Easily our most requested route & trip guide and definitely our hardest to write, but here it goes…our ‘Where to go in the Philippines’ blog…
So we heard travelling the Philippines was one of the tougher countries when it comes to making decisions and planning a route, and it certainly was. There is no easy way to do it. With over 7500 islands to choose from and the popular tourist destinations scattered across the scale, here’s how we decided to it along with our favourite places / must sees!
Palawan – Furthest West of the Philippines and a perfect place to begin. Also, home to the clearest water and most beautiful islands we witnessed! Trust us, if there’s one place you HAVE to go on your trip it’s El Nido and Coron. Your best bet is to fly into Puerto Princesa and travel up the island of Palwan by bus. You can read our A Basic Guide To Everything El Nido blog for island hopping tips.
Siargao – Next up we flew to the furthest East and stopped at our favourite island. Its laid back vibes and hippie atmosphere captured our hearts and if you’re looking to chill, surf or eat green then Siargao is the spot! Check out Our Top Things To Do In Siargao here.
Cebu – Now to the central Visayas region and Cebu is a great place to use as a base. Home to Kawasan Falls and Oslob’s famous wild whale sharks, the island also gives easy access to Bohol, Siquijor and Negros Oriental by ferry. You can read our Things To Do In Moalboal – Apart From Kawasan Falls blog for a few ideas.
Also if you still need to visit anywhere that’s too far to ferry, Cebu is your best bet for cheap return flights.
Bohol – Most popular for its chocolate hills, our list of things to do was topped by waterfalls and beaches. The island of Panglao, attached to the bottom of Bohol, is a beach lovers heaven and the mainland is screaming with adventure! Check out Our Top 5 Things To Do In Bohol here.
Siquijor – Another one of our faves! We loved Siquijor, we guess because we’re big waterfall chasers. Our advice is to rent a bike and search the rope swings and cliff jumps throughout the island! Check out our How To Spend A Few Days In Siquijor to see just how sick it is!
Negros & Panay – We actually got caught up in a typhoon which cancelled our Negros/Panay plans and left us stranded in Dumaguete. Our original plan WAS to head from Dumaguete through Manjuyod Sandbar and up to Bacolod, before crossing over to Iloilo and finally ending up in Boracay – widely rated as the most beautiful beach in the Philippines. Locals say it’s turned into a bit of a tourist trap now…although we can’t vouch but will definitely head back on our next visit.
Manila – Finally the big apple of the Philippines! We used it as a stop gap to fly out from and to be honest didn’t do a lot. A bit of an anti climax to the blog haha, but the capital is as crazy as everyone makes out!
Obviously there are sooo many other places to visit in the Philippines, which we plan to return for in 2018, but for now our five week tour has blown us away and made us realise why this beautiful country is becoming one of the hottest spots to visit in Asia.