Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Fabulous Costa Cruises of Far East

The wonderful Costa Cruises which we feature on our website, have some great offers on, with many discounts.

Many cruises include Manila, the Philippines as a port of call.

However, some of the early cruises in 2010 are already full, and once this happens they no longer appear in search results.

To take advantage of a Far East cruise, leaving from either Singapore or Hong Kong, our advice is to book early!

You can search for cruises, check itineraries, and make bookings directly from our relevant webpage HERE...

Monday, 28 December 2009

The Farm Spa, Batangas

We're delighted to have added The Farm Spa, Batangas to the holidays we offer.

The Farm Wellness and Health Resort, in Batangas, is a centre for holistic healing and wellness where people balance their mind, body and spirit with nourishing live foods in an eco - friendly place. CNN Traveller Magazine lists it as one of the Six Best Environmentally Friendly Hotels in the world!

In 2009 The Farm also won the prestigious Baccarat Award for "Spa Cuisine of the Year", for the second time, by Asia Spa Magazine.

The resort’s traditional Philippine designs of “rice barns and leaf-roofed houses” are considered environmentally friendly, as is the use of locally reared produce in its application of a holistic wellness philosophy, and the fact it has its own organic plantation that produces much of its vegan food and spa ingredients.

The Farm employs and trains a significant proportion of local staff from surrounding towns.

Visitors to The Farm can also enjoy golf at two of the best courses in the Philippines - Mt. Malarayat and Summit Point, both nearby. Why not combine pampering spa treatments with a round or two of golf in these beautiful surroundings!

Read more about the holidays we offer at The Farm Spa, HERE...

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Philippine resorts among world’s best green places

In a flurry of international recognition for the Philippines, two prestigious publications, CNN Traveller and Asia Spa, add three more accolades to the country.

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Christmas in the Philippines!

Being one of the two Catholic countries in Asia, the Philippines celebrates Christmas like no other country in the region.

Christmas actually starts here in September and lasts until the Feast of Epiphany which is in January.

With this extraordinarily long Christmas season there are numerous events around the country which the Christmas loving traveller can witness.

Our friend, Scott Allford, from Tourism Philipines, has written a great article on Christmas in the Philippines, which you can read HERE...

(Photo by Scott Allford)

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Mt. Mayon Volcano Erupts

MANILA (Reuters) – Officials ordered the evacuation yesterday of thousands of people living near the most active volcano in the country, warning of a possible eruption within a week.

Mayon volcano, known for its near-perfect cone shape in Albay, has been spewing lava and ashes that reached a height of about 100 metres (330 feet) on Monday, chief volcanologist Renato Solidum said.

Alex Baloloy, senior science research analyst at the Phivolcs Mayon Observatory in Daraga, Albay, told GMA 7 that the volcanic activity recorded in the volcano's parameters, particularly the rolling of incandescent materials or lava trickles, could eventually lead to hazardous magmatic eruption.

“The volcano is showing increased activity and we deem it necessary to raise the alert,” Solidum told Reuters, saying “incandescent material” had been rapidly moving up to the crater and streaking down Mayon's south-eastern slope. The full story here...

Philippine Trails offer tours to the Lagazpi region, where you can observe this beautiful volcano. For obvious reasons, treks up Mt. Mayon are currently suspended. For more information, please get in touch.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Consider Outsourcing to the Philippines!

The Philippines has a large pool of highly skilled individuals with excellent English communication skills.

The Philippine culture is also very compatible with that of Western countries.

Lastly, salaries of Filipino workers are much lower than those in other countries, that is why outsourcing is usually seen as an ideal way to cut costs.

At Philippine Trails, we can assist in the transportation and accommodation for anyone looking to visit the Philippines to experience the delights of the country firsthand.

We devise short packages which tailor-in your business meeting(s), and which also allow you to experience the warmth and hopitality of the country and its people, experiencing resorts and tropical islands!

See more on our website HERE...

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Time Magazine Lauds Boracay!

The outside world discovered the Philippine island of Boracay back in the 1970s, but this tiny isle less than an hour's flight south of Manila (followed by a quick ferry ride) has managed to retain an air of Crusoe-esque seclusion. To get away from the small but growing crowd, stay at one of the resorts at either end of White Beach, where rooms open right onto open stretches of luxurious white sand.

Read more

Talk to us about booking a holiday on Boracay. Info here...

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Higher tourist arrivals expected with cruise ship in Manila

As much as 22,000 tourists are expected to visit Manila from now until November 2010 as Costa Cruises, Italy ’s largest tourism group and Europe’s no. 1 cruise company, begins regular calls to Manila. Costa Classica, one of its 14-storey, 53,000 gross-tonnage ships recently docked at South Harbour for the very first time, bringing 1,300 guests to Manila.

Book Costa Cruises directly from our website HERE

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Help With Devising Tours of the Philippines

We've now added panels of information to many of the Philippines destinations we offer. See the example, right.

We hope that this device will help those considering a tour of the Philippines to get an idea of what destinations go well together, and they can then create a "trail" that we can then organise. We'll arrange the trip so that getting from destination to destination within the Philippines is achieved with minimum fuss. We use our knowledge of flight and sailing timetables to achieve this.

We also try to give an idea on what we consider to the the minimum number of nights one should allow for at each destination.

The Philippines is a vast country of 7,107 scattered islands, and it is easy to try and do too much in one go! You won't see it all at once, so work to an itinerary that's not too demanding, and then there'll be plenty of reasons to come back again!

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Latest Atlantis Resort Newsletter

Once again, we're proud to link to the monthly Newsletter of our friends at the Atlantis Resorts. This can be downloaded HERE...

We offer diving holidays to Atlantis at Puerto Galera, on the island of Mindoro, and also Dumaguete, on Negros Oriental. Even if you don't dive, these are relaxing resorts at which to stay, offering a high standard of accommodation and facilities.

Download the Newsletter HERE...

Don't forget, we also offer Liveaboard Dive Cruises with Atlantis. Full information on our website HERE...

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Pawikan Conservation

The ultimate patriots, the Pawikans (Filipino for Marine Turtles) return after 25-30 years and go back to where they were hatched to lay eggs. This cycle remained unbroken for ages until recently when these beautiful sea animals have become highly threatened for extinction, due to poaching and hunting- their numbers are alarmingly dwindling.
Discover more in Ryan Buaron's fascinating article HERE...

Friday, 6 November 2009

More about El Nido...

"I've travelled far and wide. So when I say Bacuit Bay in southwest El Nido is probably the most beautiful place I've seen, you've got to realise the scale here.
There are 45 isles around El Nido, located at the northern tip of Palawan, known as the “Last Ecological Frontier'' in the Philippines.
These islands are mostly deserted, protected by law and harbouring beaches as private as they are beautiful. "

Just an excerpt from another great article here...

El Nido wins 'responsible tourism' award

A posh tourist destination in Palawan, Philippines won this year's Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards - the first awards series of its kind in the region.

El Nido Resorts, a hotel complex built near a beach cove and surrounded by lush forests, won the "Mid to Small Accommodation" category at the Wild Asia awards program last October 28. Full story...

At Philippine Trails, we can tailor in a visit to this fabulous destination. Please enquire!

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

New Liveaboard Destination Announced.

Atlantis have now added an itinerary that covers Apo Reef and the wrecks of Coron - spectacular wall diving and pretty special Japanese WWII wreck diving, only available at very few places in the world.

As they say: "Why go all the way to Truk Lagoon?"

We all know how appealing wreck diving is to the British diver and combined with a week in one of the Atlantis resorts makes this a perfect diving holiday.

Read all about Liveaboard and The Azores, HERE.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Misamis Oriental

"Called Mindanao’s nature front, Misamis Oriental is home to fine beaches, fertile mountains and lush forest reserves, interesting dive sites, caves that wait to be explored, and a diverse culture that begs to be experienced."

"While adventure tourism in Cagayan de Oro is promoted heavily in the tourism circles, there are other things to see and do in Misamis Oriental. Such as the ancestral houses of Vega Ancestral Home in Balingasag and the Lagbas Ancestral Home in Sugbongcogon. Like in many parts of the Philippines, the province has a lot of beautiful dive sites."

These extracts are taken from an article Ryan Buaron has just written about Misamis Oriental on the great website at Tourism-Philippines. See the full story HERE.

If you'd like to visit Mindanao, or any part of the Philippines for that matter, don't hesitate to contact us at Philippine Trails.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Camiguin - Island of SEVEN Volcanoes.

Once again our friend, Ryan, has delivered a great article for Tourism-Philippines about Camiguin island in the Southern Philippines.

We can incorporate a visit and stay on this beautiful island as part of your Philippines holiday. Please ask.

Take a look at the full article HERE.

Monday, 26 October 2009

The Philippines on BBC2

A really positive hour-long programme about the Philippines on BBC2 last night.

Charley Boorman - Sydney to Tokyo By Any Means

There have been a lot of positive tweeting on Twitter about the programme, and rightly so. The friendliness and warmth of the Philippines came over loud and clear.

Friday, 16 October 2009

The Elegance of old Manila

What wonderful footage from 1938!

Many people rode around in calesas. This is still possible by Manila Bay.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Latest Atlantis Resort Newsletter

Once again, we're proud to link to the monthly newsletter of our friends at the Atlantis Resorts. This can be downloaded here...

We offer diving holidays to Atlantis at Puerto Galera, on the island of Mindoro, and also Dumaguete, on Negros Oriental. Even if you don't dive, these are relaxing resorts at which to stay, offering a high standard of accommodation and facilities.

Don't forget, we also offer Liveaboard Dive Cruises with Atlantis. Full information on our website here.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Tourism brings prosperity to the Philippines.

Lamac, in south-western Cebu, is in a secluded mountain valley, and many have described it as a “hidden paradise.”

It had no road, no electricity and no water supply. Not too many wanted to go there to discover its natural wonders, such as its seven caves, a lagoon for water sports and lake for rafting and fishing.

But the residents, mostly farmers, realising they have a jewel of a place, volunteered to build on a rotation basis, a road making their barrio accessbile to the outside world.

Lamac now has a church, health centre, elementary and secondary schools, post office, bakery, its own water system and drug store, plus a concrete road used by farmers to sell their products. Here's the full article...

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Sorsogon, Bicol

Sorsogon, in the Bicol Region, is at the southern tip of Luzon Island, Philippines, and here we offer eco packages that can be incorporated into your holiday. These tours include:

Whale shark interaction and Manta bowl dives - swim with the whale sharks and dive with the manta rays!

River kayaking - For the athlete and athlete at heart, Donsol River's 100 kilometer stretch will be a challenge on its own.

Firefly river tour - the fireflies on the Donsol river should not be missed, and it is easy to get mesmerized by their dancing!

Trekking up the Mayon Volcano - The Mayon Volcano is the most popular tourist attraction in the Bicol region. (More on our Trekking page.) More information can be found on our Eco Donsol Page...

Monday, 5 October 2009

Banaue Rice Terraces

More than 2,000 years ago, the lfugaos, with only simple tools and bare hands, carved rice fields out of the mountainsides with several peaks rising as high as 6,000 feet.

These were irrigated through a complex of bamboo pipes and canals, drawing water from streams created by bubbling springs. As they toiled the soil and planted the staple grains, they kept carving out fields and building soil embankments until, in the passing of time, the rice terraces almost reached the peaks.

Often called "the eighth wonder of the world", the Banaue Rice Terraces stand as the most awe-inspiring man-made landscape in the Cordilleras!

The panorama of the terraces becomes stunning as it changes colors with the season: varying shades of green in the planting season; alternating gold and ochre tones in the harvest season, and, different hues of the sky as reflected by water in the bare fields.

We offer tailored tours into this, and other parts of North Luzon, using air-conditioned 4x4 transport, with accommodation included. See more on our page Here.

Friday, 2 October 2009

Cebu Flowerpecker is species champion in UK bird fair

The country’s Cebu Flowerpecker recently received the Bird Life Species Champion award in the recently held British Birdwatching Fair 2009 in Oakham, Rutland, United Kingdom (UK).

Known as the ‘Woodstock of Birders,’ the British Birdwatching Fair is an exclusive event where all sectors in birdwatching and wildlife conservation from all over the world gather.

Presented by BirdLife International, the award was given to the Department of Tourism (DOT) which was also named as the Species Champion for the said endemic bird.

“This award seals our country’s status as a premier birdwatching site in the global birders’ community. More importantly, it will draw further support for biodiversity awareness and wildlife preservation from our local sectors,” said Tourism Secretary Ace Durano.

The Cebu Flowerpecker has been rediscovered by renowned birder and zoologist Dr. Rob Timmins who saw it in 1992, 100 years after its last sighting. The bird was found in the village of Tabunan, and small numbers can also be seen in Nug-As and Mount Lantoy, also in Cebu. Presently, an estimated 100 birds of this species may be living in the area.

British birdwatchers have also confirmed new sightings of the elusive bird. Matt Merritt, Features Editor of the noted BirdWatching Magazine, wrote about his party’s glimpses of the rare specie in their visit to Cebu recently. He described it as stocky, 12cm-long, with a distinctively red back, grey-white underparts, blue-black wings and a black head with short stout bill.

Capturing the bird in a photo has long been every birder’s dream, as no photo of it yet exists due to its size and elusive nature, some of UK’s birders said.

Touted by the British wildlife enthusiasts as the bird that’s ‘back from the dead,’ the Cebu Flowerpecker was also cited as the flagship specie at the UK Birdfair. The event theme for this year was ‘Lost and Found,’ highlighting winged species which were known to be extinct but have been recently rediscovered.

Apart from the Cebu Flowerpecker, Merritt named other prized winged species that his group saw in their treks to other birding sites of the country which are Pampanga and Palawan.

Some which he mentioned include, the Philippine Duck, Cinammon Bittern, Night Herons, Luzon Hornbill, Philippine Hanging Parrot, Bar-bellied Cuckoo Shrike, Philippine Falconet, Sooty Woodpecker, Yellow-vented Bulbuls, Brahminy Kite, Great Sand Plover, Terek Sandpiper, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Palawan Peacock Pheasant, Tarictic Hornbill and Black Shama.

“With one-third of our birds endemic, birdwatching is a viable tourism product for serious birders who make up a sizeable part of our high-spending segment,” added Durano.

Thanks to for the story.

We'll shortly be adding some great new bird tours to our website. Take a look at the Birdwatching page.

Take Me To The Philippines! of the Black Eyed Peas delivers an appropriate message...

Tourism Unaffected by Recent Tropical Storm

In light of the recent events brought about by tropical storm "Ondoy", the Department of Tourism reports that its tourism infrastructure remains intact, unaffected and in full operation.
The country continues to lure travellers with its raw natural beauty and warm friendly people.

Monday, 28 September 2009

Typhoon Ketsana, and a true Philippines Hero

The world has been shocked at the effect of Typhoon Ketsana, which (in the rainy seaon), dumped a month's worth of rain on Manila in just a few hours.

Lots of heartbreaking stories are emerging about lives lost, and how residents are coping - many having become displaced.

An 18-year-old construction worker, Muelmar Magallanes, braved rampaging floods in the Philippines to save more than 30 people, but ended up sacrificing his life in a last trip to rescue a baby girl and her mother who were being swept away on a styrofoam box. Read more.

The bravery and self-sacrifice of Muelmar Magallanes is an inspiration to us all. May he rest in peace, and may his family find comfort in his bravery.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Philippines Flood Donations Appeal

More than a month’s worth of rain fell in just 12 hours yesterday as Tropical Storm Ketsana slammed ashore in the Philippines triggering the worst flooding in decades in the capital Manila and nearby provinces.

Philippines President Gloria Arroyo appealed for donations and called for calm.

July to October is known as the Rainy Season, but no-one in Manila can remember rains like this.

Read the full story on the website of our friends at Philippines Tourism.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Camarines Sur - he Philippines’ newest and fast rising tourism star

Here's a great article from

From the deeply religious Bicol region, Camarines Sur is the Philippines’ newest and fast rising tourism star with coasts and islands that greet the traveler with gorgeous limestone formations, secluded white sand beaches as well as a throbbing adventure sports scene that makes the rest of Asia stand up and take notice.

About 10-12 hours bus ride (or a 45 minute plane ride) away from Manila is the province of Camarines Sur, formerly known as Tierra de Camarines – a Spanish-founded settlement. The name was derived from camaronchones or camarines, Spanish for a warehouse/barn which referred to the small nipa/bamboo huts used by the locals of the area. Spanish Governor General Guideo de Lavezares called Camarines Sur as Los Camarines after finding a great number of camarins or rice granaries all over the area.

Read it in full Here...

Thursday, 10 September 2009

The Brits Once Held Batanes!

Many thanks to our good friend, Ryan Buaron, in Manila, for pointing us towards this bit of trivia:

"In 1687, a crew of English freebooters headed by William Dampier came with a crew of Hollanders and named the islands in honor of their country's monarchs. Itbayat was named "Orange Isle" in honor of William of Orange, and Batan was named "Grafton Isle". Sabtang Isle was named "Monmouth Isle" after the Duke of Monmouth. Capt. Dampier stayed for less than three months, and did not claim the islands for the British crown." Source of info.

This part of the Philippines is so beautiful, and different, we've given it its own page on our website. They say the countryside is very much like Ireland or parts of Scotland. Being at the very far north of the country, the temperatures are a little cooler.

New Boracay Website Launched!

With so much interest in the beautiful island of Boracay, we decided to create a specific website dedicated to this jewel in the Philippines crown.

The website can be found at:
Son, David is charged with running this part of our business. He was quite impressed with the country on our last tour round the islands, and Boracay in particular, despite the fact it was the start of rainy season and we had a couple of tropical storms whipping up while we were there!

It was quite a novel experience. Warm rain is still far preferable to the cold stuff we get in the UK. (If you want to avoid the chances of rain, we'll advise you when to go.)

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Ecotourism in the Philippines

We've now set up a page promoting ecotourism in the Philippines.

Ecotourism is a form of sustainable tourism where economic benefits are fostered and pursued for both the enrichment of local communities, and the satisfaction of visitors.

It could be argued that pretty much all of the Philippines can be considered Ecotourism destinations, such is the diversity of both the country and the activities it has to offer, plus the importance of tourism to local communities.

The province of Batanes is one new area we're promoting. It's a fabled land of stunning landscapes, quite distinct from other Philippine provinces due to the steep cliffs, rolling hills, deep canyons and boulder-lined shores. These natural characteristics make Batanes a very exciting place to visit, and a place to be at one with nature.

More information on the website.

Friday, 4 September 2009

Atlantis Resort Newsletter

Our friends at Atlantis have just issued their latest monthly newsletter, which can be downloaded here...
We offer diving holidays to Atlantis at Puerto Galera, on the island of Mindoro, and also Dumaguete, on Negros Oriental. Even if you don't dive, these are relaxing resorts at which to stay, offering a high standard of accommodation and facilities.

Don't forget, we also offer Liveaboard Dive Cruises with Atlantis. Full information on our website.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

The Pocket Guide We Feature - Globetrotter Guide to the Philippines

The Philippines - Globetrotter Guide by Nigel Hicks
Just before our last visit to the Philippines, my youngest son, Peter, gave me a gift of a pocket guide to the Philippines.

I have to say that it's been the most useful book on the country I've had, mainly because it's so concise, and therefore easy to pick up and refer to whilst traveling.

It's also excellent value, especially considering it comes with a fold-out map. The book can be bought from Amazon here...

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

We're Delighted to Launch our New Website!

We've been hard at work doing a total overhaul of our website since returning from our latest trip to the Philippines.

The previous incarnation served us well as we established the company, but it has long been our intention to incorporate more and more relevant information about both the Philippines, and our services.

We also accumulated a lot more information as we toured various islands, meeting up with old contacts and friends, and also having some great times with new people who were keen to show us their contributions to tourism in the Philippines.

Highlights for me, (Nigel) on the latest trip, were Puerto Galera, especially the beautiful bay, and the yacht club. (Did you know you can have sailing lessons there?), and also Olango Island, a short boat ride from Hilton Pier, on Cebu. I was completely enchanted by the quiet beauty of Olango island, especially the wetlands nature reserve, where a guide spent ages showing us around.

Oh, and i mustn't forget Islahayahay Resort on Bohol. The owner, Ara, is a delight, and the place is so peaceful. (It's got a restaurant and bar, but overall it's a great place to relax and unwind, while still being close to the magical sights of Bohol, like the famous Chocolate Hills.)

There's info about all the above on our new website pages. Hope you like the new design!

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Costa Cruises, Europe’s top cruise company, has scheduled a total of 15 visits to The Philippines this year.

Following its aggressive campaign to boost tourism traffic from unconventional source markets, the Department of Tourism (DOT) is pleased to announce the arrival of more and bigger cruise ships from Costa Cruises, Europe’s top cruise company. The luxury liner has scheduled a total of 15 visits to the country this year.

“Cruise ship tourists are a valuable segment of our arrivals as they come from the high-spending, silver markets of Europe and the US. I am pleased to note that beginning October of this year, Costa Cruises will upgrade to a bigger vessel that carries twice the number of passengers on board,” Tourism Secretary Ace Durano said.

“The new ship can carry 1,600 passengers which is a two-fold increase from the 800 passenger-capacity of Costa Allegra. This year, we have also augmented our scheduled ports of call in Manila compared to last year’s record,” cited Jenica Ferrer, Sales and Operations Officer of Costa Cruises in Manila.

The Philippines has been praised by guests for having the warmest arrival reception from among the ship’s destinations. “We make sure that they are treated to our one-of-a-kind Filipino hospitality. Even before the ship has completely docked, we greet guests with spectacular cultural performances amidst the festive atmosphere of various stalls offering handicrafts, delicacies and other home-made products on the wharf. We also give them a glimpse of the country by bringing them to a historical exploration of Corregidor, nature discovery of Tagaytay and Pagsanjan, and heritage tour and shopping in Manila,” shared Eduardo Jarque, Jr., Undersecretary for Tourism Planning and Promotions.

Costa Cruises targets more than 18,000 passenger arrivals in Manila this year, which is almost twice the figure of last year’s record of 10,000 passengers.

Touted as a ‘romantic ship,’ Costa Classica holds an astonishing number of sculpture, original painting, hangings, murals, and crafts. It has ten decks, two swimming pools and 2 theaters, and is built with a tonnage of 52,926 tons, and a length of 723 feet.

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Motorcycling! - Mindoro and Lake Taal Offroad Tour

  • Mindoro and Lake Taal Offroad Tour highlights
  • Lake Taal and its 35 volcanoes
  • Pagsanyan waterfall and gorge by banquero
  • Overnight on a desert island
  • Mangyan hill tribes
  • Support jeepney, Khristine

If you love offroad adventure, and are looking for something just a bit different, then look no further.

There is a fleet of Honda XLR200s awaiting you to take you on a spectacular adventure past jade coloured seas and tropical beaches, and through lush tropical rainforests studded with active volcanoes.

For more information, see the page on our website.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

More information on our Bird Tour!

Did you know, The Philippines has about 400 resident bird species of which almost 200 can be found only in the Philippines?

We now have more updated information on our Bird Tour.

Please visit the birdwatching page on our website.

Friday, 15 May 2009

UK lifts travel restrictions advice to parts of Mindanao

Good news for Mindanao as the UK lifts travel restrictions advice to parts of Mindanao. Link

Bird Watching in The Philippines

This is a holiday especially designed for the ornithologists amongst us! is especially promoting birdwatching in The Philippines at the moment. (Those in London may already have seen the campaign on London buses.)

The Philippines has about 400 resident bird species of which almost 200 can be found only in the Philippines.
The destination of Cebu allows travellers to discover Olango Island, an international bird sanctuary.

Bohol is another favorite destination of bird-watchers, who should visit the Rajah Sikatuna National Park.

We're pleased to offer the following birdwatching package which can easily be combined into a more extended holiday in these tropical islands:

Panangan Island, Bohol.

6 days 5 nights
Staying at Isla Hayahay Beach Resort, Panangan Island, Bohol.

Package includes:
• Aircon accommodation at the resort
• Airport or port transfer
• Full board (excluding drinks)
• Countryside tour, visiting the Chocolate Hills, cruising the Loboc River, visiting the Tarsier sanctuary

Birdwatching at:
• Olango Island - Cebu
• Cabilao Island Lake Loon, Bohol
• Raj Sikatuna Park - Bilar, Bohol
• Magrove Park - Pangangan Island, Calape, Bohol

See more information on our website.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Looking to Cruise the Far East?

We are now offering cruises by Costa Cruises which have two luxury liners in the Far East.

These are the Costa Classica, (pictured right), and The Costa Allegra (below).

These liners depart from Hong Kong and Singapore, and take in Manila, The Philippines, as a
port-of-call. The full itineraries can be seen on our website cruise pages.

As always, Philippine Trails can organise your return flights to the UK, and your cruise can even form part of a greater extended holiday, of course. Maybe arrive in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for a tour of the city, before taking a train ride down to Singapore first.

If you require any help, or further information, please get in touch. 0141 416 6009 or email us via our website.

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Boracay Villas

We've now added a selection of self-catering Villas and Apartments on the island of Boracay.

Take a look at our Villas and Apartments page.

Monday, 23 March 2009

New Family Holidays Added - Better for your budget!

Family Package

Total Price: From £1299 (excluding flights)
- 13 nights*

3 Nights Manila, 7 Nights Boracay, 3 Nights Manila

For up to 4 persons.

*Price Inclusive of accommodation in Makati, Manila and Dave's Straw Hat Inn, Boracay, Land and Ferry Transfers, Manila City Tour, Full day Excursion to Tagaytay City and Pony Trek to the Taal Volcano Crater, Boracay Island Hopping w/ light lunch, Service of Tour Guide.

Family Package

Total Price: From £1139 (excluding flights)
- 13 nights*

3 Nights Manila, 7 Nights Puerto Galera, 3 Nights Manila

For up to 4 persons.

*Inclusive of  Accommodation in Makati, Manila, and Aninuan Beach Resort, Puerto Galera, Land and Ferry Transfers, Manila City Tour, Full Day Excursion to Tagaytay City and Pony Trek to Taal Volcano Crater, Island Hopping, Service of Tour Guide.

Please note that similar accommodation will be offered should any hotel be unavailable for your required dates.

Manila - Calicoan Island, Samar

We're delighted to add this holiday to our range.

Price: From £649 (excluding flights) - 13 nights*

Price includes Accommodation, Breakfast, All Transfers*, Manila City Tour, Island/Town Tour of Calicoan, Welcome drink and souvenir trinket at Calico Surf Club.

Contact us for more information.

* Per Person, based on 2 Sharing. For Single-Supplement, & Child Rates, please enquire.

Monday, 16 March 2009


Located on one of the  finest beaches on Langkawi is the 3* picturesque Holiday Villas resort. Surrounded by tropical landscaped gardens, the Holiday Villas Langkawi is the perfect choice, offering a welcoming ambience to all guests, whether they are there for business or leisure. 

Special Offer :

 Stay 10 Nights, only pay 5 

 Valid  1 April – 30 June 2009, 

 1 September – 31 October 2009

10 Nights 3*Holiday Villa Resort  Langkawi  from £169* price per person based on 2 twin share

Bali - 10 Nights 3* Nusa Dua from £125* (excluding flights)

*Price is based on 2 adult’s twin share per person low season Superior room
Black out dates: 1 August – 1 September 2009, 25 December 2009 – 5 January 2010.

Relax and Unwind at the 3H Inna Putra Bali Hotel and Spa where the rhythms of Balinese life in the local community are echoed within the hotel, which as the name Putri (princess) suggests, assures you of a “royal” Bali experience.

Special Offer

Stay 10 Nights, only pay 5

Valid: 1 April 2009 – 31 March 2010

Contact for more information

Friday, 13 March 2009


MANILA -PALAWAN - 13 NIGHTS - from £539 per person based on 2 sharing twin/double room (excluding flights)

Price inclusive of Accommodation , Transfers, Breakfast, Manila City Tour, Honda Bay Island Hopping in Palawan, Service of Tour Guide.

For information about this tour,booking flight to Philippines and internal flight to Palawan
Email More tours available at our website.

Thursday, 12 March 2009


Stay at Radius International Hotel at the heart of Kuala Lumpur for 7 Nights. Enjoy the vibrant city of Malaysia! 

Price from £249 per person, (excluding flights), based on 2 sharing a room.

Inclusive of Accommodation, Breakfast, Transfers, 1 Day Full excursion w/lunch to the beautiful Genting Highland, Service of Tour Guide.

For more info. contact