Few outdoor activities can be more fascinating than touring the islands if properly planned. In this article, I will cover some tips that will guide you through the maze of islands in the Philippines and how you and your partner can have a nice time doing it. So let's take a trip to the Philippines and check out the islands there. You will enjoy a fun diving experience, delicious meals and untouched coral reefs covered with colorful fish and much more.
The island hopping in the Philippines is unmatched because the Philippines, as an island, is made up of 7,100 islands located in Southeast Asia. What makes touring the Philippine Islands on this paradise island even more attractive is that you will not cost you an arm and a leg.
If you are a nature lover, enjoy every minute of your visit and activities: fine white sand beaches, delicious and delicious meals and breathtaking scenery. You will also enjoy all kinds of water sports activities: diving, parasailing, surfing, snorkeling and more.
What would you do with 7,100 islands in one country? Exploring some of them can be an obvious answer if time is on your side. Either way, it's probably what you could do during your next trip to the Philippines.
Since you decided to go to the Philippine Islands, grab a piece of paper and make a plan. Make it real, feasible and flexible. When venturing into foreign territories, include plan B in your overall plan, because sometimes ferries are delayed, the plane may be delayed and a host of other unknown factors caused by Mother Nature.
Time is an important factor to consider in your plan. Let's say you want to go to Cebu, a province of the Philippines for island hopping. Supposedly, upon your arrival from the US, you stay in a hotel in Manila, the capital. It will take about 45 minutes to get from Manila to Cebu by air. In all, when you arrive at Cebu City, Cebu, you can rest for a while and begin your journey of relaxation through the islands the next day. In all likelihood, you need a day or more to move from one island to another.
On your journey, you will use domestic flights, small boats, known as short-haul stalls, roro boats and longer ferries if needed. On land, you may need public transportation such as buses, taxis and rental vehicles or rent a private chauffeur driven car at a very reasonable cost. There will be plenty of food and drinks to satisfy your needs almost everywhere. This should not be a big concern for you. Be sure to bring your own drinking water or drink water only from sealed water bottles.
You can plan the following destinations when you are in Cebu City: Bohol, Mactan, Negros Oriental, Leyte, Siquijor and more. For the sake of argument, out of these five islands, I will show you how to skip only Bohol and Leyte. You can easily execute others based on the first two by applying the same procedures and principles.
Let's move on. Be sure to check the Philippine holiday calendar as this may hamper your tour. You must travel very light. Wear comfortable clothes and waterproof shoes. You should carry a lightweight backpack and a waterproof camera if you have them. Do not rely on ATMs or banks; therefore, you must take money or currency from the Philippines.
On average, you should spend about 1,100 Philippine pesos or coins or $ 26 a day on island tours or more, and this should cover transportation, food and other things.
From Manila, the capital
You must purchase a roundtrip airfare in Manila at Ninoy International Airport. From Manila, take a domestic flight to Cebu International Airport, located in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu. You have a choice of hotels in Lapu-Lapu City. The flight from Manila to Cebu Mactan International Airport in Lapu-Lapu City takes about 45 minutes.
Once in Cebu, the first important thing you should do is gather all the information about ferry schedules: fare, departure date / time and return to your destinations. In addition, you must make a hotel room reservation in advance if you plan to stay overnight at one location. Ask the hotel receptionist for the information you are looking for.
You must decide whether or not to spend a night at each destination. This is the best way to sync your island itinerary. Basically, you may need to spend at least 4 or 5 nights in Cebu if you want to visit 3 or 4 nearby islands as long as you don't stay overnight on any of them.
The first island you may want to visit is Bohol. Then from Cebu City, you take a ferry boat. At the hotel reception, ask the receptionist how to travel by boat to Bohol. With this information, the taxi driver will take you to the right pier for your ferry destination, which is Bohol. Get a round trip ticket. Be sure to check the time and date of your return trip.
You can choose to explore Bohol by bus or private car or with a tour guide. And with you. After you break up with Bohol, you might decide to go to Leyte the same day, probably early in the evening. Check the ferry schedule from Bohol to Leyte to ensure the island tour continues as planned.
From Bohol, buy a roundtrip ticket from Supper Shuttle Ubay (Bohol) to Bato (Leyte). Check your ferry tickets to ensure you arrive on time when you return. From Bato, Leyte, you can hire a tour guide or a private car with a driver to take you to some notable tourist areas; This is also a possibility. However, a tour guide should be the way to go. As you will arrive in Leyte sometime in the evening, you will have to spend the night there. You will find many hotel accommodations and restaurants to choose from.
You have almost all day to explore Leyte. Ask the hotel receptionist for information on tours: city tours, boat trips and the like. If you choose to practice water sports, you can rent a small boat or board a passenger boat (a bank) for a ride. If you are into diving, board a dive boat. In this case, you can rent a snorkel, a mask and other gear on the beach. Before you do this, find out if these equipments come with the dive tour rate as a package.
If you like diving, you may also love the landscape of pristine coral reefs, covered with colorful fish. Maybe after a nice and exciting dive, you are ready to board a ferry on the way back to Cebu. Review your ferry schedule. If you have some more time before leaving for Manila, you can tour a few more islands in Siquijor, Mactan Island and Negros Oriental. Happy island hopping in the Philippines!