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Malapascua - Blue Corals - Bay East 2
  MAY 2016:   Why not read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: Malapascua Island is located just off the north coast of Cebu Island, Philippines. Malapascua Island is a well known SCUBA Diving destination. As with Port Barton, El Nido, Coron, Boracay and Panglao … its popularity reflects in its prices. For GRANDPAckers, Malapascua is expensive (yet still affordable). Read on … GETTING THERE: I made my own way from Bantayan Island to Malapascua Island by Ferry, Ceres Aircon bus and Bangka. The ferry from Bantayan to Hagnaya leaves every 1-2 hours, takes 1.5 hours, and costs PHP175 each including the PHP5 Terminal Fee. At the Hagnaya Ferry Port, you […]

Malapascua – Philippines – Information



Bantayan - Kota Beach Restaurant View
  MAY 2016:   Why not read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: Bantayan Island is located in the Visayan Sea, Philippines. It is situated to the west of the northern end of Cebu Island and across the Tañon Strait. Bantayan Island is a well known tourist destination in the Philippines and it is increasing in popularity. White Beach is the most popular tourist spot on the island. Unlike Port Barton, El Nido, Coron, Boracay and Panglao … Bantayan remains uncrowded and still retains some of its ‘character’. It is not (yet) over-run by Western tourists – who are still out-numbered my Filipino tourists. For GRANDPAckers, Bantayan is expensive (yet still affordable). Read on … […]

Bantayan – Philippines – Information



Panglao - Alona Beach Panorama
  MAY 2016:   Why not read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: Panglao is connected by 2 bridges to the south of Bohol. The island has an area of 80.5 square kilometres (31.1 sq mi). Panglao Island is one of the main tourist destinations on the Philippines. Alona Beach is the most popular tourist spot on the island; it is noted for its white sand and clear water. Like Boracay, Panglao has become crowded due to opening of more and more restaurants and bars. There are also a lot of attractions for tourists such as SCUBA diving, island hopping, dolphin watching, snorkeling, kitesurfing and fishing. For GRANDPAckers, Panglao is […]

Panglao – Philippines – Information



Boracay - Beach - Station 2 Swimming
  MARCH 2016:   Why not read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: Boracay Island is only 10 km² and is located 300 km south of Manila and just north of Panay Island, Visayas. For GRANDPAckers, Boracay is expensive but (unlike El Nido, Palawan) Boracay DOES live up to its ‘hype’; this really is paradise on earth. At a price. Boracay has almost perfect coconut-tree-lined, white-sand beaches and turquoise-blue waters. Boracay is one of the top beach destinations in the world. But… read on. GETTING THERE: I made my own way from Carabao To Boracay by pump boat. The pump boat leaves from […]

Boracay – Philippines – Information



Carabao - Republic - Sunrise
  MARCH 2016:   Click here to read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: Carabao Island is the southernmost (and smallest) of the islands that make up Romblon. Carabao is just north of (the famous) party island of Boracay; only a 1 hour boat ride away. Carabao is also known as Hambil Island (its pre-Spanish name) or as San Jose (its legislative name). Carabao is almost untouched by tourism. The beaches are deserted and quiet. It is nothing like Boracay. In fact, it is so laid back that there is hardly anything to do… GETTING THERE: I made my own way from Tablas Island to Carabao Island. The […]

Carabao – Philippines – Information



Tablas - Aglicay - Resort From Southern Hilltoop
  FEBRUARY 2016:   Click here to read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: Tablas Island is the biggest of the 3 islands that make up Romblon. Tablas Island is South East of Mindoro en route to Borocay and the Visayas. Tablas has been little impacted by tourism; accommodations and resorts, though, are available around the island. These islands are not as commercialized as their counterparts in Palawan and Borocay to the south. Tablas has retained its original character. The wildlife and landscape appear untouched as deep-green vegetation is crossed by rivers and streams. Tablas Island provides a variety of outdoor activities. Visitors can explore wonderful waterfalls and […]

Tablas – Philippines – Information