• Travel is the movement of people between relatively distant geographical locations, and can involve travel by foot, bicycle, automobile, train, boat, airplane, or other means, with or without luggage, and can be one way or round trip.Travel can also include relatively short stays between successive movements.

For me traveling is my passion. I’ll show you some places here in the Philippines that will attract your eyes:

Inland, the province’s must-visit is Hinatuan’s mystical Enchanted River, a deep sapphire blue with a chasm said to be at least 80 feet deep. At night, it is believed that mermaids and fairies frolic in the waters. (READ: The enchanting blue river of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur)

ENCHANTED RIVER. Its brilliant blue waters reach a depth believed to be at least 80 feet. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

In the neighboring municipality of Bislig, meanwhile, is the majestic Tinuy-an Falls, 95 meters wide and flowing down 55 meters in three tiers.

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TINUY-AN FALLS. Its water falls in a 95-meter wide curtain. Photo by Ros Flores

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How to get there: If going to the southern part of the province (Enchanted River and Tinuy-an Falls), take a flight to Butuan from Manila then ride a bus to Surigao. If going to the northern part of the province, where Blue Lagoon is, take a flight to Surigao City and ride a bus to Surigao del Sur.


To northbound travelers usually heading for Baguio, Sagada, and Ilocos, Quirino might not ring a bell. But this province, albeit relatively new to tourism, has much to offer especially to outdoor adventurers. Rich with mountains, rivers, caves, and karsts, Quirino offers activities like canoeing, tubing, and spelunking.

The municipality of Nagtipunan is particularly picturesque, with a viewpoint overlooking Cagayan River flowing through a verdant landscape.

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LANDINGAN VIEWPOINT. The view of Cagayan River flowing through vibrant green can be enjoyed from this vantage point in Nagtipunan. Photo by Mark Julius Estur

Go river tubing or canoeing at Siitan, part of Cagayan River.

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SIITAN RIVER. Part of the Cagayan River, the Siitan River is perfect for boating, tubing, and taking a dip like this. Photo by Mark Julius Estur

Canoeing, as well as whitewater rafting, is also perfect at the scenic Governor’s Rapids in Maddela.

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GOVERNOR’S RAPIDS. Rain or shine, Governor’s Rapids is beautiful with limestone formations and is great for boating and whitewater rafting. Photo by Mark Julius Estur

For spelunking, there is Aglipay’s 37 connecting underground cave chambers, 8 of which can be explored.

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AGLIPAY CAVES. 8 so far out of 37 chambers of this cave system are open for exploration. Photo by Mark Julius Estur

How to get there: Ride a Maddela-bound bus (like Five Star and Northern Luzon Bus Line) in Manila. You can also take a flight to Cauayan in Isabela before commuting to Quirino.


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