People often ask me which countries they should visit in South East Asia. Most of the time, they have Thailand, Vietnam or Cambodia in mind. I often ask if they've considered the Philippines. Most of the time the answer is "no."
I've been to the Philippines almost ten times and I'm not sure why the Philippines isn't on the top of the list of countries to visit for most people, but I definitely think it should be. Here's why. Read more
1 April 2014Jasper
Malapascua Island: The Ultimate Destination Guide
Malapascua Island is a small island off the northeastern coast of Cebu in the Philippines. It features warm, tropical waters, palm trees, white beaches, and excellent dive sites.
The island has a long stretch of white sandy beach, where most of the resorts are located. There are a number of local villages on the island. Fishing and tourism are the main sources of income for the locals. Read more
14 January 2014Jasper
Siargao Surfing: The Famous Cloud 9 Surf Break
When you think of surfing in Asia, Indonesia (Bali in particular) probably comes to mind first. But one of the best surf spots lies on the island of Siargao in The Philippines.
It's signature break is called Cloud9. This right-breaking reef wave provides surfers with excellent surf opportunities and has a reputation for thick, hollow tubes.Read more
30 October 2013Jasper
Diving at Balicasag Island
Imagine having a close encounter with more than a handful Sea Turtles, a giant school of Jackfish, a few Frog fish, a Moray eel and a Sea Krate in a time-span of less than an hour. This dive has certainly been one of my favorites!
Balicasag island is a 30 minute boat ride away from Alona Beach, located in the province of Bohol in the Philippines. The best diving that Alona Beach has to offer is around this island. Read more
25 September 2013Jasper
Day Tour along the highlights of Bohol
The island of Bohol features a surprising number of unique highlights, given its small size. It's home to the world's smallest mammal, the Tarsier, it features over 1000 cone-shaped hills, the Chocolate Hills and it hosts one of the oldest churches in the Philippines.
During my stay in Alona Beach, I decided to rent a car and a driver for the day to check out what this island in the Philippines has to offer. My friendly driver Larry arrived spot-on at 9am in the morning and off we were! Read more
17 September 2013Jasper
Diving with Thresher Sharks in Malapascua Island
The main reason I came to Malapascua Island was to dive with the Thresher Shark. The island is the only place in the world where Thresher Sharks can be seen pretty much any day.
I really enjoy diving with sharks. It's quite a thrill to see these scary looking predators swim towards you, turning away only after coming almost within a few meters. For some reason I'm not scared of sharks. I get so excited when I see one that I forget that they could kill me if they wanted to. Read more
13 September 2013Jasper
Ocean Vida Beach & Dive in Malapascua Island
Over the last few years I've stayed at hundreds of resorts, hotels, hostels and B&B's. I normally don't review them on my blog, unless I think it's an exceptional place and I would naturally recommend it to my friends, like the Travellers Oasis in Cairns, Australia.
Ocean Vida Beach & Dive falls into this category as well. The resort is located right in front off the main beach in Malapascua Island in The Philippines. I loved it so much, I ended up extending my stay twice! Read more
11 September 2013Jasper
Malapascua Diving: The Best Place to See Thresher Sharks
This month I'm doing a tour around Asia. After a short visit to Hong Kong to catch up with friends I flew to The Philippines, starting off in Butuan, where I flew like a bird on Asia's longest zip-line.
I have now arrived in Malapascua Island, a small island located just north of Cebu. I wanted to go to this island for quite a while. In Malapascua diving is the main activity and for a good reason: it's one of the few places where you can get a close encounter with the Thresher Shark.Read more
9 September 2013Jasper
Fly Like a Bird in Butuan: Asia's Longest Zipline
Although I'm not against checking out touristy destinations featuring famous highlights, I also really enjoy going to less well known off-the-beaten-trek places. I like to just stroll around, take in the atmosphere and experience normal, local life.
My visit to Butuan, The Philippines, definitely falls into the latter category. As it turned out though, there is something really cool to do here: it features the longest zipline in Asia. Read more
6 September 2013Jasper
Palawan Underground River
My main reason to head down to Palawan, an island in the Philippines, was to visit the Palawan underground river, located in the Puerto Princessa Subterranean River National Park, about 50 kilometers north of Puerto Princessa. The river was known as the world's longest underground river until the discovery of a even longer river in Mexico. Still, the visit proved to be more than worth it! Read more