The Other Side of Cagbalete Island

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Explore Coron, Palawan

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Places to go to in Coron, Palawan:

Lakes and lagoons on Coron Island (both buffeted by towering limestone formations), perfect for snorkeling:

1) Lake Kayangan – asia’s cleanest and clearest lake, see as far deep as 15 to 20 feet

2) Lake Barracuda – fresh water on the surface and warm saltwater (35 to 40 degrees Celsius) at depths of 9 m or more, unique marine life and breathtaking limestone formations underwater

3) Twin lagoons – water can be both clear and slightly brackish depending on the temperature (water has 2 temperatures); very picturesque

4) Banol beach – small strip of fine white sand sitting at the foot of a towering limestone cliff, very nice and private

Island hopping along the Calamianes group (arguably the best beaches in the Philippines, Boracay and Amanpulo included):

5) Banana Island – lonely island with small coral reefs around it that show abundant marine life; fine white sand and rustic accommodations

6) Malcapuya Island – fine white sand with a longer shoreline than Banana Island; rustic accomodations

7) Calumbuyan Island, Malcatop Island, North and South Cay, Debutonay Island, Black Island (Gutob Bay) – another must-see for beach lovers; fine white sand and fantastic coral reefs (marine sanctuaries)

Dive sites abound (possibly the Philippines’ most varied and technical SCUBA diving location):

8 ) Wreck diving – many wrecks from World War 2 litter the archipelago (Akitsushima, Irako, Kogyo Maru, Olympia Maru, Morazon Maru and several more); depths range from 9m to 45 m

9) Cathedral Cave – steep drop off to 30m, cave on 7m; about 20m long tunnel with large underwater cave where you can surface

10) Dynamite Reef – a marine sanctuary off tangat (also sangat) island with corals, fish, anemones, and tunicates

11) CYC Beach –  I believe this stands for Coron Youth Club. It is the only public beach (and free!) in the vicinity. It was a good place to stay into.

12) Siete Pecados – Siete Pecados is a good place to snorkle & swim with the multi-colored fish of different sizes and shapes. This is a marine park, and it is protected. Unfortunately, some of the corals have been destroyed.

Inland tourist spots:

13) Maquinit hot springs – enjoy therapeutic 40 degree Celsius saltwater hot springs

14) Mount Tapyas – enjoy a breath-taking view of the entire island and enjoy the unique sunset

15) Mount Tundalara – 640 m high, you can reach the peak in 3 to 4 hours; the second highest peak in Palawan

16) Calauit nature reserve – see zebras, giraffes, mousedeer and other animals roam freely in this safari-like environment

15) Horse valley – riders of all skill levels can enjoy the many horses located in this ranch located 2.5 km from Coron town

Please let me know if I missed anything.

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Special Trip

Trippers Beach Bumming @ Anawangin Cove, Capones Island,  Camara Island

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Anawangin Cove is a crescent shaped cove with a pristine white sand beach with the unique and unusual riddle of tall pine trees flourishing round its vicinity.

Capones Island and a couple of other smaller islands (the Camera Islands) lie a few kilometers from the shores of Pundaquit, Zambales. The Camera islands are 2km offshore and Capones is 3 kilometers farther (5.2 km offshore). Capones and Camera are known for their white beaches, speckled with colorful crushed coral. Clear turquoise waters held us spell-bound. High rock cliffs beckon rappellers. Capones is known for an old Spanish-era lighthouse that brings visitors back in time.

Package Fee: P1,700.00
Package Inclusions:
* Transportation, Private Van ( McDonald Quezon Ave. Edsa pick-up point)
* Dinner
* Boat Ride going to Anawangin Cove+ Capones island + Camera Island
* Entrance fee/ Camping fee
* Trippers ID

Pre-trip meeting April 16, 7pm at Trinoma foodcourt near Yellow Cab

Note: 50% downpayment on pre-trip meeting is a must to save slot for the Van. You will receive a copy of complete guidelines, including things to bring, itinerary, reminders, etc…

FOR INQUIRIES/COMMENTS/SUGGESTIONS:

Text: 0932-540-7941 // 09264499694 // 0923-712-5083
email your concerns to janineberaquit@yahoo.com

RSVP:

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Note: We also arrange group trip on your requested date, just text or email above contact info.

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Magalawa Island, Zambales

Palauig became popular as one of the Tourist Destination because of its Mt. Tapulao. But there’s more than just Mt. Tapulao Palauig can offer. Aside from its beaches and the scarborough shoal, Palauig is fortunate to have a beautiful island name Magalawa and it is now on the rise after its long sleep. Truly another pride of Palauig next to Mt. Tapulao and is hoping to be one of the top tourist destination in Zambales and of the Philippine Island.
Magalawa Island with its creamy white sand beaches and prestine waters is perfect for swimming, water/sand sports, boat riding, jetskiing, scuba diving, snorkelling or just relaxing on the beach amidst the crystal clear waters and white sand. Another attractions of Magalawa Island are coral reefs, magroves and abundant water resources .
Magalawa is 56 hectares in area. Although the island is surrounded by the sea potable water is abundant within the island and uses jetmatic and pitcher pumps. The main source of livelihood is fishing and some are engaged in shell craft industry.There is a complete primary school with two teachers. No rice
is planted in this area, so the people resort in buying everything they need except fish. Coco trees and century trees are abundant also.
Magalawa Island Looking back.
In the early century, MAGALAWA was apart of sitio Luan, Barangay Lipay. The said sitio was bi-sected by a small body of water crossable by people wherein the current flows southeast during high tide and northward during low tide. The current that runs n this area is about to 2 to 3 knots. In that situation erosion made this body of water wider and wider, which later on became a sea. This came when this part of the land was isolated far from sitio Luan, so the inhabitants called in their native word “MAG-LUWA” that means “about two places”. This word passed through generation to generation and was later changed to “MAGALAWA”.

For affordable tour to Magalawa Island you can inquire to Trippers

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Sombrero Island, Batangas

Sombrero Island (named because the island looked like a big hat sticking out of the water) is about 15 minute boat ride from Mabini Batangas (My start point going to the island).

Sombrero Island is a small patch of land known only to local fishermen. The changing tides and rainy season make it less known to tourists, but also unsurprisingly more pristine.


The east side of the island, you’ll find the beach but it does not offer much for the snorkeler but the white pristine sand makes the island more attractive. However, on the western side, you’ll find a spectacular coral reef garden. The only problem is that the snorkeler is limited only to about 50ft from the island. The farther you go out the stronger the current. To better enjoy this reef, scuba gear is needed.

Entrance to the island is 200Php cottage rent is 800Php

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Cagbalete Island

Cagbalete is an island in the town of Mauban Quezon, about three hours east of Metro Manila. It is situated on Lamon Bay together with Balesin, Alabat and Polilio Islands. Its proximity to Manila and its uncrowded beaches is a plus point for Cagbalete Island. Cagbalete Island is a 1,640.4874-hectare property in Quezon Province. Although all areas of the island are privately-owned, the southwestern part of it is populated by a number of Visayan fisherfolks who have settled in the idle lands. Known as “Sabang”, this fishing village can be estimated to be populated by over a thousand people. These people have learned to live through by earning money from fishing, farming (there are ricefields in certain areas), woodcutting, getting lumber and copra, and drying/ processing seaweeds..


Cagbalete or “Cabalete” in some maps, is truly a rare jewel. It is home to a number of species of land animals and sea creatures. Kingfishers, parrots, eagles, and other uncommon birds can usually be seen flying over the area of the island. It is also the habitat of the coconut crab or “kuray” (the Cagbalete favorite), starfishes, “alimasag”, “umang”, etc., and a long time ago, the “pawikan” (giant sea turtle). For divers and snorkeling-fanatics, underwater exploration is a treat with the diverse and colorful marine life that can be discovered beneath the rocks and corals.


The changing of tides is very evident in Cagbalete. During low tide, the waters can move as far back as 1 kilometer, leaving the shore dry and exposing all the rocks and corals that may be underneath. The low tide-high tide cycle occurs twice in a day, so if there is low tide during lunch time, high tide will come late in the afternoon, and the next low tide will occur at midnight, depending on the season.

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Patar Beach Bolinao, Pangasinan

Patar is one of the fine beaches in Luzon. Situated at the northwestern tip of Pangasinan and Lingayen Gulf, the scenic town of Bolinao boasts of a number of pristine beaches regarded to be some of the bests in the province. An au fait traveler should have known by now that the towns Patar beach tops the list of must visit place in this part of the province. The white beach in Barangay Patar is a scenic spot ideal for tourism purposes.

Considered as a hidden treasure of Bolinao, Patar beach is a gem for the beach bums and the nature lovers as well. Though its sand may not be as pure white and refined as that of Boracays, its clear aquamarine waters and unspoiled surroundings are as inviting as any of the top beaches in the country. For travelers who constantly avoid crowded and over-developed beaches, the Patar beach of Bolinao is the best fit.

There are several resorts along the beach that offer decent rates for budget travelers. Most of these resorts in Patar are made of the typical bamboo and palm huts which add to the bucolic charm of this tourist spot.

But before you’ll get to paradise, you’ll have to encounter first a rough road that is really worth around 30 minutes of your time. The tourism infrastructures are not yet well developed but there are several resorts near the white beach. There is an old lighthouse that stands on a hill near the beach which is the landmark of the place. Going farther from the shoreline are cliffs and picturesque rock-formations. Moreover, the locals are friendly and helpful to the tourists. Certainly an idyllic place for a vacation get-away.

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Potipot Island

I’ve been wanting to go to Potipot Island ever since I heard about the virgin beauty of the island. Potipot Island is located roughly 1 km from the mainland shore of Uacon, Candelaria, Zambales. Uacon is about 240+km from Manila by road.

Some of the attractions of Potipot Island are: its white sands that completely surround the whole island, the calm clear waters, its proximity to the mainland that allows visitors to reach the island in only 5 minutes by banca, the lush vegetation and trees that provide shade along the beach (and even on the water).

Best Time To Go
The best time of the year to go would either be the very start of the summer months and early June. The months of April and May are peak seasons, it will be very difficult to book rooms and the island is very crowded during this time.

Things To Bring and Do
It tends to be very hot in the island during noon and early afternoon. Bring lots of drinking water, cap or sarong and sunblock.

Though there are trees with branches extending to the water that give shade, bring a tent if you are staying in the island for the night.

If you plan on chillin’ out by the shore, bring a hammock, books or magazines, playing cards, frisbees, an ipod and speakers (though we don’t highly suggest this since it might bug other people).

Potipot is also an excellent skimboarding destination. The almost powdery sand allows the skimboard to glide smoothly along the shore.

Now
The island is nearly far from what they tag as the virgin island, there’s a rumor in town that the island is now owned by Gen. Abdane (one of the government official) and they are planning that Potipot Island will be the next Dos Palmas of Palawan. Tables and benches are available for people and now you can rent a cottages or nipa huts for overnight stay. At night, the island is run by a generator. With all the changes in the island Potipot is still worth a visit.

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Marine Sanctuary, Anilao Batangas

A marine sanctuary is located near the shore which is considered as the best known feeding station in Anilao.

Most diving consists of coral slopes, steeps, drop-offs and shallow coral gardens inter-twined with sandy patches. Fish and coral life is quite abundant. Macrophotography is highly suggested, as it can be very rewarding. Anilao has some of the highest concentration of diverse marine life on the planet, including over 90% of the coral species on the planet and a staggering number of different species of nudibranch. The diving conditions in Anilao are ideal for beginner to advanced divers. The water temperatures are very comfortable year-round, ranging from about 26-28C during summer to 22-26C during the winter, allowing for diving in skin suits or 3mm wetsuits. The visibility is very good, about 60ft. on average, and underwater currents can vary from virtually non-existent to strong, although the surface tends to remain relatively calm.

Under water pictures from Aldwin Manaig,

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Apo Island, Occidental Mindoro

The Apo Island is part of the three islands of Apo Reef, the other two islands are the Apo Menor also known as Binangaan Island, and Caios del Bajo. Apo Island’s white sand beach and the physical attributes of island offer tourists a wholesome place for rest and recreation. Since Apo Island is an isolated place don’t expect any resort.

Its main attraction is its immaculate stretch of white sand beach, whose pristine quality rivals even that of more celebrated Boracay. In fact, it offers the sand and water of Boracay without the crowds and dizzying array of gaudy resorts. The waters around the island are shallow and temperate, making it superb for leisurely swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.

On Apo Island you will see a 35 meter lighthouse, which is used to ward of unsuspecting boats. The Apo National Park has a station on the island which is manned by rangers.

The Apo Reef Natural Park is a government protected natural park consists of the three islands. Apo Island is the largest among the three islands. It has a shallow lagoon with a depth of 2 meters to 10 meters surrounded by mangrove forest which serves as source of food, nursery and spawning ground of several coastal and marine species of fauna and sanctuary of birds.

Apo Reef is a series of coral reefs encompassing 34 square kilometers within the waters of Occidental Mindoro in the Philippines. It is the second largest contiguous reef in the world after the Great Barrier Reef and the largest in the country.

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Shore line of Apo Island

Shore line of Apo Island

Shore line of Apo Island

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Shore line of Apo Island

Shore line of Apo Island

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Sunset at Apo Island

Sunset at Apo Island

Sunrise at Apo Island

Sunrise at Apo Island

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