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The best things to do when visiting Cebu

By Asia, Cebu, Countries, Philippines

One of the largest and most central islands in the Philippines is Cebu Island. The island is huge, and the most well-known places are Cebu City and the former fisher town Moalboal. Cebu is known as a great diving and snorkelling spot, but has great waterfalls and nature too. Considering its size, it can be hard to decide where to go on this island. Let us help you with this article about the best things to do when visiting Cebu, Philippines.

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What to do in Cebu

There’s so much to see and do in Cebu that it can be hard to decide. As the distances are big, we advise you to choose carefully. Here are some of the best things to do in Cebu.

Rent a motorbike and go chasing waterfalls

Cebu has lots of nature which include many stunning bright blue waterfalls. Some are easy to reach, and some are a bit more challenging to find. It will be hard to see all of them as the distances are very big, but definitely include visiting some waterfalls when going to Cebu or Moalboal.

Kawasan Waterfalls

The Kawasan Waterfalls are by far the most famous waterfalls to visit when going to Cebu. They are located close to Moalboal in Badian and can only be entered through the canyoneering. There used to be another entrance through which you visit the waterfalls only, but it got destroyed by a tornado in December 2022.

Canyoneering is one of the most popular activities to do in Cebu.  The tours can be booked everywhere in Cebu City, Moalboal or online. You will climb, jump, hike, swim and slide downstream the waterfalls for about 4–5 hours. In the end, you will arrive at the Kawasan waterfalls with bright aqua-coloured water.

Montpellier Falls

Not interested in following the crowds and up for an off-the-beaten-track experience? Montpellier is your way to go. This beautiful and adventurous waterfall with perhaps even more beautiful scenery is located a bit further from Moalboal than the Kawasan waterfalls. It requires a short (approximately 20 minutes) but challenging hike on a narrow path. You’ll walk through villages, grasslands, and the jungle and will be rewarded with a cool plunge. The view of hundreds of palm trees is breathtaking. The Montpellier waterfall itself is secluded (probably no one around), with crystal clear bright blue water in a jungle scenery.

From the main road, turn left at the gas station. You’ll follow a narrow, steep path through rice fields and jungle with a motorbike. At some point, you’ll have to leave the motorbike (don’t worry, no one will try to steal it) and continue on foot.

Tip: Excited about more hiking and seeing more of Cebu’s extraordinary nature? Consider hiking the Osmoña Peak. This is the highest peak of Cebu and provides a great view of the island.

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Other waterfalls

Can’t get enough of waterfalls? Consider visiting the Inambakan or Kabutongan waterfalls. They are also beautiful but easier accessible. The Dao Waterfalls EcoAdventures also offer canyoning, but are less well known.

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Go diving and snorkelling

Cebu is known as an amazing spot for diving and snorkelling. In Moalboal you can get your Padi or try out dives everywhere, and they offer a variety of diving and snorkelling tours. Moalboal is located in the Tanon Strait that attracts a variety of sea life. It is a large protected area and is home to very rare species of sharks, dolphins, whales and many more.

One of the best snorkelling spots on the island is located right in front of the coast of Moalboal and is called Sea Turtles Snorkelling Zone 1. There is almost a guarantee to see sea turtles and find beautiful creatures on the reef right on the coast. But after 10 meters of swimming, something even more special is waiting for you. The reef suddenly drops to more than 10 meters deep and right at that spot, there is a sardine run of hundreds of these fish. The silver sardine fish glitter in the sunlight shining through the crystal clear blue water, and it is absolutely astounding to witness.

Tip: in love with diving and already in possession of a Padi? Consider diving at Malapascuan. This island is known for having rare Thresher sharks and sometimes even whale sharks.

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Some things to take into consideration when snorkelling in Cebu

Snorkelling and diving in Cebu is amazing, but be careful. Learn from our experiences and prepare yourself before entering the water.

Protect your feet and the coral

We would recommend wearing water shoes or waterproof sandals when snorkelling here because there are sea urchins and little pieces of glass (leftovers from the damage done by tornadoes) in the reef sometimes. If you’re wearing flippers, please be careful not to damage the corals and beautiful creatures living here. Please be respectful and don’t touch or take out anything, you’re a guest! Taking corals out is punishable by law in the Philippines.

Whale shark snorkelling in Oslob

Many blogs recommend going whale shark snorkelling at Oslob, but we strongly advise against doing so. Whale sharks naturally migrate hundreds of kilometres of distance throughout the year, and it is an important part of the ecosystem. Because they feed the whale sharks in Oslob, the marine mammals no longer migrate and it is disturbing the ecosystem. 


Wessel wasn’t paying attention and got stung by jellyfish. They are see-through white and almost invisible, but it hurts when they sting. The feeling is uncomfortable, but luckily not dangerous at all. We went snorkelling 6–7 times and only saw them once, so you’ll probably have no problems. Just be careful. Couldn’t see them in time like us? Put some vinegar on the stings, that is the only thing that will give you some relief. Avoid washing it with soap.

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Grab a tricycle

In the Philippines, one of the iconic means of transportation is the tricycle. You will recognize them by the bright colours, biblical texts and friendly Filipinos convincing you to use their service. We used the tricycle to go from the bus station in Moalboal town to the beach and hotel area. We paid around 300 pesos (around €5,-). Hop on the tricycle and enjoy the very bumpy ride. A really fun experience!

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White Beach Moalboal – Basdaku Beach

One of the prettiest beaches in the area is White Beach in Moalboal. As its name implies, expect white sand and a clean beach to spend a day relaxing. It’s also a very nice beach for snorkelling. Sip on a coconut and enjoy the laid-back vibe on this beach. It’s definitely a welcome break in between hiking waterfalls, canyoneering and snorkelling sardines. Keep in mind that especially on the weekends, this place can be very busy, as it’s popular among both locals and tourists. You pay a small entrance fee of 10 pesos (around  €0.17) to enter the beach, this is for the locals to keep the beach clean. If you’re visiting by vehicle, expect another 10 pesos for a motorcycle/scooter and 40 pesos (around  €0.68) for a car. 

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Best time to travel to Cebu

The best time to visit Cebu and Moalboal is generally January to April. There is a generally dry climate and lots of sun. The temperatures are often lowest in these months between 25 °C and 33 °C. In other months, the Philippines can get quite wet and is unfortunately often struck by hurricanes and big storms. 

How to get there

Cebu City

There’s a bigger airport in Cebu City that allows you to travel basically anywhere in the Philippines. We would advise you to stay in a hotel here for one night, as the buses to Moalboal leave in the morning and take quite some time.


From the central bus station in Cebu City you can take a bus to Moalboal. It will take you around 3–5 hours to get from one place to another, depending on the traffic and number of stops. There are air conditioned luxurious buses and there is a local bus with open windows. We tried both of them and had great, but different experiences each time. The local bus is nice for interacting with Filipinos, and it’s cheaper, you’ll pay around 170 pesos (€2,92). The more luxury bus with airco is a more comfortable way of travelling, you’ll pay around 210 pesos (€3.61).

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Where to stay

Crazy Bears

If you’re travelling on a budget and prefer to stay in a social but good hostel, Crazy Bears Hostel is your place. They offer great cheap tours for many things to do around Cebu such as canyoneering. For solo-travellers they have dorms, but they also have private rooms.

Prices start from €11,- a night for a dormbed and €26,- for a private room.


Our personal favourite would absolutely be D’gecko. It has a Santorini/Greek-like appearance as it’s painted white and blue with beautiful pink flowers. It may be simple for its price, but the beds are so comfortable and the rooms are squeaky clean. The location of D’Gecko is fantastic right across the street from the beach where Sea Turtles Snorkelling Zone 1 is located. They offer good quality motorbikes and the staff is so kind and trying to help with anything. 

Prices start from €29,- a night.

Tipolo Resort

This resort is located across the street from D’gecko and has a beautiful garden overlooking the sea. You will literally wake up, set foot outside your door and have a view on the beautiful corals of Moalboal. It’s slightly more expensive than the other options mentions, but clean, comfortable and still very reasonably priced. The staff is kind and they offer many tours. They have a really delicious restaurant called Filling Station.

Prices start from €48,- a night with a minimum of 2 nights.

Where to eat

Last Filling Station | Tipolo

Our favourite restaurant was Filling Station. They offer a range of great options from local Philippino food to many Western options. We were a big fan of the fresh tuna they use in their pita’s or on their pizza, it’s absolutely delicious. They also serve great breakfast. If you’re staying in Tipoli resort this place will be right outside your door. Find Last Filling Station here.

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Shaka smoothiebowls

Shaka serves out of this world delicious smoothiebowls and amazing coffee. They are a nice little place located right next to the beach. They serve colourful options like a green bowl or a beauty bowl that will keep your stomach saturated for a couple of hours.Find Shaka here.

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My Greek Taverna

Do you like Greek food just like us? Then pay this place a visit. They serve pita gyros and other nice Greek options. It’s also decorated nicely. Be there in time, because it can get quite busy and there aren’t many seats.Find My Greek Taverna here.

Smooth Café

This place serves beautiful salads and other amazing food like delicious pulled pork sandwiches or great burgers. It’s beautifully designed, and the staff is very kind. For people seeking a quiet place to work, they offer a very comfortable air-conditioned coworking space where they also serve food. Find the Smooth cafe here.

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7 Best things to do in Bohol, Philippines

By Asia, Bohol, Countries, Philippines

Bohol is a great island below Cebu in the Central Visayas region in the Philippines. It is home to unique tiny primates called tarsiers, extraordinary Teletubby hills, beautiful forests, beaches and more. There is a lot to do and see on this island, but the distances are very big. We accepted the challenge of finding the best spots all within a maximum 2-hour drive (by motorcycle) away from the central town and harbour, Tagbilaran. Here’s a list of the 10 best things to do in Bohol, Philippines.

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What to do

Around Tagbilaran

Tagbilaran is the main city of Bohol and is the place where you will arrive by ferry. Many activities can be done from here.

Tarsier Sanctuary Corella

We absolutely love animals and for us, this was one of the highlights of our trip to Bohol. Philippine Tarsiers are very small (about 8,5-12 cm) carnivorous primates with huge eyes and long bald tails. They cannot move their eyelids, so they move their entire head instead, which is a little creepy. We think they are adorable and remind us of baby Yoda. They are some of the oldest primates on the planet (55 million years old) and have elongated hands and feet to hold themselves in trees.

They really don’t do well in captivity with humans, noise, and light around, causing them to become suicidal and crash their heads into trees. This makes breeding programs hardly possible, that’s why this Tarsier conservation sanctuary was founded. The sanctuary is supported by ecotourism foundations such as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Tourism. Lucky for you, you can visit them as a tourist and contribute to their survival.

There are a couple of sanctuaries in Bohol, we visited the Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella. Park your vehicle in their car park, expect to pay around 150 Philippine pesos (around €2.50) and prepare for a muddy short walk. Keep in mind that tarsiers get very stressed by noises and that talking, shouting or screaming is strictly prohibited when entering the sanctuary. A free guide will walk you through the sanctuary and point out the little sleepy tarsiers for you to take pictures of. Good thing, because the little buggers are very hard to spot.

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Bilar Man-made forest

Oh, how we love ecotourism activities! Here’s another one: The Bohol Mahogany Forest, or better known as the Bilar Man-made forest. This 2 km-long forest was as its name indicates built by people as a reforestation project. Make a stop on your way to the Chocolate Hills and admire the large overhanging trees from the road. It is a beautiful stop to take some pictures. More into an active holiday? You can go mountain biking or hike in this forest!

Be aware! Within the man-made forest, there is a tarsier conservation area to be found. It is a popular place to see Tarsiers because it is located close to the chocolate hills. However, this is not an official government-approved sanctuary. They hold the tarsiers captive in small viewing areas, which is incredibly stressful for these little creatures and decreases the duration of their lives by almost half. Please reconsider visiting and go to the tarsier sanctuary in Corella instead.

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Chocolate or Teletubby Hills?

By far the most popular thing to do in Bohol is the Chocolate Hills. They are called like this because in some months (March until June) the grass turns brown. We visited in January when the hills were green. Although the hills were not iconically ‘brown’, we would still recommend visiting. This unique natural phenomenon cannot be found elsewhere in the world and is very interesting to see. They truly reminded us of the Teletubby hills and were waiting for Tinky Winky to stroll down one of the bulbs.

The hills once used to be corals that date from the ice age and eroded into the limestone, round-shaped hills that appear today. From the Chocolate Hills Complex close to Carmen you have a stunning view of the hills. Park your car, tricycle driver or motorcycle at the car park, buy your entrance tickets for 100 pesos (around €1.70) and wait for the golf cars to take you uphill. There you’ll find a small café and a bunch of stairs that will take you up to the viewpoint.

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Blood Pact Shrine

The blood pact shrine is an important monumental statue that illustrates the agreement the Spanish and local Filipino’s closed when the Spanish arrived to colonize the Philippines. It tells the story about the sealed ‘friendship’ between the ruler Rajah Sikatuna and the Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, the leader of the Spanish. The monument remembers the blood compact. It’s interesting, if you ask local people about it, that they will tell the story of mutual friendship instead of hostile colonization. This is a great example of how hospitable, friendly and forgiving Filipino people are.

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Chido Café

If you’re visiting the Blood Pact Shrine, you cannot miss the Chido Café located about 50 meters away. This colourfully designed café with healthy food, great coffee and an incredible sea view over Panglao is worth a visit. Take a break, sit back and enjoy the view.

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Panglao Island

Panglao island is connected to Bohol by a couple of bridges that can be crossed by car. The island is popular among tourists and many delicious restaurants and luxurious hotels are located here. Because many tourists find their way here, it can get quite crowded sometimes. Up to you where to stay! Anyway, Panglao is worth a visit as there are a couple of awesome things to do.

St. Augustin Church

The Philippines is a catholic country and religion is a big part of Filipino culture. We ran into this church by accident as we were driving back to Tagbilaran. Having the sunset in the background, this little church was so picturesque! Imagine the sun going down, and kids playing football in the grass while the priest sings his biblical lyrics. It was very beautiful and rather a great experience than an actual highlight.

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Alona Beach

White beach, green palms and a warm breeze coming from the blue sea? Alona beach is your place to be. It is a really nice beach with diving sites, boats and soft sand. It does get crowded at times, so it’s best to go early if you want to have a calm and peaceful experience. This beach is close to many great restaurants and hotels and awesome for an afternoon stroll.

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How to get there

To visit Bohol or Panglao you have several options:


From Cebu City, go to the Cebu pier 1 and take the ferry to Tagbilaran. The company Oceanjet offers fast ferries and will take you in approximately 2 hours to the Tagbilaran pier. Expect to pay 800 pesos (around €13,50,-) for the normal tourist class, and another 100 pesos (around €1.70) if you’re carrying a backpack or suitcase. They will ask to pay for your luggage after going through security at the port. They will also ask you to pay an additional terminal fee of 50 pesos (around €0.85).

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You can grab a plane to Panglao International Airport, very close to Alona beach. Fly directly from Manila, Davao or El Nido. The prices fluctuate considerably, the best tip we can give you is to use Skyscanner for booking your flights and book far in advance.

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Where to stay


Travelbee hotel

Tagbilaran is the city where most ferries will take you. Before continuing your trip, it could be nice to spend a night close to the pier. Travelbee hotel is located a 5-minute walk from the ferry pier and offers very comfortable beds. They have a space to work and breakfast is included. Learn from our mistake and book online to save a lot of money for this place!

Prices start from €25,- a night.

Sweet Home Boutique Hotel

This hotel is also located close to the ferry and offers beautifully designed rooms with nice beds and a delicious breakfast. Some rooms offer a balcony with a sea view.

Prices start from €43,- a night.

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Alona Beach

Ohana Panglao Resort

Want a peaceful place located close to the beach (about 1 km) but away from the crowds? This is your place to go. Spacious rooms, a pleasantly heated pool and great Wi-Fi. They offer a free shuttle to the beach.

Prices for private rooms start from €34,- a night.

Ultra Mint Dive resort

This beautifully designed resort is located around 10–15 minutes from Alona beach and offers both private rooms and dorms. It has a lovely pool.

Prices for dorm beds start from €27,- a night and private rooms from €70,-.

Glamping Alona

More into unique experiences? Glamping Alona is a great fit. They offer a camping experience in luxurious tents with a fan and bed. There is a pool and the beach is about a 20–25 minutes walk away.

Prices for tents start around €24,- a night.

Where to eat


Chido Café

A colourful café with a stunning sunset and healthy food.


Umaya offers delicious Japanese food like sushi, ramen miso and more traditional set dishes. You’ll get a complimentary cup of hot or cold tea and water. During the weekends, they offer all-you-can-eat options.

Spindrift Restobar Lite Port

Up for some fast food in a bar? Go to Spindrift bar. This karaoke bar has local people singing their heart out every night and offers simple, but tasty burgers. A hilarious experience. Their mango shake is also really nice.

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Alona Beach

Molly Bistro

This place is beautifully designed in Bohemian style and the food is absolutely delicious. They also have great cocktails for reasonable prices. Try the seafood pasta! You won’t regret it.


Go here to have breakfast with some great fruit bowls and a decent coffee.

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What to do in one day Manila?

By Countries, Manila, Philippines

Manila, the capital of The Philippines, is often portrayed as overcrowded, polluted, difficult to navigate, and above all—dangerous. While there might be some truth in these statements, they are slightly exaggerated. Most visitors to the Philippines skip Manila and head straight to the country’s more exotic destinations like Palawan, Siargao or Bohol. This is a pity, because there is no way to indulge yourself better in the Philippines’ national history and culture than to explore this Metropole. In this article, you’ll read all about what to do in Manila in one day.

Manila is located on Luzon, the largest, most northern and most populated island of the Philippines. As you can see in the picture below, the metropolitan area of Manilla consists of multiple cities that have grown together (total population of 13,5 million). While Manila is the capital, the largest city is Quezon City. Manila was declared the most densely populated city in the world in 2019.

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Map of Metro Manila.

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Interesting info about Manila


Manila was declared the nation’s capital in 1901, although it already existed for centuries. The Spanish arrived in Manila in 1571. In the nineteenth century, Spain’s colonies began to become independent of their colonial rulers. Inspired by the Latin-American wars of independence which gained Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Costa Rica independence, the Philippine revolution started in 1896. José Rizal became the most prominent Filipino nationalist fighting the Spanish colonial forces and is now a national hero. He was captured and executed by the Spanish army in August 1896 for conspiring against the Spanish crown. 

In 1898, the United States began interfering with the revolution and aiding the Filipinos because the Spanish sunk an American ship near Havana, Cuba. They captured Manila, and the Spanish rule of the Philippines officially came to an end in 1898. The Americans then incorporated the Philippines as a territory of the United States. The Filipinos tried several times to gain independence from the United States, but it was only after World War II in 1946 that they were formally declared independent of the United States. During the war, the Philippines were occupied by the Japanese, who imposed harsh and cruel rules on the Filipinos from 1942 till 1945. During the battle of liberation in Manila in 1945, more than 100,000 Filipinos died.

Having this history in mind makes seeing Manila way more interesting. The old town of Manila, Intramuros, is the best-preserved piece of Spanish colonial history in The Philippines.

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Memorial on the execution of José Rizal by the Spanish army in 1896. It is located in Rizal park in central Manila. Rizal is worshipped throughout the Philippines and many street names, museums, stations, and institutions are named after him.

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The Philippines is called Philippines because of Spanish king Philips II who send an exploration that claimed the land in 1521 as part of the Spanish Kingdom. The influence of both the Spanish and U.S. rule is still widely recognisably throughout Manila, especially in the old walled city, named ‘Intramuros’. On this picture, St. Agustin Church in Intramuros.

Is Manila dangerous?

Manila unfortunately has a very bad image, and many people say it should be avoided. We think this is a shame because the history and culture in this city is very interesting. We always want to have a full picture of a country. As Manila is very different from the rest of the Philippines, we’re really glad we didn’t miss out on the capital.

The Philippines has a big drug problem that’s causing violence. The previous president had quite a violent approach to winning the drug war that caused safety issues for everyone stepping foot there. Ever since there is a new president with a more compassionate approach, it became a lot safer. The city is definitely not 100% safe, but saying you will be in danger by even setting foot outside the airport is an absolute exaggeration. 

Especially as a tourist, you should be fine. As long as you stay in a particular area (Makati) and avoid going far from this area at night, you should be fine. In fact, Makati City was listed among the safest cities in the Philippines. Inform yourself well about the country and make sure you book a Grab and hotel in advance. Plus, follow ground rule number one for every big city: Don’t go where you’re not supposed to be as a tourist, and you’re fine. Going on a slum safari is not cool anyway.

Maybe good to mention is that Filipinos are super friendly people who overall speak English well. They have a chill attitude but are very hard-working people who are very welcoming.

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How to get around Manila

Airport to the city

When arriving in Manila with your luggage after a long trip, you want to go to your hotel as quickly as possible. Especially during the night, Manila can feel overwhelming. The easiest way to go from Nino Aquino International Airport to Makati is by booking a Grab at the airport. The Grab pick-up location is located near Terminal 3 at Bay 9. You will recognize your grab driver by the car’s licence plate. Be aware of your luggage and keep valuable items close to you. The busses are unreliable and no one knows if they’ll actually show up.

Not in the mood for arranging a taxi upon arrival? Book a transfer from the Airport to Makati City here.

Inside the city

Manila is a huge metropole and getting around can be quite a challenge. There are several ways to travel, varying in comfort and price.

The easiest transport in Manila is a grab taxi. To go to a specific location, travel fast or transfer to Nino Aquino International Airport, it also the most expensive way of navigating through the city.  ‘Official’ cabs are even more expensive than a Grab taxi.

If you want to travel from Makati City to central Manila (Intramuros), it is easier and cheaper to take a jeepney (shared minibus) or tricycle (motor with passenger cab). Take a jeepney or tricycle to the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and take the metro to Intramuros. 

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Left: Wessel took a motorcycle taxi in Makati to Gil Puyat MRT train station on his journey to Intramuros.

Right: Jeepneys are multicoloured shared minibuses and the most used mode of transportation through the Philippines. They were introduced by the Americans and were exhibited as a national image for the Filipinos at the New York World’s fair in 1964. Tricycles are motorized vehicles consisting of a motorcycle attached to a passenger cab.

Where to stay in Manila

Makati City is where most (international) corporations, hotels, and nightlife is located and is considered the safest place to stay for tourists. It is located roughly 10 kilometres from Nino Aquino international airport and 9 kilometres from Manila.  

We had a lovely stay at Lub d Philippines Makati, a hotel and hostel in Makati with very comfortable beds, a rooftop restaurant with a spectacular view and great food. The facilities were amazing, with a co-working space, gaming area, Skype room and many activities. They even had a space with a couch and shower to wait for check-in or spend the day after check-out. A bed in the dormitories start from €15,- and private double rooms start from €30,-.

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Lovely twin room at Lub d Hotel in Makati City. This hotel has the best price/quality ratio in our opinion when staying in Manila (1768 Philippine Peso= €30,- per night).

What to do in Manila

Although the metropole of Manila is enormous, most highlights are found in central Manila. We spend two days in the capital, exploring the city’s most famous sights in one day. To help you navigate, we have outlined these sights for you.

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The monument honouring José Rizal in the namelike park in central Manila.

Rizal park

Rizal park is named after José Rizal, the Filipino resistance leader against the Spanish rule who was executed in 1896 by the Spanish army. Rizal is a national hero and the Filipinos devoted an entire park to him to honour his legacy. In the park, you find a monument dedicated to him and a martyrdom at the place where the execution took place. 

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Everywhere in Intramuros you will find beautiful courtyards from the Spanish colonial era.


Intramuros (literally: within the walls) is the old walled Spanish colonial town of Manila. Time stood still in this part of the city. Intramuros include a multitude of beautiful colonial houses, churches, and the Santiago fort. It is definitely worth a visit. Just walk around the old streets take pictures of coloured courtyards, have a mango ice cream (the best mango comes from the Philippines), walk into the San Augustin Church or the Manila Cathedral and immerse yourself in the Philippines’ colonial past.

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Manila Cathedral. We were there just when a couple was getting married.

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Many people don’t know Manila suffered greatly during its liberation from the Japanese forces during WOII. More than 100,000 civilians died during the battle and much of the city was destroyed.


Binondo is another district in Manila and is home to the oldest Chinatown in the world. Even before the Spanish established it in 1594 to keep the Chinese segregated from the Catholics, it was already a hub for Chinese commerce. You can reach Binondo by crossing the Jones bridge over the river passing from Intramuros. Binondo is famous for its delicious street food.

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Rumour has it the Philippines has the best mangos in the world. We could not resist trying.

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Crossing Jones bridge from Intramuros into Binondo. The arch marks the entrance to Chinatown.

After visiting Binondo, you can probably have soared legs and want to head back to your hotel in Makati. You can try to take the ferry back on the river Passig. Unfortunately, the boat was already occupied in our case, so we took MRT line back to Gil Puyat station and from there a jeepney to our hotel.

After visiting Manila, you probably want to continue your journey to the more exotic parts of the Philippines. Don’t worry, there are remote places with only a few people and the bluest waters you will ever see. Read our travel itinerary on the Philippines here.

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