Monday, 30 April 2018

The Chocolate Hills of Bohol, Philippines

In the Philippines, Bohol's famous Chocolate Hills are a major attraction for tourists. Tweet this...

The unusual mounds are actually grass covered limestone, and they turn a chocolate brown in the dry season, hence the name.

Visitors can enjoy seeing this unique geological formation as part of a wider Countryside Tour of Bohol.

Other attractions that make Bohol an must-see island include the Loboc River, Alona Beach, and the Tarsier Sanctuary.

There is also a nature park, the Rajah Sikatuna National Park, that is perfect for trekking or birdwatching. We include this on the Bird Tours that incorporate this region of the Central Visayas.

You can fly to Tagbilaran, Bohol from Manila, or take a Fast Ferry from Cebu.

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Saturday, 28 April 2018

Play Golf on the Best Philippines Courses...

Enjoy a Golfing Holiday centred on Manila, Tagaytay, or Clark, incorporating the finest nearby golf courses.

Or consider playing the golf courses of Cebu, based in a resort on Mactan Island. Tweet this...


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Saturday, 7 April 2018

Philippines Diving Just Got Better with these 3 Great Liveaboard Options

Diver Training in Puerto Galera, Philippines
The waters around the Philippine Islands are teeming with marine life, and amongst the most diverse on the planet. No wonder then that the country is a magnet for divers looking to explore what lies beneath the waves!

There are already numerous coastal resorts that cater for diving enthusiasts, offering land-based boat trips. These resorts also often provide training for the novice.

For the wishing to explore further afield, we recommend Philippines Liveaboard Cruises. Tweet this...

Liveaboard Dive Cruises

There are a number of liveaboard ships in the Philippines  that offer exciting dive cruises, usually of around 7 days - sometimes longer. Here, we highlight three such ships.

Palawan Discovery
The Palawan Discovery

The Palawan Discovery is unique in the Philippines as it offers cruises for both divers and non-divers, with the ship being fitted to a high standard. There are separate activities for those guests that don't dive, making this a perfect trip for couples within which only one dives. View Itinerary.

The Resolute Liveaboard Dive Ship, Philippines
The Resolute

The Resolute is a Philippines registered Dive and Pleasure Yacht. She has been cruising in the Philippine waters since 1998 and is currently one of the longest running liveaboard ships in the country with a highly experienced crew. View Itinerary.

Seadoors Liveaboard Ship sails in the Philippines.

Seadoors is a dive boat with an experienced and very friendly crew of nine, that moves around the Philippines, specifically in the Visayas Region. Seadoors accommodates 14-16 guests with comfortable cabins - 6 Standard rooms and 2 Deluxe rooms. The cabins are all equipped with air conditioning, and have their own private bathrooms, each with a hot & cold shower, lavatory, mirror, and fresh towels. View Itinerary.

Philippines Liveaboard Itineraries

Further information on cruise itineraries, dates and prices can all be found on our website Here >>

For a complete package, to include airport meet and greet, plus pre and post cruise accommodation and transfers, as well as your cruise of choice, send us your details. By return we will let you have a tailored itinerary and quotation, with absolutely no obligation to proceed.

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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Boracay Island, Philippines, is Open Again for Business!

UPDATE OF THE BELOW UPDATE (April 2020)... With the current pandemic, Boracay is once again sadly closed to visiting tourists, as indeed is the Philippines as a whole. We all look forward to things improving, sooner rather than later we hope, and for this wonderful island to be welcoming visitors again. Until then, don't stop making your future plans, and get in touch with us if we can assist in any way.

UPDATE: Boracay island is once again "Open for Business"!
The island, one of the most popular Philippines destinations for tourists, has benefitted from improvements to infrastructure, and special attention to the standards of hotels and resorts. At Philippine Trails, we arrange many tours and vacations that include Boracay, and its popularity is as high as ever. Indeed, our webpage about the island is one of the most visited.

Boracay, described as "the jewel in the crown of Philippines tourism", was closed to tourists for a period of six months in 2018.

The closure was ordered by Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines' president, and it took effect from 26 April 2018, and didn't reopen until October of that year.

The massive surge in popularity for the island, in a relatively short period of time, had brought about a strain on its services. During the period of its closure, work was undertaken by various public bodies on areas such as waste-management, in a concerted effort to improve Boracay's infrastructure.

Three agencies - the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, and the Department of Tourism jointly recommended the shutdown of Boracay, which was timed to coincide with the "low season".

During the shut-down, alternative destinations within the Philippines gained popularity, including Puerto Galera, Bohol, Cebu, Ilocos, and El Nido

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