If this is your first time to the country and you have the budget, we recommend you start at the custom private or group boat tours we offer in Palawan, voted the best island in the world three times in a row.
Some info about the Philippines
The Philippines is made up of more than 7,000 paradise beach islands, it is a Christian nation with English as one of the official languages, its people are sweet, who sweep their streets every morning, all of which make this country an excellent tourist destination. But because it has so many islands spread out over a vast area, it is simply too big to see all the best spots during your average two week vacation, and should be treated as multiple countries which need to be explored over several visits. Otherwise you end up spending too much of your time on transportation, you miss too many jewels in adjoining areas, and your trip is too hectic to slow down and really enjoy the wonderful, laid back nature of the people and the serene, picturesque places.
At the moment we are exploring the Visayas and have explored and researched many places we have not had a chance to add below, so you can go ahead and contact us and we will be happy to help you any way we can. We love to explore nature and there is a ton to see in this beautiful country.
Because the Philippines is so big and spread out over more than 7,000 islands, it needs to be visited several times if you have something like only two weeks of vacation time. So the best way to see the most is by a custom tour taking you from one place to another, such as from Cebu to Bohol, then Negros and Panay islands, ending in Boracay. We can arrange a tour guide, van or motorbike rental and accommodation. Hope to hear from you!
i just gave a blind call and tried to find how would i spend my half a day in coron. The staff was very friendly and gave me clear instructions starting from getting out of the airport to how to bargain with the boatman lol. many thanks!!!
It was scary to book a 5 day trip with no places to stay confirmed or a strong itinerary. And in the Philippines, communication is difficult. But that is part of changing mindsets to a rural island mindset. In the end, everything worked out. We had some tough moments with bugs. But we also had some amazingly beautiful secluded beaches, the best snorkeling in the world, relaxing on the beach, and freshly made food on the boat while docked at beautiful places (better than being on land). Note, we went with Benji.Recommendations:- you must get a local SIM when you arrive to make sure pickup and everything works out- some islands have bugs - use bug spray!Pros: - a fraction of the cost- away from the crowds- can customize what you want - just ask!- a truly local experience - saw a REAL rural townCons:- locals aren't really polished tour guides- if you don't ask for it, you won't get it, need to be pretty proactive- pretty simple "activities" - no frills like bathrooms or kayaks etc.
We booked a 4 days/3 nights private boat trip from Coron to Sibaltan. The organization went very well from the beginning, the owner answered to all my questions, and we were able to choose which islands to visit and where to sleep. The first night we slept in a bungalow in Banana Island, the second we camped in Araw beach and the last we slept in a seafront bungalow builded on a tree in Pical on Iloc Island.The islands in that area are the most beautiful islands I have ever seen, with clear water, lots of coral reef and fishes to see, white sand and almost deserted. The crew was very friendly and polite and they organize every single meal and for camping they give you a tent which was just perfect! This was our highlight in our 2 weeks in the Philippines and I wish I had booked a longer trip. A private trip gives you the freedom to decide where and when to go.
We loved every moment of our trip!! It was the highlight of our time in the Philippines. We loved it so much in Pical that we decided to stay there for two nights and traveled straight to Coron on the third day. We enjoyed getting to know our boat crew- Rubin, Jake, and Jude. The food was more than we could have ever hoped for!! I think fish and rice does not really describe it well. Theresa, Rubin, Momo and the other cooks made the best Filipino food we ate on our entire trip. We did not need to bring anything extra with us since there were a few shops in the town selling snacks and bottled water. The Captain's Hut in Pical was absolutely beautiful!! We slept on clean mattresses with a view of the ocean and a breeze blew through our hut at night. No blankets were needed and there were mosquito nets over each bed (not that bugs were a problem). We just let the crew recommend our island stops and we were amazed by the beauty. They were very careful to make sure we were safe and comfortable. The town of Pical made us feel welcome. We played volleyball with them one evening. We had a quick tour of the local high school and loved visiting with the local children.