Replies: 15 - Last Post: Dec 1, 2012 2:44 PM Last Post By: Jagman
Nov 15, 2012 3:15 PM
logisticsLooking for some help planning my three week trip to the Philippines. Flying into Manilla and want to head north to the rice terraces of Banaue, Batad, Sagada and Vigan. After that I want to head to Donsol to see the whale sharks for a couple days. The last week of this trip I would like to spend in Palawan enjoying the countries finest beaches and snorkeling. Any advice how to get from one area to the other would be greatly appreciated as well as any guesthouses that you can recommend in these areas. Thank you and happy travels to all.
Nov 15, 2012 7:43 PM
Nov 16, 2012 4:05 AM
For Batad I would stay at the bottom of the valley, Foreigners inn - they should be hooked up to electricity by now. You know I presume that you have to walk in and out of the valley? Halfway down there are a few guesthouses I just prefer to be at the bottom. You can get a porter to help carry your stuff to/from the jeepney. Make sure you are out of the valley in time to catch the last jeepney away. If you miss it you got along walk to the motorbike station.
For Donsol I would recommend stay at Amor farm resort. Better one of the cheaper options in my opinion. Just a short walk along the beach to the Whaleshark departure point. I presume you know that they are not ever present? You do not state when you will be there.
Nov 16, 2012 5:12 AM
3Thank you for the information. I am going the middle of January for a month. Are you saying that the whale sharks are no ever present? I had read good reviews that this was a good time to see them and the chances are high that we will. Yes hiking down to the bottom of Batad will not be a problem for my friend and I as we are avid hikers. Thanks again I will look into the flights that were mentioned above.
Nov 16, 2012 5:27 AM
4In January the whalesharks will almost certainly be present. If thet arent just do a day trip down to Oslob on your way through transiting Cebu..
Nov 16, 2012 5:36 AM
Nov 16, 2012 8:21 AM
6Thank you bith for the info, I looked at the flights and they are very cheap. Seems you can fly from Manilla to Puerto Princesa direct on Zest Air. Is this a reliable airline?
Nov 16, 2012 8:43 AM
Nov 16, 2012 5:27 PM
8Yes, Padre Burgos is a better option than either Donsol or Oslob if you have the time..
Nov 17, 2012 6:48 AM
9that may be a little close to Mindanao for our liking...isn't that an area of unrest these days? Thanks for the suggestions they are muchly appreciatated.
Nov 17, 2012 7:20 AM
Nov 18, 2012 11:48 PM
11Leyte is a peaceful place. For PPS, I believe you can fly from Legaspi to PPS but with stop over in Manila. No need to go to Cebu or book a separate flight for Manila since that will be more expensive. However, time duration depends on how many hours you will be stuck to Manila before your flight to PPS.
Nov 23, 2012 12:21 AM
12Been to Sagada last summer. Theres a tourism office there that can assist you regarding tours i.e spelunking, trekking and visiting local tourist spots such as waters falls, hanging coffin. Its good to stay there for 3-4 days as trekking or spelunking takes almost a day. We stayed there at Alibama Inn and food is superb! :)
Nov 30, 2012 7:44 AM
13Thanks for the info, have all the flights figured out because of your help. When we fly into Manila we want to head north to Banaue, Batad (for 2 nights) Sagada, stay at the tam-awan village in Baguio and up to Vigan. What is the best bus route for this? Would 6 days be enough so I can book a flight from manila to Legaspi?
Nov 30, 2012 7:50 AM
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