Chris Kirschnick is a German traveler who’s quite in love with the Philippines. Have you ever heard of a tourist saying he loves Manila? I’m sure that’s quite the unpopular opinion (heck, even Manila locals dislike Manila), but not Chris. He’s one of the few who sees beauty in the cracks.
Lately though, Chris’ travels has brought him to Polillo, a municipality in Quezon province. He’s told us a bit about the place, like the incredible biodiversity there, the beautiful beaches we don’t often hear about, and the people who has welcomed him like it was his home.
Chris shared his story to WhenInManila.com:
Have you ever wished for an adventure with a place that has a jungle with great biodiversity, deep-dark caves, islands with beautiful beaches and a pretty nice underwater world, mountains and waterfalls, a farm life, a neat town to just walk around and where you can even watch cock fights and unbelievable friendly people?
Polillo Island, which is in the northern west of the municipality of Real, Quezon, basically covers everything you need for an extraordinary adventure. And from Metro Manila, it’s even easy and affordable to reach. This adventure was for me the real Philippines.
If you like to get to know more about Polillo Island, or you want to plan your own trip to this island contact Neil C. Conchada on his Facebook site: Polillo Travelers at www.facebook.com/polilloislandescapades/.
Neil is the best person I know so far who knows everything about Polillo Island. He helped me a lot at the spot. He spoke with all the persons responsible in the Municipal Hall, the Police Station, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to get my permission for entering the protected area. He was the one who made my expedition possible.
Neils dream is to become the pioneering person in tourism on Polillo Island who gives also an ecological and environmental balance. He wants to promote tourism in a responsible way without sacrificing the ecology. That means protection of the environment and also of the natural resources and he would like to cooperate with the local government to make this wish come true. So if you have any questions about Polillo Island or if you want to plan a tour, Neil is the right man.
Take a look at Chris’ photos from Polillo Island below:
For more of Chris’ story on Polillo Island, you can visit his website I’m in Manila. Or keep up to date with his travels over at his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/iminManila/.
What is your favorite lesser-known travel destination in the Philippines? Tell us in the comments!