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Mountain Bike rides for 2015

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Check out dates for next year's great bike rides all around South East Asia. Go to the Home page, above, select a country of interest at the top of the page, then click "sports & adventure" and "mountain bike tours". More to come too!

Palawan’s Subterranean River, Philippines

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_121" align="alignright" width="300" caption="St Paul's Underground River, Palawan"] [/caption] Claimed to be the longest underground river in the world (although I hear rumours that a much longer one has been found in South America somewhere) is located in the St Paul's National Park in Palawan, Philippines. Emptying directly into the South China ...

“Too many people”: Philippine island being deforested despite extensive protections

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Almost completely covered in Protected Areas, Palawan lost 6.4 percent of its tree cover in just over a decade. About an hour and a half plane ride from the Philippine capital Manila is a long, narrow island home to about a quarter of all the animal species found in the country. ...

Great deals on Dive Liveaboards

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Here are some great special offers on dive liveaboards to mark the DIVE 2014 show that took place last weekend in Birmingham, England. Galapagos Master: Special offer 10% discount on all trips departing June & July 2015 Siren Fleet Bonkers Christmas & New Year specials - 25% discount on any cruise departing between Dec ...

Sabah curfew extended once more

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

The curfew on the East Coast of Sabah, involving the sea area starting three nautical miles from shore up to the international borders with the Philippines, has yet again been extended to the 21st of October 2014. It will be a 10-hour daily sea curfew from 7pm to 5am. This ...

Sabah Sea Curfew Extended again

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The curfew on the East Coast of Sabah, involving the area starting three nautical miles from shore until the international borders with the Philippines, has yet again been extended to 2nd September 2014. However, it will be now only be a 10-hour daily sea curfew from 7pm to 5am. This ...

Sabah Curfew Extended

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

The curfew on the East Coast of Sabah from dusk to dawn (6pm to 6am), involving the sea area starting three nautical miles from shore until the international borders with the Philippines, has been extended to 17th Aug 2014. This encompasses an area of some 121,270 sq miles. The length ...

Top 50 Philippine cities to see in your lifetime

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_3355" align="alignright" width="660"] Daraga Church with active volcano, Mount Mayon, in the background[/caption]The Philippines has a rich and colourful culture. If you're creating a bucket list of places across the Philippines’ 7107 islands to visit, Ivan About Town’s list of 50 cities (and towns), each with a rich history, ...

New flight to Boracay from Singapore

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

SilkAir has launched flights between Singapore and Kalibo the gateway to Boracay in Philippines. Kalibo will be SilkAir’s third destination in the Philippines after Cebu and Davao, increasing the number of destinations in SilkAir’s route network to 46 destinations in 12 countries. Flights to Kalibo will be operated on a thrice weekly ...

Whaleshark spotting in Donsol, Philippines

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

"Butanding interaction" is the Philippines' official term for swimming with whalesharks. Butanding, a Bicol dialect word, means blind shark, which is how local fishermen once thought, incorrectly, of these creatures. Local whaleshark guides are known as Butanding interaction officers - or BIO - a somewhat pompous term for a good ...

Qatar Airways launch flights between Edinburgh and Doha

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Good news for travellers from Scotland, Qatar are launching flights to Doha from Edinburgh using the new Boeing Dreamliner, starting on 28 May this year. With connections from there to numerous destinations in Asia, this should noticeably shorten travel times to this part of the world. Flying direct to and from ...

Dive Sangat Island Reserve, Coron, Philippines

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Special for this weekend's LIDS (London International Dive Show), but valid for booking until the end of the month... Book a 10 boat dive package at the lovely Sangat Island Reserve in Coron Bay, Palawan, Philippines - famous for the 2nd largest fleet of Japanese WWII shipwrecks (after Chuuk in Mocronesia) ...

Dive Sardine City, with whalesharks at Oslob, Philippines

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Special offer to mark the London International Dive Show (LIDS): stay 7 nights at Turtle Bay Dive Resort in Moalboal, Cebu, but only pay for 6 nights. Includes: 7 nights, full-board, airport transfers. Prices start at US$608.00 twin/double sharing and a 10-dive package is US$ 298.00 Promotion is valid for stays from ...

Philippines Dive Liveaboard specials… helping typhoon relief

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Enjoy 25% discount from the listed price (as shown per below) on a selection of trip dates for cruises in the Philippines aboard the lovely sailing ships, the S/Y Philippine Siren and S/Y P. Siren, and help with typhoon relief at the same time! On each trip divers can expect to ...

New bird species in the Philippines

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

A ground-warbler from the Philippines is the twenty-third species of bird described in 2013. The species, dubbed Robsonius Thompsoni, is described in the August issue of the journal The Condor. It was discovered after researchers from the University of Kansas, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, the University of the ...