Enjoying the Best of Both Worlds: Philippine Travel Stories

We’ve been saying that the natural beauty of the Philippines makes us giddy, every time — a feeling, we’re sure, is shared by other wanderers. Some travelers prefer under water adventure, like diving, while other tourists don’t want to get their feet wet. In the Philippines, it hardly matters  which world you’re in — underwater or above ground — it’s equally beautiful, more beautiful if you can capture both worlds at the same time. Two worlds for the price of one. Sulit! Here are some VisitPinas-tagged photographs in Instagram to show why you can enjoy the best of both worlds during your Philippine vacation. 

See the photo above? That’s capteynmorgan (check his Instagram account, @capteynmorgan, for more photos) in Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort, located in Oslob, Cebu. “My kind of vitamin sea,” he says. We’re sure it’s going to be converted to multivitamins if he encounters the whale sharks in Oslob.

For this kind of photo, you obviously need a waterproof camera. There’s another way. We know there are phone companies that advertise their phones as waterproof. What better way to test the waterproof claim than submerging it a few inches underwater and snapping a gorgeous shot of both worlds? Of course, it’s something we won’t do ourselves. Let us know if it works for you.

We’ve featured the best of both worlds in El Nido, Palawan in a separate post, with this photo courtesy of Charlyn Faith Gaabito (check her Instagram account, @peytfull, for more beautiful photos):

The photo below is the best of both worlds, free diving in Barracuda Lake, Coron, Palawan, courtesy of Laine Bernardo (check her Instagram account, @lainebernardo, for more beautiful photos).

According to Laine: “No matter what life throws your way, no matter how unfair it may seem, refuse to play the victim. Refuse to be ruled by fear, pessimism and negativity. Refuse to quit. Be a warrior and work through whatever life throws your way with courage, positivity and love. You are stronger than you think. And you are capable of achieving far more than you believe.” True, very true; thoughts you need to stick in your brain once you’re freediving at the Barracuda Lake (and, well, life in general).

Replace the diver with fish, lots of fish, and what do you get? You get Matahum Beach in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, complete with white sand, clear waters, black-striped fish, white wharf, and blue sky. Another spectacular photo from the nurse lakwatsero and beach lover, Allan Pineda (check his Instagram account, @allan_lira, for more beautiful photos).

[We’ll revise this article, so tag us with your “best of both worlds” photos and stories. We’re sure you guys can get very creative.]

[Photos reproduced with permission (thanks). Tag your Philippine travel photos with #visitpinas so we can track it down. Photos will be featured in this blog’s photo of the day and in instagram/VisitPinas, facebook/VisitPinas, twitter/VisitPinas.]

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