Thursday, 9 July 2015

Cycling Holidays in the Philippines...

Cycling trails around Mt Mayon Volcano
Now you can enjoy cycling holidays in the Philippines! Our cycling tours offer a chance to explore some of the most fascinating and historic areas of the country by mountain-bike.

The 11 day South Luzon Mountain Bike Tour starts with a trek to the Taal Lake and Volcano, before we move on to visit numerous historic sites, old churches, towns and villages on the way to Naga, and then Albay Province in Bicol. Here you can cycle along various trails that meander around the slopes of the imposing Mt Mayon Volcano.

Ilocos Historic Bike & Hike Tour is a journey over 10 Days that takes you through some of the best heritage sites in the Philippines. You'll discover a variety of museums, old buildings, churches and landmarks as you travel through the historic towns of Vigan, Paoay, Burgos, Laoag and Pagudpod.

Explore Baguio and the Rice Terraces with a Cordillera Mountains Biking Tour. Over 9 Days you'll ride through Baguio, "City of Pines", as well as the trails of Baguio and Benguet. Moving on to Sagada you'll see the famous hanging coffins and also the caves where villagers' ancestors are kept in their wooden coffins. Around Sagada you'll ride through scenic Rice Terraces, with views that will have you spellbound.

View the Mountain Bike Tours >>

Monday, 6 July 2015

The Whale Sharks of Oslob, Cebu, Philippines...

The giant, but gentle whale shark
Whale sharks became a protected species in 2003, and in the Philippines, they are bringing much needed income to the community of Oslob, Cebu.

It was only in 2012 that whale sharks first came to the attention of curious tourists. Since then an entire industry has grown up, with nearly 300 staff work at the feeding site, under local government management, which is aimed to safeguard these wonderful creatures who are giants of the sea, and yet quite gentle.

According to the Department of Tourism for this part of the Visayas, over 110,000 tourists were attracted to Oslob last year, purely to see, or swim with the whale sharks. Touching the creatures is forbidden, with the possibility of harsh penalties for those that transgress the rules, and swimmers have to cleanse themselves of sun cream, to keep the waters clean.

Although there are some who are concerned about the whole industry of interaction between whale sharks and humans, there are clear benefits for the community, who accept that controls and regulation is important, and are responsible in their management of the tourist programme.

Read more about the whale sharks of Oslob, Cebu, HERE >>  

At Philippine Trails, we offer whale shark interaction tours at Oslob, and also at Donsol, Bicol - also in the Philippines.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Luxury Cruising in the Philippines...

Caledonian Sky
A fantastic way to explore the beauty of the Philippine islands is to take a cruise.

In 2016, we have two luxury cruises on offer - both in March.

On 14th March, 2016, Caledonian Sky Cruise Ship embarks from Sandakan, (Borneo), Malaysia.

The ship sails through the Philippines visiting Puerto Princesa, El Nido, Tubbataha Reef, Bucas Grande Island, Lajanosa Island, Sogod Bay, Limawasa Island, Bohol, Balicasag, Pamilacan Island, Ticao Island, Donsol, Legazpi, Sibuyan Island, and finishing up in Manila on March 27th. Prices for this cruise start at £10439 GB Pounds per person.

The ship accommodates a maximum of 114 passengers in 57 spacious outside suites. Many have walk-in wardrobes and some feature tub baths. There are seven categories of suites and sixteen suites have private balconies.

More details of this cruise, "Journey through the Philippines with Palawan & Tubbataha Reef" can be found HERE >> 

Le Soleal
A second luxury cruise, "Best of the Philippines", starts on 15th March 2016, and departs from Kota Kinabalu, (Borneo), Malaysia. Sailing aboard the luxury Le Soleal Cruise Ship, this is a cruise lasting 11 days.

This magnificent yacht of only 132 staterooms and suites, all with balconies, visits Sandakan (Borneo), Puerto Princesa, El Nido, Coron, Manila, and ends its journey in Hong Kong.

Prices for this luxury cruise start from £2985 GB Pounds per person (+ Safety and port taxes 406 GBP pp)

See the full Itinerary & Prices HERE >>

Discovery Palawan
We're still offering a number of cruise aboard Discovery Palawan, a ship built in Holland, and originally a three-masted schooner that cruised the Caribbean.

She later moved to the Philippines and in 2013, underwent a USD 1.5 million renovation before being given her new name, "Discovery Palawan".

View the Cruises we offer from Discovery Fleet HERE >> 

You can read more about all these cruises on our website, and we look forward to assisting you in booking your next holiday in the Philippines.