Oliver L.

Oliver L.

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    Are there some recommended diving spots in the Philippines?

    There are a number of shipwrecks you can dive near Coron on Busuanga island. Just hit the town you will find some diving operators who will take you there. I would also recommend the reefs around El Nido, they are really beautiful! almost 8 years ago

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    Itinerary for two weeks in the Philippines?

    If you want to avoid places which are too touristy and have some sense for adventure, Palawan is the place to go! Just catch a plane from Manila, they are really cheap. Make sure you plan to stay at least 3 or 4 days in El Nido, you will thank me later! And if you get a chance, check out the subterranean river near Sabang, it's really amazing! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Princesa_Subterranean_River_National_Park) almost 8 years ago

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    Best areas in the Philippines to visit?

    Hi ian! In the Philippines I have been to the island of Palawan. I went there with some friends last November and it was amazing! I hear most tourists go to Boracay but I haven't been there so i can't tell you about it. I havent gotten a chance to visit Manila. All i can tell you is that it is a very dangerous city for foreigners and you have to pay great attention to where you go, especially at night. For example, taxi rides in most districts are not considered to be safe. I had to stay in Manila for 2 days to apply for a Visa and i didnt move too much around for that reason. Also, there doesnt seem to be too much worth seeing there. My friends and I then took a plane to a town called Coron on Busuanga island. We stayed there for one day but I would recommend staying at least 3 days. You can do shipwreck diving there and there are some minor hikes to do to see waterfalls etc. From there we took a boat (i advise to look for an older guy called Ricaedo in town who will take you on his boat Jessabel) to a town called El Nido. The ride takes 8 hours... take plenty of water with you as well as food, and if you are taking a boat smaller than Jessabel make sure the water is calm enough since many of those boats are said to sink during bad weather... El Nido is a small town, developed enough to make it a base for daily boat tours. Everything is rather simple and you will mostly encounter backpackers or locals. You can stay there anywhere from 4 days to a month and still not see everything there is (i was told...). In any case make sure you plan enough time to stay here, since it's as close as i have ever been to paradise! You will be taken on daily boat tours (it sounds cheesy but really has an adventurous touch to it!!) where you will see secret lagoons and beaches, go snorkling with sea turtles (if you are as lucky as we were), and see amazing coral. From El Nido we took a bus down to Salvacion and then up to Sabang, where you can see the current (continues) almost 9 years ago