Along with plenty of aid, what the Philippines could do with at the moment is for its tourism industry to continue to thrive and have a positive impact on the country’s economy.
Happily, it’s a wonderful place to visit, offering powdery sand beaches, unspoiled nature and plenty of water adventure.
And there’s no reason to stick to touristy Boracay and El Nido – not when the Philippines archipelago is made up of 7,107 islands. Why not head straight to beautiful Calaguas, a group of islands in the province of Camarines Norte? Haul your camping and diving gear to Halabang Baybay, a long stretch of picture-perfect beach on Tinaga Island, and sleep, eat, swim and dive in paradise.
While there are many travel companies that offer Calaguas tour packages, it’s entirely possible to make your way there on your own. Daet, the capital of Camarines Norte, is the jump-off point to Calaguas, which is a two-hour boat ride away from the port via Vinzons. Embrace your sense of adventure.