Philippines
Philippines

Curious what backpackers do on the Philippines? Discover travel destinations all over the world of travelers writing a travel blog on FindPenguins.

167 travelers at this place:

  • Day3

    First day

    October 9, 2016 on the Philippines

    Landed in Manila about 5pm and went straight to Quezon with Benjo, his wife Joyce and their baby Arianny to Tim's sons birthday. It's roasting so far, just back at wir hotel, surprisingly no too bad jet lag

  • Day6

    Boracay

    October 12, 2016 on the Philippines

    Got to boracay last night, it's so nice!!! Ian wakened me at 6 to get the most oot o the day since we're only here two days. Walked alang the beach dis morning and went in the sea for a peerie dip. Then sunbathed at wir hotel and had a drink at the pool bar.

  • Day9

    El Nido

    October 15, 2016 on the Philippines

    Drove to El Nido yesterday and stayed the night, in a room wi a lizard (Ian freaked oot). Daday we went on an island hopping tour, it was so amazing! We hired a GoPro so hopefully wir photos fae dat will be better. It was so amazing, we swam through two lagoons and had snorkelling stuff to see all the fish 🐟. We saw monkeys in trees too which was pretty cool but I couldna get ony good photos. Just waiting noo on wir run back to wir proper hotel.Read more

  • Day11

    Underground River

    October 17, 2016 on the Philippines

    Yesterday we just spent the day at the hotel in the pool and went on a kayak. Been to the underground river daday, it was so amazing!! But really hard to take photos when you wir inside the cave, de wir tonnes o bats and we saw a snake and a monkey ageen. Leaving the Philippines damorn 😢

  • Day102

    Snorkeling with whale sharks

    August 30, 2017 on the Philippines

    Although we had to get up at 5 a.m. it was sooo worth it. Did snorkeling with whale sharks today. Those cuties were 6-8 m long (can get up to 12-18 m and weigh 12 tons), but totally calm. They even swam directly under the boat and touched our legs. They only eat plancton, but open their mouth up to 1 m, I was afraid, they would accidently snif me - but it was absolutely awesome! Rest of the day is chillaxing-time 😉Read more

  • Day101

    Cebu, Philippines

    August 29, 2017 on the Philippines

    The trip from Tokyo to Oslob on Cebu Island was exhausting - 4,5 hours plainride with Vanilla Air and a 4 hours drive (for 130 Km) through slums, burning trash and pure poverty, while fighting drugs and brutality against children and women. Very hard to see people and animals living like that - makes you think and be thankful for the things at home. The "resort" for 28€ a night and Oslob itself are - lets call it - interesting, but people are nice.Read more

  • Day103

    Escape to paradise - Moalboal

    August 31, 2017 on the Philippines

    After the whale shark snorkeling, some hanging out at the pool and a massage in Oslob, we decided to leave to Moalboal for two days. George, our driver, managed the roads like a pro and now we have a perfect beach paradise "just" for ourselfes! Sharing it with wild dogs and sea urchins ( Lars met up with those pretty close today 😢) though. Paradise and anxiety therapy at the same time...

  • Day1

    Manila to Dasmarinas

    April 14 on the Philippines

    After a 12 hour long haul to Hong Kong, a short layover just enough for a coffee, and then a short hop of 1:30 to Manila, Phillipines.

    Unpacked and assembled the bike inside the terminal building, supervised by a very curious security policeman. Next challenge was to navigate away from the airport, and then find accommodation.

    Compared to 8 day endurance events, this is a different skill set negotiating the traffic. I'm now 30km outside Manila but the traffic is still hectic.Read more

  • Day66

    Hello Banaue!

    June 5 on the Philippines

    Day 1
    I took a let morning flight to Manila and arrived around 12:30. I had been advised by fellow travellers to avoid Manila and spend my time elsewhere in the Philippines so I booked a bus ticket for that afternoon to the north of Luzon island to Banaue, home to a UNESCO world heritage rice terrace (yes another one). My bus wasn’t until 8pm but I decided to just get a grab taxi (Asia’s version of Uber) to the bus station anyway and find somewhere nearby to wait (hopefully find WiFi and food). My first impression of Manila during that taxi ride was it is BUSY! So many people and cars everywhere! When i got to the “bus station”, aka parking lot in random suburb (all bus companies have their own bus depots so there’s not just one main bus station in the city) I picked up my ticket and asked if there was anywhere I could wait. I was then given directions to a nearby mall. That first afternoon I learnt that although the Philippines is a developing country, and the streets are what you’d expect from that, if you go into any mall in any city here you could be in any city in America. Outside it’s all run down buildings and street markets, and inside the mall it’s Starbucks, sketchers and a cinema. It’s very bizarre. I also learnt in my few hours waiting for the bus that pretty much everyone in the Philippines speaks English (also due to the large American influence in the country). It was finally time to get the bus to Banaue (no more nice train journeys for me). The bus ride was overnight and for the first two hours they played Skyfall (though the volume was so low no one could really hear it). I managed to sleep most of the way which was good.

    Day 2
    I arrived in Banaue at 5am and was met off the bus by a driver from the hostel I had booked. Before I got on his trike I had to pay a small fee to the Banaue tourism board for conservation of the area. We then took the short 30 second journey to my hostel (seriously I could’ve walked it in 2 minutes) where my very kind host let me go straight to sleep and said I could check in later. After a very welcome three hour nap I was ready to start exploring Banaue. I decided to ignore all the waiting trike drivers offering to drive me to the various view points of the rice terraces and walk to the route myself. And boy I am so glad I did. It took me about two hours to walk to all the way to the main view point along the main road, but on the way I passed 6 other view points all with amazing views. This was nothing like the Longji rice terraces. It was so green it was like a feast for the eyes. Even the views between the official view points were stunning. I spent the whole two hour walk thinking how amazing it was and taking photo after photo. Halfway up I met two lovely Philippino girls (Arielle and Daniela) who helped me take my staple jumping shot (thanks girls!). When I got to the main viewpoint I had a much needed drink break and consulted my trusted Maps.me app to see what to do next. I saw that there was a footpath that went down into the rice terrace and up the other side that looped back to the village. I asked the owner of the shop I was in if it was ok for me to walk the track and she said absolutely, just ask the locals I pass which way to go. Sounded good to me! I followed the steps all the way down to the bottom of the terrace, crossed over a small bride and started following the path along and up the irrigation of the various rice pools (not sure what the technical term is). After about 20 minutes I came across a small farm house and a local man came out and greeted me. I said “Banaue?” And he said “yes mam you follow the path, when you get to the bottom you see two paths, you go up, not flat, you go up”. I thanked him and went on my way. At the bottom I did indeed see two paths and I took the left one which ”went up”. Let me tell you that path was pretty damn steep! I was practically rock climbing up it instead of walking. At this point I thought maybe doing this walk alone wasn’t the best idea, but I was too far in to turn back now (and there was no way I could climb back down this section!). Finally I reached the top and the path became wider and started to follow the irrigation. For the next hour and a half I followed the path through varying widths of irrigation (trying not to fall into the rice pools). At one point it started to rain and again I questioned why I was doing this. But I had my raincoat and soldiered on. And the views were pretty stunning. Eventually I started to see more houses, asking each person that I saw “banaue?” And getting nods of encouragement as I went. Finally after a 5 hour round trip I reached the village again, pretty hungry but also pretty chuffed that I had completed my trek. I found a local cafe for dinner and then headed back to my quiet hostel for an early night.

    Day 3
    I woke up early to the sound of voices outside my room. It looked like my quiet hostel had some more guests. I went out and said hello to the four new people, two English guys a french guy and a french girl. We spent the morning swapping travel stories and trying to decided what to do today. The two english boys wanted to rent bikes and drove around the area. I wasn’t so keen as they had only learnt to drive bikes while travelling. We went into the village anyway to see if we could find anything. Unfortunately for them (fortunately for me) this wasn’t really the place to rent bikes, well at least not the automatic ones the guy were used to. Instead we decided to follow the main road in the other direction from the main rice terrace to a small natural pool we were told we could swim in. It took almost an hour to walk there and I’m not going to lie it was a bit of a disappointment. It was a very small rock pool in the middle of a small river. We also discovered that the water was absolutely freezing! And unfortunately by this point it was overcast so it wasn’t even that hot outside to make the pool a nice place to cool down. Nevertheless we had walked all the way there so we manned up and got in. It took me at least 10 minutes linger than the others to work myself up to getting in, and when I did I nearly died of shock it was that cold. And unlike most places you swim the initial shock or cold took a good 2 minutes to wear off. We stayed in the pool for around 20 minutes until it started to rain (on queue at 2pm). Luckily for us there was a small cafe right next to the pool where we took shelter and had a pretty tasty meal of noodles and vegetables. After the rain died down we headed back to the village where I got some snacks for my bus journey that evening. It was then back to the hostel to pack and wait for my bus back to Manila.

    So there you have my first three days in the Philippines.

    Next stop Bohol island.

    Paalam!
    Read more

  • Day13

    Bacolod

    April 26 on the Philippines

    New dinning experience: arrived at the small roadside restaurant, they accompany you down the street to the fish market, you select and pay for the fish that you want, stroll back to the restaurant and in a few minutes your fresh seafood is ready and served.

    In the city there are some random traffic lights, other than that, there is not one stop or yield sign, and yet everybody patiently waits their turn.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Republic of the Philippines, Philippinen, Philippines, Filippyne, ፊሊፒንስ, Filipinas, الفيلبين, Filipines, Filipin, Філіпіны, Филипини, Filipini, ফিলিপিন্স, ཕི་ལི་པིནས྄།, Filipinez, Pilipinas, Filipíny, Philipinau, Filippinerne, Filipini nutome, Φιλιππίνες, Filipinoj, Filipiinid, Filipinak, فیلیپین, Filipiin, Filippiinit, Filipsoyggjar, Felipines, Filipinen, Na hOileáin Fhilipíneacha, ફિલિપિન્સ, הפיליפינים, फिलिपींस, Filipiny, Fülöp-szigetek, Ֆիլիպիններ, Philippinas, Filipina, Filippseyjar, Filippine, フィリピン共和国, ფილიპინები, Filipino, ហ្វ៉ីលីពីន, ಫಿಲಿಫೈನ್ಸ್, 필리핀, فلیپین, Filipinys, Philippinae, Philippinnen, Bizinga bya Firipino, Filipiene, Filipinɛ, ຟິລິປິນ, Filipinai, Nfilipi, Filipīnas, ഫിലിപ്പൈന്‍സ്, फिलीपिन्स, Filippini, ဖိလစ်ပိုင်, Filippinene, फिलिपिन्स, Filipijnen, Filippinane, ଫିଲିପାଇନସ୍, Filippinas, Amazinga ya Filipine, Filipine, Филиппины, Filippiinnat, Filipîni, පිලිපීනය, Filipaina, Filibiin, Filippinerna, பிலிப்பைன்ஸ், ఫిలి పైన్స్, ประเทศฟิลิปปินส์, Filipaini, Filipinler Cumhuriyeti, فىلىپپىن, Філіпіни, فلپائنی, Phi-líp-pin (Phi Luật Tân), Filipuäns, פיליפינען, Orílẹ́ède filipini, 菲律宾, i-Philippines

Join us:

FindPenguins for iOS FindPenguins for Android

Sign up now