house. This is just a replica of the original house. It is located at corner of San Luis & Rizal St. It is a two story house. It has a in-house library. The second floor had the portrait of the Commonwealth’s First Couple. There are few old items such as cooking pots, old clothes iron (the one that uses charcoal. I remember I used to that kind of the iron during my younger years. That’s what I’ve used the first time I learned to iron my own clothes. ) and old sewing machine.
Entrance fee is 30 pesos. Make sure to keep your receipt upon payment so you no longer have to pay again.
Hanging Bridge
Experience the Hanging Bridge in Brgy Zabali!

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Travel Guide : Sagada, Mountain Provice



FACTS ABOUT SAGADA

  1. Sagada is located in Mountain Province and part of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
  2. Sagada has two climates, wet and dry season. Wet season is from November to February while dry season is from March to May. It is coldest during February, when the average temperature drops as low as 4 degrees Celsius.
  3. People of Sagada are Igorotos who speaks their local dialects called Kankana-ey. However most residents are also fluent in filifino (tagalog) and english.
  4. Christianity has long been established in Sagada.
  5. Sagada has total of 19 barangays : Aguid, Ambasing, Angkileng, Antadao, Balugan, Bangaan, Dagdag (Poblacion), Demang (Poblacion), Fidelisan, Kilong, Madongo, Patay (Poblacion), Pide, Nacagang, Suyo, Taccong, Tanulong, Tetepan Norte, and Tetepan Sur
HOW TO GET AROUND?

Walk or bike. With the smallest land area of 8,337 hectares from the Mountain Province plus blessed with a cool climate and lush pine forests, walking is a MUST to make the most of the Sagada experience. If you came thruohg private transport, you can also bring your own bike.

WHERE TO STAY?

Inns and transient home can easily be found around the area. Room rates is 150 to 300 pesos per person.

WHERE TO EAT?

There are a lot of small restaurants around the area where you can eat at a very affordable price. People of Sagada don’t serve frozen food or don’t store supplies like in other cities. This is the reason why often time certain dishes from there menu are not available.
Tip : Don’t wait yourself to get hungry before ordering or going to the restaurants since food are made to order. It is advisable to order your food three to four hours before you dine in the restaurants.

Salt and Pepper
They offer a variety of dishes but they are limited specially when there are too many customers. The ambiance will make you feel home. Food is great and very affordable. They also serve brewed coffee and I just love it!
Another plus is that they accept credit and debit cards!

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Sagada Lemon Pie House
They have limited dishes but they are famous with their Lemon Pies. Layered with sour lemon paste as the base, and is topped by a soft meringue icing. They also have egg pie, apple pie and blueberry pie if your into sweets.

WHAT TO DO?

There are a lot of IG worthy sceneries in Sagada but if you think that taking photos is the only thing that you can do around with awesome place, then you are absolutely wrong. Here are some place that you can visit and activities that you can do.

  • Sagada’s Church of St. Mary the Virgin.Sagada is the only predominantly Episcopalian christian city/municipality in the country. The American missionaries established an Episcopalian parish in the very early 1900s called the Church of St. Mary the Virgin. It was originally built under the direction of Rev. John Staunton year 1904, under the American regime and became a parish year 1962. This structrure have survived the World War 2 and was just repaired.

  • Kiltepan Tower/Viewpoint. When you reached the top of the hill you will be amazed with the spectacular scenery and endless mountain panorama. You can also find trhe view of the breathtaking rice terraces. This is also a perfect place to witness the glorous sunrise. As the dawn break the sky will be filled with different hues of the sky. You can see the deep blue sky slowly brightens and turned to bright yellow.
  • Echo Valley and the Hanging Coffins. This is a popular place where you can find the hanging coffins from the limestone cliffs. You will pass through the municipal cemetery before you can see the view of hanging coffins. A short trek is required to get deep  down the valley. The trek is short but it wasn’t easy be extra cautious with your steps.
  • Chase Water Falls. Pongas (Twin Waterfalls). Treking in a narrow trail for 2-3 hours  is required to get to the top of the mountain where you can find the amazing view of the twin falls. Other falls that you can visit are Bomod-ok Falls and Bokong Falls .
  • Spelunking/Caving. Your Trip to Sagada will never be complete without trying their extreme activities, especially Cave Connection. This is spelunking both the Sumaguing and Lumiang Caves for roughly 4-5 hours. The cave connection starts in Lumiang Cave where you can find the wooded coffins in the entrance of the cave. You will then exit at Sumaging Cave where you can find amazing rock formations.Sumaguing is bigger and longer than Lumiang. It is very dark inside Sumaguing cave. It is avisable that you bring your own flash light.

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Here is a list of other must-see places in Sagada :

  • Visit Ganduyan Museum. Packed with precious artifacts and antiques from the Cordillera region of the Philippines. Antique basketry, weapons, farm tools, beads, jars, wooden items and textiles can be seen here. Each display offers an insight into the rich culture of the Cordillera Igorots.
  • Lake Danom – has a small pool where you can watch the sunset
  • Latang Underground River – it is near Matangkib cave
  • Mt. Amapacao – tallest mountain in Sagada
  • Mt. Polis – offers a view of forest and villages
  • Sagada Weaving Shop – sells woven bags, wallets, hats etc.
How to get to Sagada?
Check out my previous post, Travel Guide : How to get to Sagada?

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Travel Guide : How to get to Sagada?

HOW TO COMMUTE GOING TO SAGADA
A. Manila – Sagada

Daily trips are availble at CODA LINES Corporation. Bus leaves Manila by 9:00 am going to Sagada. While from Sagada bus leaves by 2:00 pm going to Manila.
CODA LINES Corporation
Location : HM Transport Inc. Monte de Piedad, corner Maryland street, Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Contact number : 0927 559 2197 
Email : codalinescorp@gmail.com
B. Manila – Baguio – Sagada

1. From Manila take a bus going to Baguio. Large liners, like Victory Liner and Genesis Bus have buses that leave every hour and are open 24/7.
2. From Baguio take a local bus going to Bontoc, the capital of Mountain province.
3. Take a jeepney from Bontoc to Sagada.
C. Manila – Banaue – Sagada

OHAYAMI TRANS

Location : Cor. Fajardo St., Lacson Ave, Sampaloc, Manila
Mobile : 0927-649-3055 ; 0917-506-0817 
Telephone : (02) 516-0501 
Book online!

1. Take a bus going to Banaue.

2. Take a van from Banaue going to Sagada or Bontoc. The passenger vans are usually parked at the jeep terminal near the Banaue tourism office. These vans has a quick stop over in view point Banaue where you can take some photos of the famous Banue Rice Terracess.
Total travel time may take upto 12 hours.
HOW TO GO TO SAGADA VIA PRIVATE TRANSPORT?
Drive along NLEX, passing by provinces of Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, and finally, Mt. Province.
Get to know more about Sagada from my other post.
Travel Guide : Sagada, Mountain Provice
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Lucky Beach Update

Permit has not been released yet but Laki Beach is now open for the public again. However the beach is no longer free. Expect an entrance free of Php 400 as per source.

Laki Beach Update!

As per our source Laki Beach will be opening again this May 10 2015. If you are looking for nice place where you can enjoy the sun, sand and clear water, this is surely a must visit place.

For a hassle free organized event, Live more Adventures and Tours will have a 2 days and 1 night event on May 20 2017. Click here for more information  “Laki Beach (2 days and 1 night)

However if your wish to go solo or DIY, here’s a little help “How to get to Laki Beach in Mariveles, Bataan

Visiting Makatira Island once again!

I had the chance to comeback in Makatira Island also known as Hermana menor. I missed its white sand and clear waters. When LIVE MORE ADVENTURES AND TOURS had this event I did not hesitate to join. This also served as our reunion for some of my fellow CAWAG PENTA co-participants. There were total 20 of us who went there including the driver.

It was just two weeks have since I was there. It has been two weeks since I  posted a blog entry, shared photos is FB and IG but the Island gained its popularity right away. I saw immediately other organizers created events going to Makatira Island. Some even offered cheaper tour cost but I prefer to join live more for the fact that I am 100% that it is going to be a fun trip. They have never disappointment me. Our trip is alway full of fun and laughter. Some may be strangers from each other for a short while but once you enter the van everyone will surely become friends.

I was surprise when we arrive is the island as I saw the crowd. It has doubled in numbers since the last time we were there. Good thing that we still have our old place were we used to stay. It is the part of the island were there were no other people at all. It made everyone feel that we had the island by ourselves. It was nice to see old face and meeting new friends.

After our day tour we even had a short bonding time with some of the locals who live by the shore. I forgot their names. But there were very hospitable they allowed us to use their restroom  so we can wash up and change clothes. they even cooked Calamares and Fish lumpia for us and it became our instant merienda. It was so good! the squid is fresh and flavorful.

It may take a while before I will come back there but I will surely do!

If you want to know how to go to this beautiful island, just click on this previous post “HOW TO GET TO MAKATIRA ISLAND (HERMANA MENOR)?”

***Photos without watermarks were grabbed from the participants of this tour.***

Meeting the Sister Islands: Hermana Menor and Hermana Mayor

Zambales is popular with each beaches. However I am sure that a lot of people like me wants to enjoy the serenity of place far from the crowd without traveling too far.

Here is another place where you can enjoy your me time or even with your friends. It’s called Hermana Menor and Hermana Mayor. This sister islands literally mean Younger and Elder sister. They are not as famous as Subic, Anawangin, Nagsasa, Capones, Magalawa, and Potipot. However you will surely enjoy its raw beauty and crystal clear water.

Though Live more Adventures and Tours I was able to visit the smaller island called Hermana Menor. It is also called Makatira Island by the locals.It is a 30 mins boat ride from the port.

When we landed, “Wow!” was the very first word that came out of my out. It has a long creamy white shore surrounded by crystal clear water.  For those who love sand bars, you will surely enjoy it’s long creamy sand bar.

We were not able to visit the bigger island called Hermana Mayor because it is now privately owned by the Toda family.

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Photo by Chi_Aguanta

Travel Guide : How to commute going to Hermana Menor and Hermana Mayor Island Zambales

  1. Take a Victory Liner bus bound for Sta Cruz Zambales. Fare is from P450-490 and travel time is from 5-6 hours. Tell the driver  drop you off at the Petron Station in Brgy. Lipay, Sta. Cruz. Terminal is located in Sampaloc, Caloocan and Pasay.  Note that there’s no direct Sta. Cruz bound bus in Cubao terminal. (Check out their trip schedules)
  2.  From Brgy Lipa’s Petron station, ride a tricycle going to the port. Fare is PhP 10 per person and the ride will take 3-5 minutes.
  3.  From the port, rent a boat to take you to Hermana Menor and/or Hermana Mayor. Travel time is from  30-40 minutes.  Boat fee is from PhP 1,300-1,500 (two way) with a maximum capacity of  5-6 pax.
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Notes :
  • There’s a mini-market just across the gas station. You can buy fish, meat, vegetables and fruits that you can cook in the island just in case you did not bring cooked food.
  • Make sure to bring your drinking water.
  • Water is avalable but for rinsing only. 
  • Hemana Menor entrance fee is Php 100.00 per head
  • Four picnic cottages. You can rent a cottage good for 15-20 persons for PhP 1000. Three cottages good for 8-10 persons can be rented for PhP 500 each cottage. There’s also a Victorian-inspired dining set available.
  • Separate basic rest rooms for men and women is available
  • No store in the island so make sure to bring your basic needs before heading to the island.
  • Camping overnight is not allowed.
  • Leave No Trace Princile

How to prevent sun burn?

 

Summer time is when you can feel the sun in it’s full blast everyday. It is the time of the year where everyone love to hit the beach. Weather you choose to go to the beach to mountains it is very important that you protect yourself, protect your skin from getting burned by the sun. Here are some tips on how to prevent from getting sun burn.

  1. COVER UP
    – Wear clothing or outdoor gear specially designed to provide sun protection. Check the label for its ultraviolet protection factor (UPF). The higher the number, the better. Dark colors offer more protection, as do fabrics treated with UV- absorbing chemicals.
    – Aside from your skin you also have to protect you head and eyes. Choose sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection, so your eyes are protected from both UVA and UVB rays. Use cap , visor or preferably wide-brimmed hat.
  2. USE SUNSCREEN FREQUENTLY AND GENEROUSLY
    – Use sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher. If you plan to spend more time under sun exposure I recommend SPF 30 and above. I you have a more sensitive skin SPF 50 and up is highly recommended.
    – Choose a sunscreen that has UVA and UVB ray protection . Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply it every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring.
  3. AVOID PEAK HOURS
    – If it possible avoid the sun during 10 a.m. and 4 p.m since this is when the UV rays are stronger.
  4. DRINK A LOT OF WATER
    – Keep your skin hydrated.

The (un)Laki Beach Escapade

Through LiveMore Adventures Travel and Tours we had a chance to visit Laki Beach in Mariveles
Bataan. After four hours of land travel the white sand, clear water and fresh air welcomed us.

This newly discovered beach was just opened to the public by last quarter of 2016.

Since it was a holy week I was expecting that the place will be crowded just like any other beaches. Compared with other commercialized and more popular beaches Laki beach has still enough space to enjoy the serenity of the shore.

 

Thank you Miggy Thirdy and Chad for this photo.

 

We had so much fun. We swim, some went on cliff diving, we went camping, play in the sand like kids and enjoy the company of each other. Laki beach is really a good place to go.

 

Thank you Miggy Thirdy and Chad for this photo.
Thank you Miggy Thirdy and Chad for this photo.
The following day, our enjoyment and itinerary was cut short when the caretaker of the island asked all the tourist to depart the premise before 4:00 pm and new tourist were not allowed to come in. The chaos then started. Our boat supposed to pick us up by 10:00 am for our island/cove hopping. Since we are not yet done during their arrival they and everyone needs to leave the place ASAP our boat pick up other tourist so everyone can vacate the place. Our organizer contacted the boat operator, Kuya Tikboy and they promised that the boat will come back to pick us up. We then waited for hours and the boat was able to pick us up before 4:00 pm. It was really a great inconvenience for us to wait for almost four hours before we can leave. However we can’t blame the boat operators. They were just the first one to take the blame but i personally don’t think that it was their fault. This commotion started when as per the locals and the caretakers  someone, who claims as the owner Laki beach will be coming. Everyone were caught unprepared. All the tourist were instructed for vacate the are before 4:00 am.

 

Thank you Miggy Thirdy and Chad for this photo.
As per the last update that we heard from Mam Melca (boat operator) the documentation for the title for the said cove is in process by the “atty” who is claiming the rights of ownership. As per the care taker result will be release by month of May but it is indefinite. Therefore by this time Laki Beach remain close.
I don’t want to focus on the bad things since nevertheless our overnight stay is still fun and the travel time is all worth it.
Instead of focusing on the “unfortunate” incident I want to make a plea to everyone.
base on looking at the photos below I am sure what it is all about.

 

 

 

 

 

LET US ALL BE RESPONSIBLE TRAVELERS, Please practice the LEAVE NO TRACE PRINCIPLE!


As I explore the place I was so sadden when I saw the trashes scattered all  over the place even in the sand near the shore. Bonfire remains, disposable plastic material and liquor bottles were left!

Thank you Miggy Thirdy and Chad for this photo.

 


 

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Travel Guide : How to get to Laki Beach in Bataan?

 

How to get there via public transportation?

1. Assuming that you are from Manila you can ride a bus. The most popular bus lines bound to Mariveles were Bataan Transit / Genesis, they have terminal in Cubao, Avenida and  Pasay). Fare is approximately Php300
2. Drop-off point at Mariveles town proper where the bus terminal is.
3. Proceed to Brgy. Balon. tell the driver to drop you at Porto where you can rent the boat going to Laki beach.

  • You can take a jeepney with minimum fare
  • or you can take a tricycle for less than Php100 (much expensive)

4. Rent a boat going to Laki Beach.

  • Daytour: boat is Php2000-Php2500. overnight is Php3000-Php3500. (Capacity: 5-7pax) That includes Cove to Cove Adventured.
  • You can look for Kuya Tikboy or Ate Melca (the wife)  09075946138 / 09971074378

What to do in Laki beach?
  • Swim
  • Take Photos
  • Cliff dive
  • Camping
  • Island hopping
  • Bring your own food You can also cook there.
  • If you want to go for an over night,bring your own tent or hammock..
  • There are few cottages that you can use free of charge.
  • No cellular signal in the area.
  • No electricity
  • There were small sari-sari store where you can by basic stuff (subject for availability). As much as possible bring your essential stuff before going there.
  • Water source is available but not for drinking.
  • Please practice LEAVE NO TRACE PRINCIPLE
IMPORTANT REMINDER.

 

As of this writing we were the second to the last group who departed Laki Beach. During our last day of our stay everyone was asked by the care taker to depart the beach and new tourist were not allowed to come in. As per the rumors the owner of Laki Beach is coming to visit the area and might turned it to a private property/Resort. I hope it will just remain a rumor.

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Cawag Pentalogy Day Hike Challenge Accepted!

I have recently joined the Cawag Pentalogy day Hike Challenged that was organized by Live More Adventures. The goal of this challenge is to conquer five mountains in an average of 16 hours. There were total of 23 participants who took the challenge.
Cawag is located in Subic, Zambales Philippines. There are five mountains that mountaineers climb in Cawag, They normally do trilogy (Three)  and Quadrilogy (Four) Trek and the most challenging is Pentalogy(Five). The five mountains were Mt. Balingkilat (MASL 1,100), Mt. Bira Bira (MASL 450, Mt. Naulaw, Mt. Dayungan (MASL 935), and Mt. Cinco Picos (MASL 881) 
Pentalogy is definitely  not for beginners. Trekking for 16 hours is not a joke. It takes a lot of endurance, perseverance and patient in reaching every summit. Each mountains has its own characteristics and has its own challenges.

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Our itenerary is listed below.

Day 0

19:00 meet up.@ KFC shopwise
20:00 ETD cawag zambales

Day 1

01:00 ETA brgy.cawag (registration, secured guides)
01:30 start trek
04:00 1st water source @ kawayanan
06:00 mt.Balingkilat summit
07:00 ETD mt.Bira2x
09:00 mt.Bira2x summit
09:30 ETD mt.Naulaw
10:00 mt.Naulaw summit
10:30 ETD mt.Dayungan
11:30 2nd water source @ dayungan trail
Lunch while.on trail
14:00 mt.Dayunangan summit
14:30 ETD mt.Cinco Picos
16:30 mt.Cinco Picos summit
17:00 ETD jump off
19:00 jump off brgy.cawag
20:00  ETD manila

I did accepted the challenge unfortunate I wasn’t able to complete all five of them. We made it up to the fourth mountain (Mt. Dayungan) but not able to get to the summit. Because of so much exhaustion plus the fact that I am not a veteran mountaineer. Out of the 23 participants only 4 folks conquered all five. Congratulations to these four folks who took the challenge and accomplished it.
Most of us just made it to the  Mt. Dayungan then decided not to Mt. Cinco Pico. I may not conquered these five mountains today but I still consider it as an accomplishment. Not everyone can go  through what we have been through. Pentalogy challenge encouraged me to become more fit and be more active. Then I’m  gonna aim again to once more get to challenge and hopefully will make it by that time.
This truly is an experience of once in a lifetime. I have learned a lot. Not just about hiking but more about myself. I have learned what I’m capable off and I know with the right preparation I can do more.
I also love the people that I’m with they have help me to enjoy this experience. Special thanks to Tito Ayi our sweeper for helping us and keep on pushing us.
Cawag Pentalogy, I will see you again!
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Mt. Balingkilat, the “Mountain of Thunder”


Mt. Balingkilat, literally the “Mountain of Thunder” an 1100 MASL and one of the highest peaks in the Zambales Coastal Mountains and Coves area. An emerging hiking hotspot within San Antonio and Subic towns. 



Balingkilat is rocky, grassy, and windy. There is little tree cover. There are steep parts in the final legs of the trail which give additional challenge to the hikers. But all your hard word will all worth it once you get to the top. The views ais totally  refreshing. you will see the Subic Bay coastline and the neighboring mountains such as Mt. Cinco Picos.

How to get to Mt. balingkinitan

  1. Take a bus from Manila to Olongapo. Victory Liner has terminal is Pasay, Cubao and Caloocan.
  2. From Olongapo take a jeep going to Subic Municipal Hall.
  3. Take a a tricycle going to Sitio Cawag.
  4. After toy trek you have different other options where you want to go. To get back to Manila or other destination, just go back to Olongapo where you can take a bus going to your next next destination.

REMINDER

  1. Before going to any trek or hike make sure to research.
  2. Wear proper attire and gears (it doesn’t have to be expensive).
  3. Book your tickets a day before your trip.
  4. bring at least 4 litters of water or more.
  5. Leave no trace principle.
  6. Send your letter of intent to Sitio Cawag officials prior to the climb.
  7. Please your self physically and mentally prior to your climb.
  8. Enjoy !

Mt. Bira-Bira (a.k.a. Mt. Nagsasa)

 

Mt. Bira-Bira (a.k.a. Mt. Nagsasa) is located in Sitio Cawag, San Antonio, Zambales Philippines

It has grassy trails with minimal elevation along the way to the summit. During the day trails are very hot because because it is exposed from the sun. Once you get to the summit you can feel the strong cool wind. From the top you will see the wonderful view of Zambales. It is important to wear proper clothes and sun protection to avoid getting your skin burned.


How to get to Mt. Bira-Bira (a.k.a. Mt. Nagsasa)
  1. Take a bus from Manila to Olongapo. Victory Liner has terminal is Pasay, Cubao and Caloocan.
  2. From Olongapo take a jeep going to Subic Municipal Hall.
  3. Take a a tricycle going to Sitio Cawag.
  4. After toy trek you have different other options where you want to go. To get back to Manila or other destination, just go back to Olongapo where you can take a bus going to your next next destination.


REMINDER

  1. Before going to any trek or hike make sure to research.
  2. Wear proper attire and gears (it doesn’t have to be expensive).
  3. Book your tickets a day before your trip.
  4. bring at least 4 litters of water or more.
  5. Leave no trace principle.
  6. Send your letter of intent to Sitio Cawag officials prior to the climb.
  7. Please your self physically and mentally prior to your climb.
  8. Enjoy !

Why do I travel alone or at least join a tour as a joiner?

Solo travel is not for everyone. But I don’t want to wait for people and hold back from going places and enjoy what life has to offer.

I used to wait for my friends then start planning as a group then when the time is near everyone would just back out. It was just a waste of time and effort and that could really cause a lot of depression in my part. Especially from someone who is working in a BPO industry where filing a vacation leave is really a challenge.

I started reading online blogs about DIY trips and being a solo traveler. It really caught my attention and I challenge myself to go alone. Upto this time I am enjoying my time alone. I enjoy exploring new places by myself.

Here are the reasons why I travel alone or at least join a tour as a solo joiner.

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1. EASIER PLANNING

We all have our own bucket lists of places that  we want to travel in our lifetime, but all too often we hold ourselves back from experiences because we have no one to share this moments and great experiences. However If you will keep on waiting for the “right person” or your “travel buddy” you might just be spending your lifetime waiting Instead of enjoying the mountains, the forest, beaches and more.

It is much easier to plan alone. You can easily go out whenever you want without waiting for other people.


2. MORE “ME TIME”

Going alone or solo travel offers the time and space for your valuable alone time. It will give you time to learn more about yourself.

3. ULTIMATE FREEDOM

Travelling solo means that you alone are responsible for yourself and your journey. You can do everything at your own pace.

4. YOU’RE THE MASTER OF YOUR ITINERARY

You are not bound to any schedule that you need to follow. You can maximize your own time. You can stay a little bit longer to those places that you enjoyed the most.

5. MEET NEW FACE AND MAKE NEW FRIENDS

I personally have struggles is socializing and communicating with other people. But since I go alone I’ve learned to asked question and communicate with strangers that eventually discovered set of new friends.

6. CONFIDENCE BOOSTER

I still feel a bit nervous when I’m kicking off a solo trip, but in the end, nothing makes me feel more confident or capable than conquering the world on my own.

7. HELPS TO REDISCOVER YOURSELF

Since I have no one to depend on I learned to do things on my own. I learned to conquer my fears. I have learned new skills and abilities.

8. MAKES YOU A BETTER TRAVELER

Traveling alone teach you to become observant of people and places around you, which makes you more compassionate and a better person overall. It helps you to become kinder and more patient. I personally learned to be more curios and attentive than when I’m with a travel companion.
9. YOU CAN STAY WITHIN YOUR BUDGET

I am a spender that is a fact. But since I have traveled alone this is one of the great lessons that I have learned – stay within my budget. Since no one is there to help me with my finances, I’ve learned how to compare prices and find best deals. I learned to become resourceful. You will learn the difference between your needs and wants.

10. MORE SATISFYING

It is more satisfying knowing that you did it all by yourself without depending on someone. You can keep the experience and lessons for a life time.

Calaguas Resback Escapade!

After three failed attempts finally I was able to experience this beautiful island. You’ve read it right! I had three failed attempts just as what I have written in my previous post “Misadventure but not a Misfortune“, but nevertheless it was all worth it.
I traveled with my previous group that we called  the “Calaguas Resbackers”. Because of our previous failed trip last February. This time there were additional people is our group. Apart from Rachel and Gerald, Lea and Homer, Ate MJ, Ate Gigi, Beverly and Kuya Bong which is the original part of the group. Beverly brought her son and her partner with same. Same as kuya Bong he brought his son Kyle.
Our travel time was just the same. It took us just additional 30 mins since Beverly brought some food and we had dinner first before we went head to Vinzon. We left Vinzon via boat about 9:30 am and it took us less than three hours before we get to Calaguas Island. The boat was exclusive for us. The boat ride was really challenging. The waives were so strong when we were in the middle of the sea and the sun is in its full blast.
Were all wet and exposed in the sun. Its a little bit exhausting being exposed under the sun and being soaked in salt water at the same time. After about two hours and thirty minutes of boat ride we finally get to the island. After getting out of the boat the first thing that I did was – lied down on a powdery white sand of the shore and told myself “Finally!”. The long travel time was all worth it as you experience the beauty of beach. The sea water is so cold and refreshing.
When we were in the island we swim, we had island hopping, trekking and took a lot of photos.
Calaguas Navigatours was our tour provider/host. They really took care of us. Thanks to Josh for giving us such a wonderful experience in the island. Aside from being a nice host and very accommodating people, I love the food they served. I love the Pork humba, Buttered Shrimp, Bicol Express and Laing. There are not just authentic and awesomely delicious, it was also buffet. I can’t even remember how many time we had our refill.
Over all the experience was extremely fun!
If you want to experience the same thing don’t hesitate to visit this wonderful Island. For hassle free arrangement you may contact Josh of Calaguas Navigatours. Visit their Facebook to check for the available dates or send him a personal message for easy transaction.

 

Travel Guide : Experience Calaguas (Mahabang Buhangin)!

There are a lot of travel and tour organizers offering Calaguas tours now a days that can easily bring you to this wonderful island with less stress and hassle. However there are still people who prefer a DIY (Do It Yourself) travel specially those who love to travel alone and more adventurous. For those people who find enjoyment is traveling alone this post with guide you in going to Calaguas.

Where is Calaguas?

The Calaguas is located in the province of Camarines Norte. It includes the major islands of Tinaga Island and Guintinua Island, the minor Maculabo Island, as well as several other minor islands. It is a group of islands in the Pacific under the jurisdiction of the town of Vinzons.

The long stretch of beach named Halabang Baybay/Mahabang Buhangin (Long Beach), is a cove located in the Tinaga Island. The island has powdery white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and unspoiled natural resources that you will really enjoy the beauty, peace and serenity of the place.

 

How to commute to Calaguas (Mahabang Buhangin)?

via Vinzon

There are two point of entry going to Calaguas. The most common jump off point is Vinzons.

1. By land or by air going to Daet.

a. By land travel, ride a bus going to Daet, Camarines Norte. There are different buses that you can take from Cubao going to Daet. Philtranco, Amihan Bus Lines and Superlines are the most common. Travel time is approximately 8 hours to 10 hours depends on what service you take and bus fare ranges from Php 500.00 to Php 800.00.

b. If you want to cut your travel time, you may opt to take a plane from Manila to Naga. From Naga take a van going to Daet  (approximately 2 to 3 hours. Php 180 to Php 200)

2. From Daet you can hire a tricycle or ride a Jeep going to the fish port. It will take roughly 30 minutes of  your travel time.

via Paracale

1. Take Superlines bus bound directly to Paracale/Panganiban. However if you take a route from Daet, ride a passenger van bound for Paracale. (1 – 2 hours, Php 50 to Php 100)

From Vinzons or Paracale fish port charter a boat to Mahabang Buhangin or just tell boatmen that you are heading to Calaguas/Mahabang Buhangin. Boat rentals  good for 8 pax is Php3,000 – Php4,000 (for 2 days). There are bigger boats available as well for bigger group.

 

Where to Stay in Calaguas?

There are a lot of cottages and resorts now in the island that cost from Php 3000 to Php 6000.  If you are a camper, entrance fees is from Php 120 to Php 150 per person. Cottages is for as low as Php 500.

Important! before you set-up your tent make sure to ask the caretaker first if there are additional fees that you have to pay so you don’t caught off guard if all of a sudden someone demand you to pay something that you have no idea.


What to do in Calaguas?

  • Swimming
  • Scuba diving/snorkeling (bring your own equipment)
  • Island hopping
  • Camping – just bring your own camping equipments, enough foods and water supply.
  • Trekking

 

 

 

Travel Guide : What to do in Puerto Galera?

Municipality of Puerto Galera in know for its wonderful beaches. Apart from the different water sports activities that you can during the day and booming night life after dark the island has more to offer. Here are some things that you can do.

Island Tour

There a lot of people around the beach for different tours. You can opt to go for an island tour for an amount of 1,500 pesos. This tour includes trip to Bayanan Beach, Sandbar island and Haligi Beach. if you want to go on snorkeling they can bring you to places via smaller that you can definitely enjoy under water scenery . Just be ready to pay extra 200 pesos per head.  Visiting the Coral Garden, Giant Clams and San Antonio Island underwater cave would cost additional 600 pesos. You can always talk to your tour guide and choose go for a package to get a lower rate specially if your are in a group.

  • Php 1,500.00 (Up to 18 person) Puerto Galera Island Hopping Tour Rates
  • Php 600.00 Small boat going to Coral Garden, Giant Clams and San Antonio Island underwater cave

Inland Tour

The inland tour includes Jeepney or Van, Entrance fees and tour guide. Through the inland tour you can see the Fantastic Views at Ponderosa, Tamaraw Falls and Aplayang Munti Beach.
If you are into extreme sports activities, you can opt to visit Extreme Sports Adventure Park. Choice of Fun Activities (Go Kart, Mud Kart, Paintball, etc.)

  • Php 1,500  Inland Tour
  • Php 500.00 per person/activityy at Adventure Park

Visit amazing Water Falls

There are a lot of water falls around Puerto Galera to explore such as Tamaraw falls, Aninuan Falls, Tukuran Falls, and Talipanan Falls. I’m sure that’s theres probably more that yet soon to be discover.

Diving

Another well know activity in Puerto Galera is Diving. There are a lot of diving centers around Puerto Galera. Some of them were Canyons, Shark Cave, Hole in the wall, Sabang Wrecks, Sinandigan Wall, West Escarceo, Monkey Beach, Kilima Steps, St. Christopher Wreck, Dungon Wall/ Twin Wreck, Fish Bowl, Lalaguna Point, Sabang Point, Pink Wall, Jap Wreck, Boulders, Dry Dock, The Atoll, Odies Wall, Batangas Channel, Manila Channel, Coral Garden, The Hill, Hibo Reef, Verde Island, Maricaban Island

  •  Puerto Galera Diving Rates Starts at Php 1,300.00 per person.

Hangout in the Beach

What’s the point of going to Puerto Galera if you won’t enjoy the sun and its white sand beaches. Just a warning, White beaches gets crowded during summer time and weekends, It also become noisy during the night because of the booming night life.

If you are a type of person who enjoys serenity and peace I would suggest to visit other white sand beaches around Puerto Galera. Apart from the famous White Beach, there are other  beautiful beaches that are less crowded such as Aninuan Beach, Palangan Beach, Talipanan Beach and there’s more. All you need to do is ask your tour guides or the locals.

Water Sports activities

A side from sun bathing and swimming, why get a little more adventurous? try the different water activities such as, snorkeling and fish feeding, Jetski, Sailing, Kayaking, Parasailing, Fly Board, banana boat, and so much more.

Enjoy Night life

There are different bars near the shore. In the morning they are restaurants where you can eat and during the night those restaurant turns into loud bars. You can enjoy the presentations for the fire dancers during weekends.

Buy Souvenirs

Before you head home don’t forget your love once. Buy something for you and for them. Souvenirs shop is all over the place. From key chains, Shirts, bags, lampshades and more. There is definitely a lot of choices.

Weekend getaway at Puerto Galera!

Had a chance to visit the amazing Puerto Galera this weekend with my friend Jen and her partner Daryl.

We took a bus bus from Cubao to Batangas Port via ALPS. The bus left before 6:00 AM and we arrived at Batangas Port before 8:00 AM.

From Batangas Port we took a ferry going to Muelle Pier via Minolo Shipping Lines. We chose Muelle since we have reservation ar De Luna Resort. From Muelle Pier a shuttle is waited for us and 

brought us to De Luna Resort.

When we got to De Luna Resort, we were disappointed because our contact person was not their. As per the staff she was in a conference and we can’t reach her because she keeps on declining our call. The staff were not a ware of our reservation. We stay about 15 mins and check out on the place before we then decided to just leave.

We took a tricycle going to White beach. The Tricycle driver drop us at White Beach Lodging and Restaurant. A courteous lady  (thought I forgot her name) welcomed us and asked us right away what we need.  She offered a place for us the room was bigger that what we supposed to have in De Luna Resort at lower rate. We then decided to get it. The place is just a few walks away from the beach. it was just perfect for me since it’s not too near the beach where there are a lot of bars and noise during the night.

Since it is a weekend we were expecting the beach to be very crowded. Good thing is that we arrived early. We had time to enjoy the beach before it gets polluted by people. 

We explore the place and decided to rest in the afternoon. We watch the performances of Fire Dancers at night and  bought some souvenirs.

It was quite a tiring day so we decided to sleep early and to wake wake up early the following day for hour beach hopping activities.

Aside from swimming and night life there are a lot of things to do in Puerto Galera. Check out my other blog post. What to do in Puerto Galera?

We had island hopping and beach hopping the following day before we live the island by 1:00 PM. We were not able to confirm our departure a head of time good thing that there was still available slot for the three of us.

if you want to visit this awesome place working on a budget, specially to DIY travelers you may contactkuya Dekfin for assistance. He can help you find an affordable place to stay and make arrangements with the tour that you prefer.

Contact kuya Delfin Balabat at 09751188299

Disclaimer : Images of ALPS bus  and MB Golden Condor were imported from the following sources ALPS Facebook PageMinolo Shipping Lines webiste.


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Travel Guide : How to commute going to Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

 

 

First ride a bus going to Batangas port. Travel time will take you more or less 2 hours. Air-conditioned buses cost less than 200 pesos. From Manila just go to the following terminals:

  1. Bus Terminals near the corner of Taft Avenue and Gil Puyat Avenue (formerly Buendia), Pasay City – nearest the Airport.
  2. Bus Terminal near Ali Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City.
  3. Bus Terminal in EDSA corner Kamias Street, Quezon City.
  4. Bus Terminal in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
There are different Bus lines that can bring you to Batangas port such as ALPS, JAM, Goldstar Bus (formerly Cerres) and DLTB.
Upon arrival to Batangas Port, proceed to Terminal 3 where you can buy your tickets going to Puerto galera.
Puerto Galera has 4 major points of entry, namely, Sabang Pier, Muelle Pier, Balatero Pier and White Beach. If you have hotel reservation please asked your hotel to which ferry you should take to go directly there.
There are many shipping companies plying the Batangas-Puerto Galera route. The major passenger ferries are: FSL or Father and Son Shipping Lines, MSL or Minolo Shipping Lines and Challenge and Passion Shipping Lines.
The maximum capacity of an outrigger ferry is from 60 up to 150 passengers. The ticket costs 250 to 280 pesos, one-way. I highly suggest that you buy a round trip tickets to save yourself from any inconvenience and hassle.
The first trip of ferries from Batangas port is 7:30 AM and the last trip is 4:30 PM or 5:00 Pm during pick season.
Please note that on top of the ferry fare, each tourist is required to pay the following:
  • Batangas Pier Terminal Fee = 30.00 pesos
  • Environmental Users Fee = 50.00 pesos
  • Puerto Galera Exit Fee = 10.00 pesos
  • For Tourist exiting from Sabang Pier, Security Fee = 20.00 pesos
Once you arrive to Puerto Galera don’t forget to confirm your return tickets as early as possible if you have a round trip tickets..

Travel Guide : How to Get to the Cagsawa Ruins?

The Cagsawa Ruins are the remains of a 17th century church built by the Franciscans. The first church was erected in 1587 but was destroyed by Dutch marauders in 1646. The church was reconstructed in 1724 by Fr. Francisco Blanco. In February 1, 1814, Mt. Mayon began its most violent and deadly eruption in recorded history. Unfortunately, the church, along with most of the town of Cagsawa, was destroyed by lahars and pyroclastic flows, killing thousands of inhabitants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What to see and do in Cagsawa Ruins National Park

  • Take photos of the classic postcard shot of the Mayon Volcano
  • Shop for souvenirs
  • Go for an ATV adventure

How to go to Cagsawa?

  • From Manila ride a bus going to Ligaspi, Albay
  • From Legazpi: Ride a jeepney bound for Camalig, Guinobatan, Ligao or Polangui. These will all pass by the junction leading to Cagsawa where you can walk or hire a tricycle to take you to the ruins

NOTE: Fares, routes, and schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

CONTACTS

Main Office
2nd floor Rosita Ang building, Ziga Ave., corner A.A. Berces St. Tabaco City
Tel : 5682106 / 4875318 cellphone number : 09173461133
Ermita Booking Office
P4 Pader Faura Center 472 P. Faura Corner M.H. Del Pilar, Ermita Manila
Tel: 5248704 telefax : 5248704 Cell No. : 09174815809 / 09176063918
Ali Mall Booking Office
Araneta Center bus Terminal, Cubao, Quezon City
Tel : 9134514 / 4393787 cell No : 0917-6063918
Legazpi Satellite Booking Office
Tel : 8206598 Cell No : 09176498927
Daraga Booking Office
Lorete Building , Ilawod, Daraga Albay
Telephone number : 4833730 Cell No – 0917-6063916
Tabaco Booking Office Intergrated Bus terminal , Tabaco City
Tel No. – 8301075
LCC Booking Office Legaspi
Tel 4807810 to 13 loc 110
Tabaco Tel 4875315 / 4875356 loc 109
Info from www.phbus.com

 


 

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Palms Farm Beach Resort, Mercedes, Camarines Norte

Contact Info
Call :  0947 421 0534

About

Eco Lodge Beach Resort perfect for families, group events, weddings and conferences. Camping area and Island tours available.

Public Transit

From Manila:
Take BUS to DAET, Camarines Norte
Take JEEP/TRICYCLE to MERCEDES PIER
Take BOAT to MANGUISOC, finally
Take TRICYCLE to PALMS FARM RESORT

Rates may change without prior notice!


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Travel Guide : How to commute to Cayucyucan Beach

 

1. By land or by air going to Daet.

a. By land travel, ride a bus going to Daet, Camarines Norte. There are different buses that you can take from Cubao going to Daet. Philtranco, Amihan Bus Lines and Superlines are the most common. Travel time is apoximately 8 hours to 10 hours depends on what service you take and bus fare ranges from Php 500.00 to Php 800.00.

b. If you want to cut your travel time, you may opt to take a plane from Manila to Naga. From Naga take a van going to Daet (approximately 2 to 3 hours. Php 180 to Php 200)

2. From Daet, hire a tricycle or motorbike to Mercedes port, fare is around Php 100.00 to 150.00 good for 2-4 people. Then, from Mercedes port, take the short boat ride to Cayucyucan, fare is only Php 4.00 per head. From the port, take again another tricycle ride to Palm Farm Beach Resort or any nearby resort in Cayucyucan Beach.

REMINDER :  There are no restaurants in the area were you can eat. make sure you bring your own food and supplies. The resort do allow you to cook food. There are small sari-sari store in the resorts but the goods were really expensive.

Naga’s Peñafrancia Basilica Minore


How to Get to  Naga’s Peñafrancia Basilica Minore?


Naga City is located about 377 km southeast of Metro Manila. By air, Naga is served by the Naga Airport which is located just outside the city proper, in the nearby town (and the CamSur capital) of Pili. A flight from Manila takes approximately 35-40 minutes.

By land, Naga is an eight-hour bus ride from Pasay or Cubao.


Misadventure but not a Misfortune.

I was craving for travel and I don’t want to waste my vacation leave sleeping the whole day. So I decided to join a tour going to Calaguas, in Camarines Norte. I have invited my friends to join me but none of them were avail. I then book a tour and joined as a solo joiner. Knowing myself as none sociable type there’s a little bit of fear or should I say doubt at the back of my mind. I have so many questions such as will I enjoy it? specially that there is a big chance that I will be isolated and alone the whole time. “Suck it up!” I told myself. I packed my things and went to Cubao on Feb 10 2017 around 7pm and joined the tour. I was lucky because our driver is very accommodating and very easy to get along with. I seated beside the driver seat since I don’t know anyone inside that van. We departed before 10:00pm.  It only took us seven hours of land travel going to Vinson, Camarines Norte where we are supposed to take a boat going to Calaguas. This is were the real adventure started. We met Joshua, out organizer at the port. After we had breakfast we waited about two hours. The boats started to arrived however we were not able to get a clearance from the Philippine Coastguard. They did not allow us to sail because of the bad weather. There were no storm but the sky is too cloudy and the waves were too strong. As per coastguard. It was zero visibility. So our organizer told us that we have to go to our plan B.

 

Everyone is the van were all dismayed about what happened specially that some of them just like me had  multiple failed attempts already to visit the island. So the organizer talked to us and this misfortune broke the ice inside the van. We started talking, throwing jokes and enjoyed the misfortune.

I know that what happened was really frustrating for Josh specially that he have carry all the frustrations of the joiners. So I also would like to appreciate him for taking care of us. I have to commend them for the great food. I love that authentic Laing and great tasting Daing!

As plan B we went Cayucyucan Beach. It’s about an hour and a half drive from Vinson. We went to Palms Farm Beach Resort in Mercedes, Camarines Norte. The beach is not bad at all.

 

We had over night at Palms Farm Beach Resort but we are still hopeful that the weather will be better the following day so we can still go to Calaguas.

The following day there were no change with the weather at all. Good thing that the group that I’m with were all travelers and one of them is an tour organizer. To maximize out time we left the resort early and went to Penafranncia  Basilica, in Camarines Sur before heading to Cagsawa.

It was about two to three hours land travel from the resort to Cagsawa. But honestly we haven’t notice the time at all because be were having fun inside the van together with kuya Bong, the driver who is naturally a comedian. I am very excited about this since this was my first time to explore Bicol. It was my first time to visit Cagsawa Ruins and see the Mayon Volcano in person.

I also had a chance to taste Bicol’s spicy ice cream. A perfect creamy vanilla ice cream with a kick! It was really awesome.

I must say that the climax of this adventure was when I had the chance to drive an ATV going to Mayon. I wanted to go closer to Mayon and visit Black Lava however our time is limited so we all decided to take it for just an hour. The  feeling was amazing I was nervous at first but I had so much fun. This is surely not my last time here. I looking forward to be back here soon.

 

 

 

This misadventures was not a misfortune. I was able to try here some of my firsts. I met such wonder people band most of all I have found new travel buddies!!!

La Porschea Private Resort (@LaPorscheaPrivateResort)

Looking for a great place to bond with your family, friends and love ones?

A home away from home with a very affordable rate?
Then check out La Porschea Private Resort.

La Porschea Private Resort is located at Nayong Maharlika Subd. Brgy. Pansol, Calamba, Philippines.

We just had an overnight in this private resort last night. In fact just got home from the said overnight. I just called them yesterday and had booked the place right on the same day. 

Amenities/Facilities:

• 2 airconditioned rooms (13 beds in total)
• 2 hotspring pools (adult and kiddie pool)
• Kitchen area
• Dining area
• Free use of refrigerator
• Grill
• Stove (optional/with addt’l charge of P300)
• Free use of water dispenser (water not included)
• Free use of unlimited videoke

*Cooking utensils are available upon request. Every items have corresponding minimal charge.

Sleeping capacity : 13-15 pax
Number of persons allowed : 20 pax

For easy booking please visit www.pansolresorts.ph I called then yesterday and Angel one of the admins was very helpful. Just tell them the details and they will help you find a place that fits for your need,

Disclaimer :Photos grab from La Porschea Private Resort Facebook Page




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Travel Guide : How to Get to Mt. Batulao?

By Bus:
  1. Take a bus bound for Nasugbu – Lemery. Inform the conductor that you’ll be going to Mt. Batulao. Exit the bus when you get to Evercrest Golf Course in Lemery, Batangas. Travel time is roughly 2 to 3 hours depending on the traffic.
  2. Once you get to Evercrest, you can either walk or take a tricycle going to the jump-off point which is Php 20.00 per head. In our case, since we ran out of budget, we walked from Evercrest going to the jump-off point.
 By Car:  Follow the route to Tagatay until you see Evercrest.
Things to Bring

For Day Hike

  • 1.5 to 2 L of water
  • Energy drinks (Pocari Sweat or Gatorade)
  • Hiking or trekking shoes or Sandals
  • Sun protection (hats, sun block, headgear, sunglasses)
  • Hiking gloves (optional but recommended)
  • Food (Snack and Lunch)
  • Picnic mat
Overnight
  • Tent of course
  • Cooking equipment
  • Prepare PHP 30.00 per head for the camping fee
Now there’s 4 ways to hike on Mt. Batulao
  1. The old trail (Difficult)
  2. The new trail (Medium)
  3. The new to old (Difficult)
  4. The Old to New (Medium)

Mt. Batulao Conquered!

I am not new with hiking and nature. I’ve been exposed into nature trips, hiking, camping and more as early as 6 years old. But after few years I become busy a lot of things and wasn’t able to give time with this passion. Finally after a decade I had a chance to do one of activities that I love – hiking! Through my Office mate Jann I was invited to join their climb with Trail Warriors and without any hesitate I immediately said YES! I haven’t had any hiking activity for a long time and less exercise but it didn’t stopped me from pursuing my passion for hiking. Then Nov. 5 2016 came and that passion was fulfilled again.

We went to Mount Batulao and conquer it. It was tiring and I will eventually get body pains but everything is worth it. Because more than the tired feet and body pains I brought home in my heart the peace that the nature brings. the joy for fulfilling my passion and meeting new people. the fulfillment and satisfaction for conquering my fears and I also took home the thought that there is no mountain to tall that I cannot be conquered . I have proven to myself that I can still do a lot of things even with my current situation right now.

 

 

Ciudad Christhia Resort 9 Waves Resort

Nestled peacefully outside the metropolis, Ciudad Christhia Resort 9 Waves invites you to enter a paradise filled with natural scenic landscapes and fun-filled recreational facilities for an ideal resort escape. Our excellent offerings include our famous 9 waves pool, double loop water slide, picnic huts, comfortable and relaxing air- conditioned rooms, wall climbing and teambuilding facilities, and a whole lot more.
Whether you are out to enjoy a revitalizing retreat, company teambuilding, corporate seminar, or a relaxing vacation with family, friends and colleagues, Ciudad Christhia Resort 9 Waves is your absolute holiday destination.

Ciudad Christhia Resort is located at Carrieland Country Homes II Ampid San Mateo, Rizal Philippines 1850

Office is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm every Mondays to Saturdays. For inquiris you may call (63 2) 997-9999, 997-5946, 997-6009, 570-2682 or send an email to sales.9waves@gmail.com or inquiries.9waves@gmail.com

How to get there:
From Quezon Memorial Circle, go Northeast via Commonwealth Ave., pass Ever Commonwealth Dept. Store. Turn right before Sandiganbayan, right again to Batasan- San Mateo Bridge. Cross- over the bridge then turn left to San Mateo proper. Upon approaching Mercury Drug turn left to Carrieland Country Homes.

From Cubao, take Aurora Blvd. down to Barangka Marikina turn left after Marikina bridge to J.P. Rizal. Drive straight until reaching San Mateo Rizal, turn left to Carrieland Country Homes (almost Across Mercury Drug)

Disclaimer : Photos were grab from www.9wavesphilippines.com some were result for, search engines, unless watermarked.