Hi! Have seen so many beautiful places and beaches and islands in Philippines I want to visit, but most of my friends advised me against it, saying its not safe...is that true? If so, are there any places which is probably OK to go to?
Any sugguestions will be VERY appreciated!!
And when is it best, weather wise, to visit?
Pueto Galera, Cebu, Bohol or Boracay are all safe to go.
Most of the Philippines is safe. Only certain areas in Mindanao in the southern part of the Philippines are unsafe.
The weather will depend on where you want to visit. Certain parts of the Philippines, such as Cebu, are sunny all year round. Other parts of the Philippines (including Manila) have a pronounced rainy season from June to October. In general, though, the weather is most pleasant from November to February.
I just want to reiterate what everyone else says - most of the Philippines is safe and the Filipinos are super friendly. Just don't go to Mindinao and you should be ok. And of course, as when travelling anywhere, keep your head about you. Make the taxi drivers use their meters! Don't carry large loads of cash on you (keep it in a hotel safe if possible) and that sort of thing. I would tell you the same thing if you were going to New York!
Some of the best beaches are in boracay but it is also the most touristy so it depends on what you are looking for. THere are lots of nice beaches on Negros Oriental, Cebu, and Bohol. Siquijior is another nice place, and very quiet, undiscovered by most of the tourist world. Also, in my opinion, Apo Island off of Negros Oriental is a must see.
It depends on what you want to do at the beaches. If you want to go diving (and I highly recommend it) I can tell you some good places to go (Apo Island again, for one!!).
Definately don't let your concern about safety stop you from going! I lived in Cebu for a year and I felt completely safe. And I stick out there - tall, white blonde woman!! You'll be fine! Have fun and brush up on your karaoke!
oh yeah and the best time to go is between November and January. After that it starts to get really hot and then in September and October you could find yourself under a tropical depression and not see the sun for your whole vacation (I know because we spent our honeymoon under a tropical depression! (but it was ok because we had seen sun the rest of the year))
Oh wow! Thanks everyone, it was really helpful.
I will plan for a trip maybe in May, hopefully the weather holds up til then cos my next possible break in the schedule is only then, sigh!
Any suggestions as to nice hotels, resorts? Budget about 180USD per night?
Don't worry, May is sunny. You'd have to avoid Boracay and Puerto galera though if you want peace and quiet. May is crowded as it's summer time, high school and university students are on vacation and all people in Manila want to get off the pavement heat by spending time in beaches.
Re resorts and hotels, there's plenty, particularly on your budget (that's PhP10,000++/night). Decide on where you want to go first so we can narrow down your search. Suggested places to go by ethno33 are really good. But do tell us what you want. You'd need to go different places if you want to laze around in a quiet deserted island, have fun parties by the beach, or go snorkelling.
Thank you everybody!
It would be best if we can avoid the crowd...laze around in a deserted island...and do snorkelling as well! Hah!
Usually, I am partial towards more boutique-ish resorts, cos they are usually more personal and exquisite. I am not sure if the concept of a boutique resort is big in Phillippines tho...but any good romantic places would be excellent!
Thanks again for all the recommendations