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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EAST-WEST/WEST-EAST |RAS ABROUQ

East-West/West-East sculpture is located in Ras Abrouq, an area north of Dukhan in Qatar and near the tip of the Zekreet Peninsula. It was installed in 2014 at the request of Qatar Museum Authority.

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The stunning sculpture by American artist, Richard Serra in the Brouq Nature Reserve spans over a kilometer and comprises four steel plates, each over fourteen meters in height and spaced out at 250-meter intervals along a straight line.

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There’s no road leading to the sculpture and the tracks at the desert aren’t clearly signposted. The nearest major highway is more than five kilometers away. Anyone driving there will require an off-road vehicle. Visitors will either need a local friend with access to big wheels, or join an organized trip to get easy access to the site.

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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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Al Wakra Beach | Qatar

Situated 20 km South of Doha, Qatar, Al Wakrah Beach has become one of Qatar’s most popular family beaches.

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The golden sand beach of Al Wakra is flat and wide. Just like Simaisma, the sea is far from the beach, especially at low tide. Once you get to the sea, the shallow water extends to a very long distance but the walk to the sea is fun as sandbars can be seen during low tide.

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The main beach offer some shade from the soaring midday temperatures and good facilities such as playgrounds, a volleyball pitch, a soccer pitch, toilets and BBQ facilities for picnic.

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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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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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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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