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Support The Philippines Through Tourism – Ideas For You!

Last week Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, wreaked havoc across areas of the Philippines and beyond.  Particularly devastating for an area that had been hit by an earthquake in mid October.  It is believed up to 10,000 people have been killed and approx. 11 million will be affected.

One way to show support and help to rebuild the country is through tourism.  The Philippines is a beautiful place and here are 5 trip ideas of where you can go and support the local economy with your tourist dollar:

Palawan boating

Water lovers – boating in Northern Palawan (visit Oct to May)

There are hundreds of remote islands in Northern Palawan, southwest of the capital city Manila.  Hire a private boat (think basic rather than luxury) and spend your days snorkelling and nights camping on the pristine beaches.

To get there, fly from Manila to El Nido or Coron and pick up your private boat for a min. 5 day/4 night adventure.  Have a look at Tao Philippines for more information.  And don’t forget to report back to me – I’m desperate to do this trip!

Family friendly beach break – Boracay (dry season Nov to April)

Shangri La Boracay

Boracay is a hugely popular beach destination with white sands, turquoise sea and ever expanding large scale resorts.

Fly from Manila to either Caticlan or Kalibo on Boracay island.  Caticlan is a 5 minute boat ride away whilst Kalibo is a 90 minute minivan transfer.

There are lots of resorts on offer from the fun and friendly Fridays to the more upscale Shangri-La.  I have never seen more beautiful beach sunsets than when I was in Boracay.

Mountains & Rice Terraces – northern Luzon

Banaue Rice Terraces

Apparently the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ are the Banaue Rice Terraces (9 hour bus ride from Manila or 4 hours if you can fly into Clark).  Continue with a trip into the mountains at Sagada for caving, hiking and white water rafting.  Last but not least, drive to Baguio City for shopping and culture.  If you have any ailments, the town is also famous for its faith healers!

Check out the Lonely Planet’s Northern Philippines Adventures for more information.

Health kick – The Farm, San Benito

The Farm

Kids under 12 stay free at the divine looking Farm in San Benito.  Located 90 minutes from Manila, this is the place to detox, unwind and enjoy delicious healthy food.  Even better, there is a Children’s Program with activities from coconut soap making to wheatgrass sprouting (!)

Adventure! – Shark Diving on Malapascua Island (peak sightings July – Oct)

Malapascua is famous for its daily thresher shark sightings.  These are deep water sharks that are rarely seen by divers but in Malapascua you can see them every day!  Malapascua Diving even offers several programs for kids as young as 8 and PADI Junior Open Water is available from 10 years of age.  When you’re not diving, enjoy one of the island’s resorts from Cocobana to Tepanee.

Get to Malapascua from Cebu (many international flights fly there).  Transfer time is approx. 4 hours by car then boat (30 mins)

Diving in Malapascua

To find out more on where to go and what to do in the Philippines, here are some useful sites:

http://itsmorefuninthephilippines.com/

http://www.experiencephilippines.org/

http://lightfoottravel.com/destination/country/philippines

http://www.intrepidtravel.com/philippines/

http://www.philippinetraveltours.com/

1 comment

  1. Henry Gomez

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