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BATAD, THE PHILIPPINES

Sunday October 19, 2014

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Batad, The Philippines www.bucketlistbums.com

Batad, The Philippines www.bucketlistbums.com

Batad, The Philippines www.bucketlistbums.com

Batad, The Philippines www.bucketlistbums.com

Batad, The Philippines www.bucketlistbums.com

We spent just 24 hours in Batad, but it was such a crazy journey to reach the little village that it felt like we were there for days! Set in the northern Philippines, Batad’s close proximity to Banaue made it the obvious next stop on our journey, but its remote location was only reachable on foot. With our plan to spend just one night in the village and then return to Banaue the next day, we packed only essentials into our daypacks (camera, swimsuits, toothbrush, cash and a change of clothes), and then set out to conquer the infamous trail known as The Saddle …

BANAUE, THE PHILIPPINES

Monday October 13, 2014

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Banaue, The Philippines www.bucketlistbums.com

Banaue, The Philippines www.bucketlistbums.com

Banaue, The Philippines www.bucketlistbums.com

Banaue, The Philippines www.bucketlistbums.com

Until recently, I knew very little about The Philippines, and it wasn’t until I started planning our trip that I learned of an epic little town called Banaue. Located 300 km north of Manila via a 10-hour overnight bus ride, the mountainous region was home to an incredible landscape of 2,000-year old rice terraces that far surpassed the famed paddies of Thailand, Bali and Vietnam in size and scope. Itty bitty Banaue was, in fact, the Motherload of rice terraces, and a MUST for anyone traveling through northern Luzon …

BALICASAG ISLAND, THE PHILIPPINES

Friday October 10, 2014

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Balicasag, The Philippines www.bucketlistbums.com

Balicasag, The Philippines www.bucketlistbums.com

Balicasag – what a gem! The tiny island sat a mere 9 km from Alona Beach, but felt a world away from the hustle and bustle of Panglao‘s sandy tourist strip. Warm, turquoise waters formed a scenic ring around the island, and Balicasag was so small that its beachy perimeter could be walked in less than an hour. As our dive boat anchored a few hundred feet off shore, we raced to get into our wetsuits and strap on our gear … it had been a few months since our last dive, and we couldn’t wait to jump into the picturesque ocean. It was some of the BLUEST water we’d ever seen … ♥