EL NIDO | Inland Tour

Nacpan Beach | Twin Beach | Nagkalit-Kalit Waterfalls

Twin beach in Nacpan, El NidoWe initially agreed to take the Tour C for our second day in El Nido, but since my cousin doesn’t want to do any island hopping, we take the Inland tour instead. We traveled 25km up north from El Nido town riding a tricycle. It was a long and bumpy road to Nacpan beach. But everything was all worth it.  

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EL NIDO | Tour A

Small Lagoon|Secret Lagoon|Big Lagoon|7 Commando

El Nido Tour A packageEl Nido has various island hopping tour packages to choose from, depending on your budget and time. You can either pick from Tour A (PHP700/pax), tour B ((PHP800/pax), tour C(PHP900/pax) , tour D (PHP700/pax), tour E (PHP700/pax) which some call the inland tour, a combination of tour A & C (PHP1,500/pax), or a combination of tour B & D (PHP1,500/pax). One day for each tour and usually comes with a free lunch. Since we’re just staying in El Nido for a limited time, and on a budget, we pick Tour A.

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Sipaway Island | Basilia White Beach Resort

Before anything else, this post is related to our Hitchhiking adventure that happened last March. Yup! Sipaway Island is one of our stop over during the hitchhike. We could have hitchhike towards Dumaguete at our second day, but we couldn’t pass the opportunity of visiting the island, which is just 15-minute away from San Carlos City.

Summer is definitely more fun with NIVEA SUN! My top summer wonder is Malalison Island

5 Reasons 
Malalison Island should be part of the 7 Summer Wonders in the Philippines

Situated in Culasi Channel off the western coast of Culasi, Antique. It is easy to see why Malalison Island is also known as the ‘Gem of Culasi Channel’. While Boracay has been the main attraction in the part of western visayas, the Malalison island retained its mysterious appeal, and left unexplored by tourists. With an area of 50 hectares, Malalison have a lot to offer to tourists and adventure travel seekers alike.

1. Adventure | For someone who seeks adventure, you can hike up to the highest hill or peak of Malalison Island for less than an hour. You can even cross your way to Nablag Islet, which is just adjacent to Malalison Cove. Not an extreme adventure but nevertheless, it still an adventure. 🙂

2. Culture | Try a native dish. They said, that the way to know the culture of a place is through their food. One of Malalison’s native dish is grilled fresh pugita/octopus. I can guarantee you, all sea food in this area are fresh.

3. Nature | Malalison has the best diving spot for divers who admire the nature underwater. Exploring the world under you is also one of the best way to appreciate nature. With Malalison’s crystal clear water, I’m pretty sure you’ll clearly see the different species living down there.

4. Sand | Malalison Island has fine white sand that can be compared to that of Boracay’s. This island have a magnificent sandbar that can be enjoyed by everyone, and also the best location for  a romantic date.

5. Sun | Summer wouldn’t be perfect without the heat of the sun. And here in Malalison Island, sun is everywhere.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your Nivea Sun block, head down to Malalison Island and enjoy your summer with the world’s no.1 sun care brand. 🙂

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Culasi, Antique | Exploring Malalison/Mararison Island

After a hardcore and strenuous climb in Mt. Madja-as, everyone deserves a relaxing side trip.  I personally wanted to relax in a place with a few people. And Boracay is out of the story. Since Malalison Island is the nearest island in Culasi, we decided to spend the rest of our trip there.
Malalison Island is also known as Mararison Island. It is one of the three island barangays of Culasi, Antique. A 55-hectare undeveloped island which can be reached  by a 15-minute ride off coast of Poblacion, by motorized pump-boat. This magnificent island is famous with its clean pebbled beach sand, coral reefs and crystal clear blue waters which are good for sailing, snorkeling, fishing and scuba diving.
After having our dinner in Culasi, a couple of my friends went to the shore to hire a motorized pump-boat.  Unfortunately, they were priced higher than expected. Mr. Sumanting of Culasi Tourism Office told us that a round trip from Culasi to Malalison Island will only cost P1,000. So we call Mr. Sumanting and asked for help.
(L to R) me, Jahbert, Mr. Sumanting, Jai-jai, Bojek, Bart, Bossing
He was generous enough to meet us again and introduce to Mr. Mario Fuentiblanca (Kap Mario), which is the Barangay Chairman of Malalison Island. Like Mr. Sumanting, Kap Mario is also a very hospitable man. He brought over to Culasi one of their pump boat for us. And like what Mr. Sumanting had promised us, the round trip of pump boat only cost us P1,000.
The long stretched sandbar welcome us when we arrived in Malalison Island. It was already 6PM when we reached the island. The magnificent sandbar was very apparent under the bright moon, which create a romantic ambiance to the people sitting in the sand. We planned to spend the night in the sandbar. Unfortunately, it suddenly rain forcing us to sleep inside the Barangay’s Multi-Purpose Building.
The next day, we all agreed to trek through the miniature mountains of Malalison Island. It was around 8AM when we started to hike towards the other side of the island, which the Nablag islet dwell. This islet can be crossed on foot during low tides, and we were just so lucky to have crossed it that day. We didn’t spend a lot of time in Nablag Islet because the water is getting higher. We even feel the current of the water when we crossed back to Malalison.
Kap Mario also mention a cave on the island. Since the cave was just adjacent to the cove, we didn’t have a hard time looking for it. There were a lot of groups in that part of the island. Most of the people who want to spend time with their families on Easter Sunday were there. It was also in that part of the island were fishermen dive for  octopus or kugita. This kid is holding one, ready to grill.
We saw Kap Mario near the cave, and ask him if we could hitch a ride back to the Multi-Purpose building. Since the pump boat that he brought can only carry 5-6 people, we were transported by batch. The girls were escorted first toward the pump boat. We can observe how crystal clear the water was from where we were sitting. We could see clearly the black sea urchin below us. So far, the water in this island is the clearest sea water I have ever seen in my entire life. I just hope this island will be taken care of and handled properly by the locals.
Malalison Island is such a paradise. If you happen to travel around Antique, spend a night in the island and explore its beauty. This island has a lot to offer. You can hike around the island for an hour or two. Walk your way to the island’s cove, and march towards Nablag islet. Just make sure to cross back to Malalison before the water rises. Check out their cave which is just adjacent to the cove. Snorkel through their crystal clear water and enjoy the heat of summer. Rock n’ Roll! \m/
How to Get There:
From Cebu, board on a boat bound to Iloilo City. From Iloilo Port, take a cab to V-hire terminal. From there, ride a V-hire to Culasi, Antique and ask the driver to drop you off at Culasi Municipal Hall. Walk a couple of blocks to the shore and hire a pump boat bound for Malalison Island.
Expenses: 
Boat Fare (Cebu-Iloilo) – 810 Php (one way)
Taxi Fare – 100 Php/head (one way)
V-hire Fare – 200 Php/head (one way)
Pump boat to Malalison – 1,000 Php(8 person-round trip)
Barangay Fee (Malalison) – 10 Php/head
Contact Person: 
Mr. John John U. Sumanting
Municipal Information Officer
Tourism Officer
Tel. No. : (036) 277-8077
Cell. No. : 09163245068
Email : johnjohnsumanting_mio@yahoo.com
Tips:
* Contact the tourism office before you go there. Mr. Sumanting can help you find a cheaper pump boat to Malalison Island.
*Bring tents if you want to camp in the shoreline.
* Print a map to guide you throughout your adventure.
Check out my other adventures in Antique:

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Oslob, Cebu | Whale Shark Watching

Whale Sharks have been recently reported to be roaming around in the coastline of Oslob, Cebu. Words spread quickly. It awakens the interest of the tourist, and the people of Cebu. How many of you wanted to take shark pictures?
According to Wikipedia: The whale shark inhabits all tropical and warm-temperate seas. They are known to migrate every spring to the continental shelf of the central west coast of Australia. Despite its size, the whale shark does not pose significant danger to humans. Although massive, whale sharks are docile fish and sometimes allow swimmers to catch a ride. Whale sharks are actually quite gentle and can play with divers. Divers and snorkellers can swim with this giant fish without risk.
How many of you have been writing ‘Swim with Whale Sharks’ on your bucket list? I for one have also written it on my bucket list. So when I learned about these gentle giants roaming the cost of Cebu, I researched information on how to get there (Mustacio was a big help. ^_^). I was excited. Finally, I don’t need to go to Donsol just to have a closer look of these friendly creatures.
As we jump on our boats and our boatman starts to puddle, my excitement grew. Not to mention I was in my hangover state at that moment.
At the sight of the Whale Shark, our oarsman get us nearer. Knowing the distance you should be with the Whale Shark, we keep telling our boatman to stay a little away from it. Just as to keep the outrigger from harming them. We don’t want to put more stress on this gentle creature.
When the Whale Shark stay in place, we eagerly jumped in the water to swim with them. We did our part, and keep our distance from them. It was really great. But, I didn’t stay long in the water. The waves was too strong and my hangover is not helping me at all. So I went back to the boat and just observe from there. That’s when I notice a few plastic bags floating around the area. A little later, I catch a whale shark about to suck one of the plastic bag. I told the boatman near it to grab the plastic, but it was too late. The whale shark already suck it. I started to worry by then. But then a second later, he managed to spit it out. Lucky for him! What will have happened if that whale shark really suck that plastic in? Can you imagine?
This is what most people missed to see underwater. Do you think this will be a great environment for our gentle friend? I don’t think so.
We talked about our experiences with our friends when we get to the shore. A friend of mine happens to catch one of the boatman (the one feeding the whale shark) throwing plastic in the sea. Now I realize where all that plastic bags came from. I’m not saying this to discourage everyone from going. This is just to let you know what we observe out there. If you go there, please just do your part. Okay? ^_^
Anyway it was a great experience. And we all had a lot of fun.

I know a lot of you will be going there, if not tomorrow, I’m pretty sure soon. Just a few reminder for future watchers. 
*Please! please! please keep your distance.
* DON’T TOUCH the whale sharks
* NO Flash Photography.
* Please take your time to read THIS.

How to get there: 
* Buses : There are Ceres or Sunrays Bus via Oslob in South Bus Terminal located near Elizabeth Mall. It takes 2.5 – 3 hours trip going to Brgy. Tan-awan Oslob. If you don’t know where to stop, just ask the bus conductor to drop you off the Tan-awan Barangay Hall.
     Fares: 
         *Regular Buses – P149
         *Airconditioned Buses – P154
* Private Cars: Just go directly bound to south of Cebu. When you know you’re already in Oslob, look for a big signage with a whale shark picture in it. That will be at your left side when your facing south.
Where to stay: 
Marilyn’s Resort
Contact no.: 09065869895
 Room Rates: (non-air conditioned)
Standard – Php 900.00 (good for 2 persons)
Double – Php 1, 100.00 (good for 5 persons)
Family – Php 1, 600.00 (good for 8 persons)
Entrance Fee – Php 50.00
Cottage – Php 400.00 (exclusive)
Table – Php 350.00
Life Vest – Php 20.00
Snorkel – Php 100.00 (Complete Set)

Mila’s Inn
Located at Looc Oslob Cebu, 15 minutes away from Tan-awan.Room Rates: (air conditioned)
Php 1, 300 – without CR inside (additional Php 150/head for extra person)
Php 1, 600 – with CR inside (additional Php 150/head for extra person)

 
Masters Resort Cebu 
Contact no.: 09491318973
Features:
General – Restaurant, Pet Friendly, Bar / Lounge, Air Conditioned, Refrigerator, Kitchenette, Microwave, Hair Dryer, Complimentary Toiletries, Shower, Bathtub/Shower Combination, Poolside Bar
Activities – Swimming pool, Private beach, Scuba Diving, Water Activities, Child Pool, Pool Outdoor
Services – Multilingual Staff, Laundry service, Cell phone/mobile rental
Parking – Free Parking

Room Rates:
Double – Php 1000.00 (good for 2 person – additional is Php 500.00/head)

Estimated expenses: 

* P300 – Entrance Fee (inclusive boat riding)
* P100 – additional for tourists bringing video camera
* P20 – Life Vest

      * P100 – Snorkel (complete set)
      * Bus fares: 

         -Regular Buses – P149
         -Airconditioned Buses – P154

Alegre Beach Resort

Last month, I had the chance to spend a day in this beautiful resort. Although I wasn’t a guest at that time, I was able to roam around this small paradise.

Alegre Beach Resort is located in Sogod Cebu. By road, it takes approximately 1 1/2 hours from the airport and slightly more from Cebu City. As a policy all guests are met by a resort representative at the airport and brought to the resort by car (mostly vans), a fleet partly owned by the resort. Further pick up points are major shopping malls in Cebu as well as ferry terminals. Upon check out guests are taken back. The road from Cebu to the resort leads thru various picturesque villages, past markets and old Spanish churches, all on good roads.
I was in Alegre as an Adventure Facilitator for a team building of a certain company. My control point was one of the funniest area during the mini adventure race.
Everything was already set-up when we get there. The wall and zipline was done, and ready to be used.
The resort has a beautiful white sand beach which we had the chance to enjoy after the activities. Their beach is one of the beaches in Cebu with a fine white sands.
They have a long stretched beach that has comfortable chairs which you can use for your sunbathing or just relaxing beside the shore.
While your there, you can also try scuba diving. The resort have a great spot for diving and offers gears for guest to use.
Kayaking is also available in the resort. They have few kayaks for the guest. With their long stretched beach, I’m pretty sure you have a bigger area to enjoy kayaking.
Aside from the comfortable sunbathing chairs, they also have this outdoor spa. You can have your full body massage here while enjoying the view of the ocean.
If beach is not your thing, They have this magnificent pool for you to enjoy.
As we wander around this exquisite place, I notice this cute flower arrangement. These are flowers and petals arranged beautifully over a concrete basin of water. It gives out floral scent to the whole place.
Alegre is a 4 star resort. It’s been open to tourist for over 20 years (if I’m not mistaken). Most of their guest are foreigners. I’m glad I had this kind of opportunity. Sogod is one of the place in the North I wanted to experience. I never thought this trip would give me this great experience.

ALEGRE BEACH RESORT & SPA
Calumboyan, Sogod, Island of Cebu, Philippines
Postal Address: P.O. Box 1094, Cebu City Philippines
Tel. Nos. +63 (0) 32 2549800; 2549811; 2549822;
Fax: +63 (0) 32 2549833
Direct Line: +63 (0) 32 2556388
Email address: reserve@alegrebeachresort.com or guest@alegrebeachresort.com