Category: Visayas

Panglao is just a small island at the southwest tip of Bohol but it is one of the most popular getaway destinations for diving and tourist activities in the region. At the epicenter of it all is Alona Beach. Alona beach in itself is tiny. The total distance of shoreline is less than one kilometer; about 840 meters in length. While the town does not feel crowded, or congested, there is zero wasted space on the beachfront. First: The Beachfront Property Ironically, for a town

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In the south of Cebu City, towards the water, lies the Basilica Santo Nino; and this building’s history parallels that of Catholicism in the Philippines. Many travelers can make the argument that houses of worship do not make great tourist destinations; but to those that want to learn about the culture they are visiting, there is no doubt that learning about the local religion is an intimate look into people’s lives. Overview and Significance The two hundred and eighty (280) year old Basilica

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Philippines / Visayas / Antique / Culasi Sometimes, time stands still. Its those moments when you forget that the earth is still rotating, that your cell phone bill is on auto debit and, as long as everything is working correctly, your heart keeps beating. But sometimes, you happen upon a place so beautiful, so serine, it skips one of those beats. One can learn to appreciate places like the sparsely populated Malalison island (in Antique Province, just off the coast of Panay), despite the lack of things like

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*Note: In order to preserve the excitement of discovery, the photographs in this article only feature the museum itself. Photographs of the gallery interiors and their contents have been intentionally omitted. A gem of a historic building and an important connection to the human history of the Philippines, the Cebu Museum is one of the few destinations in Cebu City proper that visitors, and specially those that are history buffs, should not miss. ‘Sugbo’ is the native name for the city that was later adapted

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Philippines / Visayas / Negros Occidental / Sagay With no permanent structures, plant or animal life, including human inhabitants, Carbin Reef is by every definition of the word sandbar. What is Carbin Reef? This year-round tourist destination is a small sandbar. Think of it as a beach that is unattached from the mainland. Facing north towards the Visayan Sea, there is nothing but open water in 270 degrees of view, and the tiny strip of white sand beneath your feet is a reminder to appreciate the beauty of

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It sounds like the possibility of intergalactic travel has been solved with fastcrafts, but actually they just move slightly quicker than their shipping boat counterparts. Even with airports and commercial flight schedules expanding, these medium-sized passenger boats are a fast, safe and economical way to travel around the islands. With capacities of 300 or more, multiple travel classes, and daily routes between popular destinations, fast crafts have remained the favorite mode of travel for many commuters and vacationers alike. In Iloilo City, one of the

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One of the most popular tourist attractions in Cebu City is undoubtedly Magellan’s Cross. This is partly because MOST attractions that visitors to Cebu come to see are actually outside the city. But perhaps the biggest reason that this location is so popular is because of what it symbolizes.

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Getting to the Philippines’ most popular island paradise of Boracay is a popular and well-documented trip, but there are definitely some information gaps on what to expect and how to prepare for your voyage, if you have never done it before. The purpose of this Unofficial Guide is to allow readers to know exactly what to expect when vacationing in Boracay. Fly, Fly, Fly! There are not just one, but two international airports within a 2 hour van trip to Boracay, and the availability of

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As the origin of many Filipino tales of magic and tress that glow in the night time, the island of Siquijor has forever been shrouded in mystery, but getting there should never be one of them. About this Tropical Beauty A small tropical island in the Bohol Sea, it features a single, well-paved, circumferential road that goes through the heart of each of the six major towns. Larena, the capitol Siquijor, San Juan, Lazi, Maria, and Enrique Valencia. San Juan and Lazi are the centers

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Alona Beach, on the southwestern bend of Panglao Island (at about the 7 o’clock position) is about as far West from Tagbilaran City as you can get. That is really great when you’re trying to escape the city, but when it is time to leave, getting back can sometimes be a bit of a challenge! There are no taxis on Panglao Island, there is no Uber or Grab, just a handful of tricycles, some private vans, and an irregular schedule of local jeepneys.

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