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THE THAILAND OF LAGUNA: ISDAAN FLOATING RESTAURANT

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isdaan floating restaurant Laguna
isdaan floating restaurant Laguna

Isdaan Floating Restaurant – Wanted to visit Thailand but can’t afford? Well…honestly this restaurant will make you feel that you are in Thailand. Located in Calauan Laguna, Isdaan Floating Restaurant is probably just one of the most visited restaurant in Laguna due to its unique Thai-inspired design. This is not only a restaurant but also considered as a tourist destination in the province of Laguna.

Isdaan Floating Restaurant Laguna
Isdaan Floating Restaurant Laguna

ISDAAN FLOATING RESTAURANT

Isdaan Floating restaurant is owned by Barrio Fiesta, one of the finest restaurant here in the Philippines so expect the foods are worth-a-try. Aside from photo ops with Thai-inspired statues, there are several activities that you can also try in Isdaan Floating Restaurant.

  • You can ride a boat for free
  • Ride a bicycle
  • Fishing
  • Smashing plates, mugs, and appliances on the wall
  • Watch entertaining performances.
  • Feed the fishes
  • Lastly, bring your camera as there so many picturesque spots inside the restaurant.
Isdaan Floating Restaurant Laguna
Isdaan Floating Restaurant Laguna

One thing that really disappoints us is their poor customer service. I think that is because of the number of customers entering the restaurant that causes a hustle to all their staffs. Their crews might not really enough to serve all the customers. I heard that they have more than 200 tables, so imagine how large that restaurant is. Honestly, we’ve waited for about 30 minutes for just a pitcher of water, while our order took almost 1 hour to be served. Nonetheless, we just decided to wander around while waiting for our orders to be served. But when we talk about the place, they are excellent by giving the customers a unique ambiance and experience.

Isdaan Floating Restaurant Laguna
Isdaan Floating Restaurant Laguna

TRAVEL TIPS

  • Go early to avoid the long queue of customer
  • Ask for an advance bill out because it would really take time again and might also disappoint you, especially when you are in a hurry.
  • There is a big Buddha in the farthest part of the restaurant.
  • You can try fishing and take out the fish you’ve caught for PHP 400.
  • Calauan Isdaan floating restaurant is located along the highway so you can easily get there.
  • You can wear Muslim traditional costumes in the waiting area.

HOW TO GET TO ISDAAN FLOATING RESTAURANT

MANILA – CALAGUAN ISDAAN FLOATING RESTAURANT VIA COMMUTE

  1. Ride a bus(HM Transport) bound to Sta Cruz, Laguna
  2. Ask the driver to drop you off at Isdaan Floating restaurant.

Despite the poor service we have encountered, we still enjoyed our experience at Isdaan Floating Restaurant.

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Anawangin Cove and Capones Island: The Best Weekend Getaway for Barkada | Travel Guide

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Anawangin Cove Zambales

Anawangin Cove – Probably one of the most visited beach in Zambales. We couldn’t deny that Zambales has a lot to offer. Its undeniably beautiful beaches are one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines due to its pristine and relaxing white sand beaches. Every summer, Zambales beaches is always on the bucket list. Most beachgoers and travelers would always choose Zambales for their summer getaway bucketlist.

Anawangin Cove

Just like Nagsasa Cove, Anawangin Cove nestled in the navel of the Zambales coastline and arises due to the ashes from Mt. Pinatubo during its eruption in 1991. Anawangin Cove is the nearest cove from Pundaquit. The easiest way to reach Anawangin Cove is by riding a boat also just like in Nagsasa Cove, but Anawangin cove would only take 15-20 minutes from Pundaquit jump-off.

Anawangin Cove
Anawangin Cove

As I mentioned in our Nagsasa Cove blog, One thing that might discourage you in Anawangin Cove is there’s no electricity or even signal there. But the best thing is you can enjoy the beach together with your friends without any distraction from the internet. Just you and your company.

Anawangin Cove
Anawangin Cove
Anawangin Cove

Some might think that it’s too boring as there’s no signal in the area. Actually, it’s not because you will definitely try to think of a way where you could enjoy the whole day with your friends. I must say that Anawangin Cove is the best not only for barkada but also for family and team building.

Anawangin Cove

AMAZING VIEW OF ANAWANGIN COVE

We highly suggest to try trekking and climb the hilltop to see the amazing vista of Anawangin Cove. It would only take 45 minutes up and down the hill. It’s really amazing to see something that would really make you feel so blessed! Yeah, Filipinos are so blessed with so many beautiful places around the Philippines. We should be proud of it. We should preserve and protect our nature so the future generation can also experience and see what we have seen.

Anawangin Cove
Anawangin Cove

ANAWANGIN COVE VISTA

Anawangin Cove is also a campsite so there is no accommodation in the area aside from bringing your own tent. It’s better to bring your own tent if you plan to go on a DIY trip.

You can also see the amazing vista of Anawangin Cove for just around 30 minutes of hiking to the hill top.

Anawangin Cove
Photo from our friend Brian Perreras

VISITING CAPONES ISLAND

Capones Island. Capones Island is an isolated island surrounded with white sand and rocky shores located a few kilometers away from Barangay Pundaquit. If you want to go there, you can arrange a tour with a boatman. The rate starts at PHP 1000 for Anawangin and Capones Island round trip for four persons.

Capones Island
Our group photo at Capones Island

Capones Island
Capones Island

HOW TO GET TO ANAWANGIN COVE

Going to Anawangin Cove is the same with Nagsasa Cove. You can either do DIY or join in a tour package. Many travel agencies across internet offer a budget-friendly package to Nagsasa Cove including a van and boat transfer, some of them also offer Cove to Cove hopping wherein you can visit Anawagin Cove, Talisayin Cove, and other beaches in nearby. But if you want to go on a DIY tour here is the guide how to get into Zambales via commute.

Let’s assume that you are from Manila.

  1. Ride a bus bound to Iba, Zambales or Santa Cruz and drop off at San Antonio Public Market. The travel time is roughly 4-5 hours depending on the traffic. Bus fare is PHP 270. Victory Liner has a daily trip to Zambales from Cubao and Pasay.
  2. From San Antonio Public Market, ride a tricycle to Pundaquit.
  3. The jump-off point is at Barangay Pundaquit. So from Pundaquit, you can rent a boat going to Anawangin Cove. Travel time is 30-45 minutes.

Note: Always use Google Map or Waze to guide you, so you know when you drop off and you will not get lost.

ANAWANGIN COVE ITINERARY

Day 1

TIMEACTIVITIES
4:00 AMETD Cubao | Victory Liner
9:00 AMEstimated time Arrival San Antonio, Zambales
9:15 AMRide a tricycle to Pundaquit
9:40 AMBoat to Nagsasa Cove
10:15 AMETA at Nagsasa Cove(Rent a Kubo)
10:30 AMBreakfast
11:00 AMWander around
11:30 AMPrepare for lunch, you can ask locals to cook food for you
12:00 NNLunch
1:00 PMPitch tent
1:30 PM Free time and Swimming
2:30 PMVisit Capones Island
6:00 PMPrepare for dinner
7:00 PMDinner
9:00 PMStargazing

DAY 2

TIMEACTIVITIES
7:00 AMClimb hill
8:30 AMBreakfast
9:00 AMSwimming
10:00 AMShower and Pack up
10:30 AMBoat to Pundakit
11:00 AMEarly lunch
11:40 AMTricycle back to San Antonio
12:00 NNRide a bus going to Manila

ANAWANGIN TRAVEL TIPS

  • If you are planning to stay overnight, We highly suggest bringing your own tent and camping equipments. Alternatively, you can rent a cottage for PHP 200
  • Buy foods and supplies at the San Antonio Public Market. You can find a variety of meats, seafood, and ingredients at a very affordable price.
  • Climb early at the hilltop so you can enjoy the whole view with fewer people.
  • Make sure that you have enough foods and water supply.
  • You can actually visit nearby Islands and coves such as Nagsasa Cove, Talisayin Cove, Silaguin Cove, Capones Island and Camara Island.
  • Bring your own flashlight since there’s no electricity in the area.
  • Since there is also no mobile signal in the area, you can download some offline games on your phone before going to Anawangin Cove if you don’t really want to be bored. But we highly suggest to just enjoy the moments and leave your phone on your bag or pocket.
  • You can ask locals to cook for you – “Paluto”.

ANAWANGIN COVE RATES

  • Entrance Fee(Day tour): PHP 50
  • Entrance Fee(Overnight): PHP 100
  • Small Kubo/Hut Rental(Overnight): PHP 200
  • Tent rental: PHP 50

THINGS TO BRING

  • Water – In a place where you have to ride a boat before to reach it, Water is so expensive
  • Flashlight – There is no electricity there so better bring one.
  • Sunblock – To protect your skin from direct sunlight
  • Camera – To capture every spot and scenery
  • Bottle opener
  • Waterproof bag
  • Slippers

THINGS TO DO

  • Swim and stroll along the beach
  • Hike to the vantage point
  • Stargazing
  • Go on a deep conversation with friends
  • Visit other coves and islands
  • Parlor games or do fun games and activities with your friends

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Nagsasa Cove and Capones Island In Zambales | Travel Guide

Nagsasa Cove

Nagsasa Cove – Just another budget-friendly beach located just a few kilometers from Manila. Nagsasa Cove arises due to the ashes from Mt. Pinatubo during its eruption 20 years ago. Unlike the misconception about Nagsasa Cove is an Island, Actually, Nagsasa Cove is a part of the mainland Zambales. Riding a boat is the easiest way to reach Nagsasa Cove and it would only take 45 minutes to 1 hour from Barangay Pundakit.

Nagsasa Cove And Potipot island
Capones Island

One thing that might discourage you is there’s no electricity or signal in Nagsasa Cove. But the best thing is you can just enjoy the beach and live the moments together with your friends physically away from the internet. 2 Days and 1 night in Nagsasa cove are really worth it. Nagsasa Cove is located in San Antonio, Zambales and it’s one of the now popular destinations every summer to the beach goers and travelers.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

I’ve been to many beaches in other parts of Zambales and I must say that Nagsasa Cove is absolutely one of the best beaches I have visited in. Its powdery ash-fine sand beach and amazing vista really left me in awe.

Nagsasa Cove

Nagsasa Cove is campsite there is no accommodation in the area aside from setting up your own tent. There’s no electricity in Nagsasa Cove nor Signals just like in its neighbors, Anawangin Cove. Bonding and enjoying precious moments with friends without any distraction from your phone is one its advantages while mesmerizing its nature sublime.

Nagsasa Cove
Nagsasa Cove
Nagsasa Cove Travel Blog
Nagsasa Cove Guide
Nagsasa Cove
Nagsasa Cove Travel

You can really relax and think away from your everyday work life. Nagsasa Cove is definitely a must-visit beach and we want you to experience what we have experienced in Nagsasa Cove.

Potipot Island
Capones Island

HOW TO GET TO NAGSASA COVE

You can either do DIY or join in a tour package. Many travel agencies across internet offers a budget-friendly package to Nagsasa Cove including a van and boat transfer, some of them also offer Cove to Cove hopping wherein you can visit Anawagin Cove, Talisayin Cove and other beaches in nearby. But if you want to go on a DIY tour here is the guide how to get into Zambales via commute.

Let’s assume that you are from Manila.

  1. Ride a bus bound to Iba, Zambales or Santa Cruz and drop off at San Antonio Public Market. The travel time is roughly 4-5 hours depending on the traffic. Bus fare is PHP 270. Victory Liner has a daily trip to Zambales from Cubao and Pasay.
  2. From Antonio Public Market, ride a tricycle to Pundaquit.
  3. From Barangay Pundaquit, you can rent a boat going to Nagsasa Cove. Travel time is 30-45 minutes.

Note: Always use Google Map or Waze to guide you, so you know when you drop off and you will not get lost.

NAGSASA COVE ITINERARY GUIDE

DAY 1

TIMEACTIVITIES
4:00 AMETD Cubao | Victory Liner
9:00 AMEstimated time Arrival San Antonio, Zambales
9:15 AMRide a tricycle to Pundaquit
9:40 AMBoat to Nagsasa Cove
10:15 AMETA at Nagsasa Cove(Rent a Kubo)
10:30 AMBreakfast
11:00 AMWander around
11:30 AMPrepare for lunch, you can ask locals to cook food for you
12:00 NNLunch
1:00 PMPitch tent
1:30 PMFree time and Swimming
2:30 PMVisit Potipot Island
6:00 PMPrepare for dinner
7:00 PMDinner
9:00 PMStargazing

DAY 2

TIMEACTIVITIES
7:00 AMClimb hill
8:30 AMBreakfast
9:00 AMSwimming
10:00 AMShower and Pack up
10:30 AMBoat to Pundakit
11:00 AMEarly lunch
11:40 AMTricycle back to San Antonio
12:00 NNRide a bus going to Manila

You can also do sidetrips to Anawangin and Capones Island, just request it to the boatman.

NAGSASA COVE RATES

  • Entrance Fee: P50 per pax
  • Overnight Fee: P100 per pax
  • Cottage rental for a whole day: P100 per cottage
  • Cottage rental for overnight: P200 per cottage
  • Tent Rental Fee: PHP 500 per tent

THINGS TO BRING

  • Water – Water is too pricey
  • Flashlight – There is no electricity there so better bring one.
  • Sunblock – To protect your skin from direct sunlight
  • Camera – To capture every spot and scenery
  • Bottle opener
  • Waterproof bag
  • Slippers

THINGS TO DO

  • Swim and stroll along the beach
  • Hike to the vantage point
  • Stargazing
  • Go on a deep conversation with friends
  • Visit other coves and islands

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Barracuda Lake: The Famous Diving Site in Coron, Palawan

Coron Travel Guide - Barracuda lake

Barracuda Lake – If you are fond of diving and looking for a good spot to explore the underwater world, Barracuda Lake might be the one you’re looking for. Barracuda Lake is located in Coron Island, Palawan. The lake was originally named as Luluyuan Lake until it was renamed into Barracuda lake after the discovery of a large barracuda fish skeleton in the depths of its waters.

Coron Travel Guide

We had a great day at the Barracuda Lake. Barracuda Lake is one of the destinations in Coron that I really want to visit. The sharp limestone wall structures under barracuda lake are definitely astonishing and incredible making it look like a cathedral. 

Coron Travel Guide - Barracuda lake

 The water temperature in the barracuda lake dramatically changes over time that would rise up to 38 °C (That’s hot!) due to the combination of salt and fresh water or what they called thermoclines. It is also one of the famous diving sites not only in Coron but also in the entire country. That is also one of the reasons why many diving enthusiasts visit Coron Island.

Coron Travel Guide - Barracuda lake

Coron Palawan is truly a gem that we should preserve and protect. This is not only a place where you can relax and enjoy your vacation but it is also a home not only for humans but also for animals, plants, and marine biodiversity.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Sunblock
  • Sunglass
  • Snorkeling gears and fins
  • Hat
  • Cameras
  • Chargers and battery

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Why Kayangan Lake is the Cleanest Lake in the Philippines

Coron Travel Guide Kayangan Lake

Kayangan Lake – It’s no wonder why Palawan visit by many tourists, local or international. It’s because of its incomparable beauty that you can’t find in any other places in the world. Palawan has a lot to offer. In fact, there are roughly 1,780 islands and islets that surrounds Palawan. One of them is Coron Island, located at the northern part of Palawan.

Coron Island is one of the most visited destinations in the Philippines because of its panoramic vista, powdery white beaches, brilliant blue and emerald-colored lakes hiding behind the towering karst limestones. One of the main tourist destinations in Coron Island is the Kayangan Lake.

KAYANGAN LAKE

Kayangan Lake is just one of the 8 beautiful lakes located in Coron Island that are open to the public. It’s not actually surprising why it is dubbed as the “Cleanest lake in the entire country” it’s because of its super clear water that even lake floor and huge limestones can be viewed from the boardwalk.

Coron Travel Guide
Coron Travel Guide Kayangan lake

Before to see Coron’s marvelous hidden paradise, you have to take the 367 steps up and down the mountain, it’s a short walk from the docking area. The middle part of the mountain is where the Kayangan view deck is located.

Coron Travel Guide

It’s totally a jaw-dropping experience when you have finally seen the place where you can only see on the internet before. It’s absolutely stunning and who would have thought that there is a beautiful place hiding behind those limestone karst formations and that was the Kayangan Lake.

Coron Travel Guide - Kayangan Lake

I took the very rare opportunity to swim at the clear waters of Kayangan Lake as there was just so much more to see underwater. I took off my vest to see what Kayangan lake can offer below and it didn’t disappoint me since the view is getting more stunning as I go deeper.

FIRST THING FIRST

  • Follow the rules at all times
  • Keep informed
  • Think about your safety always
  • Keep the place clean (Do not litter nor spit everywhere)
  • Charge your gadgets especially the cameras for photo ops.

KEEP IN MIND

  • It’s very advisable to wear your life vest always
  • Don’t go deeper if you are not used to it.
  • There was two foreign free diver tourist died at the Kayangan lake way back in 2018 due to shallow blackout.
  • Kayangan lake is 70% and 30% salt water, so you have to put extra effort to float.

WHERE TO STAY IN CORON

There are a lot of accommodations available in Coron where you can really be satisfied with its rates and location. I suggest booking a room online prior to the date of your trip as it could be easily accommodated since Coron is one of the most visited islands in the Philippines, especially during the summer season. 

You can check one here:

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CORON TRAVEL GUIDE

If you’re looking for a complete Coron travel guide and itinerary. We have already published our own guide and you can check it in here.

It was just really amazing to see a  paradise-like place that you wouldn’t think it was located in the Philippines.

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PALAWAN: Coron Travel Guide, A 5500 PHP Itinerary

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Coron, Palawan – Upon writing this blog, I still can’t get over how beautiful Palawan is. It’s still fresh on my mind every destination we’ve visited throughout our journey in Coron, Palawan.

Coron Travel Guide
View of Coron Island from Mt. Tapyas

Coron Island is one of the most visited destinations in the Philippines because of its panoramic vista, powdery white beaches, brilliant blue and emerald-colored lakes hiding behind the towering karst limestones. Coron island is really a God’s gift to humanity as it offers a paradise-like experience to all of its visitors. I promise to my self that I will surely explore other parts of Palawan in upcoming years.

I hope this simple Coron travel guide blog will help you plan your trip in Coron Island, Palawan.

4 DAYS & 3 NIGHTS ITINERARY

We spent 4 days and 3 nights in Coron, Palawan and it’s absolutely worth-it. Here the details of our itinerary.

Day 1 – The City Tour and Maquinit hotspring

We landed at Francisco B. Reyes Airport or formerly Busuanga Airport around 3:00 PM. Since we’ve booked a tour package, the van that will carry us was already there. We headed straight to our accommodation to check in. It took almost 30 mins from the airport before we have finally arrived at our destination.

Palawan from the top

Our guide was very entertaining as he introduces the Coron Island while we heading to our accommodation. After we checked in, our Coron adventure immediately starts as we headed to the Lualhati Park, that was the first destination we have visited. It’s basically a reclamation area where you can see the view of Coron Island. After a few minutes, we went to the San Agustin church.

Coron Travel Guide -  San Agustin Church
Inside San Agustin Church

As the dark seizing the light, we immediately headed to Mt. Tapyas to witness the sunset. Mt. Tapyas is a hill that overlooks Coron town and harbor. You have to take 724 steps to reach the summit. From the summit, you can see a huge cross and a sign of Coron. A lot of people are there waiting for the sun to set.

Coron Travel Guide
At the summit of Mt. Tapyas
Coron Travel Guide

It’s already 5:45 PM and the darkness is conquering the surrounding. Our last destination for the day is the Maquinit Hotspring located at Sitio Maquinit, Coron.

Maquinit Hotspring is a 30 minutes tricycle ride away from the town proper of Coron, it’s really relaxing after the arduous trek to the summit of Mt. Tapyas. All of the pain we have gained from walking up and down the mountain were all washed away by its therapeutic water coming from a natural pool of Maquinit hotspring.

Day 2 – Kayangan Lakes and Island Hopping

Kayangan Lake, Sunset beach, Green Lagoon, Quin Reef, Las Islas de coral, CYC beach.

We started the day full of joy and excitement as we were starting our journey throughout Coron Island. The group of hills and limestone karst rising steeply greeted us while we approaching the island. I couldn’t help myself to captivate by its beauty.

Coron Travel Guide
Heading to Coron Island

The Coron Island actually looks like a sleeping giant who is believed to be the guardian of Coron. We arrived at our destination 30 minutes after we left the port. Our first stop is the most famous spot in Coron, the Kayangan Lake.

KAYANGAN LAKE

You have to take the 367 steps up and down the mountain before reaching Kayangan lake. The middle part of the mountain is where the Kayangan view deck is located. There is a queue there for the photo ops.  

It’s totally a jaw-dropping experience when you have finally seen the place where you can only see on the internet before. It’s absolutely stunning and who would have thought that there is a beautiful place hiding behind those limestone karst formations and that was the Kayangan Lake.

Coron Travel Guide -  Kayangan Lake
Kayangan Lake

The clear crystal green water of Kayangan Lake made us feel excited to swim while some of my colleagues took the opportunity for some photo ops despite being crowded. It was all marvelous.

Coron Travel Guide
Kayangan Lake Waters

Kayangan lake is also listed as the cleanest lake in the country. If only we can stay longer, I think we will spend half of the day at Kayangan Lake, but we still have to leave and proceed to our next destination.

Coron Travel Guide
The famous pictureque spot in Coron Island

After spending 30 minutes at Kayangan Lake, we immediately headed to the view deck to see the famous picturesque spot in Coron. It was just really amazing to see a  paradise-like place that you wouldn’t think it was located in the Philippines.

GREEN LAGOON

You shouldn’t miss green lagoon when you visit Coron, not only for its fascinating emerald green water but it also offers a great escape for relaxation as well as the view around karst limestones is undeniably amazing.

Coron Travel Guide
Coron Travel Guide -  Green lagoon

It just actually difficult to float as the lagoon waters were composed of 60% freshwater and 40% salt water. So for those who are not used to swim, please always wear your life vest as the lagoon is very deep. After spending 30 minutes at the Green Lagoon, we transferred to sunset beach where our foods are waiting for us.

THE SUNSET BEACH

Coron Travel Guide -  Sunset beach
Coron Travel Guide -  Sunset beach
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Summer vibes

 QUIN REEF 

We were welcomed by different kinds of reefs and fishes, but I noticed that there are few corals in this area but I assure you that you will still enjoy the view underwater. 

CYC BEACH

CYC beach is a white sand beach and island separated from Coron Island. It is also a public beach so there’s no entrance fee. CYC beach is located near Las Islas De Coral, so if you happen to visit Las Islas De Coral, you might visit two destinations in one. It’s really good for those who want to tranquil and experience the island life.

LAS ISLAS DE CORAL

Las Islas De Coral is located near CYC beach, just a little swim and you will reach Las Islas De Coral. You have to be very cautious as there were plenty sea urchins scattered on the sea floor but after passing those grisly black haired sea urchins is an undeniable beauty of the underwater world seeing the colorful huge corals in different forms and diversity of fishes swimming around the area.

Day 3: Twin Laggon – Barracuda Lake – Reef Garden

So this is the last day of our adventure throughout Coron Island and we will be exploring other parts of Coron. The day 2 was filled with so much fun and adventure as we do Island hopping and snorkeling. But that will not prevent us to explore more areas of Coron Island. In day 3, we’ve visited the marvelous Twin lagoon, the surprising skeleton shipwreck, stunning smith beach, incredible reef garden, and the wonderful Barracuda lake. 

TWIN LAGOON

We connect each other while we float then we’ve entered into the small tunnel to move into another side of the lagoon, tourists need to be very careful as the distance between your face and the ceiling of the tunnel is just a few inches away especially when it’s already high tide. Upon entering the twin lagoon, I was captivated by its exquisite beauty. The breathtaking view of the lagoon left me speechless. Amidst the intense heat from the afternoon is a relaxing cool lagoon due to the towering karst limestones that cover the whole area.

Coron Travel Guide -  Twin Lagoon

The water was separated into emerald green, turquoise, and blue. Despite having many people swimming around the lake, the view is still alluring driving us to go farther.

We parked our Kayak into the super clear water area and we took the opportunity to do photo ops. Due to the super clear water, the kayak boat looks like levitating above water and it’s absolutely amazing to see.

Honestly, 1-hour stay is not enough for us since we still enjoying the clear water of Twin Lagoon that time but we have to proceed to our next destination. Twin lagoon is enough for us, what else could we ask for?

CHINESE VESSEL SKELETON SHIPWRECK

If you are a diving enthusiast, I’m sure you gonna love this spot in Coron. Actually, there are a lot of sunken warships across Palawan, mostly from the Imperial Japanese Navy. The majority of vessels were sunk by an air strike, bombing and torpedo attacks during the second world war.

This Chinese Skeleton shipwreck has a different story to tell. The crew and staffs abandoned the ship since it was burned in the early 90s. Since then, it became one of the tourist destinations in Palawan. You can check the video I’ve posted on my Facebook below:

The Skeleton Shipwreck 📍Coron, Palawan #freedive

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As you can see on the video, the ship bow and braces were still intact. Although it was surrounded by corals, the figure of the ship was still there. Another thing is, it became a new home for some underwater species. It’s definitely worth a dive. 

SMITH BEACH

REEF GARDEN

We had another extraordinary snorkeling experience at the reef garden located somewhere in the middle of the sea is the abundant coral reefs. Due to the strong wind and waves, we have to connect with each other by holding the legs of each of us while we are being pulled by our tour guide into the snorkeling site.  It’s no wonder why it is called reef garden due to its attention-grabbing corals and reefs you can see lying beneath the surface of the water.

Coron Travel Guide -  Twin Lagoon

BARRACUDA LAKE

Last but not least. My most awaited destination in Coron is the Barracuda Lake.  As per our tour guide, the lake was originally named as Luluyuan Lake then later on the lake was renamed into Barracuda lake after the discovery of a large barracuda fish skeleton in the depths of its waters. The sharp limestone wall structures under barracuda lake are definitely astonishing and incredible making it look like a cathedral. 

 The water temperature in the barracuda lake dramatically changes over time that would rise up to 38 °C (That’s hot!) due to the combination of salt and fresh water or what they called thermoclines. It is also one of the famous diving sites not only in Coron but also in the entire country. That is also one of the reasons why many diving enthusiasts visit Coron Island.

Related article: TALES OF THE ODD & THE UGLY WHILE DIVING BARRACUDA LAKE

The Barracuda Lake, Coron, Palawan, Philippines.

SAMPLE ITINERARY AND BREAKDOWN OF EXPENSES

The time indicated on this itinerary is based on the timestamp of the cameras used in our Coron trip. Estimated budget is subject to change.

TIMEDESTINATIONBUDGET
DAY 1: 2:30 PMArrival at Busuanga AirportPHP 4750 – Tour fee
3:15 PMArrival at Coron Town by van
3:30 PM Check in at Hotel
4:00 PMLualhati park
4:30 PMSan Agustin Church
4:45 PMMt. Tapyas
6:15 PMMaquinit hot spring
8:00 PMDinnerPHP 200
9:00 PM onwardsFree time
Day 2: 7:00 AMWake up call and breakfast
8:00 AMPreparation
10:30 AMArrival at Kayangan Lake
12:15 AMGreen lagoon
1:00 PMSunset beach
2:00 PMQuin reef
3:00 PMLas Islas de coral
CYC Beach
8:00 PMDinner PHP 200
Day 3:7:00 AMWake up Call and Breakfast
10:00 AMTwin Lagoon
12:15 PMSkeleton Shipwreck
1:15 PMSmith beach – lunch
2:30 PMReef garden
3:00 PMBarracuda Lake
5:00 PMReturn to hotel
8:00 PMDinnerPHP 200
Day 4: 7:00 AMWakeup call – Breakfast
9:00 AMSouvenir shops
11:15 PM Head to Busuanga Airport
12:30 PMLunchPHP 100
2:30 PMBack to Manila
TOTALPHP 5450

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WHERE TO BOOK CHEAP TOURS

Actually, you can find many tour agency on Facebook but if you want a legit way for you to enjoy a hassle-free getaway to the island, I recommend you to book a discounted tour from Klook. They offer several tours at a very reasonable price.  You can check the banner below

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WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN BOOKING A TOUR FROM KLOOK

  • Visit the most gorgeous beaches and lagoons of Coron all in one day
  • Explore hidden lagoons and crystal waters
  • Visit Siete Pecados Marine Park and snorkel among the huge varieties of local marine life
  • Swim and snorkel around the reefs and discover how vital they are to the local marine life
  • Marvel at the unearthly beauty of Kayangan Lake and its unbelievably clear blue waters

Coron Ultimate Tour: Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoon, Siete Pescados, Marine Park/Skeleton Wreck, Coral Garden, CYC Beach, Smith Beach –  PHP 1,600

Tour A: CYC beach, Coral Garden, Hidden Lagoon, Quin Reef, Kayangan Lake –  PHP 1,110

Tour B: Barracuda Lake, Skeleton Wreck, Twin Lagoon, Reef Garden – PHP 1.300

Tour C: Bulog Dos Island, Banana Island, Pass Island, Lusong Coral Garden, Lusong Gun Boat Shipwreck – PHP 1,700

JY Travel and Tours

We avail the tour package from JY Travel and tours. They are very accommodating and they assure that guests will satisfy with the services they offer. You can check the inclusion below.

Package inclusions: 

  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • Town tour + hot spring
  • Coron Island tour A & B
  • Roundtrip airport transfer

Tour inclusions:

  • Transport service from hotel – wharf vice versa
  • Mini buffet lunch
  • Purified drinking water
  • Entrance fee and government taxes
  • Cottage rental
  • Life vest
  • Licensed tour guides
  • License motorized boats

JY Travel and tours contact: 09205532361

WHERE TO STAY

There are a lot of accommodations available in Coron where you can really be satisfied with its rates and location. I suggest booking a room online prior to the date of your trip as it could be easily accommodated since Coron is one of the most visited islands in the Philippines, especially during the summer season. There are plenty of choices depends on your preference, some hotels have a swimming pool inside while some have a Bar on the rooftop. There are a lot of restaurants and souvenir shops there so no need to worry about the location since you can go there anytime by walking, renting a motorcycle or riding a tricycle. By the way, our hotel is included in our tour package, we stayed 4 Days and 3 nights at the King Michael Hotel.

Here is the list of hotels you might want to check.

BUDGET

Casa Montemar Express –  Check room rates here

Nanay Vacation Home – Check room rates here

Ricardo Valley Inn – Check room rates here

Mid-range

The Ridge CoronCheck room rates here

Acacia Garden Inn –  Check room rates here

Vela Terraces HotelCheck room rates

High-end

Bluewave HotelCheck room rates

Bacau Bay Resort Coron –  Check room rates

DIY Tour

If you want to do a DIY tour, a lot of tour agency will offer you a tour package upon your arrival at Busuanga airport.  The rates will depend on how many persons in a group as same as on other tour agency. 

GETTING AROUND

Transportation is not a problem in Coron. Actually, you can either just walk or ride a tricycle as it’s one of the easiest way to explore the town proper of Coron. It will cost you around PHP 15-20 if you are going to the port. There is also a motorcycle rental available if you want to tour on your own.

USEFUL TRAVEL TIPS

  • If you are a budget traveler, you can still enjoy island delicacies as there are a lot of restaurants at the affordable price.
  • Snorkeling gear is not included in the tour package. Better to bring your own if you have so you don’t need to rent. Snorkeling gear is PHP 150 per day.
  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen as I noticed that Coron activities are more on Island hopping transitioning from one island to another by a boat while enduring the scorching heat in the middle of the sea.
  • There are 4 ATMs machine in Coron, but the most accessible is the BPI near San Agustin Church.
  • Almost everything is cash basis but some resorts and establishments still accept major credit cards.
  • You can either walk or ride a tricycle if you want to go to the town proper where you can choose from a variety of restaurants and souvenir shops.
  • Some areas in Coron Island is sacred and protected by an indigenous tribe of Tagbanua. So it’s off limit.
  • There are also available tour agency at the public market if you go DIY.
  • Giving a tip is optional, but I’m definitely sure that your guide will really appreciate that simple gesture, especially if your guide is very hands-on, doing some epic shots and willing to take every Instagrammable photos you want.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Sunblock
  • Sunglass
  • Snorkeling gears and fins
  • Hat
  • Cameras
  • Chargers and battery

PHOTOS

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7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Sabó Moderno Filipino

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If you’re craving for Filipino dishes such as bulalo, sigarilyas sa gata, laing, sinigang na baboy, sinigang na bangus, classic kare kare and crispy pata. I’m definitely sure that you can have all of these culinary masterpieces with a twist in Sabo Moderno Filipino.

Sabó Moderno Filipino

Here are the reasons why Sabo Moderno Filipino is a must visit restaurant in Marikina.

  1. Modern Filipino food with a twist
  2. Their special bulalo is one of a kind
  3. Sabo means “sabaw”
  4. Crispy Classic Fried Chicken
  5. Great price, accommodating staff, and good services
  6. A Must-try The Baby Squid
  7. Great Ambiance and Atmosphere

1. Modern Filipino food with a twist

All of the dishes in their menu are unique and originally made by the Sabo Moderno Filipino. Maybe you are already familiar with the menu since it’s a Filipino food, but one thing that they can be proud of is they added a twist to make their food unique as you have never tried before.

Sabó Moderno Filipino

A truly mouth-watering dishes that I’m sure you’ll gonna love it. It’s so amazing because they turn a simple Filipino dish into a something modern Filipino Cuisine with a twist!

2. Their special Bulalo is one of a kind

If you’re craving for a bulalo, are you going to waste your time to visit Tagaytay just to experience it? What if I told you that you can experience special bulalo in Marikina as good as the Bulalo Restaurant in Tagaytay.

Sabo Moderno Filipino Bulalo
The Special Bulalo

Do you know what makes it so special? Simple because of how they cook it. The key is how long it was being cook as per Master Chef of Sabó Moderno Filipino. They continuously cooking the soup. Yes! I mean, they never turn off the fire even if they’re close just to make it perfect. The meat is so tender as my friends grab it first. Of course, eating Bulalo wouldn’t be complete if you don’t slurp the bone marrow, that’s the first thing that customers to look onto when ordering a bulalo and Sabó Moderno Filipino never disappoint us. In my own experience, I have visited several Bulaluhan in Tagaytay, some of them didn’t have that delicious bone marrow unlike in Sabó that you can slurp, some of them are plain and ordinary. 

Sabó Moderno Filipino

3. Sabó means “sabaw

Wondering what is the meaning of Sabó? As per owner, sabo is a Kapangpangan word basically means sabaw. For us, as a Filipino, we always looking for a soup every time we eat in a restaurant. Let us admit it that hot and delicious “Sabaw” is a perfect combination in every Filipino dishes. Here in Sabó Moderno Filipino, another thing that they can be proud of is how their “Sabaw” tastes so good. I think they really invest in how they can make their “Sabaw” perfect because their name speaks for itself. Sabó Moderno is absolutely a must-visit restaurant in Marikina City.

4. Crispy Classic Fried Chicken

They call it “Klasik piniritong manok”. This is one of my favorites here in Sabó Moderno Filipino. The juiciness and crispiness of their chicken really got my attention and it is definitely worth a try. The taste is not very common like what I’ve experienced in other restaurants. It’s so tasty even without a sauce. But, you also have to try their very distinct sauce. I promise that you will surely go back to this restaurant.

Piniritong Manok
Sabó Moderno Filipino

5. Great price, accommodating staff, and good services

Why going to an expensive restaurant for delicious food if you can experience it here in Sabó Moderno Filipino? The food comes with a great and reasonable price. Ranging from ₱ 110.00 – ₱ 560.00 is very affordable especially for those who eat together with friends or with family. The food serving is not only for one but it also good for a group, so it is worth the expense. 

6. A Must-try The Baby Squid

Honestly, this is the first time I try to eat baby squid and I promise this will not be the last. This is a totally must-try in their menu! I can’t even explain how the taste is, but for me, it’s so scrumptious. A simple Filipino delicacy that we often see in a Filipino Restaurant, but here in Sabó Moderno Filipino, they’ve added a twist.

Baby Squid Sabo Moderno Filipino
Sabó Moderno Filipino
Mouth-watering Baby Squid 

7. Great Ambiance and Atmosphere

The location of Sabó Moderno Filipino is good for me since it’s very accessible. One thing I like the most is, it’s not crowded like in the mall that sometimes you can’t even hear what your friends saying. Here in Sabó Moderno Filipino, the ambiance is great and it’s quite which is good especially if you’re dating or going on a deep talk.

Sabo Moderno Filipino

Have you been here at Sabó Moderno Filipino? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

PHOTOS

Proof how delicious their foods are.

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16 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit the National Museum of Anthropology

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National Museum of anthropology

Have you ever been visited the museum before? Are the museums uninteresting for you? Don’t have enough time to visit? So you are not a fan of museums? Well, here are the 16 Photos that will definitely make you want to visit the museum, especially the National Museum of Anthropology in Manila.

  1. The Hallway
This hallway is located at the ground floor. This is one of my favourite part inside National Museum of Anthropology. The natural light coming from the outside through the panel of the glass door adds more relaxing ambiance.

2. The Loomweaver

National Museum Guide
This is the weaving loom used to create clothes and colorful garments like what we commonly see from indigenous people from Cordillera province, Mindanao and other regions of the Philippines.

3. Baybayin

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Baybayin written at the window pane.
The National Museum of Anthropology has a room for Baybayin-related artifacts and records. What’s really amazed me is, they have a different collection of ancient writing system not only the Baybayin but also  Hanunuod and Buhid. Some were written in Bamboo and wooden idols.

4. The Laguna Copper

National Museum Guide
One of the most precious treasures that will probably tell the lifestyle of early people who live here in the Philippines during 10th century AD is the Laguna Copper-plate, a thin piece of copper sheet with a written script found on Lumbang River, Laguna De Bay. The type of script used in the Laguna Copperplate Inscription has been identified as Early Kawi Script, which is basically a writing system that originated in the Indonesian island of Java.

5. Mats and Baskets Container

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6. Cannons

These are the Portuguese Cannons found in the San Diego Shipwreck.

8. Bangsamoro traditional instruments

Kulintang: Maranao Musical Instrument

9. Bangsamoro Traditional Costumes

10. Korsi

Kulintang: Maranao Musical Instrument.

11. Weapons and Armors

Swords and armour of early Filipino. 

12. Ivory, Porcelain and Ceramics

Plates mostly came from China, ceramics, and different kinds of jar came from Thailand dating around the 15th century.
National Museum Ceramics

13. The Manuggul Jar

I often see Manuggul Jar only in the old 1000 peso bill before, but now I have seen it personally. Manuggul Jar is a burial jar excavated from a Neolithic burial site in the Manunggul cave, Palawan.

14. Treasure of San Diego

Katana in silt found on the shipwreck of San Diego.

15. Anthromorphic Jars

One of the greatest archeological treasures in the Philippines is the large anthropomorphic jars found in the dense mountain of Pinol, Maitum in Saranggani province. These prehistoric large jars containing the remains of ancient people which was dated approximately 5 BC to 370 AD.
This is the diorama of the cave where they found those anthropomorphic jars.

16. The Building itself

Apart from the valuable and historical things that you could see inside the museum, the building itself is already worth a visit.

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An Honest Review to Kazoku Japanese Restaurant

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Kazoku Japanese Restaurant

Kazoku Japanese Restaurant – One of the newly added in the family of restaurants in the south triangle, Quezon City. This must-visit restaurant will surely satisfy your cravings for Japanese Foods.

Kazoku Japanese Restaurant

 Upon research, I found out that the meaning of Kazoku in English is “family”, I think the name Kazoku really fits for them since Kazoku Japanese Restaurant is very recommended for family.

AMBIANCE

The place is nice and big, you can choose where to dine either indoor or outdoor. Both areas are looks really nice and comfortable. They also have a second floor for family gatherings and also for those who wants to be more exclusive. I have visited this restaurant a week ago after their grand opening since our office is located just a few meters away from the “Grandia place”. I saw that there were only a few people that time, so I’ve searched them in Zomato and I saw several positive reviews.

After visiting the National Museum, I decided to have a dinner near our office and also to give Aj a treat for the late celebration of our monthsary. We always want to try out something new and this restaurant didn’t disappoint us. Honestly, we enjoyed the food as well as the place as it is more private than going to the malls.

Kazoku Japanese Restaurant

As per manager, they were originally located at Maginhawa St. before transferring to Mother Ignacia St. So if you’re planning to visit Kazoku Japanese Restaurant in Maginhawa, they’re already relocated in Mother Ignacia.

Kazoku Japanese Restaurant
Kazoku Japanese Restaurant

One of their crew guides us to the second floor and he introduces the exclusive rooms to host events or party. The second floor offers more likely a typical minimalist Japanese design with wooden beams and traditional frames, but no low table like we always see in other Japanese restaurants.

REVIEW | UNLI YAKINIKU BBQ

One thing that I have noticed here is their very accommodating and friendly crews. They are well trained for giving a good service to customers, this is one of the reasons why this restaurant so recommendable.

Kazoku

Aside from typical Japanese cuisines such as Gomoku Ramen, Tonkatsu, Okonomiyaki, tempura, and etc. They also offer unlimited yakiniku for just only PHP 488.00 and it comes with beef, pork, chicken, sausage, shrimp, salad, side dish, one scoop of ice cream and juice. “Yakiniku” originally referred to “barbecue” food or basically means “grilled meat”.

Kazoku Japanese Restaurant

It’s really hard to find UNLI shrimp for only just only PHP 488.00, unfortunately, there’s no available shrimp the time we dine in. Anyway, You can also add PHP 188.00 for unlimited beer. They just have a very simple request. No sharing, no leftovers, and no take out.

Kazoku Restaurant
Kazoku Japanese Restaurant
Kazoku Japanese Restaurant
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Comparing to the Korean restaurant UNLI grill, Korean resto may offer more flavors of meat and they also have a lot of variants. Nevertheless, we will definitely go back here to try other foods they offer in their menu as I heard their “Crazy roll” is super worth a try. The food is very satisfying as Aj and I forgot that we are currently on a diet haha. We highly recommend this place for people who love Japanese cuisine.

Kazoku Japanese Restaurant
Yakiniku

GETTING THERE

Kazoku Japanese Restaurant is located on the second floor of The Grandia Place along Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City, just in front of ABS-CBN.

Via Private Vehicles

  • If you’re coming from Cubao Area, you can take EDSA going to northbound.
  • Straight ahead then turn left to Timog Avenue (Landmark: GMA Network)
  • After passing GMA Network, turn right to Sgt. Esguerra St.
  • Then turn left to Eugenio Lopez Dr.
  • Turn left again to Mother Ignacia Street.
  • Go straight until you reach Kazoku Japanese Restaurant.

Via Commute

  • Let’s say you are coming from Cubao, you have two option, either riding a bus or MRT.
  • Ride any bus going to North (UE Letre, Malinta, SM North, Malanday) or Ride MRT
  • Drop off at Quezon Ave – Centris MRT station.
  • Go to the opposite side through MRT overpass.
  • Then go to Panay Ave.
  • There’s a tricycle terminal there beside KFC.
  • Ask the driver to drop you off at ABS CBN ELJ BUILDING, then you can see Kazuko Japanese Restaurant right away.

Opening hours

From 11am – 11pm

CUISINES

Japanese, Grill, Sushi, Ramen, Japanese BBQ.

PHOTOS

Kazoku Japanese Restaurant Mother Ignacia
Kazoku Japanese Restaurant
Kazoku Japanese Restaurant

I’ll update you on this post as soon as I get back to Kazoku Japanese Restaurant. 

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A Must Visit: Newly-Opened National Museum of Natural History

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National Museum of Natural History Manila

National Museum of Natural History, Manila – Some people in this generation may not see the significance of what they can learn inside the museum. Some of them, especially millennials were certainly attached to the social media that they sometimes forgot to explore the real world. Aside from contemporary arts, the museum is also rich in history and it promotes our cultural heritage.

National Museum of Natural History

I’ve really wanted to visit this museum before but due to my busy schedules, I haven’t got time to do so, but now I had the chance to visit it and I will share to you my experience in National Museum of Natural History through this blog. Actually, Aj and I were both fascinated with museums, especially in arts and crafts. In fact, our first date was at the Pinto Art Museum in AntipoloPinto Art Museum exhibiting a combination of contemporary Filipino Paintings, native arts, and sculptures that come in different forms, sizes and variety. You can check it also.

National Museum of Natural History

The Batang 90’s. When I was a kid, the museum was not introduced to me by my parents, it’s because maybe they were thinking that going to the museum might cost them a lot of money. We pay a visit to the malls and theme parks but I can’t remember that we visit even a simple museum.

MUSEUM IS FOR ELITE

Who said that the museum is not for everyone and it is only for the elite? I think that was a common thinking before that is why Filipino were afraid to visit museums before, they thought that it’s only for educated people, rich, for foreign tourist.

National Museum of Natural History

So since our National Museums are now admission free, visitors can access the museum freely. It’s really important especially to the younger generation to have an access to our common heritage. National Museum of Natural History is one of the three national museums in Luneta Park.

National Museum of Natural History

HIGHLIGHTS

Some of the many fascinating items at the National Museum of Natural History includes:

  • Skeleton of the Indo-pacific Crocodile popularly known as “Lolong”
  • Flora and fauna
  • DNA Tree of Life
  • Replicas of extinct animals and endangered species.
  • Interactive submarine with footage of sea creatures underwater.
  • Botanical paintings and illustrations.
  • Replicas of different lakes in the Philippines.
  • Fossilized bones dating to 700,000 years ago.
  • Interactive projector displaying corals and fishes.
  • Taxidermied specimens of local animals.
  • Replicas of mangrove forest.
  • Marine life exhibits.
  • Replica of dinosaur bones.

INSIDE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

National Museum of Natural History houses botanical, zoological and geological collections and other artifacts dating around Paleolithic period. It has 12 galleries about plants, animals, and fungi that may only be found in the Philippines. Its neoclassical architecture is definitely one of the most interesting parts of this museum.

National Museum of Natural History
The canopy of DNA Tree of Life

DNA TREE OF LIFE – THE GOLDEN RATIO

One of the main attraction here in the newly opened museum is the futuristic canopy inspired dome with glass door elevator and leafy pattern simply dubbed as the DNA Tree of life, sprouting from the ground inspired designed by architect Dominic Galicia. The helix-shaped main support of the structure is surprisingly an elevator that will deliver you to the glass-enclosed footbridge. DNA Tree of life’s geometry and proportions were amazingly generated from the golden ratio that casts a beautiful shadow pattern on a sunny day.

National Museum of Natural History
DNA Tree of Life

The Tree of life is really an eye-catching masterpiece and also one of the centers of attraction here in the National Museum of Natural History. The building was formerly the Department of Tourism before it converted into a museum.

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FLORA AND FAUNA

The museum is meant to house flora and fauna since the Philippines is one of the megadiverse countries in terms of biodiversity, which means that a great deal of organisms inhabits most areas of the country. You can see interesting species the are uniquely found in the Philippines inside the Natural History Museum.

FOREST AND MANGROVE

The Natural History Museum houses the largest national repository of botanical/plant collection in the country. You can find them mostly on the second floor of the building.

Mangroves

MARINE LIFE

Aside from forest replicas and mangroves that we often see by land, they also have a gallery that exhibits life deep down under water. One of most interesting exhibit item that grabs our attention is the life-size replica of Whale shark and manta ray.

The huge display of Manta Ray and Whale shark

An interactive submarine where you can see footages of different sea creatures living underwater is also one of the highlights in the Marine life section of Natural History Museum.

Inside the interactive submarine

Not only kids but also kids at heart will surely enjoy visiting the National Museum of Natural History.

FLOOR GUIDE

Every floor offers an amazing display of well-organized collections. Here is a simple guide for you.

Lower ground floor

From the lower ground floor, you can see different kinds of trunks and petrified woods that can not only be found in the Philippines but all over the world. Taxidermized Philippine eagle and its illustrations are also displayed at the lower ground.

Ground floor

There is an Audiovisual room that you probably to visit first since it’s located right after the baggage counter that shows marine life and biodiversity in the Philippines. They’ve consolidated collections from different categories where you can find flora and fauna, skeletons, fossils, and extinct animals.

National Museum of natural history Manila

The Dugong calf skeleton is also being exhibited in the first part of the museum. Dugongs are also known as Dagat Baboy, they are herbivorous animals. It’s really amazing to see something like this because it will make them more valuable to us human by knowing how they reproduce and what are the reasons why this kind of animals are endangered.

National Museum of natural history Manila
Spot-billed Pelican. This is the only species of pelican recorded in the Philippines. It is now believed to have become extinct in the Philippines as it has not been documented since 1940’s.
National Museum of natural history Manila

Another exhibit item that captivates my attention was the skeleton of the world’s largest crocodile popularly known as “Lolong”. This giant crocodile skeleton hangs from the museum’s ceiling grabbing the attention of every visitors. Lolong is a male indo-pacific or saltwater crocodile, captured in the wetlands of the Agusan, Bunawan, Agusan Del Sur, Mindanao.

National Museum of natural history Manila
 skeleton of the world’s largest crocodile popularly known as “Lolong”. 

His name is based on the veteran crocodile hunter Ernesto “Lolong” Cañete who captivated him. Together with his skeleton displayed in this museum, the taxidermized remains of Lolong are permanently exhibited at the National Museum of Natural History. Along with his skeleton are the fossils of rhinoceros scientifically dated 709,000 years ago.

A globe in the middle shows how much climate change affects our environment.

NATURALIST EXHIBITS

Aside from the animal bones and fossils, there are also framed dried leaves, endemic plants illustration, endangered flowers and taxidermized insects exhibited on the first part of the museum. You can channel your inner scientist by doing some interactive activities where you could possibly learn new things. You can trace the shape of plants, coloring and get closer with flora and fauna with the magnifying glass provided. 

National Museum of natural history Manila
National Museum of natural history Manila
National Museum of natural history Manila

Second floor

The second floor is more on replicas of forest, beaches, and mangroves as well as animals that we often see in the jungle such as northern Rufus hornbill, locally known as Kalaw, Philippine serpent eagle, Philippine scops owl, Palawan hornbill, snakes, insects, crocodiles, and tamaraws. 

The Northern Rufuos Hornbill, Locally known as Kalaw
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Mangrove forests are found along tidal mudflats and shallow coastal waters that extend inland into rivers and streams in the world’s tropical and subtropical countries.

Animals living in a mossy forest such as Northern Luzon giant cloud rat, Chestnut-faced babbler, flamed-breasted fruit dove, and bats are also exhibited. Honestly, I rarely see these kinds animals in the forest even I often go on a hiking. Maybe some of them were already endangered. I didn’t know. 

Third floor

The third floor is one of the most fun and interesting section for me in the Natural History Museum as it displays rich marine life and huge replicas of animals living underwater. It also includes preserved specimens of starfish, seashells, crabs, and sea turtle.

National Museum of natural history Manila
National Museum of natural history Manila
National Museum of natural history Manila

One thing that really amazed me is the interactive water projected on the floor at the entrance of the marine life section. It displays fishes, stingray, and corals that once you step on the interactive light the water will be interrupted. Sounds cool isn’t?

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The huge display of manta ray and whale shark in the center is one of the main attractions in the marine life section of Natural History Museum as well as the interactive submarine with footages of sea creatures underwater.

 A diorama of different lakes in the Philippines such as Taal lake, Paoay lake, and Lake Sebu can also be seen in the Natural History Museum. 

These are just a few of those exhibited items that we could see inside the National Museum of Natural History in Manila. I hope this blog will give you enough information on what you can see inside and it will also inspire you to visit the museum.

SPECIAL TIPS

  • The museum is open from 10 AM to 5 PM, they only allowed visitors to enter at 4:00 PM, so I suggest visiting the museum as early as possible after the opening.
  • If you arrived early and there are few people around the DNA tree of life, take pictures and selfie while you still have a chance since the area get crowded immediately so you can easily exit after visiting all of the exhibits.
  • It’s much better if you visit the third floor first, then work your way down to another level down to the ground floor.
  • Bring a small bag with only your necessities to skip the line in the baggage counter. 
  • There are pieces of information in each exhibited item, so take time to read.

PROHIBITIONS

Please be reminded about the guidelines and policy that we have to strictly obey guidelines and policies when visiting the national museum. Here is the list of what is not allowed inside the museum:

  • Backpack in all size
  • Caps/Hats/Bonnets
  • Smoking
  • Food and beverages
  • Touching of museum objects
  • Sitting on floors
  • Disrespectful wacky post
  • Flash photography
  • Videography
  • Monopod/tripod
  • Wrapped packages
  • Umbrellas
  • Pens & Art materials

I noticed that there are so many visitors still touching the exhibit items even there’s a signage saying “Do not touch”. Its really disappoint me.

HOW TO GET THERE

Address: Teodoro F. Valencia Circle, Ermita, Manila

From around Manila: 

  • Option 1. Ride a jeepney along Rizal Avenue bound for Taft Avenue and asked to be dropped at P.Burgos.
  • Option 2. Take an LRT 1 Yellow Line going to Taft and get down at either United Nations or Central station, walk towards P.Burgos.
  • Option 3. From Lawton/City Hall area, ride a jeepney or walk towards P.Burgos. 
  • Option 4. Along Roxas Boulevard, there are FX that are Sucat-Lawton. You can ride this and asked to be dropped at Luneta/P.Burgos and walk towards Taft Avenue.

From Quezon City and Marikina:

Option 1. Take the LRT2 Purple Line and go down at Recto Station. From here, transfer to Doroteo Jose Station of LRT 1 Yellow Line and ride an LRT bound for Baclaran. Get down at Central Station. Walk along Taft Ave passing by Manila City Hall, until you reach P. Burgos. The building at the corner is the National Museum.

Option 2. From Cubao, you can ride a jeepney/FX that is bound for Quiapo and asked to be dropped at Rizal Avenue. Ride an LRT 1 bound for Baclaran via Doroteo Jose Station.
Get down at Central Station. Walk along Taft Ave passing by Manila City Hall, until you reach P. Burgos. The building at the corner is the National Museum.

From Commonwealth Ave

Ride a bus or FX that bounds to Quiapo/Lawton then dropped off at the crossing going to UN LRT station near National Museum of Fine arts. 

SCHEDULES

National Museum opens daily except Mondays from 10 AM – 5 PM. Admission to the National Museum is permanently free of charge for all visitors, Filipino or foreign.

It’s really important to educate and expose your children to this kind of activities, not only visiting the mall, not only your children can learn the lesson certainly but also yourself. 

National Museum of Natural History
The building itself is already worth a visit.

There are more a lot to see inside this museum not just by only reading my blog, I suggest visiting Natural Museum personally.

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