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7 Thousand Islands Equal One Great Vacation, Pasadena

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 | 3:46 PM

From Top Clockwise: Bohol’s Tarsier, Twin Lagoons Coron, Aguinid Falls in Samboan Cebu, Whale Sharks in Oslob Cebu, the Chocolate Hills of Bohol

If you haven’t been to the Philippines and sat on one of their pristine, white sandy beaches, or been to Kawasan Falls and experienced the thrill of jumping off the cliffs into the cool, blue waters of the Matutinao River, then you don’t know what you’re missing.

Encompassing over 7000 islands, the Philippines is perfect for everyone from budding adventurers to those just looking for a little relaxation. And if you’re unsure which route to go down, or want to combine jungle survival with a luxurious retreat, Marjorie Schmitt, Travel Designer of MsTravelPlanner-Cruise Planner can help.

Prepare to be amazed by the island of Cebu in the Visayas Region.

You’ll think you’re in the pages of a travel magazine when you see the Kawasan Falls. Swim in its refreshing turquoise blue pond and you’ll feel like model in a photo shoot. The waterfall is a truly beautiful place renowned for its natural spring water. You can even jump off the edge if you’re feeling brave. Just take a look:

How about walking on powdered white sand beaches that line the shores of Cebu, before you dive in and snorkel next to a Whale Shark? That’s before your feast on the the fresh lobster catch-of-the-day that’s grilled to perfection. No silverware needed as eating with your hands is the Filipino way.

For an ultimate luxe stay, a night or two at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa will do the trick. The hotel has its own marine sanctuary, giving you the chance to see the natural Philippines up close. And who doesn’t love a spa? See what else you can get up to here:

If you have ecotourism in mind, head to the island of Bohol. It’s home to this uniquely cute yet endangered animal called “Tarsier”. It’s brown eyes is mesmerizing and almost as big as its body! And a must stop while you’re in Bohol is the world famous Chocolate Hills. Looking like huge Hershey Kisses, this geological formations are a wonder as over 1,200+ hills are clustered around a 19 sq. miles radius. It’s too bad we can’t mine chocolates in these hills.

To escape from the crowds, head over to the island of Palawan, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This biodiverse island has something for everyone. A guided tour to the underground river will lead you to subterranean caves that you’ll want to explore. Be in awe of the limestone cliffs in Corona or El Nido as you take a boat, snorkel or dive in its crystal blue green waters.

And then there’s the Luzon region where a buffet of culture, history or urban attractions are in abundance. Visit the Corregidor Island, Bataan and other sites where the Filipino and American Soldiers made sacrifices and fought side-by-side for freedom in WWII. Go way back in time and visit Spanish ruins left from a time when the Philippines was a Spanish colony.

And you have 7,096 islands more to go!

If doing nothing is your style then enjoy & bask in the warmth and hospitable nature of the country and its people. Best part, travelling to the Philippines is easy on your pocket and well within most people’s reach. An absolute dream: retiring to one of the islands and living comfortably at minimal cost.

Whatever floats your boat, Marjorie Schmitt, Travel Designer of MsTravelPlanner-Cruise Planner can help plan your dream Philippines vacation so that it is just right for you. A great vacation will always be had if you put Marjorie to work for you as your own personal travel designer, who help you explore all the options so that your vacation will be nothing less than fabulous.

MsTravelPlanner is located in Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 491-2657, visit or click on the link:








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