I don't use an agent, I just arrange everything myself. Much cheaper that way.
Where are you going to? maybe I can point you to where you need to go to arrange things yourself.
This is one of the most diverse and has many options to choose from. I know this lady personally. She will do a great job.
SeaLandAir Travel Agency
(Peter L. Yap)
Tel No.: +63 2 700 9174, +63 2 744 2797
Fax No.: + 63 2 700 8041Edited: 18 February 2010, 16:12
Hi Big Jim,
This is our first trip to the Philippines so we thought it best to use a travel agent since we are visiting various areas and transportation might be a little difficult. Thank you for any help you can provide. Here are our plans:
July 4 through July 25, 2010 (21 days)
Travel: Flight to Manila then on to destination 3 days
BOHOL: 2 days
Chocolate Hills: 1,268 perfectly cone-shaped hills. World UNEXO Travel: 1 day
Malapascua Island: World Class Diving including Thresher Sharks. 7 days + 1 desaturation
Travel 1 day
BOROCAY ISLAND AND AKLAN PROVINCE
Beach Resort 2 days
Agnaga Falls in Malay 1 day
Tulingon Cave (believed to be Philippine’s longest cave) in Nabas 1 day
Travel to Manila 1 day
Travel to LAX 1 day
Hope this doesn't overwhelm you. We would also like to know which airlines we should fly , mostly for comfort?
Thank you again,
Diverrod and wife
You really have a full schedule. I usually plan all my trips myself also and have a lot of fun doing it. I've done some of the things you list but not all so I really can't advise too much.
One point is you have a 21 day trip which is what I usually do to use the maximum days allowed with standard visa. Traveling from the US it takes a full day of travel, they don't count the day of arrival so you can actually spend 22 days in the Philippines plus the day lost in travel makes 23 days.
Bohol is no problem as all resorts can arrange tours for you to the chocolate hills, whale watching and trip to Lobo River. Flight to Cebu and fast ferry to Bohol and your there. Arranging air transportation to Cebu or anywhere in the Philippines can be a problem as credit cards are rejected and the reservation does not go through. I usually fly Cebu Pacific and use by visa debit card, which seems to work every time whereas the credit card does not,
Hard to go wrong to finding a resort in Boracay if you do a little research and visit the Boracay forum. I usually use Asiatravel.com to make my reservations and have never had a problem using them. Again you will need to arrange for a local flight to get to Boracay with the problem of getting credit cards accepted, this might be something to deal with when you are in country.
I usually use Orbitz.com for my international flights and have found them to have some of the lowest fares available. I see that using your travel date of a Sunday, July 4 the cost of your ticket is several hundreds of dollars more the traveling on a week day.
Have a great vacation.Edited: 19 February 2010, 04:03
I don't guarantee the performance of any of the businesses I have listed in this reply. Use them at your own risk.
Asia Travel is one of the most reliable online accommodation businesses I know. They often have some very good deals. Here are the accommodation deals for Manila
A well situated hotel on the list, for tourist activities, is the Bayview Park Hotel.
However my favourite accommodation is the Aloha which is not listed. It is by the Manila bay with views of the Manila yacht club marina and the bay. It is around the corner from the huge Harrison Plaza Mall.
In Manila, make sure you visit Intramuros. The original site of Spanish occupation in Manila. Places you should't miss in Intramuros are
- San Agustin Church. the oldest in the Philippines. Building commenced in 1595. It has a museum with a huge amount of interesting artefacts.
- Casa Manila. A rich spanish merchant's home, set up as it may have been in the 18th or 19th century. It even has fans bought from India during the British Occupation of Manila from 1762-1764.
- Fort Santiago and museum. Don't miss some of the odd looking calesas (Horse drawn carriage). Last visit, I saw one which looked like a stretched limo.
Manila to Tagbilaran Bohol
Fly with Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines
My favourite accommodation in the whole of the Philippines is the Bohol Tropics
Best accommodation on Bohol is probably the Bohol Beach Club.
You can get good deals with these 2 resorts with Asia Travel
The most interesting place I have stayed on Bohol is the Bohol Bee farm. It is a place for dining, accommodation and a tourist attraction.
For your Bohol daytour, contact Albert Odtohan. His business card is here
I have used Albert twice now. He speaks good english, knows Bohol well and will do you a good deal. He will do a standard day tour for P2500. That is not per person it is for your group. Entrance fees are extra but minimal. The day tour will include the Chocolate Hills.
Bohol to Cebu
There are 3 fast ferry companies operating between Tagbilaran City and Cebu City. They are
The cheapest is usually Weesam Express but check the promo deals for the others.
To get to Malapascua island, you have to get to Maya first. The cheapest is by bus. You can catch a bus from the Cebu North Bus terminal. The pier area to North Bus Terminal is a short ride by taxi. The busses depart about every hour.
Alternatively, you can catch a taxi. My former driver Danny Noy can give you a quote for that.
If you catch a taxi to Maya, the taxi can collect you from the pier and take you direct to Maya.
By taxi, it is about 4 hours from Cebu City to Maya. Then you have a 45 minute bangka boat trip to Malapascua. The bangka boats will be waiting at Maya. Just get on the next one going to Malapascua.
I believe this website has all the accommodation on Malapascua
If you are seeking a bungalow on the beach, then your best option will be Cocobana
Do the trip in reverse to get back to Cebu City.
From Cebu to Boracay, you fly to Caticlan or Kalibo. Caticlan runway is being extended at the moment so you may be forced to fly to Kalibo. Kalibo is a 2 hour van ride from Caticlan. You can fly there on
In Caticlan, you just get on the next bangka boat going to Boracay.
You can get accommodation and other info on Boracay from these
Then use Asia Travel to get a good deal
Never been to the cave or the falls mentioned. However, I imagine they can be arranged as a day tour from Boracay.
From Boracay back to Manila, choose from
Philippine Airlines is the premier airline of the Philippines and will be the most reliable. Many people complain about the reliability of Cebu Pacific but I usually fly with them as they usually have the best price.
Enjoy your trip to the Philippines
-:- 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.