Three Places To See Before You Die

Editor’s Note: I love this guest post by good friend Victor-Andreas Marz. I’ve been following his travels around the world along with the breathtaking photographs he captures. So I asked him to nominate his top 3 travel destinations. Victor works for SAP and is currently based in Singapore – the launchpad for all his recent travel adventures. He’s a busy, high-flying executive and spends the weekends exploring the great outdoors of Asia – hopping and skipping from country to country to check out the sights, soak up the atmosphere and capture the most stunning shots. Enjoy! -Robelen

Hi! My name is Victor-Andreas Marz and I have travelled to 41 countries to date. I capture my favourite memories as digital art, sell it for charity and you are welcome to follow me on Facebook.

Before sharing my three favourite places in the world, I will share some words of advice. There is no place in the world not worth going to. You will learn and expand your horizons anywhere you go. The more I travel the world, the more I appreciate the fact that every destination, even if obviously lacking natural beauty, has its own charm. Sometimes it just takes that extra effort to recognise it. It could be the local history, legends and stories told over a beer, the village music and dance, or the people you meet and the food you try. There is always something and the moment you find that something special, you’ll remember that place forever.

If I really, really must choose, here are my top three destinations on earth (so far).

El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
Just off Miniloc Island, you arrive at the beach club by catamaran and find some of the most pristine white beaches with the most beautiful transparent colours of the water you’ll ever see.

Situated on the north-western tip of Palawan province in the Philippines, this must be one of the most beautiful groups of islands that I’ve seen.

Breathtakingly pristine beaches, shallow waters, amazingly formed limestone cliffs, water straits, inlets all to be explored by boat from El Nido or just simply by kayak if you stay in one of the resorts off the mainland. Personally I loved my stay at Miniloc Island. Imagine the natural beauty of the Maldives and Halong Bay all-in-one filled with a cross-breed of peace-loving Balinese-like culture and optimistic, active and life-enjoying Latin Americans. That’s the Filipino locals for you on the island.

Isla Holbox, Yucatan, Mexico

Playa Del Carmen
Enjoying the Beach in Playa del Carmen on the Riviera Maya

Located at the north-eastern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico this little island has a magical charm. After exploring the Mayan archaeological ruins, the cenotes, beaches and the jungles of the wider Yucatan and the Riviera Maya, come here for a tranquil relaxation before flying home. Arrive in July for the lobster season and indulge in the island’s specialties such as the lobster pizza and tacos. During the day explore the local wildlife and natural beauty, including close-up swimming with the some of the largest whale sharks in the world.

Pacific Harbour, Viti Levu Main Island, Fiji

Fiji sunset on the beach.
Diving with 4m (12 feet) long Bullsharks at Shark Reef just off Beqa Lagoon, Fiji (watch the video here).

Centrally located on the Coral Coast, this is a place for some of the most exhilarating diving and snorkelling. If you fancy a close encounter with sharks this is the place to be. With seven different shark species, including the bull, tiger, whitetip and blacktip sharks this will make one heck of a memory (advanced diving skills required). Otherwise snorkel the reef at Beqa Lagoon and if you’re lucky you’ll see some of the 300 local reef sharks. After an exciting day meet the extremely friendly locals at Stella’s Baka Blues Cafe in the arts village.

Robelen Bajar

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