Siargao Island, the Surfing Capital of the Philippines, has just been crowned the BEST ISLAND in Asia for 2018, together with Boracay (No. 2) and Palawan (No. 3), in Conde Nast’s The Best Islands in the World: 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. With Siargao Island recognized worldwide, let’s have a gallery of the VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram. Continue reading Best Island in Asia 2018, Siargao Island: Philippine Travel Stories (Photo Gallery)
The beautiful island of Camiguin recently released a tourism video in time to kick off its 38th Lanzones Festival from October 22-31, 2017. We like the video. It brings back fun memories of our Camiguin visit (well, without the airplane ride; we’ll have to come back for that). According to the Camiguin Tourism Office, “Camiguin is an island in Mindanao, Philippines. Dubbed as the “Island Born of Fire”, this small and simple island never fails to amaze both its locals and tourists, leaving them “no words” to describe their experience in the place.” We strongly suggest you visit Camiguin (read Itinerary for Cagayan de Oro, Bukidnon and Camiguin). In the meantime, watch the nice video, here: Continue reading Video: Watch the Camiguin Tourism “No Words” Campaign
Photography and nature, Mark Alvin Marbella notes in his profile, are like food for the soul (check his Instagram account, @iammarbel, for more photos). For this particular shot, he said, “Some sunshine are just wonderful. Maybe it is hard to wake up, but sometimes the nature reward us with a wonderful show.” We couldn’t agree more. We happily spend time waiting for the sunrise or sunset, and, in the case of sunrise, we battle the urge to continue swimming in dreamland. Not that there’s much difference. Waiting for the sunrise in Sambawan Island, Biliran is probably like being immersed in dreamland. Located around 5 kilometers from the town of Maripipi in Biliran, Sambawan Island features a curved white-sand beach, and a hill that serves as the island’s spine, featuring rock formations that, together with the vegetation, give an eery feeling of being in fantasy land. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading The Pride of Biliran, Sambawan Island: Photo of the Day
With thousands of islands comprising the Philippine archipelago, travelers won’t run out of islands to hop around. This is the reason why we don’t really have to ask where these islands are, like in this photo by Nikki Marie Marquez (check her Instragram acount, @nikkimariehere, for more photos), because we can safely assume that the level of fun would still be the same. Here’s what you do: get a boat or banca, stuff it with your friends and family, and go see some islands — white sand, black sand, orange sand, you name it. It’s a great weekend fun adventure that will provide you with happy memories to last the entire week, or month, or the whole year. That’s only one of the reasons why, ladies and gentlemen, it’s more fun in the Philippines. But first, head on over to the Philippines. If you’re lucky, you’d catch the Miss Universe beauties visiting one of the islands. Have fun! Click the photo to enlarge.
The Philippines is among the Top 5 countries with the longest coastline, not because it has a massive land area, but because the country is archipelagic, and we learned in school (yes, we were conscientious students) that an “archipelago” simply means an island group or island chain. With thousands of islands scattered in the typhoon-churning Pacific Ocean, it’s no surprise that ships are the primary mode of inter-island transport. Ferdinand Magellan, who found the Philippines for Spain hundreds of years ago, arrived in a galleon, a huge wooden sailing ship. Tourists move around by flying in through one of the three main islands — Luzon, Visayas or Mindanao, — then exploring the adjoining islands by boat, which comes in all sizes and materials. The one in this photo, courtesy of Noriel (check his Instagram account, @nrlbljrd for other cool photos), seems to have seen better days, probably during the reign of Jack Sparrow, but we take the maritime authority’s word that it’s seaworthy. We’ve lost count of the times we’ve been in those ships, and we’re still around, so not much to worry about, ok? Enjoy the islands! Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Ship Ahoy: Photo of the Day
There are more than 7,100 gorgeous islands in the Philippines. Some islands, and beaches, may be beautiful than others, but each is beautiful in its own right. Some islands, and beaches, may be swarmed by locals and tourists alike, but some are just waiting in their solitary happiness to be occupied by lovely, and loving, souls. Take, for instance, the Maniwaya Island in Marinduque, here occupied by wanderers Christian and Kristine (check their Instagram account, @thelensbetweenus, for more beautiful photos). The islands are so lovely, even other countries seek to occupy them. So, which Philippine island holds your heart? Tell us. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Island for Two at Maniwaya, Marinduque: Photo of the Day
There are boats, then there are banana boats. You can have a banana boat ride in a lot of places, but there’s only one Boracay banana boat ride. This one holds a special place in our hearts because Boracay was our first banana boat ride ever, back when the terms “film” and “roll” were still relevant to photography. Even until today, Boracay exudes a certain aura that blankets the entire place, infusing every soul within its island vibe that bumps up the adrenaline level. Heck, even zombies will come alive in Boracay. Now, let’s check this photo by Aiza Bacani (check her account in Instagram, @aizabacs). Here she is, with that ear-to-ear smile (wait, how do you call a smile, 100 times over?). We would have wanted to take our photo just like that, but we always end up like the lady at her back. All we do is grab that banana boat handle and hold on for dear life. Ah, brings back memories of extreme Boracay fun. One of the reasons why we take time to update the Daily Photos. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Banana Boat Ride of Boracay