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:

Look at this photo:

Take a guess before reading any further. No cheating.

The photo above, courtesy of The Photographer (check his Instagram account, @kenpntg, for more photos), is Dahican Beach in Mati, Davao Oriental.

Let’s try another one. This drone shot, courtesy of Marge Travels (check her Instagram account, @thewanderwifey, for more photos). Guess.

This is Daku Island in Siargao, Surigao. You got it correct?

Near Daku Island is another white beach-island, with no vegetation growing on it. A little smaller and it’s just a sandbar. Looks awesome from up there. Look:

That is the Naked Island, still in Siargao, with this sweet drone shot courtesy of Jurrie Bernardino (check his Instagram account, @iamjurrieboy, for more photos).

This one, we have a clue: pink, with those vintas “just like what we get from ref magnets,” according to Paul Labiste.

This is the Pink Beach at Sta. Cruz Island, Zamboanga City. Check Paul’s Instagram account, @wander_paul, for more photos).

Looking at the photo below, we realized that you don’t really need a drone to get a bird’s eye view of the beach — you can simply climb a coconut tree. We can’t tell if this is a drone shot or snapped from a coconut tree, but it really doesn’t matter. It looks nice, so, take a guess which beach this is:

This is Bantayan in Cebu, photo courtesy of Rowell Clenuar (check his Instagram account, @welics, for more photos).

The beach in the photo below, we’ve covered in the posts on the traveling abs and enjoying the best of both worlds.

This is Matahum Beach in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, photo courtesy of matahumbeach.

We all have our talents, we’d like to think. Some individuals, like those featured in this post, obviously have the eye and skill to take lovely shots. One talented guy, Forth Pangilinan (check his Instagram account, @carlosquatro, for more photos), states that he loves photography because he sees God in every picture.

Look at this creation and guess what beach-island this is.

If you answered the Virgin Island in Panglao, Bohol, then you’re better than us because we got it wrong.

It’s amazing how beaches that are regularly featured here look different from another angle. This one is a crowd favorite, the subject of so many featured photos here in VisitPinas.

Even us, we didn’t recognize that this is the Manjuyod Sandbar in Dumaguete. Photo courtesy of Jon (check his Instagram account, @thejonvaldueza, for more photos).

Here’s another drone shot posted by Kurt (check his Instagram account, @kurteverfresh, for more photos).

This drone shot of Onok Island, Balabac in Palawan, is, according to Kurt, the handiwork of Diana Hermogenes (check her Instagram account, @dianazoned, for more photos) And if that’s not too clear for you, here’s a more relaxed shot, same island, also from Kurt:

How about this beach photo by GraceMendoza (check her Instagram account, @gracemendoza92, for more photos), take a guess, what place is this?

This is in Lakawon Island, Cadiz, Negros Occidental, Philippines.

[We’ll be revising this photo to add more drone shots. Tag us with your drone shots of beaches so we can include here.]

[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.]

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