I'm trying to research a trip to the Philippines but am struggling with less than perfect wifi connections!
Was hoping there's a couple people out there who have been to the Philippines and can give me a starting point with regards to destinations, any must sees etc.
It will be my last stop after 8 months in SEA before heading over to oz, so I'm after a pretty chilled itinerary with maybe a week relaxing on the beach in the end. But also want to do some sightseeing/trekking and maybe a motorbike tour. Want to stick to the places with good weather at that time too.
No flights booked as yet, but currently thinking about flying in and out of Manila (flying in from Hanoi, Vietnam)
Any advice you guys can give is very much appreciated
#1 StephJayne165 has been a member since 27/9/2011. Posts: 14
Hi. It's possible to see the rice terraces in the Cordillera region, the desert isles in Palawan, and Boracay in three weeks. Maybe you like to consider two islands off the province of Surigao del Norte (in northeastern Mindanao); Siargao Island is a popular tourist destination, while Bucas Grande (Island) is renowned for Sohoton Cove and its lagoon, swarming with non-stingy jellyfishes.
In the Cordilleras, I prefer Sagada to Banawe. Banawe has the more dramatic and spectacular rice terraces but Sagada has such a tranquil and peaceful vibe that made it one of my favorite places. Bukidnon is the other possible mountain option.
There are too many beach options. You have to help us out here. Do you want something that is easily accesible by plane? Are you willing to travel several hours by bus? Do you want something that is well-developed or do you prefer a more remote island?
A short list of beach destinations would include Boracay (Yeccchhh for me personally but still a popular party crowd destination), Coron, Bantayan Island, Cebu, Bohol.
I am heading to Caramoan this May.
Thanks so much for your responses, gives me a great starting point for research!
goonistik - I'm not in anyway fussed about travel time/conmditions if it's worth it. Also, the cheaper the travel options the better!
Was wondering if you guys, or anyone else on here, knows anything about the weather in Palawan/Boracay June time, I understand it's the start of rainy season, but how bad is it likely to be? Are we talking a couple of hours of rain per day? Or will I be trapped inside all day?
Are there any beach destinations on the other side that won't be in rainy season?
#5 StephJayne165 has been a member since 27/9/2011. Posts: 14
Early June is still fine, but I don't know about the later part (of that month). On the other hand, northern and eastern Mindanao enjoy a few more months of sunny weather.
Norther Palawan will be rainy that time of the year.
Large parts of the Visayas (Cebu, Bohol, Boracay,etc) don't have as pronounced difference between the wet and dry season. The rainfall is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year.
Babalugats mentioned Eastern and Northern mindanao as being drier in July. Aside from that you might want to take a look at Leyte and Eastern Samar. They are drier that time of they year.
Boracay doesn't have the same pronounced dry/wet season as some parts of the country. Expect more cloud cover this time of the year but you can get lucky and have a string of sunny days.
Palawan does have the rainy season. But remember, it doesn't rain the whole day. There can be sunny days during the rainy season. It usually rains in the afternoon/early evening.
I guessed you voted last Monday, as there was drizzle during election day. Global warming affected the weather pattern, a bit, but no rainfall yesterday and today. It was also getting humid, again.
The weather nowadays has become unpredictable. Rains come even during summertime. Rains would begin in mid-June and more frequent as it reaches the month of July.
#11 bargeconnection has been a member since 11/8/2011. Posts: 6
For trekking, I can suggest trekking at Mount Volcano... It's located in Bicol...
You can also try trekking at Banaue rice terraces... In the mountains where the grand terraces are located, you'll see waterfalls and lush forests...
i have tried going around the northern philippines and its quite wonderful... i have tried using the services of this website www.puntanorte.ph and they are really very cheap.... and they also include tours in the areas in the northern philippines. not the typical destination... super enjoyed my trips there.... you can check out. launion surfing, then vigan heritage tour then pagudpod sand surfing
#13 brattpacker has been a member since 21/5/2013. Posts: 1