WITH 7,107 islands, there are plenty of places to explore around the country. Just browse through blogs and social media posts and you'll find that another beach or natural attraction has captured the delight of travelers and adventurers. They are so many that it can last me a whole lifetime just exploring all of them.
I have come up with my own list of places in our archipelago that I hope to visit this 2017. If I can tick off even just two of them, it will already make my year a good one. But if my resources can bring me to all of these spots, why not visit them all? Here's my travel wish list in the Philippines this year.
1. Danjugan Island
I want to start in our own backyard. I've always wanted to visit this marine sanctuary. I need to plot out an adventure to this island, located in the southwestern part of Negros Occidental, where I can swim with fishes and other sea creatures.
2. Gigantes Island
Since I came home in 2014, I've been hearing about Gigantes Island. I saw pictures of how beautiful it is and heard how affordable the seafood there. Plans were drawn but I've never made it there. Hopefully, soon it will happen.
3. Lake Sebu
A year ago, I attempted to arrange for a trip to Lake Sebu in South Cotabato, but never got around to make an actual trip. Photos of friends who have tried Lake Sebu were tantalizing that I also want to conquer my fear and zip through over this body of water just to see its grandeur.
4. Enchanted River
When I was still working full-time with a non-profit organization, my colleagues then told me about the Enchanted River at Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. Eventually, I saw pics of travelers who swam in its clear blue waters. The images alone have enchanted me as if they beckon for me to dip myself into its lovely natural pool.
5. El Nido
I've been to Puerto Princesa where I got to enter the Underground River and to Coron where I swam in the Kayangan Lake. But Palawan has plenty to offer for a travel junkie like me and El Nido still waits for my arrival. I'm sure that the day will come when I will be able to explore El Nido.
Catanduanes may not be the top of mind destination for many travelers but this island-province, dubbed as the "Happy Island," holds a lot of promise. I would want to see the natural spots it can offer, away from the maddening crowd of tourists.
Another island-province in the country is Marinduque. White sand beaches, snorkeling sites, and other natural attractions make up this province, reasons enough for me to take a trip there.
I can go on and on as the list can be endless. But I'll stop with these seven destinations. I don't know where 2017 will take me but I remain positive that I will reach new places, which I can later share with you. If you have suggestions of places we can feature, please feel free to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a bountiful 2017 to you!
Claire Marie Algarme blogs at http://firsttimetravels.com. Follow her as @firsttimetravel on Twitter and Instagram.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 06, 2017.
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