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The Best Beaches of Visayas

Best Beaches of Visayas

Simply because it’s the height of tropical cyclone season doesn’t mean you can’t hit the beach for a well-deserved break from the monsoons. Even better, this time of the year is off-season, so you are likely to get cheaper lodging, better service, and fewer crowds. If you are truly lucky, …

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How to Get to Siquijor

Siquijor Philippines

Siquijor was once under the administration of Negros Oriental, so the best route to get to this small island is still via its old mother province through its capital, Dumaguete City. From Manila, you can take a domestic flight to Dumaguete City (Siquijor’s airport is closed to passenger flights as …

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Sibuyan Island: Way Off the Beaten Path

Sibuyan can be reached 5 to 6 hours by boat

There is a compelling reason why Sibuyan Island should be on the radar of every eco-traveler: It is one of the rare islands in the Philippines where primary growth forest can still be seen fringing the coast. Population pressures and clearing of the land for agriculture use have markedly reduced …

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Sibuyan Island: Galapagos of Asia

Pristine canopy extends to lower elevations

If there’s one thing that has become very rare in the Philippines, it is its rainforests. Rarer still is primary growth forest fringing a coastline, which have all been cleared in the past to give way to human habitation and agriculture. This sorry state of environmental affairs in the Philippines …

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Photo Essay: San Juan, Siquijor

Deserted San Juan beach in a residential area

In a separate post, we named Siquijor as one of the top 10 beach destinations in the Philippines. While Salagdoong Beach in the town of Maria is a strong contender, it is not as long as the beaches in the town of San Juan. The latter is not only significant …

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Photo Essay: Lazi, Siquijor

Side view of Lazi Convent

“Laci” is synonymous to heritage. Inferring from the sheer size of its convent to the remarkable interior architecture of its church, I could tell that this place must have been one hotbed of religious activity. As it turned out, the Lazi convent was the retreat center, in the late 19th …

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