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Grace Under Pressure: Philippine Freediving Stories

We lost count of the freediving photos we’ve featured in VisitPinas. We wrote about enjoying the best of both worlds, the lucky turtles of Apo Island, and how to just keep on swimming. We’re going to add more VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram. Continue reading Grace Under Pressure: Philippine Freediving Stories

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.  Continue reading Enjoying the Best of Both Worlds: Philippine Travel Stories

Finding Charlie: Reminder for Divers to Protect Corals and Marine Life

Photos of a vandalized live coral in a Philippine diving site recently circulated in Facebook. A group of concerned divers, including Vince Tenchavez, found a set of corals etched with a name — Charlie — and the date. This is similar to vandalism found on cave walls and other sensitive ecotourism areas. Continue reading Finding Charlie: Reminder for Divers to Protect Corals and Marine Life

Just Keep Swimming, Freediving at Barracuda Lake (Coron, Palawan): Photo of the Day

We all know  Coron, Palawan, is an awesome travel destination. The pristine beaches, fresh seafood, nice tan, great view, underwater scenes, just some of the reasons why tourists flock into this group of paradise-islands. Then there’s freediving at the Barracuda Lake. Let’s compile some of the photos of underwater adventurers in this post. Continue reading Just Keep Swimming, Freediving at Barracuda Lake (Coron, Palawan): Photo of the Day

Anniversary Date? Try a Romantic Drink while Diving in Anilao, Batangas: Photo of the Day

When it comes to relationship anniversaries, it seems that the billions of people around the world have done almost everything than can possibly be done to make the celebration unique and special. For a change, how about having the anniversary drinks underwater? “Tara, shot?”, as Gen Santiago (check her Instagram acount, @gensantiago, for more photos) said while diving off the coast of Anilao, Batangas, a favorite diving area close to Manila. Top that! Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Anniversary Date? Try a Romantic Drink while Diving in Anilao, Batangas: Photo of the Day

Lucky Turtles at Apo Island, Negros Oriental: Photo of the Day

“I got to spend the end of the year with this guy,” said charlynfaith. We’re unsure who’s luckier, the turtle dude or charlynfaith (check her Instagram acount, @peytfull, for more photos). We could say she’s lucky, with this seemingly well-timed shot with a turtle at Apo Island (Dauin, Negros Oriental). Not everyone gets the chance (although we hope you’d be able) to visit this marine sanctuary and get a wonderful photo remembrance to boot. We could say, on the other hand, that this turtle is a lucky guy (well, assuming it’s a guy), with this beautiful lady-guest gracefully diving to have a selfie (or is it a turtlefie?) taken in his peaceful underwater habitat. Perhaps we can say that we’re all lucky, living in and exploring this beautiful country called the Philippines. So, go ahead, visit the Philippines and tell the world what’s beautiful about Pinas! Have fun! Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Lucky Turtles at Apo Island, Negros Oriental: Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day: Flying Turtles of Moalboal

Turtles can fly, said the guys who took this photo. And we believe them. Swimming, after all, is simply flying — in water. It’s all about perspective, really, in the same way that aircraft landing is simply a controlled manner of falling back to earth. It’s awesome to see these majestic creatures, these sea turtles, gracefully flying uderwater in a manner totally opposite to how clumsy they are on land. The guys who took this awesome shot, Turtle Bay Dive Resort (check their Instagram account, @turtlebaydiveresort), should know. They have a dive resort in Moalboal (perhaps we’ll see you one of these days in Moalboal, lads?). We know the turtles of Apo Island Marine Reserve, but, in all honesty, we didn’t know there are turtles in Moalboal, a town south of Cebu City; only goes to show that we need to push our boundaries and check the underwater scene. Diving is fun, we’ve heard that before and we’re trying to convince ourselves about that, but Steven Spielberg and his Jaws really ruined it for us. We’ll muster enough courage one of these days. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Flying Turtles of Moalboal

Photo of the Day: The Air Up in Boracay

It’s difficult not to fall in love with Boracay. The main draw is the beach, of course, coupled with an endless array of attractions, including cliff jumping, the mermaid academy, and the 24/7 party atmosphere. The options are endless. There are activities to satisfy the party animals, the outdoors buff, the spa addicts, beach bums, energetic kids; practically everyone, even those who wish to do soul searching. And there’s parasailing. We’d go out on a limb and say that you haven’t been to Boracay if you haven’t done parasailing. We tried to describe how it feels to float high above the white-sand paradise called Boracay, but it seems a photograph is better suited to relay the emotions, like this photo by Charmilyn Mamaradlo (miaischarm3718). Click photo to enlarge:

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Photo of the Day: The Underwater Wall

We admire the brave souls who have the courage to face the deep sea and everything that lurks in its darkness. Ok, we’re exagerrating, we know, probably a result of watching too much suspense movies with the ocean/sea as the backdrop. We’re fish out of water, so to speak, when it comes to diving. But we have lots of friends who go diving and we’ve seen countless photos/videos showing the sheer beauty of underwater life. Take, for instance, this photo by Anna Arancon-Milan (annaamilan) — a digital marketer, ocean lover and smile advocate — of a freediver (your husband, Anna?) at the Barracuda Lake in Coron, Palawan. Gorgeous view, don’t you agree? Click to enlarge the photo: Continue reading Photo of the Day: The Underwater Wall

Photo of the Day: Batangas Sea Gypsies

Should you decide to see the Philippines in a slower pace and ride a ship, there’s a high probability that you’ll encounter a group of kids swimming beside the boat, as the ship is about to dock. Anyone not familiar with this sight will think that the kids are putting their lives at risk by swimming too close to the ship. Why are they doing it? Well, to find out, try throwing a coin towards their direction. Nope, they won’t catch it above water. They’ll let it hit the water and catch the coin as it gracefully falls towards the bottom of the sea. These children are descendants of the best natural freedivers there is. They are most uncomfortable living on land. A few of these sea gypsies, badjaos, were spotted in the Batangas port by cherrdon, a nature lover and a volunteer, an off-the-beaten path traveller. Here’s the photo: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Batangas Sea Gypsies