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Philippines Best Beach Destinations? - Fifty Shades of Pink

Philippines Best Beach Destinations? 50 Shades of Pink

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If getting a suntan is high on the priority list, then unless you want to stay pale pink you need to choose your Philippines beach destinations carefully.

Our 3-week trip around the Central Visayas – Cebu and Bohol – presented us with several unexpected challenges, one of these being to find a beautiful location to soak up the sun.

Many of the places we visited called themselves ‘beach resorts’, but the term is used pretty loosely. This often translates to sand-less, rocky and sometimes difficult access to the sea.

Philippines Best Beach Destinations? 50 Shades of Pink

Philippines Best Beach Destinations? 50 Shades of Pink

Depending on the time of day, you may then have to negotiate your way across a dozen meters of sharp stones and shale before you actually reach water. You may then have another 50 meters to walk before its deep enough to swim.

Protective swimming shoes are therefore highly advised.

Philippines Best Beach Destinations?

Philippines Best Beach Destinations? – Sunset in Pangangan

Our Philippines Beach Destinations

Of the resorts and beaches we visited:

♦  2 were just rocks: Both the T-breeze and Isla Hayahay offered some snorkeling but little decent swimming.
♦  A few were shabby yellow sand beaches, like the Java Beach Resort.
♦  3 were good quality well-maintained white sand beaches: Dumaluan, Alona, and Panglao Nature Resort.

The problem with the shabby beaches (apart from not being very pretty) is that they accumulate a lot of flotsam and jetsam, which can harbour millions of very unpleasant sandflies.

The weather too can be rapidly changeable, notably in the afternoons when it often clouds over with odd showers and occasionally torrential rain.

Not great … if you’ve finally managed to find a beach to lie on.


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Rome – Inexpensive Start for a Long-Haul Flight

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Rome is not exactly South-East Asia, but this is where our journey to the Philippines began, following a short flight from Malta.

The reason for this was our discovery of some very reasonably priced Emirates flights running from Rome to Manila (€528 return). Since Italy is a small hop from our base in Malta, this seemed a perfect opportunity to extend our trip with a couple of nights in the capital city before and after the main trip.

Once we had decided to start our trip from Rome, we spent a fair amount of time checking out the online reviews of hotels and guesthouses not far from the center. We enjoy walking, especially around cities such as Rome, so didn’t mind if our hotel was not right in the center of the city. Apart from this, Rome is serviced by a very handy set of metro lines, so you’re never too far from a metro terminal.

We  chose a very unusual hotel for our overnight stay in the city, close to the Vatican (more on the hotel later). Since we would be short on time, we limited our activities to a trip to St Peters Basilica and dinner at TripAdvisor’s top-rated Machiavelli’s Club.

Rome - St Peter's Basilica

St Peter’s Basilica

On the following day, we had an early evening flight to Manila via Dubai. Instead of paying exorbitant taxi fees to travel in and out of the city from the airport, we planned to use the city’s Terravision bus service. Terravision offers a regular shuttle service running from both Fiumicino and Leonardo da Vinci airports to the central Termini railway station.

Apart from walking, to travel around the city we used the cheap and efficient metro service. Our budget for this short stopover in Rome was around €200 for the pair of us, including hotel, restaurant, travelling around, snacks and sundries.


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