Scuba Diving in the Philippines is one of the amazing magical experiences this place has to offers for all those willing to leave the office behind for a while. Whether you’re visiting the reefs in Puerto Galera or exploring the shipwrecks in Subic Bay. There is always something interesting to discover and enjoy here.
Puerto Galera has been known for its beautiful beaches. One of these beaches thats really popular to tourist is the White Beach Puerto Galera. But for those of you who doesn’t know, there are so many other beaches here in Puerto Galera that is as much as beautiful as the White Beach or even better. Lets talk about one of them, the Talipanan Beach Puerto Galera.
All of us wants to have a time off at least once a year, some would like to go abroad while some just want to relax and have some cold beverages by the beach. Holiday seekers coming from Manila often visits Batangas Beach Resorts to have a relaxing vacation.
But if you want to relax and have fun at the same time (with a lot more activities), just go a little further. [Read more…]
Every year we like to say “Happy Holidays Philippines and International Friends”. To all past and future guests, we appreciate you.
Happy holidays Philippines and international friends from all of our staff at BADLADZ Beach Resort, BADLADZ Dive Resort, BADLADZ Scuba Diving and Pampered Spa.
Each year here at BADLADZ Adventure Resorts we celebrate the holidays as a family. This year we would like to extend our greetings to all and share with you how we celebrate the holidays.
Here I will share with you to our Christmas Party for you to see how celebrated this year. [Read more…]
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BADLADZ Inland Day Tour Package
The BADLADZ Inland Day Tour Package features all the nature wonders of Puerto Galera.
Tukuran Falls is just one of these true nature that fascinates and holds the attention of every visitor, and we are truly excited to see this tour highlighted in such a way and hope to see more travelers from all around the world and explore the beauties of Puerto Galera!
In connection with this, we are glad to offer our guests a special prize! Any of you who book a tour with BADLADZ Adventure Resort before January 15, 2018 may be eligible for a very special prize from InfoHub’s sister-company GPSmyCity – publisher of travel apps for Apple and Android.
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Are you looking for the best Puerto Galera Beach Resort? Of course you are. All of us would like to stay at one of the best resorts when we go on our holiday so we can enjoy and have fun during our vacation. Thats why I decided to write this to help you decide where to stay when planning to visit Puerto Galera.
Puerto Galera has always been a perfect place for fun and adventure for both solo and group travelers. While solo or couple travelers are pretty common, groups and company travels are also becoming well known this time of year. In this article I will talk about the Puerto Galera group accommodation and where to find a perfect place to stay with your group.
Puerto Galera Group Accommodation
If you are looking for a place to have a team building, company outings, or just a group of friends that wants to have some fun for a weekend. Puerto Galera will not disappoint you. Here there are variety of things to do from the land activities to the water activities and many more. [Read more…]
A lot of people often talks about what is the difference between Thailand versus the Philippines. These two are one of the most popular tourist destination in Asia.
Theres no surprise that people want to know which country is the best for them to visit on their next holiday vacation. Some even consider moving in permanently.
Recently we had a guest at out BADLADZ Beach Resort that has been to both places. To help you guys decide which one is the best I interviewed him and asked his thoughts on which is the best between Thailand versus the Philippines. [Read more…]
I write blog posts about traveling and things to do in the Philippines, especially all the fun things to do in Puerto Galera. With that being said some of my friends and guests from our resorts here at BADLADZ in Puerto Galera often ask me how to get to Boracay from Puerto Galera, the other paradise besides Puerto Galera.
So I decided to write this article that will guide you and give you some tips on how to get to Boracay from Manila and how to get to Boracay from Puerto Galera, specifically from BADLADZ. [Read more…]
Huge and traditional weddings nowadays cost a lot of money. That’s the very reason why most happily couple choose an alternative wedding venue in the Philippines instead. Let me tell you more why this is the case.
Weddings is an expensive event, I’m sure everyone will agree. Like for example if you are in a western country average wedding can cost around $30,000. That’s a whooping 1,508,550 in peso. If you’re going to spend that amount of money, you might as well get a vacation out of the deal. [Read more…]
The Philippines is by far the most beautiful country I’ve ever been, lots of beautiful islands and things do here, but the same as any other country, corruption in the Philippines is also a big problem.
In this post you’re going to get some tips on how to deal with corruption in the Philippines once you’re here.
I”m going to talk about:
- Overview of Corruption in the Philippines
- Real Life Stories and Examples of Corruption in the Philippines
- How to Work Around Corruption in the Philippines While Doing Business
- Dealing With the Philippine Police
- How to Handle a Minor Traffic Violation
- Do You Pay Bribes?
- Working with Lawyers in the Philippines
- Safety in the Philippines
Ok, let’s jump into the overview.
Most of the tourist find the Philippines attractive because of its beautiful scenery, adventure and many more. If you are looking for an opportunity to start your own business, Philippines is also an ideal place for you. I’m going to share with you what I did and the step by step process I took in starting a small business in the Philippines.
Before I get detailed on how the process of starting a small business in the Philippines can be, let me explain some of the good reasons why you should travel and do business in the Philippines. [Read more…]
BADLADZ Dive Resort have been a Green Fins member for a couple of years now. This year we won another award from them. Its always a great feeling to be recognize and get an award for being one of the best of what we do. Here I will talk about how we got this award and what we do to deserve it.
The Most Beautiful Bay in the World
Puerto Galera is known for its beautiful bay. In fact it was voted as the most beautiful bay in the world back in 2005. It was also known to be the center of biodiversity in the world surpassing even the Great Barrier Reef. [Read more…]
May 1st 2017 we had the pleasure of welcoming the Indi Divers Perth when they came and visits us at BADLADZ for scuba diving and fun.
This year the group leader Pete Dawson brought a total of 32 divers. Its a mix of very experienced divers. 1 course director, 5 instructors, 2 Dive Masters 3 Rescue divers and the rest Advanced divers. [Read more…]
We have another addition to our BADLADZ TripAdvisor Awards.
BADLADZ Beach Resort, BADLADZ Dive Resort and BADLADZ Restaurants has received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award again this year for 2017.
This is not the first time the BADLADZ resorts have won awards with TripAdvisor. Our current listing of TripAdvisor awards we have won are as follows: [Read more…]
Theres a lot of things to do in Puerto Galera and one of the funnest and most popular is our Puerto Galera snorkeling. There are activities you can do in land, air and water. One of the popular activities is the Island Hopping. If you love Island Hopping then you’ll gonna love it even more when you try the snorkeling in Puerto Galera.
Theres a lot of places to visit and have fun here in the Philippines, while for me Puerto Galera is what I call paradise, theres another place I go when I want to have some more fun in the south, I go to Cebu City.
If you don’t know anything about Cebu City, then this will be a primer for you to get started in your research. I will talk about what to see and things to do when you get there. [Read more…]
Do you have an interest in learning about several Philippines business opportunities? Wondering about the ins and outs of starting a business in the Philippines?
Here are some more questions…
- Do you fancy yourself a businessman?
- Have you been running businesses in the Western world for a number of years?
- Do you think you could run a business in the Philippines?
Sadly, plenty of people who have answered “yes” to the above questions have [Read more…]
Many a heated argument flourishes among viewers of my YouTube channel, on the comparison of the Philippines vs Thailand with many statements, few facts, and in my opinion it’s a bloody waste of time.
People always compare the Philippines vs Thailand. Honestly, these countries are so politically, geographically, historically, culturally and religiously different. It is somewhat akin to comparing boats and fish just because they inhabit the same ocean.
Is it because they both have a flourishing tourist trade? Although they both share political instability, face natural disasters and suffer from terrorist insurgencies they have little else in common.
Politically speaking, Thailand has a government that controls the media and suppresses reports about these problems. With a history of censorship that ranks them 130 out of 180 countries they have a long history of censorship of the press.
Terrorism is always a hot topic when it comes to conversations about travel in the Philippines but few realize that Thailand has this identical problem. You can read about terrorism in Thailand here.
Conversely, the Philippine press exposes terrorist acts in all their gory glory and in minute detail making it seem as if the country is in imminent peril of being overrun by terrorist factions. The truth is that the terrorists in Thailand have a very good foothold in the South and are constantly inching further north. It is one landmass, one language and it is easy to see it eventually creeping over the entire landmass of this beautiful country.
Terrorism, however, faces a unique problem in the Philippines with over 7000 islands and 9 major languages, the insurgents have trouble expanding from their southern bases of operation because of logistical and cultural differences beyond their traditional strongholds and this keeps it fairly well contained to the southernmost islands.
Transportation and Infrastructure
Transportation and infrastructure is where Thailand takes the Philippines hands down in comparisons. Again, being one landmass, it is easy to connect the dots to integrate and expand these systems. The Philippines conversely must create a separate infrastructure on each island. Electrical creation and distribution systems must be built and fed, transportation hubs created and serviced by a vast network of inter-island ferries then maintained. Internet and phone services must rely solely on transmission towers, no hard wires here. All this in the face of multiple typhoons, spawned a vast Pacific Ocean, which inevitably slam into the Philippines first, before trailing off to mainland Asia.
Adventure and diversity is definitely a Philippine strong point. These thousands of islands provide a myriad of possibilities for those who want to “step off the beaten path” so to speak. With only 20% of the tourist masses that visit Thailand every year, 4 million versus 20 million, the Philippines does offer experiences that you alone can enjoy without crowd or audience. See the video at the bottom of this post.
So, compare not these two beautiful Asian flowers. Embrace and rejoice in their differences. I recommend you visit both and enjoy all of the wonderful experiences both have to offer.
What an amazing country. With a rich history, abundant culture and tons of great places to party, it probably sounds like one of the best places to go in the world for a holiday. It’s one of the most popular spots on the South East Asia backpacking trail and there’s no doubt that you’ll have a great time in Thailand.
But despite how amazing Thailand can be, we think that the Philippines is better. However, since we run a few cool resorts, our opinion may be a tad biased 🙂
Let’s get into it –
3 Reasons Why Philippines is Better Than Thailand
1. Less Tourists. Thailand is a popular spot and with good reason. There are loads of great tourist activities and rich Asian culture to explore. Buddhism is the main religion and you could spend months just visiting different Buddhist temples. In fact, you can even spend a few weeks at a temple, learning to be a monk (how’s that for a retreat?). But this comes at a price. Being popular, tourists are EVERYWHERE. You’ll find it impossible to find a beach that isn’t packed with young, excited backpackers from all over the globe. In the Philippines, you’re off the backpacker trail so you won’t be surrounded by tourists in most places.
2. More Adventure. Thailand offers a number of adventurous activities. The only problem is that when everyone is doing it, it doesn’t feel that adventurous. If you’re surrounded by tourists, it’s just going to feel like you’re at home. In the Philippines, adventure is hiding around every corner. From catching public transport to navigating the rambling alleyways of the provincial towns, you’re guaranteed to satiate your thirst for adventure in the Philippines.
3. More Tropical. If you want to experience the tropical island getaway, Thailand probably isn’t the place. There’s too many other people doing the same thing for it to feel like a getaway. If you want a tropical island getaway, come to the Philippines. With 7,107 islands, you’ll find a number of great spots. In Palawan, one of the isolated island chains in the Philippines, you’ll feel like you’ve discovered a hidden paradise that no one knows about.
Tropical Paradise Top 5
As always I say the Philippines is amazing and my favorite of the two. I’m not alone either.
A few years ago we ran a survey with some of our previous customers. After visiting the Philippines, we asked them where they thought the best “tropical paradise” in the world was.
As we expected, most of them said the Philippines!
To celebrate, we made a snazzy image of the results below. If you want to display it on your blog, feel free to grab the code for it here.
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Come stay at BADLADZ and we’ll give you a few more reasons why it’s more fun in the Philippines. Our Mexican food will melt your taste buds and once you experience what it’s like to spend every day by the beach, sitting by a few coconut trees, you’ll never want to leave.
What are your thoughts? Shoot me a message about what you think.
Editors Note: This blog post was originally published January 09, 2013 and has been updated with revised and additional content.
I’m often asked… Is it Safe to Travel the Philippines? As with anywhere you travel you will find that you need to always be aware of your surroundings, but here are some specific tips to lean on. First watch this short video I created about the safety in the Philippines and continue reading for more detailed information.
Tourism and Crime in the Philippines
Philippines is a safe country compared to other bigger countries. If you look at some statics online, you’ll see that the Philippines is #47 in total crimes per country. Check statistics here.
Tourist zones here in the Philippines are quite safe. Philippines has only 6 million tourists each year compared with the 32.5 million that go to Thailand as of 2016. This alone means criminals are less likely to be organized to operate against tourists. Fewer tourists, fewer opportunities, fewer criminals.
Philippines is also number 4 among the biggest countries that has English speaking population. So if you can speak English, you can travel the Philippines without trouble.
Every country has bad areas where you “do not go”. I challenge anybody to tell me differently. So don’t go there.
Safety in the Philippines
When you come to the Philippines there’s certain factors you have to consider. For instance Philippines is a third world country. Meaning the things you’ll be carrying with you are probably worth more than what some poeple make in six months.
So here is the first advice….
1. Don’t be Ostentatious About Your Wealth
Dress down, don’t wear jewelry, don’t walk along with your cellphone or camcorder in your hand. If you’re walking along with your cellphone in your hand, not aware of your surroundings it becomes an easy target for somebody to snatch.
Keep your head up and your hands free when your walking. Always pay attention. This is not a violent country, this is not the kind of country where people are going to confront you and violently rob you of your things.
This is a country of opportunity. If you leave your things unattended, if you’re inattentive yourself, if you’re sitting with your bag behind you on the floor, it becomes an easy target.
You want to just be aware of your surroundings and aware of where you are in the world. The Philippines is a third world country and the reason for that is that theres no a fourth world. No big problems here but please be aware.
Travel the Philippines to Mindanao
I mentioned about the “do not go” zones. Well this is the do not go zone in the Philippines, Mindanao. The president just recently in May 2017 placed Mindanao under martial law due to deadly clashes in Marawi City involving the Maute group who is believed to be trying to establish a caliphate for ISIS.
Mindanao is the terrorist haven that everybody has heard about. Located in the farthest southern reaches of the Philippines and most parts of it are actually safer than Miami, Florida or London, England.
The reason for the inordinate amount of attention paid to the few crimes that actually happened there is that evil monkey Abu Sayyaf. The Muslims that operate under this umbrella of so-called terrorism are just thugs, thieves, kidnappers and robbers. It has nothing to do with religion.
Their only claim to fame is to claim this questionable allegiance. Anyway, if you’re concerned, just don’t go there. With over 7,000 other islands to visit there is no shortage of places to have fun.
Is the Philippines Safe for Solo Travelers?
The Philippines is an incredibly safe destination for solo female travelers and male travelers alike. While there are a lot of “crimes of opportunity” here, confrontational or violent crime is very uncommon. You are probably far more likely to be a victim of a violent crime in your home town than you are anywhere in the Philippines.
While safety precautions are necessary just like in any new location, people in the Philippines are extremely hospitable.
We had a guest that made a blog about how safe the Philippines for solo travelers. Her name is Anna Wickham, she did live and travel the Philippines alone for three months and she have found it to be a wonderful and safe experience that every traveler should try no matter what gender. You can read some of her blog about traveling the Philippines here.
Aside from the crimes that you may encounter here in the Philippines, the other thing you should be aware of is the weather.
Typhoons in the Philippines
Not too long ago a super typhoon went through the Philippines , and it was devastation. I get phone calls and e-mails all the time whenever something like this happens, people asking “oh is it safe?, am I going to be able to fly in? since they’ve been watching the news”.
Well you have to understand the Philippines is a big place. More likely the typhoon will go through the center of the Philippines going from the east to the west of the country and with anything along that path you’re going to have trouble, places like Samar, Leyte, Palawan, Iloilo and all of them will be hit.
Here in Puerto Galera where our BADLADZ is located we are at the top of the island of Mindoro and we are far north from the areas where the typhoon normally hits, though it does occasionally happen. The Philippines government developed a plan for any kind of disaster that may occur in the Philippines, they call it National Disaster response plan.
So don’t be afraid of what it says on the news, the Philippines is fully operational 24/7. As always, make sure to take the proper precautions anywhere you go. The Philippines is a perfectly safe destination.
Stay With BADLADZ
Come and travel the Philippines, stay with us at any BADLADZ property and have a memorable vacation. It is safe, the staff are kind and hospitable, it is affordable, and there are tons of things to do in Puerto Galera.
Editors Note: This blog post was originally published January 16, 2013 and has been updated with revised and additional content.