General

The Philippines is defined by its emerald rice fields, teeming mega-cities, graffiti-splashed jeepneys, smouldering volcanoes, bug-eyed tarsiers, fuzzy water buffalo and smiling, happy-go-lucky people.

Islands & Beaches

With more than 7000 islands, the Philippines is a beach bum’s delight. There’s an island to suit every taste, from marooned slicks of sand in the middle of the ocean to sprawling mega-islands like Luzon and Mindanao. Sun worshippers and divers should head straight to the Visayas, where island-hopping opportunities abound and the perfect beach takes many forms. More adventurous travellers can pitch a tent on a deserted stretch of coastline and play solo Survivor for a few days.

Why I Love the Philippines

By Greg Bloom, Writer
With 7000 tropical islands on my doorstep, all ripe for exploration, I find it easy to like the Philippines. Love, on the other hand, is borne of subtler things. Love is borne of long rooftop jeepney rides through the mountains of North Luzon; of a frosty San Miguel at sundown on a sublime slab of Visayan sand; of a fresh-fish lunch, followed by a siesta on an interminable bangka journey through Palawan’s islands; of friends with names like Bing and Bong; of phrases like ‘comfort room’; of – dare I say it – karaoke. Now that is love.

Tempestuous Tropics

We’ve all had it happen: your trip to paradise is ruined by day after day of torrential monsoon rain (in the Philippines that paradise is often Palawan). There are a couple of simple ways to avoid this. One, study the climate charts. The western parts of the the country get hammered by rain at the peak of the southwest monsoon (July to September), so go east during this time (unless there’s a typhoon brewing). Two, stay flexible. Dispense with advance bookings so you can migrate to fairer climes if need be.

Cultural Quirks

The Philippines is a land apart from mainland Southeast Asia – not only geographically but also spiritually and culturally. The country’s overwhelming Catholicism, the result of 350 years of Spanish rule, is its most obvious enigma. Vestiges of the Spanish era include exuberant town fiestas (festivals), unique Spanish-Filipino colonial architecture and centuries-old stone churches. Malls, fast-food chains and widespread spoken English betray the influence of Spain’s colonial successor, the Americans. Yet despite these outside influences, the country remains very much its own unique entity. The people are, simply, Filipinos – and proud of it. Welcoming, warm and relentlessly upbeat, it is they who captivate and ultimately ensnare visitors.

Outdoor Adventures

The Philippines isn’t just about finding an isolated beach and getting catatonic. From kayaking to kiteboarding to canyoning to spelunking, the Philippines can capably raise any adrenaline junkie’s pulse. While surfers are just catching on to the tasty (if fickle) waves that form on both coasts, divers have long been enamoured of the country’s underwater charms. Freshwater pursuits include rafting and wakeboarding. Back on terra firma, trekking can be done just about anywhere, while rock climbing is gaining popularity. And the Philippines is also, unofficially, the zipline capital of the world.

Source: Lonely Planet

 

Itinerary Details

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN MANILA

Welcome to Manila one of the oldest cities in Asia and capital of Philippines with contradictions and surprises around every corner, Manila is packed full of things to see, do, taste and experience. Upon arrival meet our representative at Manila Airport and take a transfer to your hotel by coach, check-in at the hotel & rest of the day free at leisure. Stay overnight at Hotel in Manila. Meals: N/A

DAY 2: MANILA

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed with the tour to Pagsanjan. Pagsanjan Falls is one of the most Famous waterfalls in the Philippines. Located in the province of Laguna, the falls is one of the majortourist attractions in the region. The falls are reached by a river trip on dugout canoe, known locallyas shooting the rapids, originating from the municipality of Pagsanjan. Stay overnight at Hotel in Manila. Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 3: MANILA – BORACAY

After breakfast at the hotel; check-out and proceed to your Manila City Tour. The interesting highlights are Fort Santiago, built in 1663 inside the older Walled Cityof Intramuros (1591 – 1593). The Rizal Park and rolling tour to the reclaimed area of the Cultural CenterComplex; then to the Central Business District of Makati. A visit to a curio of Filipino crafts is a mustfor a change in your shopping environment before driving back to the hotel.Have lunch at the local restaurant before you transfer-out for your domestic flight going to Boracay.The palm-studded Island of Boracay – with its white, talcum-fine beach, balmy weather, and warm, crystallinewaters – is like a hypnotic magnet. The best part of the island is the 4-kilometer white beach hailedas the “finest beach in the World”. Stay overnight at Hotel in Boracay. Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 4: BORACAY

Have breakfast in the resort and proceed with your Island Hopping Tour; it is one of the must-do activities in Boracay. A 4-hour boat tour around Boracay beaches (Ilig-iligan Beach & Puka Beach) in an outrigger boat/banca, snorkeling at Tulubhan and Tambisaan Reef, visit the Crocodile Island, Crystal Cove Island and explore the two caves and beautiful scenery and relax on the hut/cottages. Have lunch before going back. Stay overnight at Hotel in Boracay. Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 5: BORACAY – CEBU

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and transfer-out for your domestic flight going to Cebu. Cebu, the “Queen City of the South”, the second most significant metropolitan center in the Philippines and is also known as the oldest city established by the Spaniards in the country. Cebu is known for its sumptuous food and delicacies as well as its vibrant beaches and nature activities. Stay overnight at the Hotel. Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6: CEBU

Have breakfast and proceed with your Cebu City Tour – Discover the charm of old Cebu in major landmarks; Fort San Pedro, Magellan Cross, Basilica Minore of the Child Jesus, the tour proceeds down the South Road properties and continue to uptown passing by the city's major universities & schools. Next stop will be on Taoist Temple on a scenic hillside in Beverly Hills. The tour moves to Asia town IT Park & ends in Ayala Business Park. Stay overnight at the Hotel. Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7: DEPARTURE FROM CEBU

Breakfast at the hotel, a day at leisure to do some last minute shopping before we take to you to the airport for your flight home. Meals: Breakfast