Philippines….. Stunning white beaches, crystal blue water, friendly locals, Mesmerizing sunrises &
sunsets , it’s a traveler’s paradise. Plus a bonus if you love spending your days in bare minimum clothes!
We have spent 2 weeks in this heaven, loved every bit of it and honestly, I would love to go back and
explore more. Here is our itinerary, experience, thing’s to do, what to pack, and some tips for traveling.
Philippines in general
Philippines is a group of more than 7000 islands located between the South-East Asia. That means, if you
were going to spend a day on each island, it would take you 20 years! English is spoken widely and
people are very friendly. Manila is the capital and Pesos is their currency. Indians need to get the visa
done on prior. There are a few International airports and Manila & Cebu will be the best choice from
India because they are well connected.
When to travel
Philippines has only two seasons, wet & dry. Late November till May is the dry season and rest of the year it’s wet. Since it’s a place with amazing beaches, choosing to go in the dry season would be wise. We went there on 24th February till 10th march and it was the perfect weather..!!
Our 2 week itinerary
When there are thousands of islands, it is a tough call to decide which ones to choose. Since we had only 2 weeks & wanted to explore the untouched islands & empty beaches, we chose Palawan over the most-popular tourist destination Boracay. The capital Manila and Cebu has the most well connected flights from across the world. We chose Manila because, it was closer to Palawan. Here is what our 2 week itinerary looked like :
Day 1 : Flew to Manila from Bangalore with a layover at Kuala Lumpur
Day 2: Reached Manila and spent the night there
Day 3: Two hour morning Flight to Busuanga and then 45 minutes bus journey to Coron. Checked in to our hotel, Vela Terraces.
Day 4: Island hopping began. Took the Coron Island Tour.
Day 5: Island Escapade tour
Day 6: Explored the Island on our rented scooter
Day 7: Left Coron in a ferry(4:30 hours duration) to El-Nido. Reached El-Nido in the evening.
Day 8: Island hopping tour A
Day 9: Trek to the falls, Nagpan beach & Duli beach
Day 10: Marimegmeg beach & Las cabanas beach
Day 11: Marimegmeg beach & Las cabanas beach
Day 12: 6 hours van journey from El-nido to Puerto Princesa. Reached in the evening to our Microtel Hotel.
Day 13: Relaxed at the Hotel & beach
Day 13: We were supposed to go to the Underground river tour but, we cancelled and spent the day at the Hotel & beach, again..!
Day 14: Left Philippines in the morning and reached Bangalore at mid-night.
What to Pack
Loads of bikinis, shorts & sunscreen…! You will survive the whole trip with just these two. But its better to carry some add ons like t-shirts, sunglasses, hats & caps, maxi dresses for chilled out beach days, flowy dresses, shirt dresses, comfortable travel outfits with a jacket for flights, aloe vera gel for after sun.
Thing’s to do
From an extreme adventurer to a beach bummer, Philippines will make everyone happy. The one thing you need to keep in mind is that, you must love water if you want to enjoy Philippines to the fullest..! You can do snorkeling, kayaking, scuba dive, free-dive, surfing, kite-surfing, Island hopping, beach bumming, swimming in the lagoons.. the list can go on…. Take your pick and you will love each & every gorgeous thing Philippines has to offer. Apart from diving & surfing, we tried everything and loved every bit of it.
Wait, it doesn’t end here. If you came here looking for some exotic pictures, keep an eye for the next set of posts..! I am sure it’ll be worth it.