Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Philippines (Second of Three Parts)

The Philippines
SECOND OF THREE PARTS: Focus on Mindanao

1. Siargao and Lanuza

Siargao and Lanuza are both in the Caraga region of Northern Mindanao. International surfing competitions are held here regularly. Surf lessons and equipment rentals are available. It’s surfing at its best and more - this is the place for nature lovers. The seascape, the caves, and mountain passes are breathtaking. Most of those who came return, but some came, stay, and made it their home.

More info on Siargao. Pack and go!
More info on Lanuza. Pack and go!

2. Camiguin and Cagayan de Oro

Camiguin is paradise island. No pun there. It’s just what it is. The landscape will blow you away. It’s prehistoric, volcanic and literally smoking hot. Dip in one of those hot springs and you will know what I mean. If you want to experience paradise, click here.

People flock to Cagayan de Oro for adrenaline-pumping white water rafting by the Cagayan river. There are sections for beginner rafters, advanced, and for athletes seeking the fastest rapids. Night rafting can also be arranged. More info on Cagayan de Oro.

3. Davao

Davao is your international gateway to Mindanao. It’s home to the Philippine Eagle, largest in the world. Samal Island is a must-see site for beach goers. If you’re the sporty kind, hike up Mt Apo, the country’s tallest peak with it’s one of a kind natural pygmy forest – overgrown by leprechaun-size trees. For more info on Davao click here.

Pack and go!
An alternative way to travel or part of your travel itinerary is joining a workcamp from a few days to three weeks depending on the project duration and description. It’s a fun way to know a place and it’s people (anywhere in the world) and it doesn’t cost much. As of the moment there is no active workcamp organization in the Philippines but if you intend to travel within Asia, there is plenty to choose from. Contact NVDA to direct you to the right workcamp organization in your country of choice. For workcamps in Asia, click here. For workcamps in Europe and anywhere else in the world, click here. Book a cheap flight to the Philippines and remember to always travel light.

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