Pre & Post Event Tours
Facts about the destinations
If you have plans to spend a few extra days to further enjoy the Philippines, below are some tour suggestions. Note that all expenses related to any of the chosen tours will be personal account of the delegate/participant.
According to a recent report by the National Mapping and Resource Information Agency (NAMRIA), the Philippines has a total of 7,641 islands, with the discovery of 534 more islands. This places the Philippines seventh most islands in the world after Sweden, Finland, Norway, Canada, Indonesia, and Australia. The three major island groups are Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Luzon is the Philippines’ largest island and the world’s fifteenth largest island. Luzon is also the most populous island in the Philippines and home to the country’s capital city, making it a political and economic hub. Key destinations in Luzon include Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, Banaue Rice Terraces, Ifugao, Benguet, Taal Volcano and Lake in Tagaytay City, The Farm at San Benito in Batangas, Mayon Volcano in Legazpi City, Albay, and Puerto Princesa Underground River, El Nido, and Coron Island in Palawan.
The Visayan Islands consist of several islands, the majority of which surround the Visayan Sea. The main islands of the Visayan Islands include Cebu, Negros, Panay, Samar, and Bohol.
Mindanao is the Philippines’ second largest island. Mindanao is the country’s leading agricultural commodity producer, and it also includes a bird sanctuary and a marsh-game refuge. Mindanao’s major islands include Ilanum, Maranao, Sangil, and Maguindanao Island.
Beyond its historical sites, luxury resorts, and vibrant nightlife, this urban destination also offers eco-adventures. Within the forests of interior Cebu, waterfalls and rare birds await those adventurous enough to seek them out. While along this 200 kilometer long island, coral reefs virtually surround its entire perimeter. Visitors can enjoy mindful tourism from award- winning mangrove river experiences to tours of ancestral homes by local guides. Cebu’s culinary heritage is equally impressive, so prepare your taste buds for a pleasant surprise.
The island is also at the forefront of the Philippines’ sustainable tourism movement. The Mactan-Cebu International Airport is the country’s first solar-powered airport and bans the use of single-use plastics among its concessionaires.
The paradisal province of Palawan is a constant feature in many international “Best In The World” lists, thanks to its rich and diverse flora and fauna, and much-preserved natural attractions. Discover why healthy ecotourism is such an essential part in maintaining the natural wonders of this heaven on earth.
Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan, serves as the gateway to the Philippines’ Last Frontier. The Puerto Princesa Underground River, also known as the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, is the world’s longest navigable underground river and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Puerto Princesa underground river tours’ paddleboats cruise through scenic limestone cliffs as they make their way through the 1.5-kilometer underground river cave.
The home of a famous Chocolate Hills, Bohol is the most visited destination in Central Visayas region of the Philippines. It is also known for other historical landmarks and natural attractions tarsiers, and centuries-old Catholic churches. Panglao is one of the main islands in Bohol, and it is known for its long coastlines and diverse marine life, making it a diving paradise for both professional and novice divers. This is also where you can see dolphins and whales, so bring your reef-friendly sunblock, snorkeling goggles, and swimsuits when you go island hopping. (add-on).
Being the Philippines’ top tourist draw and most famous beach took its toll on the island of Boracay. After taking a break for 6 months, Boracay reopens greener than ever—and everything is pristine like never before. Learn more about the new Boracay and be prepared to fall in love all over again.
Boracay’s claim to fame is its 4-kilometer stretch of pure white, powdery sand known as White Beach, which has long been hailed as one of the best white sand beaches in the Philippines and the entire world.
El Nido in Palawan is best known for its idyllic islands and lagoons. El Nido island hopping adventures, including a visit to El Nido Big Lagoon, should not be missed. Visit coves, white-sand beaches, limestone cliffs, and other tourist attractions.
This tour will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan in Ilocos Sur to learn about the heritage and culture of northern Luzon. This is ideal for visitors who want to combine historic sightseeing with a ‘kalesa’ (horse-drawn carriage ride) in Vigan. This tour package includes hotel pickup and drop-off, all entrance fees, and guide service.
Coron is one of Palawan’s most popular beach and island destinations. This paradise-like getaway comprises of the eastern half of Busuanga Island, Coron Island, and 50 other islets within the vicinity, all of which are separate from the main Palawan Island. It has caught the attention of many due to its World War II wreck diving spots, beautiful rock formations, and unbelievably clear waters. It is also considered the more quiet and laidback sibling of El Nido, another famous Palawan destination because of its gorgeous waters and scenery. Coron certainly has a unique charm to it and worth adding to your travel bucket list when in the Philippines.
Dubbed as the “world’s most perfect volcano”, the best way to experience Mayon Volcano in Albay is to get up close rather have a glimpse from afar. For tourists, Mayon ATV tours provides a more personal way of appreciating this beautiful volcano.
Locals and foreign visitors from Manila frequently make their way south to Tagaytay, a relaxing town known for its cool weather, magnificent views, and numerous tourist attractions. The volcano is located on an island within a lake within a lake. If that isn’t enough, you can actually hike up to the volcano crater with Taal Volcano excursions.
Acclaimed as a “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO, the grandeur of Rice Terraces is its amphitheater-like stone-walled terraces.
The Banaue Rice Terraces in Banaue, Ifugao, North Luzon, hand-chiseled some 2000 years ago, are a remarkable destination and truly one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines. Sit in a colorful jeepney as it cruises along Banaue’s winding roads, and the views of dramatic mud-walled rice terraces will take your breath away. The Ifugaos were skilled at carving both wood and mountain sides.
The Banaue Rice Terraces have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the rice-growing seasons of April-May and October-November, it provides spectacular views of emerald hues.
The Farm at San Benito is an eco-luxury holistic medical wellness resort located in Lipa, Batangas. This has been among the top destinations for travelers looking for a perfect holiday destination that combines science and holistic wellness in a transformative retreat.
Focused around the five pillars – diagnose, cleanse, nourish, repair and sustain – The Farm aims for guests’ bodies to return to their ideal, balanced state and achieve holistic optimum wellness.
The Philippines, a country of over 7,000 islands, has a tropical climate all year. From October to February, when humidity is at its lowest and cooler days and sunny skies prevail, is the best time to visit the Philippines.
It has two distinct seasons: dry season and rainy/monsoon season. The rainy season begins in June and ends in early October, while the dry season (the best but also busiest time to visit) lasts from October to May.
What to wear during tour: Wear cotton linen all season but bring a few layers for cooler evenings or trips to the Highlands. A bathing suit, sunscreen, and a hat are required for beach visits.
Prepaid phone plans with Smart or Globe SIM cards are recommended. At the airport or malls, you can purchase a local sim card for 5G or LTE data service. Data plans are reasonably priced.
The Philippines is one of the world’s largest English-speaking countries! Many people speak English and can assist you in a language that you understand.
In the Philippines, tap water is not drinkable, but most hotels provided free water for guests to drink and refill their bottles.
There aren’t many ATMs in smaller and more rural towns, so withdraw enough cash ahead of time to be safe. Some ATMs do not accept foreign cards either. ATMs that accept foreign cards are those with the Mastercard, Bancnet, or Cirrus logos.
In the Philippines, plugs alternate between American two-prong outlets and European two-round plugs. Many places had outlets that could accept both into the same socket. Bring an adapter that has both to ensure you don’t run into any problems while traveling around the country.