• Gina Cho

Philippines Recommendations

Philippines has some of the best islands and beaches in the world and I can definitely attest to that.


Prices (USD):

Food: $5-$10 meal (breakfast is usually included with room+board)

Beer: $1-$2 local domestic

Stay: $10-$15 for a dorm in a hostel (always mixed gender)

Flight: $~600 from NYC - MNL in January. Upwards of $1,500 in peak season (July)

Internet (SIM Card): ~1 GB = $1 USD, different plan packages for phone, text, data at the airport. Facebook is free. Many places have WiFi as well.

Domestic Flights: $20-$25 one way (KLO, PPS, CEB)





Manila


Stay

Pink Manila Hostel $7/night. It was the worst hostel I ever stayed in but I appreciate it for the experience. It is highly rated, I'm assuming it was just me.


Do

Casa Manila Museum

Manila Ocean Park

SM Mall of Asia

Plaza Roma



Boracay


Travel

MNL to KLO: 60 min & $20 + 2 hour van ride & $4

MNL to MPH: 70 min & $31 + 5-10 min trike & $1 + 10 min Ferry to Boracay Port $4

(Both will require another trike to your stay)


Stay

MNL Hostel $12/night


Do

Diniwid Beach (secluded from the other touristy sites)

Sunset Sail ($2/person was what we haggled)

Willy's Rock


Eat

Spider House (restaurant on a small cliff where you can jump right into the water)

Sushi Shi-ro (Japanese chef hand picks fish in the AM, cuts it right in front of you)



Puerto Princesa // Palawan


Travel

MNL to PPS: 80 min & $24


Stay

Tropic Dahlia Hostel $7/night


Do

Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour (book through your hostel)

Underground River (book through your hostel)



El Nido


Travel

Cherry Bus via PinoyTravel: 6 Hours & $10


Stay

Our Melting Pot $12/night

Spin Designer $20/night (most coveted)


Do

Island Hopping Tours - (I did Tour A and was planning on Tour C but food poisoning kept me in bed for 36 hours. These two were highly recommended)

Cliff Diving (book through your hostel)

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