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Now here what I discovered in Corsica a white fine sand beach situated in St. Florent which is apparently rare in France. My husband was also surprised to discover this place because normally white sand is not  common in France. From our village it only took us 1 and 1/2 hr travel passing by the  The Desert of the Agriates a rocky mountain and rather green panoramic view. The desert stretches between Alliso and Ostriconi villages measuring 16 hectares seeing bizarre geographical evolution which makes them more mysterious. From the beginning of the century, the Corsican farmers worked between thousands of olive trees, cultivates the wheat, harvests almonds, lemons and figs. While on our way to St. Florent the drive is just untiring because of the magnificent landscape even if  it’s a winding road I almost forgot that I have a motion sickness problem. There are rocks with its strange formation. They called it the desert because there are no villages nor people living in that area.

This is the centre ville of  St. Florent and you’ll find the nearest beach right under your nose.  In the center, you will find a lot of restaurants that offer more choices from budget wise, good deal to classy bars, restaurants and pizzeria.  Anyway, most of the restaurants will display their menus and tariffs to inform the tourists which is pretty more assuring. There are also little stores such as Petit Casino, Spar etc that will cater for you. If you  are a type of person who likes picnicking  it would also be nice to sit and relax while picnicking near the seashore. In our case, we went there to see the famous white sand beaches called Lodo and Saleccia beach.  We bought our ticket from Popeye. Here is the tarif : and schedule back and forth in crossing St. Florent going to Lodo and Saleccia beach.

time table
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NAVETTE PLAGE DU LOTU
Departure from
St Florent
Departure from
the Lodo
8.30
9.15
9.55
10.50
11.40
12.30
13.20
14.05
14.50
15.35
16.20
17.15
11.10
12.00
13.00
13.45
14.30
15.15
16.00
16.50
17.40
18.30
19.20
20.00
TAXI BOAT PLAGE DE SALECCIA
Departure from
St Florent
Return from
the Lodo
8.30
9.15
9.55
10.50
11.40
12.30
13.30
14.30
15.30
16.30
12.00
13.00
14.00
15.00
16.00
17.00
18.00
19.00
20.00
The management reserves the right to make changes with the vagaries weather
les tarifs

NAVETTE PLAGE DU LOTU
15 minutes de traversée

Return ticket
april – may – june – september

Adults: €15
Children 4-10 years: €8 – under 3 freejuly – august
Adults: €17
Children 4-10 years: €10 – under 3 free
TAXI BOAT PLAGE DE SALECCIA
15 minutes de traverséeReturn ticket
april – may – june – september
Adults: €25
Children 4-10 years: €15 – under 3 freejuly – august
Adults: €30
Children 4-10 years: €15 – under 3 free

Lodo or Lotu (in Corsican dialect)  beach has an easy access than Saleccia beach.  It would take you about 30 minutes to cross the sea and  you will already embark right away to Lodo beach while getting to  Saleccia is quite  difficult. You need a long walk  about 12 km or 4X4 drive but seriously not advisable to drive there with a standard car. To protect the island they prevent overcrowding the beach that’s is why there are schedules to respect . During summer  July and August could get busy.  This is just fabulous because finding  white sand beaches  in France is  definitely rare.  One advise, please bring something to protect you from the sun like parasol, tent and sunblock.  The place is so wild so think of bringing liquid drinks and something to eat while you are there.  They really preserve the place so you cannot find stores and certainly no restauranst to answer  to your needs.  I believe it’s  good that it should stay that way. Here is a slideshow of our little escapade to such a beautiful paradise.

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It’s time to go for everyone to get back to St. Florent.  It was a very lovely day and we will surely  come back  on our next vacation to Corsica. This time we will explore Saleccia, welcome to 12 kilometers walk. Goodluck to us 😀 ! When you want to see white sand beach, you will only see them in Corsica. So sit back, relax and get ready to pamper yourself.

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Philippines has 7,100 island so there are a lot to see, explore and experience.  Of course, Boracay, Palawan and Bohol are a great sites for diving that’s no doubt. Just recently we went to Apo Island….a beautiful place and it is said to be one of  the top 10 dive sites in the country and around the world.  The island is volcanic with 12 hectares  in land area. Dumaguete  is the capital of  Negros Oriental and  daily flights are available from  Manila to Dumaguete.  Normally it would  take 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach Dumaguete  Port.  From Dumaguete port transfer could be arranged according to the hotel service and it could take you 30 minutes to reach Malatapay, Dauin.  From Malatapay, there are boats that takes you directly to Apo Island. In general, one trait that we can be proud of  is hospitality while Dumaguete is known as “The City of Gentle People”. They have different kindness and they don’t really take advantage of tourist.  The are 2 main resorts in the Island Liberty Lodge and Apo Island Beach Resort but there are also some cheaper accomodations you could find around the island.

We have stayed in Liberty Lodge. The owner and the staffs are all very warm and friendly. They are not only friendly with tourists but with their fellow Filipinos like me. We were treated ike kings and queens.  The cuisine is just perfect because we could ask them to cook a certain dish and they do it even if  it’s not included in the menu.  This is our view from our balcony…..ah sunset ! I have always been fascinated by the sunsets and sunrises. When  they start to appear in the horizon and the light travels through the atmosphere that is why we see such magnificent colors like red, oranges and yellows.

Liberty lodge has probably 10 ooms and is decorated with Filipino touch with wooden bed, mosquito net, and with wide window as a form of  ventilation to replace the airconditioning.   They recently made an expansion to have bigger rooms,  each rooms has its own private balcony facing west of the island.  Room rates begin from 20 USD to 40 USD depending on the type of  accommodation.  This is our luxury room with toilet and bath, balcony and sea view. This is how the new rooms look like.  We are lucky to have stayed here.  It is very cheap, clean but the only inconvenience is that there is no hot water,  running water or showers neither aircons in the  rooms.  It’s local style of a water cistern and a handled pail of water dumped over your head. Yes, the Filipino way which has a lot of charm. The island has  an electricity schedule because they only use generators.  On the other hand, they provide rechargable  electric fans and lamps.

This is the restaurant with typical Filipino design and furnitures  made of wood and bamboo.  The dining place is very well positioned as there is a panoramic view of the beach.  Most of its specialties are Filipino cuisines  combined with some International dishes.  If you love fish then it’s the easiest dish you can have all  year round.  You can have the best fruit shake depending on the availability of fruits. Buko (or young  green coconut) is freshly serve in it’s natural shell. You could also ask the staff to open it for you so you could savour  its flesh soft, thin, sweet and silky taste of buko.

The view from the resturant

This place belongs to Apo Island Beach Resort. It’s true that we stayed in Liberty Lodge but it doesn’t mean we could not access to this beautiful beach. This is the  giant rock of  Baluarte.  What we normally did during out stay in Apo Island is have an  appetizer here before having lunch or dinner at Liberty Lodge restaurant.  This is a good compromise to take advantage of the place.

Speaking of diving, husband told me that it’s one of the best dive he did.  I couldn’t tell you more as it quite complex for me According to many divers sea life was wonderful. There is also the marine sanctuary in which the locals take good care of it.  Just by snorkeling, you could see lots  of turtles  and fishes out there. I even saw a sea snake and was too alarmed, but they are not violent as they stay on the bottom so just snorkle at the surface, so they wont bug you.

So if you are a diver or simply wants to snorkle or just want to explore and stay to a virgin island please inlcude Apo Island on your lists 😀 .

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