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Offline chrismclea

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Philippines Travel Info
« on: April 26, 2011, 12:39:38 PM »
Im going there over the Children's day break and was wondering if anyone can recommend a place to stay?
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Re: Anyone been to Bohol, Philippines?
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2011, 05:38:56 PM »
Genesis divers. They're on a quiet end of Alona beach and very cheap. They're a dive resort so if you do at least 2 dives it's even cheaper.

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Boracay or Cebu for Philippines travel?
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2011, 10:50:25 AM »
Planning a trip to the Philippines for late July/August.  Is there anything worth seeing in Manila?  Thinking about heading directly to the beaches.  Heard good things about Boracay, not much about Cebu.  I know the weather can be moody, but was told from a friend living there beaches are still okay mostly.
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Re: Boracay or Cebu for Philippines travel?
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2011, 10:55:48 AM »
Boracay has an amazing beach, but be ready for a lot of commercialism. Although, the Philippines can be pretty dangerous (especially Manila - lots of pick pockets), I felt really safe in Boracay.

If you want to experience the beaches without the clutter of commercialism then I would suggest Cebu.

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Re: Boracay or Cebu for Philippines travel?
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2011, 11:13:19 AM »
even though boracay is very commerial, the beach is amazing, and the food was spectacular, if a little expensive.  but hey, it's an island kind of in the middle of nowhere.  i just wish i'd gone during avocado season. 

i actually found the other tourists there to be very friendly and extremely entertaining, they seemed to be from all over the world.  there were obese people taking pictures of each other in bikinis, hordes of chinese drinking, and pretty much anything else you can imagine. 

i didn't check out cebu's beaches, just spent the night in cebu city.  i took a ferry to Dumaguete, where I had a great time for about six days.

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Re: Boracay or Cebu for Philippines travel?
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2011, 11:50:50 AM »
Boracay is awesome! Been there and would love to go back there again:)

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Re: Boracay or Cebu for Philippines travel?
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2011, 12:07:20 PM »
My friend went to Cebu and really liked it. Another friend of mine went to Angela City near Manila and really liked it too, but that's only if you are a single male and don't mind feeling like you are in danger.

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Re: Boracay or Cebu for Philippines travel?
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2011, 12:14:16 PM »
I went to Boracay in August of 2009.  I was there for about 4 days, and out of those fours day we had two afternooons of sun.  It is the monsoon/typhoon season, so be prepared for wind, rain, and thunderstorms.  Even with this type of weather - I loved Boracay.

My flight leaving was delayed though, ad the ferries heading off the island were stopped for about 4 hours - making the time frame to get the airport tight.

These are just a few things to know about this time of year.  In saying that- I have heard that the Boracay island is one of the better ones to go to during the typhoon season - less wind. I stayed at the Blue Mango, which was fabulous.

I was in Cebu this past January - and honestly, if you want beaches - Cebu is not the place to go.
From Cebu, I took the ferry over to Bohol (Tagbilaran), and then went to Panglao (Alona Beach).
While the beach in Boracay is much more picture postcard like - Alona beach in Panglao was amazing!  I stayed at the Bohol divers club, in a straw hut for under 20,000 won per night.

I didn't find either of these places to be too touristy - but Panglao was geared more for divers, not necessarily partiers.

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Re: Boracay or Cebu for Philippines travel?
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2011, 12:15:46 PM »
Boracay is a TON of fun! I went there over winter break. I was planning on staying for one week and then traveling elsewhere but ended up having too much fun and staying in Boracay for the whole two weeks. If you go, pop into the Victory Bar and have a chat with Victor. He's a goofy man who will surely make you laugh.

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Re: Boracay or Cebu for Philippines travel?
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2011, 12:22:16 PM »
I appreciate all the advice.  I will be travelling (potentially) with a friend from college living there, who is Filipino.  Maybe that will diminish safety fears:)

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Re: Boracay or Cebu for Philippines travel?
« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2011, 12:23:47 PM »
Went to Cebu in Jan this year... Thing is, you'll have to travel a bit to get to the beaches from the airport. We went to the Kawasan waterfalls (south end of Cebu), which was the most beautiful sight I've ever seen!! You can go north with buses, and there is some nice islands round the north end of cebu; we went to Bantayan island and it was spectacular.
We also went to Bohol (Panglao) as previous poster mentioned, and stayed at Alona Beach, which have awesome restaurants on the beach and beautiful sunsets. Also stayed at the Bohol Bee Farm, which is an 'organic resort'...very unique and it's almost on a cliff, with beautiful views...
No opinion on boracay, haven't been... we chose to avoid the (too) touristy places!

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Re: Boracay or Cebu for Philippines travel?
« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2011, 12:37:51 PM »
OMG BORACAYYYY!!!!!!!!!!

I have been to good beaches all over the world (Thailand, Greece, Bali, etc..) and NOTHING
has compared to the beach in Boracay!
it is so beautiful! 
I didnt find it expensive... I ate extremely well for about 3$ a meal!

boracay boracay boracay!

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Re: Boracay or Cebu for Philippines travel?
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2011, 12:48:38 PM »
This is not even close...GO TO BORACAY!! Amazing beaches, good people, great for biking or renting scooters, and a lot cleaner and more convenient than Cebu.

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Re: Boracay or Cebu for Philippines travel?
« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2011, 01:02:56 PM »
Anyone know any cheap websites to book plane tickets to Boracay?  I have a couple days in June I'd like to go.

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Re: Boracay or Cebu for Philippines travel?
« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2011, 01:15:47 PM »
I spent 7 days in Cebu (actually a small island off the coast, Cabilao) It was amazing. If you want to dive I would suggest going there. Our instructor was a marine expert, Bobet (he discovered the pygmy seahorse in the Philippians) and told us that because of the tourism the sea life in Boracay was almost non existent.
There were almost no other tourists, it was really cheap compared to American standards (about 60 bucks a nice, buck a beer) but a bit expensive compared to the main land areas. Very relaxing :)

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Re: Boracay or Cebu for Philippines travel?
« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2011, 01:19:30 PM »
You didn't ask but I went to Palawan and it was really sweet.  Not very touristy.  El Nido on Palawan was Very laid back.  Not much to do but relax but it's one of the coolest places I've been.

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Re: Boracay or Cebu for Philippines travel?
« Reply #16 on: May 13, 2011, 01:22:54 PM »
a little bit of details.  My mom and friend are coming to Korea, and we are going to the Philippines afterward. We want a beautiful, relaxing, and not too party focused area. Like I wouldn't be going to Phuket if I were in Thailand, but rather Kho Samui.

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Re: Boracay or Cebu for Philippines travel?
« Reply #17 on: May 13, 2011, 01:55:47 PM »
a little bit of details.  My mom and friend are coming to Korea, and we are going to the Philippines afterward. We want a beautiful, relaxing, and not too party focused area. Like I wouldn't be going to Phuket if I were in Thailand, but rather Kho Samui.

I can suggest Bantayan Island off the coast of Cebu, PM me if you want more details on costs and I know a cheap amazing hotel there for you to stay.  You can mail me too or text me on 010-8220-2598 and I will call you back and give you some details.
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Re: Boracay or Cebu for Philippines travel?
« Reply #18 on: May 13, 2011, 04:04:14 PM »
Being married to a Filipina and having lived in the Phil for 1.5 months, Palawan for more of a less touristy area. Baguio if you want a spring weather vacation. :)
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Re: Boracay or Cebu for Philippines travel?
« Reply #19 on: May 13, 2011, 04:41:13 PM »
Planning a trip to the Philippines for late July/August.  Is there anything worth seeing in Manila?  Thinking about heading directly to the beaches.  Heard good things about Boracay, not much about Cebu.  I know the weather can be moody, but was told from a friend living there beaches are still okay mostly.
Thanks!

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