Although I was hospitalised twice, lost my iPad which had half of my holiday pictures, almost lost my GoPro and nearly slipped on a set of stairs – I still LOVE this country to the core of my heart.
For my annual BFF trip, we decided on the Philippines however it was tough getting our parents’ permission. The unpleasant rumours of the rebels in Philippines did not help, along with the fact that it would just be us two girls travelling the country for 3 weeks. After checking the Smart Traveller website and doing some research, we convinced our parents that we would avoid all the “danger” zones and only go with guided tours. This trip was all organised by a tour agent including the airport transfer, tour and hotel – everything except for the food.
Although we had moments where we were so close to pulling our hair out, there are also so many positive things to write about but before I bore you with the details, here are some of the highlights!
Funny Lion Hotel has a roof top bar where you can sip cocktails inside of a jacuzzi while watching the sunset.
Coron Island Tour: "Island Escapade Tour" - Calauit Safari
Whale shark encounter in Oslob with cool down at Tumalog Falls
ISLAND HOPPING DAY TOUR CEBU
Islands to visit : San Vicente Marien Sanctuary, Hilutungan and Nalusuan Island
SHOOTING RANGE IN CEBU
We did this in the basement of the Crown Regency Hotel but I'm sure if you google it you will find other places near your hotel.
How to get here:
From Cebu, transfer to pier for sea travel to Ormoc and then transfer to Palompon by car. They normally have a day tour to Kalanggaman Island from Palompon.
The honest truth? Transport from the airport to the Boracay main area (District 1- 3) is a real pain.
A bus picked us up from the airport, dropped us to the pier, then we had to take a boat to the main island, and then another mini van picked us up, dropped us off to the nearest street to our hotel by the beach, and we had to walk to the rest of the way with our luggage because the road is not reachable by car- or other alternative - tip someone to help you like we did.
We did quite a few activities in Boracay. I would highly recommend that you shop around for the best price from the local agents on the street and do a package deal. We managed to squeeze in 7 activities in a day and the local tour guide accompanied us the whole day. Roughly it cost us AUD$110 per person for the whole 7 activities including transport.