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United States - Catalina Island

Just 22 miles, one hour boat ride, just off the southwest coast of Los Angeles is Santa Catalina Island or more often called Catalina Island is used to be an escapade for Hollywood Stars from their busy lives, enjoying the crystal clear waters and some privacy, getting sun tanned and having a great time. Now Catalina Island is a beautiful resort accommodating any kind of tourist for any occasion. Catalina Island is a romantic getaway for newly wed couples and lovers or for a family trip for bonding and reuniting the family. There is so much to do in Catalina Island and so much to explore. This rocky island offers a wide range of activities from relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, mountain trecking, sea trecking, diving, arts, playing golf, zip lines, boating, cruise, and a lot more. Each of this activities can be found around Avalon, the main town of Catalina Island, and there are some parts of the island that remained untouched or conserved.

In 1972, members of the Wrigley family established the Santa Catalina Island Conservancy as a private, non-profit organization dedicated solely to the conservation and preservation of Catalina Island. With more than 42,000 acres and 48 miles of coastline under its charge, the Conservancy's legal mandate is to preserve the island's native plants and animals, its biological communities and its geological and geographical formations of educational interest. Equally important, the conservancy also manages the island's open space for controlled recreational purposes.

So basically Avalon is just a small part of Catalina Island and for tourists who wants to experience the 'wild side' where there are broad valleys, isolated coves, pristine beaches, two thousand-foot peaks and near-vertical shoreline palisades and is home to thousands of species of unique native plants and animals. Exploring the other side of the island is a must.

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Jay B. wrote about Guimaras:

"I've been to most of the resorts and islands of Guimaras but 2 that I would like to mention are: 1. Magic Island - a private resort where one could relax and enjoy the entire island as your own since bookings are only limited. Advance booking is necessary if you want to go there.They can arrange a flat boat for u to travel from main island barangay to magic island passing by mangrove forest. The entire stay is worry free since they can cook all your meals and even serve 2 snacks a day. all included on their price rate as well as island hopping tour 2. SEAFDEC, Igang Marine Station - a marine reserve that is usually one of the destination during guimaras island hopping. It houses 2 giant grouper which is now 16 yrs old as of this post. Fish Pens or cages where placed in the middle of the sea that houses not only groupers but also mother milkfishes that grows a meter big as well as 'labahita' a fish that has a blade like tail.. and others that i forgot the names.. the marine reserve has a garden full of giant clams (oh, it's not only in land we can find a garden but here also.. a garden of giant clams!)I've been there twice one with an island hop and just last DEcember 2014, I was just so lucky I was able to get a permit to stay in their pink cottages that was original built for the scientist and researchers. Somehow they can allow tourist to stay but permit through invitation is required. Great adventure with marine life especially during low tide where I got a chance to stroll the sea beds and check on the different species of live sea shells, star fishes, sea cucumbers etc..


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