No surprise that there’s an endless flow of Instagram photos tagged #VisitPinas. The Philippines is home to some of the world’s best beaches. The well-known beaches, identified by name in travel magazines and websites, constitute only a small portion of the thousands of beautiful combination of sand, sea and sun in this tropical paradise, also called the Pearl of the Orient, the Philippines. We’ve seen thousands of these photos. The recent crop of #VisitPinas photos reveal the following angles or shots for beach photos. [Click the photos to enlarge.] Continue reading Top 10 Types of Beach Photos at #VisitPinas
“Wonderfully lost and hopelessly in love,” Marian Bautista notes in her account profile (check his Instagram account, @yianbautista, for more photos). We get the “wonderfully lost” part — no dount it’s awesome to wander in the surrounding islands of Siargao, including the gorgeous white-beach tiny Guyam Island (yes, we have a separate feature on the crystal-clear waters off Guyam Island). On the second part — hopelessly in love — we’re not sure if Marian is referring to the same island (yes, people, like us, can fall hopelessly in love with the islands of the Philippines) or to some islander. We have to ask her. In the meantime, enjoy the photo (or, better still, go out and enjoy Guyam and Siargao Island). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Happy Solitude in Guyam Island, Siargao: Photo of the Day
We all know that Siargao, with its lovely waves and idyllic views, is hands-down the surfing capital of the Philippines. Not everbody knows, however, that the islands off Siargao can match any other 7,100+ islands of the Philippines when it comes to powder-white sand and crystal-clear waters. This much we see in Guyam Island, one of the three popular islands in Siargao. The Naked Island and Daku Island complete the group. Now, look at this photo by Fonci (check his Instagram acount, @rayfonci, for more awesome photos). Perhaps you’ll think that it’s just the beach and the sky, but look closely and you’ll see that what you might think as the beach, is actually the white sand UNDER the crystal-clear water. Awesome, right? Time to visit Siargao. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Crystal-Clear Waters of Guyam Island, Siargao: Photo of the Day
There are photos that make us giddy right from the moment we see it. This is one of those photos. It’s a photo of a bird. No, wait, it’s a plane. No, it’s, uhm, a gwapito flying high (gwapito in Bisaya roughly translates to handsome boy, because full-on handsome man is gwapo, pretty much like how a plato [plate] is the bigger version of the platito [saucer]). It’s a photo of @gwapitos.official cofounder, @maramatokong, flying high at the surfing capital of the Philippines, Cloud 9 in Siargao Island (photo courtesy of @gwapitos.official, and island lifestyle brand by Gianni “Boy” Grifoni and John Mark “Marama” Tokong, based in Siargao Island, and @kermitsiargao; check their instagram profiles for more awesome photos). We’ll get to Siargao soon, and when we do, we challenge you guys to a surfing competition — the variety involving a mouse and wifi. Click the photo to enlarge.
What we see of a photo depends equally on what’s important to us and to the one who took the shot. For hard-core surfers who frequent the surfing capital of the Philipppines, Siargao in Surigao del Norte, the focus might be the waves. Those who appreciate the island vibe might focus on the food and the beer, consumed right off the beach. Some might take a shot with perfect proportions. The photo featured here, snapped by Daniela (visit her instagram site, dani_negreda, for other beautiful photos), appears to focus on the clouds (hey, it’s Cloud 9 in Siargao) and, of course, the majesty of the setting (or rising?) sun. There’s so much more we see, but we prefer you tell us through the comment section, or see the place for ourselves. Click photo to enlarge. Continue reading Surf and Beauty in Cloud 9, Siargao: Photo of the Day
There’s a lot of unfilled slots in our Philippine travel bucket list. One of those blank slots is Siargao, found in the province of Surigao del Norte, way south of Manila. It’s the undisputed surfing capital of the Philippines, with Cloud 9 at its core. If surfing is our thing, Siargao would be at the top of our travel list, but we don’t surf. Still, we intend to go there someday, not to surf, but to soak in the island vibe (sounds weird because we’re living in an island, sort of, in the first place). For those who don’t understand why surfers are raving about Siargao, watch this video from the Department of Tourism: Continue reading Surfing in Siargao: It’s More Fun in the Philippines
Travel exposes the falsity in many of people’s misconceptions — from cultures, practices, places, to almost every conceivable aspect of a community’s life. We are, of course, guilty of the same sin. For instance, we’ve always believed that the surfing scene in Surigao can only be witnessed in the island of Siargao. We’re wrong. This photo by Paupau Alvarez (follow her in Instagram, @best.paupau.ever; we really don’t know who’s the photobomber, Paupau or @lenniemariee) is captioned Poctoy, Lanuza, Surigao. While the surging scene of Lanuza was started by surfers from Siargao Island, Lanuza has held up its own as an independent surfing destination. Now we know. All we have to do now is to get those chiseled bodies and that surfer vibe. See you, ladies, in one of ’em Philippine islands. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Surfing Kinda Day (Doot Poctoy, Lanuza, Surigao)
The “naked” in Naked Island, located in Siargao, does not refer to the people in it, but to the fact that there’s practically nothing on it. We can ask RMADJ (loneadventureseeker), who says that she’s an all-around worker, adventure seeker, lone traveler, fashion enthusiast, photography lover, aspiring astronaut and, most important of all, a mermaid. She chose to arrive fully clothed on the Naked Island but still came out with this cool photo — lovely pose, modest smile, and that beautiful Naked Island. When you choose to get here, it’s not a bad idea to try out surfing — Siargao, after all, is a surfing paradise in the Philippines. Here’s the photo (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Naked Island