Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Cordova Reef Village Resort - Bantayan, Cordova, Mactan Island, Cebu

Cordova Reef Village Resort
Bantayan, Cordova, Mactan Island, Cebu

Cordova is a coastal town in the southern part of Mactan Island. It is 7 kms. away from Lapu-Lapu City and 9 kms. away from Cebu City. 

The channels of Cordova is known as one of the best diving havens in the country. 

Cordova has a total land area of 780.38 has. bounded by Camotes Sea in the east and Bohol Strait in the south. 

The main livelihood of its people is fishing.

Costabella Tropical Beach Hotel - Mactan Cebu Philippines

Costabella Tropical Beac Hotel
Buyong, Mactan Island 6015 Cebu Philippines

Costabella Tropical Beach Hotel is a beachfront paradise along the tranquil eastern shores of fabled Mactan Island - known for its beautiful white sand beaches, blue seas, sunny skies and hospitable people. 

It is ideally suited for families seeking a fun-filled holiday in friendly and casual surroundings. 

The feeling here is relaxed and cozy, with that special "personal touch" which makes it particularly popular. 

15 minutes by car from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport and 35 minutes away from Cebu City for shopping, sight seeing, golf, dining and trying your luck at the casino.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dos Palmas Arrecefi Island Resort - Palawan - Philippines

Dos Palmas
Arrecefi Island Resort

Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa,
Palawan, Philippines

Dos Palmas is found on Arreceffi Island, which is nestled in the waters of Honda Bay, northeast of Palawan's Puerto Princesa. 

It's a serene world unto itself, an island retreat far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and yet easily accessible.

It's far enough away to give you the peace and quiet you need to refresh your spirit without any distractions. But it's well-located, so that you can have your pick of activities. 

Rich diving spots, abundant with Palawan's famed marine life, and well-trained staff of activity coordinators will assist those in pursuit of an adventure-filled, active vacation. 

Well-appointed resort accommodations also ensure the comfort of those wanting for a quiet, calming rest. Luxurious accommodations and various recreational facilities present you with modern comforts while you enjoy the laid-back pace of island living. It's the best of both worlds.

Lally and Abeth Beach Resort - El Nido Palawan

Lally and Abeth Beach Resort
El Nido Palawan

The Lally & Abet Beach Resort is a special-interest resort accredited by the Philippine Department Of Tourism (DOT).

Established in the late 1980's, this resort is one of the well-established resorts at Palawan.

It has over a decade of experience in providing quality service to its guests at very affordable prices.

Palawan Tourist Infornation - Palawan Philippines

Tourist Information and Assistance

PGO-Tourism Division
Ground Floor, Capitol Building, Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa City
Tel. No. (048) 433-2968
E-mail: palawan@pal-on1.com
Web Site: www.palawan/palawangovt
City Tourism Office
Airport Compound, Puerto Princesa City
Tel. No. (048) 433-2983

Tourist Information Counter
Arrival Terminal (open daily until plane leaves), Airport Compound, Puerto Princesa City
Provincial Immigration Office
Fernandez Street, Puerto Princesa City
Tel. No. (048) 433-2248 (for Visa & Passports)

Tourist Information Counter
Arrival Terminal (open daily until plane leaves), Airport Compound, Puerto Princesa City
Provincial Immigration Office
Fernandez Street, Puerto Princesa City
Tel. No. (048) 433-2248 (for Visa & Passports)

DOT Region IV
MS. LOUELLA C. JURILLA, Regional Director
Rm. 208 DOT Bldg., T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila 1000
Tel.: (632) 524 1969 / 542 1528
Fax: (632) 526 7656
E-Mail: lcjurilla@tourism.gov.ph

Police Stations and Outposts are located in all towns.

Amanpulo Pamalican Island Resort - Palawan - Philippines

Amanpulo is set on its own private island, Pamalican, part of the Quiniluban group of Cuyo Island in the Philippines. Guests arrive from Manila by chartered plane which lands directly on Pamalican.

Surrounded by white sand beaches, turquoise water and a coral reef three hundred metres from the shore, the resort provides a variety of watersports and beach activities.

Amorita Resort Crytal Coast - Bohol - Philippines

Amorita Resort 

Seductively overlooking the rich tropical waters of Panglao Island is Crystal Coast. Crystal Coast is an exotic three-hectare seaside resort, ideally situated above the coastal areas of one of the Philippine's most captivating dive sites. 

On top of a cliff, Crystal Coast stands stately in structures of Mediterranean architecture. Located at Barrio Tawal, Crystal Coast is secluded enough for privacy; yet accessibly convenient. 

An alluring ambiance of panoramic ocean view is at Crystal Coast with the soft rush of the rolling waves on long stretches is a haven for a tranquil stay and a leasurable break. 

For business functions, group tours, family get together and personal retreats, come to Crystal Coast! 

When you get to the resort, you don't only see serenity mixed with elegance... You'll find " a piece of paradise" you just can't resist!

Bohol Tropics Resort Club - Bohol - PHilippines

Bohol Tropics Resort Club

Come to a place where genuine Boholano hospitality and charm go hand in hand with meticulous service. 

Bohol Tropics in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, offers elegantly appointed guest rooms, including luxurious suites overlooking Tagbilaran Bay. 

Rooms feature spacious bathrooms and decorated with custom furnishings and beautifully designed fabrics that complement the open, airy feeling of the Coast.

Bohol Tropics provides complete recreation and entertainment facilities that overlook the beautifully landscaped pools and offers amenities found only in the finest resorts.

Balicasag Island - Bohol - Philippines

Balicasag Island

Balicasag Island has a total land of area of 25 has., 1.5 has., of which has been developed into a resort complex. 

This " Special Interest Resort" has been operational since October 1989. PTA together with the Philippine Navy promotes underwater sports and protects a marine life sanctuary showcasing a model for marine environmental conservation, ecological preservation and tourism.

Hailed as one of the best dive spots in the world, boasts of naturally ventilated and native-inspired duplex cottages and an open-air restuarant that serves international and local cuisine.

Alona Palm Beach Resort & Restaurant - Bohol - Philippines

Alona Palm Beach Resort

Alona Palm Beach Resort & Restaurant, the luxurious beach resort at Alona Beach, on the island of Panglao, in the Philippines.

Alona Palm Beach Resort & Restaurant is the latest addition to several Beach resorts already existing on the island, particularly to cater to the demanding traveler, which is looking for the best in infrastructure, amenities and service.

Bohol Beach Club - Bohol Philippines

Bohol Beach Club

Bohol Beach Club Bohol is nestled on the island paradise of Panglao and is the perfect haven for romantic getaways or a seaside sanctuary for beach lovers and scuba diving enthusiasts. 

A few minutes away is Balicasag Island, a popular dive site for local and foreign divers which offers world-class diving and is internationally renowned.

Alona Kew White Beach - Panglao Island - Bohol Philippines

Alona Kew White Beach

Warm Greetings Everyone! Grateful Hearts awaits you 
as you visit Alona Kew White Beach with its wonderful nature setting; explore and be ready to stay for more! 

Have a memorable adventure trips to the dive sites of Panglao 
and the neighboring islands of Pamilacan and Balicasag. 

If you don't like diving; Alona Kew has plenty of activities 
to set your mode for a relaxing and enjoying stay. 

For nature lovers, you can go site seeing to the famous tourist spots in the Island including the 1,276 Chocolate Hills and the world's smallest primate - the Tarsier. 

So get ready and set your vacation to Alona Kew White Beach in Panglao Island, Bohol.

Bohol - Philippines

Bohol Philippines, Bohol Hotels, 
Bohol Beach Resorts

Bohol, an island province in the Visayas, lies southeast from Cebu across Bohol Strait and southwest from Leyte, separated by the Camotes Sea and Canigao Channel. 

Bohol island is also located north of Mindanao with Bohol Sea between them. 

The main island is surrounded by about 73 smaller islands, 
the largest of which are Panglao Island facing Tagbilaran City in the southwest and Lapinig Island in the northeast.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Balinghai Beach - Tiny Balinghai Beach enclosed by craggy walls of rock, is a romantic hideaway for those who prefer quiet and solitude. 

Cottages of Balinghai Beach are scattered on the rock cliff as well as the top of the rock cliff above the beach. 

The resort offers drinks and food delivered to the beach in an unusual way..something you wanna try! Balinghai Beach is perfect for snorkeling with a coral garden not too far from shore. 

Its amazing crisp blue waters appear so inviting for diving, as well as for snorkeling adventure.


Tambisaan Beach is a short distance around its rocky point. A small friendly village is nearby, where the atmosphere is sleepy until the southwest monsoon begins. 

Tambisaan Beach then often becomes a docking area for boats taking passengers between Boracay and Caticlan. 

Close offshore to the east of Tambisaan Beach can be seen little Crocodile island, a popular spot for divers.


Bulabog Beach - Also on the eastern side of Boracay, is south of Ilig-Iligan Beach. It is separated from White Beach on the west by the narrowest part of the island. 

The one kilometer long Bulabog Beach comes alive during the early months of each year, when powered by the northeast monsoon, windsufers skim through its waters. Its then truly a windsurfer's paradise. 

The Boracay International Funboard Cup has been held there each year since 1988, and since 1989 has been one leg of the Southeast Asia Funboard Cup. In addition to windsurfers, kiteboarders also now enjoy the strong winds until June or July, when the southwest monsoon begins. 

Bulabog Beach is often deserted, allowing you can feel "the other side" of Boracay during a walk there.


Ilig-Iligan Beach - This beach is on the east coast of Boracay and offers several coves and caves. Inland is an impressing jungle where giant fruit bats may be seen hanging in the trees. 

Local boys offer their service as guides to the Bat Caves, located a 30 minute walk inland from the beach. Ilig-iligan beach is accessible by road via motorbike, bicycle or hiking

Like most beaches on the island's east coast, access by boats depends on the weather and tide, with the sea sometimes rough during the northeast monsoon. During the southwest monsoon, however, the sea is normally calm and clear perfect for snorkeling and offshore scuba diving trips.


Puka Shell Beach - Facing Carabao island on Boracay's north coast lies Yapak beach, usually called Puka Shell beach. About 1,300 meters long, this beach is the second longest beach on Boracay and a favorite picnic destination for tourists boating around the island. 

But be careful swimming there. Water depth quickly increases and the current and waves on Boracay's northern beaches are much stronger than on White Beach. 

Puka Shell Beach was made famous by the large number of puka shells found there. Collecting and stringing these shells into necklaces, bracelets, and other jewelry was one of the first handicrafts industries of Boracay. 

Today you can still find mounds on Puka Shell Beach left from the search for puka shells, and women still make and sell puka shell there. 

A restaurant right on the beach serves cold drinks and snacks but more small eateries with cold drinks, and sometimes the "catch of the day" on the grill, can be found by following the road a short distance inland toward the village of Yapak. 

While many go by boat, Puka Shell Beach also can be reached by hiking, and a good road makes it accessible on mountain bikes, motorbikes and tricycles.


Punta Bunga Beach and Banyugan Beach - A short distance north of Balinghai is Punta Bunga Beach. Many attractive shells maybe seen when walking there along the water. On the hillside that forms the southern border of the beach are a growing number of private houses located there for the beautiful view. Some of these houses maybe rented. 

A path on this hill will take you to Balinghai Beach. At the center of the beach is a resthouse on a rocky hill overlooking the sea that serves snacks and drinks. A middle luxury resort, sprawling from the beach into the hills, occupies the northern part of the beach. 

A short climb up and over the hill forming the northern border of Punta Bunga is Banyugan Beach, a secluded cove with white sand ideal for picnics. A small coconut plantation extends from behind this hills into the hills.


Diniwid Beach - Just north of White Beach is a 200 meter long Diniwid Beach. This lovely cove maybe reached by walking north along White beach at a picturesque path hewn from the cliff. 

There is also a good access road from the Main road to the back of Diniwid. Much quieter than White Beach, Diniwid Beach is perfect for picnics and snorkeling

There are a few inexpensive island-style bar/restaurants and simple cottages as well as bamboo houses of unusual design. Some of this have fully equipped kitchens and are located directly on the beach. On the steep cliff that rises out of the sea on the north side of Diniwid are a luxurious resort and upscale townhouses.


White Beach - Extending along much of the island's west coast, this famous stretch of white sand is the premier beauty and the main tourist attraction of Boracay island. The white sand becomes more and more powdery as you stroll north along the beach, a result of the mild offshore current. Activity continues almost 24 hours a day in the restaurants and bars that lined the sand walkway paralleling southern and central white beach. 

Early risers will sometimes meet revellers stumbling home from their night out. During the day, the beach is perfect for relaxing, sunbathing, and enjoying sports of all kinds especially watersports. It is a favorite activity of tourists and residents alike, who will be found relaxing, enjoying a last swim, and sipping drinks while watching the sunset and action. 

People gather spontaneously an hour before sunset in all places to play volleyball and watch the children run about and have fun. Swallows fly acrobatically along the beach, chasing insects while the sun lights the sky and clouds with marvelous colors. 

At deep twilight giant fruit bats with wingspan as much as a meter are often seen along the horizon and sometimes at the White Beach flying south on their nightly migration to feed on Panay island. At night, White Beach is a favorite place for the romantic.

Friday, December 2, 2011

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How to get there?
win eulen joy liner

Eulen Joy also offer 2 trips a day from El Nido to Puerto Princesa City passing through Taytay and Roxas. The fare is 300 pesos. Similarly they have two corresponding trips from Puerto Princesa City to El Nido. You are advised to book in advance.
»             +63 (0) 91 9716 2210      

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How to get there?
Sweety Transport

Sweety offer 2 trips a day from El Nido to Puerto Princesa City passing through Taytay and Roxas. 

The trips generally takes around 8 hours and departures are between 7am and 9pm, you are advised to book seats in advance. 

The fare is 300 pesos. There is also a corresponding to trips from Puerto Princesa City back to El Nido each day, leaving between 5am and 9am, again please book in advance.

» +63 (0) 91 9716 2210 (terminal, el nido)
» +63 (0) 92 6699 8700 (terminal, puerto princesa)

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How to get there?
south east asian airlines

Seair offer 3 flights a week (Dec - May only), Monday, Wednesday & Sunday - Manila to El Nido direct, and back. Fares are PHP 6,700 php plus taxes. 

Weight is restricted at 10 kgs + hand luggage, extra is charged at P40+Vat per kilo.

» +63 (0) 2 849 0100
» tickets@flyseair.com
» www.flyseair.com

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How to get there? 
island transvoyager inc

ITI offers 3 flights daily from Manila direct to El Nido and back (morning, midday and afternoon). Manila-El Nido flights can be booked only 5 days before, while the return flight can be booked in advance through their GSA at Artcafe, email:elnidoboutique@yahoo.com for reservations. One way Fare is PHP 6,750 per person. There is a 10kg weight restriction, incl. hand luggage.

Manila-El Nido bookings can be booked only at ITI directly:
» +63 (0) 2 851 56 74
» csu@islandtransvoyager.com
» www.islandtransvoyager.com

(N.B. ITI is the charter airline of El Nido Resorts and their guests can get advanced reservations confirmed.)

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Private Boat Hire:

Regular trips during peak seasons (Dec-May) 3 to 4 times a week. Or hire a boat from Sabang or Port Barton to El Nido.Buses:

Daily Busses depart at San Jose Terminal in Puerto Princesa for El Nido. 6.00, 7.30 and 8.30 am (last trip). Same departure times for El Nido & Puerto Princesa.Private Shuttle Van:

Fare is P600. Hotel pick up in Puerto is additional P100.

Puerto Princesa - El Nido5:00/ 7:00/ 9:00/ 11:00/ 13:00Fortwally0917-2762875
7:00/ 10:00Eulen Joy0926-6998700
El Nido - Puerto Princesa5:00/ 7:00 /9:00/ 11:00Fortwally0917-3488078
7:30 / 9:00/ 13:00Eulen Joy0949-4498858
El Nido - Sabang (1 change)5:00/ 10:00Lexus0917-5859612
Sabang - El Nido7:00Lexus0917-5859602

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How to get there ?

WARNING! The website www.ewdm.net is selling fake flights to and from El Nido. 

Many emails from people who have been scammed. Please make sure to book with the official carriers Seair or ITI, or through registered local travel agents. 

Unfortunately fraud is not against Yahoo! Web Hosting terms and conditions so they refuse to shut the website down. Correct booking details for flights are on this page below.


Manila - El Nido: daily with ITI
Manila - El Nido: Mon, Wed & Sun with Seair
Manila - Puerto Princesa: daily flights with PAL, Air Philippines and Cebu PacificCargo/Passengers Ship:

1 outrigger boat goes back and forth from El Nido to Coron, Busuanga. Departs El Nido, Mon/Tue/Thur/Fri/Sun. The return leg (Coron - El Nido) is Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri/Sat (weather permitting). Departure time is 7:30am and cost pp is PHP 2,200. Tickets for both ways can be purchased through emailing the Artcafé.

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Tell others about El Nido and the need to protect its environs.

Visiting El Nido as an eco-friendly tourist means you help the local economy while helping save the environment. 

Visiting El Nido would also help you, your family and friends appreciate the majestic beauty of nature.

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4 species of endangered marine turtles: hawksbill, olive ridley, leatherback and green sea turtles

45 genera of hard corals
197 species of fish
White sand beaches

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3 major marine habitats: seagrass/seaweeds, coral reefs and estuarine

16 endemic and 10 threatened species of birds

6 species of marine mammals endemic to Palawan, plus the endangered dugong

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What needs protection?
5 types of forest: lowland evergreen, semi-deciduous forest,
forest over limestone, beach forest and mangrove forest.

Be an environment-friendly tourist. The adage, 'Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time' may be over-used, but the soundness of the advice certainly hasn't diminished. 

During your visit, try to do the least damage to the environment.

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The sheer drama of the seascape of El Nido inspires awe and reverence of nature's beauty. 

Beyond the façade, this spectacular setting is home to a wide range of flora and fauna, many of which are endemic or found nowhere else on earth.

It is because of its uniqueness that the El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area was declared in 1998. 

The Protected Area status accords the area of El Nido a place among the 10 priority sites in the Philippines in need of conservation. 

The Protected Area covers a total of 90,321 hectares, of which 40% are terrestrial and 60% marine.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 beaches 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.