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Philippines with children for 1 week

  • aaronpryce

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    Hi,

    We want to take a family trip to the Philippines (via Singapore) in early June (2nd or 3rd) for about a week.

    The kids will be 6 and 8, and we would like a beach holiday that is a quiet spot with good swimming and snorkelling.

    An area with some local amenities such as shops and restaurants would be good so that we don't get stuck at the hotel.

    We would like easy transport in and out (rather than a 6-8 hr journey one way).

    Budget-wise we are looking at budget-middle of the road.

    many thanks for any ideas!

    #1 Posted: 6/1/2013 - 20:48

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  • goonistik

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    The destinations that come to mind are Boracay and Bohol.

    Boracay is a popular destination. That means it is crowded and commercialized, and finding a quiet spot is not that easy. The Station 1 side is the quieter spot. My aunt just got back from there and she told me the restaurants were really good. Snorkeling will be okay. If you land in Kalibo, Boracay is about a 90 minute drive. Flights to Caticlan are more expensive and they get diverted to Kalibo quite often. (You have a better chance of landing in Caticlan if you get an early morning flight).

    Bohol should have some decent restaurants, better snorkeling, and should be a lot more sedate than Boracay. And if get tired of Bohol, you can take the ferry to Cebu. Panglao island, where most of the resorts are, is about 20 minutes away from the airport.

    Though I think Palawan is worth considering.

    #2 Posted: 7/1/2013 - 01:34

  • aaronpryce

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    Thanks Goonistik,

    Bohol and Palawan sound like they are more us than Boracay.

    That gives me a couple of starting points for further investigation.

    #3 Posted: 7/1/2013 - 18:27

  • goonistik

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    If you decide to go to Palawan, the best bet is to cook the seafood simply like grilling. The fish there is so fresh that the Palawenos refuse to buy "dead" fish. By that I mean they want fish that are still flapping around and moving. I imagine that would be the best way to eat well in Palawan.

    #4 Posted: 8/1/2013 - 00:27

  • PaulWhite

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    8th January, 2013
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    You really got a good choice in Philippines there are too many place that will surely fit in a family and i heard that boracay is a good place for you.

    #5 Posted: 8/1/2013 - 05:55

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