Heliflying. More fun in the Philippines.
If you are looking for suggestions on the best sites in the Philippines, you came to the right place! Asia Aircraft Philippines is well-equipped, and ready to serve, allowing you to experience the hottest attractions from the best seats of the house! There are 7107 Islands to explore- let us help you create the adventure you have been dreaming of. We have extensive experience providing helicopter tours in the Philippines. Stop over in Chocolate Hills, jump off the coast of Palawan for a dive. We want your experience to be all about you. That's why Asia Aircraft Philippines takes great pride in working with each of our clients to customize experiences that meet your needs and exceed your expectations. Whether it is for business or leisure, let us tailor a helicopter ride just for you. It's time to helifly! Experience the difference for yourself!
Here's a hand pick of the Philippine's more popular attractions:
Helifly for less than 30 minutes to the nearest beach getaway located in Lian, Batangas. With natural sand, and clear waters, this is the perfect retreat after a busy work week. Enjoy jetskiing, water sports, banana boat, fishing, kayaking, water bicycle, or just lounge around and picnic in one of the beach's famous floating balsas. Relax, enjoy the sun, and stay the night at the family-owned beach front resort Al Fresco.
Perfect venue for beach volleyball
Owner Alex Limjoco just finished snorkeling
Photo courtesy of http://www.world-insights.com
Palawan, also known as the "last frontier", is the most well preserved major island group in the Philippines. It is also the largest province in the Philippines in terms of land area. The rain forest, caves, coral reefs, mangroves, beaches and clear blue waters are its best assets. It has recently been added to the seven new wonders of the world.
With almost 2,000 kilometers of coastline, Palawan is known as having one of the most beautiful seascapes in the world. Sprawled beneath the seas are nearly 11,000 square kilometers of coral reefs. Palawan was proclaimed as a fish and wildlife sanctuary in 1967 and to this day, this group of islands is probably the most protected province in the whole Philippines.
The Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary in the northern Calamianes islands is home to exotic and endemic species of animals that roam freely in its verdant hills and plains. Palawan is the home of Palawan Monkeys, Palawan Parrots, Palawan Bear cats, Palawan Peacock, Mongoose, Scaly Ant Eater, Porcupine, and mouse deer.
A must see is the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. It is located about 50 km north of the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. It features a limestone karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 km. underground river. The river winds through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea. It includes major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers. The underground river is reputed to be the world’s longest. At the mouth of the cave, a clear lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water’s edge. Monkeys, large monitor lizards, and squirrels find their niche on the beach near the river.
El Nido – the place with crystal clear waters and many wonderful dive spots with first class resorts. El Nido Marine Reserve is noted for its very expensive and edible birds’ nests that is harvested on majestic limestone cliffs.
Honda Bay - Just 30 minutes form Puerto Pincesa is Honda Bay. One can take a boat and beach hop the dozens of beaches on the islets that dot the bay. One can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, diving or just relaxing on the beach amidst the clear waters and fine sand.
Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its beauty and richness of marine life. Tubbataha Reef is made of of 2 atolls (North & South reefs) located 92 nautical miles southeast of Puerto Princesa City covering 33,200 hectares. The North Islet serves as a sanctuary for birds and marine turtles. Tubbataha Reef has pristine waters, lagoons, a line of extinct underwater volcanoes, two coral islands with a magnificent 100-meter perpendicular wall.
Palawan has been called the "island of the gods" and it is not without reason. Palawan is a must see for one who appreciates the beauty of nature.
The Mayon Volcano, with its "Perfect Cone", is the Philippines’ most active volcano and the most popular tourist destination in the Bicol Region. Standing 2,463 meters tall, it is the centerpiece of the Albay province, which is about 300 kilometers southeast of Manila.
Mayon Volcano is an active volcano with 49 eruptions to date since it's first in 1916. It's steep slope make it difficult and dangerous for climbers, including the more experienced ones. Rock avalanches and landslides are common. If you want to climb the volcano, you’ll have to go through the forest, grasslands, and deserts. The safest way is to pass on the northwestern slope, but first you've to register at PHILVOCS.
You can go nature hiking and marvel at the many wonderful animals such as the parakeet, red jungle fowl, owl, fruit dove just to name a few. You can also do many activities such as hiking, camping, climbing, bird watching as well as photography.
The best time to visit is between the months of March and May. Rainy season (Nov to Jan) is more dangerous. By land via Quirino highway, which is about 553 kilometers away, will take about 8 to 10 hours.
The Chocolate Hills of Bohol, Philippines is a natural formation of more than 1,700 small hills spread across an area of approximately 30 kilometers (or 15 miles), ranging from 30-120 meters high. This famous tourist attraction is located in the Central Visayan area of the Philippines. It is spread over an area covering the towns of Sagbayan, Batuan, Carmen, Bilar, Sierra Bullones, and Valencia. The most uniform cone-shaped hills can be found mostly in Carmen.
Why the name Chocolate Hills? Surprisingly, no cocoa plantations can be found there. In the rainy and cool seasons, the hills are covered in green grass. But during the dry season, the hills' color turn brown, resembling Hershey's Kisses, and thus the name - Chocolate Hills. It's name is definitely more appealing to tourists visiting the local area.
The formation of Chocolate Hills of Bohol is likely, a result of the thousands of years of weathering of marine limestone. Others say that the hills were formed ages ago by the uplift of coral deposits or that they erupted from the sea in a massive geologic shift, and the action of rain water and erosion for the past thousand years put in the finishing touches.
Helifly over the Chocolate Hils of Bohol, Philippines. Experience this natural wonder first hand aboard the best seats of the house! It's definitely a thrill-seeking experience!
No one ever paid attention to Mt. Pinatubo and the nearby Mt. Arayat in the province of Pampanga, a more prominent yet dormant volcano, prior to that fateful day of 15 June 1991 when finally the mountain woke up and shook the world. Before the 1991 eruption, scientists thought that the last recorded eruption of the volcano happened 450 years ago. However, the history of this mountain dates back to its predecessor, the ancestral Pinatubo whose remnants now surround the present volcano. The ancestral Pinatubo’s activity began 1.1 Million years ago, which ended sometime about 45,000 years ago. After 10,000 years of dormancy, modern Pinatubo was born in what was deemed to be the most explosive eruption in its history and deposited pyroclastic flow material 100 meters thick on all sides of the mountain – as much as 25 cubic kilometers of material ejected from its underlying magma chamber.
The Philippines is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, a region where large numbers of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur along the entire Pacific Coast. Pinatubo, is part of a chain of volcanoes on the western edge of Luzon and is part of the so-called subduction volcanoes- formed by the Philippine Plate sliding under the Eurasian Plate with the Manila Trench to the west. It goes without saying that the volcano lies on a very destructive plate boundary. The mountain is an active stratovolcano and is located about 3 hours north of Manila and sits on the Cabusilan Mountain Range on the intersecting borders of Zambales, Pampanga and Tarlac.
“Pinatubo” means “made grown” in Tagalog and the local dialect of the area, the Sambal and an indigenous group of hunter-gatherer people, the Aetas lived on the slopes of the mountain for centuries to escape the persecution of the lowlanders and the Spaniards. Ramon Magsaysay, the former Philippine President and a Zambales-native even named his C-47 Presidential Plane, “Mt. Pinatubo”. And as if it was some sort of a bad omen, the plane crashed in 1957, killing the President and 24 others onboard.Less than a year before the eruption, Central Luzon was rocked by a powerful 7.7 Magnitude earthquake on 16 July 1990, with the epicenter about 100 kilometers northeast in the Nueva Ecija capital, Cabanatuan City which lead some scientists to speculate that the earthquake triggered the violent eruption. In succeeding months, the volcano started to make its presence felt, rumbling with a series of earthquakes, phreatic eruptions and sulfur dioxide emission increasing significantly.
On 15 June 1991, Mt. Pinatubo, erupted in such a spectacular display of sheer force and ferocity etching its place as the largest eruption of the 20th century after the Novarupta in 1912 and the largest in living memory– with the eruption ejecting 10 cubic kilometers of material, ten times larger than the 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens. The enormous volume of lava and ash injected massive amounts of dust and aerosols into the stratosphere, the largest since the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883. This resulted in the reduction of the normal amount of sunlight reaching the Earth’s surface by roughly 10% and the decrease of global temperature to about 0.4°C (0.7°F). The stratospheric cloud persisted in the atmosphere for three years for three years and was visible from space. The ash cloud after the eruption which almost virtually covered the entire island of Luzon, plunging much of Central Luzon into darkness as ash falls were recorded in most of the Philippines, Cambodia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, and parts of Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand. For the coming months, stunning vermilion sunsets were recorded throughout the world. The eruption was so colossal that Pinatubo literally blew its top, with its summit replaced by a caldera 2.5 kilometers wide with the highest point on its rim, some 290 meters lower than its pre-eruption summit of 1,485 meters above sea-level.
To add insult to the horrendous suffering of the people of Central Luzon, the area was hit by a typhoon passing close to the volcano which triggered massive lahar – a lethal mudflow that is composed of pyroclastic materials and water that flowed through the river valleys of the mountain.
The eruption of Pinatubo had immediately impacted not only entire landscapes and the local and global environment: it was also felt in the economic, political and socio-cultural levels. A massively hot debate at that time was the termination of the United States Bases Agreement between the Philippines and the US and the eruption contributed to the closure of the last vestiges of American military presence in the country. The American naval base in Subic, Zambales was 75 kilometers away from the volcano whilst the airbase in Clark is less than 25 kilometers away in Angeles, Pampanga.
Today, Mt. Pinatubo’s serene cyan-colored crater lake, canyons made of pyroclastic materials, and the growing tropical rainforest canopy covering part of its slopes are a mute testament to its recent explosive past. Treks to the crater lake are organized by tour groups based in Manila like Discover Asia International Travel and Tours and via Sapangbato (Mt. Pinatubo Hot Springs) Angeles, Pampanga or through the Porac Trail in Porac, also in Pampanga. If you are going at it alone, you may contact the Santa Juliana Tourism Council in Capas, Tarlac to help set you up with guides, jeep rentals and homestays. The main jump off point is by a sprawling resort/spa complex at Santa Juliana in Capas, Tarlac, where you get on one of the 4×4 vehicles to take you on one of the interesting rides in the panoramic lahar-hewn landscape, and sometimes meeting an occasional Aeta farmer family pulling a carabao on your way.*
*Excerpt fromTourism Philippines
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Just a few minutes away from Tagaytay City is Taal Lake. Tagaytay City is a popular summer destination because of it's cool climate due to it's high altitude. The city lies atop Tagaytay Ridge, which is 2,100 ft above sea level, marking the highest point in Batangas. Along the ridge you can get a spectacular view of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano. Behind the Volcano is Mount Macolod, which is 2,000 ft tall, and a part of Taal Volcano's crater rim. It is quite popular for mountain climbers.
From Conde Nast Traveler