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Paddling through Bohol

February 1, 2016

I have always enjoyed watching photographs of people doing sup boarding, they have looked so authentic, close to nature with some mysterious Native American touch in them.

I am still here in the Bohol island in the Philippines and I saw an ad that I could explore a beautiful Loboc river by the most authentic way – paddle or sup board, during which I would be able to see the jungle, waterfall, and local’s huts.

After I have experienced 3 hours paddling by Loboc River surrounded by mountains and palm trees, I can say that the whole journey to the Philippines is divided into the two parts: before and after the sup tour, and here’s why 🙂

We came to the Paddle Center located right near the river and after having a really delicious lunch I jumped on my board and the new adventure has begun.

You really don’t need to have any special physical strength, anybody can paddle, but the body always reacts to something new. After 15 minutes of paddling my arms were aching so badly, I thought I’d just give it up. There were still 3 hours to go, 1,5 of which is to paddle against the current. But you now, when you do a lot of hard physical work or exercise, you let all the thoughts go and you only concentrate on what is happening at the moment, on every move you make. This is exactly what happened – a long, exciting, vivid, deep and picturesque meditation during 3 hours. And of course, there’s always a reward for any hard work that you do – my reward was swimming in the waterfalls. And I call it a reward because this was the first waterfall I had seen in my life.

While paddling, I saw the sun setting in the mountains, leafs becoming bright and transparent, coconuts falling in the water, fisherman, local kids jumping in the river from the bridge, but what’s more important I was very lucky to see a river with very clear water.

On the way back we were going by the current so at some point, I just lay down on my paddle and let the river carry me. I was looking up the yellow sky, the wind playing with leaves and palm trees, I listened to its whispers, the birds singing and felt the power of the Loboc River. That is why that day had changed my whole journey to the Philippines and made it even better.

I hope you enjoy the photos from that day and feel our mood.

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Photographer: Vitaliy Pototskiy, check out his Instagram

And I am very grateful to Sup Tours Philippines for organizing the tour and I really recommend you to get in touch with them when you visit the Philippines.

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  • Reply Ourfamilyworld February 1, 2016 at 7:08 am

    I love all the photos. The water looks so clear and the views are fabulous. I want to go to Bohol!

  • Reply Ana De Jesus February 1, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Your photos always fill me with a sense of wanderlust they are gorgeous and I can’t wait to see what you get up to next. Who takes your photos?

  • Reply GlamKaren February 1, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    I am swooning over these photos! Each one is more gorgeous than the next! What an amazing experience – and your photographer (checked the IG for that!) is so talented. These photos are amazing!
    Karen |

  • Reply Anonymous February 1, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    You definitely are an #EarthWarrior and a #RealMermaid!!! We love this!!!

  • Reply MyTeenGuide February 1, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    What an amazing experience! Bohol is like a paradise. I want to go there.

  • Reply Diana Villa February 1, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Such a stunning place and beautiful photos! I would love to go there and relax for a while 😀

  • Reply Koninika February 1, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Amazing photos! Just looking at them makes you feel de stressed. It is like a photo journal! Love it.

  • Reply Rose Sahetapy February 1, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Looks so calm, peace, and serene. The photos are gorgeous, and bring your readers along with you in this beauty of Bohol island. Philipines indeed has wonderful nature!

  • Reply beccadorr February 1, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    Wow! Those are some gorgeous photos. You look so at peace. I never knew I wanted to sup board until now. 🙂

  • Reply goodenufmommy February 2, 2016 at 12:47 am

    What a beautiful place!! Looks like my dream! These pictures are something else!

  • Reply irynabychkiv February 2, 2016 at 1:05 am

    The pictures are breathtaking! Such a beautiful place!

  • Reply megan.kulick February 2, 2016 at 1:33 am

    Thank you for taking me on an adventure right from my own home! The photos are beautiful and your writing has a way of making the reader feel like they’re right there with you!

    • Reply Robin Rue (masshole Mommy) February 3, 2016 at 11:15 am

      I feel the same way. It was like I was right there beside her.

  • Reply Allie February 2, 2016 at 1:37 am

    Your pictures are stunning! I’ve always wanted to try paddle boarding, but I have no upper body strength and am terrified I’d be so miserable from aching arms that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the experience.

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya February 2, 2016 at 1:52 am

      This is exactly what I started experiencing, but then I just accepted that I have to deal with pain and it disappeared! I enjoyed the rest of the tour so much

  • Reply Amanda Love February 2, 2016 at 2:17 am

    Oh man it looks so beautiful there. I wish I could have been there with you. You got some amazing shots too. Shout out to the photographer!

  • Reply Debra February 2, 2016 at 5:03 am

    These photos are seriously so gorgeous. I can’t even imagine having to paddle that long. My arms would give up!

  • Reply Sabrina Fox February 2, 2016 at 6:40 am

    I am so insanely jealous! These photos are stunning and you can tell you’re so happy just being there!

  • Reply Megan February 2, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Wow this looks incredible. This is something I would love to do as it looks super fun and relaxing with your friends. Great photography and amazing blog!

    Megan X

  • Reply orana velarde (@CLFAdventure) February 2, 2016 at 9:27 am

    What a great experience!!! I bet you’ll be SUP’ing all over the world now…. The photos are beautiful too. The photographer is very talented.

  • Reply jillconyers February 2, 2016 at 9:51 am

    What a beautiful and calming place. I’ve wanted to try SUP forever. Sadly the opportunity hasn’t come up locally. Maybe during out next vacation.

  • Reply Colleen February 2, 2016 at 11:18 am

    These photos and your description are stunning! This looks like such a remarkable and memorable experience, I would love to try this someday! You found paradise. 🙂

  • Reply Robin Rue February 2, 2016 at 11:57 am

    That sounds like a really fun time. I can’t swom, so I would be watching from the shore 🙂

  • Reply tp keane February 2, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    wow, this looks absolutely amazing. Great photos too. Sounds like you had a really fun time.

  • Reply Kori February 2, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Wow, that is absolutely breathtaking! I’ve always wanted to go to the Philippines and when I finally get there, I’m definitely putting this on my itinerary.

  • Reply littlemisscant February 2, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    The hubby mentioned last fall that he wanted to pick up paddle boarding. Now if I could learn somewhere like this I would be in! What a beautiful place to visit!

  • Reply Daria February 2, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    OMG, I love these pics! The scenery is so gorgeous….It feels as if I’m there experiencing it all! I learned how to paddle in 2014 in the Bahamas. It was such an experience. I fell several times before I truly got a hang of it. Very hilarious. I will definitely think about the Philippines. I love blue water and white sand!

  • Reply Ana Fernandez February 2, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    I love all your pictures!! Seriously they are breathtakingly beautiful! Just like Daria told, I feel like if I’m there experiencing it too!

  • Reply jvkom February 2, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    These photos are breathtaking! I have always wants to visit there. My grandfather was born there.

  • Reply Lucy Valdez February 2, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    What an amazing experience! Those pictures are beautiful and the scenery is just spectacular…definitely going on the bucket list!

  • Reply Heather February 2, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    What an amazingly beautiful place! What a joy it must be to see that view in person.

  • Reply fonyob February 2, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    I love your photos as usual… and you are still beautiful.

  • Reply Lisa Sharp (@retrohousewife5) February 2, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    What a beautiful place! That must have been an amazing adventure.

  • Reply Bernadette Callahan (Aimless Moments) February 2, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    These pictures are amazing! Might have to add the Philippines to our travel bucket list.

  • Reply Amy Jones February 2, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    What a beauiful place, it seems like you had a great time, thanks for sharing these amazing pics, in the future i will keep this place in mind for my travel arrangements

  • Reply Deb Clem-Buckert (@debclembuckert) February 2, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!! I’d love to vacation here.

  • Reply Kacie February 2, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Ahhhh your adventures are always breathtakingly beautiful! You look like you’re having the time of your life in the Philippines!

  • Reply Ellen February 2, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    This looks divine! I’ve been surfing but not paddle boarding before. What a workout it would be for your abs and arms.

  • Reply eyontz February 3, 2016 at 2:18 am

    Your pictures are so dreamy! I feel so inspired to go on an adventure now. I’ve only been YOLO boarding — but it was super fun!

  • Reply laura londergan February 3, 2016 at 4:13 am

    wow more amazing photos! This life of yours is one big adventure & this looks like something I would enjoy!

  • Reply Debra February 3, 2016 at 4:16 am

    I love the photos of you standing up on the board. They are absolutely gorgeous!

  • Reply Natalia Pessoa February 3, 2016 at 5:17 am

    Is it weird that I think you look like a nature goddess in that second photo? I love it! It seems like so much fun to go paddling!

  • Reply positivelystacey February 3, 2016 at 5:43 am

    What a beautiful place to paddle board! I just swam in my first ever waterfall, too! I was so surprised by the heavy current the water fall caused.

  • Reply Kelly February 3, 2016 at 6:13 am

    That sounds amazing, and your photos are beautiful! I can’t imagine being that tired after a few minutes and knowing I had so much longer to go! but you’re right, your body just does it and you kind of don’t focus on the things you normally do and are very in the moment.

  • Reply Rachel G February 3, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Looks like an amazing tour! I’ve tried sup paddleboarding just once, in Hawaii, and I had a blast. So much fun!

  • Reply Jess Leeman February 3, 2016 at 11:52 am

    This literally looks like a dream! I bet it was amazing 🙂 I’d love to do something like this x
    Jess |

  • Reply Jessica February 3, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Holy moly these pictures are fantastic!!

  • Reply Taylor Davis February 3, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    This looks absolutely stunning!

  • Reply Christina Wagar February 3, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Your photos are amazing! I am originally from the Philippines but unfortunately never had the opportunity to visit Bohol. Definitely adding SUP to my list of adventures when I visit next time.

  • Reply Amber February 3, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    I’m jealous. These photos look so amazing! Your trip looks so beautiful.

  • Reply Mimi Rose February 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Gorgeous photos and what a lovely experience!! I went SUPing for the first time in Hawaii last year and it was definitely more of a workout than I thought it would be. I can’t wait to see the Philippines soon, I think I’ll be based there for awhile starting at the end of this year. It looks absolutely stunning! 🙂

  • Reply TheHouseOnSpringRidge February 4, 2016 at 12:04 am

    It’s absolutely beautiful! Makes me want to pack a bag right now and jump on a plane!!

  • Reply CourtneyLynne February 4, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Omg such breathtaking photos!!! This must of been such an amazing adventure to go on. Mad jealous!

  • Reply Roxanne February 4, 2016 at 2:52 am

    Such gorgeous photos! It looks like a really calming yet adventurous experience!

  • Reply Mar February 4, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Your photos are AMAZING! Love your bikini too!

  • Reply Eileen xo February 4, 2016 at 5:17 am

    I love all your photos. This looks like an absolutely amazing trip

  • Reply Andrea February 4, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Oh my gosh! <3 Beautiful photos. I hope next year I be able to visit the Philippines and definitely will try this out 🙂

  • Reply Paula February 4, 2016 at 6:03 am

    Wow, the water is so clear and beautiful! I’d love to go paddling, and how amazing to swim and play in a waterfall! 🙂 Great post!

  • Reply Christina at Cali Darling February 4, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Wow these are beautiful pictures! I definitely want to go to the Philippines someday and visit family. Looks like you had a great time.

  • Reply Beth@FrugalFroggie February 4, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Wow. Those are great pictures. Looks like a great place to visit.

  • Reply Hannah Stein February 4, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    These photos are incredible!! That looks like such fun, I would love to give it a try sometime. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply evakidminds February 4, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    It’s wonderful that you could find someone to take these amazing pics! Such great memories for years to come! Before the kids we took many adventurous vacations with my husband but we have almost no photos because both of us were in the water and the camera was back in a hotel (it was not safe to leave it on a shore).

  • Reply Kimberly February 4, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    I love these photos! It makes you want to take a trip tomorrow. Paddle boarding looks like fun too.

  • Reply Susannah February 4, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Oh wow! That looks like a simply magical time!

  • Reply WholeFoodBellies February 4, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Oh wow, this looks amazing! Good on you for continuing when your arms started to ache 🙂 The photography is just stunning

  • Reply Bri DePauw (@ATGlittered) February 5, 2016 at 1:12 am

    Wow, what a great experience! Your photos are beautiful!

  • Reply Kristin @MOMentous Moms February 5, 2016 at 1:13 am

    These photos are to die for! It looks so amazing and serene. I do not know if I could have done that for three hours but the views make it worth it for sure. Wonderful!

  • Reply alexandria February 5, 2016 at 2:49 am

    oooh, i remember this from IG. looks beautiful. those pictures are just amazing.

  • Reply Kelly B. February 5, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    I’m so jealous you got to experience this! I’ve never thought much of traveling to the Philippines but this sounds like a wanderlust worthy destination!

  • Reply Sarah February 6, 2016 at 2:09 am

    These photos are breathtaking! I have heard that paddleboarding is an amazing workout. I don’t know that I would be able to do it. I am not familiar with the Philippines but it looks gorgeous!

  • Reply Sarah February 8, 2016 at 5:23 am

    How beautiful! Thais looks like so much fun!

  • Reply Hannah Adkins February 9, 2016 at 1:07 am

    Oh wow these photos look amazing. That water is so dreamy. Im jealous for sure

  • Reply Shelly C February 10, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    These photos are absolutely beautiful! I would love to go paddling. Everything looks so calm and serene.

  • Reply Pam February 11, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    This looks like a lot of fun! I love your outfits and how happy you look in all of your photos.

  • Reply Kait Hanson (@ByKaitHanson) March 30, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Your pictures are absolutely stunning! I love the bathing suit you are wearing in these photos, because it matches your head scarf perfectly!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya March 30, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      Thank you! I was lucky to find the matching ones at Maaji

  • Reply onceuponadollhouse March 30, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    What an amazing adventure, THANK YOU for sharing. It’s very inspiring, I love seeing people do all the things they want to try. Your photos are flawless, you ROCKED that board!


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