Philippine Tour: Manila & Middle Islands

Philippines sightseeing tour guide: Experience the charms of the Visaya region, or the middle islands in the Philippines. Join us as we explore the walled city of Manila, the islands of Cebu, Bohol, Camiguin, and Mactan, and dive Balicasag.

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About the Philippine Tour: When in Manila, the ‘Intramuros’ is a top sight to see.  We will head to the countryside of Bohol, home to two of the most famous tourist attractions in the Philippines, the Chocolate Hills that resemble perfect mounds of chocolate, and the Philippine tarsiers, primates so small they’re about the size of your fist. Swim or snorkel in the secluded waters of Balicasag, off Panglao, one of the country’s best dive sites. Next, we will explore the Queen City of the South, known as Cebu City, and visit its historical landmarks such as the Magellan Cross on Mactan. We will also visit scenic Camiguin Island.

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  • Philippine Middle Islands
  • Manila Old City & Environs
  • Chocolate Hills of Bohol
  • Diving at Balicasag
  • Cebu Island Adventures
  • Other Visaya-charmed Islands
Transportation Walking & Driving
Specialty City/Town, Sacred Sites
Tour Type Travelogue – play before you go
And much much more…

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  • TIP 1: The Philippines welcomed 5.36 million tourists in 2015, an 11% increase from 2014. Almost all international flights enter the Philippines at the capital cities of Manila or Cebu City. Most U.S. visitors enjoy Philippine Airlines' new direct flights from San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), or New York City (JFK) to Manila (via Vancouver). The Philippines' 7,017 islands share some form of American-influenced musical, religious and Hollywood traditions. The U.S. remains its second largest market, the first being South Korea. A total of one out of four tourists here are Korean.
  • TIP 2: Filipinos love to celebrate, and it is no wonder the Philippines are known as the 'Fiesta Islands.' In early times, planting, harvesting, and building a house were done by groups of families and always ended with a celebration. Later, the Spaniards introduced the Catholic saints as the focus of the fiesta, the feast of all feasts of every Philippine town. For a calendar of year-round fiestas visit: http.//
  • TIP 3: The tarsiers are said to be the mammal with the largest eyes. They are so small they can fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. The unique Philippines Tarsier is a tiny animal with disproportionately enormous eyes which are used for night vision. It's eyes are fixed and it's head can be rotated 190 degrees. Measuring about 15 cm. in height it is found only in the Philippines. The Philippine Tarsiers (Carlito syrichta) are best visited in their natural habitat at the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary at Corella, Bohol, Philippines.
  • TIP 4: Filipinos are well-known for their warmth, graciousness, and hospitality. They are famous for welcoming guests to their homes with their friendly smiles. It is not uncommon for hosts to give up their bedrooms for visitors to make them 'feel at home.' And if you happen to get lost there are always friendly faces around who are eager to help. Home stays can be arranged depending on your destination, or any small hotel will roll out the welcome mat and make you feel like family.
  • TIP 5: Bayanihan is the term for the Filipino's spirit of camaraderie, kinship, and collectivism, which comes from the root word bayani, meaning 'hero.' It describes the Filipino tradition of coming together in a spirit of helping, caring and the sharing of responsibilities. It's used especially to help someone in need, or to accomplish a certain task. Such was true in the aftermath of the two major disasters to strike the Visayas in recent years - the October, 2013 Cebu-Bohol 7.2 earthquake, and the November, 2013 Typhoon Haiyan. Both caused catastrophic destruction in the Visayas, but the damage has largely been cleared and destroyed buildings rebuilt.

Brad Olsen

Brad Olsen is a Contributing Editor for World Explorer magazine and has written several guide books. His seventh, 'Sacred Places Europe: 108 Destinations,' was released in March, 2007. The second edition of "Sacred Places North America: 108 Destinations" was released in 2008 and won the "Best Travel Guide for Planet Earth" Award in 2010. Brad's commentaries have appeared on National Public Radio, CNN and the Travel Channel. He enjoys extended global travel (particularly to exotic locations), and public speaking on the subject of sacred places.


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