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Bohol Bee Farm – 2013

Bohol By April 2, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

There is always something new every time I pay Bohol Bee Farm a visit. This year is my third time in Bohol and Panglao Island. Ever since my first visit there, with Travel Factor and when Lia was only 8 months old, I make it a point to go to Bohol Bee Farm whenever I find myself in Bohol. Aside from the delicious food, I love the simplicity of the place. And it just keeps reinventing itself.

I didn’t blog extensively about my first visit there. Posting only a few photos of the beach in Dumaluan, where we were staying at. On my second visit there with my family, we stayed at Bohol Beach Club, right next to Dumaluan Beach Resort, and blogged about the trip extensively. Sadly, of all the 8 posts I made on that trip, only 2 survived the website crash in 2011. I still have to recover the posts. I might be able to recover them soon, but until then, only these two remain.

Tagbilaran Airport (Bohol)
Bohol Beach Club – A Place for Families
DBR Grill at Dumaluan Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol
Dolphin Watching, Snorkeling at Balicasag Island and Virgin Island – A Day in the Bohol Sea
Snorkeling in Balicasag Island, Bohol
Balicasag Island Dive Resort, Bohol
Bohol Bee Farm – Always A Great Experience
Dumaluan Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol

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Too bad because I posted photos of Bohol Bee Farm from both 2009 and 2010 in one of the still-missing blog post.

On my way to the Tagbilaran airport, to catch a flight back to Manila, I had the habal-habal (motorcycle) drop by Bohol Bee Farm so I could buy some more of the squash muffins that I like so much. And then I took some more photos of the place.

They are always expanding at the farm. The restaurant now is even bigger. It is actually huge now! And even the store – they have also expanded the store. And even the lobby and receiving area. Maybe they even have more rooms now.

A lounge area near the restaurant.

Bohol Bee Farm

Sunbathing and Lounging Area

The deck for sunbathing. This is also where the boat docks for island hopping and dive trips. The stairs leading down is found near the restaurant.

Bohol Bee Farm

Bohol Bee Farm

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[The Better Part of] Alona Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol

Bohol By March 31, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 8 Comments

Anyone who asks me for a recommendation on resorts in Panglao Island, I almost always say, “If you like peace and quiet, do NOT stay at Alona Beach”. I would always recommend Bohol Beach Club because they have a fantastic beach front, or Dumaluan Beach Resort, because it has cheaper rooms and is right next to Bohol Beach Club, and if you are stealthy, you can slip into the beach of Bohol Beach Club and sunbathe yourself away.

If you want easy access to dive shops, yes, stay at Alona Beach. If you want a wide array of choices for restaurants, bars, and stores, yes, by all means, stay at Alona Beach. But if you want peace and quiet, stay away. 

Alona Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol

I am wrong though. There IS a nice part of Alona Beach I would, apparently, recommend – and it is the stretch of Alona Beach right in front of Alona Tropical Beach Resort. The beach here is beautiful! It is like the Station 1 of Alona Beach! (Station 1 of Boracay)

Alona Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol

Alona Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol

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Getting To and Accommodations at Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Palawan

Palawan By March 20, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 5 Comments

After many years, I finally made it to Nacpan Beach. On a confused-weather day, we rented a motorbike and rode all the way to Nacpan Beach – Lia and I with our friend Likha. I say “confused weather” because it wasn’t really sunny but it wasn’t cloudy either. Not all the time at least. Though we appreciated the fact that sometimes the sun hid behind the clouds and made the motorbike ride more bearable for everyone, this was not good at all for my so-called photographic endeavors.

In summary:

  • Motorbike rental for the whole day is Php700, gas is included, but you drive the motorbike yourself. You may hire a motorbike with a driver from Php500 and above, depending on your negotiation skills, and maybe, your weight. You may also choose to rent a tricycle for Php1000 and above, depending on the number of people going.
  • You may also choose to spend the night in Nacpan Beach. There are currently two available accommodations. You may camp but be warned of the sand flies.
  • Travel time from El Nido town to Nacpan Beach is 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on how fast you drive. It can even be 30 minutes if you drive like mad.
  • Lunch on the beach is Php250/pax with your choice of viand, salad, dessert and unlimited rice. The meal is simple but delicious. There is another little eatery by the road where one can also have lunch. If not, packed lunch is the only other option.

The sun is out!

Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Palawan

Aww, the sun went into hiding.

Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Palawan

Our tire tracks on the beach. Yes, you can ride your motorbike on the sand. I was actually given lessons on how to drive a motorcycle while we were here. But no, those aren’t my tire tracks.

Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Palawan

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La Salangane Resort and Restaurant, El Nido, Palawan

Life in El Nido, Palawan By December 20, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

La Salangane has rooms and a bar and restaurant in the heart of town, as well as an apartment/villa in Caalan. I have not been to La Salangane II in Caalan and the photos here are mostly of the bar and resto.

I have been in El Nido two months when I first walked into this restaurant. It was a bright and sunny afternoon and I was completing a photo walk around town. It was one of the last accommodations located on Serena St. that I was supposedly documenting, and it was nearly four in the afternoon. I walked in there, and met two very amiable men, a French and a Spaniard, and forgot to leave.

Amidst bottles of San Miguel Pale Pilsen and my cocktails, we talked about music, movies, cuisine, and travel all over the world.

Sirena St., El Nido, Palawan

La Salangane, Sirena St., El Nido, Palawan

La Salangane, El Nido, Palawan

La Salangane, El Nido, Palawan

La Salangane, El Nido, Palawan

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El Nido, Palawan Accommodations List with Map

Palawan By November 15, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 60 Comments

Having lived in El Nido on and off since 2005, I have seen how the little town has grown over the years. When I was last back there this year, there are so many more accommodations available that I felt making a master list would be very useful. The El Nido Tourism council has come up with a map and this will be our guide. This list was compiled in September 2012. *updates are ongoing with the photos and details*


WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

We will use these maps as guide:

Click HERE to view large image.

Click HERE to view large image.

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Islandfront Cottages and Restaurant, El Nido, Palawan

Palawan By November 14, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , 13 Comments

A family-owned resort located in Corong-Corong, El Nido, Palawan, Islandfront Cottages is known for its unique rooms, designed and decorated by the owners themselves. The family owns one of the only two drugstores in town, and it comes with a grocery too. I liked doing my groceries at their store because they carry many items that can only be found at their store, and also, we know the owners.

Islandfront Cottages is located right by the beach in Corong-Corong, which, if one is coming from Puerto Princesa, one will pass by right before entering the town proper. The rustic, native-style cottages are arranged around a garden.

Islandfront Cottages, El Nido, Palawan

Islandfront Cottages, El Nido, Palawan

Islandfront Cottages, El Nido, Palawan

Islandfront Cottages, El Nido, Palawan

Islandfront Cottages, El Nido, Palawan

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The Alternative Inn and Restaurant, El Nido, Palawan

Palawan By November 13, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , 8 Comments

One of the oldest inn and restaurants in El Nido, The Alternative Inn on Sirena St. has also always been one of my favorite hangouts in town. The place is very quiet and cozy. The place has also undergone changes every now and then, like our favorite reading area is gone and there isn’t an internet shop here anymore, but it is still the same place with the hanging balcony, right over the beach, and during December, right over the waves! (I used to blog from The Alternative back in 2005 when I still used the Friendster blog and internet rates in town were P120/hr via satellite. This year, I went there every time I needed to be alone with my thoughts or be on Skype with my Travel Factor friends). 

Sirena St., El Nido, Palawan

The Alternative Inn and Restaurant, El Nido, Palawan

I was there during the months of July to September, during off-peak, and this is their off-peak rates:

The Alternative Inn and Restaurant, El Nido, Palawan

On the ground floor, upon entrance, the restaurant’s restroom is on the left, on the right is the stairs going up the restaurant, the restaurant’s kitchen in the middle, and the rooms are behind the kitchen as well as on the left.

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Pura Vida Rooms and Tours, El Nido, Palawan

Palawan By November 12, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Located on the narrow street of  Sirena (or Serena), the hotel can be easily overlooked. From the outside, it doesn’t look promising, especially since the reception area looks like the family living room and is dark and small. The building is on the right, if coming from Rizal Street, after The Alternative, and right before La Salangane and El Nido Boutique and Art Cafe.

Sirena St., El Nido, Palawan

Pura Vida Rooms and Tours, El Nido, Palawan

Pura Vida Rooms, El Nido, Palawan

Pura Vida Rooms, El Nido, Palawan

They only have 3 rooms: 1 street-side (standard) at Php2,000/night and 2 bay view (de luxe) with balcony at Php2,500/night, inclusive of breakfast. The bay view rooms are located on the second floor – and the second floor is pretty!

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Casa Buenavista, El Nido, Palawan

Palawan By November 11, 2012 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

What I like best about Casa Buenavista is that it is at the end of Rizal street, so it’s very accessible, and right by the beach! But it can also get really noisy because this is a very busy street and a very busy part of the beach too. Boats come and go all the time. It is right next door to Marber’s Restaurant and Aplaya Bar and Restaurant, which are both good places to eat and drink at.

Fronting the beach:

Casa Buenavista, Rizal Street, El Nido, Palawan

Fronting the street:

Casa Buenavista, El Nido, Palawan

Casa Buenavista itself is located on the second floor so one has to go up the stairs, to a balcony with a beautiful view, and in the reception area.

Casa Buenavista, El Nido, Palawan

Casa Buenavista, El Nido, Palawan

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