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Adventures in the Philippines

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
Discover the "Pearl of the Orient Seas," the Philippines

Discover the “Pearl of the Orient Seas,” the Philippines

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The Philippines, coined the ‘Gems of the East,’ consists of 7,107 islands, and most of them are very small. All of the islands have a lot to offer to tourists, from the typical “sun, sea & beach” holidays to Eco Adventures deep into the diverse geography of these beautiful tropical islands. And don’t forget to meet the people – they are very friendly, and the country welcomes tourists, as they bring money to the country to support local businesses and the economy. From swimming with dolphins in coral waters, to exploring volcanoes and hidden waterfalls, to going out on the town to meet the people (perhaps trying some “tuba” coconut wine) and learn about their rich culture, the Philippines really has it all.

Embark on a full day small group excursion to the town of Pagsanjan, Laguna located two and a half hours south of Manila. Your destination is the Majestic Pagsanjan Falls. Take a scenic boat ride on a native dugout canoe (banca.) As the boat is skillfully maneuvered upstream by two boatmen, the landscape diversifies with beautiful boulders, steep gorges and lush tropical vegetation. Return downstream by “shooting the rapids” as expert boatmen steer past huge boulders in churning waters at top speeds. With its booming waters cascading down the cliff 900 feet below, this is truly an exhilarating, spine-tingling, adrenaline-pumping ride!

Next, hit the beach on our Mactan Island Snorkeling & Picnic Tour from Cebu City. This full day fun in the sun small group tour combines the excitement of riding on a motorized canoe (banca) with snorkeling, swimming or diving in the small islands of the Mactan Channel. Feed fish and soon you will have these colorful creatures feasting from your hands. Enjoy a refreshing swim in reef waters or free diving. A delightful lunch of grilled seafood, chicken or pork with fresh fruits for dessert will be served picnic style on a white sand beach. Whatever you choose to do, your time at Mactan Island is sure to be memorable and fun.

There’s no better way to end your day than enjoying a delicious buffet dinner of Philippine delicacies on board a floating barge on the Loboc River. Our Loboc Riverside Dinner & Night Cruise in Bohol offers a peaceful atmosphere and soft, soothing river breeze to help you unwind. Afterwards, transfer to another barge which will float you upriver towards Busay Falls, with a live band playing music to entertain you. Let the river and the lovely choir performances of the local talents of Loboc serenade you. Drinks are also available on board. You’ll love the cooler temperature of the day, beautiful tropical scenery, and relaxing ambiance.

The beautiful White Beach of Boracay Island

The beautiful White Beach of Boracay Island, Philippines

When it comes to Filipino Hotels, there are some real gems of resorts and world-class business hotels. Friendly people and smiles abound in the Philippines, and a high level of English is spoken on most islands. Our Philippines Hotel Directory features a fantastic selection of popular hotels, exceptionally low rates, and the convenience of being able to book your hotels and tours in one place.

Eco Tours in the Aloha State

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

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Aloha travel friends! Let me tell you a little secret… There’s no better way to celebrate the May flowers than donning a gorgeous, aromatic Lei in Honolulu. Now is the perfect time to beat the crowds and the rising temperatures with the ultimate tropical escape – that’s right, it could only be Hawaii. Summer is right around the bend, and there are TONS of exciting Eco tours from Honolulu for you to do! Get off the concrete and discover the gorgeous natural beauty of the Islands. You’ll be glad you did, and remember your adventures for years to come. From active volcanoes to hidden waterfalls, pristine beaches to incredible mountain views in the clouds, swimming with sea turtles to zip-lining through the rainforest, Honolulu really is an Eco Paradise.

The Hawaiian Islands, located at center of the Ring of Fire, are formed entirely of volcanoes, one of the most destructive natural forces on earth. Everyone knows how deadly volcanoes can be. But did you know the benefits of them? Many volcanic materials are very beneficial to nature and human life – lava that is continuously forming new landmasses and islands, diamonds and other precious gemstones, generating geothermal energy, volcanic rocks used for making roads, natural glass from lava (pumice), volcanic ash that is rich in nutrients and greatly improves soil fertility, and carbon dioxide and hydrogen released into the earth’s atmosphere that begin the processes of photosynthesis and the water cycle. Volcanoes have a delicate balance with nature – fire & water, death & life, ashes & lush vegitation. Hawaii is one of the greatest mysteries of the universe. See these marvels up-close for yourself on our Eco adventure tours!

My first recommendation has to be our Big Island Grand Circle Island Volcano Adventure from Honolulu. Not only will you see the magnificent ancient Banyan trees, coffee farms, and Orchid and Anthurium Nursery of Hilo, but you will also get to see the beautiful 80 foot tall and almost 100 foot wide Rainbow Falls. Then the highlight of the tour – a visit to the world famous Kilauea Volcano, which has been steadily erupting since the 1980′s. Your tour guide will entertain and educate as you explore the Volcano National Park, the Jaggar Museum, Thurston Lava Tube, Fern Tree Jungle, Kilauea Iki Crater, and more. Don’t forget your camera on this fantastic tour, or you might just cry. And then have to buy another one. Don’t miss this amazing adventure in Hawaii!

My second recommendation is our Mauka to Makai: Zipline, Kayak, Snorkel & Eco Hike with Lunch from Honolulu. See Oahu the way that you have always dreamed of during a thrilling Eco-adventure on the Windward coast of Oahu. Hiking through the rainforest of the Ko’olau Mountains, soaring above the trees of Oahu’s valley, and kayaking through the crystal clear waters of the Pacific are all included in this fun-filled day trip! Your expert ecologist is devoted to showing off the unique life that exists only in Hawaii’s climate. This popular tour sells out well in advance, so reserve early.

On our Ultimate Circle Island Eco Adventure with Lunch from Honolulu, you’ll get to see Hawaii’s wide variety of wildlife with stops at a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle basking grounds and bird watching at native Hawaiian wetlands. Your professional tour guide will share information about the many different plants, birds, and animals that call Hawaii home. Designed to both entertain and educate, this tour will expose you to Oahu’s raw natural beauty with stops off the beaten path. You will also visit Byodo-In Temple, enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch, see famous lookouts and beaches of Oahu, hike Waimea Valley and enjoy a refreshing waterfall swim!

No matter what you wish to do in Honolulu, Aloha Tours is proud to be your source for sightseeing tours and attractions on the Islands of Hawaii. We offer tours and activities on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, The Big Island, Lanai, Molokai, and Molokini. Indulge in some of the best foods in the world, take in some sun in this tropical climate, and enjoy a never ending array of things to see and do. Call us toll-free for assistance with booking your trip today. Ho’olu komo la kaua – please join us!

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Fort Lauderdale, the ‘Venice of America’

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Fort Lauderdale, located in Broward County, Florida, is often referred to as the ‘Venice of America’ because of its intricate and expensive canal system.  It is a popular destination for tourists and is a major yachting area with 42,000 yachts and 100 boatyards and marinas.  Conveniently located a few miles from Miami, there are a number of tours and activities that take you to this nearby city.

For a day of fun with the kids, book the Swamp Safari Day Package from Fort Lauderdale.  This package includes a one hour eco tour on a Swamp Buggy, which is specially designed to provide elevated views of the frontier while passengers ride through the cypress heads and wetlands.  A 20-minute Airboat Tour and an educational Alligator and Snake Show or Swamp Critter Show are also included.  This is a great way to introduce your kids to Florida wildlife, and you will likely see deer, hawks, wild hogs, bison, water buffalo, and other rare species.  You will also learn a bit about Seminole legends and folklore as the safari takes you onto their Reservation where they have dutifully cared for the land and worked to preserve its natural balance.

Additional tours are offered by airboat, airplane, boat, ferry, and more.  You can also travel to Miami to visit the homes of celebrities or take in the Mai-Kai Polynesian Dinner Show in Fort Lauderdale for a unique interpretation of traditional dinner theater.  No matter what you decide to do, you will never be bored.  The weather in the area is beautiful and allows you to take advantage of a wide array of outdoor activities like charter fishing in Miami, an Everglades Day Safari from Ft. Lauderdale, or a Jungle Queen Cruise.  When you are finished seeing all there is to see in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, take an Orlando Day Tour from Miami for a change of pace and some theme park fun!

For all the details on tours and activities like these, visit

Tours of Sunny Anaheim, California

Friday, September 26th, 2008

There are many ways to see Anaheim and the surrounding area with tours by bus, limo, boat, Jeep, ferry, and helicopter.For nature lovers, there are eco tours to Catalina, trips to Sea World, fishing trips to San Diego and Dana Point, whale watching, and wildlife and zoo tours.You can also spend the day checking out the Newport Beach – The O.C. Experience from Anaheim tour to see where John Wayne and Humphrey Bogart used to live.

Newport Beach 'The O.C.' Experience from Anaheim

Newport Beach

In the mood for a little glitz and glamour? The Los Angeles Grand Tour from Anaheim is just what you need.Walk down the same path as the stars by visiting Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Melrose Avenue, Rodeo Drive, and more famous spots known across America and abroad.Because Los Angeles is so huge, your tour will depend on the area you are staying in.If your hotel is in the Los Angeles area, you can take the Los Angeles Grand Tour from Los Angeles, while those staying in Hollywood, Pasadena, the Valley, and surrounding areas can participate in the Los Angeles Grand Tour or the combination Grand Tour and Movie Stars Homes Tour.

For a deeper look inside the lives of the stars we know and love, take the Movie Star Experience Tour from Hollywood.It actually incorporates 3 tours into one: the Movie Stars Homes Tour, the Sony Pictures Studios Highlight Tour, and the Inside “Heart of Hollywood” Walking Tour.This once in a lifetime experience takes you inside Sony Pictures Studios so you can see where movie classics like “The Wizard of Oz” and blockbusters like “Men in Black” were made.

Other things to do around Anaheim featuring fun for all ages include California Adventure, Six Flags, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and the Getty Museum.Anaheim is conveniently located for easy access to Los Angeles and San Diego to see the San Diego Zoo. It is also easy to travel over the border to Tijuana, Mexico for a day of shopping and free time.

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