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Feedback please on itinerary

My wife and I are planning a trip to the Philippines in late November-early December and have put together the following itinerary:

Manila - 3 nights

Ifigao Rice Terrances/ Sagada - 3 nights

Fly from Manila to Cebu with Air Asia

Cebu 4 nights with ferry trips to other islands

Would greatly appreciate advice on:

- best way of visiting Ifigao Rice Terraces and Sagada from Manila (hire car and driver????)

- best places to visit from Cebu

We are not beach people but enjoy sightseeing, shopping and seeing life in the villages.


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1. Re: Feedback please on itinerary

Best way to see and maximise your time in the rice terraces is to hire a private driver. Tourist Driver does regular trips to this area and is very familiar with the region. His details are listed to the right FAQ----->

FAQ: Transport Company, GUIDE and DRIVERS!

You need to book him well in advance as he is extremely busy. I made some tenative enquiries for a day trip in December and those dates were already booked up.

If you are not beach people you may want to consider spending your time in Bohol which has beaches sightseeing and culture. This is only a few hours away from Cebu by fast ferry.

In Cebu here is a list of attractions:


More ideas in this thread:



Edited: 21 July 2014, 05:42
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2. Re: Feedback please on itinerary

We are not beach people but enjoy sightseeing, shopping and seeing life in the villages


I can help with this. Although you might need more than your allotted time in the Philippines.

I can show you Palompon and surrounding area including some of it's villages.. For instance, the village of my ex wife where my ex father in law is the Barangay Captain (village chief) He is always happy to show off his barangay.

Palompon is a port town on the island of Leyte. You can reach there by boat direct from from Cebu City 3 times a week. Or, you can travel by fast ferry from Cebu City to Ormoc City. There are about 10 fast ferry trips each day. Then from Ormoc City, catch a van to Palompon.

Palompon has a marine sanctuary very close to the town called Tabuk Marine Sanctuary. Palompon is also the jump off point for Kalanggaman island. You can read about both of them here.


I have guaranteed my family I will be in Palompon for the Palompon Fiesta on 3rd December which is why I can make this offer.

The Palompon fiesta has activities leading up to the day of the fiesta such as street parades and beauty contests. The day of the Fiesta is an endless round of feasting.

If you are interested, I don't ask anything at all except that you pay your own way.

Edited: 21 July 2014, 12:36
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3. Re: Feedback please on itinerary

You can take an overnight bus to the rice terraces, it would be much cheaper than a private driver. From the village you can pick up a guide to show you the way to the terraces. If you are in Cebu, I highly recommend going down to the southern tip to Oslob. Five hours by bus. You can swim with the whalesharks and see tumalog falls in one day, easy. Kawasan falls is nice as well on the NW side of Cebu.

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