The biggest problem planning a trip around the Philippines is the amount of choice available. There are so many islands and potential routes that it can become quite overwhelming. There are also limitations regarding transit options between the destinations you do want to visit. You have to be extremely selective in order to put together a practical, enjoyable plan. We finally decided on the Philippines
: A good combination of beaches, jungle and local culture. Be sure to first check out our Central Visayas – Cebu & Bohol for a 20-day round trip. Plan, Maps and Budget
Colorful Filipino Currency
Keep a stash of lower denomination notes.. Newer notes are brightly colored like Euros - though the equivalent amount goes a lot further...
Cebu city to Moalboal by Bus
An hour just to get out of Cebu city. Transport in Cebu city moves at a snails pace. Walking would be quicker, though less safe due to the traffic.
... not quite an Island, but certainly deserted, except during weekends and holidays, when locals rent beach huts and participate in the ubiquitous Karaoke competitions.
We went with open minds, while anticipating white sand beaches, relaxed swimming and tasty local food…
Mangoes in Moalboal, the Philippines
This is why we came to Moalboal: To relax in a secluded location with great snorkeling plus tasty local fish and exotic fruit.
Alona: Too touristy? or is it worth a visit?
Alona beach in the Philippines came as quite a surprise: If you read up about it online, you get the impression that this is an overcrowded tourist magnet.
Bland Filipino Food
On menus everywhere, pork and chicken barbecued in a sweet marinade. This bland Filipino food is usually accompanied by heaps of plain white rice.
Fox & Firefly Cottages Loboc
Don't expect anything fancy at the Fox & Firefly Cottages Loboc. This is a pure backpackers place with the smallest dormitory I've ever seen.
2013 Loboc Earthquake
No wonder the Filipinos are a God-fearing nation: This area suffered catastrophic damage in the 2013 Loboc earthquake and flooding.
Bohol Ferry From Cebu To Tubigon
Although the ticket office is a bit grotty, the Bohol ferry departure lounge is impressively clean and modern: well organized with plenty of security.
Cebu city reasonably-priced guesthouse
Our Pension in Cebu city was located in a typical poor & congested Fillipino street area, with chickens & children dodging between the cars
In the Philippines Karaoke is King
& the King of Karaoke is Sinatra. Its not just fun - in the Philippines Karaoke is a serious business. If you're planning on walking away in one piece, don't choose "My Way"
Snorkeling in Moalboal Cebu
... you're unlucky if you don't see a turtle. Snorkeling in Moalboal was a highlight of our Philippines trip. The sheer drop-off to the depths on the reef edge is weirdly hypnotic.
Transit between Manila Airport Terminals
Having read negative reports about Manila Nasay International, I was apprehensive about our 6-hour transit thru the Manila airport terminals
Philippines Buses & Jeepneys
If you're going to be using the Philippines buses & jeepneys to get around, check out these tips we picked up on the road.
Griller in Manila - Shabu Shabu
Eat and drink as much as you want - including beer - at a Manila Shabu Shabu restaurant. Cook your soup and grill food at your own table.
Booze in Bohol, Philippines
Drinking booze in the Philippines can seriously damage your holiday budget - Especially if you happen to be a wine drinker.
Philippines Beaches - Fifty Shades of Pink
If suntans and decent swimming are high on your priority list, you'll need to choose your Philippines beach destinations carefully.
Seaside Boutique, Panglao in the Philippines
At the Seaside Boutique our host created delicious and thoughtfully prepared 3-course dinners: We didn't consider eating anywhere else in Panglao.
Panglao Island Nature Resort
This Philippines resort has a beautiful private white sand beach, better than any other we found in Panglao, including Alona beach.
Loboc Bohol in the Philippines
Famous for its lunch cruises along the river, Loboc Bohol is also one of the few locations where you can observe the Tarsier monkey.
Habal-Habal - Filipino Motorcycle Taxis
When travelling by motorbike how many people could you take? One? Two? If you're travelling Habal-Habal through the Philippines, try ten.
Dumaluan Beach, Philippines
A good alternative to Alona, but bring your own picnic to Dumaluan beach. Food options at the snack bar are limited and the service is slow.
Philippines Tokay Gecko - The "Little Britain" Lizard
Catchphrase or Mating Call? Short of David Walliams hiding in the rafters, the Philippines Tokay Gecko lullaby had us confused and amused.
Snorkeling at Alona Beach
Alona, Philippines is best known for its white sand and weekend animations, but the snorkeling at Alona beach is also worth checking out
Philippines Trikes & Taxis
Since we'd read a lot about people being ripped off, we were initially wary when using Philippines trikes taxis or other transport options.
In the Philippines Karaoke is King
Its not just fun - in the Philippines Karaoke is a serious business. If you're planning on walking away in one piece, don't choose "My Way"
Philippines Central Visayas – Cebu & Bohol
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