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    by elsadran Updated Oct 15, 2014

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    Kiteboarding is a combination of many other sports like windsurfing, waterski, wakeboard, paragliding. It is considered as the natural evolution of windsurfing and the use of lighter equipment offers unlimitted possibilities to the rider. The kite gives the capability to soar to the sky and make wonderful loops while in the air. It's very powerful and dramatic !! I love it ! ..Well, I haven't tried it yet but I can feel the sense of it since I have tried a lot of the other sports.
    The colours also make it a beautiful sight to watch.
    In Boracay, Bulabog beach to the east is frequented by kiteboarders who are devoted to their favorite sport. This is a very suitable 2-mile long and shallow beach. There are lessons offered by schools starting at 60$US. The only bad thing I have noticed is that people litter the sea and all the wind gathers the litter in this bay . But anyway local people are trying their best to clean especially in front of the teaching side.
    They say the best time is December through March.
    It is also possible to kiteboard on the west beach, White beach, certain times of the year.
    Prices start at 60$US.
    Kiteboarding can prove to be dangerous if the safety rules are neglected. But to a sensible rider it can give moments of delight very soon. It takes no more than a week to become a...dolphin!

    Kiteboarding in Boracay
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    Scuba Diving & Snorkeling!

    by elsadran Updated Oct 15, 2014

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    Philippines is one of the best diving destinations although sea life has suffered a lot from pollution and overfishing. The worst of all is the trading of tropical fishes which greatly disturbs the ecosystem.
    However, it's been several years that the international Community and the locals themselves have realized the cost of dead reefs and fish extinction. The destruction is still sadly obvious in some places while the reviving of some reefs gives hopes for a better future.
    Dive centers have started as early as 1966 and by now there are hundreds of diving operations all over Philippines, seeing to anything the diver needs. It's a good place to learn how to dive.
    The best remote places are Apo (east of Mindoro) and Tubuttaha (in the middle of ..nowhere, between Palawan and Mindanao).
    For wreck fans the perfect place is Coron with many wrecks to explore and a lot of ...Nemos to play with.. Coron is not very convenient for snorkelers.
    But you don't have to worry as there are diving opportunities almost on every island some of them being next to the beach, so if you don't mind carrying the basic equipment it's a good idea to do it as you can dive independently.
    I have been to excellent spots such as El Nido, Palawan. You should book a boat to take you to the nearby islands. Go to El Nido beach to find the boaters.
    Also Port Barton in Palawan.
    Baligasag, a small island with an upmarket resort on it, near Panglao,Bohol.
    Long Beach and other spots around north Mindoro.
    Apo island near Dumaguette, Negros (not the one mentioned above) which is under protection by local people and is a perfect example of reef reviving. It can be reached from Siquijor, too. And you can stay in the resort and have your diving just a few steps away.
    San Pedro in Romblon with the diving spot just in front.
    Snorkeling is not good in Boracay but there are some good diving places.
    Malapascua where you can see thresher sharks..
    Just to mention a few..
    Prices vary a lot . Shop around.

    Equipment: These photos were taken by a disposable camera.

    El Nido El Nido eating from my hand-Mindoro eating from hand-Mindoro Long Beach -Mindoro
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    by davidjo Written Apr 6, 2014

    Although not too many people come to the Philippine to play golf there are several world class courses in the country, but many are private.

    18 hole golf course, open to the public, stunning views.

    Open to the public, short course just by the walls of Intramuros.

    A new course, open to the public.

    open to tourists

    On the slopes of a hill with excellent views of the ocean and mountains.

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    by davidjo Written Mar 12, 2014

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    Some people would not consider this a sport but every weekend Filipinos flock to the cockpit with their cocks ready to do battle to win the owner a fortune. Jose Rizal, the national hero once said that the Filipino men love their cocks more than their own children. When Magellan landed in Palawan he found that the natives were already breeding fighting cocks, so the sport existed before the colonists arrived. The locals believe that they could become rich by their cock winning at the cockfight, as much as $10,000 in the big events. The fight begins by the owners introducing their cocks to each other and then they are released and the fight is over sometimes in 20 seconds as they slash at each other with a small blade tied to one of their ankles. The winning owner gets to take the dead cock home. Only men usually attend the cockfights but as a foreign woman you will also be allowed in. If you are in Manila try going to the huge air-conditioned cockpit in Dolores Street, Pasay where the entertainment normally starts around lunchtime every weekend.

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    by davidjo Written Mar 10, 2014

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    Whitewater rafting is becoming more popular and i am sure several new locations will crop up in the near future but as of now i have listed the areas where it is already established.

    Rafting is possible in the wet season from July to January when there is enough water in the river and costs around $100 per person provided there are 4 people for the 2 hour trip.

    From Cagayan De Oro you must take a half hour ride to Barangay Mambuaya where there are a series of 14 rapids, class 3 and 4. The best time to go is September or October but beginners better go just before or after these months. Great White Tours can arrange half day or full day excursions.

    A few kilometers west of the city it is possible to raft during the wet season, but be prepared to get wet as it can be quite turbulent in the river.

    For more detailed information see the link below

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    by davidjo Updated Mar 8, 2014

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    Usually the national team, nicknamed the "Azkals" (mongrel dogs) play at Rizal Memorial Stadium and the sport is becoming very popular as in the last few years the team has improved with mixed blood players from England, Spain, Germany , Denmark and other countries. Before it was the weakest team in Asia, often conceding 4 or 5 goals, but a couple of years ago they reached the S/F of the S E Asian cup knocking out holders, Vietnam in their own country. The Filipino League is called the United league with two divisions consisting of 21 teams. You can view the fixture list here!

    Juliano Alcantra, a Filipino, played for Barcelona and scored 100 goals in his first 69 matches, won many titles with Barcelona, played 5 times for Spain , scoring 4 goals before managing them for 3 games.

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    by davidjo Written Mar 6, 2014

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    Perhaps basketball is a sport played by most Filipinos but the whole country stops work and the streets are deserted when Manny Pacquiao, the country's most famous sporting hero steps in the ring. The locals watch it wherever there is a TV, and quite often local governments will show the boxing match free on big screens. However, if you want to watch some boxing bouts live you can see fights at Caloocan and Mandaluyong in Manila, Cebu, Tagaytay and Victoria in Negros (usually every week) . Tickets are very cheap and you can see upcoming events at

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    by davidjo Written Mar 6, 2014

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    Locals are basketball crazy here as you see them walking around in basketball shorts and shirts with the names of the NBA Stars printed on the back. Every town and even small villages will have a basketball court even if it is just a couple of homemade basketball hoops nailed to a tree. The PBA was founded in 1975 and consists of 10 teams sponsored by big corporations such as San Miguel, Powerade, Talk 'n Text etc... Nearly all games are played in Manila and the players are household names. Araneta Coliseum or Cuneta Astrodome normally host games on wed-fri-sun from October through to July and tickets are extremely cheap from a little more than 10 pesos, up to 600 for a ringside seat!!
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    by davidjo Written Mar 1, 2014

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    CLOUD 9, SIARGAO ISLAND (sep/oct)
    Probaby the best surfing spot in the country a major surfing competition started here around 1995 and still is held annually in September. When i was there in 1999 the competition was won by a local lad for the first time. Tourists would sometimes leave their damaged surfboards behind so the local teenagers repaired them and some became expert surfers. The place is well known and many foreigners come to experience the surf here.

    BALER, LUZON (oct-feb)
    A competition is held here each year in January that attracts surfers from abroad who stay in the cottages lining the beach. Sabang Beach is the most popular place to surf but if you venture 6 kms east of the town you will be able to surf at Cemento Beach where waves can be 4 m high.

    Sometimes huge waves come in from the Pacific and then the surfers will get out there on their boards. The whole area has become a hangout for surfers but don't expect it to be first class.

    BADOC, NORTH LUZON (nov-mar)
    Badoc Island, a km offshore from Badoc town is gaining a reputation for surfing on the 1 km beach.

    A stunning area that attracts surfers to the crystal clear waters.

    A new and upcoming destination that is still waiting to be developed but surf crashes into the island's west coast.

    A long time surfing area where surfers come to experience the Majestic Break on the east coast of the island near Baras.

    SAN JUAN, NORTH LUZON (nov-mar)
    Big breakers roll in from the South China Sea at Urbiztondo and Mona Liza which are for the experienced surfers, but the Cement Factory is nearby and for beginners.

    Surfing competitions are held here each year and there are waves here to suit beginners or experts as they roll in from the South China Sea.


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    by davidjo Updated Mar 1, 2014

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    In the limestone hills in this country there are many caves, but only a few are well known but there are certain precautions to take if you intend to explore caves. You should have at least a group of three people because if there is an emergency one can stay with the injured person while the other goes for help. You should wear a headlamp so it leaves you two hands free, and bring spare batteries too. Also you should have candles, lighter or matches, and don't forget to tell someone at your GH where you are going. If there is a junction inside the cave mark clearly the direction of where you came from.

    No problems here as you must report to the National Museum, pay 20 pesos for a permit and a guide is assigned to showing you the caves after a 20 minute boat ride. Tabon Man was found here when an archaeologist discovered a skull around 20,000 years old. There are around 200 caves but only 6 are accessible to the public.

    Here it is possible to see 100 hanging coffins by the entrance of Lumiang cave, and it is possible to take a 4 hour trip through caverns and tunnels. There are many caves in this area and your guest house will be able to find a guide.

    Besides gorges and rainforest there are many limestone caves here, the most easily accessible being Panhuughan 1. There are many passages and chambers with stalactites and stalagmites and some insects which you can't find elsewhere that inhabit the dark caves. Philippine guerrillas occupied the caves when they were fighting the Japanese during WWII.

    This cave is accessible from Mandoan, but 20 kms inland. Local people collect guano which is sold and used for fertiliser. Around 100 m from the cave entrance is an underground river where you can swim.

    This is a marvelous place to visit if you have time, but don't confuse it with Sohoton Cave and Park in Samar or Leyte. This inland lake with several caves is on Bucas Grande Island and is only accessible at low tide as you must enter through a low arch in a bangka. There are shells to be found here that are not normally found at this depth, and there is marine life such as jelyfish that don't sting. There are also weird mounds rising from the floor of the lake. To go here you have to take a tour from Siargao Island, where most of the resorts should be able to organise the trip.

    This 9 km underground river cave was voted one of the new wonders of the world a few years ago and it is now very commercial. Permits have to be applied for in Puerto Princesa, then you have to reach Sabang alone or with a tour group. Report to the office in Sabang then take a 30 minute boat trip to the park where a small bangka will take groups of tourists inside the cave for 20-30 minutes.

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    by davidjo Updated Feb 27, 2014

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    PHILIPPINES is an excellent country for trekking but unfortunately the infrastructure is lacking. I have listed a few trekking areas below, some are short treks and some are overnight treks, some of them i have done and some of them are on my bucket list. Besides these few areas there are many places throughout the country where you can just wander off and enjoy the nature.

    Mayon Volcano quite often is seen spewing ash so it us best to check on the latest hiking routes. Some areas can be quite dangerous so best to take a guide. Barangay Buyoan, near Legaspi is the starting point for the south-eastern route where it is around a 5 hour climb to the top. Avoid climbing from May to august as it can be scorching. Earlier in the year would be the best time, late in the year it will be wet.

    MOUNT PINATUBO (day trip and short hike)
    To reach Pinatubo Lake you have to arrange a tour by 4WD then walk an hour to the emerald lake that offers spectacular views. These tours are arranged from Angeles city. You can even rent a boat on the lake.

    San Rafael is around 60 kms north of Puerto Princesa and it is well worth taking the 3 day trek to Sabang. Best to arrange this through an agency as i am not sure if the private guides in San Rafael are still doing this, but years ago you would have one night camping and one night in a Batak Village

    BANAUE and the RICE TERRACES (day treks)
    If you go to the tourist information office in the center of Banaue there are a list of prices for some treks, the most popular one is to Batad, but you will be taken part of the way there by jeepney as far as the Batad junction, then it is a strenuous 3 hour climb before a 45 minute descent to the village. The trek to Cambulo is also interesting, you can do this from Batad or start near the viewpoint, a few kms from Banaue, but in both cases you will probably need a guide. Actually you can just enjoy yourself by taking any path that leads off of the road in Banuae and climb the rice terraces.

    PUERTO GALERA and the MANGYANS (day trek)
    Best to use a guide to visit the Mangyans but it is possible to do it by yourself by walking over the bridge as you leave Puerto Galera eastwards. After the bridge take a right through the subdivision and follow the path up the hill. You can ask people on the way as there are many paths in the thick forest.

    HIBOK HIBOK IN CAMIGUIN---- (A day trek)
    Hibok-Hibok is an active volcano (1032 m) and last erupted in 1951 killing around 600 people. It is possible to trek up the volcano and the path starts behind Ardent hot springs but the climb is quite steep in places and a guide is mandatory. You must get a permit at the DENR but any hotel can find you a guide for around 1,200 pesos (last i heard). The trail to the top takes around 3 1/2 hours and the same to come down. If it is a clear day you can see Bohol, Cebu and Negros.

    ITBAYAT ISLAND in BATANES (day hikes)
    Itbayat Island is one of the three main islands in the Batanes Group off of the extreme north of Luzon. There is not any public transport there so you have to walk on foot or get a ride from a local on hos motorbike. There are many trails on the island that farmers and fishermen use, so just wander along them and you will be amazed how beautiful the island is in good weather. There is a daily boat from Basca which makes the crossing but be careful as it can get a little rough.

    MOUNT BANAHAW (3 days)
    Te town of Dolores , near Lucena is where the trek begins, but to reach the summit and back takes 3 days and a guide is imperative as the trail are hard to follow, the higher you climb. The mountain is rather mysterious as locals believe that if you take a bath in the many waterfalls your ailments will be cured. The slopes of the mountain are often covered in jungle but when you reach the crater rim there are some magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. It is also possible to ascend in to the crater this is really only for the experienced climbers.
    If you don't have time for the 3 day trek you may be able to trek to Kristalina Falls which can be covered in a day.

    MOUNT GUITING GUITING (3 or 4 days)
    Mount G2 as it is often referred to is on the island of Sibuyan but the climb is only for the experienced. The trail starts near Magdiwang at the Guiting Guiting Natural Park Headquarters where you can arrange guides, porters and permits. The beginning of the trail is easy as it passes through flattish terrain but it is a bit of a challenge as you have to cross the precarious Knife Edge to reach the summit.

    MOUNT HALCON (4-5 days)
    30 kms from Calapan on Mindoro Mount Halcon is the islands highest peak at 2,587 m, and is covered by dense jungle. You can expect heavy rain most days throughout the year which keeps the conditions treacherous for climbers, so you will need waterproof gear and definitely a guide and tent.

    SAGADA (day hikes)
    There are many day treks around Sagada, including the popular 3 hour trek to see the famous hanging coffins, which can actually be done alone. There are quite a few paths so you may have to turn back a few times until you find the correct one, but guides are available should you decide on this option. There are waterfalls that can be reached alone so you can enjoy a swim, and rice terraces to see at Kiltepan.

    This 45 km trail starts at Burauen, 45 kms from Tacloban and ends in Lake Danau and takes around 4 days to complete the walk. The trail passes by lakes, forests and waterfalls but i am not sure if it is still maintained. There is no infrastructure on the way so you have to be self sufficient.

    LAKE SEBU (day hikes)
    Lake Sebu is in southern Mindanao, about 70 kms from General Santos. There is accommodation next to the lake and it is easy just to wander off in the nearby hills or hike to Seven Falls, a series of falls near the lake. The first two falls are quite easy to reach but getting to the other 5 is a little more difficult. I believe that there is a zipline there now.

    BALER (day hikes)
    In and around Baler there are many opportunities for day hikes. You can take a bangka across the river at the south end of the beach and climb Ermita Hill, and after that you can continue along the coast. If you walk north along the beach you will come to a river which you have to swim across and you can continue walking up the beach for many kilometers. When you cross the river, this is actually the place where they shot the helicopter and surfing scene in Apocolypse Now, and the place is absolutely deserted. Another popular hike would be to take a trike or jeepney ot San Luis and trek to Mother falls (Ditumabo). The last 2 kms you will walk up the riverbed or by the side of it, and see some magnificent jungle where you may spot some monkeys.


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    by davidjo Updated Feb 25, 2014

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    Philippines is an excellent place for diving as there are over 7,000 islands where you can see coral, wrecks, walls, large fish and small, so i have tried o list a few of the dive sites in this review, but each year many new ones are appearing.

    There is a reef off of Panglao Island with corals, plentiful reef fish and a 50 m vertical drop-off. Doljo Point and Cervira Shoal are two other sites a little further afield. Cabilao Island is another possibility and sometimes you can see whale and dolphins can sometimes be seen off the coast of Panglao Island. There are day trips to Balicasag which has lots of coral and drop offs and you can even go further to Pamilacan where it is possible to see Manta Rays and whale sharks between January and April.

    There are many dive outfits working in Boracay and there are quite a few sites dotted around the island, all easily accessible by bangka (outrigger boat). There are coral gardens and some deeper dives where you will probably see sharks. Crocodile Island nearby has 25m drops and some canyons where there are plenty of sea snakes. Big and Small Laurel islands has eels, snappers,morays, puffers and boxfish swimming among some of the best small coral in the area. Yapak is probably the best attraction here as you can freefall and eventually arrive at a 30m wall where there are plenty of barracuda, grey reef sharks, wahoo and batfish. If you want something a little challenging take an excursion to Lapu Wall, just off the coast of Panay where there are overhangs and caverns.

    Many of my friends have been diving here as it is not so far from where we live, just on the islands off of the north coast of Palawan. Most of the diving outfits are based in Coron Town. There are 24 Japanese wrecks that the Americans bombed in 1944, which makes for great diving. Irako is a ship that is practically undamaged that is inhabited by many turtles and groupers. In the engine room there are lionfish and moray eels among the pipes. Giang batfish and barracuda can be seen at the Akitsushima wreck which is lying on its side. Taiei Maru, a tanker lies in 10 m of water and is covered with beautiful corals and marine life. A Japanese freighter, Morazan Maru stands upright and you can see huge puffer fish here as well as giant batfish and banana fish.

    The clear waters of Samal Island and Talicud are easily accessible from Davao (45min) where you can see plenty of fish and coral reefs. There are also a few dugongs left in the area but you are unlikely to encounter any.

    This small island is just off of Northern Cebu and there are a few dive outfits here where you can expect to see thresher sharks.

    Apo Reef Marine Park is just off the west coast of Mindoro and there are 3 islands that rise above the sea level, Apo, Cayos de Bajo and Binangaan where the diving is exceptionally good. Among the fish you are likely to see are hammerhead sharks, barracuda and turtles as well as numerous smaller fish such as batfish, jacks, surgeon fish, angelfish. Nearly all the Philippines 450 types of coral can be seen here, from the smallest bubble coral to the large sea fans and brain coral.
    Puerto Galera is another place where you will find many dive shops and within a few minutes boat ride you can find many different dive sites, some with a fast current and others slow moving along the reefs. Shark's Cave is popular dive where you drift along with the current past a cave where there is a good chance of seeing whitetip sharks having a snooze. Batfish and snappers are abundant at Monkey Wreck, a cargo boat that sank in the 90's. St. Christophers is an old dive boat that was sunk deliberately and is a haven for the ugly frogfish. Experienced divers may like to try the Canyons, where there is a reef with three slab like parts with fierce currents and you are bound to see large pelagics such as sharks and barracudas. For the really adventurous you may like to try the Washing Machine where the currents are so strong you will be thrown around underwater and may get a little disorientated.

    Pescador Island is 30 minutes offshore and is surrounded by a reef with magnificent marine life. The island is actually the top of an underground mountain and just rises a few feet above sea level. There is an underground formation known as the cathedral which is open at the top and divers can enter. Sometimes you can see pelagic fish here as well as hammerheads, Moorish idols, fire gobies and sweetlips.

    One of the better places to dive is Apo Island (not to be confused with Apo Reef near Mindoro). Apo Island is a few kilometers from the south coast of Negros and has all types of marine life by the reefs as it is a marine sanctuary. Most of the dive shops are in Dumaguete. Calong-Calong Point, also on the south coast has many reef fish and the nearby Tacot is a deep water dive where you will see many sharks. If you like to see manta ray take a bangka to Sandugan Point or San Juan in Siquijor between March and August.

    Here there are 19 wrecks in calm waters, no more than 30 minutes from the beach. The USS New York is an excellent place for a swim through the 120 m hull from one end to the other. There are a few other wrecks such as San Quentin which was scuttled in 1898 and El Capitan, a Spanish wreck 20 m down.

    One of the finest dive sites in the world, only accessible by live-aboards, most of them leaving from Puerto Princesa from mid March to end of June. Everyday y will see sharks, manta rays,turtles as well as huge shoals of other fish.

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    Bolinao and Hundred Island Adventure trip

    by jpbonaobra Written Jul 18, 2011

    Bolinao Hundred Island Adventure trip

    1rst day
    Bolinao UP marine Sanctuary
    Bolinao Old Church
    ilog malinao
    Echanted Cave
    Rock Garden Resort ( Mini Zoo)
    Bolinao Light House
    Patar beach

    2nd day
    Hundred Island
    boatride to Governor island, Children Island , Quezon Island , Marcos Island , Snorkeling at Giant clamp sanctuary.

    Caving spelunking
    Photo shoot
    - Camping equipment: tent, stove, cook set, Lantern, etc.
    - Clothing. Bring jacket, might be cold at night.
    - Headlamp with extra battery
    - Meals
    - Optionals: Camera, Sun block and insect repellant lotion,
    - Positive Mental Attitude and a great sense of humor
    - Snorkel

    Budget 2.8k inclusion
    *Round-trip Manila-Bolinao-Manila van transportation (including gas, toll fee, parking, driver
    *island entrances
    *Boatride for island hoping( governor island,children island,marcos island,quezon island)
    *camping fee
    *Entrances ( Enchanted cave,UP Marine Life Sanctuary,Mini zoo,Patar beach)
    *5 meal

    Minimum 0f 10 pax po
    For Registration: You may deposit your downpayment (Php1,000 ) on or before July 26, 2011.

    For inquiries and other concerns, please contact Lahing Kayumanggi Adventure Tour
    MOBILE patrich (63) 915-640-6050 (63) 923-323-0661 /jhoie (63) 927- 922-6818
    EMAIL:lahingkayumanggi@hot​,jpbonaobra@gmail.​com ,
    BPI Account #0986-0828-63 account name Joseph Patrich B. Bonaobra BPI carmona

    - Camping equipment: tent, stove, cook set, Lantern, etc.
    - Clothing. Bring jacket, might be cold at night.
    - Headlamp with extra battery
    - Meals
    - Optionals: Camera, Sun block and insect repellant lotion,
    - Positive Mental Attitude and a great sense of humor
    - Snorkel

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    Hike to the crater of Mount Pinatubo.

    by cachaseiro Updated Dec 23, 2010

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    Mount Pinatubo became world wide famous in 1991 when it erupted and caused the biggest vulcanic eruption in the world since 1912.
    Today the 1700 meter high vulcano is a quiet spot though and it´s a very suitable one day trek to hike up to the crater lake.
    I did it myself with a few people i met through this site and i had a really nice day there.
    The trek can be done by everyone who is moderately fit and you will need to start the trek at the town called Capas, which is about 2 hours driving north of Manila.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes and a pair of sandals can also be useful when crossing through water if you don´t want your hiking shoes/boots to get wet.

    Pinatubo crater lake. Hiking towards the top of Pinatubo. Getting close to the top of Pinatubo. And yes we have arrived to the top of Pinatubo. Mount Pinatubo.
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    Scuba Philippines

    by sanggano Written Jan 19, 2010

    within 3 hours from manila, anilao in batangas offers many dive sites with good visibility. from batangas, you can take a ferry to puerto galera, mindoro. Apo Reef/Island off Mindoro has great dive sites too.

    Further south on Luzon island, you can snorkel with whale sharks in Donsol, Sorsogon. Then, you can fly from Legaspi to Cebu (Moalboal in the south, approx. 2.5 hours drive; Malapascua to the north). from Cebu City, take a 1.5 hour ferry to Bohol, proceed to Panglao Island or Balicasag - check out - then spend 2 whole days around Bohol before flying.

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