We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

4 days away from Manila

Rosewood, Australia
Level Contributor
79 posts
208 reviews
Save Topic
4 days away from Manila

We are a group of 4 (aged 50 - 80) traveling to Manila for 2 weeks at Xmas for dental work. There are 4 public holidays in the middle of our stay (Thursday - Sunday) where we cant have any work done, so was thinking of doing a bit of a get away to an island or something. Can anyone recommend where would be a good place to go, as this is our first trip to the Philippines. Thanks in advance.

Manila, Philippines
Level Contributor
281 posts
26 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: 4 days away from Manila

4 days will give you enough time for Boracay/Cebu/Caramoan

Australia
Destination Expert
for Cebu City, Cebu Island
Level Contributor
9,233 posts
49 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: 4 days away from Manila

My suggestion is Bohol

It is just over an hour by plane from Manila to Tagbilaran Bohol.

You can read my Bohol trip report here to see if you are interested.

bigjimsphilippinesexperience.com/blog/?p=26

Regards: Jim Sibbick

Mactan Island...
Level Contributor
302 posts
6 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: 4 days away from Manila

They are a great number of Islands in which you can visit from Manila. Bohol is very famous, Cebu Island, Mactan Island, Boracay Island.

From you post I would like to give the advice, that transportation to some of these islands are very time consuming and some very rough. With riding small boats, getting up and down piers, loading and unloading. Some times the seas are a little rough. So when planning you might want to consider what type of transportation you will need to arrive at you island of choice. If you decide on one, please post it and we would be happy to give you details of what you can expect to get there...

Melbourne, Australia
Destination Expert
for Philippines, Kuala Lumpur
Level Contributor
23,366 posts
1,660 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: 4 days away from Manila

Depends what you are looking for. Is it a peaceful island you are looking for or somewhere a bit more lively.

Tommo

Rosewood, Australia
Level Contributor
79 posts
208 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: 4 days away from Manila

An island that has something to do, not really in to sitting and lazing on a beach.

Melbourne, Australia
Destination Expert
for Philippines
Level Contributor
10,923 posts
2,000 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: 4 days away from Manila

It is peak holiday time in the Philippines, but like others I would recommend either Bohol (fly to Tagbilaran City then a 300 minute, P450 shared 4WD ride: negotiate once you arrive at the airport) or Boracay (fly ideally to Caticlan, which is a short boat ride (10 to 15 minutes) from Boracay Island.

Note that some of the boats used for transfers between Caticlan and Boracay have a fairly steep, shortish narrow gangplank that you must negotiate however there are always 'hands' willing to assist.

Take small P20 and P50 notes for tips and porterage.

If going to Alona Beach, Panglao (next to Tagbilaran City, Bohol and connected by causeways) you can do the land Bohol Island trip (about P2200 or so for a 4WD including driver) and if you wish you can also do the early morning 0500 - 0530 start Balicasag Island dolphin/ whale watching and snorkelling tour. Both are great and reasonably priced, but some admission fees are extra.

Look up 'Panglao accommodation, Bohol attractions, Balicasag Island, Boracay and so on on TA and you will be pleased at the options to fill in your time. I highly recommend both destinations although Boracay is more commercialised.

Edited: 16 August 2010, 08:25
Rosewood, Australia
Level Contributor
79 posts
208 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: 4 days away from Manila

Thanks all for your help. I have booked 3 nights in Boracay!

Manila, Philippines
Level Contributor
281 posts
26 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: 4 days away from Manila

That's a good choice. Enjoy the Philippines!

9. Re: 4 days away from Manila

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 13 February 2011, 05:18