The Amazing Hidden Valley Springs

The Amazing Hidden Valley Springs

Monday September 2, 2019 | Posted by Alluciatours | in Blogs

Nature’s Paradise. These words are the easiest way of describing what you’ll get once you visit Hidden Valley Springs in Alaminos, Laguna.

SODA POOL. One of Hidden Valley Springs’ most endearing springs: the Soda Pool. Rumor has it you need only add a spoonful of sugar to a glass of water taken from this pool to have yourself a glass of Sprite.

One look at their brochure and you’ll instantly get what Hidden Valley is all about. It’s situated in between two of Laguna’s most famous mountains: Mount Banahaw and Mount Makiling. Spanning 110 acres, it’s a tropical forest that has three aptly-named spring pool areas, a majestic waterfall tucked away in the middle of the resort, and so much greenery that you’d find it difficult NOT to relax.

Hidden Valley Springs has been around for almost 70 years, and has been kept pretty much the same way, save for a few revamps to its rooms and facilities. The pools have been kept mostly the same way since it opened, with only a few cosmetic changes to make them a bit more accommodating.

WARM POOLS. These “triple decker pools” are known as the warm pools. They’re the first pools you’ll see once you get past the entrance of Hidden Valley.

The three spring pool areas at Hidden Valley Springs, however, are the true stars of the show. These natural spring pools have been featured in many TV shows and travel documentaries that it’s hard for you not to recognize some of them.

PRIVACY. That’s what Hidden Valley’s Lovers Pool provides its guests. There’s even a pair of lounge chairs reserved for couples.

One of the most striking ones by far is the Soda Pool, so-called because according to some people who have visited the resort, all it needs is sugar for it to taste like Sprite; a bit more food coloring and it becomes Coke.

THE FALLEN. One of Hidden Valley’s oldest trees, this one was struck down during Typhoon Glenda. Its trunk now serves as a pathway to what comes next.

CAPTIVATING BEAUTY. It wouldn’t be Hidden Valley without a trip to its hidden falls. Sadly, no one is allowed to swim underneath the falls, but you can still “test out the waters” by dipping your feet into its runoff.

Another feature unique to Hidden Valley Springs, apart from its pools and hidden falls, are century-old trees that stand to this day. One of the trees serves as a pathway to the hidden falls after it fell during the wrath of Typhoon Glenda (international name Rammasun).

THE DINING HALL. After a few minutes of trekking to the hidden falls or enjoying the many pools, a sit-down buffet lunch (or dinner) awaits you at their dining hall.

Families with kids will enjoy Hidden Valley not for its activities but more for its pools and the sprawling grounds that your kids will love. Weary businessmen will love the place because of how much you can be disconnected from the busy city thanks to its location.

Wi-Fi and mobile phone service aren’t the strong points of Hidden Valley, nor should it be. It’s a paradise tucked in between two mountains, and is a place for you to relax and get away from all that work.

If you’re looking to stay in a place that’s full to the brim with nature and can give you nothing but relaxation, then Hidden Valley Springs is the place for you.

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About The Amazing Tagaytay

Tagaytay is a popular holiday town south of Manila on the Philippine island Luzon. Known for its mild climate, it sits on a ridge above Taal Volcano Island, an active volcano surrounded by Taal Lake. Overlooking the area, People’s Park in the Sky occupies the grounds of a never-finished presidential mansion. Picnic Grove is a recreation area with trails and a zip line.

When the Philippine Revolution broke up, Tagaytay became a place of refuge and hideaway for revolutionaries of the nearby provinces of Batangas and Laguna and other neighboring towns of masilao (now Amadeo), Malabon Grande (now Gen. Trias), Silang, Dasmariñas, Mendez and Indang. The place, with its wide expanse of forests, made it a perfect sanctuary and pursuit place for the Katipuneros. Because of that, the Katipuneros used to call the place as “Mananagaytay” which means traversing the ridges of Tagaytay.

On June 21, 1938, Tagaytay became a chartered city with the passage and signing by the late President Manuel L. Quezon of Commonwealth Act No. 338, a bill authored by Rep. Justiniano S. Montano of Cavite.

Tagaytay City has a total land area of 66.1 km2 (26 sq mi) which represents about 4.37% of the total area of the Province of Batangas. It lies within 120° 56′ longitude and 14° 6′ latitude and overlooks Manila Bay to the North, Taal Volcano and Lake to the south and Laguna de Bay to the east.

The southern and eastern portions of Tagaytay City are covered by hills and mountains which is generally forests and open grasslands. The city lies along Tagaytay Ridge, a ridge stretching about 32 kilometres (20 mi) from Mount Batulao in the west to Mount Sungay (now People’s Park in the Sky) in the east with elevations averaging about 610 metres (2,000 ft) above sea level.Mount Sungay, in Tagaytay, is the highest point of the province of Cavite at 709 metres (2,326 ft).

The city’s total population is 61,623. Its night time population is the same with its daytime population since the city does not have any university or industrial park that encourages a different situation. Most of the residents of Tagaytay (93.58%) speak the Tagalog language. The second most used dialect in Tagaytay is Bicolano, which is spoken by 1.52% of the residents.

 

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The official residence of the President of the Philippines is Malacañan Palace.

The official residence of the President of the Philippines is Malacañan Palace.  Situated in the old Manila district of San Miguel, over the 175 odd years that government has owned the place, the buildings have been remodeled, expanded, demolished and rebuilt, and adjoining lands bought.  Most recently, in 1978 to 1979 the Palace itself was drastically remodeled and extensively rebuilt by then First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos.

Spanish Colonial Era

The first recorded owner of the property is Luis Rocha, a Spaniard in the Galleon trade.  The Rocha property was built of stone, described as being a relatively modest country house (although modern day Rochas say it was not small and in fact had a ballroom) with a bath house on the river and gardens, all enclosed by a stone fence.  The latter was probably a nipa-roofed and bamboo-enclosed structure built on the water, where away from the gaze of passing boats, the Rochas and their guests could enjoy the rushing water while clinging to a rope – a favorite pastime of the era.  It was one among many weekend homes of the elite, located in San Miguel, Paco, and Sta. Ana along the Pasig river and its tributaries, easily accessible from Intramuros and Binondo by boat or carriage or on horseback.  The still standing “Carriedo House” within the Sta. Mesa campus of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, may have been one of these weekend homes.

Luis Rocha sold the property in 1802 to Colonel Jose Miguel Fomento of the Spanish Army.  Fomento’s testamentary executors in turn sold it to the government upon his death in 1825.

Imelda Marcos’ famous collection of 3,000 shoes partly destroyed by termites and floods after lying in storage in the Philippines for 26 years since she exiled.

  • Part of Imelda Marcos’ famous shoe collection, some of her dresses and husband’s clothes damaged by bugs and flood water
  • Mrs Marcos left at least 1,220 pairs of shoes behind when she and dictator husband were driven out of Philippines in 1986 revolt
  • 765 pairs of Marcos’ shoes remain undamaged in Marikina’s shoe museum

She is famous for amassing a prized shoe collection that most women would kill for.

But part of Imelda Marcos’ shoe stash, left behind after she and her dictator husband were driven out of the Philippines, has been badly damaged by termites, floods and general neglect, officials said today.

The Marcoses fled the Philippines at the climax of the army-backed ‘people power’ revolt in 1986 and left behind staggering amounts of personal belongings, clothes and art objects at the palace, including at least 1,220 pairs of the former first lady’s shoes.

Among the damaged shoes are a pair of white Pierre Cardin heels, the sole of one destroyed by termites. Other shoes have been warped out of shape or messed by stains.

Hundreds of pieces of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos’ clothing, including the formal native see-through Barong shirts he wore during his two-decade rule, have also begun to gather mould and fray after being stored for years without protection at the presidential palace and Manila’s National Museum, officials added.

Ironically, more than 150 boxes of clothes, dress accessories and shoes of the Marcoses were transferred to the National Museum for safekeeping two years ago after termites, humidity and mould threatened the apparel at the riverside palace.

There they deteriorated further as the fragile boxes were abandoned in a padlocked museum hall that had no facilities to protect them. Last month the pieces were further damaged by tropical storm rains from a gushing leak in the ceiling, museum officials said.

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I shall return said Gen.Douglas McArthur visit the place of those famous words

Corregidor Island, locally called Isla ng Corregidor, is a lofty island located at the entrance of Manila Bay in southwestern part of Luzon Island in the Philippines. Due to this location, Corregidor was fortified with several coastal artillery and ammunition magazines to defend the entrance of Manila Bay and the City of Manila, from attacks by enemy warships in the event of war.

Located 48 kilometres (30 mi) inland, Manila has been the largest city and the most important seaport in the Philippines for centuries – from the colonial rule of Spain, the United States, and Japan and after the establishment of the Republic of the Philippines in 1946.

Corregidor is also known as “The Rock” because of its rocky landscape and heavy fortifications on the island . Its outline is shaped like a tadpole with its tail running eastward. Along with Caballo Island (which lies about 2000 meters south of the “tail’s” tip), Corregidor divides the entrance of Manila Bay into the North and South Channel. Corregidor and the other fortified islands fall under the jurisdiction of the province of Cavite.

The island is about 6.5 kilometres (4.0 mi) long, and it is about 2.0 miles (3.2 km) wide at its widest point with a total land area is about 900 hectares (2,200 acres) or roughly 3 square miles (7.8 km2).

Corregidor and Caballo islands are remnants of a volcanic crater, the Corregidor Caldera, which was last active about one million years ago. However, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology still classifies Corregidor as a potentially active volcano.

Corregidor comes from the Spanish word “corregir,” meaning to correct. One story states that due to the Spanish system wherein all ships entering Manila Bay were required to stop and have their documents checked and corrected, the island was called “Isla del Corregidor” (Island of the Correction). Another version claims that the island was used a penitentiary or correctional institution by the Spanish and came to be called “El Corregidor.”

In early and pre-hispanic times, it was likely populated by fishermen and no doubt provided a base for pirates who could easily launch an attack against any vessel entering Manila Bay. During the Spanish era this tadpole-shaped island was a signal station where bonfires were lit to alert Manila of a home-coming galleon. Later on, Spaniards built a lighthouse on the island.

The Spaniards set up a naval dockyard on the island in 1795. This was followed by a naval hospital and a signal station which was used primarily to warn Manila of approaching enemies. In 1836 a lighthouse was built and in 1853 a stronger light was installed. This was replaced in 1897 and remained in use until the outbreak of the Pacific War, during which it was heavily damaged and rebuilt to the same specifications. During the Spanish times, the small town of San Jose emerged to become the seat of government on the island. Later under the Americans, it evolved into a small community with its paved streets lined with the houses of the Philippine Scouts who constituted the bulk of the garrison in Corregidor.

After the defeat of the Spanish forces by Admiral George Dewey in May of 1898, Spain ceded Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines to the Americans under the Treaty of Paris which was signed on December 10, 1898. In 1903 a former Spanish garrison building there was converted to a convalescent hospital. The island was designated as a U.S. Military Reservation in 1907 and the army post on Corregidor was named Fort Mills, after Brig. Gen. Samuel M. Mills, chief of artillery of the U.S. Army in 1905-1906. A regular army post was later established in 1908.

The following year army engineers of “H” company, 2nd Battalion of the U.S. Corps of Engineers began to build fortifications on the island to secure the seaward approach to Manila Bay. This was part of the planned “Harbor Defenses of Manila and Subic Bay” due to the strategic location of Corregidor. Concrete emplacements and bomb-proof shelters were constructed and trails and roads were laid out on the island. This engineer contingent left on March 15, 1912, after laying down the groundwork to make Corregidor a great military bastion. Thus began the transformation of a small fishing village into a fortress and site of one of the most heroic battles in the history of war.

The big guns of Corregidor in 1941 were used in support of Filipino and American defenders of Bataan until the island itself was invaded by Japanese Forces. The restless pounding by Japanese guns including intermittent bombings reduced its defenses and compelled its surrender. On January 22, 1945, Corregidor was once again caught in the fury of war as the Americans retook the island after a bloody battle.

Corregidor Island, rocky island, strategically located at the entrance of Manila Bay, just south of Bataan province, LuzonPhilippines. It is a national shrine commemorating the battle fought there by U.S. and Filipino forces against overwhelming numbers of Japanese during World War II.

The small (2-square-mile [5-square-km]) island, part of the province of Cavite, has long been considered a natural fortress. The Spanish fortified it in the 18th century, when it was used as a registration (corregidor) site for ships entering the bay. After the Spanish-American War, the island became a U.S. military station, and an elaborate system of tunnels and emplacements was constructed. When Japan invaded the Philippines (December 1941), Gen. Douglas MacArthur chose Bataan and Corregidor Island as his major defense positions. Bataan fell on April 9, 1942, and Corregidor Island became the last outpost of organized resistance in the islands. Lieut. Gen. Jonathan M. Wainwright and his forces repelled the invaders for 27 days, until May 6, 1942, when they were forced to surrender Corregidor Island to Lieut. Gen. Homma Masaharu. U.S. forces regained the island in 1945.
On Corregidor Island are the Pacific War Memorial, numerous gunneries, and the Malinta Tunnel, which served as a supply depot, hospital, and MacArthur’s headquarters. Since the mid-1950s, the island has been the site of a military training camp in counterguerrilla tactics.
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DO YOU LIKE CHOCOLATE? YOU WILL LOVE THE CHOCOLATE

The Chocolate Hills are probably Bohol’s most famous tourist attraction. They look like giant mole hills, or as some say, women’s breasts, and remind us of the hills in a small child’s drawing. Most people who first see pictures of this landscape can hardly believe that these hills are not a man-made artifact. However, this idea is quickly abandoned, as the effort would surely surpass the construction of the pyramids in Egypt. The chocolate hills consist of no less than 1268 hills (some claim this to be the exact number). They are very uniform in shape and mostly between 30 and 50 meters high. They are covered with grass, which, at the end of the dry season, turns chocolate brown. From this color, the hills derive their name. At other times, the hills are green, and the association may be a bit difficult to make.

 

Legend has it that the hills came into existence when two giants threw stones and sand at each other in a fight that lasted for days. When they were finally exhausted, they made friends and left the island, but left behind the mess they made. For the more romantically inclined is the tale of Arogo, a young and very strong giant who fell in love with an ordinary mortal girl called Aloya. After she died, the giant Arogo cried bitterly. His tears then turned into hills, as a lasting proof of his grief.

However, up to this day, even geologists have not reached consensus on how they where formed. The most commonly accept theory is that they are the weathered formations of a kind of marine limestone on top of a impermeable layer of clay. If you climb the 214 steps to the top of the observation hill near the complex, you can read this explanation on a bronze plaque.

Considered sometimes as the “Eight Wonder of the World”, the Chocolate Hills has been declared as the country’s 3rd National Geological Monument by the National Committee on Geological Sciences on June 18, 1988 in recognition of its special characteristics, scientific importance, uniqueness, and high scenic value; and as such is among the country’s protected areas.


What’s unique with these limestone chocolate hills is that they are only covered in grass and the cone shape is more or less common to all although differing in size. The hills look chocolaty only during dry season when the grass withers and turns into brown and looks like giant chocolate kisses.

Grass species found to thrive on the hills are Imperata cylindrical and Saccharum spontaneum and several Compositae and ferns. Trees grow on the base of the hills and are lush and verdant rings around the almost bare cone-shaped hills resulting in its awesome natural beauty.

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One of The Preserved Ancestral House in The Philippines

Built in the 17th century by Chinese-Filipino merchant Don Juan Yap and his wife Doña Maria Florida,  They had 3 children, namely, Maria, Eleuterio, and Consolacion Yap. Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House is one of the oldest preserved homes in the Philippines.

During the 1880’s, the oldest daughter, Maria Florido Yap, married a native from Obando, Bulacan, Don Mariano San Diego, who was Parian’s “Cabeza de Barangay ” (District Head) at that time.

Just a few years ago (2008), the old ancestral home was turned over to Doña Maria’s great great grandson, Val Sandiego. Val himself is known in Cebu at present times as an art collector, renowned choreographer and heritage icon.

Under his care, he started to search for ways in restoring the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral Housefor he believes in the value of his ancestor’s home to the history and heritage of Cebu. And though there have been offers to buy the house from him, he still continues to ignore such proposals and vows never to sell this historical house in his lifetime.

The materials used for the construction of the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House were coral stones that were glued together with egg whites just like Baclayon Church in Bohol. The roof is made of “Tisa” clay which weighs 1 kilogram in each piece. The wooden parts were made of “balayong” and “tugas” (molave) which were considered to be the hardest woods of all time.
In Cebu City’s Parian district, as you wander the two-storey home you can get a glimpse of life as it would have been during colonial times. One of the best things about this little museum? You’re allowed to pick up and get a feel for all the centuries-old artifacts dotted around the house — chinaware, cutlery, figurines, ornaments, and glassware — everything. Be careful not to drop anything though, as truly, all these ornaments are priceless.
Clearly the Yaps were a devoted Roman Catholic family you’ll see life-sized religious figures all over the house. Check out the wishing well in the back garden, too, and ask the caretaker/guide/resident photographer to snap your picture in front of it. He’s famous for being happy to take your photo wherever you’d like. He’ll also regale the history of the home, but of course, you’re free to explore by yourself too.
Converted into a museum by Yap’s great great grandson, Val Mancao Sandiego, in 2008, at the weekends Sandiego and his family still sleep here so that the house will continue to feel like a home.

The house for its priceless antiquities and century-old treasures of Philippine history hold secrets that will make us understand more of our past. With the knowledge this house offers, we will begin to truly understand how we became what we are today. For more reservation and more information.

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YOUR NEXT AMAZING EXPERIENCE WITH THE GENTLE GIANTS

fly from Manila to Cebu for about 1 Hour and 10 minutes and enjoy the ride with the beautiful view of the country side south of Cebu Philippines.

Meet The Incredible Gentle Giants!
This area has so much to offer from waterfalls, coral islands and relics dating back over 500 years.

Oslob is a small village south of Cebu, near the southern tip of Cebu Island. It has recently started blossoming into a tourist stop due to whale sharks that swim close to the coast.

The whale shark in Oslob, Cebu Province is one of the most fascinating attractions on this tropical island. These whale sharks are locally called as “butanding”.
The Oslob, Cebu whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) are considered as the largest fish in the world.

They can reach up to 15 meters long, but the ones in Tanawan, Cebu are smaller then observed by many, but could also reach that length when they become more mature.

Its huge size resembles that of a whale, which exactly explains why they are called as such. The surprising fact about these ‘gentle giants’ is that they only eat krills (or small shrimps), a fact the counters the common belief that bigger creatures usually eat much bigger than shrimps.

Although Whale Sharks are as big as some whales these gentle giant’s are totally non aggressive to human or any other species.

Just like most of the other species in the world, whale sharks are also listed as endangered species. They are enlisted as such due to some straightforward reasons. One reason is that changes in their breeding behavior and environmental changes affected their whole way of existence.

The second and the most reliable reason of their being endangered is that some fishers (businessmen) catch them for money despite the fact that they know their actions are illegal. So, we can hear very sad and horrible stories about these giants being mercilessly caught and and their meat sold.

Just as most endangered species suffer from the hands of humans’ fight for survival (or greed and selfishness), these gentle whale sharks were fished out and butchered for food and money.

They are now protected by the Filipino Government and the world conservation organization.

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IT’S HARD NOT TO SAY ‘ WOW’ ABOUT TIBIAO

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AN ECO-ADVENTURE, FUN IN THE ISLAND OF PANAY, THEN TIBIAO, AND ANTIQUE IS THE PLACE YOU SHOULD BE. TIBIAO IS PACKED WITH ACTIVITIES THAT ARE SURELY WORTH A TRY!

fly from Manila to Caticlan and from Caticlan to Tibiao by road and enjoy the beautiful filipino countryside and see farmers working as their forefathers did.
Arrive in Tibiao and stay for a couple of days or more.where you might enjoy the luxury of a tree house with a single light bulb and a thin foam mattress on the bamboo floor to sleep on.
Should you require a window please BYO ( bring your own) window frames are already provided for.
Also for this accommodation remember to bring Aspirin or Panadol in case you become careless and hit your head on a tree branch in your room, alternatively a basic air-condition room can be supplied at a short distance from theTibiao River.
In the morning have beautiful local breakfast whilest waiting for the kawa to be prepared, depending on the time of year the cool morning will provide great anticipation for the hot relaxing kawa bath to which the sound of the running Tibiao River will add to your relaxation .
Remember how the missionary in Africa used to be cooked by the cannibals, you can enjoy the similar sensation without being tied up.
You will relax in a pleasantly warm bath flavored with coffee,salt,herbs,milk or many other flavors of your choosing excluding the mandatory vegetable such as carrots,cabbage and many more vegetables that are usually used in a beautiful soup.
We promise that should there be any cannibals in the area we will keep them well away from you.
ENJOY YOUR KAWA

THE KAWA TAKES SOME TIME TO PREPARE.THEY BURN UP WOOD TO HEAT UP THE WATER TO YOUR DESIRED TEMPERATURE IT TAKES AROUND 45 MINUTES TO AN HOUR TO PREPARE THE KAWA SO REMIND THEM AHEAD OF TIME.THE KAWA ( A BIG KETTLE ), PREVIOUSLY USED AT SUGAR MILL FACTORIES, ARE NOW BEING USED AS BIG HOT TUBS.

AND EVERYONE WILL ENJOY THE LOCAL FAVORITE’S KARAY-A FOOD,YOU CAN HAVE IT PLATED OR IN A BOODLE FIGHT SETTING. ( EATING WITHOUT SPOON AND FORK ONLY YOUR HANDS )

YOU CAN GET TO ENJOY EATING THE MOUTH WATERING MEAL WHILE YOUR LEGS ARE DIPPED IN A COOL RUNNING WATER OF TIBIAO RIVER.

IT’S HARD NOT TO SAY ” WOW ” ABOUT TIBIAO WHEN ALL THE ACTIVITIES AND FAMILY-ORIENTED SERVICES ARE SO MUCH FUN!

GET TICKLED AS THE FISH CLEAN YOUR FEET AT THE FISH SPA.

GET YOUR ADRENALINE PUMPING THROUGH IT’S WATER ADVENTURES LIKE WATER TUBING AND KAYAKING OR HAVE A RELAXING STAY BY ENJOYING THE FISH SPA AND THEIR MASSAGE SERVICES.

BOOK A TIBIAO HOLIDAY TODAY AND DISCOVER THE BEST OF TIBIAO
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The Amazing El Nido Palawan

El Nido really is a magical place. From its ageless towering marble cliffs to its white sandy beaches with crystal clear water, many refer to it as paradise. There are over 50 beaches to discover, so many in fact that sometimes you feel as if you are on your own secluded private beach. You will also find enchanting lagoons with tranquil turquoise-green water, caves that can take you to hidden beaches, and a very diverse variety of wildlife.

El Nido is a top destination for island hopping, book your boat, take some food, some drinks in a cool box and disappear into the heavenly marine reserve that is Bacuit Bay. It is a truly relaxing and inspiring place; Alex Garland wrote “The Beach” while living here. Scuba diving is also a popular activity here with over 30 dive sites for varying levels and skills; from taking the plunge and learning to dive for the first time, to perfecting your expertise and advancing your qualifications.

Yet El Nido has so many different treasures to offer beyond the obvious. Further activities available include cliff climbing, waterfalls, kayaking, cave exploration, windsurfing, plus you can also hire a motorbike and discover the surrounding north of Palawan.

The dry season is from around November to May with temperatures above 30 degrees centigrade and rain is rare. The most popular tourist times in El Nido are Christmas and Easter. With the Philippines being 95% Catholic the celebration of these two events in the Catholic calendar bring out another side to El Nido. Especially in Easter where there is a week long festival including town parades and markets.

Seafood is a local speciality, in fact many fish are exported to Manila, and on to other South East Asian countries. There are restaurants scattered around the town offering various foods to suit most palates. From seafoods to meat dishes, salads, pastas, stews there is something for everyone. Particular restuarants also have foreign influence including French, German, Swiss and Australian.

A number of bars offer different entertainment including billiard, dancing, live music, karaoke, and of course along the beach front the chance to unwind and watch the beautiful view as the day comes to a close.

There are many eccentricities to El Nido, for example the electric power is 2pm to 6am. Also you will not find any banks here, although you can change foreign currency and travellers cheques at a couple of places albeit at an increased rate. Credit cards are accepted only in a few places. There are also no telephone lines so communication is mostly via mobile phones plus there are many internet cafe’s scattered around the townEl Nido has only a private airport that caters mainly for the El Nido Resorts guests. Island Transvoyager, Inc. (ITI) flies with a 50-seater ATR plane 3 times a day to El Nido from Manila. Guests not staying at El Nido Resort (namely Miniloc, Pangulasian and Lagen island resort), may book as well, as along as the availability is on certain flights.Arrival through Puerto Princesa with any of Philippines major airlines such as Cebu Pacific Air, Zestair, Pal Express, Philippines Airline and Tiger Airways has become the main entry point of Palawan and onward travel to El Nido can be done by shuttle van, private hired vans, air-con and non air-con busses throughout the day and some also during the night. The road is nearly completed and takes by van 5 hrs, by bus 7 hrs.

Palawan is frequently referred to as “The Final Frontier”. Once you have been here you realise why. Enchanting El Nido is truly breathtaking; many leave, their lives changed by this magical place.

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How To Enjoy Cebu in The Best Way

How To Enjoy Cebu In The Best Possible Way

Cebu is an island province consisting of the main island and 167 surrounding islands and islets. Cebu City is a Spanish colonial city with many buildings and places of interest where the past can be discovered again. As one of the oldest and fastest growing cities in the Philippines, it attracts a diverse range of people and has become famous for its eclectic and delicious street food.

Explore the rich heritage and culture of Cebu on a Cebu holiday package that takes you directly into the heart of a thriving and bustling city.

The best things to see and do in Cebu

Historic Spanish colonial sites

Start your exploration of Cebu by learning about Spanish Colonial history in the Philippines. Visit remaining buildings and structures where you’ll find the rich history of some of the greatest seafarers and explorers in history.

The Basilica del Santo Nino was built in 1565 and is the oldest Catholic Church in the Philippines. The wooden image of Santo Nino is housed here and its existence today is revered as evidence of a miracle due to it surviving a fire here completely untouched.

Magellan’s Cross is housed in the chapel next door. It was erected here by Spanish and Portuguese explorers in 1521 and also holds mystical appeal. See Spanish history in the Philippines depicted in the painted chapel ceiling that tells the story of the landing of Magellan in Cebu.

Explore Fort San Pedro and see well-preserved artefacts, paintings, and sculptures. Your local guide will give you insights into the history of Spanish occupation here.

Islands

Sumilon Island is considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in Cebu. It has beaches of soft, fine white sand and crystal clear blue water. Take the opportunity to try all those water sports you’ve longed to do – snorkelling, kayaking, parasailing, or even jet skiing. You can feed the fish or try fishing yourself, or you can take a hike around the island on a clearly marked walking track. The views are worth it and a swim in the water afterwards will be even more enjoyable. We can arrange all of these activities for you with your Cebu travel package.

Hiking

When you arrive in Cebu, you will see the mountainous terrain that serves as a backdrop to the city. If you enjoy keeping fit and want to experience fantastic views hike to the top of Mount Babgag. A great excursion to do on your Cebu tour package for those with good physical fitness.

Explore the natural world

Cebu has many natural wonders to enjoy. Let us arrange a day trip to Oslob on your Cebu travel package where you can observe whale sharks as they swim in the local waters. Take photos from the boat or enter the water for a once-in-a-lifetime encounter snorkelling beside these beautiful and docile creatures. We respect local culture and wildlife and ensure that we minimise any impact when swimming with whale sharks.

Visit the enchanting Tumalog Falls where you walk through lush rainforest to view the expanse of water tumbling down the cliff face.

Book a Cebu holiday package today and discover the best of Cebu.
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