It’s almost summer! And although the temperature has not reached dizzying heights yet, one can almost feel summer slowly creeping in.
Enjoying summer holidays on the beach is something I look forward to. So lately, I’ve been fantasizing about where I can spend my precious vacation leave this year. Here are a few places I’d like to go to (note that these are just three of the 7,107 Philippine islands just mine for the picking!).
1. Puerto Princesa
I can’t believe I haven’t been to Puerto Princesa yet. There were several opportunities to go in the past but somehow, I was either busy or sick. So now that getting to Palawan is easier and more affordable, there is really no excuse.
Puerto Princesa is not only home to one of the richest marine biodiversities in the Philippines and in the world. It is also home to the Subterreanean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Incidentally, it is the Philippines’ official nominee to the Search for the New 7 Wonders of Nature. (Click here to vote.)
I’d like to go back to Balicasag Island in Bohol. It’s one of those beautiful places that you simply can’t forget. I wrote about it a couple of years ago:
If scuba diving is your thing, then Balicasag is perfect for you. It boasts of a magnificent marine life teeming with healthy coral reefs. One can also spot large fishes such as barracuda, parrot fish, jack fish and garoupa in its pristine waters. And maybe even hammerhead sharks and dolphins on a good day! Since there is only one resort on the island, there’s a general feeling that you have the island all to your self. But sometimes, daytrippers flock to the island especially during the summer. This is because Balicasag is easily accessible by pumpboat and is only about 30 minutes away from Panglao Island.
It would be a treat to go back to Balicasag, even for just an overnight trip. 🙂
3. Bantayan Island
Fine powdery white sand, crystal clear waters, spectacular sunsets… Nope, I’m not talking about Boracay but the latest hidden gem in Cebu, Bantayan Island. Just off the northwest coast of Cebu, it seems that Bantayan Island will soon be following the footsteps of Boracay. So I need to go there before that happens!
So many choices, so little time. I wish seat sales run all year round!