Philippines


1. Boracay
From Kalibo airport: Vans will take you to Caticlan in a shorter time. Sometimes, they can do it in an hour and 15 minutes. Fare is P200 per person.

Sleep

Swim

  • Puka beach
  • Iligan Beach

2. Porto Princessa

Sleep:

See

  • Subterranean River National Park
  • Honda Bay

3. Port Barton
From Puerto Princesa New Market bus station, there is a daily bus going to Port Barton (200 pesos) but only if there are enough passengers. Or you can rent a vehicle with driver from the airport. Travel time approx. 2.5 hours, cost around 3,000 pesos (negotiable) for a vehicle that seats up to 7.

Sleep

Eat

  • Jambalaya Cafe
  • Summer Homes restaurant

4. El Nido
Should you opt for a public van from Puerto Princesa to El Nido, you need to first take a tricycle from the Puerto Princesa airport to the public van terminal. Upon arrival at the public van terminal in El Nido, you need to take another tricycle to the beach in front of El Nido beach hotel. At this point, Cadlao Resort & Restaurant will pick you up to be transferred to the resort.

Sleep

Island-hopping Tours
The standard tour price is P1200-1400 plus 200 for the environmental fee (good for 10 days). Alternatively, negotiate your own private banca ({2500-3000 Tour A/D; P3000-4000 Tour B/C) good for 6-8 passengers. That averages to about P315-500 per person assuming you get 8 passengers on your boat. Keep in mind this doesn’t include any food.

  • Tour A: Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, Simizu Island, Secret Lagoon and 7 Commandos Beach
  • Tour B: Entalula Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, Snake Island, Cudugnon Cave and Cathedral Cave
  • Tour C: Hidden Beach, Helicopter Island, Secret Beach, Matinloc Shrine and Star Beach
  • Tour D: Bukal Island, Ipil Beach, Nat-Nat Beach, Cadlao Lagoon and Paradise Beach

Land Tours
If you’re looking at discovering some of the mainland beaches you can hire a tricycle for as cheap as P1000-P1500 for the entire day, good for 4 people. Our recommendation would be to go to Nacpan Beach in the morning, do a hike up on the hill at the end of the beach for spectacular views of the twin beaches. Come back to town for a cheap lunch and then have your driver take you to Marimegmeg Beach (Las Cabanas) for the rest of the day and walk down the beach for sunset.

5. Manila
Try to avoid, stay only if you need to catch a flight. Hangout in Makati area which is more modern/business oriented.

Sleep

Do

  • Borgos St.
  • Tagaytay
  • Mount Pinatubo

Eat

  • Blackbird restaurant

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