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    Cebu, Bohol in Feb - advice please

    I'll have about 10-14 days vacation in early February and want to head down Cebu, Bohol way.

    I've been to Borocay and did not like it. I loved Palawan though.

    This time I'm going solo, and want to see a different part of PI. So Cebu or Bohol it is.

    I'd like a mixture of relaxation, reading, tanning, snorkelling, eating and partying.

    What is to be recommended?

    callippo - I believe you may be the man to talk to?

    *I'm not 100% committed to Cebu and Bohol, and I'm open to suggestions.

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    Bohol is all about the diving not so much partying going on.

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    Alona beach can get lively in the high season, some decent eats to be had and just a short ferry ride from cebu

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    Alona beach can get lively in the high season, some decent eats to be had and just a short ferry ride from cebu
    Looks promising - any suggestions for accommodation? I would think my budget would be about 1000 baht/night.

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    I can't remember where I stayed but I done a thread on it and boracay . Cebu, called
    Beaches, beer, babes and Banca boats or something like that, the hotel info will likely be there, Philippine section

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    A friend/colleague stayed at Coco Mangoes Resort in Alona beach, bohol
    Look it up, don't know the exact price but it was less than 2k pesos per night, incldg brkfast & pick-up. You cab fly into cebu & fly out of bohol. Do multi- city booking in Cebu pacific air. Am in province, posting frm fone. Limited net. I think there's a Tune Hotel in cebu. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    A friend/colleague stayed at Coco Mangoes Resort in Alona beach, bohol
    Look it up, don't know the exact price but it was less than 2k pesos per night, incldg brkfast & pick-up. You cab fly into cebu & fly out of bohol. Do multi- city booking in Cebu pacific air. Am in province, posting frm fone. Limited net. I think there's a Tune Hotel in cebu. Good luck.
    Had a look at their website and Agoda - seems nice at 1500PHP/night, but possibly a bit secluded for me.

    I'm going solo, so I want to be relatively close to beach and nightlife/restos etc.

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    Dont know if theres much of nightlife in bohol. U can take the ferry to dumaguete city 4 nite life. Or u can do just short stay in bohol, fly back to manila & o/n there. Next day tske bus to batangas city pier then boat to puerto galera. There r bars & discos in PG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Dont know if theres much of nightlife in bohol. U can take the ferry to dumaguete city 4 nite life. Or u can do just short stay in bohol, fly back to manila & o/n there. Next day tske bus to batangas city pier then boat to puerto galera. There r bars & discos in PG.
    How about just chilling in PG? Decent beaches and nature there?

    EDIT: found this - https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attra...e_Mindoro.html

    EDIT EDIT: with about 10 days I can do a couple of islands. Palawan is good with a gf, Bohol for diving (not a diver), PG for wildlife and 'wild life'.
    Last edited by Baas Babelaas; 31-12-2015 at 11:14 AM.

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    Hapi nu yr! I asked some ppl & bohol is more of a diving & family frndly place w/ the tarsier place. Also extreme sports or mountaineering/ hiking type. If u just want to chill, i think its betr 2 go 2 PG bcos it has bars & discos. Choose a place in white beach or sabang. U can also hire boat during day 4 island hopping. Or hire guide 2 c watrfalls. If gping to PG, betr 2 travel frm manila during day/ morn. Bus to piet is 2-3 h, depends on trafk. Also, boat 2 PG frm pier is until 5 or 6 pm only, i thnk. No night trip 4 safety reasns. Sory for txt-talk, postng frm fone. Still in prov.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Hapi nu yr! I asked some ppl & bohol is more of a diving & family frndly place w/ the tarsier place. Also extreme sports or mountaineering/ hiking type. If u just want to chill, i think its betr 2 go 2 PG bcos it has bars & discos. Choose a place in white beach or sabang. U can also hire boat during day 4 island hopping. Or hire guide 2 c watrfalls. If gping to PG, betr 2 travel frm manila during day/ morn. Bus to piet is 2-3 h, depends on trafk. Also, boat 2 PG frm pier is until 5 or 6 pm only, i thnk. No night trip 4 safety reasns. Sory for txt-talk, postng frm fone. Still in prov.
    Happy new year to you! I'm thinking Bohol + PG. Should be fun.

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    I thot u wantd nitelife? No NL that i know of in Bohol. There is in PG & cebu city. There's an old pic thread here abt cebu, look it up. Not advisable to travel by boats during holidays & peak season, queues are long. Hope u dont travel here on feb 25, its a holiday & start of long wkend. Might be long queues & no boat tickets for chance passengers. Am still in province, travelling by boat & the ports r stressful. Good luck.

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    I'm revising my plans to PG only. Not far from Manila.

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    incorporating Puetro Galera with Bohol is not a great idea. They are two far apart and you will have to split the vacation into two discrete sections and traipse back and forth to Manila to get your flight to Tagbilaran.

    better to just concentrate on the Visayas.

    best way to manage shortish Visayan vacations os to construct an 'open jaw' type itinerary where you fly in and out and back to Manila from different airports.

    you haven't mentioned Dumaguete but really that is the perfect place to start and has numerous attractions around town, inexpoensive motorbike hire and quick links to the surrounding islands.

    suggest this plan from Manila :

    IN

    1. Dumaguete. Decent inexpensive hotels in town and not bad nightlife especially if its not the student vacation. Twin Lakes, Valencia hot springs and mountain camp, Lake Siaton, Tambobo bay. 3 nights.

    2. ferry to Tagbilaran Bohol. Stay at Hope Homes in Danao 3km from Alona beach, fan rooms are 750 INCLUDING MOTORBIKE aircon ones with fridge are 1300. This is a well-known backpacker haunt, well placed to take package tours sold at Alona to sample the attractions of Bohol's interior. Alona can be quite lively at night but it is nothing compared to the southern Thai tourist magnets.

    you could just leave it at that and fly out of Tagbilaran at the end however you've mentioned Cebu so from Tagb you can

    3. take ferry ro Cebu. You have a choice of taking the fast ferry directly to Cebu city or a slower ferry also from Tagbilaran to the port of Taloot, 9km north of Argao town. This is the best ferry to take if you want to take part in the Oslob Whaleshark Circus that has been packing them in since 2011. You might want to take a bus (change at Carcar) up to the west side of Cebu island to visit Moalboal which has excellent off beach snorkelling and great diving and not so far from Mactan Cebu airport to take your flight on up to Manila and out.

    this kind of itinerary is what passes for the Philippines backpacker trail and if you had more time you could include the magnificent island of Siquijor in it too, try to get a few more than 13-14 nights, if you made it 20 you could do a lot more. Spend as little time in Manila as you possibly can. Just use it as a hub.

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    Very nice reply callippo. I'm flying in on the 31st. Booked 2 nights in PG. And the I'll go from there. Fly out on the 10th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by callippo View Post
    Spend as little time in Manila as you possibly can.
    I second that....it's a dump. Nothing works and it's more run-down than 25 years ago.

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    ^+1. I first arrived in Manila slightly more than 25 years ago. It's now 25 years more rundown, nothing works, and the traffic, which was horrible in 1990, is now simply unbearable. I live about 50 miles south, and avoid Manila like the plague. Unless it's a mandatory trip to the Embassy to renew a passport or something of that ilk, there's nothing at all I need there.

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    10 nights is no time at all. You might as well spend the entire time in Puerto Galera once you're there you are a bit cut off. Do you really want to go back to Manila and take a flight down to Tagbilaran and spend maybe 4 nights on Panglao. It's up to you, but I wouldn't bother. I don't write Manila off to the same extent as some. You'll never comprehend the Philippines as a nation without at least trying to get to grips with Manila. Maybe consider one night there at the end., with Makati probably being the best one of metro Manila's 16 cities to stay in for most first-time visitors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by callippo
    You'll never comprehend the Philippines as a nation without at least trying to get to grips with Manila. Maybe consider one night there at the end., with Makati probably being the best one of metro Manila's 16 cities to stay in for most first-time visitors.
    One night in Makati?

    That's going to help you 'comprehend the Philippines as a nation'?



    I've stayed in Makati a couple of times and it's always seemed to me that its appeal lies in the fact that it minimises one's comprehension of Manila.

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    Of course it won't. And this guy will learn quite a lot just in getting to PG and back. But far too many foreigners run scared of Manila though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by callippo View Post
    Of course it won't. And this guy will learn quite a lot just in getting to PG and back. But far too many foreigners run scared of Manila though.
    Kate gave me some solid advice on how to get down to PG from the airport.

    And keep in mind I've been to Palawan and Boracay.

    I'm thinking of just chilling in PG - I'll probably have some work to do a couple hours a day, plus swimming, exploring, snorkeling, reading, writing, chasing skirt etc.

    Booked into Badladz initially at a reasonable P1390/night.

    I wouldn't mind seeing a bit of Manila actually, 1-2 nights max though.

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    PG was bloody awesome. Chilled at Badladz Dive Resort for the full 10 days. Went to Sabang the first two nights (girly bars) and the last two nights (a newly opened British pub).

    Perfect, value-for-money break from China.

    Flew out direct on China Eastern - excellent service, brand new craft. Straight down to Batangas for P3000, and over to PG on the banca. 100m walk to the Resort.

    Went straight into chill mode.

    Back up to Manila, sleep-in at the hotel, onto the plane (China Southern), stop over in Guangzhou, and back to SH.

    EDIT: NAIA is looking MUCH better than 18 months ago. Not surprised it got out of the 10 worst airports. Still some way to go though.

    Will definitely repeat in a few months.

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    Glad you had a good time - weather mostly cooperated as well.

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    Will be back in two months. Cheap as chips holiday. The other option is Jeju Island in South Korea.

    PG hands down winner.

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    Forget South Korea, it's expensive and shite.

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