8 Things To Do In World's Best Island

8 Things To Do In World's Best Island

When you think of the world’s best island, you think of pristine waters, beaches with sand as fine as powder and breathtaking views. It is an island that provides a calming shelter from the everyday grind and at the same time allows you to enjoy thrilling adventures in unfamiliar terrain.

The world’s best island this year is not Galapagos, Ecuador, or Santorini, Greece, or Bali, Indonesia. You don’t even have to go outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility to get to the island that bested all three of those destinations for the second year in a row.

Thanks to readers of Travel+Leisure magazine, Palawan retained it crown as the world’s best island, while Boracay took third place. 

Palawan is the site for many activities from eating, to climbing, and snorkeling! Here are eight of the best things you should do at the world’s best island.

1. Watch dolphins at Puerto Princesa

2. Feast on fresh seafood (and other exotic delicacies)

Seafood is always fresh in Palawan. Grilled fish, steamed crabs, and sea urchins are your best choices. If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, head to the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center to try their canteen’s crocodile tapa and crocodile sisig. You can also try the local tamilok (a woodworm found in rotting mangrove trees) in vinegar, onions and chilis.

3. Go island hopping at Honda Bay

For less than P2000, you can find yourself enjoying Honda Bay’s many virgin islands like Starfish Island, Cowrie Island, Pandan Island, Luli Island and Snake Island, where you can wade in clear, calm waters or snorkel to see live corals and anemones. Maybe you would be even able to find Nemo!

4. Visit the Puerto Princesa Underground River

The Puerto Princesa Underground River is not a sight to miss. A 45-minute canoe tour of one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature will let you see the first 1.5 kilometers of the cave where you would be able to spot many endemic species.

5. Hike at Ugong Rock

The usual stop after the underground river is Ugong Rock, which is home to fun outdoor activities like trekking, spelunking and ziplining. All of which would only cost you P450.

6. Watch fireflies at Iwahig River

You would not believe your eyes if you saw the many fireflies that reside in Iwahig River. A 30 to 45-minute boat ride as the night falls on the river will get you a close look at the twinkling fireflies. 

7. Take a trip to El Nido Marine Reserve

Just over 200 kilometers of Puerto Princesa is the El Nido Marine Reserve, which is the largest wildlife preservation area in the Philippines. The marine reserve boasts of stunning bays, limestone cliffs, a rainforest, mangroves, white sand beaches and coral reefs. Hawksbill turtles and sea cows, or dugong, are also frequently seen here.

8. Dive at the Tubbataha Reef

The Tubbataha Reef is the home of a diverse marine life, no wonder it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get in touch with dive operators permitted by the Tubbataha Management Office to book a plunge with the sea creatures in the Philippines’ first national marine park.

You will definitely enjoy these activities in Palawan, and you will enjoy it even more if you are travelling worry free! Fortune General offers travel insurance that is guaranteed to keep your mind free from anxieties and focused on basking in the fortunes of Palawan.
 

 

Is Your House Earthquake Safe?

Is Your House Earthquake Safe?

Earthquakes frequently occur in the Philippines, as the country is situated in the Pacific Ring of Fire. Filipinos have been preparing for the “Big One” – a massive magnitude-7 earthquake that may hit Metro Manila and its neighboring provinces should the West Valley Fault, that had laid dormant for several centuries, become active.     

There has been an increase in major quakes in the past months, the most recent being the magnitude-6.5 quake that rocked parts of the Visayas region which dealt serious damage to some buildings and houses.     

But could your house be the next victim of the next big quake? Back in 2014, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology (Philvolcs) and Seismology and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) formulated a 12-point checklist for homeowners to check if their homes can withstand a major earthquake.     

Find out for yourself by taking the test below, which is based on the Philvolcs and JICA checklist: 
 

To protect yourself from any damage or loss that may occur because of an earthquake, it’s best to secure an insurance for your property.

FGen Insurance provides a fire insurance policy which can be extended to cover earthquakes. Coverage can be extended further to cover typhoons, flooding, robbery and burglary, and more. Get a quote today and sleep free from worries over earthquakes and other calamities!

6 Spots To Travel To This Rainy Season

6 Spots To Travel To This Rainy Season

Rough skies and heavy rain shouldn’t stop you from satisfying your wanderlust. There are many places in the Philippines that are just as good, or even better, in the rainy season as they are in the summer.     

Here are some travel destinations that you can pay a visit some time during these (very) wet months.

1.  PANSOL, LAGUNA -- If the rainy weather gets too chilly, perhaps you’ll be interested in taking a dip in a hot spring pool in Pansol, Laguna. Pansol boasts of numerous naturally-heated pools which will definitely keep you warm even as the rain pours.

Pansol's soothing hot springs are perfect for this season. (Photo from www.lagunaresorts.com.ph)

Pansol's soothing hot springs are perfect for this season. (Photo from www.lagunaresorts.com.ph)

2.   BAGUIO CITY --  If warmth turns you off, then maybe you should try heading north to the summer capital of the Philippines. Baguio can get cold in the summer, but even colder when it rains. Just watch out for the fog if you’re driving!

 

It is considered the country's Summer Capital, but Baguio remains charming even in the rainy months. 

It is considered the country's Summer Capital, but Baguio remains charming even in the rainy months. 

3.  NAGA CITY, CAMARINES SUR -- Naga City is best for adventurous travellers who also like to immerse themselves in culture and history. You can trek or rappel in waterfalls surrounding Mount Isarog in the morning and visit the nearly 300-year-old Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine in the afternoon.

 

4. CEBU -- It barely rains in Cebu, which makes it a great place for travellers who still want to get to the beach even in wetter months. You can still get your dose of Vitamin Sea at Oslob, Badian, Moalboal or Alcob.

 

5. CAGAYAN DE ORO -- For those of you who are adrenaline junkies, Cagayan de Oro is the place to be. Rain is great here, especially if you plan on white water rafting on the Cagayan River.

 

6. BORACAY -- Yes! You can still go to Boracay during the rainy season. During these months, Bulabog Beach is the center of all activities, while the popular White Beach remains mostly empty. You can get good deals on airfare and accommodation too during the rainy days.

 

Wherever you’re going, it’s best enjoyed worry free. Travel worry free by insuring yourself and your car with FGEN Insurance now!