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Planning your next trip to the Philippines is easy!

Thrilling adventure, relaxation and leisure are just some of the many reasons to plan your next vacation to the Philippines. Consult our list of travel experts, use our itineraries or turn to our FAQ section for more information on your upcoming visit.

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The Philippines is an archipelago bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the east the Bashi Channel to the north the Sulu and the Celebes Seas to the south.

You can find us East of Vietnam, North of Indonesia.

The country is divided into the geographical areas of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Its capital, the City of Manila, is in Luzon. You can also enter through the cities of Cebu in the Visayas, and Davao in Mindanao.

Welcome to our isles.

We are made up of 7,107 islands. Some have grown into cities. Some are the epitome of tropical dreams. Some are just long enough to lay down on and get a tan.

Big. Small. Sandy. Sunny. Relaxing. Exotic. Beautiful. Our little clutch of islands make for one long stretch of beach – more than 15,500 kilometers. Here, no one is more than two hours away from a beach-side lounge chair — which explains why everybody knows how to smile and have fun!

Fast Facts

  • Capital – City of Manila
  • Land Area – 300,780 square kilometers
  • Population – 96 Million
  • Average temperature – 78 degrees F/25 degrees C.
  • Average humidity – 77%
  • Currency – Philippine Peso (PHP)
  • Government – Democratic Republic
  • Head of State – President
  • Religion – Predominantly Catholic. Muslim, Christian, Buddhist
  • Electricity – 220 volts, A.C. 60 cycles. Though most hotels have 110-volt outlets.
  • Water – Metropolitan Manila and many key cities and towns have ample supply of water. Bottled water is recommended for drinking purposes and is available pretty much anywhere.


Every so often, you might come across an article about a new species of owl, fish or even lizard that’s just been discovered in the Philippines.

Our islands are hotbeds of life, with approximately 12,000 plant species, 1,100 land vertebrate species and at least 400 coral species.

And more are being discovered as you read this! We’re just shy of being 2,000 kilometers long from the tip of Luzon to the toe of Mindanao, but we are host to a lot of mosts. The island with the most volcanoes per square kilometer. The most mangrove species in the world. The most bio-diverse reef system. We have extensive mountain ranges to hike through, underwater landscapes to dive in, flat plains to drive across, cave systems to explore, waterfalls, rock faces, rivers, lakes – and, of course, much more.


If you want the bright & sunny, tropical glory of the Philippines, plan your trip between the summer months of March and May.

It will be hot and dry, but that’s what beaches, sunblock and straw hats are for! Want things a little bit cooler? Then November to February are best for you. We’d say avoid the rainy season from June to October, but a good traveler knows that off-peak season means lower rates in airfares, hotels, resorts — and maybe the beer too.

Just be forewarned that the months between July and September are characterized by typhoons. Some parts of the country such as Cebu and Davao, are warm and comfortable in all seasons and can be visited throughout the year. For up-to-date weather information, visit the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Adminstration (PAGASA) website: or call the PAGASA 24-hour hotline (632) 4338526.

What to Wear

Welcome to island life! All you’ll need are light, casual clothes. Typical outfit for the mall or sightseeing outdoors: Shorts, flip-flops & a shirt. Typical outfit for watching movies or going to churches or museums: Jeans/pants, a shirt, closed shoes.

For formal occasions, men are encouraged to wear the Philippine barong tagalog. Quentin Tarantino and Jeremy Renner have! But dinner jackets and ties will still do. For women, a more traditional look would incorporate butterfly sleeves a la Imelda Marcos. But cocktail dresses or long gowns are accepted and more contemporary.

A lot of establishments refuse entry to people in slippers or “sando” (men’s undershirts). Bring warming clothes if you’re traveling to the mountain regions. Quick-dry ones if you’re hitting the water or the beach. Good to have: Mosquito repellent or long-sleeved tops against bites. And of course, sunscreen against sun burns!

Communication Facilities

Welcome to the global capital for SMS and social media. Here, keeping in touch is definitely not a problem. Mobile phone sites are all over the country. We have 2 major mobile connectivity providers (Globe and Smart), plus three to four secondary ones. It’s fairly easy to pick up a new pre-paid SIM card and start texting or calling away.

Top-ups are widely available from most anywhere, usually in places with signs saying “LOAD DITO” (top-up here). “Load” is the common term for mobile connectivity credit. Internet & email services are widely available through most establishments, with more and more offering them for free. Free Wireless Fidelity (WIFI), in particular, is gaining popularity in commercial establishments, especially in Metro Manila and other cities. Just look for the Free WiFi sign on the door.

With a 3G+ network available, your own mobile phone can hook you into the web. Or you could do as most locals do and duck into an internet café. These are to be found in all shapes and sizes all over the country. Of course, the country is wired with international and national direct dial phone and facsimile service. You can access them in malls, restaurants, hotels, internet cafés, business centers, PLDT, Globetel or Bayan offices.

Aside from the postal system, worldwide express delivery service is available. LBC, FedEx, DHL, 2Go, are just some of the active couriers. Majority of national dailies are in English. You’ll find foreign publications at major hotels, malls and bookstores in Metro Manila and key cities.


Thanks to the Filipino love of food, visitors won’t run out of options for their meals. You get a buffet of options – first class restaurants with world-class chefs, world cuisine, family-style dining places, simple grilleries, “carinderias”, cafeterias and food court stalls. “Halal” and kosher food are available.

Healthful, natural and organic food products have also increased considerably. As a result, major supermarkets including selected dining establishments now carry a wide array of organically-grown fruits, vegetables, condiments, and grains to cater to the health-conscious.

Night Life and Gaming

Whether you’re in a party-packed street or shoreline, refreshments here are served almost everywhere. DJs come from all over the world to party with us. And it’s probably because of our sunny weather and good nature that we know how to have a good time.

Challenge a local to some karaoke and you’ll be singing till sunrise! Manila’s nightlife is one of the most vibrant in Asia. Get a taste of it at the different hotspots around the metro: Malate, Manila; Greenbelt, Glorietta, and Rockwell Center, Makati City; The Fort at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City; Resorts World Manila, Pasay City; Timog and Tomas Morato Avenues, and Eastwood in Libis, Quezon City; Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Clubs, bars, music lounges, pubs and sing-along bars feature Filipino bands and singers known for their exceptional musical talents. De luxe hotels offer a variety of live musical entertainment. And there’s always a concert or stage play to score tickets to.


For visitors who want to try their luck at the gaming tables, there are the large casino complexes at the Bay area or near NAIA Terminal 3. Apart from Metro Manila, you can try your luck in the cities of Angeles, Olongapo, Tagaytay, Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, and Laoag.

 What to Buy

Filipinos, you’ll find, are crazy about shopping. In fact, every capital of the country has a shopping center. So whether you find yourself in the city, in the middle of a beautiful island resort, or even relaxing in an outrigger boat, you can always go for some casual retail therapy. If you’re a professional shopper though, willing to spend whole days of “finding something to buy”, our malls are sure to keep you occupied.

Try SM Mall of Asia or SM North, two of the biggest in the world. For the more adventurous, try the Divisoria area and its 168 mall. This area is the backbone of Manila’s buy & sell trade — blocks and blocks of no-frills bargain-shopping. You will definitely find it hard to leave empty-handed. If you enjoy the bargain-hunting but would like to avoid the heat, try Greenhills shopping center in Mandaluyong City or Market Market mall in Taguig City.

What to Buy

There’s an exciting selection of great buys in a country known for export-quality items at reasonable prices: South Sea pearls, hand-woven cloths, embroidered fineries, terracotta and porcelain, coral and mother-of-pearl accessories. Pineapple fiber, prehistoric jars, native handicrafts, and handmade footwear are interesting items, too.

The Philippines also produces fine furniture, basketry, exquisitely crafted jewelry, and gift items made of shell, wood, and stone. Shop for handicrafts, antiques and souvenirs in Manila’s Quiapo district: ilalimngtulay (literally, “under the bridge”). The Ermita and Malate districts in Manila, Tiendesitas in Pasig City.

Market Market in Taguig, The Kultura shop in SM malls, and most department stores also stock up on a wide selection of excellent, local handicrafts and souvenirs. Of course, don’t forget to check out the souvenir center or central dry market of the particular province or town you’re in. Every region has its own particular craft, material or delicacy. And some, like our dried mangoes, are deservedly world-famous. For a start, you can browse some of our products at

Medical Facilities

Hospitals and clinics in the country are manned by highly skilled and competent doctors, nurses and health care workers, typically in demand all over the world. Together with modern equipment found in the best city hospitals, the Filipino brand of caring and compassion makes sure you’re well taken care of.

The country boasts of a wide variety of medical healthcare groups to choose from. There are private as well as government-run medical facilities, hospitals and clinics. Most hotels and resorts have medical assistance protocols ready. Towns and cities have health centers that provide emergency medical attention.

Convention Facilities

As a pioneer convention city in Asia, Manila has hosted its share of prestigious international events. The Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), the country’s convention showpiece, was built to accommodate 4,000 delegates in the Plenary Hall and 5,700 persons in the Reception Hall.

Other venues of varying sizes and facility grades can be found throughout Metro Manila, like the World Trade Center or the SMX Convention Center. While Subic Bay, Cebu city, Davao City and Baguio city – with their own convention centers and large hotels – also regularly host large delegations.

For more information regarding holding a convention in the Philippines, email the Tourism Promotions Board through


Happy with just a hammock? Or can’t live outside a hotel suite?

Want to be steps away from the beach? Or right on the water?

Prefer cool mountain temperatures to air-conditioned city rooms?

From rustic to ritzy, quaint to boutique, the Philippines has as many types of accommodations as it has islands. Most popular destinations will give you options that run up (or down) the budget scale.

You can easily book your preferred accommodation through your favorite travel booking websites, your preferred travel agents or directly through the accommodation websites. If you don’t have an advanced booking, the local Tourism office can easily find a place for you. They’ll even help you to the door if they’re free. Instant friends!

When choosing a place to stay, it’s best to check for DOT accreditation. DOT uses the standard international 5-star system, so it’s easier for you to compare.

Homestays. The Department of Tourism (DOT) has a Homestay Program for cultural destinations in the country. These let you experience our way of life while getting to know our people up close.

To inquire about a homestay, email

Electrical Current. 220 volts, 60 Hz. Two-pin flat blade attachments and two-pin round plugs are used. A transformer is necessary for appliances with electrical current of 110 volts. Most places will have extra transformers for their guests. Feel free to borrow one!

By Air

Fly within the country on our local airlines. You’ll find information on flight schedules, destinations, booking, and on-line ticketing on their websites:

Cebu Pacific –

Interisland Airlines –

Philippine Airlines (PAL) –

Air Philippines –

SEA Air –

Zest Airlines –

You can also take a chartered flight to major domestic destinations and island resorts.

By Sea

If you prefer traveling by boat, try the roll-on-roll-off (RORO) ships between Manila and the country’s major ports.

To and from smaller islands, take fast sea crafts and other ferry services. Resorts also offer island hopping by banca (small, local boat), or fishermen and other locals offer their boats for hire. The Visayas region in particular, has a robust network of inter-island boats.

For commercial options, tickets are available through ticketing and travel agents. Schedules are published in dailies and the Buy & Sell publication.

You can also start your search through these websites – Two major shipping lines: or
A helpful blog:

By Land

It is possible to travel by air-conditioned bus from Manila to nearly all major destinations in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. There is also a National Railway, that, sadly, only really transects Southern Luzon. Some of the trains have recently been replaced or refurbished though, so if you’re not in a hurry, it’s a viable way to get from Manila to Legazpi. Within Metropolitan Manila, take the Light Railway Transit (LRT). It’s the fastest and most economical way to travel throughout the metropolis: LRT Line 1 – to go to and from the Roosevelt in the north to Baclaran in the south. LRT Line 2 – to go to and from Recto Avenue to Santolan St. in the eastern part of the metropolis. The Metro Rail Transport (MRT) Line 3 – to go through Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), Metro Manila’s main circumferential road. Stations are located at major intersections of Makati City, Ortigas, and Cubao.

If there are no LRT lines where you’re going, take a bus or metered taxi. You’ll find taxis in Manila and major parts of Metro Manila, and they can usually be flagged down right where you’re standing. For short distances within the city, try taking a public utility jeepney (PUJ) or a tricycle.

You can also download various mobile applications to help you get a cab or car. Depending on these mobile apps, passenger may pay by credit card or cash.

For more info on the Philippine National Railway –

The Light Railway Transit (LRT) –

The Metrotren (MRT) –

Some helpful blogs for getting around Manila

Better yet, ask a local for directions. It’ll be fun!


If you’d like to try our roads, an international driver’s license is valid for up to three months. There are car rental services available in major cities, just ask your hotel to assist you. It might be easier to go around with a local driver, so you won’t have to worry about navigation and local traffic rules. Off-roading is popular in the Philippines though, so if you’re into that, there are local 4WD groups in most adventure destinations.

Underbone motorcycles are also available for rent in most of the cities. If your hotel can’t help you and you don’t spot a “Motorcycle for rent” sign anywhere, just approach any tricycle driver for a lead.


Want to know more about our 7,107 islands? Join a tour. Day trips to five-day programs will help you discover as much about the country as you want.Go scuba diving, snorkeling, whitewater rafting, trekking, spelunking, or game fishing. Whether it’s a safari or a round of golf you’re into, you can do it here. In one day, you can hike through a valley of volcanic ash to jump into a crater-turned-lake in a volcano (Mt.Pinatubo). In three days, you can learn to dive and drop in on world-class reefs (Puerto Galera or Anilao). In five, you can go from tribe to tribe along the longest mountain range intersecting the Philippines’ largest land mass (Sierra Madre-Kalinga).There are a variety of itineraries to fill your days! And subsequent visits!

For information on tours you may contact:

Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) PTAA

Address: Secretariat 12-1G EGI Rufino Plaza Taft corner Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue Pasay City, Philippines

Tel No:  (632) 5520026 to 29

Fax No: (632) 5520030


Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA)

Address: 1717 Cityland 10 Tower 1 H.V. dela Costa Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City

Tel No: (632) 8124513

Fax No: (632) 8174608 or


International Access

Getting Here

The international airports are located in Cebu, Clark, Davao, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Laoag, Manila, Puerto Princesa, and Zamboanga. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminals 1, 2 and 3 in Manila are the premier gateways.

They serve more than 30 airlines that fly to different cities around the world. The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) in Lapu-Lapu City handles regular flights from Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Doha and China as well as chartered flights from the United States, and other major travel capitals. Davao International Airport (also known as Francisco Bangoy International Airport) handles flights from Singapore and other chartered flights.

The DiosdadoMacapagal International Airport (DMIA) at the Clark Special Economic Zone in Angeles City, Pampanga currently services low-cost or budget airlines and chartered flights while Subic in Olongapo City services both chartered and cargo planes. Laoag International Airport in Ilocos Norte services flights from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. Philippine Airlines (PAL), the country’s flag carrier, flies to and from 14 cities in eight countries.

The younger Cebu Pacific Air, also a flag carrier, is known for its budget flights and frequent seat sales. Apart from international flights, major cruise liners also stop at the port of Manila.

Airport Information

You’ll find these travel facilities at the international airports: Duty-free and souvenir shops Tourist information and assistance counters with meet-and-assist personnel Hotel and travel agency representatives Car-rental services Medical clinics Baggage-deposit areas Free to use luggage carts Police Prayer Rooms and Chapel NAIA in particular, has banks, postal service, a medical clinic, a pharmacy, chapels, salon, sauna and massage services. Airports are handicapped-friendly. For wheelchair assistance, just ask any of the airline ground staff for one.

Airport Transfers

You’ll find counters for hotel transport and car rental services at all the airports, just past the Arrivals gates. Metered taxis and rent-a-cars, even van rentals, are readily available at the international airports for transportation to the city proper or beyond. Hotel transport can be arranged with hotel representatives at designated counters at the arrival lobby of the airport

Airport Fees

As of writing (September 2012), the airport fee for international departures is Php 550.00, but it is scheduled to increase to Php 750 before the year ends. NAIA has a Php200 fee for domestic flights, but it is already included in your ticket fare. Domestic terminals around the country charge their own fee. Though preparing Php100-200 should cover it. Children under two (2) years of age, transit passengers are exempt from airport fees. Please note that fees may change without prior notice.


Baggage carts and porter services are available free of charge. Tipping is optional though traditional.

Money Matters


1 Philippine Peso (Php) = 100 centavos.

Bank notes: Php20, Php50, Php100, Php200, Php500, Php1,000. Coins: 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, Php1, Php5, Php10. Foreign currency may be exchanged at most hotels, and in most of the large department stores, banks and authorized money changing shops. Exchanging money anywhere else is illegal and the laws are strictly enforced.


Feel free to tip waiters, drivers, porters, housekeepers, salon staff, barbers, and other service providers.
A tip of 10% of the total bill is the usual practice. But if the bill already includes a 10% service charge, tipping is optional.

Business and Banking Hours

Private and government offices are usually open between 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Most banks close by 4:00 p.m. But ATMs – some with Cirrus, Citi and Maestro tie-ups for international withdrawals – are common in most cities and major towns. Most shopping malls, department stores, and supermarkets are open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with hours extending until 10:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. They usually stay open until 11pm during peak Christmas season.

You can also watch out for the Midnight Sales, when they stay open until, well, midnight. Thanks to the Philippines’ fast growing Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry, more and more establishments in major cities have 24/7 service. Apart from convenience stores, fast-food outlets like McDonald’s and Jollibee can serve up your burger while your body clock’s still adjusting.

Credit Cards

Visa, Diners Club, Mastercard, American Express & JBC and other credit and debit cards are widely accepted at major stores, restaurants, and hotels.

Foreign Exchange and Regulations

It is illegal for any incoming or outgoing passenger to bring in or take out Philippine Pesos in excess of P10,000.00 without prior authority from the BangkoSentralngPilipinas. Any violation of this rule may lead to the money’s seizure and civil penalties and/or criminal prosecution. (BSP Circular 98-1995)

The transportation of foreign currency or monetary instruments is legal. However, the carrying of foreign currency in excess of US$10,000.00 or its equivalent in other foreign currencies must be declared to a Customs Officer or the BangkoSentralngPilipinas. Violation of this rule may lead to seizure and sanctions, fines and / or penalties. For more information about Bureau of Customs Passengers Guidelines, visit

Exchange Rate

The Philippines has been experiencing a lift in its credit rating & general economic health. The Peso is currently stabilizing in the lower Php40s. For the latest exchange rate, check BangkoSentralngPilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines)

You can have your currency exchanged at most hotels, malls, banks and money exchange facilities.

Visa and Entry Information

Entry Regulations

Starting August 1, 2013, nationals from 151 countries including the United States and Canada may enter the Philippines without a visa and stay for a maximum of thirty (30) days, provided they are holders of a passport valid at least six (6) months beyond the period of stay in the Philippines, and present a return or outward bound ticket to their country of origin or to a next country of destination.

Pursuant to the Bureau of Immigration’s Memorandum Circular No. RADJR-2013-006. For the list of 151 countries, please click here. Chinese Nationals, including citizens for Hong Kong and Taiwan, will need a special permit.

Health Regulations

The Philippines is fortunate to be free from epidemics. The country remains safe from bird flu and foot-and-mouth diseases. If you’re coming from an area where yellow fever has been reported, you’ll need a certificate of vaccination. For more information, visit


Before leaving the plane, you will be asked to fill out the Baggage Declaration Form. The following items are allowed duty-free:

  • A reasonable quantity of personal clothes, jewelry, and toiletries
  • Two cartons of cigarettes or two tins of pipe tobacco
  • Up to two (2) liters of alcohol

The following items are prohibited:

  • Firearms
  • Dangerous Drugs
  • Narcotics
  • Pornographic Materials

The following items are regulated:

  • Transceivers
  • DVDs and VCDs
  • Controlled chemicals/substances/precursors

The following items are restricted and require prior import permits and health, sanitary or phytosanitary certificates:

  • Foreign agricultural products, such as animals, plants, wildlife
  • Their products and by-products, such as meat, eggs, fruit
  • Endangered species

“Balikbayans” have separate rules and should check with the Embassy or Consulate in their current residence.

Foreign Exchange Regulations

It is illegal for any incoming or outgoing passenger to bring in or take out Philippine Pesos in excess of P10,000.00 without prior authority from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Any violation of this rule may lead to the money’s seizure and civil penalties and/or criminal prosecution. (BSP Circular 98-1995). The transportation of foreign currency or monetary instruments is legal. However, the carrying of foreign currency in excess of US$10,000.00 or its equivalent in other foreign currencies must be declared to a Customs Officer or the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Violation of this rule may lead to seizure and sanctions, fines and / or penalties.

For more information about Bureau of Customs Passengers Guidelines, visit


Vigan Loag

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Banaue Sagada

Get ready to traverse mountains at Banaue and Sagada, where two stunning destinations await you: the UNESCO World Heritage – listed
Banaue Rice Terraces, said by legend to have been made as a stairway to the heavens, and the charming mountain town of
Sagada, home to the hanging coffins and burial caves. This chilly part of the Philippines will make you forget our tropical climate for a
while; have your thermal.

Drive:Banaue, Ifugao ProvinceBoard our air-conditioned coach for your trip to the Mountain Province. Passing through
Nueva Ecija and Nueca Vizcaya, you will be surrounded by endless rice fields and quaint
towns. Stop briefly for lunch at a local restaurant and proceed to Dalton Pass to view a
World War II Memorial Landmark. We then ascend along the winding roads to Ifugao
 Arrive: Banaue Hotel – Check-in at hotel.

Tour:Banga-an VillageThe second day brings you to Banga-an Village by jeepney. There, one must walk amidst
the rice terraces to reach the village, and this offers a closer view of the local Ifugao
culture. The tour then proceeds to the View Point and have a majesYc view of the
Banaue Rice Terraces. Pass by local markets on the way back to the hotel. Spend the
afternoon exploring nearby villages by foot. Dinner at hotel.

Tour:SagadaDrive to the town of Sagada, famous for their hanging coffins, burial caves and ancient
mummies. We enter the Bontoc Museum, founded by Belgian nuns, to view artifacts and
photos of the mountain tribes.
Return to the hotel later in the aSernoon.

Departure: Check-out and depart from Banaue to Manila, or to another
exciting Philippine destination.

Rates are available upon request
Refer to list of hotel options*


Embrace Manila’s Old-World Charm

Experience the colorful fusion of history and modern Filipino life in the bustling financial, economic, commercial and natonal capital of the Philippines. It is the best start-off point to getting anywhere in the country, and a great introducton to the naton’s historical roots.

Arrival:The Peninsula Manila
Meetup and transfer to hotel for check-in and refreshments
Stroll:Bonifacio High Street
Sample traditonal Filipino food in style at Abe Restaurant in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Manila American Cemetery or Ayala Museum

Visit the largest cemetery for the fallen American military of World War II, which overlooks Laguna de Bay and distant mountains, in Fort Bonifacio. Proceed to the ayala Museumin makati, where pre-colonial treasures of the philippines and indigenous Philippines textiles are in display along with a variety of cultural and contemporary art exhibitions and workshops. Head back to your hotel and relax with a foot spa treatment and relaxing massage.

Tour:Rizal ParkGet acquainted with Dr. Jose Rizal, our National Hero, at the historic Rizal Park.


Stroll or ride a calesa round the walled city of Intramuros, the former heart of 16th
century Spanish rule in Manila, and observe the well-preserved Spanish-style
buildings and cobblestone streets.

Fort Santiago

Visit the centuries-old structures and the legendary holding-cell of Jose Rizal before
he was sentenced to death and made to walk from Fort Santiago to Luneta, now
Rizal Park, to be put to death. Look for his footsteps embossed in the pavement.
Dine at Romulo Café, a restaurant created in honor of Philippine diplomat and
statesman Carlos P. Romulo by his grandchildren. Unwind at the posh Salon de Ning
for wine and cocktails.

Tour:Corregidor IslandStart the day early and take a chartered helicopter to Corregidor in Bataan, where you will be met by private tour guides. Ride around the
island in a tram and discover the fascinating old artillery and wartime structures used in WWII.

Taal Lake and Volcano

Let the pilot take you across the Southern Tagalog coastline to see
the majestic Taal volcano and lake as you descend to the tail-end of Cavite province.


Enjoy the lush organic flora and a luxurious healthy meal at
Sonya’s Garden and take the scenic route back to Manila via a
private van.

Departure: Check-out and depart from Manila
homeward, or to another exciting Philippine destination.

Rates are available upon request
Refer to list of hotels for other accommodation options*
Museums are closed on Mondays**



Accessible only from Manila or Cebu and not from island to island, Palawan is an elongated island you should not miss. With two UNESCO
World Heritage sites, lush forests, breathtaking views, spectacular beaches and stunning marine wildlife under its belt, it’s no surprise that
everyone says the islands of Palawan have the makings of an adventure like no other. Choose one of these three main islands of Palawan
and get your sunscreen, swimsuits, and stamina ready: you’ve never seen the water this blue.

El Nido

Arrival:El Nido Resort Lagen Island or Pangalusian*

Meet-up and transfer to resort for check-in and refreshments. Afterwards, explore the exquisite
Lagen island.

Tour:Island HoppingRide a boat through El Nido’s world-renowned sights: the stunning Big Lagoon and Small
Lagoon, Simizu Island, Secret Lagoon, and 7 Commandos beach. Swim, snorkel, and kayak to
your heart’s content, and if you want more of El Nido’s beautiful beaches, ask your guide to
take you to Hidden Beach, Secret Beach, Mantiloc Shrine, or Star Beach
Relax:El Nido Resort Lagen IslandEnjoy the resort, watch cultural performances by the locals or go bird-watching, trekking, or
watch the sunset by the beautiful beach. El Nido is currently #1 on the Conde Nast Traveller List
of “20 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World” and Travel+Leisure — we’re sure you’ll find out

Departure: Check-out and depart from El Nido homeward, or to another
exciting Philippine destination.

Rates available upon request.
Refer to list of hotel options*

Puerto Princesa

Dine:KaLui RestaurantMeet at the airport and drive to KaLui Restaurant, Puerto Princesa’s most famous restaurant for lunch.
Get ready for a laid back vibe. No shoes needed here
Arrive:Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort*Check-in at hotel and proceed to the next tour. Relax and spend the rest of the day at leisure
at Daluyon Beach Resort and Mountain Resort.
Tour:Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National ParkA boat from the resort will take you to one of the world’s longest underground rivers, the Puerto
Princesa Subterranean River National Park. Listed in 1999 as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site,
see the wondrous workings of nature in the rock formaYons inside the caves as they are illuminated by
the boatman. Have lunch at Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort and proceed to the Mangrove Paddle
Boat Tour in Sabang, where you will find a forest of centuries-old mangroves, get a chance to plant
your own mangrove seedlings, and try tamilok, a mangrove woodworm delicacy. Spend the night at
the Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort.(The second UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, the Tubbataha Reef Marine Park is a diver’s haven
and is accessible via a 12-hour boat trip (liveaboard) from Puerto Princesa during the months of March
to June)

Tour:City and Island TourDrive back to city proper and stop by Mitra Ranch, where you can get a magnificent view of Puerto
Princesa. Discover Philippine compassion and ingenuity in the Iwahig Penal Colony and Farm, where
inmates serve their Yme with ways to reintegrate themselves into society, and Rurungan sa Tubod, a
sustainable weaving community.Proceed to Honda Bay for island hopping activity with lunch.
Check-in and spend the rest of the day at leisure at Princesa Island Resort and Spa
Departure: Check-out and visit the local shops of natural freshwater pearl accessories and
souvenirs, then depart from Puerto Princesa homeward, or to another exciting Philippine destination.


Arrival:Huma Island Resort*Meetup and transfer to hotel for check-in and refreshments.
Tour:Town TourSee the small town of Coron and trek to the viewing deck of Mt. Tapayas, proceed to
Maquinit Hot Spring, and relax as you prepare for the next day’s activities.
Tour:Island HoppingTake another trek and see the Kayangan Lake, said to be the one of the cleanest lakes
in the Philippines. Head to the Twin Lagoons, snorkel and listen to the locals’ myths at
Siete Pecados Marine Park, swim and kayak at Beach 91, and see a WWII shipwreck
redecorated by corals at the Lusong Shipwreck and Coral Garden.

 Relax:Huma Island Resort*Enjoy the resort white sand beach and watersports activities from kayaking,
snorkeling to scuba diving.

Departure: Check-out and depart from Coron homeward, or to another
exciting Philippine destination.

Rates available upon request.
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Not only a beach capital but also a cultural experience, the most-visited island in the Philippines is only four miles long and two miles wide, but bury your feet in its
powder-fine white sand beaches, swim in the crystalline blue waters, try a watersport and explore the whole strip of it and find out why everyone who’s ever gone
to Boracay would want to visit again and again.

ArrivalKalibo AirportGet picked up at the airport and proceed to the Aklan Heritage Tour.
StrollAklan Heritage TourKnow the cultural roots of mainland Aklan, home of the famous Ati-atihan festival. Visit the St. John
the Baptist Cathedral, Museo It-Akean, and the Pina Weaving and Heritage Center. Pineapple fiber
is weaved to create our traditional clothing, the Barong Tagalog and Filipinana dress. Have lunch at
a local restaurant and drive to Caticlan, and take a short boat ride to Boracay Island.
ArrivalShangri-la Boracay*Transfer to your resort and spend the rest of the day at D’Mall, Boracay’s souvenir and shopping
mall, visit the D’Talipapa market. D’Talipapa is a mecca for seafood lovers where you can buy fresh
seafood and have them cooked at the local dining places around the area.

TourIsland TourHave breakfast and spend the day exploring Boracay in your swimwear and bare feet. Visit the
places dotting the whole stretch of White Beach, snorkel and swim in the azure waters, get a
massage by the shore, or if you’re up for adventure, try diving, windsurfing and parasailing. Don’t
forget to take a sunset cruise in a traditional sailboat and bask in the sky’s arresting hues reflected
in the clear water.
TourMotag Living MuseumThe little-known but first-ever interactive museum in the Philippines gives tourists a glimpse of the
cultural ways of the people of Boracay. The people will show you around their village and let you
see their way of life. Visitors are invited to try traditional farming methods and other livelihood
activities, as well as childhood games. Explore the Sapsapon Cave’s stalactites and stalagmites in
the town of Buruanga, and head back to Boracay to admire the sunset.

DepartureCheck-out and depart from Boracay homeward, or to another exciting Philippine

• Rates are available upon request
• Refer to list of hotel options*


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Right in the middle of Visayas is Cebu, the second interna9onal gateway to the Philippines. Culturally and biologically rich, it is the
country’s secondary. Although more popular as a diving and snorkeling site, Cebu is an exci9ng place to experience authen9c Filipino
culture and everyday life.

Arrival:Shangri-la Mactan Resort & SpaMeetup and transfer to hotel for check-in and refreshments.
Tour:City TourDine at Circa 1900, a colonial house restored into a Filipino restaurant in Lahug.
Visit the historic sites of the first Philippine seIlement: Magellan’s Cross, Fort San
Pedro, Basilica de Sto. Nino, and the Cebu Heritage marker. Get a feel of Filipino
everyday life by riding a jeepney through the bustling Carbon Market. Visit the Cebu
Fashion Accessories Manufacturers and Alegre Guitar Factory and learn how Filipinos
have made use of natural resources to compete in today’s global market.Kick off your shoes aSer a long day of exploring and enjoy CHI, the Spa at the Shangrila

Option 1: Bohol

Just one ferry ride away is the scenic island of Bohol, where a variety of natural and
cultural landmarks as the Chocolate Hills, Loboc River, and the famous Philippine
tarsier await you. Hop on a motorized tricycle, the Philippine version of an auto
rickshaw, which someYmes is designed like a miniature jeepney, and breathe in the
salty air of the seaside as you explore the city’s perimeter in the open-air transport.

Option 2: Oslob

Spend your day in Oslob, more than two hours’ drive from Cebu City. Proceed to Brgy.
Tan-awan and watch the friendly whale-sharks swim among humans from your
banca, an indigenous boat. Visit the heritage spots in its Municipal Heritage Park,
which overlooks the brilliant blue sea: Calle Aragones, the old Spanish cuartel,
baluarte and its walls and gates are a fascinaYng sight.

Relax and dine at the Bluewater Sumilon Island resort.

Option 1: Snorkel in Mactan

Put on your snorkeling gear and aqua shoes for a fun and informative snorkeling
experience with a marine biologist guide who will fill you in on the diverse marine
life you see underwater.

Option 2: Ralfe Gourmet Chocolate Boutique

Tablea, or unsweetened chocolate tablets, are a Philippine breakfast and snack
staple. Used mainly for hot chocolate and chocolate rice porridge, tablea is distinct
Filipino treat. Learn the art of traditional Philippine chocolate making at the Ralfe
Gourmet Chocolate Boutique, where fermented and sun-dried Philippine cacao
beans are roasted, ground and molded to create 100% cacao tablea chocolate,
liquor, and other decadent products.

Option 3: Relax at the Shangri-la Mactan

Bask in the sun and sand in the seaside while you enjoy tropical treats.

Departure: Check-out and depart from Cebu homeward, or to another exciting
Philippine destination.

Rates are available upon request
Refer to list of hotel options*



Experience the best of both worlds in the Philippine’s largest city outside of Metro Manila and Luzon. Immerse yourselves in the beauty of nature and feel at ease at the some of the most popular amenities Davao has to offer. Get a taste of the freshest produce on the island, as it is known for being the leading exporter of fruits such as mangoes, pomeloes, bananas, coconut products, pineapples, papayas, mangosteens and cacao.

Upon arrival from Manila, a local representative from the resort will meet guests at
the airport for a transfer to your chosen resort. After you check in, relax or have
lunch at the restaurant. In the afternoon, enjoy the surfing at Cloud 9. Just make
sure to wear your rash guard and aqua shoes and ask the resort for a certified
surfing instructor. Surfing is Siargao’s biggest draw, and the island’s picture-perfect
waves, the famous “Cloud 9” swell, entices surfers from all corners of the globe.
Before going back to the resort, you may opt to stay and watch the sun set from the
Watch Tower for a nice sunset photo opportunity. In the evening, you may choose to
dine outside the resort and try other local restaurants in General Luna town proper.
You’ll find varied menus, but all offering different kinds of fish and seafood.


Explore and join the amazing Island Hopping Activity to visit the famous 3 islands,
Daku, Guyam, and Naked Island! You’ll have a van transfer (roundtrip) to General
Luna’s Boulevard where your boat awaits you. Also included is bottled water,
towels, a personal butler, and a picnic lunch will be provided in one of the island
Naked Island fits the description of this beach destination; fine white sand and cool
clear waters. It got its name because of its “nakedness”; there’s no shade or almost
anything on the island. This very minimalist island is only a few minutes away by
boat from General Luna. It has a small sandbar and about 100 meters of sand.
Daku Island is the biggest in the trio and has fine bone-white sand, emerald
waters, and swaying coconut trees; all of which make it the perfect spot for lunch. It
also has a barangay with friendly locals. Explore the palms, and enjoy your picnic
lunch with grilled chicken, adobo, mango, pineapple, salad, and drinks.
Guyam Island may be small, but its picturesque beachscape, shallow waters, and
tropical paradise appeal more than make up for it. Smiling ladies with a small box
will greet you and cheerfully let you know there’s a fee once you set foot on the
island, however your entrance fees are covered. It’s small, and one can easily walk
from one side of the island to the other, weaving through the 100 coconut palms.
The water around the island is crystal clear, however a big reef surrounds the entire
(Breakfast, Lunch & Accommodations, Siargao)


Today is a free day to explore Siargao on your own. There are plenty of surfing schools and places to rent boards so newbies can join in, too, and the crystal clear water also provides the perfect place to try paddle boarding or snorkeling. In addition there are lagoons, caves, sand bars, coral reefs, bizarre rock formations, exotic wildlife, waterfalls, and a large mangrove forest reserve to discover.

Today you’ll have a tour to Magpupungko Rock Pools, and you’ll have the opportunity to swim with the beautiful underwater life. Part of the attraction is the imposing Magpupungko rock: a huge boulder that serves as the place’s natural monument. Separated from the ocean by a large reef, the water is incredibly clear in all shades of blue, green and everything between. During low tide, the receding coastline reveals natural pools perfect for some leisurely swimming*. Think of it as an all-natural infinity pool. * It’s recommended to check with the hotel staff first as the tour has tidal restrictions and time, as the pools only appears during low tide

After a leisurely breakfast, it’s time to say good-bye. You’ll have a shared transfer to the airport, and on to your next Avanti Destination!



Experience the best of both worlds in the Philippine’s largest city outside of Metro Manila and Luzon.

Immerse yourselves in the beauty of nature and feel at ease at the some of the most popular amenities Davao has to offer.

Get a taste of the freshest produce on the island, as it is known for being the leading exporter of fruits such as mangoes, pomeloes, bananas, coconut products, pineapples, papayas, mangosteens and cacao.


Magalos Garden Resort and Philippine Eagle CenterBe greeted by a welcoming reception at the Davao International Airport.

Enjoy an exquisite lunch at local restaurant, check in at one of our finest hotels, and take part in an afternoon Malagos Resort and Philippine Eagle Center Tour.

Feast your eyes on the roads of Malagos, Calinan and visit the Eagle Center where you can witness endangered Philippine Eagles in their natural habitat. You’ll be given a chance to meet Pag-asa, the first eagle that was born in captivity by artificial insemination.

After your close encounter with Davao’s beloved eagles, you will be taken to the Malagos Garden Resort to see the queen of orchids, known as the Waling-waling. Then, wander around the resort and behold the different varieties of orchids in their lavish garden. They’ll also let you feed the birds inside the dome and mingle with the colorful butterflies in their sanctuary.

Your ride back to the hotel will arrive in the evening.


Hijo Resorts and Madaum RiverGear up for a Banana Plantation Tour in Hijo Resorts, located in the north of Davao Region. It is recognized as one of the oldest banana and coconut plantations in the country. Admired for its sprawling beach, vast river, lush forest and plantation, the resort is an ideal getaway for those who love being around nature and seek to preserve it in the most delightful way possible. Feel free to relax, sunbathe, swim or snorkel.

For young adventurers at heart, you’ll be challenged by locals for a walk across the hanging bridges and forest trails in the area. Go on a scenic cruise on the Madaum River and enjoy its breathtaking scenery. Engulf a sumptuous lunch featuring famous cuisine of the region at the beachfront. Eat freshly picked fruits and vegetables harvested from their nearby garden. And watch a highly anticipated cultural show brimming with talented singers and dancers from local schools, as the highlight of the whole day tour.

You will return to the City of Davao late in the afternoon.


Davao CityYou will be given a brief announcement of what Davao has in store for you in the afternoon. If you’re brave enough to enter the Crocodile Park, they’ll introduce you to Pangil, the 2nd largest crocodile in captivity and Buloy, the friendly 15-foot python.

A few minutes walk from the park is Tribung K’Mindanawan, where it showcases our rich cultural heritage and replicas of different tribal houses in the region. Chow down on the local fruits of Davao such as pomelo, mangosteen, marang, and dare take a whiff of the Durian, the world’s smelliest fruit. Don’t want the smell to rub off on you? No worries, you can settle for the candies at the Durian Candy Factory or take a sip of Durian Flavored Cappuccino.

Head over to the wonderful view of Davao from the top of the Shrine hill at the Holy Infant Jesus and at the Jack’s Ridge. Don’t forget to check out Museo Dabawenyo, where it houses a rich collection of Davao’s history through finely displayed galleries, and purchase some of the coolest souvenirs available at the Aldevinco Souvenir Shop.

Take pleasure in having lunch at a nearby restaurant.

And have some needed R&R at the hotel.

Departure: Check-out and depart from Davao homeward, or to another exciting Philippine destination.

Rates available upon request.
Refer to list of hotel options*


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