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  • Writer's pictureGina 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)




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.


SM Mall of Asia

Plaza Roma




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)


MNL Hostel $12/night


Diniwid Beach (secluded from the other touristy sites)

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


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


MNL to PPS: 80 min & $24



Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour (book through your hostel)

Underground River (book through your hostel)


El Nido


Cherry Bus via PinoyTravel: 6 Hours & $10


Our Melting Pot $12/night

Spin Designer $20/night (most coveted)


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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