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Old 09-13-2013   #1 (permalink)
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Wow!!Philippines


When a silver storm of playful fish circles you, just a few steps away from the coast .. When the white sand you’re stepping on is not located at the water’s edge , but in the middle of the sea .. When your umbrella is not situated on the beach , but into the water and even has a round wooden table halfway up the pole, having predicted that you won’t get out of the sea for no reason... When you stay in a beach cottage and your address is sugar and paradise beach corner... then you hardly believe that there is somewhere a big city waiting for your return soon .
I have no idea if Kota was the best beach on the island , because I never left it to seek for another ! It’s not that easy to leave a perfect beach and a tropical garden of Eden - because the well kept gardens of Kota resort looked like this.. An Eden with tiny wooden bungalows scattered among trees , with a machine that is supposed to be aircon and otherwise completely spartan, with the bare essentials .

Fortunately it includes the wooden overhanging balconies with baggy wooden rocker and incredible views . The cottage was not deluxe , but outside of it what a luxury ! Nature was very generous with the shores of Bantayan! The island is gifted with awesome beauty!
The backpackers have discovered the island a long time ago, but the tourists overlooked it until the direct flights Cebu-Bantayan started and it was spread out the secret that there are beaches here that can rival in beauty the big star of the region , the neighboring island of Malapascua - nicknamed ‘the new Boracay’.
The once tranquil fishing village of Santa Fe today receives daily ferries with travelers from the north coast of Cebu , but there’s yet a long way to go to become the new Boracay or Malapascua.
The entertainment is limited to a few beach bars – one floating facing the Sugar beach – all rustic palapa roof huts playing nice music , reggae mostly , barefoot regulars and awesome cocktails.

The interior of the island was delight full, an endless green in harmony with the local bahay kubo, traditional Philippine huts made of bamboo tied side by side and woolly roof made of palm leaves nipa. Several were double-deckers and as they popped here and there through banana and palms clusters, they added an exotic look to the landscape . The island is known as 'Egg basket' of Visayas , since is the egg supplier of the surrounding islands and explains the unusual number of cartons with eggs that I saw arriving at the port the day we arrived.
The nightlife is nothing special, but it’s the last thing I care about. A romantic walk along the beach with the powder white sand feeling sooo good under my feet and a drink in a quiet bar on the beach and I’m fully covered.
In the morning the scenery changes... the benches were pulled out on the road and filled the area with colors and flavors from fruits , vegetables and spices. Cola bottles of 1.5 liter waited under the heat to be sold . No, nobody wants to buy warm coca cola , but some tricycles drivers would fill gasoline their tricycles. I was really confused the first time I saw a woman pouring a coke bottle into the gas tank, but then I saw that it was actually gasoline! These exotic constructions made of bamboo and palm leaf roofs are original gas stations standing around the small square, which was bustling with life with the dozens of pedicabs ringing the bels and tricycles blowing the horns to call the attention of the passengers.
The school located opposite the Kota beach resort fills with children and the beach - that in the afternoon was a noisy playground for the local kids- now was empty . The few tourists were out on diving and snorkeling trips mostly around Virgin island and I was trying to guess where the sea shore will be today.
All night long the sea was pulling itself into the deep ocean leaving the kiosk and the umbrellas standing awkwardly in the sand as if someone misplaced them. At low tide if you want to swim you have to walk up to the sandbar below.

During noon as I enjoy my lunch at the resort’s restaurant, I see everything coming back at the normal location at last! The sea was returning slowly into first place. The kiosk was exactly on the water, the bar could now justify the name ‘floating’. The umbrellas got a reason to exist with the water going up to the middle of the pole just before the table, and invited me to come down with a cold choco-banana for an afternoon dip. Only the sand bar refuses to sink under the tide creating in collaboration with the coast a magnificent lagoon with palm trees leaning gently to be mirrored in its waters.
Now the scenery is almost ready, the sun setting paints with the right shade the magnificent tropical landscape . We are all alone on the beach, the only sound is the song of tropical birds , exotic aromas and pink sunsets over the sea of Visayas. The whole atmosphere was so peaceful and enchanting that we feel being one step closer to paradise!
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This is on our list of countries to go diving...Did you dive here?
Pics look beautiful, BTW...
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No, I'm not a diver, but I know in Philippines you can find some of the best dive sites in the world - I'm sure you know more about it.
I really enjoyed snorkeling!
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This is a tour to Bohol island and the little brother of Panglao. You can see the chocolate hills, the tarsiers, the Loboc river cruise and the floating restaurants. Finally some beaches of Panglao, known as the 'new Boracay'.
(The music will remind you of Latin america - i'm obsessed I know)

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Boracay has been named as world's best island getaway for 2012 by an international travel magazine.I visited the island in 2008 and it was truly a paradise! White beach is probably the best around the country and yes it is white like powder.


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This is a video from my Mactan airport landing/taking off coming/going , from/to Boracay. Window seat both times and amazing views flying over Cebu island:
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Very nice. Thanks for sharing.
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This is a video while driving along the scenic coastal road of Negros Oriental. From Sagay to Zamboanguita. We stopped at Bais, Dawin, Malatapay market and Casaroro falls.
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