Tuesday, 14 May 2019

A Testimonial Received From Happy Clients...

scenic photographic views by guests in the Philippines

A repost (but we think it's worth reposting!)

A lot of hard work goes into planning each and every holiday for our clients, so when we receive feedback like this, it is very encouraging...

Hi Lucy and Nigel

We are now settled into New Zealand life enjoying our time with our daughter, husband and grand children.

Re our trip...

We owe you both a big thank you for the organisation and selection of locations for us of what was an excellent holiday. We enjoyed every part of it and were lucky enough to achieve our No1 aim to snorkel with a big whale shark at Donsol as well as seeing so many different fish whilst snorkelling around Bohol and Miniloc and Sue diving at Miniloc. Birding trips also worked very well - especially the one to Villa Escudero, Olango Island and dawn at Rasa Island to see the Philippine Cockatoo's waking up

All connections etc worked well and a big thanks must go to all the various contacts we had in the Philippines - all of whom were totally focussed on making our stay enjoyable - nothing seemed too much for them.

In Summary

A Great holiday, in a beautiful country, with lovely people, superb scenery and great activities

If you want any further detail as feedback please let me know -

I may be wrong but I believe that you knew how we were getting on during our holiday as Lucy seemed to be in contact with all our reps during your evenings / night time which did make us feel that we had a "guiding angel" watching over us !!

You have a very satisfied customer 

Paul and Sue

We were grateful to Paul and Sue for taking the time to give us that kind feedback.

There are lots more testimonials from customers on our website here...

Monday, 13 May 2019

Bird Tours of the Philippines on our Website

Birdwatching in the Philippines
Birdwatching in the Philippines. (Photo courtesy Philippines Department of Tourism)

We're delighted to be able to offer a great selection of Bird Tours of the Philippines to our website.

Many of the tours are designed to accommodate small groups of up to 4 persons, which is most conducive to birdwatching.

Tailored tours are also possible, and we have links with a number of expert birders in the Philippines.

See more on our dedicated Birdwatching Page.

Private Islands. How we Helped Produce the Philippines Episode...

We were delighted when we were asked to assist with the arrangements for top TV show, Private Islands, when the subject was "The Philippines".

We worked with Christina Cindrich, the programme's presenter every step of the way, and our Lucy, who is in charge of planning clients' tours, even flew out there to appear on the programme and be interviewed!

Here's a screenshot of Lucy during the show.

Lucy picked a great location for her interview. This was filmed from one of our favourite Manila hotels - from its rooftop, and with the lights of Manila forming an enticing backdrop.

It's safe to say that Christina was impressed with the Philippines. She even left us a lovely feedback once the filming was complete:

"Thank you so much for everything in the Philippines! You created a perfect itinerary for our shoot! Time to write the show!"

@MissCindrich - USA - "Private Islands" TV Show Host

Thanks, Christina. We're so glad you enjoyed the Philippines!

Take a look at the trailer for the TV show at the top of this page - it'll give you a taste of what to expect from a Philippines holiday or vacation. See our Luxury Resort suggestions.

If YOU would like to experience the hospitality and warmth of the Philippines people, and enjoy a holiday just like this, take a look at our website. www.PhilippineTrails.com

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Friday, 10 May 2019

Philippines Destination Spotlight - Coron

Coron, Calamian Islands, Philippines
Coron, Calamian Islands, Philippines.

Coron is the colloquial short term for what are actually the Calamian Islands, situated to the very north of the chain of islands that make up Palawan. This group of islands includes the island of Coron, Sangat Island, Busuanga Island, Culion Island, and Calauit Island. This part os the Philippines is especially popular with divers, explorers, and birdwatchers.

Sangat Island is situated right amongst a number of World War II wrecks and offers world-class diving.

Busuanga has stunning scenery with rainforests, mountains, caves and an attractive coastline.

Culion Island offers peace and serenity. It has had a dark past as for many years it was a leper colony. The population enjoy a 
simple style of living and are welcoming and hospitable.

Calauit Island is famous for its African wildlife! Here is a natural area where plants and animals exist with a minimum amount of human disturbance. It was declared a game preserve and wildlife sanctuary in 1977 after the country responded to an appeal by the International Union of Conservation of Nature to save endangered African animals.

Coron is reached by direct flights from Manila or El Nido, and also by ferry from El Nido.

Read more about Coron on our website HERE>>

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Thursday, 2 May 2019

Where to Honeymoon? The Philippines is Perfect...

Honeymoon at Pangulasian Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
Pangulasian Island Resort, Philippines. The perfect luxury honeymoon getaway.

Honeymoon in the Philippines

Book your honeymoon in the Philippines, and we'll look after you, and your arrangements, every step of the way, from meet-and-greet to final farewell. All inter-island transfers and accommodation are, of course, included. Our website has a dedicated Honeymoon Page.

Luxury Island Resorts

Philippine Trails works closely with luxury resorts all over the Philippines archipelago, most especially in El Nido and Coron, which are part of Palawan, and Boracay, in the Central Visayas. (If time is available, we can combine several resorts to give you an extra-special extended vacation.) 

Honeymoon Enquiry

Recommended Luxury Resorts

You can see a comprehensive display of top-quality resorts we recommend on our Luxury Islands Page.

Palawan Resorts

In Palawan, our top recommendations include:

Coron Resorts

In Coron, our top recommendations include:

Boracay Resorts

In Boracay, our recommendations include:
Crimson Resort, Boracay

Other Resorts

There are, of course, many more excellent resorts around the islands of the Philippines, at destinations including Bohol, Sabang, Palawan, Cebu, and Manila. Let us know your choice. Read more on our Honeymoon Page Here...

Honeymoon Enquiry

Inter-Island Transfers

At Philippine Trails, our staff and associates look after guests from the moment they arrive, until their final departure. Pre and post holiday accommodation in Manila is included if required, as well as all transfers around the country, and between islands.

Honeymoon Enquiry

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Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Holidays in the Philippines on a Budget

The Philippines is a perfect destination to visit if you're on a relatively tight budget. The cost of living is low, as wages generally are not high.

If you shop at the places that locals use, you'll find goods to be inexpensive. Take a look at the small "sari-sari" stores, (small convenience stores that are often a part of people's homes), and which are in abundance all over the country.

Typical Sari-Sari Store


There are also eateries (like sari-sari stores, but serving freshly cooked meals), that are aimed at locals, and are therefore low priced. Filipinos are renowned for the fact that they like to eat, and all kinds of foods are available! Even fast-food chains like MacDonalds, or the Philippines equivalent, Jollibee, and other similar networks, offer meals at lower prices than you would find in the west.

A break on a bus journey from El Nido

Getting Around

Getting around is also cheap if you use buses to get from town to town. The modern ones are comfortable and air-conditioned. Bus stations are busy places, and services are frequent. Vendors will sell you cheap snacks to munch on during your journey.
Tricycles in Palawan

Even cheaper transport are the colourful jeepneys, and tricycles found throughout the country. Be sure to carry low denomination coins and notes to make payment.

Cebu Pacific Flight at Puerto Princesa Airport

Flights & Ferries

Travelling between islands won't break the bank either, particularly if you look out for domestic airline "Promos" (Filipinos love to get a good deal), or take local ferries.

Budget Accommodation


For low price accommodation, head away from the big hotel names or luxury resorts. Go for the smaller providers, or local home-stays. Locals will always point you in the right direction. Be aware that you won't normally get the standards you may be used to in the west. What you will be assured of is a warm welcome, reflecting the nature of Filipinos generally.

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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

We Can Take You to the Philippines Rice Terraces...

The Philippines Rice Terraces

It takes a few hours to reach the Philippines Rice Terraces, travelling north from Manila, but the spectacle that awaits is well worth the long journey.

One guest described it as "AMAZING", and "Right up there with Machu Picchu. For me, MORE impressive".

At Philippine Trails we arrange private tours, (as well as for small groups), and our driver and guide will make ideal companions to show you around the various sites including Banaue, Banga-an, Batad, and Sagada, (where you'll also see the famous caves and hanging-coffins!).

We recommend that you allow 4 days minimum for this excursion, and be sure to take a camera to capture the sights, (as well as perhaps a jumper for the cooler mountain air). Tweet this...


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