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  • Island-hopping in the Philippines!

    Abhinav
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  • Philippines
    Philippines
    The Philippines, with it's spellbinding 7000 tropical islands, had always been a dream destination of mine. It was time to make the dream come true! The picture perfect beaches, beautiful megacities, concealed lagoons and a host of mind blowing activities were calling...
  • Manila
    Manila
    My flight touched down to the metropolis of Manila after a long 10 hours, the flight was via Singapore. The bayside city had a combination of Spanish colonial architecture and modern skyscrapers. It was famous for its 16th century San Agustin Church as well as Fort Santiago
  • Bacuit Bay
    Bacuit Bay
    The first place I went to, which I had SO much about, was the entrancing Bacuit Bay and El Nido. I travelled from one island to another, on the bangka, (local speedboat), and explored as much of the archipelago as I could. The turquoise waters and white sand beaches were stunning
  • Snake Island
    Snake Island
    The rich variety of marine life and different landscapes around me was overwhelming. Limestone islands, hidden lagoons and coves, and hundreds of species of fish and coral made me wander around for days. The serene waves and soft sandy beaches lured me in and had a calming effect
  • El Nido
    El Nido
    Blue starfish💙 I had the pleasure of snorkeling there and the depth of the oceans reminded me of how much is yet unexplored, and the seas remain to be one of the greatest mysteries on this planet.
  • Bacuit Bay
    Bacuit Bay
    An underwater vid while snorkeling! The paper thin fishes looked so beautiful and delicate, while the corals made the ecosystem mesmerizing...
  • Bacuit Bay
    Bacuit Bay
    Lazing around the beaches was perfect for a beach bum like me :P Anyone can literally find a marooned stretch of stretch on an island, and set up camp for a night or two! I also found out about more than 30 world famous diving spots in Bacuit.
  • Banaue
    Banaue
    Next, I went to Banaue, which is surrounded by skillfully carved, magnificent rice terraces. It's even a listed World Heritage site. Introduced 2000 years ago by the Chinese, their chiselled beauty took my breath away.
  • Banaue
    Banaue
    The terraces looked like something straight out of a movie. For those who want to escape the crowds, there are also the remote villages of Pula or Cambulo nearby, with their own outstanding rice terraces.
  • Banaue
    Banaue
    I also met the Ifugao people, who are behind all this work! They were incredibly polite and kind. The Ifugao used to be headhunters, and are also very skilled in carving bulol (sacred wood figurines, representing their rice guardians), which are a Philippine legend.
  • Kalibo
    Kalibo
    The last thing I did there was go to the Ati-Atihan festival. I wasn't going to leave without a grand fiesta! The vibrant colours, social activity, the dancing and music and the parades were the perfect way to end this trip.
  • Kalibo
    Kalibo
    After days of relaxing, dancing like a maniac was refreshing for once :P This week long party was the best one I've ever had the pleasure of attending. Fun fact: The name Ati-Atihan means "Be like Atis", Atis being the local name for the Aeta aborigines (who first settled there).
  • Kalibo
    Kalibo
    The carnival had everything you can think of, and was an electrifying experience. Wandering around the beaches, looking at marine life, exploring lagoons, gaping at rice terraces, and participating in a fantastic party made it a wonderful trip and makes me wanna return asap ;P

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