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When I travel…

I don’t see people fighting
But I see the leaves sway as the wind blows so gently

I don’t hear people screaming or gossiping 

But I hear the waves of the sea and the chirp of the birds

I don’t taste the bitterness of the people

But I taste the sweetness of the sun as it goes nearer to the ocean

I don’t touch the hard hearts of the people

But I touch the fine sands scattered on the shore

I don’t feel the hatred of the people

But I feel the love of Mother Earth

Her love to the earth that she made it this beautiful

Her love to the earth that despite us being irresponsible she still protects us

Her love to the earth that she keeps on making ways to grow even people keep on destroying her

Her love to the earth that even how much she gets hurt and suffers, she never did that to us

Love the Earth! β€οΈπŸ’™πŸ’š

Travel Benefits πŸ’›πŸ‘£πŸ“·

When I travel…
I don’t see people fighting
But I see the leaves sway as the wind blows so gently

I don’t hear people screaming or gossiping 

But I hear the waves of the sea and the chirp of the birds

I don’t taste the bitterness of the people

But I taste the sweetness of the sun as it goes nearer to the ocean

I don’t touch the hard hearts of the people

But I touch the fine sands scattered on the shore

I don’t feel the hatred of the people

But I feel the love of Mother Earth
Her love to the earth that she made it this beautiful

Her love to the earth that despite us being irresponsible she still protects us

Her love to the earth that she keeps on making ways to grow even people keep on destroying her

Her love to the earth that even how much she gets hurt and suffers, she never did that to us
Love the Earth! β€οΈπŸ’™πŸ’š

Island Hopping at Panglao Bohol

Summer is coming and people are now starting to plan where to go and how to spend it. Some would just be in the nearest beach resort in the city while others are thinking of an overnight stay in a faraway paradise like an island. And of course, there are some who wants to do the fondest thing called Island Hopping.

The Philippines is composed of 7,107 islands which make it the best place to do island hopping. Almost anywhere you go, either you are going to Luzon, Visayas or Mindanao, you will definitely locate a place that cater this activity.

For me and my travel buddy (my boyfriend.. heheh) happened to do island hopping twice in a beautiful island of Panglao in Bohol (both during the rainy season.. isn’t it cool? πŸ˜ƒ). Our first trip was last August 2013 to celebrate our anniversary while the second trip is last December 2014 with our friends (when typhoon hit the province and our supposedly short vacation was extended until December 31).

How to reach Bohol:

πŸ”ΈBy Air

There are flights coming from Cebu and Manila. You can check Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines. The airport is in Tagbilaran City.

πŸ”ΈBy Sea

There are ferries also that  you can choose to reach the province. You may check here for Fast Ferry Schedule and Regular Ferry Schedule.

From either the airport or port of Tagbilaran City, there are many tour companies offering one-day tour. You can choose from there. Or you can contact ahead.

On our first trip, the hotel where we will be staying offered island hopping. Just to be sure and hassle-free, we arranged our activities with them.

On our second trip, our friends arrange the tour on the same day with those guys offering it (you can see them along the beach).

Island Hopping

The island hopping includes dolphin watching (if the weather permits), snorkeling at Balicasag Island, and Virgin Island (a sandbar). Usually it only takes more or less 4 hours for the whole activity.

For our first trip, the night before it, the receptionist informed us that we have to depart at around 5AM so that we can have the dolphin watching and that they will be providing us sandwiches for breakfast.

On our second trip, we started the tour in the afternoon. So, technically the dolphin watching will be skipped since this will be done during early morning only.

For both our trips, we were not able to have the dolphin matching because of the bad weather.
Thus, we proceeded to our first stop, the Balicasag Island. Here, we can rent a non-motorized banca to take us to to the snorkeling area. We enjoyed this a lot  seeing different kinds of fish and corals. (Photos below were taken during our trip last August 2013. Thanks to the underwater case and we were able to take underwater photos.)


After that, we went to our next and last stop, the Virgin Island. Here we enjoyed swimming, taking pictures and strolling in the sandbar. Luckily, it is low tide. There is no entrance fee here but there are some vendors selling Buko Juice, Banana cue, Pearls.


That’s how much fun we had during the island hopping. Though it was not so smooth sailing but the islands waiting there are more than enough. Activities like this will not just let you relax, have fun but also opens your eyes to how lovely Mother Earth and how great the creations of God.

So if you have never been to Panglao, plan a trip now and include their Island Hopping. Definitely, you will not regret it. Happy journey! πŸ˜ŽπŸš€πŸ¬πŸ πŸŸπŸšπŸ’š

A meet up in Apo Island

Wondering who I am meeting up in Apo Island? Someone who you will surely love! πŸ˜€

But before that, let us know a little bit more about the island.

Apo Island is a volcanic island covering 12 hectares in land area, 7 kilometers off the southeastern tip of Negros Island and 30 kilometers south of the Negros Oriental capital of Dumaguete in the Philippines. The name “Apo” was derived from a Filipino word for “grandchild”. (By Wikipedia)

 
How to get there?

1. TO DUMAGUETE CITY

To reach the island, you must go to Dumaguete City first. You can either take a plane or boat or land travel to reach the city.

2. DUMAGUETE CITY TO MALATAPAY PORT

From Dumaguete City, take a tricycle going to either Ceres Bus Terminal or directly to Malatapay Port (can be so expensive). Malatapay Port is located in Zamboanguita where the boat going to the island is dock. Dumaguete City to Malatapay Port is around 30 minutes to an hour.

If you will take a tricycle to Malatapay Port, make sure to bargain and ask some locals about the fare. Some drivers would charge higher because of the distance and they do not have passengers in going back to the city.

In our case, we hailed a tricycle from Dumaguete City to Liquid Resort in Dauin (where we will stay for the night). The driver charged us Php400 but if we contacted the resort, it is only Php300. From the resort to Malatapay Port, it is Php 250 per way.

3.MALATAPAY PORT TO APO ISLAND

The moment you arrive in the port, go directly to the tourism office. The staff will accommodate you for the boat that will take you to the island. The rate depends on the number of passengers (rate below). The rate is for two-way already. 

    
For day use, the boat will just wait but if you are staying overnight, an extra cost will be charged since the boat will go back the next day. 

It takes 30-minute bumpy boat ride to reach the island. Make sure to let the boatmen keep your things unless those are waterproof or placed inside a dry bag. You will surely get wet. So, you now know what to wear and bring. 😁

  
What to do?

So why go to Apo Island and travel that far? 

If you are a nature lover, you will surely love the place. It is surrounded with plants/trees. It is rich when it comes to marine life. It is truly perfect for relaxation away from the busy life and the hustle and bustle of the city.

I heard that you can tour the whole island by foot in a day. So for those who want to see everything in the island should try this.

But the most common purposes for tourists in going there are to do scuba diving, snorkeling and swimming with the turtle.

There are many foreigners going in the island and most of them go there for scuba diving. Of course, it is worth it because of how rich the marine life and how much the people care about it.

For the day use guests like us, usually are there to snorkel and see the turtle. And if you are lucky, you can even have a photo op with the turtle or have them as your photobomber. Also, do not forget to see their beautiful corals, find nemo and have a picture with the school of fish.

What to do when you get there?

But wait.. Control your excitement first! You cannot just directly hop off your boat and run to the sanctuary to snorkel. There are some things you have to do.

First, go to the tourism office in the island (near the resort) and pay the environmental fee of Php 100 each. 

Next, look for the group of people where you can hire a guide and rent snorkelling gears. (See rates below.)

  • Guide – Php 300 for 4 pax
  • Mask – Php 100 each
  • Booties – Php 100 each
  • Vest – Php 100 each

So if you have those at home, better bring it to minimize your expenses. It is advisable to use booties because you will be stepping on rocks/stones and not fine sands. The mask is needed to be able to appreciate more on what you can see underwater and the vest since the sea is deep.

If you are bringing things, better rent a cottage and if you will be staying there the whole day. The cottage costs Php 300.  Your stuff is safe since the owner will be there to guard it.

Foods in the island can be a little bit expensive. So, it is better to bring lunch, snacks and drinks. But if you were not able to do it, you may ask the cottage owner to cook lunch for you. You will just give them the payment for the ingredients and only pay them the labor.

Where to stay?

If you are planning to stay overnight or more, look ahead for the resort you will be staying.

What we can find in the docking area of the boat are Apo Island Beach Resort (same owner with Coco Grove Resort and Coco Grande Hotel) and Liberty Lodge and Dive ResortJust contact them for the updated rates. The electricity in the island is only from 6PM-11PM unless the resort has its own generator.

If you are planning to visit the island, you may check the photos below. We took it during our trip last November 2015. πŸ˜ƒ

   The orange building is the Apo Island Beach Resort 

 
   

    
    
 

Wanna know who I met up there? 


THIS.. And lots of them! #turtle 🐒  

  
My happy jump shot for a βœ”οΈ in my bucketlist! #ezaiplorer πŸ˜πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ‘£πŸ‘§πŸΎ


If you’re amazed on the photos, the more when you will be there. So include Apo Island now on your bucketlist or place to visit. We all need a break from a busy schedule, polluted city and stressful mind. 

As they say, “Mother knows best”. But for this, Mother Nature is the Best. πŸ’šπŸ’™β€οΈ

Happy Adventure!