If you’re looking for the best experience for you and your family, Davao is the best fit!
I couldn’t squeeze everything in 4 days, there’s so much to see with so little time.
We tried to have a taste of both lands and waters in 4 days. Here’s a peek of our trip 🙂
Secdea Resort, Samal Island
Davao Crocodile Park
I needed a reset button and I was badly in dire need of quick beach trip last week. This trip has been long overdue and finally all our schedules matched and we were able to push through.
We decided to head to Burot because, why not? It’s only a few hours away from a Manila and we only have 2 days to spare. We took the Tagaytay to Calatagan route on a Saturday morning. Everything went well as planned, except for the beach.
I didn’t expect it’ll be so crowded. The caretakers should’ve set a number of visitors allowed per day. It seems like the island is slowly losing its beauty because of the irresponsible individuals who threw their trash at the wrong places. There were plastics on the beach, food wrappers floating and even dog poop on the shore. I was disappointed because I was really looking forward to take this trip with my friends. I didn’t take snaps of the crowded beach but instead I still tried to take photos of its attractions.
We spent our 3rd anniversary under the stars, inside our tent in this beautiful paradise and I’m glad we did! Even if it took us 2 hours and a half of bumpy roads and an hour boat ride to get here, it was all worthwhile.
Kalanggaman Island is located in the municipality of Palompon, Leyte. I’d say our lucky stars were guiding us throughout our trip and made our last minute decision to stay overnight all possible. We left Tacloban at around 1pm in the afternoon, which was supposed to be a bus trip to Ormoc, we opted for a taxi instead. We’re very lucky to have met a very kind taxi driver, Kuya Dodong, who was very willing to drive us for 2 hours to Palompon. He took the fastest route so we can catch the boat before 5PM. We arrived at the Eco Tourism office at 3PM, we waited for another 2 hours so we can join a group to get to the Island. Sir Archie and Revelyn of the Eco Tourism office were very accommodating and able to work it out with the coast guard to to let us sail even if it was pass 5 o’clock. It’s best to book your reservation ahead to prevent the hassle of waiting during peak season.
This marvelous scenic view of the sunset welcomed us. It instantly took all the stresses away!
I cannot think of a better way to celebrate our anniversary than sleeping under the stars in the middle of paradise 🙂
6AM – view of dawn
The other side of the sand bar – we had it all to ourselves 🙂
Enjoyed morning swim to celebrate 3 years with this guy 🙂
Kalanggaman made our anniversary very meaningful. Who would’ve thought I could manage to survive camping overnight?! 🙂 It definitely gave us a whole new experience as a couple.
Where we stayed in Tacloban? – Yellow Doors Hostel https://www.facebook.com/helloyellowdh/
(Yellow Doors photo blog will be uploaded soon)
Need a ride around Leyte? Call Kuya Dodong – 0975 420 6668
Eco Tourism Office – 0917 303 7267
We were equipped to hail the road for 4 hours to Real, Quezon. Everything was going smoothly until it rained on the 2nd hour. We were all excited first-timers in Real Surf. I was telling myself that I need to gather guts and should try to surf even once in my life. I even packed a lot of bikinis because I know the place is Instagram worthy. It was raining heavily when we got there and you can easily see the big waves from a far… The place is very nice though. It looked really comfy and breezy. It has a very ‘chill-with-friends’ vibe, perfect for an afternoon beer by the beach. I wanted to stay for the night and wait until the rain stops but it’s impossible to settle because it’s wet in every corner. It’s a small resort with an open space with little huts with not much covered places. My friends and I decided to head to Batangas instead, rather not having the assurance of seeing the sun. The care-taker of the place was really kind enough to give us a refund and did not hesitate to return our money in full. They’re very accommodating, we will definitely go back on a better weather! 🙂
After another 3 hours drive with a lot of eating in between. we’ve finally reached our destination! Batangas has always been the go to place of my barkada if we want a quick beach weekend trip and get away from the city for a bit. But even if it’s our nth time, there’s always a new experience and a new story to tell. It was all fun and games and a lot of good food too. Thank God my cousin cooks well! I also found my soul sister who takes good photos as well, he’s a guy though! 😀
The gloomy skies made it a cozy stay – having both bed and beach weather at the same time, what more could you ask for? 🙂
Until next beach trip! 🙂
How is it possible to have so many beautiful landscape and waters in one place? Coron, I fell in love with you so easily and even from a far!
I’ve been wanting to go to Coron since it was featured on several blog sites during the early 2000s. After I graduated from college I included it on my bucket list and I’ve been dreaming about it since. 2 years ago JR and I booked tickets to Coron for our 1st anniversary celebration but it didn’t push through because he left for work to Sydney. Tickets were put to waste and I never planned another Coron trip after that. Until last July, my girl friends and I decided to take an all girls trip away from the city – I’m glad we did! It was an amazing experience!!! – I always say it on my blog posts but I always get lucky with my trips and end up with the most amazing experience every single time!
We took the first flight to Busuanga – it was only an hour and a few minutes away from Manila via Cebu Pacific. Even from above, Coron looked so wonderful.
1st Day – Kayangan Lake / Lake Baracuda / Twin Lagoon / Beach 91
Coron Island Trip – Amazing crystal clear waters
Day 2 – Calauit Safari / Black Island / Coral Garden
Safari Trip – I fell in love madly with Calauit Safari. It was my first time to see an actual giraffe and I got to feed them too!! My inner child burst out this day and my day ended with a big grin on my face =)
Day 3 – Banana Beach / Bulog Dos / Malcapuya Beach
Beach Trip – We went to 3 different Islands and all of them were jaw dropping. I burnt my back from too much sun bathing but I cared less. It was the end of our trip and I don’t want to leave yet. This time, I’m bummed about not being a mermaid, even being a crab will do as long I’m on the beach of Coron!
Day 4 – Maquinit Spring
We squeezed in some time for a quick dip to Maquinit Spring in Coron Town before flying back to Manila 🙂
Philippines will continually amaze me. It feels like my wandering alter ego will never get tired of exploring my homeland. #itsmorefuninthephilippines
When I planned this trip, I never imagined that I would be falling in love with the Island. We just simply wanted some R&R as an anniversary celebration but the moment we stepped out of the ferry we were literally awed by Bantayan’s beauty,the crystal clear turquoise water was unimaginable and the fine white sand was just perfect, JUST PERFECT. I am always on the lookout for the perfect beach; serene and uncrowded, the Island did not disappoint. And despite the distraction that Yolanda brought, I still consider it as one of Cebu’s hidden gems, 4 hours away from the city, it almost felt we were home because of the local’s warmth and hospitality. Staying at Kota Resort’s beachfront villa made it even nicer, we had the best view of the beach, can you imagine waking up to an impeccable sight every single day?
Kota Beach Resort
Just off shore we took a boat to go around the island, no life vests or any safety precautions. It took sometime for me to let go of my qualms and just go with the flow, enjoy every waves.
Bantayan Nature Park
It’s a 8 hectares of leisure getaway that houses a spring-fed cav
Swim in a cave, off my bucket list!
We took a motorcycle ride during Palm Sunday to Bantayan Church, it felt surreal, driving towards the sunset on a boundless road, clueless and almost lost, surrounded by nature and fresh air kissing our faces, it was a delight.
We lit some candles, whispered our prayers and left silently.
No goodbyes, Cebu! We will definitely come back!