SEE THE QUIETER SIDE OF EL NIDO, PALAWAN
There’s more to El Nido than just Bacuit Bay and its nearby five-star resorts, says our insider, travel blogger Ferdz Decena. Decena recommends going off the tourist track by heading to the Nacpan-Calintang area on the island’s northwestern side, home to the unique and remote Twin Beach, two white sand beaches conjoined side by side by a hill.
Book a stay at Qi Palawan. Read more about the Twin Beach and other off the beaten attractions in El Nido.
EXPERIENCE NEGROS’ ECO ATTRACTIONS
Hike up to Casaroro Falls in Valencia, which has over a hundred feet drop, and dive into its natural pool. To get there, hop on a jeepney ride to Valencia from Dumaguete City, which is about an hour’s flight from Manila.
For Dumaguete tours, contact Boris Travel & Tours, read Experts’ top 18 backpacking holidays in the Philippines.
CLIMB MT. HALCON
Climb Mt. Halcon in Mindoro, the Philippines 18th highest peak with a height of 2,582 meters above sea level, also one of the toughest mountains to climb. Best time to go is April to May.
Contact the Pinoy Mountaineer to arrange for a guided tour.
DIVE TUBBATAHA REEFS
If you have not seen the Tubbataha Reefs, a 97,000++ hectare marine protected area off Sulu Sea, west of Palawan, the best time to go is from March to May when the waters are calmer. Tubbataha is made of two huge coral atolls and a reef called the Jessie Beazley teeming with marine life.
Book a liveaboard dive package with Palausport, read more about diving Tubbataha and the Philippines.
Originally published in InFlight Traveller March to May 2016. Updated March 2015