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Getting Around the Philippines

Getting around the Philippines can be time consuming, especially if you don’t know which boats or flights to take. Traffic in Manila and Cebu is quite heavy so we recommend private drivers who know the traffic patterns. When you book your holiday with Fleewinter, we’ll arrange your transfers in comfortable air-conditioned vehicles with English-speaking drivers. We can’t control the traffic but we can recommend when to plan for city tours and when to plan a few relaxing hours at your hotel.

Getting around in a nation of islands will likely require a few internal flights and boat rides. We recommend flying with Philippine Airlines and AirSWIFT, both of which we can book on your behalf. Between certain islands, a ferry is the fastest and most reliable means of transport. Between Coron and El Nido, we recommend flying with AirSWIFT or taking the Montenegro high-speed ferry. Between Cebu and Bohol, we find Oceanjet provides the most reliable ferry service. We can book these and other ferries for you.

Some routes, such as those in the Cordillera, will require a fair amount of time on the road. We’ll provide a guide in addition to your driver for these rides and make sure you’ll have ample opportunity to stop and stretch your legs along the way. While it is possible to hire a car and drive this route yourself, we don’t recommend it. Navigating through Manila traffic can be tiring long before you reach strenuous mountain roads. Distances between accommodation are great so the days you depart and return to Manila will be long ones.

On the islands of Bohol and Siquijor, and in northern Palawan, we do recommend hiring a scooter for a day if you’re comfortable driving one. Traffic in these areas is light and these regions are easy to navigate. A day exploring on your own wheels can be great fun for the adventurous!

Manila
The bustling capital city is home to historic Intramuros and Rizal Park. Let us arrange a bicycle tour of the walled city so you can explore the narrow streets and learn about the nation's colonial past. More
Banaue
Ancient rice terraces in Batad, coffins mounted on a cliff in Sagada, the Cordillera is home to some of the most unique and fascinating bits of the Philippines. More
Vigan
Some of the best preserved Spanish colonial architecture in the world can be found in Vigan. Wander the cobbled streets, sample the Spanish-influenced cuisine, and relax in one of the city's historic boutique hotels. More
Boracay
Sink your toes into the white sands of Boracay. Grab a cocktail, take it easy, and watch the clear blue water lap against the shore. When night falls, join the parties of District Two or slip away to romantic Diniwid beach. More
Bohol
Chocolate hills, tiny tarsiers, Boholano art, beautiful beaches, and some lovely snorkeling and diving make Bohol one of our favorite parts of the Philippines. The gorgeous boutique resorts don't hurt, either! More
Negros Oriental
The island of Negros is home to world-class diving off the coast of Dauin and on neighboring Apo Island. Waterfalls and adventure are just a day trip away from the university town of Dumaguete. On neighboring Siquijor settle in to the tranquility of an island known for sorcery and healing powers. More
Negros Occidental
On the west coast of Negros you'll find Bacolod, the city of smiles. Sugar plantations in the area host historic mansions and in October, the streets come alive with the annual MassKara festival. More
Puerto Princesa
The gateway to Palawan, Puerto Princesa sits near one of the longest subterranean rivers in the world. Let us arrange a stay for you at a beachside hotel with mountain views just a short boat ride away. More
El Nido
When people refer to Palawan as the most beautiful island in the world, images of El Nido come to mind. Limestone cliffs jut from aquamarine water, lush jungle fills the interior, and the coasts are lined with dazzling beaches. Some of the finest resorts in the country dot the islands around this northern bit of Palawan. More
Coron
For divers, the WWII shipwrecks of Coron are one of the highlights of the Philippines. Natural hot springs, clear blue lakes, isolated beaches, and a rather surprising game reserve and wildlife sanctuary make Coron a fun destination for divers and landlubbers alike. More
Puerto Galera
Fast drift dives and schools of big fish await experienced divers in Puerto Galera while shallow macro dives make for excellent underwater photography, relaxing night dives, and the perfect place to learn or improve your dive skills. More
Tubbataha Reefs
The greatest variety of marine life in the Philippines is within Tubbataha Reefs National Marine Park; only accessible for diving mid-March to mid-June

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