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    • Anybody available to trek or travel in the Philippines with me?

      Philippines Nov 23, 2016 at 8:45 AM

      Anybody available to trek or travel in the Philippines with me?
      I am a Filipino and lives here and is willing to show anyone around. Looking for a travel buddy.

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      from Manila to Donsol

      Philippines Nov 14, 2016 at 11:34 PM

      hi guys,

      we are planning to hire a car and take a journey from Manila down to Donsol. Since we dont want to make it at one go, i am thinking of stopping by at various points of interests and staying 2 nights (in total) near them along the way. I plan to have one night at Taal volcano with the obvious trip to the crater and the other night somewhere half-way before reaching Donsol. I dont wish to stretch it, so that it means maximum around a 6-hour ride at a time.

      Where would you make the other overnight stopover (with solid lodging options)? Im open to make overall 3 stopovers if it will make a sense.

      As for the points of interests on the way, I was considering checking the Kamay ni Hesus Healing Church and passing through the hairpin road of Quezon National Forest. Anything else...maybe more intriguing?

      thank you a lot for any input,

      jirikoo

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    • Looking to join group or hire tour for El Nido to Coron Tour

      El Nido Nov 13, 2016 at 8:36 PM

      My wife and I are traveling to El Nido on Nov 25 and are hoping to go on an island hopping tour sometime between Nov 26 and Dec 1. We're looking to put together a group to hire a private boat for a 3 - 5 day tour of the islands from El Nido to Coron.

      Booking a group can reduce the price significantly! We'll be able to create our own tour but here is a sample of what we could see/do:

      islandhoppinginthephilippine...

      Let me know if you're interested!!!

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      Do they sell Glen 20 in the Philippines?

      Philippines Nov 20, 2016 at 8:08 PM

      I'm travelling to the Philippines in April, for the first time. I'm a bit of a hygiene freak, and I'm wondering if they sell Glen 20 in the Philippines? If not, am I allowed to take a spray can like Glen 20 in my luggage?

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    • Surfing in January

      Siargao Island Nov 16, 2016 at 11:13 AM

      Hi,

      I'm going to the Philippines in January and I was wondering about surf conditions. I know it's going to rain and it should be quite windy too, but would it be possible to get good conditions in the morning for example, followed by crappy ones in the afternoon? Also, would it be better to go towards the beginning or the end of the month?

      Thanks!

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    • shisha, hubbly bubbly , hookah

      Manila Nov 13, 2016 at 6:33 PM

      is there shisha or hookah places in manila and boracay ?

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    • Travel Advisory on Puerto Galera

      Puerto Galera Nov 7, 2016 at 4:00 AM

      Hi everyone. With recent news of increased kidnapping in the southern part of Cebu. I'd like to ask if it is safe to travel to Puerto Galera, about 300 miles North-West of Cebu. If any travellers have visited Puerto Galera recently, or any local residence of Mindoro Oriental, would really appreciate your feedback on any safety concerns. Thank You!

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    • NEAR BEACH

      Philippines Nov 25, 2016 at 10:22 PM

      does anyone know what would be the nearest beach resort from San fernando pampanga or Angeles City, Thanks mates

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      How to get to Bataan from Manila ?

      Bataan Nov 15, 2016 at 5:55 AM

      Just trying to plan where to go for a few days from Manila and found a nice hotel in the bay of Bataan. It is not a beautiful place but looks quite varied and intesting, with some sandy bays around the penisular.

      Once again I am unsure how do I get there from Manila ? How long would it take roughly ?

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      Where to spend 2 week

      Philippines Nov 28, 2016 at 3:31 AM

      my wife and I are planning a 2 week visit in April and are looking to have a relaxed break only visiting 2 or 3 places, one of which will be Manila as we flying in/out of there.(we will come back again so no need to rush and try to see everything).
      I have looked at a range of sites which present so many beautiful destinations that I am finding difficulty in identifying what would work best for us.In addition when I read a number of posts they present some places as being not quite as the brochures show (eg some of the posts below relating to Palawaan.
      We are interested in being on picturesque beaches, seeing some cultural and historic sights and possibly doing some snorkelling/diving.
      I would appreciate any thoughts from those who have visited or live in the Phillippines
      THanks

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      Day trips From Manila

      Manila Nov 14, 2016 at 4:28 AM

      I will be staying in Manila for a few days and besides exploring Manila I was wondering what day trips I could do using public transport from there. Any suggestions ?

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      Is Palawan really a paradise island?

      Palawan Nov 14, 2016 at 2:51 PM

      Hello!

      I'm planning to go to Philippines in winter and Palawan island sounds like a major spot in the archipelago and I want to go there. Nevertheless I'm wondering more and more if the island by itself is a nice place to enjoy the typical paradise-white-sand-tropical scenery.

      Because when you find pictures about Palawan and more precisely about El Nido you have amazing captures of turquoise water days, black limestome, jungle, etc... But when you check on Google Maps (Google Street View, Amateur pictures, etc...) Palawan mainland beaches look a bit disappointing.

      I know I can be picky and I've very high standards when it to beaches. Is there any amazing swimming/diving spot in Palawan mailand or should I go on one of the many surrounding islands such as Cadlao, Mantiloc, Miniloc or Tapiutan Islands directly? Are there very frequent boats to go from El Nido to those places?

      Thank you in advance
      XXX

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      How to travel in Philippines (archipelago problem)?

      Philippines Nov 7, 2016 at 6:35 AM

      Hello!
      I'm planning to go maybe in Philippines in january-february and I'm facing a slight fear about the geographic aspect of this archipelago. I want to know a bit how to deal with the distance between each island I would like to visit. Naturally I'll arrive on Manila, so Luzon Island.

      But after. Which islands would you suggest me to visit the most? I want to go of course of Palawan. I thing the best option there is the plane because it's pretty remote.

      But othewise what about Cebu, Mindoro or Bohol. Is that easy to go from an island to another. Is there ferries with the possibility to take a car with. How does it work?

      I would like to rent a car too. I mean I want to be really free. Is it possible to drive in Philippines (outside of Manila of course)?

      Thank you a lot :)
      XXX

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      Moving Around From Cavite, Nasugbu, Taygaytay and back

      Cavite Nov 7, 2016 at 6:27 AM

      I will be travelling from Cavite to Mount Pico De Loro, Nasugbu, then to Taygaytay, and back to Cavite. How can I travel and at what cost please?

      I assume there are busses or a metro from Manila to Cavite as well ? Any help greatfully received

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      Best national parks in the Philippines

      Philippines Nov 13, 2016 at 10:10 AM

      Hello!

      I'm planning to go maybe in the Philippines in winter and I'd like to visit some national parks. Of course I already thought about the nature reserves in Palawan but apart from that I've not so much ideas about the most scenic and rich national parks and reserves.

      - I'm planning to go in Luzon, Palawan and probably on Mindoro, Bohol and Cebu. (Mindanao looks great but I've heard very preoccupying things about the social/religious situation there...)

      - I love rainforest, hiking, mountains, volcanoes, etc... Can you suggest me some some nice natural places to have this kind of environment in the islands mentionned above.

      - I saw breathtaking pictures of Apo Reef Natural Park but I can't get any information about it... How can I go there. Does it worth it? Or should I better try to stop in Coron Island from Palawan? Is there ferry between Palawan and Coron for affordable prices?

      Thank you in advance :)
      XXX

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    Near Mactan Island

    • Tour and Transportation Provider

      by chicagolillian Online Now Mar 2, 2011 at 11:52 PM

      Hi, can anyone recommend Tour and Transportation Providers for pick up and drop off at Crimson Resort at Mactan Island? Also, I would greatly appreciate some prices as guidance, to avoid getting ripped off.

      What are the must do things if we're staying for 4 nights, for families with 3 young kids ranging from 6-11.

    • Bars and Restruants

      by snuggels123 Online Now Nov 28, 2010 at 11:10 PM

      Im a Brit leaving for Mactan Island December for 3 months so looking for reasonably prices bars and restruants. Any advice Thanks in advance
      Also anyone want to meet up for a beer

      2 Answers Nov 30, 2010 at 7:55 PM
    • Accomodations on Mactan Island

      by magtgn Online Now Nov 24, 2010 at 3:30 AM

      I will be going there in January how bad are the mosquitos that time of year?

      The nicest looking place I saw there was ALTA Cebu Resort How is the water in that area looks like it is on a river or narrow body of water is that very clear and clean on the beach?

      The other place whose prices looked afpordable was Cebu White Sands At Maribago Bay Hotel

      If anyone has been there or knows anything about them please let me know.

      Thanks

      4 Answers Nov 26, 2010 at 3:12 PM
    • Recomended Bars or Restruants

      by snuggels123 Online Now Nov 8, 2010 at 10:17 PM

      I will be going to Mactan for 3 months. Can anyone recomend any cheap or reasonably priced Bars and Restruants and also nite clubs
      Thanks in advance

      1 Answer Nov 16, 2010 at 6:20 PM
    • Any recommendation for hotel in Mactan and Manila?

      by Wendy_seah Online Now Jan 14, 2008 at 5:21 AM

      Any good hotel to recommmend>

      Mactan - perfer resort style by the beach

      Manila - city, easy to travel around

      Does anyone know if we should rent a car and drive around?

      We are from Singapore...

      Cheers,
      Wendy

      3 Answers Jan 18, 2008 at 9:07 PM
    • Help with Itinerary please.

      by Islandlad Online Now Nov 19, 2007 at 3:16 AM

      Hi, family arriving afternoon Mactan/Cebu from Europe late Jan seeking advice please from experienced PI travellers as to the best itinerary and method of travel to avoid time wasting and make the most of our 17 day stay..
      From Mactan we would like to visit but not neccesarily in this order;- Kalibo/Panay - Panglao/Bohol - Dumaguete/Negros and then return to Mactan for our return flight..Appreciate any input for painless way to take these places in.

      May email direct to galloconnect@hotmail.com
      Many thanks John

      2 Answers Nov 29, 2007 at 1:09 AM
    • Reasonably priced accommodation

      by Islandlad Online Now Nov 12, 2007 at 2:15 AM

      Hi,

      We would like some guidance. Very interested to learn details of inexpensive accomodation with pool in Mactan or Cebu late Jan...We are a family of 3, (our 13 yr old can share our room). I am a Certificated Yachtmaster and would like to hire small day sailng boats. It will be our first trip there so any tips/info very much appreciated.
      Can reply direct to galloconnect@hotmail.com

      Much appreciated

      Thanks - John

      1 Answer Sep 20, 2008 at 4:39 PM
    • SDR Mactan Apartments.

      by PhilippineTourist Online Now Mar 2, 2007 at 3:43 PM

      Hey, guys.

      I first thought of going to Cebu City for a vacation. But now I wonder if Mactan Island would be a nice choice too. I found SDR Mactan Apartments and it seems highly recommended. I don't have the link to the travel site where it got good ratings, but I was impressed by what I saw in the official site when I went there. The prices are very reasonable too. I like having my own kitchen and stuff especially.

      Can anyone give me first-hand feedback about SDR and Mactan Island itself? What's there to see, what can you buy for souvenirs and what can you do?

      3 Answers Sep 19, 2007 at 9:40 PM
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      Costabella Resort

      by valsace Online Now Apr 21, 2006 at 7:45 AM

      Hi! Has anybody stayed at Costabella? How is it? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. =) Thanks.

      4 Answers Mar 2, 2007 at 1:10 AM
    • Recommended accomodaton at Mactan Island

      by fanchez Online Now Mar 23, 2006 at 11:48 PM

      Am in between jobs at the moment and have a week left to go somewhere.
      Have set my sights on Cebu Island. However, am undecided about the accomodation. Will be there from 28th March to 1st April so urgently need some recommendations.

      1) At the price of around USD 80, which accomodations would be recommended?
      Have checked the rates for Maribago Bluewater, Cebu Beach Club, Tambuli Beach Club (East or West wing) and they r okay. Which ones are better?
      Is it wort paying the additional price for a stay at Plantation Resort? It looks beautiful. Does anybody have a contact email/tel no. of Mari Cielo resort? Is that near the beach as well?

      What I would like is a resort where the beach is just at your doorstep, if not within the resort compound. Something not too big and commercialised. Snorkelling facilities

      2) Any recommendations at Cebu City? Should I stay overnight at Cebu City or only make day trips in the city?

      2a) Or should I use the city as a base and make day trips to neaby towns? Bohol? What other places?

      Am a Catholic as well and would love to see the Catholic heritage of the city.
      If possible, does anybody have the contact of a retreat centre where a 1 daY silent retreat can be planned at short notice?

      Thank you So much!

      3 Answers Mar 24, 2006 at 5:33 AM
    • Tambuli East Wing and Cebu Beach Club

      by Mariandl Online Now Apr 17, 2005 at 3:50 AM

      Hello,

      Has anyone stayed in either Tambuli East Wing or Cebu Beach Club? Which one would you prefer? Are there any budget resorts in Mactan Island? Any info will be appreciated.

      Thank you in advance.

      1 Answer Apr 19, 2005 at 12:59 PM
    • nearest mall to Waterfront Mactan

      by evo8fq3004me Online Now Feb 28, 2005 at 3:28 PM

      hey all!

      im staying overnight in Waterfront Mactan for a connecting flight on the next day. im trying to find out what the nearest mall to the hotel is, and how to get there. i only need to buy a sim card and some chocolates maybe.. thanks in advance!

      4 Answers Mar 1, 2005 at 2:21 PM
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      Maribago Bluewater Resort - Room category

      by Vita500 Online Now Jan 21, 2005 at 6:12 PM

      Hi VTers, I'll be visiting Mactan Island and staying at the Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort around February. My question: can anybody tell me about the difference between the Garden Wing/Beach Wing rooms and the Royal Bungalows? My travel agency says there is no big difference (except the fact that there is a separate bedroom) between the "normal" rooms and the bungalows, even though the price is almost double. Any expriences to share? Many thanks, Robert

      1 Answer Jan 24, 2005 at 2:44 AM
    • How to get around in Mactan from the Crown Regency Suites

      by derekwong28 Online Now Jan 20, 2005 at 8:41 AM

      Hello My wife, my 3-year daughter and I are booked into the Crown Regency Suites during the Chinese New Year. It does not appear to be a typical resort. Can anybody tell me where the Crown Regency is, and how to get to the nearest beach. Is it possible to walk to the nearest beach and are there shops and restaurants nearby the Crown Regency Derek

      1 Answer Jan 20, 2005 at 6:01 PM
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      cebu-mactan

      by ayn_g Online Now Jan 17, 2005 at 2:11 AM

      how far is cebu city from mactan island? say if i am in cebu city, wat jeepney should i take to get to mactan island? are there budget inns or beach resorts in mactan? i am thinking of just taking a dip and go back to cebu city by 5pm or so?

      8 Answers Jan 19, 2005 at 7:13 PM
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      Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

      by Vita500 Online Now Dec 31, 2004 at 6:26 PM

      After reading all the comparisons between Plantation Bay and Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort, can anybody provide me with some up-to-date impressions on the latter?!? So far, opinions vary from 'bad' to 'very good' and it's hard to judge the hotel's quality. Did anyone stay there recently? I'm planning to go there around February... Thanks a lot, Robert

      2 Answers Jan 3, 2005 at 11:38 PM
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      December apartment/shack/hut

      by ILoveChocolate Online Now Oct 31, 2004 at 12:04 PM

      looking for a place to stay in the Mactan Island, Mandaue city, Cebu city area. I am not really interested in a hotel. Something small and simple, though I would like a/c. By the beach would be wonderful. Thanks! Joel

      2 Answers Jan 12, 2005 at 8:15 PM
    • Maribago Bluewater Hotel - Mactan

      by SPCB Online Now Aug 15, 2004 at 1:40 AM

      We have just booked into the Maribago and I am now worrying that we should have booked into Plantation Bay, does anyone know how good this hotel is. We are used to four/five establishments and hope this is up to standard. Look forward to your comments on this. Thank you.

      4 Answers Aug 16, 2004 at 9:41 PM
    • Cebu

      by SCB Online Now Jul 17, 2004 at 1:16 AM

      We are travelling to Cebu in December and staying at the Shangri La in Mactan, can anyone tell me how good this hotel is. Also is there enough to do to keep us there for two weeks (over Christmas and New Year)

      3 Answers Aug 12, 2004 at 11:14 AM
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      Cebu

      by vincentf Online Now Oct 27, 2003 at 11:55 PM

      I have just booked a package to fly into Cebu 5 Nov. - 9 Nov. 2003 inclusively and shall be staying at the Maribago Bluewater Resort. Since this is my first time to visit the Philippines, I've got some questions to ask: 1. Is it advisable to exchange foreign currency at Cebu's airport? 2. What is the tipping rate in Philippines? How much for the bellboy, etc.? 3. What are some must-sees in Cebu? Any available local tour operators for suggestions? 4. Any special souvenirs to bring back home? 5. What types of food can be found in Cebu? What are the typical prices? 6. Where are good snorkelling locations? Thanks! Regards, Vincent

      7 Answers Nov 10, 2003 at 9:51 PM