Tag Archives: Siargao Island

We Got Your Back: Philippine Travel Stories

The phrase “I got your back,” in its common usage, simply means a person will watch out for you, to help you out. Related to the phrase “stab someone in the back,” when someone hits you from a blind spot. Someone who has your back is usually a friend who minds even your blind spots (unless, of course, you can see your back). Continue reading We Got Your Back: Philippine Travel Stories

Floating in Paradise: Philippine Travel Stories

Everybody knows that the Philippines is a beach paradise, home of the world’s top beaches, including Boracay, Palawan and Siargao. The Philippines has retained its ranking among the world’s best tourist destinations, notwithstanding the closure of Boracay this year (but it will reopen in October 26, woohoo!!) Not everybody knows that the Philippines is also home to wonderful waterfalls and, of course, rivers. Continue reading Floating in Paradise: Philippine Travel Stories

Best Island in Asia 2018, Siargao Island: Philippine Travel Stories (Photo Gallery)

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)

Top 15 Reasons Why You Should Not Travel with Your Friends: Philippine Travel Stories

People travel for different reasons, which, in turn, determine the number of pax in the group. Those who seek to reflect and relax may want to travel alone. Those who want to have a lovely time may want to travel in pairs. Then there are those who, God knows what their reason for travel may be, want to spend the time on the road with the barkada. Bad idea. We’re going to tell you the reasons why, and convince you that, you should NOT travel with your barkada. Continue reading Top 15 Reasons Why You Should Not Travel with Your Friends: Philippine Travel Stories

Siargao Island, Surigao: Travel Tips and Itinerary for Land Trip

Siargao Island, located on the Pacific Ocean-facing side of Surigao, is a tiny speck in the Visayas-Mindanao geographical divide. It is accessible by air, sea or land. Direct flights from Cebu or Manila take a daily pilgrimage to this world-renowned Surfing Capital of the Philippines, landing on Sayak Airport, simply known as Siargao Airport. Continue reading Siargao Island, Surigao: Travel Tips and Itinerary for Land Trip

The Stingless Jellyfish of Sohoton Cove National Park (Surigao)

The jellyfish pond. Sohoton. Not much additional information on the jellyfish sanctuary heading into Siargao Island. We didn’t know exactly what the sanctuary is called, if it’s still part of Siargao, or how far it is from Siargao. All we wanted to do was go see the stingless jellies. No guts, no jellies. Siargao offered more surprises than we can take home even when using the biggest luggage in this inflation-challenged market. Continue reading The Stingless Jellyfish of Sohoton Cove National Park (Surigao)

The Beach from Up There: Philippine Travel Stories

We oftentimes fail to recognize something we know to be familiar, when viewed from a different angle. Same principle in solving problems, looking at it from outside the box. The Philippines, with its numerous world-class beaches, is a good place to test if you can still identify the location when viewed from a drone. Let’s see if you recognize these drone-captured, VisitPinas-tagged photographs in Instagram: Continue reading The Beach from Up There: Philippine Travel Stories

Tattooed on My Mind: Philippine Travel Stories

The Philippines is home to one of the oldest, if not the oldest, traditional tattoo artist in the world. Whang-od, the world-renowned centenarian from Buscalan, Tinglayan, Kalinga, is often referred to as the “last” mambabatok, or a traditional Kalinga tattooist. Tattoo has always been a part of Philippine culture. If we marry tattoos and the beauty of the Philippines, like what we see in the VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram, we get the following: Continue reading Tattooed on My Mind: Philippine Travel Stories

Caught in Parallel Universe: Philippine Travel Stories

There ain’t no science here, said Sam Smith in his new song, Promises. We’re not really going to discuss the universe, much more the concept of parallel universe. We just need a short descriptive title about two lines, something we find in Philippine travel, running parallel to each other and framing the subject. We have a lot of VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram with that theme.  Continue reading Caught in Parallel Universe: Philippine Travel Stories

Surf’s Up: Philippine Surfing Travel Stories

We wrote about the Cool Surfer Girl at the Surfing Capital of the North (San Juan, La Union) and the Baler (Aurora) Itinerary and Surfing Adventure. We’ve also featured Surfing Fun in Urbiztondo, La Union and the Surfing Kinda Day (Doot Poctoy, Lanuza, Surigao). But because the Philippine surfing scene is as vibrant as ever, we’re going to add some more, from the VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram. Continue reading Surf’s Up: Philippine Surfing Travel Stories