The Philippine archipelago is made up of thousands of Islands, more that 7,500 to be exact. I’d never really had any interest in visiting the Philippines, because I’d never really looked into what it was like, but after stumbling across one of Christian LeBlanc’s YouTube videos in April 2016, I decided I needed to visit the Philippines ASAP. Because my best friend goes to a university with 3 trimesters instead of 2 semesters each year, we subsequently have different uni holidays. He was about to go on uni break around the time I discovered the video, so I decided that if I could do my research and cram as much as possible into a 10 day period, I could justify taking time off uni.
Cebu Island is pretty popular for tourists, with a range of different cities each offering their own scenery and activities. We spent a few days in Cebu, beginning in Moalboal, where we went canyoneering in Badian. I booked this activity because it sounded like fun (and it looked super fun in Christian’s videos,) although I overlooked the tiny problem that I hate jumping from heights, and I have a slightly irrational fear of being on the edge. I managed to push myself just enough to jump in when I had to, and although I avoided the really high jumps, Darcy had a great time doing them. After Moalboal we made our way to Oslob where we spent a morning swimming with whale sharks.
From Cebu we caught a ferry across to Dumaguette, the capital of Negros Oriental. We spent a day exploring the city, and visiting the twin lakes. The following day we’d booked a tour across to Apo Island, where we snorkelled with turtles, ate some delicious vegan food, and saw what life is like for people living on smaller islands in the Philippines.
We then made our way on the ferry to Bohol Island, where we spent a full day exploring the highlights of Bohol, like the famous chocolate hills.
Palawan was easily the most beautiful part of the Philippines that we visited. We flew into Palawan’s capital Puerto Princessa, where we spent the morning exploring the caves (one of the new 7 wonders of the world), but after this we made our way to El Nido, which was the highlight of our tour for sure. We spent our time in El Nido doing tours that took us snorkelling (some of the best snorkelling I’ve ever done), kayaking, and swimming around the gorgeous archipelagos. This was a great end to our jam packed 10 days in the Philippines.