A Walk to Lakawon Island

Imagine yourself lying down at the edge of an anchored boat with the sun above your head, drinking your complimentary drink as you set your eyes on the white sandy shores of Lakawon Island. The cool music being played sets a relaxing tone on board the Tawhai boat as you let the time pass you by.

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It is a pure easing moment. This is what to expect in Lakawon Island Resort and Spa – an exciting new travel destination north of Bacolod City. It is a lovely island with white sand beach, blue waters, a long boardwalk and a huge floating bar anchored just a few hundred meters from its shore.

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Manjuyod Sandbar: The Shallows

Off the coast of Negros Oriental, some 67 kilometers north of Dumaguete City, there is an amazing natural beauty that is constantly drawing visitors and sandbar chasers all throughout the year. Most people call these shallow parts of Manjuyod as the Maldives of the Philippines. The Shallows on a low tide, unveil an area of white sand, more like a naked island in the middle of Tañon Strait.

It is an emerging tourist destination in this part of Negros Island. Tour operators generally offer a side trip to the Manjuyod Sandbar in their Bais dolphin-watching package. The Shallows are nearer to Bais City than the town proper of Manjuyod.

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Cottage on shallow waters

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Islas de Gigantes: Cabugao Gamay (Antonia Island)

I will never forget this cluster of islands in the northeastern corner of Panay. It was by far, the most thrilling journey that I got myself into. To say that it was scary or ‘buhis-buhay’ is an understatement. Never mind that one of our companions in this trip to the Islas de Gigantes almost peed in her pants in sheer fright and excitement as we crossed the super rough seas on a rainy Friday afternoon.

Islas de Gigantes. Beautiful group of islands off the coast of Carles, Iloilo.

How to get there?

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Aliwagwag Falls

It came out as a big surprise for me when I met Aliwagwag Falls for the very first time. It was one fine morning of November 2016 when we ventured westward from the poblacion on board a tricycle (local tuktuk) with markings of Jesus Take The Wheel only that it was driven by Mang Biboy, the husband of the caretaker of OAR Inn.

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Mang Biboy and his tricycle (tuktuk)

It was not that sunny a Saturday when we headed towards Aliwagwag. The sky was overcast. It rained the previous night, a welcome thought that perhaps, Aliwagwag Falls would have huge volume of water flow just like what we saw in Tinuy-an.

The ride took us almost an hour. To reach the falls, you have to take the Compostela-Cateel road. If heading to Compostela Valley, Aliwagwag is at the right side and can be viewed from the bridge.

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