The Philippines

A dozen of articles to help you to plan your trip to the Philippines. We have prepared an itinerary for 2 to 3 weeks. In total, we visited 5 spots – Bohol, Dumaguete, Moalboal (Cebu), Coron and El Nido. Of course we are telling you everything about what do on each island and our top 3. There is also a post to explain how to budget your trip and another with our favourite coffee and restaurants. Then we wrote a post with practical information to help you get around to this country. We also listed useful videos and blogs to plan your trip. In a word – we loved our experience in the Philippines and we hope that our enthusiasm is contagious ;).

The Philippines has some of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world such as rice terraces, white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, friendly people and great culture, amazing wildlife and of course the most beautiful spots to swim and dive. To get ready for your trip in the Philippines, we prepared for you this practical travel guide telling you everything you need to know about this country as well as a few tips and advices.
Staying at El Nido is a must when you do a trip in the Philippines :). True it is one of the most touristic spot but it is also one of the most amazing. In a short, the beaches are regarded as some of the best in the world. There are also endless options to go on island hopping with Tour A from Tour D. The key spots we visited are the following: Corong Beach, Island Hopping with the tour A and Nacpan Beach.
Travelling in the Philippines is amazing and rather cheap experience. It cost us about 65 GBP = 4,250 PHP = 75 EUR / day / person. See our full budget post.
We booked the tour A, which is the most popular tour. This tour is a good mix of snorkelling, kayaking and chilling. Let's discover the different spots - Big Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Shimizu Island, Seven Commando Beach. We also explained what to expect from a group tour vs a private boat.
If you’re about travelling to the Philippines and looking for the best foods to eat, read our food guide. It includes a combination of some must-try restaurant, welcoming coffee, lively bars and some astonishing spots for sunset. We have listed our favourite food spots in the different islands we visited : Bohol, El Nido, Coron, Moalboal and Dumaguete.
Staying in Coron is a must when you do a trip in the Philippines :). It is a majestic island surrounded by lagoons with incredible turquoise waters that you can discover with island hopping which pass through breathtaking landscapes.
Island hopping with a private boat is a MUST :). Our day was hectic. We stoped at the 6 following spots - Kayangan Lake, Barracuda Lake, Smith Beach, Twin Lagoon, Calachuchi Beach. We also explained why it is worth to get a private boat, what was our budget. Finally we also add the details of our guide.
Canyoneering is a MUST if you stay on Cebu island :). We definitely recommend to spent one half day to discover the Kawasan Falls. This a unique and epic adventure. It is a perfect combination of jumps, fun and laughs with iconic landscapes.
Certainly, Moalboal is not the most popular place in the Philippines. But it is definitely worth stopping there :). It's a great place for snorkelling - it really felt like swimming in a giant aquarium. And it's also a perfect place for a day full of adventure with canyoning in the Kawasan waterfalls. We spent 3 days there. The key spots we visited are the following: Panagsama Beach, Canyoneering at the Kawasan Falls, White Beach.
Dumaguete is a university town that is both peaceful and lively, exotic with very rich seabed, especially towards the island of Apo where you can swim with turtles, hot springs and waterfalls. Dumaguete is located on the eastern island of Negros which is the fourth largest island in the Philippines. It is the least touristy and cheapest island on our itinerary. The key spots we visited are the following: the Red Rocks, Apo Island, the Pulangbato Falls. There are also great massages at low prices.