Philippines trip: 2 weeks itinerary

25.02.2014 at 10:10

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Here’s a 2 week itinerary for vacation in Philippines.

It was provided by one of our readers who recently purchased tickets to Philippines through Rushflights.

As you can see, the trip takes you to couple of very different places: island Palawan (El Nido), island Bohol (Alona Beach) and Manila (shopping).

Distances in Philippines are huge because the country is scattered over 7000 islands and you usually need to fly between the islands.

Another problem is that most airlines don’t fly between the islands directly but you always have to travel to Manila or Cebu and connect from there.

Good thing is that most airlines are very cheap and there is tough competition which keeps the prices low.

This itinerary could also squeeze in trip to rice teracces in Batad/Banaue, but you would have just one or two days there according to our reader.

Here you go:

 

2 weeks in Philippines

 

Manila – Puerto Princesa, flight Air Asia, 900 PHP, 1h10m, terminal 4, 10 minutes ride from terminal 1, shared bus, 20 PHP.

Palawan Village Hotel – 2 minutes walking from the airport, fan room with breakfast 700 PHP

tricycle ride to the city center 8 PHP per person

Pristine (White Sand) beach in Puerto Princesa – very nice, lot of locals

van transport Puerto Princesa – El Nido, 700 PHP with hotel pickup, Eulen Joy, 10 people, 4 people in a row, very squeezed and uncomfortable, not enough space, 6h30min ride, 1 stop in Roxas after 3h. bumpy road 2h before El Nido, paved road being built.

Periking El Nido – beach front, nice clear modern cottage with fan, 1500 PHP for double bed

electricity in El Nido only 2 PM – 6 AM

nice street food restaurant Lord’s Favor grill restaurant, seafood and grilled meat

Art Cafe – good coffee, good food, slightly expensive, packed with tourists

Squidoos – good price, nice squids, ladyboys serving

Pukka bar – live music everynight, straight on the beach, 60 PHP beer, packed with people

Island hopping trip A – 1200 PHP negotiated to 1000 PHP with snorchel, 5 islands with lunch

Plankton Divers Welcome Inn – simple cottage in Corong-Corong, negotiated to 800 PHP per night, straight on beach, no breakfast

Stunning Vistas restaurant – delicious food, 180 PHP daily offer, straight on the beach

Cabanas beach – very nice beach, 2 big bars, great sand, just couple of people

RORO bus El Nido – Puerto Princesa, no aircon, only tourists, packed with locals, many stops on the way, 2 breaks after 2 hours, Tay Tay and Roxas, 6h40min, price 294 PHP, enough legspace, goes to San Jose terminal, tricycle to city center junction negotiated to 80 PHP, standard fare 150 PHP

Hotel Palawan Village – overnight

Puerto Princesa – Manila, Manila – Tagbilaran, free wifi at the airport (Terminal 4), slow

Tagbilaran airport to Alona beach – taxi 400-500 PHP, tricycle 200 PHP, tricycle to Panglao terminal in Tagbilaran 20 PHP + jeepney to Alona beach 25 PHP, too crowded jeepney, we take tricycle, 30 min

Alona beach – no electrocity, no tourists after Yolanda typhoon and earthquake

Alona Bamboo House – 900 PHP per night for fan room, 2 min to beach, quiet, generator for electrocity 7 PM – 2 AM

Great Aussie BBQ Bar – live music, 60 PHP beer

Alona Hidden Dream – cheap food, great noodles, fruit shakes

Chocoloate Hills tour – 650 PHP per person for van+driver, 9AM-5PM, +entrances (20-60 PHP), around 6 stops, butterly farm, snake farm, monkeys, lunch on boat 450 PHP with live music, 1h in Loboc, we skipped it and ate in local restaurant (100 PHP with drinks), bakery, hot dogs

Balicasag island tour – 600 PHP per person with snorkel, environmental fee (50) and paddle boat (150), 1h dolphin watching, 1h snorkelling, 1h Virgin island, +transfers, very nice

Tagbilaran – BQ Mall, lot of restaurants on one place

Tagbilaran – Manila AirAsia

taxi out of airport to Florida bus station in Sampaloc, 200 PHP with meter, dont take airport taxi

Florida Bus – Manila to Banaue 520 PHP, 8h, departure 22:45, toillete in deluxe bus

Santo Tomas Hospital – 2900 PHP for 3h emergency

Mall of Asia, Hann Bann – great food

Chateau Elysee – Seine Cluster hotel, 1500 PHP per night, super nice, swimming pool, gym, small apartment with aircon, near airport, 40 PHP ride to SM Bicutan Mall, huge, lot of restaurants

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