Four weeks in the Philippines recap
We just wrapped up our Philippines adventures after a month.
Compared to our journey in the American continent (here) where we worked a lot on the go and stayed longer in each location, in this adventure we are more into full travel mode and In love it!
The Philippines exceeded my expectations, I went there for the paradise turquoise beaches that I spotted on Instagram and I ended up falling in love with its culture, people and lifestyle.
I will write full travel guides after all of this, but meanwhile here is my first and most important advice to you: don’t underestimate the travel commute between the islands and plan a little bit ahead.
The Philippines is a very unique country, constituted of over 4000 islands so the travel means are different. Each island has a universe of its own and some are the size of a country.
This is the only time where our last minute spontaneous traveling style didn’t serve us well. Flights tickets between the islands are better and cheaper booked in advance.
My second and equally important advice is to not try to do it all. The FOMO will only give you a travel burnout and you’ll go home exhausted instead of reinvigorated by your trip.
Choose the islands that suit your lifestyle the most: diving, surf, jetset, culture and spend some time really immersing into them and it’s a beach destination after all so you’ll also want to lay at the beach sipping a coconut and doing absolutely nothing!
Check out the festival calendars and if you can arrange your trip around one of them do it without hesitation. You’ll get a taste of how amazing Filipinos are, their hospitality, sense of togetherness and how they excel in enjoying life to the max.
Four weeks slow travel itinerary in the Philippines
Manila to Cebu
We just spent a night in the capital city, we were in a hurry to reach the beaches as soon as possible.
Moalboal in Cebu
We prefered it to the overly touristic Oslob, and we absolutely wanted to avoid the unethical whale shark tours. The area is perfect for diving, snorkeling, exploring bright blue waterfalls and hanging out in laid-back beach bars.
If I had to go to just one island this would be it: it has the beach and island lifestyle, island hopping, the most beautiful scenic mountain roads for epic road trips, the tiniest cutest mammals: tarsiers, chocolate hills, a cenote, waterfalls, an organic farm with an amazing restaurant and a whole lot of diverse activities to keep you busy…
Iloilo, Dinangyang festival
An unforgettable experience! We felt like the only tourists there and Filipinos were so welcoming and happy to see us celebrating their culture. This goes in my Top 3 travel experiences! Three days of fiesta, festival food, music, selfies with strangers laughs and fun!
El Nido Palawan
Voted the best island in the world, and home to the beautiful surfing beach where we nested for a while. We fell in love with the surfing Duli beach, and stayed there for the rest of our trip but the whole island is beautiful; Nacpan beach is the most postcard-worthy, if you have time explore the rest of Palawan: places like Port Barton are hidden gems often ignored by tourists.