Experience Bali In The Philippines Via These Must-See Destinations
Stunning beaches, unique and culturally rich architecture, and stunning coral reefs--these are just some of the reasons why Bali is such a favorite destination for travelers coming from all over the world.
Situated in one of the many islands of Indonesia, Bali is almost a stone's throw from the Philippines. But if your hectic schedule just won't allow you to visit or go back to Bali, or if you just want to stay away from the throngs of travelers that are flocking to the island this time of the year, why not explore these Bali-inspired destinations around the Philippines instead?
Chill and unwind under the umbrellas
When in Bali, La Plancha is one of the must-visit destinations. It is one of the very first to establish the Chiringuito style in restaurants and bars in Seminyak.
La Plancha does not only offer nice meals and cocktails--it is famous for its colorful umbrellas and bean bag-like seats, nice for OOTDs, lounging around, and watching the beautiful sunset on the beach.
But a local version of the La Plancha beachfront can be checked out just a few hours from the Metro.
Situated in Subic, Zambales is the fairly young Inflatable Island at the Samba Bluewater Resort. It hosts a floating playground in the middle of the water, perfect for the kids and kids at heart.
While the Inflatable playground is a marvel in itself, another highlight in the venue is its Bali Lounge.
In true La Plancha fashion, the Bali Lounge is the beachfront right across the Inflatable Island that is filled with umbrellas, bean bags, and tables. Although the Bali Lounge started out like the La Plancha, showcasing umbrellas and bags in colors of the rainbow, the Lounge now has donned a more unicorn-like hue to match with its floating Unicorn playground. Hues of pink and lavender now line the Bali Lounge, perfect for OOTDs and lounging around in the sand.
Staying in hotels is overrated. For the complete Bali experience, travelers would often opt to spend their nights in private villas, often with their own terraces and pools. Bali has numerous private villas that won't break the bank. A staple in these private villas are the presence of flora and greens enveloping the area, a space for a pool area or terrace, and an oriental touch in the exteriors and interiors of the villa.
A close resemblance to these oriental villas could be found in Batangas. Cintai Corito's Garden is a Balinese-inspired sanctuary a few hours from Metro Manila, that offers beautiful oriental villas and spacious landscapes for taking a break from the concrete jungle.
Cintai Corito's Garden offers different villa sizes, depending on your needs, from something as small as a 4-pax villa with terrace, to an Executive villa that can accommodate up to 8 people. The Executive Villa is a perfect choice for those who want the ultimate Balinese escapade since it has its own spacious terrace, bar, jacuzzi, and pocket garden.
Apart from the numerous villas in the property, they also have pavilions that can be rented for events and celebrations, gazebos for lounging around, and swimming pools that are built with the same Balinese feels.
Coral reef hunting
Another hidden gem that makes Bali such an attractive destination for tourists is its coral diving spots. Bali has a number of beaches where tourists can avail of snorkeling or diving activities. These underwater escapades can give tourists a glimpse of the beautiful coral reefs that lie under the Bali waters.
Some of the popular spots for coral reefs hunting when in Bali include the Coral Gardens in Tulamben and Menjangan Island, and Mangrove Point in Nusa Lembongan.
But Bali is not the only country that lies on top of the Coral Triangle, the roughly triangular area with at least 500 species of reef-building corals. As a part of the Coral Triangle, Philippines is also home to some of the most beautiful and diverse coral reefs in the world.
Anilao, Batangas has a number of snorkeling and diving spots, and is easy to access from the metro, too. Diving can be as cheap as P3,000 for beginners since you will need to rent equipment and guidance. For rich underwater environments, try the Twin Rocks, Secret Bay, and Kirby's during early November to end of May.