One Month In The Philippines: Travel Itinerary

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Spending one month in the Philippines was absolutely one of the best decisions I made during my travels through-out South-East Asia.  After my trip was over, I almost booked a return ticket, because to put it simply:  30 days in the Philippines is not enough!

Did you know that there are over 7,107 islands in the Philippines?  With the fantastic beaches, world-class diving, stunning landscapes, vibrant festivals, and friendly people — a trip to the Philippines will be something you’ll never forget.

Planing a trip the Philippines can be kind of intimidating, because there’s so much you’ll want to see.  I’m here to help you out.

This is the Itinerary I used for my month exploring the Philippines.  I hope you find it useful, and if you ever have any questions — feel free to email me or leave a mentsment at the bottom of the post!


1.  Fly Into Manila

You’ll most likely find the best deals flying into Manila..

Honestly, Manila is one of those cities that backpackers loves to hate.  It’s busy, overcrowded, dirty, and there’s not much to see.  Apparently there is some decent nightlife, but I never experienced it for myself.  I have met people who actually really love Manila, I just didn’t find it all that appealing.  Who knows though, maybe you’ll have a different experience and really enjoy your time there.


Where to stay in Manila

My best piece of advice is to stay at an AirBNB.  With this link, you’ll get $38 towards your first booking, which can be used for 1-2 nights free accommodation, or a very heavy discount at a nicer apartment!

The best areas to search for on AirBNB in Manila would be Makati and Malate!! 

Manila is a bit crowded and chaotic, so it’ll be really great for you to start your trip off at your own apartment!


If there’s one must-do activity in Manila — you have to go check out Intramuros quarter.  It’s the beautiful old Spanish section of the city, and really fun to explore by foot.

Cathedral in Intramuros

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2.  Take The Overnight Ferry from Manila – Coron

This is always the cheapest option on getting to Coron.  For some reason, all the flights to this island tend to be really expensive.  If you happen to be able to find a cheap, then book it.  But the overnight ferry option is a solid budget option.  

There is one main ferry company in The Phillippines — 2Go Travel.  I only used them for this route, but they offer a ton of different routes around the country.

For this Manila – Coron overnight ferry, THEY ONLY DEPART ONCE A WEEK ON FRIDAYS.  

Tip:  When you are looking at flights to Manila, try to book a flight that arrives on a Wednesday or Thursday.  That way you can explore for one day, then get on the overnight ferry on Friday evening.

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3.  Coron, Palawan

I absolutely fell in love with Coron.  It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world.  I was fortunate enough to meet some amazing people the very first night, and had a blast the remaining time I was there.

The island is fantastic, the sunsets are incredible, and it’s a really relaxing area to spend a few days.

Read:  Where To Stay in Coron, Phillippines

Read:  Island Hopping in Coron, Phillippines

Tip:  If you want to be really adventurous, you can hire a boat driver to drop you off on an empty island, and camp there for 2-3 nights.  Arrange a pick-up time, and you’ll be living a real Robinson Crusoe experience.  Make sure you bring enough food, water, and a good book or two!

[ I’d recommend staying in Coron for 3-4 days]

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4.  El Nido, Palawan

When you are in Coron, you’ll see tons of different signs for transportation to El Nido.  Try to bargain them down to a cheaper price, because all the signs are more expensive.  

The crown jewel of Palawan, El Nido is a must see destination during your visit to the Philippines.

It’s a much more lively area than Coron, with some amazing restaurants and fun bars to check out at night.  As you should now, the most important thing you do while in El Nido is book one or two of the island hopping packages.

I’d strongly recommend checking out both tours A & C.  All the tours are amazing, but these two in particular are worth every penny.  

[I’d Recommend Staying in El Nido for 4-6 days]

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5.  Puerto Galera and Puerto Princesa

Since you only have 30 days allowed in the Philippines, you’re not going to be able to see everything.  After El Nido, you could hop down to Puerto Galera for a night or two.  I didn’t do this, but I’ve heard it’s a really amazing place with a chilled out vibe.  There’s also supposed to be some amazing diving here.

Puerto Princesa is the main city in Palawan, and it’s also where you’ll be flying to your next destination.

One of the main attractions in Puerto Princesa is visiting the famous “Underground River”.  I decided to skip this because I found it to be rather expensive, and I heard from a couple people they weren’t too impressed.  The choice is yours.


6.  Cebu City & Bohol

Book your flights well-in-advance from Puerto Princesa – Cebu with Cebu Pacific Airlines.  

When it comes to Cebu City, there are a few things to see in the actual city.  I actually didn’t do too much sight-seeing in the city itself, but used Cebu as a jumping off point to explore the rest of the island or neighboring islands.  

I’d definitely recommend taking the ferry over to Bohol Island.  You can spend a day or two there, but it’s also a decent place just to take a day trip.

Read:  Chocolate Hills & Tarsier Monkeys: Bohol Island, The Philippines

After you’ve spent a few days exploring the city and a day or two on Bohol Island, you’ll make your way down to check out some more of the highlights of The Philippines.

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7.  Moalboal & Oslob

Getting around Cebu Island is as easy as getting to the bus station.  They aren’t the most comfortable rides, but they get you from point A – point B for very cheap!

I’d recommend you check out Moalboal first.  There’s an incredible beach, and it will provide absolutely stunning sunsets.  Moalboal is also known for having some excellent diving if you are looking to dive.  

Absolute Must Visit:  Kawasan Waterfalls (about a 20 minute drive from Moalboal city)

Read: Chasing Waterfalls on Cebu Island, Phillippines

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After watching a sunset and checking out the amazing Kawasan falls, you’re ready to head down to Oslob to cross off a big bucket-list item:  SWIMMING WITH WHALE SHARKS!

This the main draw that brings people down to Oslob, and you really have to do it!  For the small cost of around $25 USD, you get to swim with massive whale sharks.  The entire experience was incredible, and it’s one of the highlights of my travels in South-East Asia.

Read:  Swimming with Whale Sharks:  Oslob, Cebu

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8.  Flight to Boracay

After you’ve explored the southern parts of Cebu Island, Bohol Island, and the city itself — it’s time to book your flight from Cebu City – Boracay.  

 Boracay is the paradise island of your dreams — or so it used to be.  This beautiful island has become a major tourist destination, resulting it in to become the most over-developed part of The Philippines.

With that being said — is it still worth it to visit Boracay?  Absolutely yes.  

The island is gorgeous, there’s plenty to do, and the nightlife is amazing.

Read:  The 5 Best Party Islands in South-East Asia

If you’re going to Boracay, then you should definitely also check out Sabina’s incredible blogpost “Boracay On a Budget“.  She gives an incredible overview of the island, and was a great resource to have when planning my trip to Boracay.

Boracay has two airports (Caticlan & Kalibo).  You’ll most likely fly to Kalibo because flights are substantially cheaper.  Kalibo airport has international departures, and is the perfect place to end your trip in The Philippines.        

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Possible Substitutions

Banaue Rice Terraces:   If you get into Manila, and don’t want to spend too many days there.  Look into taking the overnight bus up to the Rice Terraces.  I didn’t have time to explore it during my month, but it’s definitely highly recommended!

Skip Boracay:  Although it is a very beautiful island, and a great place to party — you might want to think about skipping Boracay.  The island is decently expensive, and can be a pain in the ass to get there.  Kalibo airport is 2 hours away.  So you have to take a van, a boat, and a taxi, just to get to your hostel.

Siquijor Island:  If you do skip Boracay island, that frees up time to explore some of the islands around Cebu.  While your down in Oslob, you could hop down to the beautiful and spiritual island of Siquijor. The island has a fascinating story, and is home to some of the best beaches and sunsets in the Philippines.

Siargio Island:  If you like to surf, then I’m sure you’ve heard about this island.  This is at the top of my list of places to see during my next visit to the Philippines, but unfortunately I didn’t have the time to get there.  There’s not much else to do on the island, but if you’re looking for a laid-back surfing hotspot, then you’ll definitely enjoy your time there.

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Philippines Travel Tips

Book All Your Flights in Advance.  This country is not as easy to get around, and if you wait until the last minute — you will have to pay ridiculous amounts for flights.  This is the only country I really recommend that, because with 30 days, you will want to see as much as possible.

Meet and Travel with the Locals.  When are you are traveling the Philippines, you’ll realize that you’ll meet more young local backpackers than you would in any other country in South-East Asia.  The Filipino community really loves to travel!  They also are extremely friendly, welcoming, and typically speak amazing English!  

Research Festivals Before You Go:  The Philippines is known for having some amazing festivals.  As a starting point, check out this list of the Top Ten Festivals in The Philippines.  Just be careful, sometimes if you go during a big festival, accommodation prices can sky rocket.

Try out Couchsurfing.  As I mentioned above, Filipino people are really awesome, and they are very active when it comes to the popular travel community website Couchsurfing.  There are weekly meet-ups in the bigger cities, and it would be a really cool experience!

Don’t skip Palawan:  It’s definitely one of the most beautiful and picturesque places in the world!  It’s defintiely not as “off-the-beaten-path” as it used to be, but skipping it would be a mistake.

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No matter where you go, or itinerary you customize for your trip, you will most definitely fall in love with the Philippines.  It’s one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever visited, and I can’t wait to get back there myself.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you found this one month itinerary for the Philippines useful!  Definitely check out my posts on the Philippines!

Safe Travels!!! 🙂




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60 replies
  1. Sarah
    Sarah says:

    Hi Jones!

    I am beginning to plan a 2 week trip to the Philippines with a friend for the very beginning of February! Thanks for such a great itinerary! I wish we had time to do all of it!

    How would you suggest we spend our 2 weeks? I know its probably impossible to cut down this itinerary, especially since you said you wish you had more time! However, would you suggest we do this itinerary but spend less time in each place or skip certain places?

    Thanks so much for any guidance you can give me!

    Best,
    Sarah

    • Jones
      Jones says:

      Hey Sarah! It really depends on travel time. Where do you land? Obviously, I think the #1 priority should be to visit Palawan! Coron + El Nido were absolutely amazing! If you could fly to Coron, you could knock it out in 2-3 days. From there you’ll have to take the boat to El Nido (Unfortunately it is quite a long journey. Around 7 hours from what I remember). In El Nido, you’ll want at least 3-4 days to explore Island Hopping Packages, nearby beaches, and other activities there. From there, cruise down to PP for your flight out of there. Now, this is where it really depends…Is your flight back to where you’re going out of Manila? If so, I would fly back to Manila, and do a couple days around there. I know there’s a few solid options for activities around Manila. If you have to fly in/out of Manila, you could always try to cruise up to the Banaue rice terraces ! I didn’t include those in this itinerary, but I’ve heard they’re incredible! Hope this helps! You’ve got some time to plan it all out!

  2. Dianne Gabriel
    Dianne Gabriel says:

    Hello Jones!

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I am planning a 32 day trip to Philippines next November. I am honestly very excited ever since I found your post!

    I have a question: Was the camping on an empty island in Coron a part of the tour with your boat driver or he suggested it to you? I am trying to look for more information on the web, but it seems like only your web mentions it.

    Thank you so much! 🙂
    -Dianne

    • Jones
      Jones says:

      No problem! Glad I could help out! When you’re in Coron, just ask around at different places, and they can organize a “robinson crusoe” type of set-up. You can rent a tent, bring a bunch of water, and they will drop you off at a rnandom island. It was not with a tour company, but I had a friend who just made friends with a local, and they organized everything. If you ask around, you won’t have any problems getting it all set up! Enjoy the Philippines! I’m dying to go back! Cheers.

  3. James
    James says:

    Hey Jones, awesome post! Seriously looking forward to my trip more than ever now.

    You mention that quite a lot of planning of travel is needed, unfortunately I am flying into Manila on saturday and that is all I have planned. I will be in the country for about 6 weeks. Do you think I can get away with winging it or should I book up some flights ahead of time?
    Current plan is to head up to Sagada then head back to Manila to get the ferry to Coron as you suggest, then roughly follow your guide but taking it real slow as I have quite a bit of time. Do you have any idea where would be good to spend christmas/new years?

    Thanks again!
    James

    • Jones
      Jones says:

      Hey James,

      Glad you like the post, and really happy to hear you’re finding some use out of it. If you’re flying into Manila, I think you’re on the right track. You could head up to the rice fields in the north, and then cruise back down to Coron, and take the boat over to El Nido and explore the rest of Palawan. For Christmas + NYE, I would think the best place to be would either be El Nido or Boracay? But this is going to be a very busy time of the year in The Philippines. It’s a Christian country, and Christmas is definitely going to be hectic there for prices. I would assume that flights are going to be a little pricier than normal, so I would recommend buying tickets a little early, or else you’ll spend a bit more money on last minute purchases. You do have a relaxed schedule though for 6 weeks, so take your time, talk with other backpackers, and get a good feel. If you have any other questions, feel free to message me. Happy to help anyway I can. Safe travels, and Merry Christmas!

  4. Tom
    Tom says:

    “Since you only have 30 days allowed in the Philippines,”
    Hi
    This is not correct as you can extend your visa upto 36 months before having to leave. The first extension is for 29 days or now you can get a 6 month extension. So stay awhile.

  5. S spear
    S spear says:

    Hi looks like a very good itinerary very helpful thank you , do you no if you book flights in advance can you change dates or is this not possible can’t wait to get there in Feb

    • Jones
      Jones says:

      Hey what’s up! Glad you found it useful! I think with these budget airlines, there would be a decent fee to change the ticket, but I think you might be able to book a flexible ticket? But I’ve never done that because I try to save as much money as possible, haha. The Philippines is definitely one of those places I do recommend booking the major flights in advance, and sticked to the schedule. It’s hard though, because I definitely could have stayed in Palawan another week. But I guess it just gives me another reason to go back. 🙂 Safe travels!

  6. Weng
    Weng says:

    Hi Jones! Nice blog about my country. Try to visit Gigantes Islands the next time you visit Philippines. It’s just 4-5 hours drive from Caticlan. You should consider to include Kalanggaman Island in the Visayas in your itinerary too. Have you seen Malcapuya Island when you had your island hopping in Coron?

    • Jones
      Jones says:

      Hey Weng! Thanks for liking the post, and thanks for the tips! I’m dying to get back to the Philippines for another month, and will be planning a trip with all new spots! I’m not entirely sure of Malcapuya island, it is possible – but for some reason I don’t think I did. Just another reason to go back. I’ve heard about Kalanggaman, and it looks amazing! Ugh, just thinking about it makes me desperate for another month in one of the most beautiful countries in the World! #ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines

        • Jones
          Jones says:

          Hey Abbey! Yes, I do love the Philippines! I did add up north as a substitution on this itinerary, I just couldn’t fit it in during my time. Definitely on my next trip to the Philippines I will!

  7. Rita
    Rita says:

    What a great article Jones! gives exactly what backpackers need- clarity and a trails from point to point.
    My question would be, did you see people camping around philippines, as I’m taking my little tent with intention to cut some costs on accommodation. Useful to know if it would be possible at all.

    • Jones
      Jones says:

      Thanks so much Carmen! Love the blog! I’m definitely sad I didnt have the time to make up north to the rice terraces. Definitely on the list for when I go back!

  8. SAmantHa
    SAmantHa says:

    Hi Jones, great article, really informative. I’m planning a month in the Philippines in August/September. I’m trying to do it on as much of a budget as possible. What sort of money would I be looking to spend? Do you have any tips on how to save money but still do all these amazing things? Thanks!

    • Jones
      Jones says:

      Well, it really just depends on personal preference. If you want to eat as budget as possible, there are always ways to save money. There are cheap eat places, and avoid restaurants. You’ll also want to be careful on how much you go out and drink, which costs can definitely add up. For transportation, book the flights in advance to save money. All other transpo, try to bargain the prices down. I definitely saved money on the boat from Coron to El Nido than the other people on my boat. As far as daily budget, I would think around $30-$40 U.SD per day would suffice. You can easily do it cheaper, but it also depends on how much you actually do. Some of the activities can be expensive, like the island hopping tours for example. Hope all that helps! Cheers Samantha!

  9. Sam
    Sam says:

    Hi Jones, awesome Itinerary! Me and a mate have planned a 28 day trip of the Philippines at the end of May. Pretty much exactly following your itinerary. Just wandering about Puerto Princesa. Is 2 nights sufficient time there? And how do we go about getting there from El Nino? Do we need to book in advance? We’re also considering just going straight from El nino to the Puerto Princesa aiport- would this be possible? There seems to be very limited info on-line about it.
    Cheers Sam

    • Jones
      Jones says:

      Hey Sam, so happy I could help out! You are going to love the Philippines (and this itinerary kicks ass 😉 . I think 2 nights in PP would be plenty. All there is do is to do is the underground river, but I believe there are some nice beaches around as well. There MIGHT be a direct bus from El Nido to the airport, but I kinda doubt it. With that being said, once you get to the PP bus station, it’d be super easy to just get a taxi to the airport. It’s not very big or far from the city center.

  10. RaqueL
    RaqueL says:

    Hi Jones!

    Really enjoying your philippines posts.

    However, I’m wondering when did you go?

    I really wanted to go there this year, but it would have to be in july.

    As it’s wet season, I’m not sure I should. So I’m still trying to make my mind about it.

    • Jones
      Jones says:

      Hey Raquel, so glad I could help out!! It’s awesome to hear people are finding my information useful 🙂 I went in March, so it was great weather the entire time. I wouldnt be too worried though. I’ve traveled a lot during rainy season in Asia, and it’s not that big of a deal. Just occasional monsonons in the afternoon!

  11. Hollie
    Hollie says:

    Hi Jones, great post really helpful. Me and my two friends are currently planning our trip to the Philippines and have used your itinerary for a lot of it – so thank you. We were just wondering how you got around Manila. From the airport to your accom and then to the ferry terminal? Was the public transport ok? Also how much roughly were the hostels?

    Cheers
    Hollie 🙂

    • Jones
      Jones says:

      Hey Hollie! So glad I’m helping out : ) When I was in Manila, I did mainly use the train lines, and to be honest – it was miserable. So cramped, loud, and uncomfortable. If you have multiple people, I would just take cabs, or you can hop in Jeepney’s. The problem is that you might not know where exactly you’re headed. I honestly didn’t do all that much in Manila, as I was working really hard on finishing my degree there. But I did take a taxi both from the airport, and from hostel – the ferry terminal. In Manila, I believe I paid around $10 per night for the hostel. There are tons of ones to choose from! Hope this helps. : ) Cheers!

      • Hollie
        Hollie says:

        Thanks for the quick response! Oh the trains don’t sound too nice then, maybe we will have a look at using the Jeepney’s! Were the taxis reasonable? Also do you know where the ferry terminal is? We are trying to find the address so we can look at hostels near by for our time there.

        Thanks again!

        • Jones
          Jones says:

          No worries! Yeah, I had a bad experience traveling on the trains during rush hour. But that’s jsut there are wayyy too many people in Manila. Taxis are definitely reasonable. Comparable to the rest of South-East Asia, but maybe a tad bit more pricier. I don’t really remember where the ferry was. Just look up the information on 2GO ferries. I think they’ll have all the info you need. I wouldn’t worry too much about staying close by. If you’re traveling with a friend, then spltting the price of cab wouldn’t be a big deal. Safe travels! ! : )

  12. Abbey Salvador
    Abbey Salvador says:

    Hi Jones 🙂 I’m an expert with Philippines. I’m a local and based in the country and have my travel company here.
    If you need help on your next visit, do let me know 🙂
    I’m just glad you like my country.
    Oh, and do add Banaue and Sagada on your next itinerary 😉 Cheers!

  13. Gemma h
    Gemma h says:

    Hi

    I’m heading to the Philippines in a few weeks for a month and found your blog post really helpful!! Thanks!! I was really keen to read the post about Bohol and the chocolate hills & tarsiers but couldn’t seem to get the link to work – do you have any more info on these?

    Thanks
    Gem

  14. Lauren
    Lauren says:

    Hi there,

    I see that the overnight ferry arrival time in Coron is 430am, what did you do from that time until check in at your hotel or hostel?

    Thank you

  15. Aaron
    Aaron says:

    Hi Jones, just doing a bit of research on South East Asia and i came across this page. Decent article, but i’m pretty sure i worked with you at Cubic (Opal) in Sydney! We all started in a group together in sept i think. Small world! Hope you’re well!

    • Jones
      Jones says:

      Haha no way! What’s up man? Small world indeed! If you have any questions, feel free to message me about the Philippines. I love it out there! Cheers man! 🙂

  16. Kai Vaja
    Kai Vaja says:

    Hey Jonas,

    This was a great read ! I’m planning a trip to the Philippians and just need some help with the itinerary that I’ve put together ;

    Days Dates Location
    1 Friday 01/07/2016 Manila
    2 Saturday 02/07/2016 Manila
    3 Sunday 03/07/2016 Manila > Damunguette > Siquijor (FLIGHT -0700hrs FERRY – 1100hrs)
    4 Monday 04/07/2016 Siquijor
    5 Tuesday 05/07/2016 Siquiijor > Oslob
    6 Wednesday 06/07/2016 Oslob > Badian > Cebu
    7 Thursday 07/07/2016 Cebu > Boracay (FLIGHT)
    8 Friday 08/07/2016 Boracay
    9 Saturday 09/07/2016 Boracay
    10 Sunday 10/07/2016 Boracay > Puerto Princesa > El Nido (FLIGHT)
    11 Monday 11/07/2016 El Nido
    12 Tuesday 12/07/2016 El Nido
    13 Wednesday 13/07/2016 Elnido
    14 Thursday 14/07/2016 Elnido
    15 Friday 15/07/2016 Elnido
    16 Saturday 16/07/2016 Elnido > Manila (FLIGHT)
    17 Sunday 17/07/2016 Manila

    My biggest question is if it would be possible to swim with the whale sharks at 6am in Oslob and then have time to travel to Badian and do the canyoneering on the same day?

    So far i have only booked accommodation in manila and the domestic flight to Damunguette. would you recommend booking thing prior to flying out or book it as we go along?

    • Jones
      Jones says:

      Well when it comes to flights around PH, it’s always best to book in advance. Cebu Air has great deals and specials when you book early. As far as your first question, I’m not entirely sure mate. I honestly think yes, but you never know when traveling around Asia. Things can take a bit longer than expected. I didn’t go to Badian, so I’m not too sure. That looks like a badass trip though! Enjoy man! You on IG, would love to follow along!

  17. Leah
    Leah says:

    Hi there!

    This is such an awesome post! My friend and I are going in November this year – and I really want to add Siargio Island for some surfing. How would you recommend adding that to the trip?

    What are your must sees! If you have any tips with route options – that would be amazing!! 🙂

    Thanks,
    Leah

  18. Yem
    Yem says:

    Hi!! Loved your post!! Very Helpful
    Ive got a question: is the visa only for 30 days? Isnt it possible to stay longer if I wanted to without leaving the country and coming back?

    Also, what time of the year did you go? Im thinking on going between april and june, somewhere in between. Is it a good idea?

    Thanks a lot!!

    • Dave Anderson
      Dave Anderson says:

      Hi Yem, the visa on arrival was for 30 days, but I have heard there is an option to extend it for another 30 days. But from what I remember, the extension cost almost $100 U.S.D. I dont know though, maybe things have changed. I traveled during the month of March, and it was amazing weather. You’ll certainly have amazing weather as well when you go between april – june. Definitely a good idea! 🙂

  19. Meghan
    Meghan says:

    Hey Jones,

    This post is amazing and unbelievably helpful! I’m headed to the Philippines for the month of November and your itinerary will make for great times I’m sure. I was interested in your link for the overnight bus trip to the rice terraces, but the link seems broken! Just wondering if you could help me out here. 🙂

    Thanks so much!

  20. Isaac Goh
    Isaac Goh says:

    hi Dave!,

    was thinking of going philppines for a week. where will you suggest we go? We are coming from Singapore and should fly to Manila and most likely back.

    Thanks!

    • Dave
      Dave says:

      Hey Isaac. Hmm Tough question. If you only have a week, then you could head up to the rice terraces and do plenty of nearby day trips from Manila. Another option would be to fly to Boracay, or down to Cebu. It really just depends on what type of trip you’re looking for though. Enjoy though! I’m sure you’ll love it

  21. CHARLENE
    CHARLENE says:

    hI

    I am planning 3 whole weeks in philippines but don’t want to go always in Beaches OR BOAT TOURS. cAN YOU HELP ME IN WHAT things can I do like visiting rice terraces, volcanoes etc.

    Thanks
    Charlene

    • Dave
      Dave says:

      I’d recommend checking out Banaue Rice Terraces in the North, and there’s also a couple really hikes to volcanos. BUt I don’t know too much. Cebu & Bohol have a lot going on!

  22. Eric || The Bucket List Project
    Eric || The Bucket List Project says:

    First of all, your pics are amazing…
    Second, the way you described Manilla was how I felt about Bangkok…so I’m sure I would skip to the islands like you did.
    Thirdly, I want to go but convincing my girlfriend seems tricky cause she feels that it’s a Isis hot-spot. Did you ever worry or have any safety concerns beyond the norm?

    • Dave
      Dave says:

      Haha thanks man! WHen it comes to safety, I honestly never am concerned about that in the Philippines. THe only areas you are meant to avoid are in the south, other than that you’re all good. Palawan and Cebu were completely safe in my opinion. And Yeah, Manila was just awful, lol…

  23. Toni
    Toni says:

    Hi! Love the blog post – I’m finding it so helpful as I’m planning a 1 month trip to the Phils.
    Was just wondering, how did you get El Nido from Coron? I’ve heard the ferry an be 7-10 hours and is pretty bad (I’m going from El Nido to Coron). How did you find it?

    • Dave
      Dave says:

      That’s what I took. It was long, but wasn’t all that bad. You’ll be with other travelers, so just bring some beers and it’ll be fun. 🙂

  24. oli M
    oli M says:

    How many time would you recommend to stay in Cebu (island)? I’ve been told that you need at least 10 days to visit Moalboal, Oslob and Malapascua

    • Dave
      Dave says:

      Hey Oli. Well my time was a little quick on Cebu, and I only had about 4-5 days. I did Moalboal & Oslob with only a day in each, and then a day trip over to Bohol. If you wanna add Malapascua it will take a bit more time, but I’ve heard it’s amazing. Safe travels!

  25. redgyn
    redgyn says:

    maybe u never heard of balabac islands. its a group of islands in the southmost part of palawan. (nearer to malaysia) most of the islands are still virgin and only the owner live in it. ull sleep in tent because there are no accomodation. you will stay overnight and leave the nxt morning to visit another islands and sandbars and thats what i did for 5days tour

  26. redgyn
    redgyn says:

    maybe u never heard of balabac islands. its a group of islands in the southmost part of palawan. (nearer to malaysia) most of the islands are still virgin and only the owner live in it. ull sleep in tent because theres no accomodation. you will stay overnight and leave the nxt morning to visit another islands and sandbars and thats what i did for 5days tour

  27. Don
    Don says:

    Do you know if you go longer than 30 days at which point you need a visa (USA) how hard it is to get one in Manila?

  28. Dave
    Dave says:

    You can extend your visa for another 30 days I believe, but it doest cost around $100. That’s what I had heard from other travelers, but you’d want to look into it yourself. It might just be easier to leave, and then fly back (perfectly legal and you can find R/T tickets to HK, Macau, or Malaysia for pretty cheap)

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