Sun And Sand Blog Posts

The Beautiful Sunset of Qeshm Island, Iran

When I got a new Job in Dubai last January 2015, I was required to “Exit” the UAE and get my New Employment Visa in another country according to my preference and, I chose to wait for my Visa in Qeshm Island, Iran. At first, I was plannin...
by Sugar Wanders on Mar 12, 2015

Egyptian Beach Holiday Ideas

The Red Sea Riviera is one of those dream holiday destinations that everyone should make a point of visiting. It’s located on the tip of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt and has loads of excellent resorts and hotels all within easy access to the tranqu...
by Excursionista on May 31, 2013

The Jekyll and Hyde That is Calaguas

Calaguas*, in recent years, has been the 'it' beach for people wanting to get away from it all. Indeed, it is an ideal location where you'll be disconnected from the outside world. Yep, no mobile phone signal and no electricity (save for a gener...
by Excursionista on May 30, 2013

Excursionista's Swimwear Picks

This may sound trivial to guys, but I know the ladies can relate when I say that sometimes (or most of the time?), we stress ourselves in choosing the right swimwear for our body type.  Good thing Sassa Activewear's latest swimwear coll...
by Excursionista on May 10, 2013

Apo Reef Natural Park

Ever wanted to see the Great Barrier Reef but can't afford it yet? Fret not, my friends. Keep calm and go to Apo Reef instead. Often overshadowed by Tubbataha Reef, Apo Reef is actually the largest contiguous coral reef system in the country and t...
by Excursionista on May 6, 2013

Mt. Gulugod Baboy: From Summit to Sea

Remember when I said in my Mt. Pinatubo post that it definitely won't be my last hike? Well, I didn't expect the next one to happen so soon either! Last March, a bunch of blogger friends invited me to join their second climb (they climbed Mt.
by Excursionista on Apr 14, 2013

Boracay Budget Accommodations

I'm sure most of you are irritated with this unbearable heat we're experiencing right now. If only this heat can melt away our body fats, we'd all be bikini models by now. So far, it has only successfully turned me into a human brine fondue. ...
by Excursionista on Apr 3, 2013

Calaguas Island

Mahabang Buhangin Beach or Halabang Baybay in Bicol (long beach) is an attractive beach located on the northern part of barangay Mangcawayan (Tinaga Island) Calaguas Island in Vinzons, Camarines Norte - Philippines. Mahabang buhangis shoreline W...
by An All Around Sportsperson on Feb 28, 2013

Islas de Gigantes, Iloilo: Island Hopping

It was around 7:00 am when Joel had a tricycle pick us up from Paon Beach Club, then we bought breakfast from Andok's before heading to Estancia Port to meet up with my colleagues. It was already about 8:00 am when we set sail.  We were bless...
by Excursionista on Jan 23, 2013

Islas de Gigantes, Iloilo: The Plan

Did you know that in the northeastern part of Iloilo (Carles) is a hidden gem -- a group of beautiful islands called Islas de Gigantes? Well, I didn’t know about it either until a fellow blogger, Chito, invited me Q1 of 2012 for the first...
by Excursionista on Jan 16, 2013

2012 Year in Travel: Of New Destinations and Familiar Places

In just a few days we'll be saying goodbye to 2012, so here's a roundup of my year in travel plus snippets of my un-blogged trips; four trips with two destinations each (you gotta maximize the travel tax and/or terminal fee, you know) with different...
by Excursionista on Dec 28, 2012

It's More Fun in Palawan: Underground River Experience

We only had four days to spend in Palawan (with land and boat travel consuming about 16 hours of it), so you can just imagine how cramped our schedule was. After island hopping on our second day in El Nido, we went back to Puerto Princesa the day aft...
by Excursionista on Mar 13, 2012

It's More Fun in Palawan: El Nido Island Hopping

We were scheduled for island hopping on our second day in El Nido.  Knowing that power will be out by 6:00 am and that we will be picked up by the tour guide and boatman by 7:00 am, I got up early. I inquired with the staff if they were alrea...
by Excursionista on Mar 4, 2012

It's More Fun in Palawan: El Nido Day 1

This trip was totally different from all my previous travels in that I had no specific itinerary or budget but did not completely avail of a tour package either, so inevitably there were boo-boos here and there. Nevertheless, the whole trip went well...
by Excursionista on Mar 3, 2012