PHILIPPINES FAMILY travel guide
The Philippines consists of 7,641 islands, which are divided into three main island groups: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The capital city of Manila is located in Luzon. Here are some places we've visited and recommend. The culture is highly family-oriented so it goes without saying that children are welcome everywhere. If you are planning a trip to the Philippines, feel free to contact me. I would be happy to help.
Visit this jewel-box size cafe for vegetarian dishes, locally-sourced and organic ingredients, cold pressed juices, and superfood smoothies.
Vigan's Spanish architecture has remained intact and earned it a World Heritage Site designation. A throwback to the 18th century, kalesas still run the cobblestone streets.
If you want to go surfing La Union is a sure bet. The waves may not be monsters, but they are uncrowded. See where to stay and get a great cup of coffee for your next surf trip.
Just discovering that there is a great coffee shop in La Union makes me want to go back to La Union. In addition to the surfing, of course.
Out of the four El Nido resorts, Pangulasian is the most luxe and geared primarily for couples. Make sure to book the beachfront villas with kayaks and paddle boards.
Suited for families, Miniloc requires the shortest trip from El Nido airport and most conveniently located for island hopping adventures.
We had the Big Lagoon to ourselves when we did the sunrise kayak from Miniloc Island. Halfway back, we got off the kayaks and snorkeled to see the island's diverse and colorful sea life.
El Nido resort guests have access to this private island, where you can have a catered picnic, rock climb, hike, relax in a cabana and of course swim.
Siargao is well-known in the surfing community for Cloud9 and its perfect barrels, attracting surfers from Australia and Europe.
For non-surfers there are plenty of islands, lagoons and underwater caves to explore. Discover a lagoon full of stingless jellies and make Naked Island your own private spot.
Home of the T'boli people, South Cotabato is like a place time forgot with lakeside huts and lush hills. Dreamweavers literally turn dreams into reality through t'nalak cloth.