When this is your social media hashtag you have to be pretty sure that it is actually “more fun in the Philippines” !!
It’s a pretty bold statement and one that I was about to test as I, another blogger from Dubai and 4 journalists were invited to try the Philippines for ourselves on a short 7 day press trip. Our mission as a group, was to sample the best of 3 itineraries carefully put together to show case some of the bounty of experiences available to visitors to the Philippines.
For those not in the know, the Philippines is the second-largest archipelago in the world, consisting of over 7000 islands. And for those living in Dubai it’s a mere 9.15 hour flight away ! Many of the islands boast fantastic diving and snorkelling with beautiful coral and sea life and stunning beaches (which of course I sampled for you !). Inland there are beautiful caves, rainforest, coffee plantations (yes I had to mention that !) and many other beautiful sights including fantastic waterfalls and volcanos. Add this to some fantastic food (another hit for me), great prices and super friendly people and a great holiday destination awaits you !
Leaving Dubai on the 7.45 pm flight, with PhilippineAirlines means you can fly overnight and reach Manila (the capital) by 9 am the next day, whilst overnight flights are not always my flight of choice, I must admit that flying in Premium Economy gave us plenty of leg room, use of a mini iPad as an entertainment system and a lovely meal and I managed to sleep for some of the flight too ! Our return flight leaving at 1pm arrived back at 6pm allowing time to fly back to Manila from our tropical island before our flight back – but more of that in another post.
It’s almost impossible to write about the Philipppines without making it quite a picture heavy post as frankly there are so many visual treats to enjoy. So before I write my more detailed posts (of which there will be a few) here are a few teasers for you.
‘Kids Go Free’ campaign : available immediately right through to the end of October 2014 and span six-nights/seven-days, during which two children per family under the age of 11 can enjoy an exciting array of activities, food, accommodation and other experiences all on complimentary basis.
The packages have been tailored to showcase the very best that the Philippines has to offer and include a three-night stay in Manila followed by an additional three-night stay in a regional paradise destination such as: Cebu, Palawan, Boracay, Bohol, Davao or Bicol. Also included within the packages are airport and hotel transfers, daily breakfast, a half-day city tour of Manila and the chosen regional destination, English-speaking guide and complimentary Qur’an. Over 30 hotels and resorts ranging from luxury five-star to stylish three-star accommodation are participating in the campaign, as are popular amusement and theme parks including the Enchanted Kingdom, Manila Ocean Park, Zoobic Safari, Paradise Ranch, Subic Zoocobia and Ocean Adventure. For more information contact your travel agent.
Disclaimer : I was a guest of the Philippine Department of Tourism, however all views and opinions are my own.