Snorkeling Gay El Nido in the Philippines – The Nomadic Boys

Snorkeling Gay El Nido in the Philippines - The Nomadic Boys

Is this Paradise? Yes, it is. We’ve found it. Right here at the northern tip of Palawan Island in the Philippines: El Nido!

We came to gay El Nido during our big trip in the Philippines and ended up staying for a few weeks. It turned into a big underwater adventure – we went one time and wanted more and more. It is an underwater lover’s wet dream. It has many healthy coral reefs, underwater landscapes and an abundance of marine life with over 800 fish species. Almost every time we dipped our head into these turquoise waters it was like we were entering a whole new world – so many colors, fish and even a few turtles and rays passing by!

Snorkeling Gay El Nido

Joining one of the four famous snorkeling tours in El Nido (A, B, C or D) is the most accessible way to get a flavor of this magical underwater world: no diving experience is required, it’s fully guided and very secure.

In this article, we’ve summarised our experience with each of these four snorkeling tours of El Nido to help you pick the best one for you.

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Gay Manila, The Philippines – The Nomadic Boys

Gay Manila, The Philippines - The Nomadic Boys

In this guide to gay Manila, we’ve set out practical safety tips and summarised the best of the city’s gay scene, top places to stay, go out and eat for you to check out.

“Be super careful in Manila boys…” was the blunt warning from our Filipino friends in London before we headed over, “…it’s crowded, polluted, too much traffic and lots of thieves everywhere!”

But in all honesty, Manila is no different to any other big city we’ve been in.

Gay Manila

Our first steps on the streets of Malate were tentative – taking our friends’ words to heart, we ensured to leave all valuables in our hotel, avoided unlit streets, and stuck to taxis to get us around. But the paranoia that we’d built up was quickly broken down. Sticking to basic common sense, it’s absolutely fine in Manila.

We ended up really enjoying the Filipino capital. It has a pretty exciting gay scene with a super friendly LGBTQ community that loves connecting with foreigners. Filipinos generally are the most affable and hospitable people we’ve ever met, which makes it so easy to quickly make local friends here. This was our favorite thing about Manila!

As the hub into the Philippines, the city makes for a pretty sweet base to start exploring the rest of this phenomenal country.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Arcadia Lodge – Gay Bay of Islands B&B

Arcadia Lodge - Gay Bay of Islands B&B

GAY BAY OF ISLANDS B&B IN RUSSELL, NEW ZEALAND

There is nowhere quite like Arcadia Lodge Russell located in the Bay of Islands landmark and sitting in a magnificent position looking out over Russell’s tranquil Matauwhi Bay. This historic gay Bay of Islands B&B, built in circa 1902, has been operating as Arcadia Lodge since mid 1920’s and is a boutique B&B style accommodation. 

For many of our guests one of their greatest pleasures is to sit on the deck and drink in the 180 degree views of water, bush & yachts. We are just a stroll around the corner to NZ’s first historic capital town Russell. Accommodation comprises of three downstairs suites with private decks and amazing views. Matariki suite with two bedrooms bedrooms catering for up to four guests. Upstairs is a charming queen room with water views, or a super king bed with loft style ensuite.

For guests wanting more independence Arcadia Cottage sits beside the lodge with a relaxed feel providing a more self contained accommodation for up to four guests who want a longer vacation with optional breakfast by request.

See the Arcadia Lodge Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Braemar on Parliament Street – Auckland Gay Friendly B&B

Braemar on Parliament Street - Auckland Gay Friendly B&B

AUCKLAND GAY FRIENDLY B&B IN CENTRAL CITY

There’s nothing else like Braemar on Parliament Street, an Auckland gay friendly B&B. Step back, to a time before the world went mad, in central city’s only scheduled heritage home you can sleep in.

Originally constructed in 1901 of solid brick and ancient Kauri woodwork, Braemar on Parliament Street has been lovingly restored with the latest technology throughout. Its turn-of-the-century style, clear grain joinery, furnishings with yesterday’s looks and old style bathrooms with classic clawfoot bath tubs retain the charm of yesteryear.

We have four guest rooms to choose from, two of which have their own bathrooms.

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Gay Palawan – The Nomadic Boys

Gay Palawan - The Nomadic Boys

The Philippines have occasionally been called the treasure islands of the Pacific, but if you were to ask us, we’d say that the largest gem of all can be found within gay Palawan!

As adventurers, we’re always on the lookout for the most exciting destinations to share with the LGBTQ world. So, what if we told you that Palawan is a top-of-the-line oasis where you can find the softest and whitest sand? The deepest and most mysterious caves? Mountains, covered by vast and verdant jungles? Well… It’s true! Palawan has everything that explorers could ever want from a thrilling vacation.

And while there is no primary hotspot for gay activity amongst the various islands and municipalities throughout Palawan, there are still several LGBTQ-owned businesses to be found. Also, just based on our own personal experiences from traveling across the seas to the Philippines, we have met a lot of queer folk flooding into these gorgeous islands. Filipinos are incredibly welcoming and gay friendly, many of our friends have even weighed in on why the Philippines is so gay friendly.

From our perspective, Palawan is not only a safe place for both local and foreign travelers, but it is also a must-stop, bucket list-worthy location. We want to help you plan the best possible island holiday, which is why we’ve created this all-inclusive, gay travel guide!

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Treghan Luxury Lodge – Gay Friendly New Zealand B&B

Treghan Luxury Lodge - Gay Friendly New Zealand B&B

STUNNING GAY FRIENDLY NEW ZEALAND B&B

The Treghan Luxury Lodge is a quiet gay friendly New Zealand B&B which sits on a little more than two acres of beautiful private landscaped gardens. Located in northern New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, it’s a special place to get away from it all and relax. Awaken in your own personal guesthouse, knowing your space is yours and yours alone.

We’ve carefully considered every last detail, from the oh-so-comfortable bed linens and feather pillows to our famous, fresh-baked organic cookies. Each guesthouse includes a/c and free Wifi internet access for your comfort.

Choose from:

The Owner’s Cottage – a fantastic cottage with its own ensuite bathroom, separate lounge and kitchenette.

Birdsong Retreat or Tranquility Retreat – our luxurious, totally new 2 bedroom cottages, each with two baths and fully-equipped kitchens (with both dishwasher and washing machine).

All three guest accommodations are beautifully decorated and fully equipped, well kept-up, and have everything you will need for your stay. We even supply breakfast provisions (organic wherever possible) when you first arrive.

Peace and quiet is paramount at the Treghan Luxury Lodge. Our award-winning guesthouses will give you the freedom to enjoy your stay in total serenity without constant interruption. Consider your cottage your home away from home – with secluded living, wide terraces and amazing rural views.

See the Treghan Luxury Lodge Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Bluff Creek Campgrounds – Gay Friendly Campground in Kenilworth, Queensland, Australia

Bluff Creek Campgrounds - Gay Friendly Campground in Kenilworth, Queensland, Australia

SUNSHINE COAST CAMPING

Looking for the perfect friendly place to camp along Queensland’s Sunshine Coast? Bluff Creek is a simple campground in the beautiful Mary Valley on a hundred acres. Explore the natural beauty of the Mary River, and hike through bushland that is home to koalas, kangaroos and many other native animals.

We offer a number of great camping amenities:

* Hot showers
* Flushing toilets
* Swimming holes
* Bush walking trails
* A small farm shop offering local fare and camping basics.

We keep guest numbers low to allow you extra privacy and space to roam.

Our region of the Sunshine Coast offers lovely day trips – visit some gorgeous waterfalls, try the local ale at one of our breweries, and enjoy our fresh local produce. There are farmers’ markets in the nearby towns of Imbil and Eumundi on certain days – we can fill you in on the details.

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New Zealand Awaits

Privately Guided Tour - New Zealand Awaits

OUR HOME, YOUR JOURNEY

Welcome to New Zealand Awaits – New Zealand’s LGBT travel specialist, proudly providing a variety of tours, planned and custom, for LGBTQ travelers to New Zealand. We’re the only New Zealand company who offers men’s, women’s, and LGBT small group tours. 

We can also provide private guides for your own group (of 1+), and are happy to create itineraries for travelers who want advice from a local expert for their own self-guided tour.

As enthusiastic global travelers ourselves, we believe travel can be transformative if it lets you explore, get excited, and experience a sence of awe and shared connection with nature and the locals.

We can connect you with trusted local folks committed to providing authentic “Kiwi” experiences, excited to welcome our LGBTQ+ clients. Most of our partners are small owner/operators with deep local roots who share our values of sustainability, social responsibility, and fantastic service.

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Arcadia Lodge – Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast in Russell, Northland, New Zealand

Arcadia Lodge - Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast in Russell, Northland, New Zealand
House Circa 1902

ARCADIA LODGE – HISTORY, GOOD FOOD AND GLORIOUS VIEWS

There is nowhere quite like Arcadia Lodge Russell located in the Bay of Islands landmark sitting in a magnificent position looking out over Russell’s tranquil Matauwhi Bay. This historic house built in circa 1902 has been operating as Arcadia Lodge since mid 1920’s and is a boutique B&B style accommodation. 

For many of our guests one of their greatest pleasures is to sit on the deck and drink in the 180 degree views of water, bush & yachts. We are just a stroll around the corner to NZ’s first historic capital town Russell. Accommodation comprises of three downstairs suites with private decks and amazing views. Matariki suite with two bedrooms bedrooms catering for up to four guests. Upstairs is a charming queen room with water views, or a super king bed with loft style ensuite.

For guests wanting more independence Arcadia Cottage sits beside the lodge with a relaxed feel providing a more self contained accommodation forup to four guests who want a longer vacation with optional breakfast by request.

The lodge is a large house furnished in a relaxed blend of traditional and contemporary furniture and features 100 year old, honey coloured kauri floorboards. A mixture of western, Pasifika and Maori artworks including a range of historical photos and wonderful snapshots from around New Zealand adorn the lodge creating a relaxing space in which to unwind and relax, and being a very large house has ample room for everyone. We offer a prejudice free accomodation and cater for all regardless.

See the Arcadia Lodge Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Northland Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Gay Boracay – The Nomadic Boys

Gay Boracay - The Nomadic Boys

“Stefan, let’s go to Boracay and become beautiful mermaids!”

The thing is, Seby wasn’t joking when he said this to me as we were planning our Philippines trip. He showed me the Boracay Mermaids Instagram profile and exclaimed proudly – “this is going to be us!”

And sure enough it was!

Along with our mermaid adventures along Boracay’s gorgeous White Beach (more about this below!), this tropical Filipino island offers so much for LGBTQ travellers. It has an exciting (albeit small) gay scene to check out with many excellent gay friendly hotels, secluded beaches and highly rated restaurants.

Boracay used to be infamous for being a crazy party island where anything goes! However, things got so raucous and out-of-hand that the government decided to close it for a big 6 month clean up in 2018. Post-clean up, Boracay is as buzzing as it was before, but a lot cleaner, with stricter rules in place to adhere to in order to keep it clean.

Following our visit to Boracay, we’ve put together this detailed gay guide summarising the best gay hotels to stay, places to go out, things to do and other practical tips for LGBTQ travellers. We’ve also included a section about the rules in place in Boracay after the big 2018 cleanup.

Is Gay Boracay safe for travellers?

Absolutely!

The Philippines is generally a gay friendly country, particularly by Asian standards: we’d certainly rank it as one of the most gay friendly countries in Asia. This is largely down to the fact that despite being a very Catholic country, the Filipinos are extremely hospitable and welcoming. They are eager to please and show off their country, especially to foreigners.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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