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Virgin Island

February 15, 2016
Virgin Island Philippines Siniciliya

Private island … is it a dream, “goals”, lifestyle or reality?

I have always dreamt big, even when I was an eight year old kid, my dreams were enormous and owning a private island has always been one of them. I even made up a name for it, Siniciliya, yes, that’s right.

I got a chance to spend a day at Virgin Island in Philippines, it is privately owned but open for visiting. Surrounded by cyan and emerald shallows, clearest water I have ever seen, mangroves growing hundreds meters away from any visible shores and a young moon shaped foreland that invites you to a place where the sea meats the sky. Paradise on Earth exists.

How is it to own an island? Now I feel like my childhood dream is becoming an adult goal.

If you come to Bohol in the Philippines, make sure you go for island hopping and visit Balicasag for swimming with turtles and of course see an amazing and breathtaking Virgin Island

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Photographer: Vitaliy Pototskiy

Location: Philippines

Wearing: Maaji Swimwear, Fashion Pills Denim dress, Dior Sunglasses




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  • Reply Andrea Hetesi February 15, 2016 at 6:07 am

    I love your blog! Beautiful photos, beautiful places, great article. When I see your post always makes me feel I want to for holiday right now!

  • Reply Rachel G February 15, 2016 at 6:13 am

    Now that’s really cool! I also have a long-term love for deserted Islands, ever since watching “Gilligan’s Island” as a child. 🙂 We live on an island, but there’s so many people–it would be nice to visit an island with no one else on it once in a while! 🙂

  • Reply Elle February 15, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Remote islands are so beautiful and refreshing. My favourite island to date is Tioman Island in Malaysia. However, its gottten so popular that it doesn’t feel so remote anymore!

  • Reply Robin Rue (@massholemommy) February 15, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    I love the beach and I love it even more when it’s not crowded. I live in a beach community and know all the “hidden” spots around here 😉

  • Reply Lindsay (@itssimplylinds) February 15, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Oh my goodness, your pictures are breathtaking!! I cannot believe the color of the sky and water; you look like you’re in a postcard. Your dress is beautiful as well. I’ve seen nothing but white and gray skies for a while here in Chicago, so this was very refreshing : )

  • Reply Megan McCoig February 15, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Your trips always look insane. Your photography is gorgeous and so are you! Fab post!

  • Reply aliciaemurphy February 15, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    This is totally a dream of mine! Your pictures are STUNNING – makes me wish I was somewhere warm instead of stuck in the freezing rain here in Philadelphia!!!

  • Reply Kacie February 15, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Oh my word! This beach looks like a dream! I bet you’ve had a blast there!

  • Reply Kendra February 15, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    How gorgeous and dreamy! I would never want to leave.

  • Reply Kalyn February 15, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    These are gorgeous photos! This post has me wanting to plan a tropical vacation so badly!

  • Reply mlaurie24 February 15, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Those pictures are amazing! This is a dream vacation. How exciting!

  • Reply Krystle Chaney Cook February 15, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    The Virgin Island in Philippines looks amazing. It would be so neat to be on a private island. It’s like a dream come true visually.

  • Reply Allie February 15, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    I would think I died and went to heaven if I ever got the chance to play on a private island. Looks like you had a fabulous time. Keep dreaming big girl! Looks like it’s working for you!

  • Reply Koninika February 15, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Every time I read your posts, feels like a little piece of me traveled to heaven. Such s calming effect your posts have on the viewers. I wish I could pick up my journal and write on the sands!

  • Reply Ashleigh February 15, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Wow, this looks like such a wonderful island! I would love to go to a private island on day! Thank you for sharing your photos!!

  • Reply Rose Sahetapy February 15, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Philipines is one of a country with amazing nature. Love the photo of you and your hubby, the three layers of water colors is incredible beautiful. Thanks for sharing about places worth to visit in Philipines!

  • Reply Emily Glover February 15, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Oh my goodness, what a beautiful island! And beautiful photos! I want to be there!

  • Reply Beeb Ashcroft February 15, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    That is a gorgeous place and I’m very jealous. Do you have your eye on a specific island that you would like to buy? I have always been ambitious myself so I know your frame of mind.

  • Reply Ana De Jesus February 15, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Your photos are literally goals I am so jealous I would love to visit one day it looks like a tranquil space I could relax in!

  • Reply Michelle Myers February 16, 2016 at 12:52 am

    All the lovely sunshine and beautiful pictures are such a wonderful reprieve from the dark days of Winter!

  • Reply The Southern Thing February 16, 2016 at 12:55 am

    So pretty! I am jealous of those views right now!!

  • Reply Kim February 16, 2016 at 2:33 am

    That crystal blue water looks amazing. Love the photos!

  • Reply jillconyers February 16, 2016 at 9:54 am

    My eyes are drawn to the blue skies and crystal clear water. Longing for sunshine instead of snow and gray.

  • Reply Amanda Love February 16, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    It looks so beautiful there and reminds me of the Caribbean. There are a few islands there that look just like this. I’d so love to visit here.

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya February 17, 2016 at 11:34 pm

      I really want to explore Caribbean! I have only visited Dominican Republic and it was beautiful!

  • Reply Megan McCoig February 16, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    The Virgin Islands is my dream destination. The white sands just look out of this world. Lovely post and photos 🙂

  • Reply February 16, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    wow! I saw this picture on Instagram, breathtaking. Talk about living your life to its fullest!

  • Reply Heather February 16, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Beautiful pics! I’m going to have to make one of these my screensaver. So serene!

  • Reply Michele February 16, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Now I want to go to the Philippines?! Those photos are stunning… Im heading over to be sure and follow you on IG. Makes me want to go on vacation! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Reply misscarolynxo February 16, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    How BEAUTIFUL! I’m sitting in Connecticut and f-r-e-e-z-i-n-g my butt off in this 30 degree weather. I’d definitely trade my sweatshirt for a bikini + tropical climate right about now.

  • Reply Monet Rhoden February 16, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Love your blog and amazing pictures girl! <3
    Hearts from XOXO

  • Reply Brianna George February 16, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Beautiful photos! The sand looks so inviting!

  • Reply blythea (Prime Beauty Blog) February 17, 2016 at 12:01 am

    Such a beautiful locale. It really does feel like you were on you own private island.

  • Reply Shana February 17, 2016 at 1:23 am

    Wow!! I should be there! Beautiful pictures!

  • Reply natepd February 17, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Man I’m not an ocean/beach person but even I am jealous! Wow, like those photos are breath taking! And the cute little plants omg

  • Reply OurFamilyWorld February 17, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    The place is magnificent! I love the beach and I wish I was there right now.

  • Reply Heather February 17, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    How beautiful! And I would love to own an island, as long as it came with lots of fruit trees so I wouldn’t have to worry too much about food! 🙂

  • Reply Debra February 17, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Oh my word. That is so gorgeous it looks almost fake! I wish I could visit! that water is so clear!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya February 17, 2016 at 11:24 pm

      But its real ))))

  • Reply Amy Jones February 17, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    What an amazing place this looks like paradise! I’d love to go there any time soon

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya February 17, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      Amy, I am sure you’ll love it here!

  • Reply Kimberly February 17, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Isn’t that the dream! Love the secluded beach shots.

  • Reply Kaleigh Codes February 17, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    These photos are amazing!! They look like they’re painted and not real life! I’m adding my own island to my xmas list this year!!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya February 17, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      hahaha! You are taking this dream even further. I am sure xmas lists work! Maybe we’ll become neighbors? ))))

  • Reply Shannon Graham February 17, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    What gorgeous photos! How lucky you are to experience such a beautiful place! Dreams are such wonderful things to have. Good for you on keeping with yours!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya February 17, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      Thank you Shannon!

  • Reply beccadorr February 18, 2016 at 2:21 am

    Wow, what a gorgeous place! I would love to just live on or near the beach one day. 🙂 One that it is legal to drink on, of course.

  • Reply Pam February 18, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    It looks like you had a great time. I’m getting wanderlust just looking at your photos!

  • Reply Daniel February 20, 2016 at 8:25 am

    This place looks really amazing!!! x
    Instagram: danielpoonvignez

  • Reply Hannah Stein February 20, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    This looks incredible!! I would LOVE to go there. I have to say, owning a private island would be pretty sweet!

  • Reply Sarah Black February 20, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Oh my gah, I’m completely jelly. Your photos are stunning and the private island life sounds amazing! (Now, I’m headed to the gas station to buy up a zillion lottery tickets–I have islands to buy, of course, after I win first.) 🙂

  • Reply CoCo February 20, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Holy travel goals! Clear waters and blue skies! So dang pretty! need to go there asap! If only it didn’t take about 36 hours worth of flights and layovers

  • Reply Heather Dawn February 20, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Absolutely breathtaking! I am in awe over how beautiful and clear the water is! 🙂

  • Reply theveganistafoodie February 20, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Breathtaking photos. Looks like an amazing trip.

  • Reply dacounsel February 21, 2016 at 12:31 am

    You have the most beautiful, breathtaking photos! I got lost in the blue.

  • Reply Amanda | Maple Alps February 21, 2016 at 1:28 am

    This looks amazing! I would LOVE to go here!

  • Reply cvnxena February 21, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    how stunning! I would love to own my own island just to escape too :p but I think that is definitely a dream and nowhere near reality :p

  • Reply Dogvills February 22, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Oh my, the place looks so beautiful! I would love to go there one day.

  • Reply Mistle Petrey February 22, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    So beautiful! I would love to own my own island one day. I absolutely love traveling!

  • Reply Positively Stacey (@PositivelyStace) February 23, 2016 at 5:43 am

    Beautiful photos! This place looks so serene. I bet is is a blast exploring all that the island offers.

  • Reply Marina February 23, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Breathtaking!!! <3

    xo xo

  • Reply toughcookiemommy February 24, 2016 at 1:33 am

    It would be wonderful to get away to a tropical island like this one right about now. I’m wishing for sun and warm weather as we speak.

  • Reply Yona Williams February 27, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Wow…that first picture of you is so captivating! The blues in all of the photos are mesmerizing…I want to visit! I haven’t been to any islands, except for Hawaii…but would love to explore something like this destination.

  • Reply Vicky February 27, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    That is just breathtaking! Those white sand beaches look amazing. I could use about a week there!

  • Reply Eva/ Kid Minds March 1, 2016 at 12:31 am

    Aha… now the mystery is out of the bag. We know all about Siniciliya (or maybe not “all” …) Looks like a beautiful place. I lived on a gorgeous Mediterranean island for four years, but it wasn’t for me. I dreamed of a big city and voila I live in Chicago. P.S. If you ever have your private island, don’t forget to send an invitation. We would love to visit you there.

  • Reply Julie @ Girl on the Move March 3, 2016 at 1:21 am

    What absolutely gorgeous photos! The sky is so blue and everything looks so inviting!

  • Reply Jaclyn March 3, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Goodness, that beach is just stunning! Those plants growing up out of the water are just…wow!!!

  • Reply Joanna March 5, 2016 at 6:25 am

    Love following your travels! You inspire me so much!

  • Reply Fatima March 7, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    I’m all for the beach and laying out on the sand. Such beautiful photos. Looks and sounds like you had a great time.

  • Reply littlemisscant March 16, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Absolutely beautiful pictures! I would love to grab a cool drink, get a great book and burry my feet in the sand and stay there forever!

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