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What brought me back to Siargao and Bucas Grande Island? That’s easy! These islands were among my favorites in the entire Philippines. For years since my first visit to Surigao provinces, I craved intensely to go back and swim in the crystal-clear emer …
Three weeks exploring the provinces of Eastern Mindanao in the Philippines. Destinations I visited on this trip include: Bucas Grande, Siargao, Surigao del Norte, Agusan, Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, and Davao del Sur. Itinerary Rundown Destinati …
It was my first time to fly out of Davao International Airport and I was looking forward to seeing the interiors / pre-departure area of the airport. Since I was on a morning flight and did not have a lot of time to spare, I took the taxi from downtown …
The dimming light during our late afternoon arrival in Samal Island set the mood for one unique attraction. We were set to visit the Monfort Bat Colony, known for being home to the largest colony of the Geoffrey’s Rousette Fruit Bats. I and Ferdie drop …
Isla Reta is the most accessible beach in Talicud Island. It’s located right beside the Santa Cruz Pier, the main seaport at the northern tip of island. After visiting Babu Santa Beach, the habal-habal driver dropped me off at the entrance of Isla Reta …
A pleasant afternoon greeted my arrival at the laid-back Santa Cruz Wharf in Talicud Island, Samal. My reception was exactly as I had hoped. At the wharf was a small village surrounded by all the elements of a tropical paradise: inviting waters, palm f …
An awesome thing about major cities in the Philippines is that excellent island getaways are just a short land/sea trip away. It was my last full day in Davao and I just couldn’t pass off the opportunity to visit Samal Island. The Pearl Farm Resort com …
My first time travel to the southern corners of the Philippines finally started with a flight from Iloilo to Davao. Blue skies stretched endlessly into the horizon, I couldn’t have asked for better weather during my arrival at Davao International Airpo …
Three day travel itinerary during my first visit to Davao City in Mindanao Island (Southern Philippines). Since it was my first time, my focus was geared towards getting a personal view of the downtown area of Davao City, Samal Island, “meeting” the mi …
Seeing the endangered Philippine “monkey-eating” Eagle was one of the top items in my 3-day itinerary in Davao. There’s no more convenient way to cross this item off my “Davao bucket list” than to visit the Philippine Eagle Center (PEC) located in the …

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