SIMAISMA BEACH | AL DAAYEN, QATAR

Situated approximately 45km north of Doha, Simaisma is a serene coastal village in Al Daayen, Qatar. Its beach is one of the most convenient and popular of Qatar’s family beaches.

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With kilometers of fine sand, Simaisma beach is a delight for visitors. The water is quite far away from the shore and relatively shallow. At low tide visitors have to walk through some mangroves to reach the shoreline.

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The mangroves in the beach offer a place of pure tranquility and children visiting the beach can be taught the crucial role mangroves play in land preservation.

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MESAEEID DESERT ADVENTURE

The desert offers a challenging terrain for those seeking adventure in Qatar. Head south to Mesaieed desert where the sand dunes on the eastern coast are known as ‘singing sands’ because of the sounds they produce.

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On weekends the desert is drawing hundreds of vehicles all bashing the dunes. Dune bashing is a popular sport to Qataris and even expatriates. A Toyota Land Cruiser or an SUV is commonly used for this sport. There are plenty of ATVs / quad bikes too where tourists try to drive the sand dunes themselves.

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If you’re not familiar with the desert, it’s best to hire someone with experience behind the wheel.

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Sunrise in Sealine Beach | Mesaeeid

Sealine beach is located in Mesaieed, Al Wakra, Qatar. It is about an hour and a half south of Doha.

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In addition to catching the magnificent sunrise at the beach, visitors can go swimming in the sea, dune bashing or take a camel ride. Tourists can also bring tents and stuff and spend overnight at the beach or do a short trip from 5am to 9am to catch the sunrise.

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*Aside from the public beach, one can opt to stay at the private beach, Murwab Resort. The resort is an ideal location for business meetings and events, with comprehensive leisure facilities.

 

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Souq Waqif |Doha

Souq Waqif is located in Al Souq district which is situated at the center of Doha, Qatar. It is considered one of the best location for tourists within Qatar.

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The souq dates back at least a hundred years. It is known for selling traditional garments, spices, handicrafts, and souvenirs.

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The souq is very popular with local and expats as it offers multiple dining locations.

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There are also pet stalls in Souq Waqif which sell variety of domestic pets including dogs, cats, rabits, turtles and birds.

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A selection of small and artistic shoos with a number of exhibition rooms can be found at the Souq Waqif Art Center. At night, the souq turns into a hive of activity for the residents of Doha City.

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Naga City | Camarines Sur

Naga City in Camarines Sur is known as the “Queen City of Bicol”. It is also called “Heart of Bicol” due to its central location in the Bicol Peninsula and “Pilgrim City” as it is home to the largest Marian pilgrimage in Asia.

Established in 1575, the city then named Ciudad de Nueva Cáceres (New Cáceres City), earned its status as the third Spanish Royal City in the Spanish East Indies after Iloilo and Manila.

Tourists can visit the popular Mount Isarog, Malabsay and Nabontolan Falls, Naga City Ecological Park and numerous hot springs and resorts. Aside from the natural attractions, numerous churches and monasteries, and historical landmarks can also be found within the city.

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Naga Metroolitan Cathedral. Biggest church in Bicol Region which was built from 1816 to 1831
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Holy Rosary Minor Seminary. The center of ecclesiastical education of Bicol Region which was built in 1785.

 

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Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Penafrancia. Built in 1985, the Basilica Minore was constructed as the new home of the miraculous image of the Patroness of Bicolandia.
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Ateneo de Naga University. The Jesuit university in Bicol.
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Unibersidad de Santa Isabel. The first college for women in the Orient.
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San Francisco Church. Established in 1578, it is the first church in the Bicol Region built by the Franciscan Friars.
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Quince Martires Monument. The monument was built to honor the 15 martyrs of Bicol during the Spanish Regime.

 

 

How to go to Naga, Camarines Sur?

From Manila, you can travel by land and take the 9-10 hours bus ride bound for Naga (Superlines, DLTBCo or PhilTranco). Naga is approximately 2 hours away from Daet in Camarines Norte and also 2 hours away from Legazpi City in Albay.

 

Featured Photo: Porta Mariae which was inaugurated on September 10, 2010 in celebration of the 300th year of devotion to the Virgin Mary.

 

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Travel Guide | Marvelous Mariveles

 

Mariveles is located at the southern tip of the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines.  The first class municipality which is divided into 18 barangays is about 173 kilometers from Manila.

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Early morning view from Mariveles Baywalk 

Interesting Facts You Might Not Know About Mariveles

  • Founded by a Franciscan Friar in 1578
  • Originally part of Pampanga but declared its independence though The Superior Decree of July 1754
  •  It is the starting point of the famous “Bataan Death March” on April 9, 1942.
  • The first free trade zone in the Philippines was established in its town which was passed in Congress on June 21, 1969
  • Derived its name from ““Maraming Dilis” shortened to Mara-dilis and into Mariveles

Aside from its huge industrial complex of the Freeport Area of Bataan, its Mariveles Baywalk and its historical landmarks which include the Zero Kilometer Marker of Death March and the 1729 Parish Church of Saint Nicholas Tolentine, Mariveles prides itself of having the following wonderful natural attractions tourists can explore:

  • Mount Mariveles

The dormant volcano which lies at the southern end of the Zambalez Mountains in the Bataaan Peninsula, west of Manila Bay. Three peaks familiar to the mountaineering community namely:

  1. Tarak Ridge – most well-known destination on Mount Mariveles with its jump-off point situated at Barangay Alas-sin, Mariveles.
  2. Pantingan or Banayan Peak – can be accessed through Sitio Duhat, Saysain in the town of Bagac.
  3. Mariveles Ridge – jump-off area at Sitio Parca, Mariveles.
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Mount Mariveles as seen from Manila Bay

  • Five Fingers and the other coves

The finger-shaped west side of Mariveles, Bataan where the Japanese troops landed before the fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942. Five-fingers actually comprises six coves namely Talaga, Apatol, Nagbayog, Kinalalakhan, Kutad and Panoypoy. Three more coves follow Panoypoy along the coastline of Mariveles namely Talain, Lusong and Wain where Camaya Coast is situated. One can either trek or ride a boat doing cove to cove exploration.

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Panoynoy Cove, a jeepney ride from Poblacion Mariveles to Porto Circle in Barangay Balon plus merely 20-minute trek

 

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Hawla Beach, nearby beach from Panoypoy Cove
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Talain Cove in Barangay Biaan, a 30-minute trek from Panoypoy Cove in Barangay Balon 
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Talain Falls, an hour and a half of gruelling trek to its destination
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Creamy fine sand of Lusong Beach, a 30-minute boat ride from the shore of Barangay Biaan
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Lower level of Lusong Falls which can be reached within 30 minutes of trekking

  • Sisiman

Just few minutes away from the Poblacion area, Barangay Sisiman shares its own picturesque view of its environment. Points of interest include Sisiman Beach, Sisiman View Deck, San Miguel Rock, San Miguel Lighthouse and the Sisiman Groto.

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View of the bay and the San Miguel Rock at Sisiman View Deck
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The stunning 700 feet high San Miguel Rock mountain

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Sisiman Groto

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San Miguel Lighthouse

Where to eat and stay in Mariveles, Bataan? 

For budget conscious travelers, there are cheap restaurants, resorts and hotels around Mariveles. For more information, you can check http://marivelesbataan.gov.ph/placestostay and http://marivelesbataan.gov.ph/reasortsandrestaurants

How to go to Mariveles, Bataan?

Mariveles, Bataan is three and a half hours away from Manila by car. You can take either the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) or Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (STEX). By bus, there are daily trips going to Mariveles in Cubao, Pasay and Manila.

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TheTraveLad at Panoypoy Cove

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Bagasbas Beach | Daet, Camarines Norte

The long stretch beach of Bagasbas in Daet, Camarines Norte is a famous surfing and kite boarding spot. The Philippine Department of Tourism turned it into a local accredited surfing spot because of the attention it garnered from the local surfing community.

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Early surfers of Bagasbas Beach
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Sun about to rise at Bagasbas Beach

Fine grey sand stretches over Bagasbas Beach with waves of three feet up to eight feet. Best waves come in September to January. Beach is free, food is good and accommodations are cheap.

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View of sunrise at Bagasbas Beach
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Daily morning exercise of Bagasbas residents at the beach
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Volleyball court setting up by beach goers

How to get to Bagasbas Beach?

Take the 8-hour bus ride bound for Daet (Superlines, DLTBCo., or PhilTranco) and get off at Daet town proper or Centro. From Centro, take a tricycle to Bagasbas Beach.

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More on Daet, Camarines Norte? Read previous blog Travel Guide | Daet, Camarines Norte

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