A coconut tree is also called the Tree of Life because of the variety of its use, itemized in a song, Da Coconut Nut. So, yes, “there are so many uses of the coconut tree, you can build a bigger house for the family,” just some of the uses. If you visit the Philippines, you’ll find that coconut trees are everywhere, as abundant as the smiles and hospitality of Filipinos. Let’s explore some of the travel uses of a coconut tree, plucked from Instagram photos of the community, with our tag or with #visitpinas.
See what we mean by lots of coconuts? As far as your eyes can see. That’s a LOT of coconut trees. In just one island, Siargao Island. Photo courtesy of Mags Dizon is no exception (check her account, @magsdizon, for more photos)
If Harry Potter has a thinking hat, the Philippines has its thinking trees. Amazing coconut trees. When something is troubling your heart and you want to reflect, you head on to some place where you can be alone. The Philippines has a lot of those places, a lot of empty beaches, and in those beaches, there are countless coconut trees. You’re bound to find a spot where you can sit and pour out your mind, even shout it out for the waves to hear.
Here’s Charmaine Grace Borbon doing just that (visit her account, @callmecharmaine, for more photos), playing solo in the embrace of those thinking coconut trees of the surfing capital of the Philippines, Siargao, Surigao. She said: “Travel while you’re young and able. Don’t worry about the money, Just make it work. Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be.”
You can use a coconut tree to watch the gorgeous sunsets of the Philippines. This is related to the “Thinking Tree”, but not quite. It’s related because a beautiful sunset has this inexplicable power to draw out thoughts that we have no plans of entertaining. Add the Thinking Tree to the mix and you’re in a lot of muni-muni.
Rome Bacsain is no exception (check her account, @romegoesaway, for more photos), thinking that: “Just wait till the right one comes along. God is about to blow your mind for a kind of love you never knew existed.” Aww. Deep hugot from this registered nurse and financial advisor who loves to travel alone. This is Rome’s photo of the sunset in Carabao Island, Romblon.
What happens if the sun is up high? Can’t really use the convenient excuse of watching the sunset while perched on that bent coconut trunk, can you? Well, you can say it’s siesta, the practice of taking an afternoon nap borrowed from Spain. To illustrate, here’s Krist Joseph J. Cadlaon appearing to prepare for an afternoon siesta up high on a coconut trunk in Guyam Island (check his account, @krisanto.lakwatsero, for more photos).
Now, if you think taking a nap on a coconut trunk is impossible, you’re dead wrong. Here’s the lovely Charmaine Grace Borbon in San Juan, Siquijor, showing us how easy it is done (check her account, @callmecharmaine, for more photos).
Sunbathing + napping = love. You should try it.
Keeping You Company
The beauty about a coconut tree is this — it can be your Thinking Tree during the times you want to be alone, but it also can keep you company even when you don’t want the crowd. As they say, three is a company and four is a crowd. Here’s what we mean, these coconut trees keeping Chris Edgar Ancheta company in Cabugao Gamay Island. Here in the Philippines, you may be alone, but never lonely.
Check his account, @mangkikoy, for more photos).
If you want serenity at its finest and enjoy nature in its raw form, ianexplores says, Siargao is the perfect place. Now, if you want shade after surfing the whole day in Siargao, the shade under a coconut tree is the perfect place.
With the leaves of a coconut resembling a head sporting a huge afro, it leaves a shaded area big enough for a group; perfect for couples. The good thing about it, because coconuts grow to a considerable height, you can rest while staying on the beach; no umbrella required. You just have to move as the sun arcs across the sky.
Photo courtesy of @ianeplores; check his account for more photos.
“You know, more palm leaves?”, Glennys asked in this photo. Perhaps she’s looking for shade. Now, what do you do with a coconut tree if there’s not enough shade? You use it as props.
The use of props is common in photography. There’s a certain draw to a photo with only the bare beach, yet still another draw when there’s something else in the shot other than your body and the beach. And what’s readily available on the beaches of the Philippines? Yep, coconuts. Just walk to the nearest trunk and, presto, you have your props, like in this photo by Glennys (check her Instagram account, @glennys, for more awesome photos).
We don’t know if Sabino jumped into the water after the swing or if he was just swinging to and fro (check his account, @sabino.gallo, for more photos). We forgot to ask and we have no plans of finding out. We prefer the siesta or the thinking tree use of a coconut tree.
There’s another use that’s a hybrid between “The Swing” and “The Siesta,” illustrated in this photo by Jurrie Bernardino in Siargao Island, Surigao (check his account, @iamjurrieboy, for more photos).
A hammock can be used to swing, but a hammock is usually associated with taking a nap, which is what siesta is all about. Tough photo to classify,. We’ll just place it here.
[Tell us in the comment section below if you have other uses in mind. 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.]