By VIANCA GAMBOA
Want to escape for the holidays but can’t quite decide where to go?
Here’s a tip: In our 7,641 islands, there’s nothing quite like the allure of the North. Or the adventures of the Southwest.
Batanes is truly a sanctuary for peace and quiet—resembling a Swiss atmosphere with its hilly landscapes, rock formations, ancestral homes, and perennial windy weather. Our northernmost province is also where the Ivatans reside, a friendly tribe that makes stonehouses out of corals and limestones, and head gears out of palm fibers. The famous landmark Basco Lighthouse amid lush grasslands looks better in the flesh than a postcard picture of it. There is also the Diura Fishing Village where you can witness residents performing rituals and the Valugan boulder beach dotted with volcanic rocks by the shore.
Or go deep. Fly southwest and spane into the paradise of Coron, Palawan where one of the world’s most biospanerse coral reefs and important shipwrecks from World War II beckon from beneath the glistening surface. Coron offers scuba spaning activities from a minimum depth of four meters at Barracuda Lake to a maximum depth of 42 meters at Coral Garden—all with varying sunken wonders.
Not a daredevil? Do what you must in Coron and go island-hopping for a day. The idyllic sand strip of Banol Beach and the powdery sandbar of Bulog Dos island are among tourists’ top favorites.
Seats to these hotspots sell like hotcakes whatever the season so make sure to book your flight to Coron or Batanes (or both!) with Skyjet Airlines. Your 10-kilogram checked baggage on top of the five-kilogram carry-on is on them for a smooth-sailing, hassle-free sky experience.
Skyjet offers top-of-the-class experienc on top of the clouds, all within the budget. Skyjet also flies directly from Manila to other sought-after domestic destinations such as Boracay, Kalibo, San Vicente, and Camiguin.
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