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After the climbing the limestone and seeing the green lagoon in Matukad Island, we went to the next island - the Lahos Island. The island derived its name from a visayan word "Lahus" which means able to pass through-and-through. The short stretch of white sand is located between two huge limestone rocks so tourists can pass through either side of the island. There were a number of tourist in the island when I get there. I saw some props that were used by Survivor India in the island and some tourist were taking pictures to Indian cameraman. Unlike in Matukad Island, there are no trees can protect you from getting exposed to the sun but there is a portion in the island where there are small clusters of trees.
Matukad Island is the first island that we visited. Its water and powdery white sand is really inviting but I was more interested in climbing towering limestone. My guide Tope did not inform that there is a hidden lagoon in this island but to be able to see the lagoon, one need to climb the sharp-edged limestones. This must be the reason why he did not inform me about this lagoon - scared that I might get hurt or worst fell off from the cliff. I learned about the lagoon after seeing some tourist coming down from the cliff. Then they told me about the lone milkfish living in the hidden lagoon. Because of curiosity, I climbed the rock and indeed there is a huge milkfish in the lagoon. A tourist told me about the legend of the 2 giant milkfish that used to live in the hidden lagoon. These fishes were considered sacred by the locals. Legend says that a fisherman caught one fish and bring it to his family. And then everyone who eats the fish died. Apart from seeing the milkfish in the lagoon, the panoramic view from the top of the lifestone is breath taking. The neighboring islets including Lahus island is visible from the top. I can say that this place a good site for camping. This island has the longest shore and there are plenty of trees that can provide tourists shade from heat of the sun and rain. I should have camp here if only I know that it is allowed.
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Every once in while you find a place a little off the tourist radar. Bantayan Island is one such place. I have traveled around a lot in the Philippines and have been to some pretty neat places but when I decided to visit Bantayan Island I could not have known that I would chance upon a place of such serenity. There isn’t much here. Not a lot of tourists, no malls, no people asking you to buy condos or discos blaring dance music. There are only a couple of towns worth any size on the island, one being Bantayan town and the other Sante Fe. Bantayan city has the only ATM where foreign transactions are allowed and they only take a Visa card. They have a nice market, a fabulous old church with lots of history, a few local restaurants and a couple of cock fighting arenas. I experienced my first cock fight in Bantayan and will post more on that later. What you won’t find are McDonalds, Jollibee, Dunkin Donuts or any other fast food joint. However the people are some of the friendliest I have ever encountered. The Philippines in general is very hospitable but the people on Bantayan Island seem to be more friendly than most. And this a place where you can experience true island life. Compared to Filipino standards I am a bug dude and stand tall at 6'1" and sometimes stand out and get a lot of looks when I am here. I get stares when I walk down the streets in Manila or anywhere else. On Bantayan island there are a lot of tricycle drivers, the non-motorized kind. So imagine their concern when I squeeze my big ass into a trike and tell them to peddle me to town. They sweat their ass off and I get lots of looks and giggles along the way. I also get people waving and saying hello and greeting me everywhere I go. At least 4 times while walking around I have been asked to sit and have a drink. I walked past an older woman picking up coconuts in her yard the other day and when I waved she dropped everything, smiled and waved back. Little kids say hello and so far wit