Cambodia has always made us curious, seeing photos on instagram, videos on youtube and even snaps on IG Stories, we've definitely put it on our list of places to visit. The amazing temples in Siem Reap was the cherry on top of our stay, seeing age-old temples, and being in the presence of calm and peaceful energy is what makes our trip memorable. Nothing excited us more than learning new things, experiencing a new culture and being surrounded by a different energy.
Just an hour away by boat from Bali, you will find Nusa Penida Island. The reason we chose to go on this adventure was to find more secluded but beautiful destinations near Bali to escape the crowd. Bali is definitely a go-to destination when visiting Indonesia so this is perfect if you're planning your visit to Bali. This is why you should include Nusa Penida Island to your list on your next visit to Bali, and this is how to get there, what to do and everything else you need to know!
On the other side of the palm trees and beaches, lies the beautiful temples of Indonesia. Borobudur Temple, which is located in central Java, it is named one of the greatest Buddhist Monuments in the World, and theres no doubt about that. This amazing monument which was built in the 8th and 9th centuries still stands tall today and serves as a place to visit when coming to Indonesia.
We're on the last leg of our trip with Sky Scanner and the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and we're so glad we found more amazing spots for you to visit around Indonesia. There are many amazing places to visit in Indonesia, and you would expect Bali to come up on the radar, but beyond Bali are amazing places like Maumere.
There are many amazing volcanos around Indonesia and as part of our journey with Sky Scanner and the Indonesia Ministry of Tourism, we're so excited to take you to see the crater lakes at Mount Kelimutu. Mount Kelimutu is a volcano located in Flores Island just 50km away from Ende. This volcano is famous for its three craters, two of which are side by side and the other about 1 kilometer from the other two craters. Visiting these magical crater lakes can be challenging but it's all worth it and we recommend you do this the next time you plan your trip to Indonesia!
Komodo National Park is located in Komodo Islands just off the coast of Flores and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As obvious at it sounds, this is where you can find Komodo Dragons and it is the only place in the whole entire world where they exist. Yes, Godzilla is a Komodo Dragon and no they do not grow to that size.
It is every Photographers dream to find an amazing place to photograph, Padar Island can be found in Komodo National Park and is one of the most popular islands along with Komodo Island and Rinca Island and takes approximately one hour to get to Padar Island from Labuan Bajo by boat.
If you haven't already heard of Labuan Bajo, it is a small fishing town at the western end of Flores, just an hour away by plane from Bali. Some have labeled Labuan Bajo as a go-to place if you're looking for white/pink secluded beaches and if you're looking to get away from the crowd. It was our first time to hear of Labuan Bajo when we partnered with Sky Scanner and the Indonesia Ministry of Tourism for this trip and to be honest, it's a place beyond expectation.
Exploring Bali was definitely on our bucketlist. Seeing pictures online really made it our next go-to destination, and we finally got the opportunity to work with Philippine Airlines on a cool project in Bali. Staying connected can sometimes be a huge struggle when traveling abroad; we constantly search for free wifi in convenience stores or restaurants or hotels, and we're too afraid to use our roaming data because we all know how hidden charges can kick us in the butt when we get back to the Philippines. Lucky for us, we had Philippine Airlines' new hotspot device, the myPAL Roam.
The last time I found myself in Hong Kong was in 2006, it was when I bought my first camera and when I started shooting. When I look back at all my photos from the last time I was there, I could only cringe but also feel equally as proud that I've come so far in my life (pats self on back).
Siargao Island is a surfer's paradise and is widely known as the "Surfing Capital of the Philippines" with endless places to go to catch the waves. Not only can you surf endlessly here in Siargao, but there are so many places to see and so many things to do on this island as well. You're probably wondering how people can go to such a small island, here is everything you need to know about this island paradise:
In the heart of Tanay, Rizal lies an amazing River, something pretty hard to get to no matter what the blogs tell you. Surrounded by a lush forest, and marble formations, locals have worked hard together to make Tinipak River a place to visit. Coming here was definitely something we had in mind for a long time, but since tourism boomed in this area last year, we decided to wait out the hype and go a different time. Tinipak River is definitely one for the books, words cannot explain how we felt and what we saw, it was all worth it.
Our trip to Manjuyod Sandbar started in Bacolod. We had flown there first to visit family and then traveled at 3 am to Dumagete where it is located. Our journey reached 4 hours, passing through the mountain until we reached the drop-off point in Bais Bay. Our first stop was to watch the Dolphins, which according to the boatman is an hour away from the dock. Countless articles and blog posts will tell you that to be able to see the Dolphins, you have to leave at 6am from the dock and proceed straight to where they are located. We got to the dock at 7am and left at around 7:30 but we never lost hope.
Just around 6 hours away from Manila, lies an amazing secluded beach called Charlie's Point in Baler, Aurora. I'm not entirely sure how secluded it is on peak months but the time we were there, it was quiet. As i googled Baler, everything seemed to feel crowded, because as a very well known surf spot, there are bound to be people, many people. I'm a sucker for amazing light, thats why I love the beach because the light is always perfect, and I love Baler because there are no big hotels by the beach, just cute campsites like Easy Adventure.
Before this trip, I never knew what or where Sicogon Island was or how it looked like. I was in Iloilo at the time I was contacted to visit, then I asked my friend who has been there and he told me it was the most beautiful island and I wouldn't regret it. Months of constant cancelations, we finally had a set date and the moment finally arrived. I had no expectations, except for the photos on Google, which didnt really tell me much.
Its 2016 and I was lucky enough to spend 01/01/2016 in paradise. Just 2 to 3 hours from Manila is Borawan Island in Quezon Province, and its name is derived from BORacay and PalaWAN because the sand is white just like Boracay and because there are limestone rock formations just like palawan (be careful though, there are rocks and corals and shells everywhere and I wounded myself on the first day).
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Marble Cave dreams come true.
3 hours & a 40 - minute boat ride later.
Point Reyes National Seashore is a place we've seen off the internet, and thats how we decided to take a quick trip there. Located just 2 hours away from the city of San Francisco is the amazing coastline and the unbelievable landscapes of Point Reyes. There is so much to see in this small town, so make sure to go when the weather is nice and sunny, trust us, it will be worth it!
Yosemite has always been a dream of ours and who would not dream to go to this magical place? Visiting Yosemite should be on everyone's list, with giant pine trees cascading throughout the whole park, endless views of Half Dome, El Capitan and the upper and lower Yosemite Falls makes this place perfect for every person seeking adventure or a peaceful getaway.
A little conversation came across us one time as our friend asked "So, where are you guys off to next?" and as we replied "Saipan", a common question like "Is that in China?" was asked. Just to clear the air, Saipan is NOT in China.