Category Archives: Philippines

Sunset Silhouettes – Boracay Beaches

Sunset Silhouettes!

Imagine visiting a place where every afternoon was the most amazing sunset you’ve ever seen…until the next day. Boracay island might be paradise, and made for some amazing sunset silhouettes.  Loved it!

Sunset Silhouettes - Boracay Beach Paradise!
this is one of my favorite photos from Boracay – I want to go back!

Boracay was easily my favorite part of the Philippines. We saw some of the most amazing sunsets – this post has some of my favorites.

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definately a “Kodak moment!”

Nearly every day in Boracay finished with one of the most beautiful sunsets I’d ever seen!

Frisbee Silhouettes! The Boracay beaches were fairly empty until around 5pm, when the sun began to set
Frisbee Silhouettes! The Boracay beaches were fairly empty until around 5pm, when the sun began to set

the gorgeous sky made for some awesome sunset silhouettes in Boracay Philippines

The gorgeous Boracay sky turned orange, red and purple, and made for some awesome sunset silhouettes.

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These kids were adorable!

capturing the sunburst in my hand

There’s nothing quite like experiencing a breathtaking sunset.

Julian captures the Boracay sunset with his SLR
My friend Julian captures the Boracay sunset with his SLR. We couldn’t get enough of these

Want more sunsets? I’ve put together all the sunset posts on Visit50.com at this link.
Julian enjoys the sunset in Boracay

Thresher Sharks SCUBA Diving

SCUBA Diving with Thresher Sharks – Philippines

Introducing Thresher Sharks!  Imagine seeing a shark with a long tail that can be as long as the total body length. Thresher Sharks can only be consistently spotted in a few places in the world, so when was in the Philippines I had to see them up close.

What’s a Thresher Shark? 

In this post I’ll cover why thresher sharks have such long tails, what thresher sharks eat, how big thresher sharks typically are, and where to find thresher sharks, in addition to showing some videos of threshers in motion.  I’ll also detail my specific experience SCUBA diving to see thresher sharks  at the bottom of this page as well.

Thresher sharks are mostly known for the size of their tail (“upper caudal fin lobe”), which is typically equal to the length of the rest of their body!  Check out this below photo:

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Thresher Sharks have tails equal to the rest of the size of their body. Photo credit: Rafn Ingi Finnsson

Why do Thresher Sharks have large tails?

Thresher sharks are active predators – they use their huge tails not only to swim, but also to swat and stun much smaller prey fish. Whack!   When hunting schooling fish, thresher sharks are known to “slap” the water, herding and stunning prey.

Balut: would you eat Duck Embryo?

People really eat Duck Embryo??

They eat duck embryo called Balut in the Philippines, and it might be the only food I refused during my entire trip through Asia.

When I’m traveling, I always want to sample the local food, and I’ll try almost everything. What does that include? I’ve tried guinea pigs (cuy!) in Peru. I’ve eaten grasshoppers and scorpions in Thailand. I ate just about every organ or body party of a cow, duck, or chicken that you can think of in mainland China, including duck intestine, pig brain. Where do I draw the line?  The Philippines’ Balut egg – duck fetus. Duck embryo is not for me. I just couldn’t bring myself to try eating a Fetal Duck Egg.

What is Balut?

Balut egg is a fertilized duck embryo – the embryo is allowed to grow and mature for about 17 days until it is quite clearly a baby duck. That’s right. A baby duck, with all its baby duck parts stuffed into a shell with the yolk and egg white, now crisscrossed with blood vessels and feather-like growths. Yes, sometimes it is even has the beginnings of feathers. At this point Balut egg is soft-boiled and eaten whole.

Snorkeling in the Philippines – Malapascua Island

While I’ve never gone snorkeling with so few fish in Malapascua, Philippines, the water was clear and we had a great group and our first ever encounter with a Sea Snake! I’ll post about the Sea Snake soon, but in the meantime, here are some fun pics from our snorkeling experience below.

With hardly any fish and great visibility, we mostly just played. Our international group of friends were from Italy, Sweden, England, Holland, and the U.S.

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 I’m often asked, is there good snorkeling in Malapascua?  If you’re looking for clear water, it’s wonderful. If you’re looking for lots of fish, I don’t recommend. With that said, I had an amazing time!

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Snorkeling in the Philippines near the Island of Malapascua

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Sea Snake in Malapascua Philippines Visit50 Feb2011

7 Jumping sunset silhouettes

The sunsets were gorgeous in  BoracayPhilippines, and made a great setting for an impromptu photo shoot of sunset silhouette jumping pics!

Just before a sunset silhouette jumping pic in Boracay, Philippines
Just before a sunset silhouette jumping pic…
The sky was beautiful and gradually changed colors as the sun set
The sky was beautiful and gradually changed colors as the sunset
Air Todd - I'm flying!
Air Todd – I’m flying!

Jumping in the Philippines

Jumping pics - Boracay sunset

Jumping sunset silhouette pics in Boracay, Philippines, with kids jumping in the background
Notice the kids in the background joining in as I jump
The Boracay sunset was such an interesting mix of colors
The Boracay sunset was such an interesting mix of vibrant colors

9 Jumping pics with Filipino kids in the Philippines

I took “jumping pics” in nearly every country I visited, and after taking jumping pics as the sun was setting with my friends in the Philippines, some kids started jumping along with us. Below are 9 jumping travel photos I took  of and with these Filipino kids.

This was one of my many photo shoots of jumping pics
This was one of my many photo shoots of jumping pics

Jumping pics - jumping with kids in the Philippines

Muhammed couldn't jump anywhere close to as high as the other kids and was getting frustrated so I helped him
Muhammed couldn’t jump anywhere close to as high as the other kids and was getting frustrated so I helped him
Jumping pics in Boracay
It was as fun as it looks!
Jumping pics in the Philippines - we had a contest to see who could jump the highest, and suddenly they got competitive
We had a contest to see who could jump the highest, and suddenly the kids got competitive

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Air Muhammed! We had just taught him how to jump. I never thought that would be something I'd ever teach a child but he learned quickly!
Air Muhammed! We had just taught him how to jump. I never thought that would be something I’d ever teach a child but he learned quickly! 

Jumping pics in Boracay, Philippines

 

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Jumping pics in beautiful Boracay

The crystal clear water in Boracay, Philippines, is a great setting for an impromptu photo shoot of jumping pics!  Here are a few of the photos we took on White Beach (at Station Two) – jumping pics in beautiful Boracay. Enjoy!

Gabbi jumping pics in beautiful Boracay Philippines
Gabbi jumping in beautiful Boracay, Philippines

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The clear water reminded me of the Caribbean. Some islands in Thailand are also this beautiful.

Sarah's jumping photo in Boracay Philippines
Sarah jumping in beautiful Boracay, Philippines

me! Jumping out of the crystal clear water in beautiful Boracay, PhilippinesI took fun jumping pics in beautiful Boracay as well as nearly every country I visited. Check out the jumping pics I’ve posted so far.