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Siargao: The Daku Island

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Siargao: The Daku Island

Posted on 04 May 2014 by Dreidel Regala

Did you know that the surfer’s favorite Siargao isn’t only a paradise for wave riders?

Daku Island

The island found in the province of Surigao del Norte, Philippines is also home to beautiful sceneries perfect for a day off from chasing swells. Think clean torquoise waters, cream fine sand, wide quiet shoreline, delicious grilled mahi mahi, and fantastic sun. Sounds like a page from the great book of amazing places right? Well that’s exactly how Daku island in Siargao is – divine.

Approaching Daku Island

Docking the boat

Boy setting the boat's anchor

Like the moment you take a bite out of your favorite sandwich, everything was deliciously as expected and undoubtedly fulfilling. I had to quietly take a moment, look around, enjoy then walk towards our cottage with a big THIS IS NICE YAH! look in my face.

Left side of Dako Island

Very wide beach

Girls enjoying the view

Enjoy uncrowded view for your pictures

Although the beach isn’t that very long, the width makes up for it so you can have your own space for your whatevers like lying on the soft sand as these guys!

Getting tanned

Getting tanned

Doze off in the soft sand

Doze off in the soft sand

But if you want roof you can always rent a cottage. There’s one for both short and overnight stays.

Open air cottages for day trippers

Open air cottages for day trippers

Overnight cottages

Overnight cottages

How about eating by the beach? No problem. Just buy your ingredients from the General Luna market then bring them over to the island and have it cooked for a fee. Barbecued chicken. Grilled Mahi Mahi. Oh have to try that Mahi Mahi!

Ask the store there to cook your lunch

Ask the store there to cook your food

Getting ready for lunch

After eating, just repeat whatever you did. Swim, nap, play, eat. And that’s your afternoon cycle!

Shores of Daku Island

Front view

For surfers, there’s a nearby surf spot (cause there’s always one in Siargao!) just ask your guide.

FAQs

How to get there?

Join an island hopping tour or rent a boat for the day. Most hotels have it.

How much is the boat fee?

Ranges from Php1,200 – 2,000. Split this among joiners.

How far is the island?

Around 20 minutes from General Luna.

How much are the cottages?

Short stay: Php200; Overnight: Php700 (Rates may change)

How much is the cooking fee?

Starts at Php250.

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I am heading to El Nido – Join me!

Posted on 22 June 2013 by Dreidel Regala

Destination: El Nido, Palawan Philippines

Date: June 29 – July 3 

It’s saturday already woohoo and 7 more days then I’ll be seeing the famed El Nido! So who’s going to be there too???

Island hopping is probably the main to-do in El Nido. Blessed with islets, limestone rocks, lagoons and gorgeous waters, the town of El Nido will surely invite every visitor to take that boat ride to explore.

Big Lagoon in El Nido.

Big Lagoon in El Nido. Photo courtesy of El Nido Resorts.

The island hopping tours are being offered everywhere in the town and I noticed that the prices are pretty standard. There are different packages with different sets of places since it will be impossible to visit them all in one day. Oh just look at that picture ain’t it magnificent.

Under the surface is a different world as well. El nido‘s underwater life is a sight! Snorkeling and diving are must dos too.

Dive with the turtles in El Nido

Dive with the turtles in El Nido. Photo courtesy of Submariner Dive Center.

It has been raining lately in the country but I sure hope that the sun will be in El Nido when I’m there. Come on let’s go!

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I am heading to Boracay – Join me!

Posted on 04 June 2013 by Dreidel Regala

Okay, so it has been a while since I was out and about – no thanks for being a salary dependent person ugh. I have been hungry of exploring and relaxing to beautiful places.

So now after some “travel drought”, I’m gonna be having a holiday weeee! Yah I know it’s not really a big deal haha but I just got a new idea… hence the opening of a new category in my blog posts – “Where I am heading?”

What is it all about?

My upcoming destination is not really rare or new to a lot of travelers. I have actually been there a couple of times already so making it a little different caused me to tell you my readers where I am going and invite you to hangout and explore. Good way to meet new friends and see the place (cheaply lol). But remember this is purely for travel and NOT to get hitched!

Destination is Boracay and it will be on June 8-12 2013. Boracay is an island in Aklan Philippines enjoyed for its white beach and party atmosphere. We can sail in a paraw, enjoy chats over fruit shakes, munch on anything grilled or seafood, watch the sunset while in a chute, do lots of shopping etc.

So if you’re traveling to Boracay too and wanna join, leave a comment below :)

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Calaguas of Camarines Norte

Posted on 26 February 2013 by Dreidel Regala

Summer in the country is about to hit us. Mountain top gears, waters splashing speed, sunny fruit shakes, minibus rides… fun fun fun! The season where probably a  lot of discoveries happen.

Mahabang Buhangin in Calaguas

You probably heard about it already. You probably knew someone who’s been there. Either way you got this curiosity in you that lingers. You ask “Is it really beautiful?”

Calaguas

Calaguas

Judging from this picture, it sure is! In person? Let me say – clear blue waters, soft white sand beach. You’re away from the city, away from what keeps you busy, and all you have to do is laze around and wait for the setting sun.

Calaguas Sunset

Calaguas Sunset

To cap this unique experience, you will sleep under the stars. No hotels, no roof, tents are optional. You got no lights, only the cosmos shine.

Calaguas is found all the way in Camarines Norte. A long 6-7 hour drive from Manila plus a 2 hour boat ride. It’s an effort but I think the good ones are hidden that way.

Best way to enjoy is to bring all your friends and eat Bicolano style.

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Island Nook in Boracay

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Boracay hotel: Island Nook

Posted on 03 August 2012 by Dreidel Regala

Anybody looking for a decent Boracay hotel? I’ve visited the island a couple of weeks ago and I’m happy to have this new find. It’s not a fancy place but I liked that I can still have a clean fragrant private room at a decent rate. Name – Island Nook. The place is by the road which may be an issue to some but personally I like it better cause I have easy access to public transport. So if this is no big deal for you then check it out! Here are some photos of my room:

Island Nook in Boracay

Island Nook in Boracay

Island Nook in Boracay

Island Nook in Boracay

Island Nook in Boracay

Island Nook in Boracay

Bathroom

Bathroom

I’ve been to Boracay a few times already and I think this room looks nicer compared to those closer to the beach (most budget hotels aren’t even fronting the beach). There’s an alley close to Island Nook which takes you to the beach so it’s not so much of a hassle to go there, plus it’s near D’Mall. The only minor draw I think is the food, Island Nook has a small Persian-style restaurant inside and the food is not that excellent except maybe for the sandwiches.

Tripadvisor Reviews

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“Secret” Beach No More

Posted on 03 February 2012 by Dreidel Regala

We’ve all seen the movie “The Beach” – (if not then where were you during the 90s?! kidding!). It’s a film that always ends up in a traveler’s list. All the mystery, adventure and urban legend feeling is just intriguing, right. It’s no news anymore about the whereabouts of this featured paradise. Location – Maya bay in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand.

I may not be as mighty adventurous as Richard there, but once I heard about the possibility of going there with some group of people I was like “Game!”. I was immediately imagining how it would look in person. I am from The Philippines and while I’m already used to seeing sea and beaches I still want to be amazed anew.

It’s generally a long trip to Krabi from The Philippines. There’s no direct flight so we had to go to Kuala Lumpur first, sleep in the airport, then fly again to Krabi. In Krabi is the the town of Ao Nang where we’ll use as our base. Ao Nang is a nice sea side place where walking along the streets, checking out street food, souvenir shopping, and having Thai massage is a common routine. The town is used to travelers from all over which is why they generally understand English. Thai food is fantastic, spicy but nice. Locals are friendly. Though the movie made the place really famous, I was surprised it wasn’t super crowded when we got there.

We hopped on a speedboat along with some other asian groups (I think they arrange boats by continent haha), then after stopping a couple of islands for swimming, snorkeling, and picture taking, we arrived to a hidden enclave where the water is still & clear, and the sand is fine. It’s an awesome find for someone who wants a beach for themselves BUT now since it’s no longer secret I felt like “hmmm so this is where the whole of Ao Nang is?” The water still looked pristine although half of the beach front (it wasn’t long by the way) was already taken as a docking area. Walking further into the island, we saw that some movie items such as tents, lamps etc. were displayed in like a beach museum. A couple of steps more and we reached the other side of the island. Could be cool if I was with Leonardo in the island but I could just enjoy the fine sand, sun & water then that he once did =)

Here’s my clip of Krabi

Feel Good Beach 😀 from D R on Vimeo.

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