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Travel Deal: 3Days/2Nights in Potipot, Zambales for 4 Persons at Php 11,400


Package includes:

  • 3 days/ 2 nights accommodation for 4 persons at Potipot Gateway Resort
  • full board meals for 4
  • Potipot Island tour

Since this package doesn’t include transport, here are some tips on how to reach Potipot Island (if you’re coming from Metro Manila):


  • Take this route: NLEX-SCTEX-Subic-San Marcelino-San Narciso-Botolan-Iba-Masinloc-Candelaria (all towns mentioned in this route after SCTEX are in Zambales)
  • the drive takes about 6-7 hours on average per way
  • Cost depends on prices of gasoline as well as the type of car you’re bringing


  • Take the Victory Liner bus going to Sta. Cruz (Caloocan, Sampaloc, and Pasay terminals have buses going there)
  • once in Candelaria, tell the conductor to drop you off in Dawal, Uacon
  • since travel time is about 7 hours per way, travelers are advised to take the late night departures
  • Access Victory Liner trip schedules here.

Grab it now! or look before you book

Bohol: 3days/2nights stay + round trip airfares for 4 at Php 15,900


52% OFF! Pay P15,900  instead  of P32,900 for a Superb  3D/2N Bohol Accommodation at Luxurious Sun Avenue Inn for FOUR (4) with Roundtrip Airfare and Transfer Plus Daily Breakfast!

Package includes:

  • 3days/2nights accommodation for 4 persons (Penthouse) in Sun Avenue Inn
  • daily breakfast
  • round trip air fares + airport transfers for 4 persons

Grab it now! or

look before you book.





3 Days/2 Nights for 2 in Boracay + Roundtrip Airfares for Php 10900


CleverBuy: spend 3days/2nights in Boracay for Php 10,900 (good for 2 persons)!

54% OFF! Pay only P10,900 instead of P23,900  for a 3D/2N accommodation  for Two (2) at Serene Tawhay Boracay Resort Condominiums Station1 with Roundtrip Airfare (Manila-Kalibo-Manila) Plus Transfers!

Grab this deal now! 

3 Days/2 Nights at Alta Vista de Boracay for 4 at Php 11,990


Deal Dozen has done it again! Today, it offers beachcombers a very tempting deal: a 3days/2nights stay for 4 at the luxurious Alta Vista de Boracay’s Loft Suite. The cost? Php 11,990!

According to its own website, a 3days/2nights stay for 4 in the Loft Suite costs a whopping Php 17,598.00. The deal costs Php 11,990. Do the math.

Need I say more? GRAB IT NOW or miss out on the chance of experiencing paradise within paradise for less!

If you’re the type of tourist who “looks before s/he books,” (like me) log on to Trip Advisor for customer reviews on Alta Vista de Boracay.

reminiscing Calaguas

reminiscing Calaguas

For those who are interested to know, here’s a summary of our camping trip (c/o Mr. Melvic Brinas) to Calaguas:

  • caught the 2100 (Friday night) bus ride from Manila to Daet via Amihan Bus Lines
  • arrived in Daet at around 0700-0800 (Saturday); the entire group met with Mr. Brinas in Jollibee (I think there’s only one in Daet)
  • 30-minute van ride to the port
  • 2-hour boat ride to Calaguas (with a quick side trip to Makulabo Island)
  • 1030–arrival at Calaguas campsite
  • 1200–buffet lunch for all (this is included in the camping package)
  • once done eating, go and enjoy the island!
  • 1900–buffet dinner for all (included in the camping package); also, we were lucky enough to be provided by Mr. Brinas bottles of The Bar Apple Vodka during our trip–whee!
  • 1000 (Sunday)–left the island for some surfing fun at Bagasbas
  • 2100–departure from Bagasbas back to Manila

the sand here is blindingly white, i'm not kidding

Here’s a little disclaimer, though. Calaguas is not for everyone. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not because this island is exclusive, or anything–it’s just that certain types of tourists who have a set of “standards” might not enjoy the island as others do. As a piece of advice from one traveler to another, do not go to Calaguas if you:

  1. are faint of heart (or in Tagalog, nerbyoso/nerbyosa) — The 2-hour boat ride to and from the mainland can get really bumpy; if you still wish to go, avoid the summer months and postpone your trip until around July when the waves are calmer.
  2. can’t survive one night of sleeping without air conditioning — camping = no bedrooms = sleeping in tents
  3. can’t survive one night of sleeping without a comfortable bed — same as #2
  4. can’t survive at least 2 days of no mobile phone signal
  5. are not willing to try bathing from a makeshift pump (in Tagalog, poso) outdoors, potentially with strangers — since it’s a remote island, there’s no running power there to light the (ruins of a former decent) bathroom

Bottom line is, Calaguas is an adventure in the most natural sense. It doesn’t offer the thrill that mainstream water sports/activities do; instead, it challenges travelers to let go of their tired old notions of what a weekend beach getaway should be, and to just suck in the experiences that nature has to offer–both the beautiful and the not-so-convenient.

As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, I left Manila that Friday evening March of last year not knowing what to expect from that trip to Camarines Norte. Today, I remember myself sitting in that bus going home just overflowing with awe of what I have seen and experienced there. Actually, until now (as I type) I get chills recalling the most pleasantly surprising place I have ever been my entire life! Calaguas is by far the most exquisite of all the beautiful beaches I have visited here in the Philippines. Forget Boracay–it’s already way past its prime. Hee :p

Behind an excellent camping trip is an excellent organizer/host. Melvic Brinas can be found in Facebook, where his contact numbers are posted: http://www.facebook.com/calaguas4ever

He has other websites, too!

daydreaming of Calaguas


I learned about Calaguas only by chance. Around March last year, my friends and I were already itching to kick-start our summer by going to a beach that we all haven’t been to. After hours of Google-ing beach destinations that are pretty close to the Metro, we came across a blog about a place called “Mahabang Buhangin” (that’s long beach in English) somewhere off Batangas. The blog included a photo of the beach and we couldn’t believe that there can be an island near Batangas that has sand as white as Panglao‘s or Boracay‘s, and so we searched some more and found another blog praising the same beach. Still a bit skeptical as to the real location of this island (no, it just can’t be near Batangas), we searched for more blogs until one of us found the contact number of one Melvic Brinas, a guy who arranges camping packages to these group of islands off Camarines Norte (we were right all along!) called the Calaguas (or Calagua Islands). And so we called him up, reserved our slots for the coming weekend, and come Friday evening we were on a bus going to Daet, Camarines Norte, not knowing what to expect from this little adventure.

Makulabo Island--"just" a side trip :p

here it is--Calaguas

Must I state the obvious? I almost died seeing how beautiful this island is. Aside from the sand being clean and white, the water was also free from any pesky things as sea weed, sea grass, or algae, which made swimming even much more fun. Also, note the lush green hills–perfect view! One can go hiking up those hills in the morning for an excellent view of the sea and sand. 🙂

As you can see in the photos, the stretch of sand from the water up to the campsite (where the vegetation starts) is really wide so a large beach umbrella is a must, as well as tons of sunscreen and other beach essentials.

White Island, Camiguin


White Island

This is another never-miss spot in Camiguin Island. White Island isn’t really an island–it’s actually a sandbar. That means there’s no vegetation–once you reach the “island”, you will see no spot of green around, which is nice to the eyes, but definitely not the skin. We stayed there from around 8:30 am until 1:00 pm (the worst time to be on a beach) and need I state the obvious? I got burned really bad. If you’re thinking that yeah, naturally, I got baked because I was out there sunbathing, you’re wrong. Upon learning that there will be no trees there, I made sure to sit under a beach umbrella as the afternoon sun rose as an attempt to spare myself of the traumatizing pain caused by sun burn. Well, let’s just say that the noon sun is just too powerful and that no umbrella thick and wide enough could ever protect one from harsh UV rays. On the boat ride back to the main island I thought, well, hell isn’t the only place where people burn; one can burn in paradise, too. Ouch! (But it was a good kind of burning, in hindsight.) 🙂

Since the island has become a major tourist spot in Camiguin, vendors of food and drinks can be found there. Can be convenient for some who won’t bring their own food and drinks, but it kinda sucks if you’re looking to take pictures of the beautiful landscape. I suggest that their local government pay more attention to the cleanliness of the island as well as the water surrounding it in order to keep the beauty and pureness of the place.

  • Boat ride main island (Camiguin)-White Island (round trip): Php 400.00; minimum of 6 people in a boat; takes about 7 minutes per way
  • White Island entrance fee: Php 20/head

(Come Again) Camiguin

  • our taxi service (c/o Kuya Amet, the taxi driver we met in the airport–he gave us a discount!) picked us up from the hotel at 6am; got to Balingoan Port at 7:30am
  • took the 8:00am ferry to Camiguin; ticket price is Php 150 + a terminal fee of Php 2.25; there’s a student discount, so don’t forget to bring your student ID!
  • arrived at Benoni Port, Camiguin at 9:00 am

The multicab service c/o Paguia’s Cottages was already waiting for us at Benoni Port when we arrived. To maximize our time on the island of Mantigue, our group decided to go to there first before checking in to Paguia’s Cottages. We left our luggage in the multicab, leaving no money and valuables there, of course.

The boat ride from Mahinog to Mantigue took about 20-30 minutes. From afar we could already see the white sand beach that surrounds the island! I have seen a number of white sand beaches around the country, and I must say that this one should be on my top 20 of the best. Aside from its sand, what makes Mantigue beautiful is the lush greenery at its center, where the picnic tables are located. The various trees of the greenery provide the island’s guests with excellent shade and fresh air.



The marine sanctuary in Mantigue is no Balicasag, but try it anyway. Snorkeling there will let you see a variety of tropical fish as well as giant clams.

If you’re looking for beach activities (i.e. banana boat, jet skiing, fly fish-ing, etc) like those found in Boracay, you’ll get bored in this island for sure. But if you’re looking for a place where you could just relax and take in the beauty of nature, Mantigue Island is for you.

We decided to leave the island at around 1:30pm as we have a few more stops to make around Camiguin. Next on our IT was Katibawasan Falls. At 250 feet high, Katibawasan Falls is a sight to behold. Watching the white water cascade down a gigantic cliff made me feel like I was in a postcard or a calendar photo of the falls. It was so beautiful there, it felt unreal. Don’t forget to bring your DSLR when visiting this park! The water was clear and very cool. If I were badly sunburned in Mantigue, the cold water from the pool would have soothed every inch of my burned skin.

  • entrance fee: Php 15 (adults), Php 6 (kids 7 years and below)
  • souvenir shops and sari-sari stores are lined up just outside the park’s gate



After a quick check-in and shower, our group rushed to catch a view of the sunken cemetery with the sunset as its background: