AL SAFLIYA ISLAND|QATAR

Al Safliya, is an island located south of The Pearl in Qatar where a magnificent view of the Doha West Bay and its skyline can be seen during sunset.

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The island can be reached by a boat or dhow which will take you around 30 to 40 minutes. You can rent a dhow from Dhow Harbour near The Pearl Monument at Doha Corniche. A dhow hire for a duration of 5 hours with toilet, safety vest, AC room, and audio-video entertainment is quite expensive if you’re a solo traveller or just a small group. It’s better to check guided group tours online to get to the island.

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The southern beach of the island has wooden umbrella-shaped shades. Trash bins are available in the island but there are no toilets available. The water is clean in the island where you can swim and play some water sports like.

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MUSFUR SINKHOLE | AR RAYYAN, QATAR

Musfur sinkhole is located in Ar Rayyan, Qatar and it is the deepest known accessible cave in Qatar. The visible bottom is around 100 meter deep, but some scientists suspect a larger cave-system is extended below.

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The sinkhole was formed 325,000 to 500,000 years ago during the mid-Pleistocene Era. When you enter the 40 feet opening of the cave you can see layering of different kinds of rock and sediments, graffiti on the rocks, hundreds of nesting birds and traces of small mammals. There is no clear path down into the cave. You can basically scramble down anywhere.

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It is believed that Musfur sinkhole continues to evolve and will do so in the future. Pieces of rock from both the dolomite and limestone layers occasionally fall and larger sections of the roof might collapse one day.

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Musfur Sinkhole GPS coordinates: N 25 10’30” E 51 12’41”

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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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