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10 New Local Destinations to Visit in 2014

Titilaok Jan 05,2014 0 Comments

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The New Year signifies a new beginning. People are ready to close an old chapter in their lives and start a new one; yesterday becomes a memory, and tomorrow promises new adventures.

The past years saw a boom in the Philippines’ travel industry. More and more local tourists started to flock the famous tourist destinations in the country, while foreigners began to notice that it is indeed More Fun In The Philippines by visiting some of beautiful travel spots. Boracay and Palawan became widely popular worldwide because of the numerous write-ups about their magnificence in print and online publications in 2013 alone.

Here are 10 of the new places that tourists should visit in 2014:
1. Narra, Palawan

What used to be a resettlement area for people who are homeless in the big cities of Central Luzon back in the 1950’s, Narra is slowly inching its way to become an alternative travel destination in Palawan.

This small municipality, two-hours away from Puerto Princesa City, boasts off a lot of beautiful natural attractions like waterfalls, hot springs, beaches, mountain peaks and lush, virgin forests.

To get to Narra, tourists have the option to ride a bus, jeepney or a shuttle van from the terminals located in Malvar Street in the new Brgy. San Jose Marketplace in Puerto Princesa City. There is also a route coming from Brooke’s Point.

2. Apo Island, Negros Oriental

Water buffs will have a new playground in this tiny island five kilometers away from the municipality of Dauin in Negros Oriental. Roughly 72-hectares big, this small island getaway is packed with natural beauty that entices tourists to stay for a while.

Underwater activities like snorkeling and scuba diving are perfect for this place since this small island is surrounded by clear waters and diverse marine wildlife. One will not be surprised to find manta rays, hammerhead sharks, as well as tuna fish swimming around the area. Apo Island is definitely the place to be if you want to swim alongside these fantastic sea residents.

To get to the island, tourists can take the 30-minute boat ride from the port of Dauin. They can also opt to take a longer route from Malatapay Port, which could take around 45-minutes by boat.

3. Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

Because of its three beautiful lakes and seven breathtaking waterfalls, South Cotabato’s newest gem is starting to get known worldwide. The unadulterated beauty of Lake Sebu is a must-see spot whenever one has the opportunity to visit the nearby General Santos of Koronadal cities.

To fully experience the beauty of Lake Sebu, tourists must try the famous Seven Falls Zipline and visit the museum that features the colorful culture of the T’boli tribe.

Reach Lake Sebu by taking a van at the General Santos Integrated Bus Terminal during the morning for the direct route, or take a bus at the terminal in Marbel or in Koronadal then ride a tricycle that will bring you to Lake Sebu.

4. Biri Island Rock Formation, Northern Samar

Want to be amazed? Head to the place where Pacific Ocean and San Bernardino Strait clash and see how the constant crashing of the waves produced a magnificent sight.

The Biri Island Rock Formation first got its spotlight during the 1990’s, where a film starring Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta featured it in the film “Iisa Pa Lamang.” Now, it is considered as one of the emerging sites in the country to visit in the coming year.
Getting to Biri Island is easy. From Catarman, ride a jeepney bound to the port of Lavezares then take the boat to Biri town. Motorcycles, locally known as habal-habal, can take the guests from the Biri jetty to their guesthouses.

5. Bucas Grande Island, Surigao del Norte

Surfers and beach lovers flock to Surigao province because of the lure of Siargao. But unknown to many, an island paradise lies just two hours away from the popular tourist destination.

Tourists are treated with stretches of fine, white sand beaches, mangroves, corals, fishing grounds, waterfalls, as well as a number of caves to explore. It has a very scenic lagoon, which can be a perfect place to unwind and be one with nature.

Tourists can visit Bucas Grande Island by hiring a boat from General Luna town.

6. Danjugan Islands, Negros Occidental

Another hidden gem in the Panay region can be seen in Barangay Bulata in Cauayan, Negros Occidental. The entire 43 hectares of land is covered in lush greeneries, while the waters surrounding it is the best place to do all the favorite water activities.

There are tons of activities to do in Danjugan Island. Tourists can choose from kayaking, scuba diving and snorkeling, or try a dryer option like bird watching or forest trekking. But whatever it is, no one will leave the island without bringing with them the memory of an unforgettable journey to cherish over the years.

Guests can book a tour from Punta Bulata to get to the island.

7. Taytay, Palawan

Though Palawan is more popularly known for its popular destinations such as the Underground River of Puerto Princesa and the beaches of Coron and El Nido, there are other places of interests that travelers should visit in this province. For instance, there is the quiet and unassuming town of Taytay where they can be surprised with the different natural charms that it can offer.

As a popular wreck diving and snorkeling site, this part of Palawan is often the go-to place of divers who want to break free from the usually crowded parts of the province. There is also a historical site called Fuerza de Santa Isabel, where guests can bask in the rich and colorful past of the town.

From Puerto Princesa City, travelers are supposed to take shuttled vans or buses from the city terminal to get to Taytay.

8. Glan, Sarangani

Have a peaceful, relaxing vacation in a place where mountains meet the sea this coming new year. If travelers choose to stay clear from noisy, rowdy beaches, then those in Glan, Sarangani could be their ideal place.

This majestic island near the Tuna Capital of the Philippines is perfect for individuals or groups who want to have a paradise of their own, since it is not yet disturbed by the noisy crowd. Swim and sunbathe in the island without any disturbance –that is what Glan is all about.

Get to this paradise by riding a van in a terminal located in KCC Mall in General Santos City.
9. Cagbalete Island

A beach getaway tucked in the town of Mauban in Quezon Province, Cagbalete Island is now one of the most talked about places in Southern Luzon. Just six hours away from Manila, this paradise can take one’s mind in all the hustle and bustle of the metro.

The pristine white beach and the soothing water lures tourists in this part of the country. Despite the lack of proper resort accommodation, people are still attracted to the beauty of this island paradise. Sleeping in tents is the norm around here.
To get to Mauban, tourists can ride a bus bound to Lucena from the terminals in Pasay or Cubao. Disembark in SM Lucena or Pacific Mall, then ride a van bound to the town of Mauban then hire a ferry that travels to Cagbalete.

10. Alubihod Beach, Guimaras

The island of Guimaras was always known for its sweet and delicious mangoes. But not everyone is familiar with the beauty of Alubihod Beach, where tranquility is at its finest.

Since not a lot of tourists have been in this scenic paradise, Alubihod Beach has maintained its unspoiled beauty. One can easily find the serenity and peaceful calm that cannot be easily seen in the other beautiful spots in the country.

A jeepney ride from Jordan, the provincial capital of Guimaras, can take guests to Nueva Valencia where Alubihod Beach can be found.

With the discovery of these new spots, it is quite impossible to keep oneself from traveling and rediscovering the country this 2014. So what are we waiting for? Book that flight or take the long roads to visit the new travel destinations before the rest follows.

Words by: Shiena Iane Bernardino

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