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Cebu Virgin Island: The Untouched Paradise of Bantayan

Wake up. Work. Sleep. Repeat.

Wake up. Study. Sleep. Repeat.

For sure, you get rid of doing this stuff over and over and over again for the entire year. Thinking how you would escape from the stress it brings to you. Sometimes, you are looking for a place where you could relax, refresh, and escape the busy life in the city.

Pack your things up! I know a place where you could hear nothing, but only the birds chirping and the wave that crashes the shoreline.

In the northern parts of Cebu in the Central Visayas region, specifically in Bantayan, the number of beaches will make you think which one to go to first. However, there’s this island that will surely catch your attention by the name itself—Cebu Virgin Island.

Virgin Island is a privately-owned island situated close to Sta. Fe, Bantayan. It’s like 30-minute away from the mainland. This spot in the northern part of Cebu flaunts a majestic powdery white sand and turquoise waters. The coconut trees planted on the island provides cool and refreshing air and will let you feel that you are away from the fast-paced and busy metro.

Fun fact, Virgin Island is also known as Sillion Island. According to my research, the term “sillion” means uncountable. Made me think that maybe, they called this place as sillion because of the numerous and different kind of species that lives in the island from the air down to its refreshing waters.

Back to its name Virgin Island. When we hear virgin, there’s one meaning that comes into our mind—untouched. You read it right. Virgin Island is not like the other islands in the Philippines that are highly developed. However, the place reclaims its beauty as this island gives us another meaning of the word “virgin”. Because even though it is untouched and slightly underdeveloped island, it will still provide pure happiness and pure satisfaction to everyone.

Virgin Island’s crystal-clear water offers snorkeling adventure with the marine life that lives underneath. Also, if you are an adventurous person, you could do cliff diving here!

If you also wish to have a rest, there are cottages on the island that will provide you a shed for an affordable rate. The foods are pretty good and will make you feel the island vibe at its cheapest price.

With the help of South Shore Cebu Travel and Tours, no items in your bucket list will be left unchecked. Booking a tour with them makes your travel experience memorable and hassle-free. At an affordable rate, you’ll surely be in love with a place where they take you.

Holiday or not, everyone has the right to unload the stress from work or school. It’s okay to pause for a while and escape from the daily routine you are used to. Same as opportunities, moments with friends and family only knocks once. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your beach things now, escape from the busy metro, explore and experience all the things and adventures that this Virgin Island in Bantayan, Cebu has in store for you!

The Siargao Island Tour Philippines – Take An Amazing Break  At Siargao Island

Take An Amazing Break  At Siargao Island

In the south of the Philippines is an island altogether secured with palm trees. It flaunts the best waves in the nation and draws in surfers from everywhere throughout the world. While the island is known as a surfing hotspot, there are such a large number of magnificent activities in Siargao that don’t include the waves. Here is a definitive Siargao bucket list! This tropical island is an unquestionable requirement visit for anybody visiting the Philippines. Here are five reasons why.

1.    Surfing – Siargao Island is the surf capital of The Philippines. Siargao Island is the surf capital of The Philippines and perhaps the best spot to surf in Asia. Its mark break is called Cloud9, and most resorts are situated inside its region. Surf competitors are held two times every year. A three-level survey deck furnishes surf lovers with a unique vantage point to watch the activity very close. There are various other significant breaks around the island, for example, Guyam Island, Jacking Horse, and Tuesday Island. On some random day, local people know precisely which spot is the best contingent upon climate conditions.

2.    Beaches- Siargao island has stunning, isolated beaches. Beaches are what the Philippines is well known for, and Siargao Island has a lot of it. Among Could9 and the town of General Luna, you’ll discover a few kilometers of white sand. As Siargao Island hasn’t been found by the majority yet, you’ll need to impart the shoreline to a couple of local people, the odd pooch going by and the always present Hermite Crabs. Close-by islands like Daku Island, Guyam Island and Naked Island are additionally honored with immaculate shorelines, making Siargao Island a paradise for beach bums.

3.    Sohoton Caves- the Sohoton Caves is a remarkable Natural Reserve. A three-hour boat ride away from the town of General Luna lays the Natural Reserve of the Sohoton Caves. A few tidal ponds lie in the middle of rough slopes, secured by lavish tropical vegetation, associated with the sea by a few conduits. The zone includes various caverns that can be entered distinctly during low tide, one of which can be left by hopping off a 20-feet precipice. To wrap things up, non-closefisted Jellyfish occupy one of the tidal ponds. Dive in the iridescent water to watch these unusual yet agreeable animals from very close.

4.    The people- Siargao’s inhabitants, are the absolute friendliest individuals around. Siargao Island’s occupants greet guests wholeheartedly. Kids will wave energetically at tourist passing by. At night, chime in with local people in one of the karaoke bars.

5.    Jungle Disco- Gathering with local people in the wilderness! Even though Siargao Island doesn’t have a lively nightlife, there is where you can show off your triumphant move moves. Covered up between the palm trees lies the Tattoo Bar, or as I like to call it, the Jungle Disco. Each Friday night individuals from the encompassing towns accumulate here to let free and taste on the privately created Tanduay rum or some Jungle Juice.

Cebu Ocean Park: What to expect in the Philippines’ Largest Oceanarium

The Cebu Ocean Park

For the first time in Visayas and Mindanao, they will be opening their first marine park, Cebu Ocean Park. Aside from being the first in those regions, Cebu Ocean Park is now the largest Oceanarium in the Philippines, topping it’s’ Manila counterpart. According to Cebu Sealife Park Inc., Cebu Ocean Park is 2,000 sqm. larger than Manila Ocean Park, rising on a 1.5-hectare area that can accommodate 3,000 people at any time.

With the size of the ocean park, the main attraction would be the deep tank lagoon with 360 degree view with 4000 cubic meters and a water depth of 7.2 meters. The park will also house 200 different animals; mainly aquatic animals, birds, insects and reptiles. Aside from the lagoon, there are other attractions that visitors can enjoy.

ATTRACTIONS FOR CEBU OCEAN PARK

For an Ocean Park as big as this, it is not enough to just admire the large oceanarium that is why they have prepared several attractions that you and your family and friends can enjoy.

CROCODILE CAGE
A treat for the adventurous and not for the faint of heart. Enjoy a thrilling encounter with a 14-footer saltwater crocodile! This is perfect for those who dare to get up close and personal with an amazing prehistoric creature.

CEBU OCEAN PARK

CEBU OCEAN PARK

 

BIRD FEEDING
Get a chance to see Australian lorikeets and be able to hand feed them.

FISH SPA
In Cebu Ocean park, you can immerse your feet in a tank of toothless doctor fish and let them nibble away your dead skin cells from your tired feet, giving you a micro massage that will exfoliate the skin and improve blood circulation in the body.

 

STINGRAY ATTRACTION
Reach out and touch a stingray at the Stingray Interaction pool! Experience hands-on learning with multiple species of rays and sharks that you can interact with.

STINGRAY AT CEBU OCEAN PARK

 

SEA TREK
Through Sea Trek, you can close to thousands of fishes and rays through helmet diving.

MULTI-ANIMAL SHOWS
Delight in a daily side-splitting show of amusing antics with astonishing twists and a cast of fascinatingly smart animals that will leave you and your family in awe and amazement.



CREEPY CRITTERS
Despite being the fear of most people, this exhibit features dozens of species to celebrate the diversity, beauty, and unique adaptations of both native and exotic reptiles and insects.

JUNGLE TREK
“Trek through a jungle of remarkable collections of freshwater fish and other faunas! Get to see river giants all in one tank, hand-feed Australian lories & lorikeets, and discover more about freshwater fish mostly found in the Amazon and African rivers.”

JUNGLE TREAK CEBU OCEAN PARK

JUNGLE TREAK CEBU OCEAN PARK

Despite having 200 different animals, Cebu Ocean Park clarified that they will not have a dolphin show nor will they be putting dolphins in Cebu. However, they are also interested in putting a Giant Ferris Wheel near the park that will resemble the SM Mall of Asia’s Moa’s Eye ad Sky Ranch’s Sky Eye.

Cebu’s first oceanarium will be opening this September 2019. Cebu Ocean Park is located at South Road Properties, next to the SM Seaside City Cebu Complex within the South Road Properties, Cebu City. The ticket prices will be 600 pesos during the weekdays and 800 pesos during the weekends.

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Experience The Best Diner with Loboc River Cruise Bohol

The Loboc River Cruise Bohol

 

Beaches, they get all the consideration. Everybody who comes to Bohol points to remain as near as conceivable to Alona and White Beach. Be that as it may, along the Loboc River, in the island’s luxurious inside, you’ll locate an alternate world: green, glinting, alleviating and odd all in the meantime. Loboc Bohol is home of the celebrated Loboc Children’s Choir, Loboc is a tranquil region that is world popular to its important waterway which is appropriately called Loboc River. This river is one of the cleanest streams in the nation. This is the one place of interest you would prefer not to miss during your Bohol Tours. The water keeps running down from the slopes and mirrors the fascinating greens of the abaca plants developing along the banks. The stream the snakes to the ocean in long, sensuous curves. Little towns and cottages are concealed on the water’s edge. There are waterfalls and cold springs, extensions and boats, and trees that sparkle with fireflies at dusk. The Loboc River Dinner Cruise begins by the Loay Bridge which is situated in the neighboring town of Loay or at the Loboc town appropriate where you can look over an assortment of stream cruising vessels. The Loboc River cruise, for the most part, keeps running for an hour or so back and forth.

This is an incredible feasible decision for families, couples, or any individual who simply needs to see another piece of the Philippines and be near nature. Loboc River Resort has a provincial café directly on the stream where you can appreciate delicious Filipino dishes and breakfast by the water. There’s a pool with loungers, a few chickens free to move around at will, a monkey island, fishponds, a little perusing and WiFi niche, bancas and kayaks for lease, and best of all – a supernatural firefly visit after dull. Something I adore most about remaining in Loboc is being close to the local’s individuals and perceiving how they live their lives. For instance, promptly in the first part of the day, a little boat ferries children over the river so they can go to class. They go five or six at any given moment, and they need to stand in the light of the fact that there is not sufficient space to sit. On the river, you will pass b-ball games in real life, individuals angling, and families coming back to their homes by boat with another sack of rice. There’s genuine tranquility to Loboc that describes a significant part of the Philippines. The water is so inconceivably green (Loboc River is one of the cleanest in the nation), and something is charming about cruising past waving fronds and feeling the stream breeze while somebody sings, ‘Country Roads’ in a Filipino inflection.
It takes roughly one hour by accessible transportation from Tagbilaran city, and around 40 minutes travel by private transport, for example, a van or v-employ. Loboc town is found approximately 24 kilometers from Tagbilaran City.

 

 

Check out the Top 10 Best Hotels in Cebu-Malapascua Island

Top 10 Best Hotels in Cebu-Malapascua Island

Malapascua Island is situated more than two hours away via vehicle and four hours away by transport from the city of Cebu. A barangay of the town of Daanbantayan, Malapascua Island invests heavily in its world-class diving spots and pristine white sand beaches. Local people generally allude it as the “Boracay of Cebu.”

 

1. Malapascua Legend– The beachfront Malapascua Legend Water Sports and Resort gives cooled rooms on Malapascua Island. Free WiFi is accessible in the standard zones while offices incorporate an open-air pool and café. Malapascua Legend Water Sports and Resort is 701 m from Oscar’s Bar and Restaurant and 1.6 mi from Malapascua Lighthouse.

 

 

 

 

2. Hippocampus Beach and Dive resort– Hippocampus Beach Resort appreciates a beachfront area on Malapascua Island, a 35-minute pontoon ride from world well-known pigeon site, Monad Shoal. It gives comfortable rooms private balcony. Hippocampus Resort arranges journeys and island visits at an extra charge. Visitors can likewise appreciate water sports like swimming. PADI and SSI-ensured scuba diving are also accessible at the hotel. For all the more loosening up choices, knead administrations are accessible.

 

 

 

 

3. Tepanee– Offering a tropical shoreline escape, Tepanee Beach Resort sits over a 33 ft² real estate parcel on Malapascua Island. It gives private beach access and comfortable rooms with wooden and bamboo decorations. Visitors can appreciate water sports exercises by the beach. Free WiFi is accessible all through the property.

 

 

 

4. Blanco beach resort– Blanco Beach Resort acquires you to an entirely different universe of what we call, heaven and ensures you’ll get the escape you merit, a period for you to grasp nature at its best and rediscover live through unwinding and reflection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Maldito Kokays Beach-Situated on the beachfront, Kokays Maldito Dive Resort offers present-day housing with diving and water sports offices on location. Highlighting a range and wellbeing focus, the property likewise has a garden and a terrace with free WiFi at the on-location eatery.

 

 

 

6. Cocobana Beach resort- Cocobana Beach Resort is mutually operated by Swiss and Philippine management. The Resort’s area is fascinating. The beautiful sandy beach offers much room to unwind and sunbathe. A simple incline welcomes for swimming and scuba making diving the tidal lagoon, for grown-ups and kids alike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Exotic beach– Exotic is the pioneer dive resort on Malapascua. We have all that you requirement for an unwinding, energizing, pleasant remain with top of the line facilities and service.

 

 

 

8. Ocean Vida Malapascua– Ocean Vida Beach and Dive Resort are arranged on Malapascua Islands lovely Bounty Beach offering 12 Sea view and eight nursery view rooms. The rooms incorporate cooling, small scale bar, safe, beach towels, and balcony.

 

 

 

 

 

9. Blue Corals Beach Resort– On the beaches of Malapascua Beach, Blue Corals Resort includes a private beach area where visitors can appreciate water sports exercises, for example, swimming and fishing.

 

 

 

 

 

10. Dano Beach Malapascua Island– Daño Beach Resort Malapascua covers an enormous zone of the beachfront ideal on Bounty Beach. The hotel is more for a vacationer on a budget with straightforward fundamental beach houses.

 

 

 

 

 

Have The Best Escapade with Danasan Adventure Park

Danasan Adventure Park

People naturally look for comfort; our cerebrums are organically wired that way. So consider the possibility that there’s a cool spot that offers all the extraordinary and energizing undertakings you need inside strolling separation from each other. Dream no more for there is such a helpful spot, Danasan Eco Adventure Park. The collapses Danasan will have you crawl like a snake in some tight parts and swim in others and are not for the timid.

Extreme Adventure

With regards to extraordinary exercises, the Danasan Eco Adventure Park has a great deal to look over. Beside the Skydrop, there’s the Twin Tower Adventure. You climb 60 or 120 feet up one pinnacle, cross to the next in a high link navigate, and rappel down the opposite side. This is one action that is certain to get your heartbeat dashing and your pulse pounding. The park, which has officially created 135 of its all out 167 hectares land region, has cascades and gives in. Getting to these park attractions requires riding on a changed tractor as it clears its path through an uneven and winding soil street on the mountainside.
Skybike-The Skybike experience is like the pervasive zipline except for that you are riding on a bike that is adjusted on a steel link! This should test your adjusting abilities.
Zipline-The line is 440 meters in length starting with one end then onto the next, zipping you to a cruising velocity of 50 kilometers for every hour. You can hear the air whooshing as you dash by.
Horseback riding-The horseback riding trail circumvents the whole park. It goes along delicate slopes, adjacent to lakes, and between thick foliage. For security, a guide holds the pony’s harness as he strolls close to you.
Wall Climbing -After recouping from your heart-ceasing drop, you may feel despite everything you need a portion of statures. Try not to stress because Danasan inclines such an adrenaline surge. One of the towers is furnished with something that we genuinely love—a counterfeit divider!
High Cable Traverse– You can return to the ground. In any case, on the off chance that despite everything you need some more noticeable all around sensation, you can do the high link navigate. As you go down (or as you go up) the climbing divider, you stop at a stage 60 feet over the air on the pinnacle. A guide enables us to set up your wellbeing to intend for the cross.
Rappelling-There is no other route down the pinnacle but to rappel.

In Danasan, you go down not up to get to the toward the end in a progression of three waterfalls. The first waterfall is a 10-minute stroll from where the tractor ride closes. Exploring the dry piece of the riverbed will carry you to the highest point of the second falls. You can get to the base through the means cut on the slope next to it or rappel down the streaming water.

The Sirao Garden In Cebu City

Sirao Garden

In Cebu, Philippines, an alleged “Mini Amsterdam” is pulling in visitors from everywhere throughout the nation and even foreigners. It is the famous “Sirao Flower Farm” situated in a mountain barangay only a couple of minutes from JY, Lahug, Cebu City. Before the viral hit 10,000 Roses Cafe in Cordova and Buwakan ni Alejandra in Balamban (both, coincidentally, were first presented by Sugbo.ph), there was the SMASH HIT Sirao Flower Garden (a.k.a. Sirao Flower Farm). It broke the online networking in 2015 and turned into the most mainstream fascination in Cebu Transcentral Highway (Busay-Sirao-Balamban) until it wound up wild. The greenhouse was “devastated” by human neglectfulness.  Everything began when a couple planted blossoming plants to be collected and sold on All Soul’s Day. They at that point saw that their garden is attracting in guests, so they chose not to cut them by any means. The attack of tourist urged them to plant more. The more plants and blossoms in the garden implied more guests as well. Since tulips and hyacinths are challenging to develop in a warm atmosphere, celosia blossoms are produced in Sirao Flower Farm. These blooms are as beautiful and appealing as the tulips. Celosia is the first bloom developed in Sirao Flower Farm. This bloom is viewed as a class of palatable and fancy plants of the Amaranth family, Amaranthaceae. Its name was gotten from the Ancient Greek word “kḗleos” which signifies “consuming,” and it alludes to its fire like blossom heads. Beside Celosias, other assortments of flowers are developed in the garden. FLowers like sunflower, chrysanthemum, daisy, and aster are among the flowers that are planted there. These flowers give an ideal edge to picture taking. Right now, the flower farm has turned out to be a standout amongst Cebu’s most visited tourist goals.

Cebu Sirao garden

Cebu Sirao Garden

Two Sirao Gardens

Starting mid-2018, there are currently two separate Sirao Gardens with two different extra charges—1.) the first Sirao Flower Garden and 2.) the Sirao Pictorial Garden and Camping Site, which has a pool, wellsprings, and outdoors grounds.

How to get there

  •    From any point in Cebu, ride a taxi or jeepney going to JY in Lahug, Cebu City.

    Cebu Sirao Garden

    Cebu Sirao Garden

  •    In JY, there are loads of bikes for the contract (habal-habal) that conducts standard excursions heading off to the flower farm. The charge is pretty much Php300.00 per individual.
  •    A taxi ride is additionally an alternative. However, it is much more costly than the motorcycle.
  •    At the point when booked in a private city visit (with a vehicle), a little exchange with the visit organization can be made with an extra charge to get to Sirao.

Tips for Sirao:

  1. The best time to go to the flower garden is the point at which the sun is up. So climate checking is an absolute necessity before heading there. An ideal location of pictures is best taken amid a bright day. Streets are additionally elusive when it’s drizzling, making it hazardous to go since it is rocky.
  2. Try to check the batteries of cameras or PDAs. Low batteries are a noteworthy debacle in a pictorial minute.

 

An Enchanting Simala Shrine Cebu

 

Simala Cebu

The Monastery of the Holy Eucharist, prevalently known as the Simala Shrine or Simala Church is situated in Marian Hills, Lindogon, Simala, Sibonga, Cebu. It was worked in 1998 by the Marian Monks from Pampanga. It used to be only a standard church until after the occurrences of marvelous occasions. One of which is the shedding of tears of the Mother Mary’s picture. It made ready for the place of worship’s ubiquity with lovers continually rushing the region. There are different reasons why individuals come to visit the Simala Shrine. For Catholic devotees, the primary motivation behind why they visit the spot is for them to offer their dedication, supplications, and petitions to the Virgin Mary with an expectation that each request and commitment will be replied. Another reason is for the mending of physical and profound sickness. For a few, mainly for non-Catholics, visiting the sanctum is for experience and interest purposes as it were. The stunning structure and engineering of the holy place will truly leave somebody in amazement.

Things that are not allowed or supposed to be done inside the Simala Shrine Sibonga.

  • Taking pictures with flash
  • Wearing revealing clothes (for women: smaller than expected skirts, short shorts, see-through pullovers and jeans, tube and crop tops)

*Note: There are shawls or shrouds for lease at Php20.00 each for the individuals who are not ready to bring a skirt.

  • Smoking and drinking mixed beverages
  • Yelling and making uproarious clamors
  • Wearing of footwear inside the petition room
  • Standby off Habal haval drivers.

Holy Mass Schedule at Birhen sa Simala:

Sunday – 12:00nn & 3:30pm

Monday to Friday – 12:00nn

Saturday – 10:30 am

13th of the month – 10:30am & 3:30pm

 

Tips

  • Contracting a taxi (around Php1000 to Php2000, roundtrip) going to Simala from Cebu is somewhat costly.
  • No eating inside the shrine however you can bring your own water and food where you can eat at the cottages close to the compound.
  • On the off chance that you might want to unwind and avoid the crowd/devotees on your visit, stay away from Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

 

How to get there

  • From the airport terminal, ride a taxi setting off toward the south bus terminal
  • Board bus transport going to sibonga. The bus ride will take pretty much 2 hours and 30 minutes. Another choice is to ride a van which more costly than the bus.  Leasing a taxi can be another choice. However, it will cost around 2,000-3,000 for a round trip day.
  • From the drop off in Lindogon, ride a tricycle or bike heading off to the place of worship or shrine.

Since the Simala Shrine was worked for religious purposes, it is ideal to pay regard when visiting the area.  Regardless of whether Catholic or non-catholic believers, it is still best to give and offer the most extreme concern for the conviction of others. For a few, the altar may simply be a spot for photography and experience, yet remember that for the adherents, the place is sacred.

 

 

 

 

 

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