Four weeks of sun-kissed skin, dazzling blue waters, intrepid adventures and friendly locals.
Getting There: Fly into Caticlan Airport, you will most likely require a stop over at Manila or Cebu. Boracay is a great first stop in the Philippines – everything designed with the tourist in mind. You
Day one: Swim in the alluring blue waters of White Beach, eat until your heart is content, drink a little too much (hello hangover) and dance the night away – repeat this for days 2 & 3!
Boracay has eateries and bars densely scattered along the waterfront of White Beach. There are plenty of vendors trying to sell you tourist activities, but to be
Great coffee and great vibes from Sunny Side Cafe. If you’re after a flavour-full Mexican Fiesta try Tres Amigos. Finish up with a delicious coconut based ice-cream from Coco Nanas. Most of the bars along White Beach have happy hour deals – so definitely capitalise on this.
The options are endless for
Getting There: Fly into Cebu City airport, here you will get your first real taste of a Pilipino city. It’s busy and chaotic. If you came to escape the hustle and bustle, hop on a bus from the South Station (not in the airport terminal); for 150PHP you can find yourself in Moalboal. If you’re tired and not feeling that stoked about a 5 hour, no air-con bus ride – get a Grab taxi and split it between 4 people. Significantly more at 700PHP, but hey, we like our air-con and we got there in 3 hours.
Day one: I can’t recommend Savedra Villas enough. Right on the water’s edge and in the middle of town. For NZ$43 you can have your own double private room with a balcony. So check yourself in, grab a San Miguel from the mini bar and enjoy the view.
Day Two: We spent more time under the water than on land. Grab a snorkel or book a scuba dive and away you go. Activate your inner mermaid (or man) to spot countless turtles, sardines and other marine life in abundance.
Day Three: Visit the renowned Kawasan Falls! Yes, it’s busy but it totally lives up to the hype. You must have a guide to go canyoneering, which can be easily sourced from the Moalboal town centre. Go in the early morning to avoid the crowds.
You will not regret the extra travel to this island! Fly from Cebu City to the only airport in Siargao. Your won’t find it hard to get a taxi from here to General Luna.
Day One: Check in to Bravo Resort, a stunning beach front resort with great rooms, tours and a restaurant. This resort has a great location right in the middle of General Luna.
Day Two: Surf safari! Siargao has an amazing nightlife scene so no better way to get rid of a hangover than hitting the waves. Get in touch with the office at Bravo and get either a lesson or rent a board. The locals know the best spots and best tides, so ask away.
Day Three: Hop on a boat tour from Bravo Resort. Check out the jaw-dropping neighbouring islands with a fantastic guide from Bravo. Enjoy a delicious meal on one of the Islands; of course rum & coke is included.
Day Four: Magpopongko Rock Pools. Rent a scooter or hire a van and head to these awesome pools. Infatuating crystal blue water fills the crevasses of the rocks; watch the surf roll in from the comfort of your own infinity pool! Make sure you visit on low tide. On your way you’ll get to see the “Million Dollar View” and other stunning spots around Siargao.
Day Five: Surf some more and enjoy your last day in this island paradise! If you’re not adventured out book a tour or rent a scooter and check out the Scuba Lagoon. Rum and cokes got the best of us, so we wrote this adventure off – bear in mind it is a whole day mission to make it to this spot.
Catch a flight from Siargao to Puerto Princesa. There are flights which go directly to El Nido, but these triple in price. Puerto Princesa is a gorgeous sea-side town – why wouldn’t you want a stop over here!.
Day One: Make a bee-line for Puerto Princesa Boulevard and join in on local festivities. We arrived on a weekend so there was a colourful market in full action. Don’t forget to check out the op-shops in town – I made some outstanding purchases for less than 70PHP.
Day Two: Book a van to El Nido, this can be booked through your accomodation (most places will offer this). Prepare yourself for 6 hours of driving! The scenic drive helps you pass time. Check into Outpost Hostel if you’re up for a bit of party combined with stunning views.
Day Three: Boat tour time! We did a combination tour of tour C & D which we loved. It is a bit overwhelmed deciding which one to do, they all see some pristine islands. Two tours combined was definitely enough for us. You won’t have trouble booking these, majority of accomodation and street stalls will provide them.
Day Four: Hangover recovery! There is some great nightlife in El Nido which can make for sore heads the next morning. Spend the morning basking in the sun, rent some kayaks from Outpost Hostel and sweat out the alcohol voyaging to near-by islands.
Day Five: Give yourself a day to explore El Nido town and surroundings. The town itself has epic views of the islands nearby – pretty hard to tire of! Great food options and the nicest shopping I had spotted in the Islands. Note of caution: many people catch food poisoning in El Nido so be a little careful of what you’re eating.