An Essential Guide to The Philippines!

dating is overrated meaning After spending 3 and a half amazing weeks in the Philippines, it is safe to say that it is my new favourite place in South East Asia (sorry Bali!) The people are so warm and friendly, the landscapes and scenery are breathtaking and the beaches are paradise. However, it is still early days for tourism, so planning a trip here wasn’t the easiest. Furthermore, The Philippines is made up of 7,107 islands, so picking the right islands to visit in a short amount of time is challenging; that’s where this guide comes in!

atarax mg 25 First of all, a few things to bear in mind:

  • The islands are connected via boat and aeroplane, so be prepared to lose whole days for travel. In other words, do not try and fit too many islands into one trip, as you won’t have enough time to appreciate each island properly.
  • You do not need a visa to visit the Philippines for 30 days. You can however get a tourist visa beforehand, which allows you to stay for 59 days (or you can apply to extend your stay).
  • Dry season is November-May and rainy season is June-October, I visited February-March 2018.
  • Do your research! My itinerary may only suit those who have similar interests to myself, i.e. beautiful scenery, good food, sandy beaches and adventure.

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After spending two nights in Singapore, I flew to Cebu and stayed for 3 nights with the intention of doing a daytrip to Badian for Canyoneering. Canyoneering is for the real thrill-seeking and adventure lovers. It consists of exploring canyons between limestone rocks, swimming down rapids and cliff jumping into numerous freshwater pools. The final jump is at Kawasan falls, this really took me out of my comfort zone but braving the final jump is the best feeling ever! I would definitely recommend Badian Canyoneering, it is one of my favourite memories of my entire trip in The Philippines.

When trying to find a company to book the trip with, all were charging ridiculous amounts of money with the excuse that it includes return transfer and lunch, so I decided to do it the local way! follow site Tip:

  1. Contact companies directly to book yourself in for Canyoneering: no upfront payments and they include lunch.
  2. Find your own way there! Get to the South bus terminal for 5am and get on an air-conditioned bus (which also has wifi). It is a fairly long drive, approximately 3 hours but really worth it!

For the rest of the trip, I used Cebu as a base to travel to and from. Tip: If staying in Cebu for a longer duration, stay near Ayala Mall as there are plenty of places to eat. If staying in Cebu for a stopover, there are plenty of places to stay near the airport (keep traffic in mind when travelling to the airport or port).

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Bohol was my next destination, as I wanted to visit somewhere that didn’t solely focus on beautiful beaches. I stayed here for 4 nights. I got a boat (Ocean Jet) to Tagbilaran Port from Cebu, and then got a trike to my accommodation. Tip:

  1. Buy your boat ticket on the day, rather than online, as there are many last minute boat cancellations.
  2. Pay extra for business class as it is more spacious, has air-con and allows you to have all your bags with you.

Bohol is best known for it’s chocolate hills and Tarsiers, unfortunately I took ill and didn’t quite make it to see neither. Nevertheless, I did get to see this beautiful manmade forest in Bilar!

I stayed in Alona beach. The location was great for accommodation and places to eat, but in all honesty, it wasn’t really my cup of tea as it was too touristy for my liking. However, if you like diving then this could be a great place for you, as it seems to be a popular activity to do here. On a positive note, I discovered this amazing Vegetarian and Vegan friendly restaurant called Shaka, I highly recommend you to visit!

Little did I know, the best of my Philippines adventure was yet to come… El Nido, Palawan

With Palawan being ranked as the most beautiful island in the world by Conde Nast, there was no way that I was giving this one a miss! With the little time I had, I decided to visit El Nido for 5 nights, and it really did live up to my expectations! El Nido is home to the most outstanding limestone cliffs, lush palm forests, and beautiful lagoons surrounded by clear blue water and fine white sand. It really does visually have the WOW factor!

I got a plane to Peurto Princesa from Cebu and then took a 5-6 hour van to El Nido. To save time you can fly directly to El Nido but this is the more expensive option. Being someone that suffers from travel sickness, I was dreading the long van drive, but honestly it wasn’t as bad as I expected. I managed to get a seat at the front of the van with extra leg room, the air-con was good and the driver stopped often for food and toilet breaks.

One of the great things to do in El Nido is to do an island hopping tour. I did Tour A and loved it. Tour A takes you to explore three beautiful lagoons located around Maniloc Island and consists of canoeing, swimming and snorkelling. The Tour also includes lunch and a stopover at 7 commando beach, I would highly recommend this tour.

I would also highly recommend that you rent a bike and take a 45minute ride to Nacpan beach. The views on the way to the beach are indescribable and the beach itself was the perfect place for relaxation. Tip: If you are a lover of Italian food, be sure to try Trattoria Altrove, you won’t regret it! Though, be sure to go early evening, as due to popularity, there is always a long wait to get in (but worth the wait, I promise!) Siargao

Next up was my favourite island of them all, Siargao island.

Siargao is known as the surfing capital of Philippines, so as a non-surfer, I was dubious about whether it would be the right place for me. However, after being placed as the number one island by one of my favourite travel youtubers ‘Lost Leblanc’, my decision was easily swayed. Siargao really did exceed my expectations; it was unreal! I stayed in Siargao for 5 nights, wishing I had stayed for longer. It’s hard to put into words but I just loved the vibe in Siargao.

Similar to El Nido, the popular excursion to do in Siargao was to island hop. I decided against doing the typical tourist route and with some cool people that my boyfriend and I met, we rented out a private boat and went to explore Mammon Island. This place was so beautiful and there was not a tourist in sight! The people on this island were so warm and welcoming, they even cooked our lunch; this is where I experienced my first ever boodle fight!

I stayed in General Luna, which was the perfect location; it has plenty of restaurants, lively yet not overrun by mass tourism. The island itself is the most naturally beautiful I have seen, surrounded by the most amazing palm forests and beautiful white sandy beaches. Furthermore, the food on Siargao was the best that I have tasted out of all islands that I visited.

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A touristy place worth visiting is the Magpupungko tidal rock pools. I highly recommend that you rent a bike and ride there yourself as the route leading up to the rock pools is unbelievably scenic, my photo does it no justice!

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There’s just something so special about the Philippines, you really do need to experience it yourself to truly understand. As I look back at my photos and videos (youtube videos soon to come), it brings me so much joy knowing that I got to experience such a beautiful place. Thank you Philippines for the memories, I will return one day.

Love always, G. x



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  1. Jelly
    April 1, 2018 / 11:26 am


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