Siargao Island

Siargao is well known as "The Surfing Capital of the Philippines" with a reputation among surfers within the Philippines and the International scene.
Eddie Florano has also written a song called "Surfin' in Siargao" from the 2006 Ukulele World: Acoustic & Power Ukulele compilation album.

Siargao is a tear-drop shaped island in the Philippine Sea situated 800 kilometers southeast of Manila in the province of Surigao del Norte. It has a land area of approximately 437 square kilometers. The east coast is relatively straight with one deep inlet, Port Pilar. The coastline is marked by a succession of reefs, small points and white, sandy beaches. The neighboring islands and islets have similar landforms.

Offshore, a classic tropical island lies protected within its surrounding coral reef with dozens of coconut palms dressed in the center circle of the island. Off to the right, well within the massive coastal reef, lies a shining white sand bar, (Pansukian, or Naked island) some 200 meters long. The tide of Siargao is diurnal with tidal curves typically present, especially on the east coast of the island.
The Island's Pacific-facing reefs are situated on the edge of the Philippine Trench, and the extremely deep offshore waters assure the ocean swells have undiluted power when they encounter the many coral and rock reefs. Siargao has excellent surfing conditions, particularly during the southwest "habagat" monsoon from August to November, when theprevailing wind is offshore.
In the past, going to Siargao is by domestic flights from Manila to Surigao, and then by boat to Siargao Island. The island is now also served by Cebu Pacific flying direct to Siargao Island via Cebu.


First recorded sighting by Europeans of Siargao Island was by Spanish navigator Bernardo de la Torreon board of the carrack San Juan de Letrán in 1543, when attempting to return from Sarangani to New Spain. It was charted as Isla de las Palmas (Palm Island in Spanish).

Cloud 9

One of the best known surfing waves on Siargao and the Philippines, with a worldwide reputation for thick, hollow tubes is "Cloud 9". This right-breaking reef wave is the site of the annual Siargao Cup, a domestic and international surfing competition sponsored by the provincial government of Surigao del Norte.
The wave was discovered by travelling surfers in the late 1980s. It was named after a chocolate bar of same name, and was featured by American photographer John S. Callahan in the United States- based Surfer magazine in March 1993. Cloud 9 also has a reputation for being a relatively cheap destination for surfers with many cheap accommodations and restaurants and bars to choose from.
There are several other quality waves on Siargao and nearby islands, but Cloud 9 has received more publicity than any other surf spot in the Philippines. It is the only wave easily accessible without a boat, leading to overcrowding and the nickname of "Crowd 9" among surfers. Eager foreign and locally owned accommodation and tourist facilities have profited from the magazine publicity and the influx of visitors drawn by the annual Siargao Cup competition in September.
During surf season Siargao is a surfer’s paradise with waves averaging 7ft. Home of “Cloud 9” surf beach, which is ranked top 8 best surf spots in the world by CNN Go, it is one of Asia’s best kept secrets.
SIARGAO has big, good quality waves eight months consistently from October to May. 


Cloud 9
Cloud 9, the most famous surf beach in the Philippines (Rated 8th best surf spot in the world) is a perfect barreling right hand reef break but with razor sharp coral at the bed of the ocean, therefor Cloud 9 is recommended for advanced surfers only.
A sweet left hand reef break which produces barrels during the season. Best during east and north east swells.
Named cemetery as it is place right in front of General Luna cemetery. Cemetery breaks left and right.
Guyam Island
A 5 minute boat ride from General Luna (Siargao Town Center) is Guyam Island. On the back of the island are several breaks to choose from, perfect location if you’re tired of competing for waves at the nearer beaches.
Jacking Horse
True to it’s name it is a powerful wave that jacks on it’s peak and smashes onto a shallow reef then reforms on the inner reef. It is best to ride from medium to high tide.
La Janoza, Mamon, Antokon, Anajauan Island
Just a short boat ride away can take you to any of these islands. There are 4-5 perfect breaks to be found all around these islands including a sick 150m beach break on Mamon Island.
North of General Luna is Pacifico, another world class barreling reef break that Siargao has to offer. Pacifico is a long, hollow and consistent left hander.
Pansukian Reef
An upside down water drop shaped barrel that works well on an east to south east swell.
Pilar (1.5 hrs by boat from General Luna area), generally not nearly as crowded as General Luna surf spots, is a great place to surf during North East swells. Pilar has two awesome left hand reef breaks.
Rock Island
A huge and clean right hander, which barrels and can hold double over headers. It breaks about 200 yards off Rock Island. Accessible by boat and best at low tide.
Recommended for experts only, on a big swell Stimpy’s is a ferocious perfect tubing wave, which breaks hard into very shallow water. Accessible by boat only.
Tuason’s Point
Located right next to Cloud 9, Tuason’s point is another outstanding surf spot. This is a seriously heavy, powerful and hard breaking..








Amanpulo on Pamalican is part of the Quiniluban Group of Cuyo Islands, situated in the north of the Philippine province of Palawan. Located 288 kilometres south of Manila, Pamalican is five kilometres long and only 500 metres across at its widest point.
Amanpulo’s facilities enjoy a spacious layout complementing their natural surroundings. The resort’s casitas are situated on the beach, amongst the treetops or on the hillside overlooking the Sulu Sea. Each has its own private buggy allowing independent travel on the island.

romance at amanpulo

romance at amanpulo

Set on its own private island of Pamalican, Amanpulo, or “peaceful island”, is surrounded by white sand beaches, crystal-clear aquamarine waters teeming with marine life. Amanpulo provides an ideal setting for romance.



Palawan is located in MIMAROPA Region or Region 4.  Puerto Princesa is the capital city of Palawan. It was famous because of the Underground River it was included in the 7 Wonders of the WORLD. Palawan is 450cm long and 50cm wide that is composed of small islands that is best to explore.

There are 20 different islands that can be explored with amazing views, white sands and clear blue water…


The Maquinit Hotspring

Maquinit Natural Salt Water Hot Spring is the only known saltwater hot spring in the Philippines, if not in the world. It is located at the east side of the town and lies between a mountain and the mangrove-lined blue sea. A dip into the huge smoky Maquinit pool with its 40 degree Celsius water temperature is considered therapeutic and could help improve skin conditions. Tension is eased from nerves and muscles while the mildly hot saltwater cleanses the skin. Skin pores are opened to rid them of trapped dirt. A longer soak helps remove muscle pains and discomfort in the joints. 

Kayangan Lake is one of the cleanest lakes in the world. It is actually chosen as the cleanest lake in the Philippines for quite a few years now. Sometimes called the Blue Lagoon (which is literally true on its case), this freshwater lagoon is amidst sheer limestone cliffs. Kayangan lake will challenge your climbing abilities before you see most of its beauty. It would literally take your breath away when you climb the over 300 steps up the rocky cliff. 

Scuba Diving/Snorkeling in Lake Barracuda is one of the best experiences you don’t want to miss while on vacation in Coron, Palawan. Lake Barracuda is part of the Calamian Group of islands in northern Palawan which has been listed in Forbes Traveler Magazine’s top ten best scuba dive sites in the world due to the aquatic views from the sunken Japanese warships in the area. The lake got its name due to the discovery of a large barracuda skeleton deep within its crystal blue-green waters. The good thing about this beautiful diving spot is it is not expensive despite the fact that it is considered as one of the world’s best diving sites. You can include it on your itinerary package and enjoy the place without any extra charges. 

This place is breathtaking and challenging at the same time for non-experienced divers/snorkelers. The sunken ship deep in the waters of the lake will bring instant extraordinary chills on your spine as you recall on your mind what happened here during the World War II. The corals covering these wrecks are an astonishing sight to enjoy. There is so much marine life living on these sunken derelicts and at the same time providing colorful natural scenery to divers. There are lots of photo opportunities for those with underwater camera. Don’t forget to bring your strong strobe lights to capture the colorful scenery.

Banana Island is the farthest island during our Coron tour but although it took us a while to get there, it is worth the travel time because Banana Island is one of the best in Coron. If you are looking for real paradise, make sure to include Banana Island on your itinerary. The island boasts fine ivory white sand beaches, crystal blue and clear waters, fresh air and never-ending serenity so you will have all the chance in the world to commune with nature per se. 

Calauit Island Wildlife Safari is the Philippines’ version of the safari wildlife in Africa or Australia. The Calauit Island sanctuary is a 3700 hectare habitat for endemic animals and some endangered African wildlife. The sanctuary was built in 1977 as the Philippines responded to an appeal by the IUCN or the International Union of Conservation of Nature to save endangered animals in Africa. The sanctuary started with eight species of African animals from Kenya, which includes giraffes, zebras, impalas, waterbucks, bushbacks, gazelles, elands and topis. These foreign animals began living in harmony with endemic Philippine animals like the Calamian mouse, Calamian deer, bearcat, Palawan peacock pheasant, sea turtles and the Philippine crocodile. Their numbers have increased from a hundred to well over six-hundred as they thrive in their new Pacific home. Calauit Island is also a haven to more than seventy species of birds, of which ten of them are rare, that rest and flock two hours before sunset, after their wholeday flight. 

In 1977, eight species of African animals from Kenya were brought to Calauit via the ship MV Salvador. This veritable Noah’s Ark held giraffes, zebras, impalas, waterbucks, gazelles, eland, topi and bushbacks. From the original stock of giraffes, zebras, bushbucks, elands, topis, waterbucks, impalas and gazelles roaming free without natural predators, the animal population has quadrupled over a 10-year period to almost 500 heads.


Banol Beach’s untamed beauty is simply amazing. It is a just a tiny island gifted with a short but one of the most perfect stretches of white sand beach, blue pristine waters and impressive rock formations in the Coron group of islands. The island is so small you can actually dream of buying it and building your own private hideaway on it. That was what I thought when I was there but the island is owned by the Palawan government and I would need to be a billionaire to purchase it because the wonder that it has is really priceless. 

Coron is a place like no other. This town, blessed with long stretches of sun kissed talcum soft white beaches and turqoise waters, serves as a sanctuary to a wide array of unique flora and fauna. I actually wonder if the place was especially designed for the relaxation and happiness of people like me who needs a revitalizing vacation after months of hard work in the unhygienic city. 

In a generation where technology and pollution are almost synonymous to each other, most people would like to break away for awhile and enjoy playing in the warm waters of the sea or just forget the real world and anything that bothers them. The peaceful and charming town of Coron in the Philippine province of Palawan is a perfect hideaway. 

Getting there

Coron is just 45 minutes away from Manila. You can take a flight from Manila to Busuanga Airport via Zest Air, Cebu Pacific and PAL Express or 12 hours cruise from Manila to Coron via WGA Superferry.  All of the three airlines and WGA Superferry have an online booking system to make it easy for tourists to book a flight or trip anywhere on their most preferred dates. The best way to go to Coron if you’ll ask me is via airplane of course.

If you are looking for an elegant accommodation and more features and amenities, you may want to check out El Rio Y Mar Island Resort, Club Paradise Resort, Discovery Divers or Mangenguey Island Hotel

If you want a really extraordinary hotel experience, try Kubo sa Dagat – special houses on stilts: a very private and exclusive home where you will experience the unspoiled nature of Palawan: located in Malbato Bay, a few minutes away from Coron town. Kubo Sa Dagat lies on top of the sea right in the middle of the bay, accessible only by boat. The view of the sea, islands and mountains can be seen from anywhere in the resort.

Ka Lui Restaurant

PALAWAN: The country’s Best Island

By Henrylito D. Tacio, Additional photos by Paul F. Llanos
Published: July 9, 2013

Bacuit Bay, El Nido 
The first time I visited Palawan was in 1996 yet. The trip was part of the prize I won for a media contest on climate change sponsored by then Senator Heherson T. Alvarez. My sister Elena, who is now living in the United States, accompanied me at that time. 

Last year, I went back to the country’s last frontier, as the island has been dubbed, along with fellow scribes who are members of the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists.

“Exotic islands, unspoiled beaches, world class dive sites, lush virgin forests, endemic flora and fauna, waterfalls, hot springs, rivers, and many more abound in this place,” said Edward S. Hagedorn, who was still the mayor when we visited Puerto Princesa, the island’s capital.

Hagedorn was talking about his city Puerto Princesa but unknowingly, he may have been describing the whole province, too, which covers almost 2,000 kilometers of irregular coastline and dotted with roughly 1,780 islands and islets, rocky coves, and sugar-white sandy beaches. The disputed Spratly Islands are considered part of Palawan by the Philippines and is locally called the Kalayaan Group of Islands.

In recent years, Palawan has become the prime destination of tourists. In fact, the province has been named the best island for travelers in the “2013 World’s Best” released by “Travel+Leisure” magazine.

“The island province in Southern Luzon was included in the list only this year, pushing Boracay, which previously topped the rankings, to second place,” reported Kim Arveen Patria. “Palawan had a score of 95.04 points and Boracay got 93.58 points based on a survey of the magazine’s readers from December 2012 to April 2013.”

It must be recalled that last year, Palawan grabbed global attention after the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) was named one of the new seven wonders of nature. Located about 50 kilometers north of the city proper of Puerto Princesa, PPUR is distinguished by its water flowing directly into the South China Sea.

Boatmen usually ferry only a kilometer and a half of the 8.2-kilometer long river. The boat ride takes about 45 minutes to an hour on a small narrow “bancas” (outrigger) with a battery-operated lamp.

Once you get inside the cave, it’s totally a new kind of world. You get an opportunity to watch various formations of stalagmites and stalactites. Among those that are prominent are mythical creatures like Pegasus the winged horse; giant vegetables such as mushrooms, corn, and carrots; and religious icons that include the Holy Family and the Three Kings who travelled to Bethlehem.

Aside from the exciting boat trip down the underground river, the PPUR is part of the national park that is home to several wildlife species.  Monkeys, large monitor lizards and squirrels may be found on the beach near the cave.

Sitio Sabang of barangay Cabayugan is the entry point to the PPUR. It takes a day trip to explore PPUR so it’s best to stay in some of the hotels in Sabang. We were lucky to have stayed at the Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort, which has led other local resorts in the mission of bringing environment consciousness to the forefront.

Since there were not too many visitors when we got there, we had the Sabang Beach to ourselves. The water is very clear. For children, the water is pretty safe as it’s a long distance away before the water gets deeper.

If island hopping is what you want, then Honda Bay should be part of your itinerary. Located at the eastern side of Puerto Princesa, it is 12 kilometers away from the city proper to Sta. Lourdes wharf where a hired pump boat takes visitors to the island or islands of their choice.

During my first visit, our group visited Lu-Li Island (an island visible only during low tide; its name was derived from the first two letters of two words “lulubog” and “lilitaw,” which means “sinking” and “floating,” respectively).

There are eight other island waiting for exploration at Honda Bay: Cowrie Island, Bat Island (a bat habitat), Meara Marina (a quiet, cozy and private island to relax and enjoy nature’s wonder), Starfish Island (with white fine sand and clear water that teems with starfish), Snake Island (a long stretch of fine white sand and shaped like a snake), Pandan Island (white sand beach with coral reef nearby), Señorita Island (breeding site of Lapu-lapu fish), and Arraceffe Island (an island with Class A Resort and fine white sand).

Palawan is not Palawan without mentioning El Nido, the Cable News Network (CNN) described as the Best Beach and Island destination in the country for its “extraordinary natural splendor and ecosystem.”

CNN’s Candice Lopez-Quimpo described the coastal town of El Nido as “the gateway to wild adventure.”  

“Sure, it’s got powder-fine beaches and gin-clear waters. But the views are what really sell the place,” the CNN correspondent wrote. “Off the coast of El Nido are majestic karst limestone formations, empty lagoons, marble cliffs, prehistoric caves and waterfalls. All are easily explored.”

On what to do while there, Lopez-Quimpo wrote: “El Nido is a popular base for divers. Surrounding waters contain more than 50 species of coral, and attract whales, whale sharks, sea cows, manta rays, dolphins and endangered turtles.”

There are some reports that Alex Garland is believed to have been inspired by El Nido’s secret beaches when he wrote his popular novel “The Beach.” (Too bad, the film adaptation was shot in Thailand.) 

Dow Griffith, the location manager of monster hit “The Bourne Legacy,” himself admitted, after wrapping the film there, that El Nido can be considered “a paradise.”

“I can live in Palawan forever!”  That was what Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz reportedly said while shooting “The Bourne Legacy” in El Nido.

Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines, and Zest Air all have daily flights from Manila to Puerto Princesa. The Puerto Princesa Airport is only one and half kilometers from the city proper and is accessible by jeepney, bus and tricycle. Flight time: slightly more than an hour. 

Several airlines also fly from Manila to El Nido, either through a commercial airline or via chartered plane. Flying time from Manila is approximately 75 minutes. Depending on where you’re going, from the El Nido airport tricycles can take you to El Nido town.


There are four options that you can take when you go island hopping in El Nido. 

The tour price ranges from P700-P900($16-$20)/person inclusive of lunch, tour guide and boat rental. Typically, it takes 7-8 hours to visit all the islands in each tour and I think this is enough time to enjoy the sun, sea and sand. 

Tour A: Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Simizu Island, Seven Commando 
Tour B: Pangalusian Island, Snake Island, Cadugnon Cave, Pinagbuyutan Island, Cathedral Cover 
Tour C: Hidden Beach, Matinloc Shrine, Secret Beach, Star Beach, Tapiutan Strait 
Tour D: Cadlao Lagoon, Helicopter Island, Paradise Beach, Natnat Beach, Bucal Island 


Honda Bay is one of the premier destinations in Palawan. It is composed of several islets owned by the government, and others owned by private investors. Pandan, Snake and Starfish Islands are the usual beaches to visit. These wonderfully unspoiled beaches are not crowded, the water unbelievably clear, and the marine life very diverse. Pandan Island resort is privately owned but is perhaps the most relaxing spot. You'll find the rental cottages are sturdy, clean, and big. Here, only a few feet from the shore, the water becomes rather deep very quickly. It is best to rent snorkeling equipment to see the vast variety of untouched marine life and coral reefs all about Palawan. Bring bread to attract the fish, and watch in amazement as numerous schools appear out of nowhere to enjoy a bite.


Wait for your boat ride to the island

Ready for Photo Op later!

Look!  A sea reptile above you!


It used to be an important archeological sites for evidences because it was believed that it used to be a Neolithic burial sites before.  In order to get through the small opening of the cave, you have to lie down because it is slippery and rough.

A site of Fruit Bats-- whether you will be amazed or will make your hair in your arms and legs rise.


El Nido is one of the town in Palawan that is Marine Reserved Park in the country of Philippines. It is a 267 kilometers from Puerto Princesa a  5 hours van ride, 3 hours cement road and 2 hours rough road. It was famous because of the limestones cliff, island, beaches. Best place to do island tours, swimming , diving and kayaking more water sports and views to be seen.

There are various ways on getting here in El Nido. The most comfortable, fastest but a little expensive way is to fly here from Manila via Seair. 

Another option is to fly to Puerto Princesa and take a 5-6 hour van ride or 7-8 hour bus ride. The bus ride takes longer since it picks up passengers along the way. 

Alternatively, you can also fly to Coron and then take a ferry to El Nido. It will cost you around PHP2,200 (rates may change). 

There’s a ferry service that brings passengers to El Nido from Manila and vice versa via Josille I & II. The cost is around PHP1,000 (rates may change) and the travel time is around 28 hours. Local Transportation is a tricycle that can take you from one baranggay to another you wouldn’t need it though in exploring the town proper of El Nido since it’s really small.

There is not ATM in sight so you better carry enough cash that will last you throughout your entire stay. There’s Western Union though so in case you run out of money, you can ask your friends or family to send you money. 

El Nido’s tourism industry is booming and a lot of people flock here especially during summer. There’s only one health center in the town and one Physician/Surgeon (Dr. Nestor Reyes) in Bgy. Corong Corong. 

There’s a Philippine National Police (PNP) office in the town in case you have any security issues. 

Most foreign tourists process their visa extension in Puerto Princesa. 

Seven Commandos3

Nightlife is a bit reserve compare to Boracay because shops closes at 12 Midnight except for a few shops including Asylum, the only disco house in town. There are a variety of bars and videoke joints in case you want to party ‘til midnight. El Nido is another destination that can be accessed cheaply as well. This is one place that everyone should include in their itinerary when you go to the Philippines. 




El Nido - Big Lagoon7


The boat docks near a small opening where you would have to swim to get inside. It’s a nice, calm body of emerald, clear water.


The Big Lagoon which is being taken cared of by the Miniloc Island management. There’s a small floating platform inside where a private romantic dinner for two is usually being held. According to the boatmen, there used to be a dugong (whale) in that area but due to lack of funds, the management decided to transfer the dugong to another location. 

Another place to snorkel

Shimitzu Island- El Nido








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Puerto Princesa City Palawan
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Located in the heart of Puerto Princesa City, Sunlight Guest Hotel features exceptional facilities and service that is unparalleled amongst other Puerto Princesa luxury hotels. Boutique in size, yet grand in style, Sunlight Guest Hotel offers the perfect welcome.
Featuring spacious rooms and suites, our luxury Puerto Princesa hotel's accommodations are at the center of the city's business distruct and just minutes from the shopping delights of the old market and Rizal and Malvar streets. Sunlight Guest Hotel is the perfect home in Puerto Princesa for tourist wanting to visit the natural wonders of Palawan. And for business travelers, we offer stylish, state-of-the-art event and meeting space, exceptional catering and a full-service business center. Discover a leader among luxury Puerto Princesa hotels at Sunlight Guest Hotel.
Our hotel's accommodations are set amidst a backdrop of the Puerto Princesa Baywalk. Occupying  the entire 4th level of the Unitop Building,  Sunlight Guest Hotel offers a range of luxurious rooms and suites with the elegance and comfort of a world class 4 star hotel. Boasting 26 Deluxe, 46 Superior Rooms and 2 richly appointed Penthouse Suites with several private terraces offering breath taking views of Puerto Princesa's Baywalk. The wrap around terraces provides a unique alternative for intimate receptions or private dining.

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El Nido Resorts is a group of eco-resorts located in the El Nido-Taytay municipalities in northern Palawan, Philippines. The resorts offer genuine, local hospitality and unique and enriching experiences amidst the beautiful natural landscape.
El Nido Resorts is currently comprised of Miniloc Island Resort and Lagen Island Resort in El Nido, Apulit Island Resort in Taytay, and the newly opened eco-luxury property, Pangulasian Island Resort in El Nido.
Numerous exciting, low-impact activities are offered to guests. These include snorkelling, scuba-diving, kayaking, hiking, and island-hopping to visit fascinating caves, emerald lagoons, and pristine white sand beaches. Lunch barbecues and romantic dinners may be arranged on private islands, and relaxing spa and massage services are available upon request. Guests can also simply relax on the beach or enjoy cocktails at the bar while enjoying fabulous views of the sunset.
El Nido Resorts has received numerous international awards as testament to its green practices and commitment to sustainable tourism, including the prestigious ASEAN Green Hotel Standard in 2010 and the Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Award in 2009. More recently, El Nido Resorts was a winner in the Sustainable Hotel Award – Sustainable Destination Category, the PATA Gold Award – Environmental Education Programme in 2011, and the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards – Community Benefit Award this year.

Marina Garden Beach Resort, El Nido
It has the longest and widest beachfront along El Nido and is located in the middle of the bay. El Nido is the best place for diving and is the most popular place in Palawan because of its natural attractions and magnificent beaches.

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Miniloc Island Resort in El Nido, Northern Palawan, is the perfect holiday destination for the young and young at heart in search of a fun and vibrant holiday. The resort is tucked in a beautiful cove with a backdrop of sheer limestone cliffs. Reminiscent of a coastal village, Miniloc Island Resort’s quaint charm is enhanced by its crystal clear waters teeming with vibrant marine life. At its very doorstep, the long dock where guests are welcomed, guests can snorkel alongside 1.5meter jacks and hundreds of sergeant majors, damsel fish, fusiliers, and other multi-colored tropical fish.
Miniloc Island Resort offers 50 accommodations with a rustic and native design. It offers al fresco dining at the Clubhouse restaurant and has a beach bar. Recreational facilities include a massage cabana and a marine sports center. There is a boutique, game area, a Kids Activity Center, and a conference room that can accommodate up to 40 persons theatre-style. Complimentary wi-fi connection is available at the Clubhouse. Miniloc Island Resort is a gateway to popular activity sites. With its convenient location, it is a welcoming and charming hideaway, allowing for numerous recreational activities and friendly interaction between guests and staff.
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Address: Ten Knots Development Corporation
18/F BA Lepanto Building 
8747 Paseo de Roxas Street, Salcedo Village
1226 Makati City, Philippines
Trunk Line: +63 2 902 5900

El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island Palawan

Beach side room facade
El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island

Seaview & Deluxe Seaview Room Exterior

Sea View & De Luxe Sea View Exterior
El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island

Water Cottage Interior

Deluxe Seaview Interior

De Luxe Sea view interior
Located by the ocean and set on its own private white sand beach, this resort is in El Nido, within minutes of Miniloc Island Dock and Miniloc Island Beach. Area attractions also include El Nido Dock and Parish of St Francis of Assisi.
Garden Cottage & Cliff Cottage Exterior

Garden Cottage & Cliff Cottage Exterior

Lagen Island Resort has a total of 50 rooms that incorporate timber recycled from old Filipino homes for floors and furnishings to evoke charm and quiet luxury. Designed for maximum tranquility and calm, all rooms feature full-height sliding glass doors that open to a private veranda. 


SCUBA Diving and Marine Sports
Discover Nature
Guided Eco Tours
Beach Clubs
Kids Activity Center


Island Transvoyager Inc. (ITI) offers daily flights from Manila to El Nido, Palawan. Travel time is approximately 55-minutes using a 50-seater ATR aircraft.   From there a 45-minute boat ride follows to take guests to Lagen Island Resort.
Flight reservations on ITI may be made through El Nido Resorts.  Regular flights depart Manila at 7:30AM and 3:00PM daily. Return flights depart El Nido, Palawan at 9:30AM and 5:00PM.
El Nido is also accessible by land from Puerto Princesa City and from Taytay Town, Palawan.  It takes approximately 6-hours to travel by land from Puerto Princesa City to El Nido, while it takes 1 ½ hours by land to travel from Taytay town to El Nido.
Sales Office
General Inquiry:  +63 (2) 813 0000 (Mondays thru Fridays, 8:30AM to 5:30PM Manila Time)
Travel Agents Hotline:+63 (2) 902 5951 (Mondays thru Fridays, 8:30AM to 5:30PM Manila                                                 Time)
Hotline:     +63 (917) 584 1576 (Weekends & Holidays, 8:30AM to 5:30PM                                                             Manila Time)
Fax:      +63 (2) 750 3957

Email Accounts
General Email:holiday[at]
Japan: sales-japan[at]
Korea: sales-korea[at]
China: sales-china[at]
Apulit Island Resort
Telefax: + 63 2 902 5994
Miniloc Island El Nido
Phone No: +63 2 902 5985
Lagen Island El Nido
Phone No: +63 2 902 5980
Corporate Office
Address: Ten Knots Development Corporation
18/F BA Lepanto Building 
8747 Paseo de Roxas Street, Salcedo Village
1226 Makati City, Philippines
Trunk Line: +63 2 902 5900

Lagen Island Resort's Clubhouse


The 12 x 25 meter swimming pool was designed with an even depth of 4 feet so as not to touch the roots of trees that lie underneath.

Water Cottages

These Cottages are individually built on stilts which are connected by a boardwalk. It has a magnificent  view of Bauit Bay.

Lagen Island Resort’s Water Cottage offers a magnificent view of Bacuit Bay.

Beachfront Cottages

These Cottages are located at the waterfront offering one with the best view of the cove and of the El Nido sunset. Each cottage has a total area of 53 sqm. All blocks are built with duplex rooms. All blocks are built with duplex rooms.

Beachfront Cottage- Interior

Forest Rooms

These Cottages are located where Lagen’s forest starts. These are clusters of rooms built adjacent to each other. The 2 complexes offer upper and lower accommodations. All Forest Rooms are built with ramps ideal for guests on wheelchairs. Both rooms have wider shower areas for guest’s easier movement. 

Forest Room

Forest Suites

These Cottages are the most luxurious rooms at El Nido Resorts. Apart from the standard Lagen room amenities, the suites are equipped with TVs and DVD Players for movie viewing, in room safe, a lounge, and a bathtub. All suites have a total area of 70 sqm and each has a Queen bed.

Forest Suite Interior

Forest Suite Interior 


Pangulasian Island has 42 deluxe accommodations built in contemporary Filipino architecture. There are eight Canopy Villas perched on stilts above the forest, and 24 Beach Villas and six Pool Villas close to the water.
Each villa has a floor area of 65 sqm plus a 15 sqm private balcony, and can accommodate up to three persons. Villa features and amenities include Wi-Fi access, satellite TV, iPod dock, mini-bar, and coffee and tea- making facilities.
Sales Office
General Inquiry:  +63 (2) 813 0000 (Mondays thru Fridays, 8:30AM to 5:30PM Manila Time)
Travel Agents Hotline:+63 (2) 902 5951 (Mondays thru Fridays, 8:30AM to 5:30PM Manila                                                 Time)
Hotline:     +63 (917) 584 1576 (Weekends & Holidays, 8:30AM to 5:30PM                                                             Manila Time)
Fax:      +63 (2) 750 3957

Email Accounts
General Email:holiday[at]
Japan: sales-japan[at]
Korea: sales-korea[at]
China: sales-china[at]
Apulit Island Resort
Telefax: + 63 2 902 5994
Miniloc Island El Nido
Phone No: +63 2 902 5985
Lagen Island El Nido
Phone No: +63 2 902 5980
Corporate Office
Address: Ten Knots Development Corporation
18/F BA Lepanto Building 
8747 Paseo de Roxas Street, Salcedo Village
1226 Makati City, Philippines
Trunk Line: +63 2 902 5900

Canopy Villas
Canopy Villas are perched 15-18 meters from the ground. The villas are accessible by buggy or by stairs leading to a wooden boardwalk that winds through the forest. You’ll get a healthy workout climbing the stairs, but be rewarded with the most expansive and most magnificent view of the turquoise seas and the enchanting islands of El Nido. The Canopy Villa is the only accommodation type that offers a bath tub.

View from the Canopy Villa

View Front

Canopy Villa

Canopy Villa 

Beach Villas

The Beach Villas provide immediate access to Pangulasian’s pristine beach. These are also conveniently located near the resort center where the infinity pool, beach bar and poolside grill are located.

Beach Villa

Beach Villa Interior

Pool Villas
Each Pool Villa has a 22 sqm private pool connected to the balcony. Enjoy fabulous views of Bacuit Bay from a more secluded, quiet location. Bask in the serenity of the island as you hear the gentle lapping of waves while relaxing in your private pool.
Pool Villa

Kalaw Villas

For ultimate privacy, book the Kalaw Villas located in a secluded cove at the West end of Pangulasian Island. This cluster of four private villas, share an 85 sqm lap pool and a 55 sqm Kalaw sala which can be used for private dinners and intimate gatherings.


Stunning Vistas Beach Resort is located in Corong-Corong, some three kilometers from the center of El Nido, directly facing the primary islands across Bacuit Bay, Stunning Vistas Beach Resort is close to all that the town of El Nido offers, but more private, quiet and natural . Dazzling, changing scenes created by altered light and weather characterize views from the Resort.
We offer all inn package for as low as php 11,200.00 per person (minimum of 2 pax in a room)…



Vistas Beach Resort

El Nido is about 430 kilometers southwest of Manila, about 238 kilometers northwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan's Capital. There are various alternative to arrive at Dolarog Beach Resort, but the fastest and easiest is to take the airplane from Manila to El Nido airport (Lio).

The possible solutions are:

  • By air with ITI direct to El Nido - Daily flights from Manila to El Nido (and vice versa) are managed by ITI (Island Transvoyager), one way fare is 6,750 Php, 10kg. allowed luggage, extra luggage is paid as 100P/kg. (fly time about 1 hour 15 minutes).

  • By air with ITI from Manila to Taytay - Two daily flight from Manila to Taytay (and vice versa) are managed by ITI (Island Transvoyager), one way fare is 6,750 Php, 10kg. allowed luggage, extra luggage is paid as 100P/kg. (fly time about 1 hour 15 minutes).
    In case you fly to/from Taytay, we can organize the pick up/transfer with a private van and the cost is of 4,500 Php (the trip require about 2 hours).

  • By land from Puerto Princesa - Daily flights from Manila to Puerto Princesa (PAL - PAL Express - Cebu Pacific - Air Philippines - Zest Air) and then you can choose:

    1. From Puerto Princesa to El Nido by renting a van.
      We can organize the pick up in Puerto Princesa with a van, cost is of 6,500 Php.
      The trip require about 5 hours.

    2. From Puerto Princesa to El Nido by regular shuttle vans.
      Vans, departing at San Jose Terminal at 5:00, 7:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 13:30, 14:30 and 18:00. Fare is 600 Php per person.
      Booking is required: Fortwally Shuttle 0920-9815702 / 0917-2762875. - Savior Shuttle Company Tel. 0929-6225974 - Eulen Joy 0926-6998700.
      If you like, you can purchase the tickets through El Nido Boutique and Artcafè and they will send you the tickets by email (

    3. From Puerto Princesa to Taytay town by Jeepney/Bus or by a hired car/van (6/8 hours), then boat (from Embarcadero about 3/4 hours) to El Nido.
      Please note that the boat must be rented, since there isn't a regular boat service.
      From Taytay town we can organize your transfer with the van.
      The rental of the van is 3,500 Php and the trip require about 2 hours.

    4. From Puerto Princesa to Sabang (Underground River) or Port Barton by Jeepney or by a hired car/van (3/4 hours), then boat (6/8 hours) to El Nido.
      There is a service boat (seasonal service only Dec-May) or you can rent a charter boat.
      In El Nido you can contact Judith Distal at
      In Sabang you can contact those numbers: 0912-8852328 or 0912-5422194.
      We can organize the pick up with private van in Sabang at the cost of 8,000 Php and in Port Barton at the cost of 7,000 Php.

    5. From Puerto Princesa to El Nido with the new RORO Bus Service. Fare is 485 Php per person. Departure times are 4am, 6am, 8am, 10am, 12nn, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm and 10pm (travel time about 6 hours). Please note that not all the busses are air-conditioned. 
      For more information/reservation on the RORO Buses in Palawan you may contact them at the following numbers: 
      - 0908-920-2568 
      - 0917-597-1182 
      - 0915-307-7133 (Globe) 
      - 0922-889-7013 (Sun)

    6. From Puerto Princesa to El Nido by bus. Fare is about 350 Php per person and require about 8 to 9 hours trip.
      Bus departure is from the Bus Terminal in Puerto Princesa.
      All buses depart between 5:00am and 9:00am
      - Eulen Joy Liner. (0926-6998700 / 0919-7162210) (reservation required)
      - Sweety Transport Bus (0919-7119221) (reservation required)

      If you want to take the bus, is better to book seats in advance also to know the exact schedule.

      Please note that the buses are not air-conditioned.








Coron is a place like no other. This town, blessed with long stretches of sun kissed talcum soft white beaches and turqoise waters, serves as a sanctuary to a wide array of unique flora and fauna. I actually wonder if the place was especially designed for the relaxation and happiness of people like me who needs a revitalizing vacation after months of hard work in the unhygienic city. 

In a generation where technology and pollution are almost synonymous to each other, most people would like to break away for awhile and enjoy playing in the warm waters of the sea or just forget the real world and anything that bothers them. The peaceful and charming town of Coron in the Philippine province of Palawan is a perfect hideaway. 

Getting there

Coron is just 45 minutes away from Manila. You can take a flight from Manila to Busuanga Airport via Zest AirCebu Pacific and PAL Express or 12 hours cruise from Manila to Coron via WGA Superferry.  All of the three airlines and WGA Superferry have an online booking system to make it easy for tourists to book a flight or trip anywhere on their most preferred dates. The best way to go to Coron if you’ll ask me is via airplane of course. 


Asia Grand View Hotel
Jolo, Barangay 5, Coron, Palawan, Philippines
Tel. : (+63 2) 400 6261

Unit 504, Richmonde Plaza, 21 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Philippines
Tels : (+632) 695 3078 / 474 8980 / 489 3109
Fax: (+632) 695 3078
Mobile: (+63) 920 9143585


Coron Westown Resort Coron - Hotel Entrance - Driveway

Coron Westown Resort Coron - Reception

Coron Westown Resort Coron - Swimming pool

Coron Westown Resort Coron - Lobby

Coron Westown Resort Coron - Hotel Interior

Coron Westown Resort Coron - Outdoor Restaurant Cafe

Coron Westown Resort Coron - Guest Room

Coron Westown Resort Coron - Guest Room

Coron Westown Resort Coron - Bathroom

Coron Westown Resort Coron - View



Taytay is located 220 kilometers northeast of Puerto Princesa. It is bounded in the north by El Nido, in the south by San Vicente and Dumaran, in the east by Taytay Bay and the Sulu Sea, and in the west by the South China Sea.
Taytay is rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. It is the largest municipality of the province and the first capital of Palawan. The biggest freshwater lake in the province, Lake Manguao, and the Malampaya Sound, dubbed the “Fish Bowl of the Philippines”, are located here.
Taytay, which means “bridge” in the local dialect, was established as a Spanish town in 1623. Relics of Taytay’s colonial past can still be found to this day, including a 17th century Spanish fortress called “Fuerza de Santa Isabel”, the Roman Catholic Church of Santa Monica with its thick walls of solid limestone blocks, and the ruins of the old Governor’s Mansion.
Isla Blanca 
Isla Blanca is a long coral white sandbar dotted by coconut trees. A short trek to a hill on the island leads to a viewdeck that offers a 360-degree view of the whole bay. Amazing coral reefs that are great for snorkeling abound the area, especially at the drop-off which bottoms out at 40 meters.
Noa-noa Island
Noa-noa Island is located north of Apulit Island Resort. It boasts of a reef system that embraces the entire 12-hectare island.
Lover’s Cave
Lover’s Cave, a pair of coves at the back of Apulit Island, is only accessible by dipping underwater to enter an arch that leads to the coves.
Tabonito Cave
Tabonito Cave is characterized by a crack near the peak of Apulit Island. It is the refuge of the endangered Tabon Bird (Megapod), and the Balinsasayaw (Swiftlet).
St. Joseph’s Cave
The biggest cave in Apulit Island, St. Joseph’s Cave is characterized with a rock formation at its entrance shaped like a saint. There are seven chambers and even more interesting rock formations inside St. Joseph’s cave.
Pabellon Island
Pabellon Island, the collective name for Elephant Island and Castle Island, is well guarded because of the presence of precious nests of the Balinsasayaw. There is a hidden lagoon inside Elephant Island perfect for swimming.
Nabat Island 
Nabat island is home to the Balinsasayaw, the source of the edible nests. Its white-sand beach is only accessible during low tide. The waters surrounding the island are rich with coral reefs, perfect for diving and snorkeling.
North Cave
One has to cross a small lagoon in order to go to the inner cavern, where private lunches or dinners are usually held.



Boracay Island is recognized as the World’s well-known and World’s Best Island according to the International Travel Magazine. Also many of the beaches, resorts and hotels in the place received awards from different tourist’s and travel publications.

Many of the most luxurious Boracay hotels are located on station 1.  This is because the beach is at its widest here and the sand is at its finest.  Station 1 is also nice and quiet, the perfect place for relaxation.  There are also many Boracay hotels in Station 2.  Station 2 is at the heart of it all.  This is the shopping and dining center of Boracay Island.  Staying in a Boracay hotel in station 2 affords one the maximum in convenience.  Station 3 is the sleepiest part of the beach and is the perfect place to go if you want to avoid the crowds.  The Boracay hotels here are mostly on the budget end but a few of the newer hotels are targeting the high-end market.

Starting from this Point : Station I, Station II (Middle of the long stretch), and Station III.

At Station II 

The Groto at Station I



Station I

White Beach, Boat Station 1
This is the North-Western section of White Beach that is home to some of the top Boracay hotels and resorts. White Beach is at its widest, and it is considered to be to the upscale section of Boracay. Almost all of these Boracay hotels and resorts are directly on the beach, and having most services on-site. The footpath ends, and travel is by foot down the beach to get to central White Beach. There is main road access at the rear of the hotels for convenient travel to other parts of Boracay Island.


Discovery Shores is located on the finest part of Boracay's White Beach and is the top luxury resort on the island. A modern first class tropical resort that is famous for unparalleled service and excellence, Discovery Shores is a favorite among top end travelers. With a beachfront that is second to none, it has all the features of a first class resort including swimming pool, sauna/steamroom, spa, lounge, restaurant, business center, and gym; and luxurious room amenities such as a DVD player & component system, LCD cable TV, down pillows, and a refrigerated private bar.
Prices starting from: PHP 13,999.99


The Villa is a new property on the island offering quality accommodation and good service.  This property is about 2 minutes walk to White Beach and around 10 minutes to D'Mall, it is a three-bedroom, hilltop villa with a peaceful and relaxing ambiance.  Amenities include a swimming pool, a cabana, and lounge chairs where guests can relax all day.  The villa also has balconies with amazing ocean and sunset views.
  • Hilltop
  • Swimming Pool
  • Cabana
  • Lounge Chairs
  • Tower Deck
  • WiFi Internet Access
  • Balconies with Seaview
  • Living Room
  • Full Kitchen
  • Dining Area
  • Tours Arrangement
  • Massage Services
  • Flight Reconfirmation
  • 24-Hour Security Guard
  • 24-Hour Backup Generator

Fridays Boracay is one of Boracay's first luxury resorts, has an outstanding reputation for class, and is located on one of the finest pieces of White Beach real estate in a quiet and the most relaxing location at the end of Boat Station 1.  Fridays Boracay places high emphasis on service and guest comfort.  The resort is of beautiful wooden design with thatched roof, giving the place a real native beach resort feeling.  There is a great beach side shaded lounge chair and mat area, swimmming pool, and a beach that continues throughout the resort. 
  • Beach Lounge Chairs
  • Security Guard
  • Swimming Pool
  • Front Desk Safe Deposit
  • Scuba Diving (Activity Shop)
  • Tour Arrangements
  • Snorkeling Gear
  • Currency Exchange
  • Laundry Service
  • Complimentary Welcome Drink
  • Massage Service
  • Limited Room Service
  • Pool Table
  • Games Room
  • Darts
  • Foosball
  • Activities Hut
  • Spa Area
  • Child Below 12(Free of Charge)


Sea Wind Boracay is a beach front resort situated on the premier location of the location of the islands main beach, Boat Station 1, just about 15 minutes of walk on the beach or 5 minutes tricycle to D'Mall and other night life establishments.  They feauture a classic design with luxury amenities fused with warm personalized service with their Filipino-themed rooms, comfortable lounge chairs, cozy hammocks, and soft beach beds under simple nipa canopies that are perfect for lounging around while having a coconut oil massage.  We recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a stay in Boracay in a true Filipino environment. 

Pearl of the Pacific Boracay Resort and Spa is a large five building resort. The Maharlika Suites are luxury rooms with beach view, The resort has a beachfront restaurant, specializing in seafood grills, and a full ocean side bar, the Pearl of the Pacific is an island pioneer resort.
Prices starting from: PHP 8,200.00


Estacio Uno is a world class, prime location beachfront resort. The rooms have balcony and ocean view, the restaurant is on the beach, as are the many open-air cabanas. In addition to the center beach location, Estacio Uno also has main road access at the rear of the resort. Estacio Uno is proud of their Filipino hospitality and is pleased to "cater to your every whim".
Prices starting from: PHP 8,100.00

The Palms of Boracay is located on the north end of the famous white beach of Boracay and features a large outdoor pool and full restaurant just minutes from one of the quietest and most remote sections of White Beach. The Palms of Boracay has a strong artistic Filipino theme. Rooms are available in both Studios and Two Bedroom Suites.
Prices starting from: PHP 7,200.00

Astoria Boracay is a popular high end resort at the very heart of white beach in Station One. With each of the 39 rooms having a modern and stylish design, this contemporary resort is perfect for those wanting a combination of the chic and the beach. Some facilities at Astoria Boracay include a nice swimming pool, a restaurant and bar, a business center, and Wifi access.
Prices starting from: PHP 7,300.00
Two Seasons is a very modern designer resort with a swimming pool. Two Seasons has a prime beachfront Station One location, with great cabana seating areas, shaded beach lounge chairs, and the popular BarLo restaurant with an oceanside view.
Prices starting from: PHP 5,648.00

The White House Beach Resort, located directly on White Beach Station 1, has a different designed rooms that are ready to cater to the guest's needs.  The mediterranea inspired beach house overlooks the beach and swimming pool, with beach lounge chairs and bar.  The White House Beach Resort has a deluxe and Super Deluxe rooms at good Station 1 prices. 
Prices starting from: PHP 3,800.00

Diamond Water Edge Resort is ideally situated in a prime beachfront location in Station 1. They have ocean view rooms with an amazing view of the beautiful white beach. The resort is just 5 minutes walk to the famous Willy's rock and very accessible to bars and restaurants. Guests can enjoy modern conveniences such as Wifi access, LED cable TV, in-room safety deposit box, IPod dock, and refrigerator.
Prices starting from: PHP 3,700.00


White Beach, Boat Station 2
This is the restaurant, shopping, and entertainment heart of White Beach. Some of these Boracay hotels are high-end resorts while others fall into the budget category. D'Mall is also here, a collection of 100 small tourist shops and restaurants that reach to the back of the main road. This is the shopping centre of White Beach, and where a lot of the action takes place. There are hotels for all tastes and budgets in this area, and this is where most of the tourists will gravitate towards.


The District Boracay is the newest beachfront resort right at the center of White Beach. It offers quiet and affordable luxury amidst the vibrant and bustling area of Station 2. Modern and minimal in its lines and form, the resort's signature white facade spells simple elegance. The resort has 48 air-conditioned rooms and suites, equipped with LED flat screen TV, private veranda, mini-bar, in-room safe, coffee and tea-making facility, IDD and NDD telephone and complimentary WiFi access.
Prices starting from: PHP 9,791.95

Canyon de Boracay is an Asian-inspired, modern stylish resort set in a beautiful garden area near the beach and the Tourist Center in Station 2. The resort has 31 large suites that are well appointed and equipped with luxurious amenities such as a safety deposit box, minibar, coffee and tea maker, and cable TV. Canyon de Boracay has a swimming pool as well as a full restaurant and bar with Asian, Filipino and Italian cuisine.
Prices starting from: PHP 7,648.00

Regency Lagoon is the newest 120-room luxury hotel in the island, and is located at the center of Station 2, with easy access to the main road. Owned and managed by Boracay Regency, this hotel also features all the amenities of a high end hotel -- a super large free form swimming pool, a swim up bar, pool-access suites and family rooms, pool view balconies with WiFi internet access, restaurant, and free shuttle service to and from the white beach.
Prices starting from: PHP 6,053.00

Kai Spa


The Boracay Regency is a top luxury resort with over 265 rooms on White Beach in the center of Station 2. The Regency has all the amenities you would expect in a Triple A resort - 4 restaurants, 3 swimming pools, gym, business center, nightclub; as well as Jacuzzi, Sauna and the Kai Spa. All rooms have state of the art facilities and Asian inspired interiors with a modern touch. Some room amenities include safety deposit box, hot and cold shower, cable TV, and minibar.
Prices starting from: PHP 5,696.00

Regency Hotel Boracay

Regency Hotel Swimming Pool


Crown Regency Resort and Convention Center is 1.8 hectare property located on the main road of Station 2. This newly built resort is around a 5 minute walk from white beach. It is currently known for having the country's first surfing pool, The Wave Rider, and also a large function hall. Crown Regency Resort and Convention Center turns the holiday destination into the best possible place for business travelers to enjoy as well, as guests can enjoy modern conveniences including in-room internet access, LCD cable TV, and a full service business center.
Prices starting from: PHP 5,295.00

Boracay Uptown Hotel is the newest beach front resort situated in white beach, Station 2 with contemporary and spacious rooms to offer. This hotel is just 5-minute walk from D'Mall and 30 minutes tricycle ride to Caticlan Jetty Port. They feature an outdoor infinity pool at the roof deck overlooking the beach and 4 restaurants right in front. This place is ideal for guests seeking comfort and proximity to shops, bars and restaurants.
Prices starting from: PHP 5,040.00


Boracay Garden is managed by the Boracay Regency group and is strategically located at the center of white beach Station 2, with easy access to both the beach path and main road. It is a large resort that features three of the biggest swimming pools in Boracay, as well as a restaurant, pool bar, fitness center, and spa. It has over 200 guestrooms that are complete with amenities such as an in-room safe, a refrigerator, cable TV, and a hairdryer.
Prices starting from: PHP 4,965.00

The Boracay Tropics Resort Hotel is a full service onsite resort with Mediterranean and Asian-inspired architecture. There is a full restaurant, bar, health spa, nail salon, KTV rooms, function rooms, children's game room, and boutique shop. The resort surrounds a large swimming pool in a large, beautiful tropical garden. It has 64 guestrooms and cabanas ideal for couples, groups, and families alike, with the twin hotel buildings used as the centerpiece for the sprawling landscape. Some room amenities include safety deposit box, cable TV, balcony, and hot and cold shower.
Prices starting from: PHP 4,800.00

Boracay Mandarin Island Hotel is a beachfront ultra luxury hotel at the center of white beach. It have a large swimming pool, the Don Vito Ristorante Italiano restaurant, and a high end spa, all right on the beach. All rooms are fitted with luxurious beds, goose-feather and fiber pillows, plush comforters, air conditioners, cable TV, mini-bar, safety deposit box, tea and coffee making facilities, luxury bathroom fixtures, and complimentary Wifi access. Boracay Mandarin Island Hotel is top class throughout, and their attention to detail, from welcome drink and cold towel, waiter service on the beach, and general five star service throughout, makes this one of the island's top resorts.
Prices starting from: PHP 5,060.99

Red Coconut is located in the center of White Beach, directly beachfront, and next to D'Mall. The rooms are some of the few truly ocean view rooms on White Beach, and overlook the swimming pool as well. The excellent Red Coconut restaurant is on the beachfront. The Red Coconut also has a very popular bar, and lounge chairs (with food/drink service) on the beach. Excellent location, very popular resort. 

Welcome drink upon arrival
Free Daily Buffet Breakfast
 Breakfast types available:
Buffet type of breakfast is served daily. Breakfast is included in the room rates. Additional breakfast is 470 PHP per person.
 Children and Extra Beds:
Children 4 years old and below  are free of charge sharing existing bedding.

Le Soleil is a 71 room, Mediterranean-inspired hotel directly beachfront in the heart of Station 2 White Beach. Centrally located, Le Soleil de Boracay has a bar, restaurant, and swimming pool; and a variety of quality rooms and suites. Le Soleil has a solid reputation for value and service.
Prices starting from: PHP 4,360.00
Welcome drink upon arrival
Free Daily Buffet Breakfast

 Breakfast types available:
Buffet type of breakfast is served daily. Breakfast is included in the room rates. For additional breakfast, the price is 350 PHP per guest and 175 PHP per child.

 Children and Extra Beds:
Children 7 years old and below are free of charge sharing existing bedding.


Patio Pacific started in 1990 as the 8 room Pink Patio. Today it is one of the premier resorts of Boracay, with 66 deluxe rooms and suites, large swimming pool, full gym, wall climbing, chill out lounge, videoke song bar, wellness massage center, and full restaurant and bar. Patio Pacific's rooms are quality high end rooms, with full amenities including high speed internet. The Patio Pacific is located 100 meters from White Beach Boat Station 1 , or five minutes from Bulabog Beach. Triple-A rated resort.
Prices starting from: PHP 4,000.00
Maximum of two children 8 years old and below are free to share bed with their adult companions. Child above 9 years old are considered adult guests. For breakfast, 4 years old and below are complimentary while 5-8 years old, rate is PHP 220 per child.
Hotel standard check-in time is at 2:00 PM and check-out time is 12:00 PM

East Rooms are on the east side of the main road, and are of the same high quality as the West Rooms.
The West Rooms are located closer to White Beach.
All rooms include:
  • Free use of swimming pool and jacuzzi
  • Free use of Alpha Fitness Center
  • 50% discount for the use of the wall climbing facilities


Calypso Resort is perfectly situated on white beach near the Tourist Center. Enjoy stunning ocean and sunset views from their poolside bar and restaurant, take part in their diving activities, or relax on their beach beds by the ocean. The rooms are uniquely styled to have a modern design with African type decor - each room is bright, spacious, and has its own balcony. Guests can enjoy room amenities such as cable TV, minibar, safetey deposit box, as well as hot and cold shower.
Prices starting from: PHP 3,295.00
Free Daily Set Breakfast.

 Breakfast types available:
American and Filipino type of breakfast is served daily. For additional breakfast, adult price is 450 PHP per guest and for kids is 180 PHP each.

 Childrem amd Extra Beds:
Children 10 years old and below are free of charge sharing existing bedding with no breakfast.


Nigi Nigi Nu Noos is a high end traditional bamboo and nipa styled cottage resort. The rooms are large wooden pagodas with balcony, in a tropical garden. Nigi Nigi's is located directly on White Beach, and has a very popular bar and restaurant at the front, as well as lounge chairs on the beach. The family cottages have a loft, and are popular for larger groups. The rooms have native art and antique decoration, plus modern European bathrooms. Nigi Nigi's have a large following of loyal guests, and the resort is famous.
Prices starting from: PHP 2,625.00
Welcome drink upon arrival
Free Daily Buffet Breakfast
 Breakfast types available:
Additional Breakfast is PHP 380.
 Children and Extra Beds:
Children 10 years old and below are free of charge. Maximum of 2 kids only. Children 11 - 17 years old have extra charge of PHP 860 for Lean Season and PHP 1075 for High and Peak Season.

PROMO RATES: Child, 5 - 11 yrs = Php300 per night.


The Crystal Sand Beach Resort is a beautiful 17 room resort directly on white beach between Stations 1 and 2. Most rooms have an ocean view and surround a courtyard with full restaurant and bar. There is plenty of beach seating area and lounge chairs. The Crystal Sand Resort was built in 1994 in Mediterranean style, and excellently maintained, now one of the best and most experienced small resorts of White Beach. Room amenities include refrigerator, cable TV, and a veranda.
Prices starting from: PHP 2,600.00


  • Beach Lounge Chairs
  • Security Guard
  • Front Desk Safety Deposit
  • Tour Arrangements
  • Baby Sitting Service (Upon Request)
  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Currency Exchange
  • Laundry Service
  • Wakeup Service
  • Direct Beach Access
  • Internet Access
  • Complimentary Welcome Drink
  • Massage Service (Upon Request)
  • Child Below 7 (Free of Charge)
Welcome drink upon arrival
Free Daily Set Breakfast
 Breakfast types available:
A set of Continental, American and Filipino type of breakfast are served daily. Breakfast is included in the room rates. For additional breakfast, cost is 235 PHP per guest.
 Children and Extra Beds:
Children 7 years old and below are free of charge sharing existing bedding. Maximum of 2 kids only.


Victory Beach Resort is a modern hotel located directly on the beach of Station 2. The resort has its own "Victory Divers" dive shop, bar and restaurant, and lounge chairs right on the beach. The rooms are all equipped with air conditioning, hot water, cable TV and WiFi Internet. The Superior rooms have balconies with beach and seaview.
Prices starting from: PHP 2,400.00
 Breakfast types available:
Breakfast is not included in the room rates. A set of Filipino, American or European type of breakfast are available for 500 PHP per order.
 Children and Extra Beds:
One child under 7 years old is free of charge sharing existing bedding.


Boracay Beach Resort is a beachfront property located at the heart of white beach, halfway between Station 1 and D'Mall, the restaurant and shopping center of the island. The resort is well known for the relaxing ambiance, native beach chairs, and it's restaurant Cafe Del Mar. Guests can choose to stay in bungalow type accommodations with basic amenities such as air conditioning, hot and cold shower, balcony; they may also stay in a garden or ocean view suite that comes with a living area, large bathroom, and it's own personal butler.
Prices starting from: PHP 2,102.00
Welcome drink upon arrival
Free Daily Set Breakfast
 Breakfast types available:
A set of American or Filipino breakfast are served daily. Breakfast is included in the room rates.
 Children and Extra Beds:
Maximum of two children under 7 years old are free of charge.


White Beach, Boat Station 3
This was the last section of White Beach to be developed. Most of the remaining White Beach budget and native style bungalows are located here, although recently more upscale Boracay hotels and resorts have been developed to take advantage of this more relaxed atmosphere. It is the quietest part of White Beach. There are some excellent value accommodations, as well as a few of the nicest Boracay hotels. The footpath traffic and tourist density is significantly less than the other boat station areas.


Asya Premier Suites is a luxurious resort located at a very intimate and private section on the southernmost part of white beach. From personal butler service to the sea view infinity swimming pool, this resort is known for it's design and quality. Each spacious and lavish suite is tastefully done in a minimalist tropical style and has a large balcony with an ocean view, as well as an exquisite bathroom that has a European size standalone bathtub and a separate shower. The suite also has modern amenities such as LCD TV, DVD player, audio system, and an in-room safety deposit box to name a few.
Prices starting from: PHP 14,118.99

Room Features

  • Split-type Air Conditioning
  • Large Balcony
  • Large Outdoor Seating Area
  • Panoramic Seaview
  • Hot and Cold Shower
  • LCD Cable TV
  • DVD Player
  • Minibar
  • Clock Radio
  • Audio System
  • In-room Safety Box
  • Coffee and Tea Making Facility
  • Voltage 220/240

Free Daily Set Breakfast
 Breakfast types available:
Ala Carte, Filipino and American types of set breakfast are being served daily. Breakfast is included in the room rates. For additional breakfast, Asya Premier Suites charge a base price of PHP 605+ per guest from their Palay restaurant.
 Children and Extra Beds:
Children 7 years old and below are free of charge with sharing existing bedding. Maximum of 2 kids only.


Sundown Beach Studios is a brand new high end luxury ocean front boutique hotel with only 4 rooms located at Angol, Station 3. The studios feature contemporary design with creative furniture and high end features - simple & elegant. You can still feel the old Boracay and away from the crowds where you can enjoy and simply relax under the sun or enjoy the breathtaking sunset. The shopping area, bars and restaurants are only a 5 min walk further down the beach.
Prices starting from: PHP 6,003.00

Room Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Hot and Cold Shower
  • LCD Cable TV
  • Mini Bar
  • DVD Player
  • Iphone Dock
  • In-Room Safe
  • Nespresso Coffee and Tea Facility
  • Free Wifi Internet Access
  • Veranda
  • Voltage 220/250

Breakfast is not included during Low Season.
Minimum of 3 nights stay for Low and High Season.
Minimum of 5 nights stay for Peak Season.


Golden Phoenix Hotel is a beachfront property located in Station 3. With its carefully designed guest rooms, plush swimming pool, and panoramic ocean views -- it is an ideal place for couples, families and groups looking for a perfect island getaway.
Prices starting from: PHP 4,240.00

Room Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • LCD Cable TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Minibar
  • Telephone
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • LAN Internet Connection
  • Coffee and Tea Making Facility
  • Hot and Cold Shower
  • Outdoor Setting Area
  • Veranda
  • Voltage 220/240


Boracay Crown Regency is a 41-unit resort luxury hotel located at the white beach stretch of Station 3. It provides elegant accommodations, exceptional facilities, and unforgettable Filipino hospitality. The bar and infinity pool are perfect for chilling out and watching the sun set in the horizon. Warm hues and sunshine patterns adorn their stylish rooms that are also furnished with LCD cable TV, WiFi access, hot and cold shower, as well as other modern features.
Prices starting from: PHP 4,150.00


  • Direct Beach Access
  • Beach Lounge Chairs
  • Infinity Pool
  • Cafe Garden
  • Chill-out bar
  • Lobby Lounge
  • 24-hour Front Office
  • 24-hour Room Service
  • Welcome Drinks Upon Arrival
  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Daily Local Newspaper
  • WiFi Internet Access
  • Security Guard
  • Back-up Generator
Welcome drink upon arrival
Free Daily Buffet Breakfast
 Breakfast types available:
A set American and Filipino breakfast is served daily. Breakfast is included in the room rates. For additional breakfast, base price is PHP 400+ per guest.
 Children and Extra Beds:
Children below eleven (11) years old sharing with adult is free of charge (FOC) joining with parents bed. And should provide a copy of birth certificate or passport copy for verification purpose of the resort, failure to provide the said documents was considered adult and will be charge PHP 1,100.00/person/night.


Boracay Ocean Club is a high end world class resort, located at the south end of white beach, that has a combination of asian and modern style. The rooms surround a large swimming pool and the resort also has a bar and restaurant. Some rooms have balconies facind the ocean while others have direct access to the pool. Room amenities include air conditioning, bathtub and shower, flat screen cable TV, and Wifi access. Dive Gurus scuba diving school is a few doors away from Boracay Ocean Club.
Prices starting from: PHP 3,212.00


Angol Point Beach Resort is an eco-friendly resort and one of the few truly ocean front beach bungalow operations left in Boracay. It boasts of amazingly simple but authentic wood and bamboo private huts located in a sprawling garden with one of the best beachfront areas in station 3. This is a great getaway for guests wanting to experience native Filipino huts and a tranquil holiday. Amenities include an electric fan, hammock, and a large veranda with a partial ocean view.

Prices starting from: PHP 3,000.00
 Breakfast types available:
They do not serve breakfast, but nearby restaurants will deliver.
 Children and Extra Beds:
Children 3 years old and below is free of charge sharing existing bedding.
The Angol Point Beach Resort Boracay has free Wi-Fi service in the public areas.


Surfside Resort and Spa

Surfside has prime paradise view of the fine white sand and the tranquil ocean. It has 16 Air Conditioned rooms. They are modern and clean, with an island style coffee shop and bar, the Nagisa Coffee Shop. Very Friendly staff. Directly on White Beach in a good location. Surfside also has an onsite Yasuragi Relaxation Spa, featuring authentic relaxation massages, a dry sauna, and a Jacuzzi hot tub. Very quiet location with a relaxing piece of beachfront.
 Prices starting from: PHP 2,300.00
 Breakfast types available:
A set breakfast of Continental, American or Filipino is served daily. Breakfast is included in the room rates.
 Children and Extra Beds:
Children 2 years old and below are free of charge sharing existing bedding. From 3 to 8 years old, maximum of two kids without beds will be charge of PHP 500.00 per night.
Two nice quotes from the staff of Surfside:
"Ideal for people who love to enjoy the privacy of the island"
"Forget about the noisy way of life in the city, let Surfside Resort and Spa take you on a peaceful and adventurous journey "



Cebu Tourist Guide Attractions

  • Cebu Province is an Island of the same name and its capital city is Cebu City. The Island of Cebu is in Central Philippines in Visayas between the Islands of Bohol to the southwest and Negros to the west side. Cebu is a long narrow stretch of land extending northeast to southwest for a lenght of 180 kilometers and with a width of not more than 60 kilometers. The Island of Cebu is 4,421 square kilometers of rugged mountains and numerous coastal beaches.
  • Cebu is the oldest city in the Philippines being established in April 1565 with the arrival of the Legazpi - Urdaneta expedition from Mexico. Five Augustin priests traveled to Cebu with this expedition. From then until the end of the Spanish colonization period the Augustinians had established 18 towns in the Island, each with its own Augustin Church.
  • Accordingly any tourist to Cebu today can not help but see these Church monuments dating back to the 16th Century. The major tourist attractions in Cebu are the early Spanish fortifications, the Augustin Churches, the beaches and the ethnic diversity of the Cebuano people especially at festival times.
  • Cebu is a regional advanced education center for Philippines students, has a large domestic and international airport with numerous hotels and quality recreation centers.
  • Cebu is a recommended tourist destination.

Painting Of Augustin Arrival At Cebu At Cebu Cathederal Museum
Painting Of Augustin Arrival At Cebu At Cebu Cathederal Museum

           Drawing Of Legazpi At San Petro Fort
                                                 Drawing Of Legazpi At San Petro Fort

Magellan\'s Cross Monument Cebu City

Magellan Cross Monument

The Major Tourist Attractions In Cebu

  • Fort San Pedro is located in the area now called Plaza Indepedencia, in the Pier Area of Cebu City. The Fort is named after Legazpi's flagship in the 1565 expedition the Cebu from Mexico. Construction of the Fort started in May 1565 under Legazpi's supervision
  • Historically there are no records about the Fort until 1739 when a report was sent to King Phillip 11 of Spain about it. In 1738 it was deemed finished which probably refers to its present stone construction.
  • San Pedro Fort is triangular in shape, with two sides facing the sea and the third side fronting the land. The two sides facing the sea were defended with artillery and the front with a strong palisade made of wood. The three bastions were named La Concepción [ Southwest side ]; Ignacio de Loyola [ Southeast side ], and San Miguel [ Northeast side ]. The total inside area is 2,025 square meters. The walls are 20 feet [ 6.1 meters ] high, 8 feet [ 2.4 meters ] thick and the towers are 30 feet [ 9.1 meters ] high from the ground level. The circumference is 1,248 feet [ 380 meters ]. The sides are of unequal lengths and the one fronting the city is where one may find entry into the Fort.
  • Fourteen cannons were mounted in their emplacements most of which are still there today. These are as depicted in the picture opposite.
  • Historically there are no records about the Fort until 1739 when a report was sent to King Phillip 11 of Spain about it. In 1738 it was deemed finished which probably refers to its present stone construction.
Inside Fort San Pedro Cebu

Fort San Pedro Cebu City
Fort San Pedro Cebu City

Drawing of Original Fort San Pedro Cebu
Drawing of Original Fort San Pedro Cebu

Since the time when the Spanish left The Philippines the Fort has been used as;
  • [1] a prison during the Revolution of 1896 to 1898,
  • [2] a Cebuano held fort after war was declared between Spain and The United States of America in 1898,
  • [3] American barracks during the American occupation,
  • [4] a prison camp during the war with Japan,
  • [5] a hospital,
  • [6] an army camp,
  • [7] a garden club garden,
  • [8] a Zoo in 1957, and after its 1968 restoration,
  • [9] a museum of local history pertaining to the Fort.

Fort San Pedro Cebu City and Legazpi\'s Statue
Fort San Pedro Cebu City and Legazpi's Statue
Fort San Pedro Museum Drawing
A Museum Drawing
Canon Placement At Fort San Pedro
Canon Placement at Fort San Pedro
  • Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral Museum is opposite the Cebu Cathedral and was originally the parish house. It is worth a visit for two reasons. First it is an original building which survived the destruction of World War 11 bombing and as such is interesting inside The base is made of cut coral slabs and the rooms and stairways are of large proportions with roof overlays for shade and large open windows for air circulation.
  • Second it now serves as an ecclesiastical museum for the region with numerous artifacts of the Spanish colonial period and Church history. The range of exhibits is very good.

Cebu Cathedral Museum
Cebu Cathedral Museum

Cebu Cathedral Museum

  • The Basilica del Santo Nino is a 16th Century Augustin Church in Cebu City. It is named after a 16th century doll, '' The Santo Nino de Cebu '' [ the holy child of Cebu ] which is a European made doll figure representing Jesus Christ as a child similar to the Infant Jesus of Prague. The doll was brought to Cebu in 1521 by Ferdinand Magellan and left there after he was killed there on nearby Mactan Island on 27th April 1521. In 1565 a mariner with Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, Juan de Camus, found the doll at the present location where the Basilica was built.
  • The doll image is believed to be of Belgian origin and is roughly  30.5 centimeters tall, wearing a loose velvet vestment, a gilded neck chain and a woolen red hood. It is carved from wood and coated with paint. The image holds a golden ball, a replica of the world in the left hand, and the right hand is slightly raised as a gesture of blessing, similar to the doll Jesus of Prague.
  • The Basilica site describes, '' Deeply impressed by this discovery, Camus presented the Image to Legazpi and the Augustinian priests. They were so humbled by the significance of the finding of the image that in solemnity, the image was carried in a procession to a provisional chapel. Legazpi then ordered the creation of the Confraternity of the Santo Niño de Cebu with Fr. Andres de Urdaneta as its head. A devotee of the Child Jesus himself, Legazpi installed a festivity in commemoration of the finding of the Holy Image. Although the celebration still survives until today, Pope Innocent XIII moved the celebration to the Third Sunday of January so as not to conflict with the 40-day celebration of Easter.
  • The Cebuano natives revered the Image of Santo Niño as Bathala. They most probably blessed the image with oil or offered sacrifices to the Santo Niño while invoking for His assistance in times of difficulties, reliefs in their necessities or consolations in their adversities. Presently dressed in royalty with its ornate decorations, including a sash adorned with old Castilian coins and a Toison de Oro [ Golden Fleece ] with a ram pendant reputedly given by King Charles III in the 17th century, the image now stands in grandeur that continues to captivate the hearts and souls of his fervent devotees.
  • Stories of the Miracles of the Señor Santo Niño spread like wildfire in the Seas, placing Cebu as the Cradle of the Santo Niño devotion in the Philippines. His devotion spanned to the nearby island-provinces of the Visayas, then advanced to the north to as far as the Ilocandia and reached down south in Mindanao.''
  • Here in Asia today is 16th century Europe. The architecture, the devotion to the doll and the museum artifacts all illustrate a difference between The Philippines and the rest of Asia.
  • There is a  museum inside the Basilica showcasing the history of Christianity in Cebu. Here are antique objects on display, including furniture, priestly vestments and the Santo Nino's old cloaks donated by individuals over the centuries. Religious articles such as statues and relics are also displayed and other items of daily life from the adjacent Convent. Several toys may also be seen which are said to be presents to the Child Jesus.
  • Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

Entrance To Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
Entrance To Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
Entrance To Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
West Tower at Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

Carcar Cebu

The Heritage City of Cebu, Carcar is home to various Spanish to American period structures. The Carcar plaza alone hosts several Heritage structures, the Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria dominates the area. Within the complex various structures stand. Walking towards Sta. Catalina street one will surely be astonished with the quaint houses and their distinctive architectural details.

Carcar is located approximately 40 km south of Cebu City

Carcar Augustin Church Cebu
Carcar Augustin Church Cebu

Inside Carcar Augustin Church Cebu
Inside Carcar Augustin Church Cebu

Argao Cebu Province

Spanish Colonial Courthouse Argao Cebu Province
Spanish Colonial Courthouse Argao Cebu Province

  • Argao is a stop over when driving South along the coastal road and is equidistant from Cebu City and the southern tip of Cebu Island. This is about 68 kilometers.
  • Here was once a complex within defensive walls and bastions. Iside one can now see the Church, two remaining large coral stone gates and the Argao Hall of Justice. The walls of the lovely period building are a meter thick and it was made of slabs of cut coral stone.

Gate way to the sea Argao Cebu Province
Gate way to the sea Argao Cebu Province

The Taoist Temple Cebu City

  • On the high hills at the back of Cebu City 300 meters above sea level in the ''Beverly Hills '' subdivision of expensive housing is the Cebu Taoist Temple. It was built in 1972 and has little artistic or architectural significance but is well worth a visit , for the drive up high above the old town of Cebu, the views of the City, of Mactan Island and mountainous Bohol across the sea.
  • The Temple is open to any one including non believers of this faith. Photography inside the Temples is not permitted and guards police this policy. There are three entrances each with their own winding passage ways to each temple.The neighboring Phu Sian Temple is not open to non believers.
  • Taoism is an ancient Chinese religion based on the teachings of Lao Tze and which recognizes several Dieties, here represented by statue images. Here one can see rituals and beliefs from mainland Asia of Chinese origin. The Philippines, particularly Manila had large Chinese communities before the arrival of the Spanish Roman Catholics.

Taoist Temple Above Cebu City

Taoist Temple Cebu City
Taoist Temple Cebu City

Magellan\'s Cross Monument Cebu City
    • Magellan's Cross is a Christian cross of the Catholic faith which is housed in a small chapel in old Cebu City on Magallanes street close to the Basiclica Minore del Santo Nino [ doll of the Baby Jesus ] and not far from San Pedro Fort and Cebu Metroplitan Cathedral. '' Magallanes '' is Spanish for Magellan. It is a promoted tourist attraction because to the Cebuano it and their religion is important to them.
    • The history is that when Ferdinand Magellan first arrived in Cebu on 21 April 1521 he erected a cross in Cebu. The cross there today is not the original. Magellan's Cross is one symbol of Cebu. This chapel's image can be found in Cebu city seal. It is also seen as the symbol of Roman Catholicism in the Philippines.
    • Magellan and his crew were the first Europeans to arrive in the Philippines. They made the first conversions to Catholicism when they converted Rajah Humabon, the local chief, his wife and hundreds of his Cebuano villagers to accept Christianity and be consequently baptized.
    • At the same time Magellan left in Cebu the Santo Nino de Cebu [ holy child of Cebu ] a doll figure made in Europe in the 16th Century representing Jesus Christ as a child. This doll was rediscovered some 45 years later upon the return to Cebu of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi who came back to Cebu on the order of King Phillip of Spain to make Cebu the first center of the new Spanish Colony in Asia, called ''Las Islas Filipinas''.



Last October 15, 2013,  BOHOL Province was hit by a magnitude 7.6 earthquake that devastated almost all of it's beauty, except for Panglao.

Chocolate Hills



Panglao Island sits southwest of Bohol Island and east of Cebu in the Philippines. As early as 1803, Chinese, Malaysian and Indonesian visitors came here for sightseeing, the wealth of marine life and trade. As one of the Philippines top tourist destinations, Panglao Island remains famous for its world class dive spots, snorkeling, luscious coral reef and inlets for beach bathing.



Lost Horizon Beach Resort is located directly on the famous Alona Beach of Panglao Island Bohol. You’ll become one with the unspoiled white sands. You’ll see the breathtaking views, hear the sounds and sense the beauty of the Western Pacific Ocean. The crystal clear waters, and the famous sugar sand beaches of Panglao Island that almost squeak when walked on, make Lost Horizon an idyllic place. Full of warmth and relaxation… our staff will make sure your every need is met.

Lost Horizon Room Amenities Offers:

  • Fully Stocked Mini-bar
  • 32″ LCD flat screen TV’s in each room
  • Most rooms provide balconies
  • Complementary Water and Coffee
  • Pool View Or Sea View Rooms Available
  • All Rooms Have Ceiling Fans
  • All Rooms Have A Safe

Resort Features:

  • Free WIFI High-Speed DSL internet In Every Room
  • 32 modern rooms
  • Hot and Cold Fresh Water
  • Fax and email
  • Swimming pool
  • Gorgeous sea views
  • A bar and restaurant
  • A PADI dive shop right on the beach
  • Lush Gardens
  • Boat Tours and Land Tours Available Upon Request

We have seven types of rooms available:

  • Suites
  • Executive Sun View
  • Modern Deluxe
  • Deluxe
  • Modern Standard
  • Standard
  • Family

Telephone :: 63-38-502-9099 or 4090Check In – 2:00 PM  and Check Out -  12:00 Noon

Websites:  and


Our Alona Beach Resort, Alona Swiss Resort Panglao Island Bohol consists of 2 main buildings, each with 4 rooms on ground level and 2 apartments on the first floor Building.  The cozy and pleasant premises, also the well-tended facilities with swimming pool and jacuzzi, will ensure an enjoyable stay.
Alona Swiss Resort 8 rooms are equipped with:
* Living/ Bedroom ( 25 sqm ) with king size bed and split type aircon
* Sitting area
* Cable
* Mini ref
* Electronic safe
* Bathroom with hot shower
* Terrace with sitting area overlooking the pool
Alona Swiss Resort 4 Apartments are equipped with:
* living room ( 26 sqm ) with fully equipped kitchen, dining area with a huge dining table, sofa area with TV, electronic safe and ceiling fan
* 2 bed rooms ( ca. 12 sqm each ) with queen size beds, two bath rooms with hot shower
* Both bed rooms are equipped with split type aircons
* Balcony ( 14 sqm ) with a huge table, overlooking the pool
All rooms and apartments at Alona Swiss Resort have free Wi-Fi wireless internet
Alona Swiss Resort does NOT accept credit cards or travelers checks.
Check in time: 2 pm.
Check out time: 12 noon
Alona Beach Resort – Alona Swiss Resort Panglao Island Bohol will send you our bank details within 48 hours. We will keep your reservation for 14 days.
During that period, 50% of the accommodation cost must be credited to our account, or the reservation might be canceled.
Alona Beach Resort – Swiss Resort Panglao Island Bohol only accept cancellations until 30 days before arrival date.

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Discover the beauty of nature at its best in one of Bohol’s most promising rendezvous Chiisai Natsu Resort Panglao Island Bohol, the newly opened Chiisai Natsu, Little Summer Resort in Panglao Bohol, Owned by a Japanese entrepreneur.
Experience the utmost island escapade beyond the serene skies and pristine ocean breeze underneath the summer ambiance that remained stationary throughout the year. This little summer resort is the ultimate escape for families and corporate groups where premium amenities and pampering services are guaranteed beyond your expectation. Total relaxation and true comfort is a norm throughout your entire island getaway.

Chiisai Natsu resort Panglao Island Bohol is likely to be the second place to be called a home, ensuring our guests of an extraordinary and worthwhile stay. Room architecture is simply Filipino, made from native materials such as bamboo, cogon and wood profoundly furnished with both contemporary and endemic conveniences. Each room is fully air-conditioned with hot and cold shower and a private terrace facing the pool. A choice of your own on where you can take your meals either at your private terrace or in our Japanese inspired resto.
Chiisai Natsu offers free transportation service to and from the airport/pier to specific accommodation type. Each accommodation includes a free round trip shuttle service to Alona Beach, about 2 kilometers away from the resort or just a 2-minute drive, where you can enjoy different fun-filled beach activities, sea exploration and other countless recreation beyond the royal blue sea grandly touching the adequately enhanced one and a half kilometers-stretched powdery white sand. Scuba Diving, Jet Skiing, Kayaking and Snorkeling are just some of the activities that you can enjoy at Alona Beach.

Chiisai Natsu Resort Panglao Island Bohol also offers Promo Tour Packages available for your optimum delight. Either you indulge yourself with the ravishing tourist spots of Bohol such as:
Chocolate Hills Bohol Tour Package

  • Blood Compact – it is the City’s most substantial event of history where the first treaty of friendship between two natives of different races, Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, sealed off and strengthened their newborn friendship in a form of blood compact.
  • Baclayon Church – the second oldest church in the Philippines made from coral stone built in the 18th century during the Spanish era where the first missionaries settled in and established Christianity.
  • Loboc River – a long and winding river where you can dine with their numerous selection of tasty native dishes as you cruise along the river on a floating restaurant made from bamboo rafts fully maneuvered by a motorboat that can accommodate up to 20-25 people.
  • Man Made Forest – a 2-kilometer stretched of serried planted Mahogany trees grown orderly and evenly for years along the borders of Loboc and Bilar.
  • Hanging Bridge – a woven bamboo bridge hanged approximately 20 meters across the Loboc river.
  • Tarsier – take some memorabilia with one of the world’s smallest primates.
  • Chocolate Hills – the extraordinary renowned haycock hills made from limestone covered with green grass that turns brown like chocolate during dry season whose shapes are conical and almost symmetrical spreading over a 50 kilometers land area consisting of about 1,776 individual mounds.
Or enfold your day with different water adventures such as:
  • Snorkeling in Balicasag Island – a 35-minute boat ride from Alona Beach that has 400 meter Marine Sanctuary of healthy corals surrounded by a sandy shell coralline beach and fringed by a narrow reef shelf ideal for snorkeling and diving.
  • Dolphin Watching – a 20-minute outrigger banca ride from the shore of Alona Beach to the dolphins feeding ground wherein 11 types of whales and dolphins inhabit the waters and appear frequently, jumping playfully out the water in threes or more and is best done early after dawn.
  • Virgin Island – a crescent-shaped islet that is submerged under 6 inches of water during low tide with no infrastructure anywhere preserving its peaceful charm.
Chiisai Natsu is located in the southern part of Panglao Island, Bohol Philippines. Approximately 16 kilometers away from Tagbilaran City, a 25-minute drive from the city airport and pier.  and

chiisai natsu bohol resort


Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roast Italian Restaurant Alona Beach Panglao Bohol

Guseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roast Italian Restaurant Alona Beach Panglao Bohol Philippines

When you’re in the mood for good times and great cuisine, be sure to check out Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roast Italian Restaurant Alona Beach Panglao Bohol Philippines. The restaurant is located in one of Panglao Bohol’s most pleasant settings and is known for its delightful staff and superb Italian cuisine. The menu at Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roast Italian Restaurant features a wide array of great Italian Food selections, made from only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, with something sure to please every member of your group. Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roast Italian Restaurant has established itself as one of Bohol’s favorite culinary destinations and is sure to offer you a pleasant and unique dining experience every time you visit. Please stop by soon!


Mikes Bohol Island Motorcycle Rentals
Mikes Bohol Island Motorcycle Rentals
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Right at the pulse of the city in close proximity to the major points of commerce & recreation, rise the multitude of attractions that lures both local & foreign visitors. New standards of hospitality & service also await the business & leisure travelers as they visit Davao City’s places of interest, may it be historical, cultural, educational, manmade attractions, religious sites & other modern conveniences in beautiful settings.There’s always something to do in Davao City. Whether you prefer a quick tour around the metro, a more leisurely trip to Davao’s countryside, or shop for souvenirs, the possibilities for fun and adventurous activities are endless.
Take time to relax & experience the sun & move around the white sand of Davao's unexplored beaches. Marvel at the enchanted coves of the islands & discover the untouched marine sanctuaries. 

Mount Apo
Sizzle under the sun, beneath the sea or while strolling along the beaches of Davao. Beach resorts and seaside restaurants border the Matina, Talomo and Toril shorelines of the city. Davao City is also a gateway to Samal, an island known for its white beaches, diving, and snorkeling spots . Davao Gulf is also an exciting site for kayaking, windsurfing, jetskiing, boating, game fishing and whale watching.

The Philippine Eagle Nature Center

Philippine Eagle

If you want to take a glimpse of the coveted and nearly extinct Philippine Eagle, then the Philippine EagleNature Center is where you should go. It is the home of 36 Philippine Eagles, ten other bird species, 4 mammal species, and 2 reptile species. The place is also ideal for educational trips especially about learning the ecosystem where these eagles could thrive.

Crocodile Farm

Davao Crodile park

In the heart of the city lies a habitat filled with one of the wildest creatures known to men, the crocodiles. What started as mere fascination to crocodiles has blossomed and grew into a lucrative leather business and a wildlife preserve that is home to many species aside from saltwater and freshwater crocodiles. Take some time to visit this place and enjoy the wonders it offers.

Davao Eagle Ridge Resort


Davao Eagle Ridge Resort            D'Leonor Hotel Inland Resort &    GAP Orchard Resort
                                                 Adventure Park

Island Garden City of Samal              Jack's Ridge Resort and Restaurant

Loleng's Mountain Spring Resort                             Megrande Ocean Resort

Valderama Campo Agua

Eden Mountain Resort


If you want to have a more relaxing mountain respite, conquering the Eden Mountain Resort is definitely a very good idea. Being in this glorious mountain haven is like experiencing nature, adventure, leisure, culture and eve romance at the same time. Visiting this place is a must if ever you decide to experience Davao.

People's Park

peopl's park davao

One of Davao’s pride and a tourist magnet is the People’s Park located at the center of the city.The cultural-themed park is projected with life sized sculptures of the Lumads in Davao City, thePhilippine eagle and many more.This 4-hectare park also features the Durian Dome (a tropicalfruit Davao City is known for), the Promenade (a track favoured by many joggers and healthbuffs fore early morning exercise), the Dancing Fountain (the first in Mindanao), a 10-meter man-made waterfalls against a backdrop of a volcanic rock wall, benches and Kid’s playground.

Considered one of the city’s main recreational centers, People’s Park is a 4-hectare tourist attraction boasting of a mini forest, interactive fountain displays, a durian dome, and an activity plaza. Around the Park are different statues by Famed Mindanao artist Kublai Millan representing the indigenous groups in Southern Mindanao.


Visitor’s Center “Durian Dome”, Parking Area, Guard House, Power House, Nipa Huts, Children’s Watcher’s Kiosk, Children’s Story Tellers Nook, Mini-library, Infirmary Unit, Public Toilets, View Bridge, Great Lawn, Nursery, Gardener’s Haven “Sunken Garden”, Maintenance/ Utility Building, Park Information Booth, Children’s Playground “Fun Park”, Mini – Gym, Paging System, Air conditioned Conference Room, Musical Dancing Fountain, Interactive Fountain, Retention Pond, 10 Meter High Water Falls, Curtain Falls,Tribal Sculptures
Peak Season: 2nd week of March (Araw ngDabaw), Summer, Holidays, Month of August (Kadayawan Festival), and Christmas Season
Fun Facts:
Tips from Locals:Be conscious of the time. Gates open at 1:00pm and closes at 10pm. Allure yourself with the interactive fountain display shows every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7:00pm until 8:00pm. 
Address:  Camus St., Davao City
Contact Number:(+6382) 222-2768/ (+6382) 227-2273 

The Orchidarium

Casinos at The Grand Regal Hotel &  The Apo View Hotel 

Apo Golf & Country Club                                         Davao City Golf Club  

Joyang's Dream Golf Range                                    Rancho Palos Verdes 

Museo Dabawenyo


D'Bone Collector Musuem Inc.                               Davao Museum 

Kublai Art Gallery & Davao Contemporary Gallery 

Davao Landmarks


CITY HALL OF DAVAOThe City Hall building of Davao City constructed in 1926 as a municipal building was destroyed in 1945 during the Liberation Period.  After the Liberation of Davao, the government authorities started restoration work and the building was fully completed in 1947.
This building underwent several renovations and expansions through the years.  However, the original design of the façade remains the same.

City Hall houses the Executive Branch of the City Government of Davao, namely the Office of the City Mayor and the different executive departments of the Local Government Unit.

This site was the Constabulary Command of the Undivided Davao in 1867.  As the Philippine Constabulary barracks in the Davao Municipality in the 1920’s, it served as the quarters of Spanish and later American soldiers. 
In 1980, the barracks was named the Metropolitan District Command. In 1993, it was renamed the Davao City Police Office.

In 1986, this area was named Camp Captain Domingo Leonor as a tribute to its first Filipino Provincial Commander in 1927.

On this spot formerly stood the old Davao Provincial Building which housed the Municipal Government of Davao on the first floor and the Provincial Government of Davao on the second floor in 1901.  In 1926, the Municipal Government of Davao transferred to the newly constructed Municipal Hall, now the City Hall of Davao.
The Davao Provincial Building became the Davao City Council Building in 1967, during the division of the original Davao Province into three (3) separate provinces.  The building was later renamed the Sangguniang Panlungsod Building  in 1975.  This structure underwent reconstructions, the latest was in 1994.

The Sangguniang Panlungsod Building houses the Legislative Branch of the City Government of Davao, namely the Office of the Vice Mayor, the twenty-four (24) councilors of the three congressional districts of the City and the two (2) sectoral representatives (Presidents of the Liga ng mga Barangay and the Sangguniang Kabataan).  Also currently housed in the building are various offices of the Executive Department of the Local Government Unit.

Considered to be one of the oldest churches in Mindanao, the San Pedro Cathedral was first built utilizing nipa and bamboo in 1848.  It was then rebuilt in wood in mid-1900s and remodeled in concrete in 1964. 
The present design of the cathedral evokes the image of a fishing boat with the roofline inspired by the prow of a vinta gliding on water, carrying a cross at its helm. The old altar is preserved at the right wing of the cathedral.

Source: UP Mindanao’s Architectural Landmarks in Davao City by Arch 19 Students Batch 2002-2003


 Andres Bonifacio St. (named after the Philippine National Hero in 1937) used to be the longest street in Davao since the late 1920’s when expansion of the street was carried out during the time of Gov. Sebastian Generoso (1925-1931) to provide the main access road to the town center.  Its former name was Escario St., from junction Claveria (now C.M. Recto St.)  to Tomas Claudio St. (now Quirino Ave.)  and Hernan Cortes St., from junction Claveria to the edge of the sea (now Piapi in Magsaysay Blvd. where the original lighthouse or parola stood before it was transferred to Sta. Ana.) 
 The street is considered the first street in Davao City engineered by the Bureau of Public Works (BPW) of the Republic of the Philippines in 1937 during the time of Mayor Santiago Artiaga when Davao became a chartered city.  The BPW, headed by Carmelo Porras, poured in hundreds of truckloads of boulders, rocks and stones taken from the upper part of the Davao River with laborers coming from the Visayas.
 The most prominent buildings established along A. Bonifacio St. in the past were: the City Post Office, the Uedo Sweet Mongo Shop, the P. Carriedo and Fukushima residences at the four corners of junction Claveria St; the Japanese Association Head Office at the junction of Bolton St.; the New Japanese Imperial Consulate and the residence of V. Guino-o at the corners of Ponciano St. (now C. Bangoy St. ); and the old Japanese Consulate Bldg. at the junction of Anda St. (now Iñigo St.).  

Cultural diversity and variations characterize Davao, the most pleasant region in the southern island of Mindanao, Philippines. The capital city- Davao has been considered as one of the most livable cities in Southeast Asia.
There are more than thirteen ethnolinguistic groups residing in the Davao region, each having their own unique living cultures and traditions that were drawn from common racial and historical origins, but shaoed distinctively by their own physical environment, historical experiences and exposure to other cultures.
Indeed, Davao’s greatest asset is its people and the astonishing biological and cultural diversity in the area.


> Bankerohan Bridge Marker 

Location: Bankerohan Street, Davao City
The bridge is named after the late Gov. Sebastian Generoso.
> Battle Memorial
Location: Mintal Elementary School
A historical marker of the longest-fought  battle between the troops of the American & Filipino forces and of theJapanese Imperial Army which took place in Mintal, Tugbok District. It is where the longest-fought encounter took place between troops of the American liberation Forces and the Japanese Imperial Forces. Characterized mainly by the "Banzai" night attacks by the Japanese forces, the American Liberators had to carry the brunt of fighting the mostly unseen enemy. While some American units were able to proceed upward in Tagurano, Tugbok and Riverside at Calinan, the fighting in Mintal continued.  This is where Mintal Elementary School now stands. 
> Bonifacio Rotonda (The Fort of Datu Bago)
Location: Junction of Washington St. and Quimpo Blvd.
Site of the bastion of the Muslim hero Datu Bago who ruled over the Tagloc River, the old name of Davao River.
Camp Domingo Leonor (formerly PC Barracks) 
Location: San Pedro St.
This served as quarters  for the Spanish, and later, American soldiers in the 1920s.
Today, it is already the Davao City Police Office (DCPO).
> City Social Services Development Office Bldg.Built in the 1920’s

> Commemoration Marker 

Can be found right in front of the City Hall building commemorating the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the creation of the City of Davao which comprised the combined territory of the Municipality of Davao and the District of Guianga, Province of Davao.
Cortes Street 
The oldest street in Davao followed by San Pedro, Magallanes and Claveria Streets.
Gigantic steel statue of a Bagobo
Location:  Epol, Marilog
The steel Bagobo is in lotus position and is holding a durian in between his palms, as if in supplication. Conceptualized by painter Augusto Suazo and executed by Ruperto Solon, the sculpture is a testament to the contributions of the Bagobos to the rich culture of the city.
> The War Veterans’ Golden Kris Memorial 
Location: Junction of Lanang and Agdao
At the junction of Lanang and Agdao, the golden kris, which is a Moro weapon, stands on its hilt. It was built on April 9, 1991, a project of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines and the Sons and Daughters Association, Inc. of Davao City, half a century after World War II.
>  Massive carabao (water buffalo)
Location: Junction of Toril

Standing at the junction of Toril in the southern tip of the city, the imposing statue of the carabao or water buffalo symbolizes the city’s dependence on agriculture. It was built only a few meters from Lipadas River, once a favorite sanctuary of water buffaloes.

> Otha Kyosahuru Memorial Shrine Location: Mintal Elementary School

Southwest of the city, the Ohta monument in Mintal serves as a monument to the pioneering spirit of Japanese entrepreneurs, who developed Davao into a bustling agricultural hub. The Ohta monument and the monument for Eternal Peace are repositories of war remains and a burial ground for Japanese pioneers. It is a memorial  obelisk built in honor of Otha Kyosaburu who invoked  the Public Land Act No. 926 of 1903. 

> Mintal Historical Marker Location: Mintal
A memorial  to Col. Yamada who defended Mintal during the war. It is also the site of the visit of McArthur, Stillwel and Eichelberger.

Japanese Peace Memorial Shrine

 Location: Mintal

During the “Ubon Yasumi,“ Japan’s version of All Souls’ Day held in August, Japanese war veterans and their kin take a pilgrimage to visit this memorial  shrine

> Monument of Peace & Unity  Location: San Pedro St.

 Unveiled  during the celebration of the Philippine  Centennial in 1998,  the monument depicts  the peaceful  relationship of the migrant and indigenous inhabitants of Davao in the last 100 years.
Uyanguren Landing Site

 Location: Rodriguez Park, Quezon Blvd.

 The landing site of Don Jose Oyanguren y Cruz of Guipozcoa, Spain, the Spanish conqueror who later became the governor of Davao.Furukawa Plantation
  Location: Toril

The abaca  plantation in Daliao which was acquired from the Bagobos as a result of the Otha Public Land Act in 1903. 

> Japanese Tunnel
  Location: Ma-a
A restaurant  with an entry to a tunnel  that the Japanese created  in the timeof the Japanese Revolution.
> Memorial to a Brave Son 

 Location: Gov. Generoso Bridge

This memorial  marker was built in recognition of the gallantry of Armando  Generoso, who died in the very site of the bridge while defending  it from the Japanese invaders during World War II.

 > Old Japanese Houses
 Location: Mintal, Tugbok District & Toril District

The site of old Japanese homes,  warehouses and abaca  processing  and drying plants before and during World War II.

The Philippines National Parks

  • Many National Parks in The Philippines are featured on the World Heritage List, either presently included or nominated for future listing. Here we detail all National Parks so recognised plus others of tourist significance.
  • Those presently so designated include the Puerto  Princesa Subterranean River National Park in Palawan and the Tubbataha Reef Marine Park. Sixteen other Philippines National Parks have been submitted on the UNESCO Tentative list for inclusion.
  • These include, Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary, Angono Triglyphs, Batanes Protected landscapes and seascapes, El Nido Marine Reserve in Northern Palawan, Mt Pulog National Park, Northern Soerra Madre Natural Park, The Tabon Cave Complex and all of Lipuun Point and Turtle Islands Natural Park.
  • The reasons for the nominations are particularly valuable in understanding their importance and what to see when you visit, so we have detailed these reasons in each of the links.

volcano lake cater philippines
Volcano lake cater philippines

The National Parks
  1.     Angono Triglyphs
  2.     Apo Reef Natural Park
  3.     Batanes Protected landscapes and seascapes
  4.     Butuan Archeological Sites
  5.     Chocolate Hills Natural Monument Bohol
  6.     Coron Island Natural Biotic Area
  7.     El Nido Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area
  8.     Ligawasan Marsh
  9.     Mt. Iglit Baco National Park Mindanao
  10.     Neolithic Shell Midden Sites in Lal-lo and Gattaran Municipalities
  11.     Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park
  12.     Paleolithic Archaelogical Sites in Cagayan Valley
  13.     Panglao Island, Bohol
  14.     The Tabon Cave Complex and Lipuun

Philippines Mountain 

Philippines national park waterfall

Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Agusan Marsh fisherman

  • Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary is near Bunawan in the interior of north-eastern Mindanao, in the Agusan River Basin, Agusan del Sur. Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary, protected by law, covers an area of 14,835.989 hectares. The area was given Ramsar site status in 1999.
  • It is a vast complex of freshwater marshes and watercourses with numerous small shallow lakes and ponds in the upper basin of the Agusan River and its tributaries which rise in the hills of eastern Mindanao. Some parts of the marsh are used for traditional fish ponds and rice paddies. The site acts as storage for rain water and reduces the immediate downstream flow of flood water into Butuan City.
  • Agusan Marsh is one of the largest and the most contained freshwater catch basin wetland in the Philippines. The main habitats of the marsh include freshwater swamp forest ( 49% ), secondary scrub ( 14% ), herbaceous swamp ( 7% ), lakes, pools and rivers ( 10% ), rice paddies and other agricultural land ( 6% ), and small settlements ( 6% ).
  • The Marsh is a valuable habitat for water birds such as species of wild ducks, herons and egrets. It is also the refuge of the rare Oriental Darter ( Anhinga melanogaster ) and Purple Swamp Hen ( Porphyrio porphyrio ) and the threatened Philippine Hawk Eagle, Spotted Imperial Pigeon and Rufous lored Kingfisher.
  • The Ligawasan Marsh is also identified as a distinct and unique region among the 15 Bio Geographic regions in the Philippines much bigger than the Agusan Marsh in Northern Mindanao, Philippines.

Batanes Protected landscapes seascapes

  • Batanes
  • Batanes is the northernmost group of Philippine islands locatod precisely between 20 dogrses 15 minutes to 21 degrees 15 minutes east longitude and between 121 dogrses to 122 dogrees 15 minutes north latitude.
  • Description
  • Characterized by a complex of terrestrial, wetland and marine ecosystem, the Batanes group of islands consist of 10 small islands bounded by the Eashi Channel on the north, by the Pacific Ocean on the east, by the South China Sea on the west and the Balintang Channel on the south. It is one of the last remaining areas in the Philippines having unique natural physiographic features (wave-cut cliffs, cave-like outcrops, secluded white sand beaches) resulting from its position where strong winds and fast currents have etched out its distinct morphology.It is an important flyaway for many migratory bird species, and the deper portions of the marine environment are the few remaining sites where pink and red corals (Corallum sp.) are found.
  • The site is the only area in the Philippines where traditional architecture is of stone in response to the wind and monsoon stresses rather than of the more typical, tropical, impermanent materials (wood, bamboo, thatch) cxommonly used in village architecture.
  • Due to its isolation from the rest of the country, the traditional culture of the area has likewise remained intact.

Coron Island Philippines

Palawan Fisherman 
Coron Island bird\'s nest hunter

  • Coron Island Natural Biotic Area
  • Coron Island is roughly equidistant from Manila and Puerto Princessa City. The Island has a rugged topography, generally mountainous and its terrain marked by steep rock and ravines. Almost 70% of the area made up of rocky cliffs, 25% is rolling hills and 5% relatively flat. Out of the total area, approximately 18% is occupied by the Tagbanua as residential and agricultural lands, as rock formations almost dominate the entire area. Large area is composed of Karst formations where swiftlets dwell and build their nest ( birds nest ). There are vertical limestone cliffs that reach up to 600 meters above sea level and eight brackish lakes and three smaller one's that have underground connections to the sea.
  • Coron Island comprises two barangays, Banuang Daan and Cabugao, all of them belong to the Indigenous Cultural Communities. There are 373 households with a population of 2,028 individuals of Tagbanua in the Island. The primary users of the resources of the island are the residents of these two settlements. Majority of the residents of the two barangays are seldom seen in the mountains except for the gatherers of edible bird's nests on towering cliffs that serve as the major source of income for Indigenous people in the island. Coron Island is wedge-shaped limestone island, dominated by Permian Limestone of Jurassic origin, with few of its coastal areas being covered by mangrove forests. It is situated in the Calamianes group of Islands and belongs to the Municipality of Coron.
  • Some of the rare places not found in the regions are the fantastic and legendary lagoons which are wide, deep and with very clear water, interestingly nestled in one huge and rocky island popularly known as the Coron Islands. Encircled by giant walls of limestone cliffs, this jewel of a mountain, boarders the beautiful and wide Coron harbor, where more wonders of nature abide.
  • Located in North Palawan in the Philippines, the entire island and associated offshore waters have been designated as Ancestral Domain.

Mt. Apo National Park

Mt Apo Philippines

  • The Mt. Apo natural park includes 629 species under 148 families of vascular and non vascular plants. Five hundred seventy two species belong to 124 families of ferns and angiosperms, while 57 species belong to 24 families of bryophytes or mosses.
  • Among the vascular plants in the area, Moraceae, represented by the genus Ficus, has the highest number of known species. This particular group of plants is very important to the economy of the forest for they provide food to many species of birds and mammals. Most fruit eating birds feed on Ficus fruits, particularly on the species bearing small reddish fruits which are quite abundant during summer.
  • Ficus and other small trees such as Leucosyke, Nauclea, Macaranga, Homolanthus, and Dillenia thrive in secondary forests at elevation of 300 to 500 meters above sea level such as in the Baratacab and Sibulan areas. Dipterocarp species like Dipterocarpus, Shorea and Pentacme dominate the vegetation at elevations of 650 to1000 meters such as in Tibulo and Todaya. However, the dipterocarps assume shorter heights and become co-dominant with other smaller trees and shrubs such as Lithocarpus, Laportea and Areca at higher elevations of 1400 to 1600 meters such as in Mainit-Kulan. At 1800 to 2000 meters, particularly at Meran Baclayan, Agathis, Lithocarpus, Cinnamomum and gymnosperms are the dominant species.
  • At the crater lake in Cirribal, Rhododendron, Vaccinium, Gleichenia and Polypodiaceae species were found to be most abundant along with bryophytes. Ferns and orchids are common as herbaceous component and as epiphytes.
  • Among the high value species of trees in the area are the almaciga or Agathis philippinensis and the dipterocarp species Shorea polita and Vatica mangachapoi. These tree species are threatened due to overlogging. The world famous Vanda sanderiana or waling-waling and the rattan species Plectocomia elmiri used to abound in the primary forests of Mt. Apo. However, these species can no longer be found in their natural habitats because of over collection.
  • Six endemic plant species are restricted to Mt. Apo. These were identified under the families (1) Lauraceae ( Alseodaphne philippinensis ), (2) Urticaceae ( Cypholophus microphyllus ) at an altitude of 1,800 meters (3) Fagaceae ( Lithocarpus submonticulus ) at 1,700 meters, (4) Nepenthaceae ( Nepenthes copelandii ) in thickets at 2400 meters and (5) Piperaceae ( Piperomia elmeri and P. apoanum ) at 800 to 1,200 meters.
  • A total of 227 vertebrates species belonging to 69 families of amphibians, reptiles birds and mammals have been recorded in Mt. Apo. Likewise, 118 species of butterflies belonging to 69 families are recorded in the area.
  • Of the birds reported, most species are widely distributed and can be found throughout the Philippines such as the blue shortwing, Brachypteryx montana. The Philippine eagle, Pithecophaga jefferyi, the Philippine trogon, Harpactes ardens, and the yellow-bellied whistler, Pachycephala philippinensis, are species recorded in Luzon, Samar, Leyte and Eastern Mindanao. The fly-catchers, Eumyias panayensis, and Ficedula westermanni are reported in Luzon, Mindoro, Negros, Panay and Mindanao. F. westermanni can also be found in Palawan. The strong-billed shrike, Lanius validirostis, can be observed in the highlands of Mindoro, Luzon, and Mindanao, while the Philippine bullfinch, Pyrrhula leucogenys, occurs in the highlands of Luzon and Mindanao only. The presence of L. woodi, R. goodfellowi, E. payanensis, F. hyperythra, R. nigrocinnamomea and H. cinnamomeus were also noted in the primary forest area.
  • The Mt. Apo myna Basilornis miranda, the Apo lorikeet Tricoglossus johnstoniae, the cinnamon bird Hypocryptadus cinnamoneus, and the bagobo babbler, Leonardina woodi, and the black and cinnamon fantail are among the Mindanao endemics in MANP. These species are believed to have evolved on Mt. Apo before spreading to surrounding peaks such as in Katanglad, Malindang, and Matutum.
  • The Philippine eagle, P. jefferyi, is by far the most important bird species in Mt. Apo. This bird is not found elsewhere in the world and has become the symbol of Philippine conservation efforts. Widespread destruction of its habitat and over collection is driving this species to extinction.
  • Mammalian species include shrews and gymnures, bats, rats, squirrels, ungulates, civet cats and deers. The families Pteropidae and Muridae are the most represented. The pteropid bats are common in Mt. Apo, particularly Cynopterus brachyotis, Haplonycteris fischeri and Rousettus amplexicaudatus. Of the mammals identified, only four are Mindanao endemics. These are Apomys insignis, Urogale everetti, Sundasciurus philippinensis and Podogymnura truei. The Philippine gymnure, P. truei, which belongs to family Erinacidae, was believed as restricted to Mt. Apo until it was collected in Mt. Kitanglad. The deer species, Cervus mariannus apoensis is the most threatened mammal in the area.
  • Important reptile species occurring in Mt. Apo include the burrowing skinks of the Genus Brachymeles and the Cuming's eared skink, Otosaurus cumingi. The latter is rare and the largest in its family. The monitor lizard, Varanus salvator, is one of the species used as food.
  • Important amphibian species include the Philippine woodland frog, Rana magna, the broad hearted forest frog, Leptobrachium hasselti, the horned forest frog, Megophrys monticola, the Mueller's toad, Ansonia muelleri, the Mindanao toad, Pelophryne brevipes, the montane narrow-mouthed frog, Oreophryne annulatus. R. magna is considered an endangered species throughout the country because it is widely collected for food. Moreover, rate of population increase of the species is slow for it requires unpolluted cool water for successful breeding. It also has a relatively long tadpole stage making it vulnerable to changes in the forest environment. L. hasselti is considered a true forest frog because it cannot survive in open areas. This species is considered rare because of its cryptic, or secretive behavior, similar to M. monticola.
  • The butterflies in the area are numerous in terms of number of species. They occur in a wide range of habitat, from cultivated lands to grasslands, from second growth to primary forest. Among the species commonly found are Eurema hecabe, Graphium sarpedon, Papilio rumnzovia, P. aquamemnon and Mycalesis tagala sermirasa. Five endemic species of butterflies are known. These are: (1) Parantica schoenigi, (2) Delias lecicki, (3) D. schoenigi, (4) D. apoensis, and (5) D. woodi. Of the five, D. woodi and D. schoenigi have wider vertical distribution range. They were observed between approximately 800 and 2400 m.a.s.l. All species are usually found close to bodies of water.
  • Mt. Apo, located in Mindanao, is one of the 14 bio-geographic zones of the Philippines
  • Apo Reef was proclaimed as Protected Area under the category of Natural Park and its surrounding waters as buffer zone by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 868, dated September 6, 1996. The Apo Reef Natural Park (ARNP) and its peripheral Buffer Zone covers an area of 15,792 hectares and 11,677 hectares, respectively, totaling 27,469 hectares in all. Prior to its declaration as a Protected Area under the category of Natural Park, Apo Reef has been designated as Marine Park through Presidential Proclamation No. 1801 in 1980, authorizing the Philippine Tourism Authority PTA to undertake the development and Management of the area. It was also declared a tourist Zone and Marine Reserve by virtue of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro Sangguaniang Bayan Resolution No. 1108 in 1983.
  • Mt. Apo is considered the center of endemism in Mindanao. It has one of the highest land-based biological diversity in terms of flora and fauna per unit area. It has three (3) distinct forest formations from lowland tropical rainforest to mid-mountain forests and finally to high mountain forests.
  • Mt. Apo National Park, Mindanao- is a dormant volcano and the Philippines highest mountain (2954m).

Mt. Malindang Range

  • Mt. Malindang Range
  • Mt. Malindang is a mountain range rising from 600 meters to 2,404 meters above the mean sea level. The range covers 53, 262 hectares of which about 33,000 hectares is still covered with forest vegetation while more than 20,000 hectares is cultivated and inhabited by forest occupants mostly members of the Subanen Tribe. The forest vegetation is composed of highly diverse species of and plants dominated by dipterocarps. It is inhabited by diverse species of fauna including the rare ones such as the Philippine Eagle ( Pithecophaga jefferyi ), Rofous Hornbill ( Buceros hydrocorax ), Tarsier ( Tarsius philippinensis ) and Flying Lemur ( Cynocephalus volans )
  • The mountain range was believed to be formed through series of volcanic activities within the historical times but was not well documented. Several indicators of such activities are found in the site. These include six hectare of Crater Lake ( Lake Duminagat ) and two big sunken areas ( more than 20 hectares each ) surrounded by high rock walls, cinder cones, dome volcanic plugs, amphitheater structures, extensive distribution of volcanic rocks, carbonized wood found in pyroclastic deposits and two sulfuric hot springs. The entire mountain range is dissected by several canyons, gores and ravines making its terrain very rugged and the forest beautiful scenery. Mt. Malindang Natural Park lies within the Malindangmountain range in Mindanao, straddling the provinces of Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur. It covers over 34,000 hectares. Its highest peak is at 2,402 meters above sea level. The Park.s allure comes from its waterfalls, crater lake and dense virgin forests which host diverse and rare species of flora and fauna. A variety of trees - large, straight trunked evergreens, igem and almaciga grow in the lower parts of its forests while dwarf and crooked stem trees crowd the mossy forest found in the mountains upper parts. The rare and endangered Philippine Eagle, Flying Lemur, Deer, Tarsier, and Hornbills live in the Park. Other significant species found there include mammals such as the Philippine Deer, Wild Pig, Long-tailed Macaque, Palm Civet and Civet Cat. Moreover, the Park is known to be home of six amphibians, three reptiles, 67 birds and 25 mammals which are endemic to the place.
  • Lake Duminagat. It is named after the crater lake and its clear waters. It is nested within a dense forest hosting wildlife such as deer, monkeys and wild boars.
  • Mt. Malindang Range was proclaimed as National Park and Watershed Reserve on June 19, 1971 by Republic Act 6266.  It covers 53,262 hectares but the remaining forest cover is about 33,000 hectares. The remaining portion of more than 20,000 hectares are already opened and occupied by about 4,000 families who are mostly indigenous people.
  • This rich biological and physical resource is of major ecological and economic value, and now serves as the site for a biodiversity research initiative-the Philippines-Netherlands Biodiversity Research Programme (BRP) for Development in Mindanao: Focus on Mt. Malindang and its Environs.
  • Moreover, Mt. Malindang is known to harbor a rich and unique biodiversity that is yet to be explored. Besides that, the extensive and fairly well-defined water catchments emanating from the Mt. Malindang range to the coastal zones of Misamis Occidental provide spatial areas for integrating landscape-level analysis.
  • Mt. Pulag, Mountain Province- because of its easy treks and grass carpeted slopes, this mountain is a known trekking destination for mountaineering groups. Mt Pulag, or sometimes called Mt Pulog, is the second highest peak in the Philippines, where the borders of the provinces of Ifugao, Benguet and Nueva Viscaya meet at its summits. The mountain is a natural habitat of endemic species of wild plants, such as dwarf bamboo and the benguet pine, and wild species of birds, long haired fruit bats, Philippine deer and giant bushy tailed cloud rats.
  • Mount Kanlaon, Negros- located in the central highlands of Negros, this mountain is home to various species of ferns, lichens, and orchids. It is also inhabited by numerous species of tropical birds. Among them are hundred endemic species of bleeding heart pigeons and the nearing to extinction, Negros Fruit Doves. Others are Barblers and Warblers, Doves, Bulbuls, Flycatchers and woodpeckers.

Mt. Matutum Forest

  • Mt. Matutum Forest
  • The Mt. Matutum is a volcanic cone formed by volcanic uplift during previous period of activity. The geology of the area is dominated by material of volcanic origin. It is classified as a non-active volcanic cone; generally of pyroxene andosite and surrounding areas are classified as volcanic slopes and piedmonts.
  • Mt. Matutum forms the headwaters and catchment area for several major drainages including the Klinan, Silway and Buayan rivers which empty into Sarangani Bay through General Santos City.
  • About 68% of the area is characterized by nearly flat rolling terrain, which is generally located at the lower elevations of the protected area boundaries. Highest elevation at the Mt. Matutum is 2, 286 meters above sea level.
  • Mt. Matutum is host to diverse plant and animal species including the Philippine Eagle. There are 110 plant species and 57 animal species.
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    Mt. Matutum Forest and Natural Park will soon be the habitat of captive-bred Philippine eagle after the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) considered the suitability of Matutum for the experimental release of the world renowned Philippine national bird.
  • Philippine Eagle sightings in Mt. Matutum have been reported since 1970s and one physical evidence of this is the recent captive of a Philippine eagle at Sitio Basak, Polunuling, Tupi, South Cotabato. (MCC/MIO-Tupi/PIA 12). 
  • As a known habitat of the national bird, Philippine Eagle, its forested slopes were protected for the conservation of this endangered bird. Mount Kanlaon, Negros- located in the central highlands of Negros, this mountain is home to various species of ferns, lichens, and orchids. It is also inhabited by numerous species of tropical birds. Among them are hundred endemic species of bleeding heart pigeons and the nearing to extinction, Negros Fruit Doves. Others are Barblers and Warblers, Doves, Bulbuls, Flycatchers and woodpeckers.

Mt. Pulag National Park

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  • Mt. Pulag National Park which lies on the north and south spine of the Grand Cordillera Central that stretches from Pasaleng, Ilocos Norte to the Cordillera Provinces. It falls within the administrative jurisdiction of two (2) Regions: Cordillera Administrative Region and Cagayan Valley.
  • The whole park is located within the Philippine Cordillera Mountain Range and is very rugged, characterized by steep to very steep slopes at the mountainsides and generally rolling areas at the mountain peak. Mt. Pulag National Park is the highest peak in Luzon and is the second highest mountain in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,922 m. above sea level.
  • The summit of Mt. Pulag is covered with grass and dwarf bamboo plants. At lower elevations, the mountainside has a mossy forest veiled with fog, and full of ferns, lichens and moss. Below this is the pine forest growing on barren, rocky slopes. Falls, rivers and small lakes mark the area.
  • The Park has a large diversity of flora and fauna, many of which are endemic to the mountain. Its wildlife includes threatened mammals such as the Philippine Brown Deer, Northern Luzon Giant Cloud Rat and the Luzon Pygmy Fruit Bat.  One can also find several orchid species some of which are possibly endemic to Mt. Pulag, and other rare flora such as the pitcher plant.
  • Mt. Pulag is an important watershed providing the water necessities of many stakeholders for domestic and industrial use, irrigation, hydroelectric power production and aquaculture.
  • Justification for Outstanding Universal Value
  • Satements of authenticity and/or integrity:
  • Mt. Pulag was proclaimed National Park by virtue of Pres. Proclamation No. 75 on February 20, 1987 covering an area of 11,550 hectares. It was established to protect and preserve the natural features of the area such as its outstanding vegetation and wildlife. It belongs to the Cordillera Biogeographic Zone located in Northern Luzon.  
  • There are other comparative sites in the country like Mount Kanlaon, Negros- located in the central highlands of Negros, this mountain is home to various species of ferns, lichens, and orchids. It is also inhabited by numerous species of tropical birds. Among them are hundred endemic species of bleeding heart pigeons and the nearing to extinction, Negros Fruit Doves. Others are Barblers and Warblers, Doves, Bulbuls, Flycatchers and woodpeckers.
  • Mt. Apo National Park, Mindanao- is a dormant volcano and the Philippines highest mountain (2954m). As a known habitat of the national bird, Philippine Eagle, its forested slopes were protected for the conservation of this endangered bird.
  • Mount Arayat, Central Luzon- is a sleeping volcano and a mountain that is sheltering a variety of wild animals. Right at its foot is a picnic site surrounded by waterfalls and numerous species of plant life.
  • Mt. Isarog, located in Camarines Sur, Bicol- is the region's second highest volcano at about 1,966 meter above sea level. It is a dormant volcano and home to some of the rarest animal and plant species in the country. A scattered community of Agta tribe, one of the country's earliest settlers, have been seen residing the interiors of the mountain.

Petroglyphs and Petrographs of the Philippines

  • Petroglyphs and Petrographs of the Philippines
  • These petroglyphs are of animate figures interpreted as representing juveniles or infants on a rock face in a rock shelter. The shelter is located southeast of the city of Manila, three kilometers from the town of Angono, and some 235 meters above sea level. The shelter if formed by quaternary volcanics, located on the eastern limb of an anticline. The cave faces 305 degrees west and measures 632. 84 meters, 4.68 meters in height and 8.2 meters in depth. The cave was formed at the close of the Pleistocene, early part of the Holocene, at a period when the quaternary alluvium was not yet extensive.
  • The petroglyphs occupy 25 meters of the rockwall with a height of 3.7 meters from the floor level. The engravings are executed into all the available space on the wall with no orientation nor association with one another. There are no relationships in scale and size, and no baseline.
  • The engravings are made on the tuff layer of the wall with " v " and " u " cross sections, depending on the sizes of the images, the largest of which is 63 centimeters. There is no attempt at making relieves. The general typology of the images is a rounded head on a narrow neck, rectangular body with a lower taper, linear flexed limb with three digits each. There is a total of 127 still discernable figures. There are non-cognitive incisions. There are 51 distinct types. The engravings are not decorative but are symbolic representations, executed by different individuals using a single mental template, apparently with the same cultural persuasion associated with healing and sympathetic magic.
  • The dating of the petroglyphs is probably late Neolithic Age. Only highly fragmented low-fired pottery was recovered, a number of Paleolithic cobble and flaked tools, and Neolithic Age polished adzes. The Philippine Neolithic ranges from 6000 BCE to 2000 BCE.
  • The other set of Petroglyphs are those found in Alab, Mountain province carved on boulders on top of promontories. The configurations are those of pudenda. The dating is relatively later and placed at not earlier than 1500 BCE or even later.
  • The Petrographs are of two kinds: a) Charcoal drawings on cave walls in Penablanca, Cagayan Province, and the Singnapan Caves in southern Palawan; b) red hematite prints in Anda Peninsula, Bohol province. The dating of these is still undetermined.
  • Petroglyphs are more rare in Southeast Asia where most rupestrine art is done through hand prints or paintings. Often petroglyphs are translated into petrographs, e.g. the Angono ones are found drawn with charcoal in the Bato Caves of southern Sarawak, and in southern Thailand. The petrographs in terms of handprints are very rare in the Philippines compared to those found in Sarawak, Sulawesi, Jave, Pontian Malaysia, and the very extensive red hematite rock art found in the banks of Mekong River between Thailand and Cambodia. Other major rupestrine art are found in the Pacific World done by Polynesians, Australia among the Bushmen, in Spain and France. All these New and Old World sites are well-documented.
  • Justification for Outstanding Universal Values
  • The petroglyphs and petrographs are authentic, the sites being systematically excavated, documented and studied by the National Museum of the Philippines by a multi-disciplinary team of archaeologists, anthropologists, geologist, botanists and zoologists. All have been officially declared National Cultural Treasures in accordance with Presidential Decree 374; and have been recorded among rock art registers.
  • Comparison with other similar properties:
  • The petroglyphs of Angono Rizal are similar in configuration to those found in southern Thailand, Sulawesi and Malaysia. All are co-eval being approximately done during the span of the Neolithic Age of Southeast Asia.; while those of Alab Mt. Province have counter parts in the Pacific Islands and Hawaii, dating later than the Philippine Metal Age.. The charcoal petrographs of Cagayan province are of different configuration that cannot be related exactly elsewhere and which at present could not be dated, while the red hematite hand prints are comparable with those found all over Asia, Australia and Europe.

Tabon Cave Complex Palawan The Philippines, Home Of Tabon Man

  • The Tabon Cave Complex and all of Lipuun Point is located on the west coast of Palawan. It is located on a limestone promontory which is visible from any direction for many kilometers and honeycombed with at least 200 caves and rock shelters. This point is called Lipuun by the local people but marked "Abion Head" on charts made from British surveys in 1851. The point is about 104 hectares in are and is formed by a number of rounded limestone domes separated by deep chasms.
  • The some 200 caves located in the limestone formation are collectively known as the Tabon Caves, after the main cave, called Tabon, so named after a megapode bird that digs its nest into the ground. This was the site to first establish the presence of humans in the Philippines during the Pleistocene. The different cave sites document through a corpus of C 14 dates a virtually continuous occupation between at least 50,000 years ago and ca. 9,000 BP, which have been widely cited because the Tabon Caves Complex is one of the very few sites in Southeast Asia to have yielded Pleistocene fossil Homo Sapiens. The data provide new chronological data on the questions of Pleistocene Homo Sapiens settlement.
  • The Tabon Cave, itself, is the site where possibly the oldest Homo sapiens fossil evidence in Southeast Asia in the form of a tibia fragment dating to 47,000 +/- 11-10,000 years ago ( IV-2000-T-97 ) has been found ( Dizon et al, 2002, Annex 8 ). There are also a right mandible dating to 31,000 +-8-7,000 years ago (PXIII-T-436) and a frontal bone dating to 16,500 +- 2,000 years ago ( previously dated to 22,000-24,000 BP ). The dates are based on isotopic 230 Th/U 234 ratio. Another fossil mandibular fragment raises the issue of a possible colonization of Palawan by Pongidae during the Upper Pleistocene ( 16,500 +- 2,000 BP ).
  • These caves contained an astonishing wealth and an extensive time-range of cultural materials: a flake tool tradition which dates from the Late Pleistocene and early post-Pleistocene periods including a highly developed jar burial complex which appeared during the Late Neolithic and continued on to the developed Metal Age; and finally, porcelains and stoneware indicating local trade with China during the Song and Yuan Dynasties. The excavations have revealed more than 50,000 years of Philippine prehistory and south and East Asian relationships.
  • Palawan, on the southwestern side of the archipelago is a northeast, southwest trending long island that serves a natural bridge between Borneo, and thence to the mainland of Asia. Geologically it is part of the island of Borneo. In fact the flora and fauna are more related to Borneo rather than the rest of the Philippines. During the glacial periods, Palawan was a land bridge to Borneo allowing early man, fauna and flora to enter the archipelago. Due to its position, it is crucial to the movement of peoples and biota into Central and Northern Philippines.
  • Archaeological sites in Palawan have been reported even as early as 1922 when Dr. Carl Guthe visited the El Nido ( Bacuit ) area during the expedition of the University of Michigan ( 1922-1925 ). Four caves were excavated by this University. The finds were discussed by Dr. Solheim in his study of the " Iron Age " in central Philippines. One of the caves was re-excavated by Robert Fox in 1965, which upgraded the site from an " Iron Age " to a Neolithic site. Mr. E.D. Hester, in 1932 and again in 1935 visited the Uring-uring area south of Brookes' Point on the eastern side of Palawan and recovered a sizable collection of trade ceramics dating between the 14th to the 16th centuries, coming from China, Thailand and Vietnam. IN 1962, Fox again re-visited the place a recovered similar materials. Even a superb gold ornament was found identified as a garuda image dating from the Indonesian Madjapahit period ( 13th-14th AD ), although the associated materials are trade ceramics from China from the late 14 to 16 centuries AD. In 1951, Fox recovered an early Neolithic oval adze from a Tagbanua community in the municipality of Aborlan.
  • The above finds comprised the matrix of data about Palawan until the systematic excavations conducted at Lipuun Point in 1962 by the National Museum, that verified the importance of these sites to Philippine and Southeast Asian Prehistory.
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  • Niah Cave in northern Sarawak contains the oldest remains of Homo sapiens found in Borneo, excavated from layers dated to about 40,000 years. The 10-hectare cave also contained sequences of human occupation from the period around 40,000 years to 2,000 years ago. The cave was excavated by Tom Harrison from 1954 to 1962. The excavations, however, were never published in a comprehensive form. There are many doubts about the reliability of his stratigraphic interpretations and the age of the radiocarbon dated layers. Further excavations were done in 1976 to clarify the issues, but these remained unresolved.
  •  On the other hand, the Tabon Caves of the Philippines at Lipuun Point, located in the island of Palawan which is geologically linked to north Borneo have been systematically excavated by the National Museum of the Philippines led by the late Dr. Rober B. Fox. The data has been published in many forms and cited by pre-historians involved in Southeast Asian archaeology. The radio-metric dates for the Tabon Caves sites, including that for the Homo sapiens sapiens tibia have also been published, with the latter with a positive date of 47,000 +- 10-11,000 years ago, which antedates the yet unverified 40,000 years for the " Deep Skull " of Niah Cave.

Tubbataha Reef

                                                            The Lighthouse at Tubbataha

tubbataha reef palawan

  • Tubbataha Reef is located in the middle of the Central Sulu Sea, 181 kilometers southeast of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan Province, in the Municipality of Cagayancillo. Covering 33,200 hectares the park comprises two atolls, North and South Reef, separated by an eight kilometer channel. The North Reef is a large oblong-shaped continuous reef platform 2 km wide and completely enclosing a sandy lagoon some 24 meters deep. The most prominent feature is the North Islet which serves as a nesting site for birds and marine turtles. Steep and often perpendicular walls extending to a depth of 40-50m are characterize the seaward face of the reef. A very high diversity of fish has been recorded with 379 species in at least 40 families. There is a diverse coral assemblage, with species representing 46 genera. The South Reef is a small triangular shaped reef about I to 2 kms wide. Like the North Reef, it consists of a shallow platform enclosing a sandy lagoon. South Islet is a coralline sand cay of approximately 800 sq.m, and is also used as a nesting site. Bird species include brown boobies, and red-footed boobies, sooty tern and crested tern. Marine turtles nest on some of the beaches, including threatened hawksbill and green turtle.
  • Tubbataha Reef is exposed to both the south-west and north-east monsoons. Rough seas are experienced from July to October and from November to March in the north-east monsoon. Four species of tree and four species of grass are found on both islands. Ten species of macroalgae are found and extensive seagrass beds grow on the shallower parts of the reef and lagoon. There are no permanent inhabitants on the reefs, other than during the fishing season, when fishermen from Cagayancillo and other parts of the country establish temporary shelters. Tubbataha has remained relatively pristine due to its inaccessibility and its isolation from population centers. However, there have been increasing disturbances from blast fishing, large scale collection of sea bird and marine turtle eggs, giant clams and other marine resources, spear fishing, collection of aquarium fish and disturbances to wildlife. Most of these activities are illegal. A proposal by a commercial operation to establish an extensive seaweed farming operation with up to 24,000 people located on the islands has been averted. The reefs have benefited from two years of protective management, with improved cover and richness of indicator species.
  • The Tubbataha National Marine Park nomination, as presented by the Government of the Philippines provides the following justification for designation as a World Heritage property, although the precise criteria are not specified. Natural property
  • Contain unique, rare or superlative natural phenomena, formations or features or areas of exceptional beauty. Tubbataha represents a unique example of pristine atoll reef, with a very high diversity of marine species. The reef components include a 100 m perpendicular wall; an almost pristine reef crest and reef edge; extensive reef flat; extensive deep lagoon with coral beds and giant clams; shallow lagoon with seagrass beds, important for threatened marine turtle species; and emergent islands used by both birds and turtles.
  • Virtually the entire coastlines of the Philippines' 7,000 islands are dotted with coral reefs. Reefs cover 27,000 sq km of the country with the largest concentration and most diverse reefs near Palawan and its satellite islands where Tubbataha is found. However, with the dependence of millions of Filipinos on reef ecosystems, there is much pressure on all reefs. A decade ago a survey indicated less than one-third of survey reefs in the country were in good condition and there has been even greater declines since then.
  • Various Presidential Decrees and Proclamations have been issued to establish marine parks and reserves but few of these have had much meaning as there has been no action to follow them up. In addition to Tubbataha the important marine reserves in the country are found at Hundred Islands, Santa Cruz Islands, Sumilan, Turtle Island, and El Nido. All of these, despite being marine reserves have suffered from illegal fishing, the use of dynamite and cyanide, collection of corals and shells and siltation. Because of its remoteness and due to management activities carried out through the Debt for Nature Swap Program by the Tubbataha Foundation, Tubbataha is considered the most intact and diverse of all the marine reserves in the Philippines.
  • Regionally, it has been claimed by one independent marine scientist that Tubbataha is the best example of a diversetoral atoli system in southeast Asia ( White, 1991 ). It certainly may be the best documented example as many other reefs in the region are poorly known and there may be' others that eventually prove as important ( e.g. those found around the Spratly Islands ). Marine parks with equal diversity and abundance of fishes are found at Bunaken Marine Park in northern Indonesia, possibly,Cenderwasih in lrian Jaya and certainly the Pulau Seribu marine park off Java. Another strong World Heritage marine park prospect in the region is Palau's Ngerukewid Islands Wildlife Preserve. Comparing Tubbataha reefs with those of French Polynesia, the former has 46 genera of hard corals in 332 sq km of ocean while the latter have 51 genera in 2.5 million sq km of ocean. Tubbataha thus has a very concentrated diversity indeed!
  • It is, of course, unfair and impossible to compare any coral reef to that of the existing World Heritage site at the Great Barrier Reef. In this case the entire coastal region multiple use area of 3.5 million sq km as inscribed in 1981 is larger than all other Heritage sites combined. One scientist from the Great Barrier Reef Authority, however, did note that the condition of the reefs at Tubbataha is comparable.
  • In conclusion, given the extent of reef degradation in the Philippines and generally throughout the Asian region, the reefs at Tubbataha stand out as one of the best intact marine sites and thus their presence is of particular importance. This conclusion is reflected in the attraction that the area has become for Scuba divers who rate the reefs at Tubbataha Reef as one of the world's top diving destinations. 
  • Although not elucidated in the nomination, Tubbataha Reef meets 3 criteria for natural properties. First, the site is an excellent example of a near pristine coral reef with a-spectacular 100 m perpendicular wall, an almost undisturbed reef crest and reef edge, extensive lagoons with sea grass beds and coral beds, and 2 coral islands (criterion (iii)).
  • Secondly, the importance of Tubbataha Ref for science and conservation is related to its unique position in the middle of the Sulu Sea where reefs contribute larvae to the whole Sulu Sea system. The opportunity to study this system of larvae dissemination and fisheries recruitment and to better understand marine processes is justification for criterion (ii).
  • Thirdly, the diversity of corals and fish, particularly pelagic species such as jacks, tuna, barracuda and sharks is exceptional. Added to this are the large numbers of manta rays and moray eels found here. The importance of the atolls for seabirds and turtles is less clear but it too will likely prove significant.
  • PHYSICAL FEATURES Comprises the only two atolls in the Philippine archepelago, North and South Reef, separated by an 8km wide channel. North Reef is a large, oblong, continuous reef platform some 16km long and 4.5km wide, completely enclosing a sandy lagoon some 24m deep. The reef flat is shallow and emergent in some places at extreme low tide. The most prominent subarea1 feature is the North Islet which is a coralline sand cay (0.3ha), which serves as a nesting site for birds and marine turtles. Steep and often perpendicular walls extending to a depth of 40-50m are characterise the seaward face of the reef. South Reef, a small, triangular-shaped reef about l-2km wide, consisting, like the North Reef, of a shallow platform enclosing a sandy lagoon. South Islet, a coralline-sand cay of approximately 800 sq.m, is located on the southern tip of the reef, and is also used as a nesting site.
  • Tubbataha Reef is exposed to both the south-west and north-east monsoons. Rough seas are experienced from July to October and from November to March during the north-east monsoon. Four species of tree occur: Terminalia catappa, Leucaena leucocephala, Pisonia qrandis and Arqusia arsentia. Two stands of coconut Cocos nucifera exist. Four species of grass, Melapodium divaricatum, Portulaca oleracea, Chloris inflata and Setasaria qeniculata are found on both islands. In contrast, there is considerably more diversity in the marine flora, with 45 species of benthic macroalgae and extensive seagrass beds on the shallower parts of the reef and lagoon. The four dominant species are Thalassia hemprichii, Halophilia ovalis, Halodule uninervis and H. pinifolia. FAUNA Forty six bird species have been recorded from the si. North Islet has a colony of brown boobies Sula leucosaster and some red-footed boobies S. sula. South Islet has a variety of birds including brown boobies, red-footed boobies, common noddy Anous stolidus, sooty tern Sterna fuscata and crested tern S. bersii. Marine turtles nest on some of the beaches, including hawksbill turtle Eretmochevls imbricata (E) and green turtle Chelonia mydas. A very high diversity of fish has been recorded with 379 species in at least 40 families. Sightings of black-tip shark Carcharinus melanopterus, white-tip shark Triaenovon abesus, manta rays Mobula dibolus and eagle rays are common. Tridacnid calms such as crocus calm Tridacna crosea, giant clam T. gisas (VI, scaly calm T. squamosa (I) and horse's hoof clam Hipopus hippopus (I) are found in some parts of the lagoon. A general checklist of fish species and macroinvertebrates is given in DENR (1992). Several distinct physiographic zones may be discerned on the reefs. Forty six coral general were recorded from the area in 1983. The deeper stretches of the steep drop off show foliose or plate like forms of Pachyseris, Leptoseris and Montipora at 20 to 30 m depth. At 12 to 20 m depth, massive Diploastrea, Platvgvra and Porites are found. The reef edge is an Acropora zone with branching Montipora, Pocillopora, Porites and some faviids, and extends to a reef slope of similar composition. The reef flats consist mainly of A. hyacinthus, Pocillopora, Millepora and some faviids. Porites 'micro atolls' and branched Porites characterise the back-reef areas. 
  • There are no permanent inhabitants on the reefs, other than during the fishing season, when fishermen from Cagayancillo and other parts of the country establish temporary shelters. A wide range of fishing activities are carried out in the Sula Sea surrounding the park, including traditional line fishing, commercial tuna trawling, spear fishing, offshore long lines and reef gleaning.
  • Tubbataha Reef, considered to be one of the top scuba destinations in the country, is visited by approximately 1500 national and international divers between March and June.

Turtle Islands Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Turtle Islands is part of the Sulu Archipelago which is composed of approximately 400 islands of varying shapes and sizes. It is located at the southwestern tip of the Philippines, about 1,000 km southwest of Manila. The municipality of Turtle Islands is right at the edge of the international treaty limits separating the Philippines and Malaysia. The group of islands, namely, Boan, Lihiman, Langaan, Great Bakkungan, Taganak, and Baguan, is situated south of Palawan, northwest of the Tawi-Tawi mainland and northeast of Sabah, Malaysia. The islands have an aggregate land area of 308 hectares. The smallest island, the Langaan measures about 7 hectares, while the largest, the Taganak Island, is about 116 hectares.It was proclaimed as Wildlife Sanctuary under Proclamation No. 171 on August 26, 1999 and identified as extremely high for biodiversity conservation. On May 31, 1996 a Memorandum of Agreement between the Republic of the Philippines and the Government of Malaysia was signed declaring Turtle Islands as Turtle Islands Heritage Protected Area aiming for the conservation and protection of the area. Turtle Islands WS is regarded as the only major nesting ground with more than 1,000 nesters annually of the Green Turtle in the whole ASEAN Region. There are only 10 remaining nesting sites worldwide. The Hawksbill Turtle also occur but with a low density nesting in contrast to the Green Turtle. Worldwide, marine turtle populations have critically declined hence the CITES-IUCN has declared all species of marine turtle endangered.
  • On May 31, 1996 Turtle Islands was declared as Turtle Island Heritage Protected Area through a MOA between the Republic of the Philippines and the Government of Malaysia. It was proclaimed as Wildlife Sanctuary under Proclamation No. 171 on August 26, 1999 and identified as extremely high for biodiversity conservation.
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    Turtle Islands WS is regarded as the only major nesting ground with more than 1,000 nesters annually of the Green Turtle in the whole ASEAN Region. There are only 10 remaining nesting sites worldwide. Around Great Bakkungan Island, the Malay Box Turtle which was never seen at other islands has been observed visiting its shores. Presence of sea snakes and terrestial snakes have also been recorded in the island.
  • Locally, the Apo Reef, Occidental Mindoro- proclaimed marine and national park possess a wide array of habitats which are valuable for scientific studies and a perfect destination for environmental tours. Numerous species of fauna and flora are discovered inhabiting the sandy beaches, beach forests, coral reefs, algae flat, mangroves and sea grass of the reef. The reef's underwater terrain boasts for its unique coral walls, caves and drop offs. They are home to some species of mantas, sharks, school of jacks and snappers, and groups of tropical aquarium fishes and hundreds more marine species. The island as well serves as a nesting ground for numerous species of migratory and resident breeder birds, and a rich territory of endemic wildlife and plant life species such as Nicobar pigeons, sea turtles, sea grass and algae.



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