5 ways to make the most out of any safari holiday

Going on a safari
Going on a safari

So many people like to travel for a variety of different reasons, and it is important to get out there and see the world as much as possible. However, sometimes the best holidays are those that offer something that little bit different. This is one of the main reasons why safari holidays tend to be so appealing to people. They are a wonderful way to enjoy the sprawling magnificence of lots of different countries and take in some of the majestic animals and wildlife to be found there. There are a lot of different adventures to be had when choosing to take a safari, and there are many different opportunities to explore. For instance, I recently went Bais Dolphin watching in the Philippines and had a wonderful time. If you want to make the most out of any safari holiday, here are 5 tips.

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Incredible Natural Beauty Around the World

Boracay newcoast
Boracay newcoast

The world is a beautiful place filled with stunning natural scenery that will leave you awestruck. Take a break from the cities this year and use your vacation time to travel the less explored wild beauty that surrounds us. Here are four incredibly beautiful natural sites around the world.  

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Masungi Georeserve Legacy Trail: Into the Heart of Conservation

Amihan views at the Masungi Georeserve Legacy Trail
Amihan views at the Masungi Georeserve Legacy Trail

The Masungi Georeserve in Baras, Rizal got immensely popular for its well-managed and exhilarating Discovery Trail. Nature lovers reveled in the natural rock garden playground where they traversed through forest trail, find their balance on giant hammocks and savor the scenic rocky peaks while learning more about the surroundings. But this trail is only a part of the huge 2,000 hectare Masungi Karst Conservation Area. Just recently, the Masungi Georeserve Legacy Trail was opened as a separate offering. The new trail highlights the project’s conservation efforts, immersion and insight into the challenges they continue to face.

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Bucas Grande | The Giant Mangroves of San Roque

The San Roque Giant Mangrove boardwalk
The San Roque Giant Mangrove boardwalk

I was planning to go back early to Siargao but decided to take it easy. Spent the morning at the Puting Bato beach and enjoyed some down time at Sohoton Bay Resort. Before making my way back to Siargao, Sir Ed suggested we visit one of the attractions that was to open this April 2018 – the Giant Mangroves of San Roque. These rainforest of the sea have always fascinated me. They are one of the indication how healthy the environment is so I try to see them when there is one in the area.

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Echague | Exploring the Madadamian Falls Circuit

Mada Falls in Madadamian, Echague
Mada Falls in Madadamian, Echague

As the second largest province in the Philippines, Isabela seems less explored. Maybe the places are far between that it takes considerable time to explore them. Or municipalities are cut-off by the Sierra Madre mountains like coastal villages Maconacon, Divilacan or Palanan that it takes a plane ride to get there. When an invitation to explore Echague, one of the municipalities of Isabela, came in, I immediately took the offer. Exploring new places is always exciting whatever I may find there. In this case, Echague is getting ready to showcase their eco-tourism attraction, the Madadamian Falls. A network of falls and streams found within the lush forest region of Echague.

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Rizal | Masungi Georeserve: A Rock Garden Playground for Nature Lovers

The stunning limestone karst formations at the Masungi Georeserve
The stunning limestone karst formations at the Masungi Georeserve

5:25 AM. Our car was parked in front of the Masungi Georeserve gate waiting for them to open. The wind howled and sent chills down to our bones making us seek warmth inside the car. I have long been interested on visiting the Masungi Georeserve in Baras, Rizal but booking a tour was a challenge as slots are often filled. DIY or walk-ins are also not allowed as booking should be done in groups of 6–10. Fortunately, our friend Lea, whom I met in Batanes Asus event called for joiners to complete a group of her friends with her father. We chose the earliest schedule to somehow catch a good light on the trail.

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Tañon Strait | Bais Dolphin Watching and Talabong Mangrove Park

A cup of coffee taste so great while at sea. Our breakfast of bread with peanut butter, saba bananas and a unique concoction of crushed cereal with honey made by Harold himself of Harold’s Dive Center was enough to energize our morning. It’s the last full day of our Oceana Philippines Photo Safari and time simply flew by fast here while at Tañon Strait. From Mantalip Reef in Bindoy we were headed to our last stop in Dumaguete but not before we do some Bais Dolphin Watching and a visit to the largest remaining mangrove forest in Negros Oriental, the Talabong Mangrove Park and Bird Sanctuary.

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