I am considering a trip to the Philippines.
Trip should be 10-14 days long,
I really want to combine +5 days of a romantic beach resorts, with some more culture and outdoors.
Any ideas on how to plan this to avoid many internal flights and still visit both beaches and interesting sites?
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Been there a few times and Boracay is always a great bet.
recommended BatadOne of the prettiest spots in a country blessed with stunning natural beauty, the isolated village of Batad in the Cordilleras mountains of northern Luzon (the big island Manila is on) makes an ... read moreexcellent change of pace from the beaches-and-more-beaches itineraries many people stick to when visiting the Philippines. Two hours down a rough mountain road from the major highway at Banaue, the town lies in a secluded valley a further 30 minutes down a footpath (that's right: no traffic!), surrounded by magnificently steep step-terraced mountainside rising in an amphitheater around the village. There's a number of great short hikes in the area, including the spectacular walk to nearby Tappia Falls, with excellent (if chilly!) swimming.Matthew Crompton
Of course, for something completely different (and a nifty hit of mountain culture), head to the Cordillera Range of northern Luzon. The island of Palawan also comes *highly* recommended, though again you're going to have a hard time avoid internal flights to get there. You can check out the Philippines section of my passport for more ideas. Good luck! =)
recommended Cabilao IslandCabilao is a small island off the northwestern coast of Bohol in the Visayas of the central Philippines, and a prime spot for SCUBA diving and snorkeling. Unlike the highly-developed area of Panglao ... read moreoff Bohol's southwestern coast, which teems with resorts and traffic and noise, this tiny island has only 4 small dive operators, and accommodation in a handful of beachside cottages. It's what a prime dive spot looks like before it gets 'discovered' -- undeveloped and serene. Access is via a short outrigger boatride across the channel, and on the boat out after a few days of diving and relaxation, you'll find yourself hoping they never build a bridge.Matthew Crompton
Little Cabilao off the NW coast of Bohol is a treat.
recommended Bohol IslandBohol's main draw for domestic tourists is the Chocolate Hills (a great many hills, essentially, of a brownish color), and its resident population of tarsiers (the world's smallest pro-simian). ... read moreInternational visitors will like it, however, for the diving and resorts on Alona Beach or (better) the relaxed vibe, good diving, and undeveloped beauty of the Anda peninsula, or Cabilao and Pamilacan islands.Matthew Crompton
Personally, I love Bohol, though I can't speak to conditions post-cyclone.
recommended PhilippinesA semi-tropical archipelago of some 8000 islands, the Philippines are an absolute highlight of SE Asia. Stunning mountains, gorgeous beaches, a unique blend of Spanish and Asian cultures, and some of ... read morethe nicest people anywhere in the world. Best of all? The crowds from Thailand or Bali are nowhere to be found. Get outside the tourist enclaves in Boracay or Manila, and you'll find few westerners. It's ever so slightly more expensive than mainland SE Asia, but still solidly within the budget range.Matthew Crompton
Being an archipelago, it's tough to get between different island destination without internal flights (though plenty of ferries also exist for short hops between nearby islands).