The best ride in getting to and around the Paoay sand dunes is via a rugged, 4x4 vehicle. This would ensure adequate traction especially at loose spots and in going up and down the sand hills. Stay away from the tricycles or your family sedan when you can help it.
The sand dunes of Ilocos Norte seems to be the most 'unnatural' geological formation that I have seen so far. One would normally expect desert-like stretches like these in the Middle East but not in a tropical country like the Philippines.
Everything in rustic Vigan is charming. But you have never been to this UNESCO World Heritage Site if you have not set foot in Calle Crisologo.
The windmills in the laidback town of Bangui have indeed put the Philippines in the renewable energy map. It has attracted not only the strong drafts from the South China Sea but also troves of tourists who want to see a majestic wind farm.
Project Aerie showed me that South Cotabato is far from the war-torn region described by a popular Asin song. Since its provincehood forty years ago, it has been aggressively positioning itself to become one of the major eco-tourism destinations in the Philippines.
There is nothing like waking up to the gushing sound of Hikong Bente at the 7 Falls in Lake Sebu, Southern Philippines. Although we camped out far from the cascade, we could still feel the gentle rumble of the ground beneath our tents.
While your heart starts to pound faster, try to imagine Joker whispering the following in your ear: “Madness is like gravity, all it takes is a little push.” You are suddenly plunged into a wickedly awesome scene that only this part of the Philippines can possibly offer.
We assumed that the remainder of our river trek would be a piece of cake. But just when we thought we could breeze back to our starting point, we faced one more challenging pit stop.
The undeveloped trail leading to Hikong Mahi or Tinago Falls is considered difficult even by more experienced mountaineers. We carefully trod on loose forest topsoil which was sometimes littered with animal traps. There were times when we used a rope to rappel steep inclines.
Little is known about Mt. Three Kings in Lake Sebu. A quick Google search would reveal that it is part of an IBA (Important Bird Area) in the Philippines, that is surprisingly unexplored.