Beaches, El Nido, Luzon

The Secret Beach of Matinloc Island, El Nido

Our boat stopped at the end of huge rocks and limestones. I heard we were going to a Secret beach.

Well, it looks like it’s really a secret. Where’s the beach? Haha I could only see rocks and that’s it.

And we need to swim again. But where? I asked our guide. He said just follow around. Oh oh! It was only a matter of seconds when I realized people were swimming under those huge rocks!

I couldn’t quite see it, but I first thought, “maybe there’s a hole there”

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Beaches, El Nido, Luzon

Exploring the Secret Lagoon of El Nido

The moment I jumped into the sea, I already felt those sharp rocks on my feet. If there’s one tip for you who plans to do the tours in El Nido, put your aqua shoes on.

Because aside from the breathtaking views and beaches, there are gems in El Nido that you have to discover, and going there is never easy.

Ouch! Those rocks hurt. So I walked, glided to the water slowly.

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Beaches, El Nido, Luzon

Shimizu Island, El Nido : Our Boatmen’s Favorite Island

Our next island to explore has a strange name. It sounds Japanese.

It’s called Shimizu Island. And being the nosy me, who always wants to know the story behind the destinations I traveled, I asked our guides. Jojo was accommodating enough to tell me the story.

It was decades ago when a group of scuba divers explored the underwater beauty of El Nido. They went into a deep underwater tunnel, but unfortunately one of them wasn’t able to come back.

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Beaches, Luzon, Philippines

Speechless With Nacpan Beach, El Nido

 

My phone rang while relaxing in our hotel.

It was 9 AM and I was feeling sad because it was our last day in El Nido. Oh my El Nido is a paradise and I am not exaggerating. Go and see for yourself.

More than the fine beaches, jaw dropping limestones and islands, I like its vibe. By just walking around town, I knew at that moment, that I had to come back. And when that happens, I’ll spend more time in El Nido, maybe a week or more. How am I gonna do that? I’ll find ways. Hahaha! That’s how much El Nido has captivated me.

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Beaches, Philippines, Visayas

Balicasag Island : A Snorkeling and Beach Bumming Haven in Bohol

I am quite updated about what’s hot in Philippine Tourism.

Being a domestic traveler, a friend with travelers and a member of some of the biggest social media travel groups in the country, I can say I am aware of the newest craze or destinations in the country.

I’ve seen the rose to fame of Hulugan Falls, Kalanggaman Island, Jomalig Island, Maniwaya Island and Masbate islands to name a few. The time when everybody realizes that hey the Philippines is more than just Boracay. That there are still a lot to explore.

So I was wondering why I haven’t heard of any buzz about Balicasag Island in Bohol? That’s the time when I learned about our itinerary after being invited by Tourism Promotions Board and Fuentes Manila to take part in the TBEX tour (Travel Blog Exchange) in Cebu and Bohol together with some awesome travel bloggers from around the world.

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Beaches, Luzon, Philippines

Subic Beach: The Wonder of Matnog, Sorsogon

 

Subic doesn’t necessarily belong to the former American bases in Olongapo anymore.

There is another Subic, so precious and beautiful that I am still astounded why a lot of us don’t know about it. A friend even asked me one day, “You went to Subic? But you were in Sorsogon?”

I had to explain to him that there is what they call Subic Beach in Matnog, Sorsogon and when I sent him the picture. He just replied, “Wow!”

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Beaches, Luzon, Philippines

Tikling Island : The Pinkish White Beach of Matnog, Sorsogon

 

‘’Why is this named Tikling?’’

I asked our guide, Grace, as we set foot on this island off the coast of Matnog, Sorsogon. She then answered in Tagalog, “ there’s a lot of Tikling on this island, but not as many as before.”

And I was like, “Tikling?”

“Yes, the birds.”

Okay. This island was named after a kind of bird. Let’s not talk more about what the bird Tikling looks like, I just wanted to know the story of this island since I was drawn and intrigued by its charm.

After more than 15 hours land travel from Manila to Matnog port and another 20 minute boat ride, I was in need of something to make me feel good. And Tikling island gave me that. When we were about to get close to Tikling, I was fascinated by its white sand. I remember telling myself, “wow another unspoiled white beach.”

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