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A tiered waterfall and an empty beach are what you get from this sleepy Visayan town Tangalan, Aklan is something that will qualify for of-the-radar. It’s en route to Aklan province’s capital Kalibo and the perfect place for a bit of...
If you’ve been looking for paths less traveled, hidden gems, unexplored trails, and untouched destinations, take inspiration from this list we got from some of the country’s top travel bloggers. Their choices could very well be on your wishlist for the year too.
If you ask award-winning photographer Elal Lasola, less is definitely more for underrated destinations. Places like the Batad Rice Terraces in Ifugao, El Nido’s twin beaches of Nacpan and Calitang, Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, and Bontoc, Mountain Province are some of her go-tos.
These places have less in terms of crowds in contrast to others [destinations], which means there are more opportunities for you to enjoy more.
Mervin Marasigan, the man behind Pinoy Adventurista, calls it one of the most underrated destinations in the country. “An off-the-beaten destination that only the most intrepid travelers dare to visit. Don’t miss its stunning rock formations battered by strong waves. They are truly amazing! Every spot is definitely Instagram-worthy!”
Brace for a 17-hour journey by bus from Manila to Catarman, Northern Samar, a 1.5-hour bus ride from Catarman to Lavezares port, and a one-hour ferry ride to Biri Island.
Melo Villareal of Out of Town Blog liken for Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro to its namesake (bulalakaw is the Filipino term for shooting star) because of how beautiful yet fleeting it is. “Although it is overshadowed by nearby destinations like Puerto Galera and Mount Malasimbo, Bulalacao is without a doubt a place we can truly call paradise.”
Bulalacao has beaches and sights you’ll never see in Metro Manila and has temperatures that make it a year-round destination; quite rare for a beach if you ask us.
Fly from Manila to Caticlan then take a three-hour boat ride from Caticlan jetty to Bulalacao.
Known as the southernmost place in the country, it’s a place that Estan Cabigas of Langyaw.com and Ten Zero Four describes as a “surreal place that is quite different from what we are used to in the country.”
“To go around the island, walk on elevated wooden pathways, swim, ride a tempel (motorized wooden boat), and swim at the still shallow water.” He’s also heard mosques calling the locals to prayer in near-unison, an experience he describes as unforgettable.
Fly to Zamboanga City and transfer to a flight headed for Tawi Tawi. Once there, you’ll have to take a ferry from Bongao Port to Sitangkai.
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Tangalan, Aklan is something that will qualify for of-the-radar. It’s en route to Aklan province’s capital Kalibo and the perfect place for a bit of adventure minus the crowd.
Jawili Falls is a wonderful waterfall—seven natural pools formed from a series of cascades. It’s got stone steps fringing the pools, and as you climb you get to take in the view of one dark basin after the next.
These natural swimming pools are like actual pools you’d see in hotels except that they’re natural.Their sizes vary with the deepest fetching up to 10 feet deep. Locals would jump of a cliff and plunge into the water.
The apex is a small shallow stream with trees and shrubberies on both sides, feeding the cascade. It looks magical in late afternoons when light filters through still leaves.
A calm and empty shore—that’s Jawili Beach. No grand hotels, no restaurants, and absolutely no tourists. Huts and a few small resorts with rooms are available for rent.
The beach’s cream-colored sand isn’t powder-fine but definitely good enough. At late afternoon, walk on its expansive shore and you’ll be rewarded with fiery yellows and oranges tinting the sky at sunset.
The St. John Nepumucene Church was built in 1889, its age evident in the tarnishing on its limestone walls built using limestone that came from the nearby Afga Beach. Its façade—arched wooden double doors, circular stone windows on both sides, a central niche with an image of Christ—is perfectly symmetrical if not for the fairly recent addition of a bell tower on its left lank. It’s smaller than most colonial churches in the Philippines but still looked regal and stately even with its diminutive form.
Fly from from Manila to Caticlan via SkyJet, which starts flights in December. From Caticlan, ride a Ceres Bus from the terminal and alight at the Tangalan Public Market. From there, ride a tricycle to Jawili Falls.
Green Meadows Beach Resort has rustic beachfront bungalows. Tel+ 09087844765
Tatoy’s Place, a beachfront resto-bar. Tel +639189627713
Story and photos by Christian Sangoyo
I was born and raised
in Manila but I’ve been frequenting Siargao
for the past 13 years.
At first I would stay for one month, then one month became two, and later on it stretched longer. In 2016, we started renting a house and got ourselves a dog.
My goal is to provide the best way to teach surfing in Siargao.
At Surfista Travels, we cover all bases when we teach, from theory to safety to etiquette. We do photo analysis. Surfista’s emphasis is for one to become a learned surfer.