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Luzon and Visayas Travel Itinerary Advices – Volcano Trekking, Whale Sharks

Posted by on Apr 16th, 2010
Filed Under: Luzon, Questions, Travel Itineraries

Question

Dave H: I was hoping you might be able to give me some advice on my itinerary. My girlfriend and I (roughly 30 years old) are arriving in the philippines on the 28th of december. So far we have the following trip planned and it is the second half I want help with.
28th/29th Manila
30th fly to busuanga 3 days in coron
taking the Tao expedition cruise down to el Nido
7th -9th el nido
10th/11th/12th port barton, underground river and on to P Princessa

Basically we fly out on the 24th from Manilla and we’re hoping to fit in a trek up a volcano and maybe the whale sharks in Donsol. Other than that we’re looking for relaxed islands with fairly laid back accomodation

at present we were looking at flying back to Manila and getting either the overnight bus or early flight to legaspi and straight on to donsol. we then really want a taste of the visayas. In our research we liked the sound of sipalay, siquijer (sorry for my spelling), dumaguete, camiguin (really liked this but think this might be too difficult/time consuming). If we were to fly to cebu what route would you recommend that would give us the most experiences for the least amount of travel. We are on a budget but if there’s cheap flights that save a lot of time then we’re happy enough to splash out.

Thanks for any advice you might have.

Dave

Answer

Editor addon

Scott: If you’re looking to trek up a volcano then Taal is close to Manila. You can catch a bus to Tagaytay and then get to Talisay and catch a boat across the lake to Taal volcano and climb it all in a day. It is also possible to climb Mt. Pinatubo in a day from Manila.
As for Donsol, That time of year is still a little early to be guaranteed whaleshark sightings.
With Dumaguete, most flights from Manila are usually a bit expensive. I think the cheaper way is to fly to Cebu then catch a bus down to the south and then get a ferry across to Negros. From Dumaguete you can get out to Siquijor by ferry. Sipalay is at 4-6 hours drive from the two airports in Negros. Just north of Dumaguete is Bais City, they have a big white sandbar and dolphin watching. There’s also some nice national parks, waterfalls and mountains in that area too.
From Cebu you can take a ferry to Bohol and then another ferry on to Camiguin, if you’re looking for a cheaper option.
Camiguin is a bit more expensive and many places in Palawan are expensive.
Hope that helps.
Cheers.
Scott

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