Phillipines travel plan – Manila and Palawan

The Philippines is South East Asia’s hidden secret. With over 1,000 islands to explore, tourists will never run out of places to go. The landscape of the country is quite varied, with tall mountains, hills, and wide-open seas. This travel plan explores the islands in the Philippines best known for their beaches and scuba-diving spots. On the average, airfare from the US to the Philippines costs around $700-$1000. Hotel rates vary, depending on location.

1. Upon your arrival in Manila, check into a hotel – preferably one close to the Manila Bay, so you can enjoy the beautiful sunset it is famous for. Along Manila Bay is Roxas Boulevard, where you can enjoy several restaurants and coffee shops as you watch the sunset. There are several tourist spots in Manila that allow you to familiarize yourself with Philippine history and culture. Among them are the walled city of Intramuros, the San Agustin Church and Museum, and The National Museum. If you want to view a collection of dioramas reenacting important periods in Philippine history, then The Ayala Museum in Makati City, a few miles away from Manila, is a good place to go.

2. A day or two is enough to explore the beauty of Manila. To explore the beautiful Philippine beaches, take a local flight to the province of Palawan. Palawan is famous for its white sand, five-star resorts, and pristine waters. The areas you should not miss are Puerto Princesa (the provincial capital) and El Nido, the home of several untouched and isolated islands with white sand beaches. It is ideal for tourists to spend 2-4 days in Palawan.

Alternate Route:

If you’re willing to pay some extra money, you can charter a private plane from Manila to the Palawan island of Amanpulo – the most expensive resort in the Philippines. The charter plane costs around $300 per adult passenger and half-price for children.

Amanpulo has its own private museums and galleries. It’s paradise-like beauty was enjoyed by celebrities like Robert De Niro, Tom Cruise, and Claire Danes. Amanpulo wins several awards every year, such as The Gallivanter’s Guide #1 Best Beach Resort Worldwide. A little pricey for most people, but it’s very much worth it. Three days is enough for tourists to immerse themselves in Amanpulo’s paradise, but if you wish to stay longer and can afford it, you can be sure that the time and money is well worth it.

This has been a guest article written by Celine B. Roque – I plan to publish more articles by Celine in the future, so please check back often.

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  1. rafael rivera says:

    very informative and your point of view is very nice. i like the way that you explain in detail and give out extra lil’ tips on different locations. i like reading you. keep up the good work…

  2. fe says:

    I visit my home country at least every two years and I always have something new to do or go. I was there two years ago and I love going into Makati. A lot of different foreigners from around the world. You bump into from Americans, Middle Easterns, Europeans and Japanese. Great foods to eat and drink for decent price.

    Not only did I tried the city life but the beaches as well. I recommend Bohol less commercialized, very clean and beautiful. The service was great at Panglao Beach Resort. I would go there again

  3. Jen says:

    I don’t know if you mean that there are 1,000 islands that are touristy, but the whole country is over 7,000 islands (7,107 I think if I recall correctly, and about 4,000 which are inhabited).

  4. malu says:

    i had gone to boracay island & it’s paradise!!check on it !!

  5. G says:

    I have a love-hate relationship with the Philippines. I hate Manila – traffic, too many things going on. But the beaches are absolutely beautiful! I wish I could go back to the more often. The last time I visited, we went to Boracay and it was heaven! Lots of tourists, yes, but it was amazing. Good people, good food, and good times. Lots of good memories!

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