Although I am currently in Berlin, I’m a bit late with my video posts – I meant to put this video up with the Hong Kong video but time just didn’t allow for it!
So, the Philippines – what an amazing place to visit! I don’t usually look forward to the next time I visit a country, but I definitely look forward to the next time I can explore more of the islands the Philippines has to offer. The video really shows how much fun we had there. The people were super friendly, kind and helpful. English is one of the national languages of the Philippines so everyone could speak or wanted to practice. Most signs were in English which also made things much easier to find.
Details re Costs are Below:
How to Get There:
- We used AirPhilippines Express for most of our internal flights – and they were quite reasonable. Our flight to Cebu City from Hong Kong cost about $75. One way from Cebu to Manilla cost about $30. We also flew Jetstar out of Manilla to Tokyo. Another airline, Cebu Pacific, also serves the domestic market in the Philippines.
- Beer at a restaurant cost 50 pesos or $1. At a convenience store, a beer was half that price.
- Dinner usually cost 150 pesos or $3, including a beer.
- Our first hotel was called Premier Citisuites and cost about $40 a night for all four of us and included breakfast. Taxis were incredibly affordable. A 40 min cab ride from the airport to the city center cost about 300 pesos or $6. If you are traveling solo it may make sense to take the bus, but since we were 4 people, we always traveled with taxi.
- The ferry from Hagnaya to Bantayan cost about 170 pesos or $4 (plus 10 pesos for terminal fees on either side) and took about an hour.
- Our hotel in Bantayan, the Coral Blue Oriental, cost about $100 a night for all four of us ($25 each), including a delicious breakfast served to us on our patio every morning. This was the most expensive hotel that we could find.
- Our hotel in Cebu City on the way back was slightly more expensive. It was called Goldberry hotel and it was near the airport. The cost was about $80 per night for two people, including breakfast.
- The day tour we took to Bohol cost about 3000 pesos or $75, including all ferry travel, bus and lunch. It was pretty expensive considering the other prices, but it was a nice tour for a rainy day.