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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.


LUZON

EAT

Hillside Cafe and Juice Bar
Quezon City, Manila

Visit this jewel-box size cafe for vegetarian dishes, locally-sourced and organic ingredients, cold pressed juices, and superfood smoothies.

SEE

Vigan
Ilocos Sur

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.

SEE

Baguio
Benguet

Baguio is a hilltop destination where Manila dwellers go to escape the heat. It is also an artist enclave, attracting the creative-minded with its easy-going nature.

PLAY

San Juan Beach
La Union

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.

EAT

El Union Coffee
La Union

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.

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VISAYAS

STAY

El Nido Pangulasian Island
Palawan

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.

STAY

El Nido Miniloc Island
Palawan

Suited for families, Miniloc requires the shortest trip from El Nido airport and most conveniently located for island hopping adventures.

STAY

El Nido Lagen Island
Palawan

Lagen enjoys the most recent villa renovations in 2016, so accommodations are nicer than Miniloc's original, tiny rooms.

 

PLAY

The Big Lagoon
Palawan

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.

PLAY

Entalula Island Beach Club
Palawan

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.

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STAY

Panglao Island Bluewater
Bohol

See the endangered tarsier monkey in its sanctuary, watch fireflies light up mangrove trees on a river cruise, and visit a 16th century parish.

 

MINDANAO

STAY

Kanilaw Resort
Siargao

Siargao is well-known in the surfing community for Cloud9 and its perfect barrels,  attracting surfers from Australia and Europe.

PLAY

Sohoton Lagoons
Siargao

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.

SEE

Lake Sebu
South Cotabato

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.

 

OTHER PLACES WE'VE BEEN

ASIA

EUROPE

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

WASHINGTON