|Pililla Wind Turbines|
December 16, 2015
December 14, 2015
amper ampere aurora baler beach dipaculao pacific sunrise
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November 27, 2015
pililla rizal wind farm
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Related post: Sunset in Pililla wind farm
The first time I shot the wind farm was from a distance from the turbines; at that time they were laying down the transmission cables. Each of turbine can generate up to 2 megawatts of electricity, thus the farm can generate up to 54 megawatts!
Right now access is not regulated nor is there an "entrance fee". The guards would remind you to stay at less 10 meters from any of the turbines. If you go beyond the tourism center, you'll be treated to an amazing view of Pililla's green undulating hills.
Sunset by the wind farm
September 27, 2015
festival sox sultan kudarat tacurong
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|Festival of hats|
Every September 18 during the anniversary of its cityhood, Tacurong's main streets come alive with a parade of beautiful costumes and lively music. The highlight of the parade is a conical hat typically worn in rural areas (something equivalent to "salakot" hats), but this time emblazoned with amazingly colorful designs.
September 16, 2015
The entrance to the cave is non-descript, I remember asking the one manning the souvenir shop (entrance fee: Php 20.00) where the cave entrance is. She pointed to a spot practically just several feet away from where I was standing - behind a small gate and some huge ferns is a hole that leads underground.
Related post: Finding tropical bliss in Pacijan Island
There is a cemented stairway that winds around some huge stalagmites before it goes to a huge cavern, light by shafts of light from holes overhead.
Getting to Bukilat CaveThe cave location is relatively remote, with virtually no public transportation going there. The road very is good though, and you'll be passing through some amazing coastal and rural scene. Here are some options:
- You can rent a motorcycle (Php 500.00 per day), or hire a motorcycle and driver to take you there. Most of the resorts in Camotes are in San Francisco in the Santiago White Beach area and from there it is more or less 30 kilometers to Tudela. (Day trip cost: Php 1,000 - 1,500, but always haggle). I opted for the motorcycle rental and simply just drove around Poro's coastal road.
- If you are a large group, you can rent a van. Most resorts in San Francisco have day tour packages as well that includes Bukilat Cave.
Side tripsWhile in Poro, you can drop by some of these attractions/resorts:
- Buho Rock - just minutes away from the town center of Poro. Offers a nice view of the sunset.
- Poro Church (Sto Niño Church)- oldest church in Camotes
- Flying Fish Resort - located on the northern side of Poro island. The resort has one of the best snorkeling and diving areas. The resort also has various accommodation options (Contact Info: Elsa Whittaker firstname.lastname@example.org, +63 908-876-5427 )
September 14, 2015
In Camotes, the western side of Pacijan and Poro islands are the most settled parts. After going around looking for a good place to catch the end of the day, the wide shallow area beside Consuelo wharf (main port in Camotes for ferries from the town of Danao in mainland Cebu) presented a perfect spot.
For two afternoons, low tide coincided with sunset. Stranded boats, rocks, exposed sea grasses, and shell pickers all added to making the scene interesting.
September 3, 2015
Related post: Finding tropical bliss in Santiago White Beach
From our "base" in Santiago White Beach, my friends and I set out to explore Pacijan one fine day. A good way to go around the island is to rent a "multicab" or a van (this can be expensive) as public transportation is scarce and virtually non existent in some parts. A better way, if you know how to ride a motorcycle, is to rent one (Php 500 per day, exclusive of the gasoline).
We made a general plan on which attractions to visit, but the order of the day was simply to follow the back roads and get lost, hoping we'd stumble on a hidden gem or two. We skipped the obvious and well established resorts like Mangodlong Rock Resort, primarily due to the entrance fee (which we feel is ridiculous for a quick look inside their premises).
So here are some of the beautiful sights we saw:
Sitio Unyon Laguban
Sunset in Consuelo
You might want to check out this short video as well:
What we missedThere were a couple of attractions we missed:
- Timubo Cave - this is actually very near Tulang. However at that time, the attraction is closed. There were some conflict between the owner of the property where the cave is on and the adjacent property where the road going to the cave passes (road right of way issue).
- Crystal Cave - we passed by the cave on our way to Nonok beach to scout a location for shooting sunset. This is a true crystal cave with beautiful formations and several levels to explore. Unfortunately we did not have time to take photos. (Entrance fee is free, but you can donate for the upkeep of the cave)
- Paraiso Cave - Relatively new attraction and we saw several direction signs as we criss-crossed the inner roads. We thought we would eventually pass by it, but we never did :)
August 6, 2015
beach Camotes cebu island
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Camotes is not a single island (view in Google map) but rather a group made up of 3 islands: Pacijan, Poro, and Ponson. Pacijan and Poro are interconnected by a land bridge running through a thick mangrove forest, with Ponson separated from the two by a 30 minute boat ride (Ponson is in fact much closer to Leyte than it is to Cebu).
This group of islands is large underrated compared to its tourist destination neighbors. It probably is a blessing as Camotes is able to hold on to its rustic charm. Cebu is a popular tourist hub with lots of destinations around and near it, and most folks usually make a bee-line to Oslob (for the whale shark), or to the Bohol (one big efficient tourism machine!), or straight to Bantayan island and Malapascua (famous for thresher sharks) in the north.
Santiago White Beach
Its a public beach with almost 750 meters of fine white sand with a huge expanse of shallow area perfect for swimming. That's difficult to say no to.
While Santiago Beach has a prominent resort there (Santiago Bay Garden Resort), a small quaint place called the Dread House caught our eye.
We ended up renting two rooms there (fan room at Php 500.00 per night). Paul runs the place with his family and on some nights plays reggae music with a small band right on the beach. His brothers have restaurants beside his place, one of which is called Pito's Sutokil and is a favorite among both the locals and the visitors (Pito also have both aircon and fan rooms).
Sunrise in Santiago
Our stay coincided with lowtide every sunrise, and Santiago beach is the kind of place where you actually look forward to waking up early. The feel of the soft sand on bare feet was addicting that I actually spent more time running and savouring the cool breeze than taking pictures.
On one of the mornings we had a special visitor: an adult banded sea krait (locally called "walowalo") making its way back to the water. Poisonous (very!) as it is, the locals did not seem to mind. They said its not an unusual sight. "Respect nature, and it will respect you back", quipped Paul.
Float on a thin piece of wood
If you are looking for an alternative to sitting on the beach, cold beer on one hand, and doing absolutely nothing, Santiago's flat beach and shallow water is perfect for skim boarding. Some of the locals have perfected this lazy day routine consisting of: a few beers, skim board, beers, skim board, doze off, play a few songs on the guitar, repeat until you find something else interesting to do :)I could honestly spend a few days in Santiago beach doing nothing but still enjoy it. But Santiago beach is just one corner of Camotes, and the islands have a few more hidden gems. I hope to share more of Camotes in the next few posts! In the meantime, here are key details that may help you plan a trip to the islands.
- Cebu City to Danao - Catch a bus heading north at Cebu City's North Bus terminal. Ask the bus conductor to drop you off at Danao port (which is just along the main highway). Distance is 30+km, travel time is about 1 hour, fare is Php 40.00
- Danao wharf to Consuelo Wharf - Jomalia Shipping has ferries running the route. Usual departure schedules are (note however that these may change). Terminal fee is Php 5.00 and ferry fare is Php 180.00.
- 5:30 AM
- 8:30 AM
- 12 Noon
- 5:30 PM
- Consuelo Wharf to Santiago Beach - you can hire a motorcycle or "multi-cab" outside the port. Fare is usually Php 50.00 per person
There is a caveat however with the ferry fare. Fixers usually buy many tickets in advance and if you come very close to the departure time, you may end up buying the tickets from them for Php 300.00. Port authorities don't seem to care even if these illegal ticket buying/selling is in plain sight.
Around the island
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