The 9 Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in Cebu City, the Philippines
Is your Instagram feed a bit lackluster lately? Do you need some epic new snapshots to gain new followers and make your feed a more memorable one? Then look no further than venturing to Cebu City in the Philippines. This city has it all – from lookout points to temples to stunning beaches and more, this city will surely provide you with plenty of Instagram-worthy opportunities to get your feed looking fierce. Here are the top nine most Instagram-worthy destinations in Cebu City!
The Best Diving Spots on Coron Island, the Philippines
Coron Island is home to world-class dive destinations all around its coastline. The island is seemingly the perfect diving cocktail, with an adventurous combination of wreck dives (six fully intact ones, to be exact), unique lake dives, reef dives, and many more. It has even been dubbed by many as one of the best places to go wreck diving in the world. The plethora of diving spots in combination with cheap and accessible dive shops and gear make it a coveted destination for divers in the Philippines. Whether you’ve never seen a scuba tank or are an experienced diver, Coron Island in the Palawan province has a dive spot for you. Check out the best Coron diving spots for beginners and experts alike!
10 Must-Visit Attractions on Coron Island
Stunning underwater shipwrecks, crystal clear lagoons, and pristine white sand beaches: these are just a few of the reasons why you need to visit Coron Island. This small archipelago is slowly but surely becoming more popular as it captures the hearts of all travelers who visit for many reasons. Located between Palawan and Luzon, this island is one that needs to be added to your Philippines itinerary. While there are many reasons to visit Coron, check out Mad Monkey’s top 10!
Mad Monkey Presents at the 2020 Hostelworld Conference
Hostelworld, one of the largest online travel agencies in the accommodation business, hosted its annual conference this year from February 26-28 in Dublin, Ireland. Thousands of business owners flocked from around the world to this buzzing capital to see what the buzz was in hostels — and we surely received an informational and inspirational earful. The conference featured a number of seminars presented by Hostelworld professionals and other presenters aimed to aid those of us in the business. From introducing new technology that could eliminate reception desks (you read that right) to workshops on how to tailor marketing strategies for 2020, all participants left with plenty of knowledge to kick-start a successful year. Arguably the most moving of seminars was the segment, “Building a Better World.” It’s become clear that customers are passionate about the community, the environment, and other similar issues. Travelers and consumers want to support both sustainable and ethical brands, and Mad Monkey is so honored to announce that we were asked to present our CSR business model to the Hostelworld community. “What started as a basic hostel in the heart of Cambodia’s capital some nine years ago has become one of the largest hostel chains in the world, equipped with onsite restaurants, tours, and more—but with this enormous growth comes great responsibility—to the Mad Monkey team, our investors, and customers,” said Kelly Iverson, the comprehensive marketing manager of Mad Monkey. “That’s where CSR comes in.” Iverson went on to explain how Mad Monkey’s CSR (corporate social responsibility) business model has helped guide the company to be socially accountable in all aspects of its existence in all 13 and counting properties. From phasing out single-use plastic in 2020 to hosting weekly beach cleanup in all of our hostels found anywhere near a coastline, CSR aligns with Mad Monkey’s values and not only betters the communities but also betters a customers’ experience. According to Hostelworld’s Hostel Traveler Study and Hostel Operator Survey conducted in 2019, customers want to volunteer in things like community activities. If these aren’t organized by the actual hostels, it is estimated that some 69% of customers are organizing these community efforts themselves. This just goes to show that adopting a CSR business model in addition to sustainable business efforts is the way of the future for accommodation options in 2020.
A Transportation Guide to Coron: Manila to Coron & More
Coron is an island that anchors the northern half of Palawan, arguably one of the most beautiful islands in the country. The island has become a top destination in the Philippines, with many visitors traveling far and wide to explore this island’s stunning wreck dives submerged and scattered along the coastline. In addition to drawing in divers, this island is a wonderful destination for those who enjoy snorkeling, boat tours, island hopping, and so much more. Thankfully, the island is accessible by air, sea, and land! But before venturing to Coron, be sure to read our comprehensive transportation guide to the island!