Backpacking Philippines

Hello to all seasoned and aspiring backpackers!

Do you find yourself dreaming of spending your days in paradise? Then the Philippines are the perfect destination for you! The locals are incredibly hospitable, nice, and helpful, and the landscape will steal your heart with a large biodiversity and stunning beauty.


Important Basics

Official Language ( Filipino and English )
EnglishFilipino
HelloKamusta
GoodbyePaalam
Thank youSalamat
YesOo
NoHindi
Capital City

Manila

Form of Government

Presidential system

Best Time to Visit

January to May

Fun Facts
  • The Filipino archipelago is the second-largest in the world.
  • 125 to 170 different languages are spoken daily in the Philippines.
  • The Philippines is the largest coconut exporter.
  • Filipinos usually have a great sense of humor!

Cities

Manila

Our journey begins in Manila.

You can clearly see the Spanish influences dating back to colonial times in the city, and you’ll find plenty of historical fortifications, like Fort Santiago for example. The National Museum and the Catholic San Augustin Church, the oldest stone church in the country, are also worth seeing.

You can get a bed in a 6-person dorm for €11 a night in one of the local hostels.

Bohol

You can reach the port city of Tagbilaran on the island of Bohol by plane, with flights starting for as little as €40.

An absolute must-see is the Chocolate Hills, one of the most extraordinary geological formations in the world. Try and wake up early so you can admire the sun rising above the 1,250 hills composing the natural monument.

You can then relax on the beach on the Panglao Peninsula, go to the best snorkeling spots in the area, or go dolphin watching.

Panglao is also home to the Bohol Coco Farm, which provides a wide range of home-grown food, a great atmosphere, and delicious fresh coconut shakes.

In Bohol, you can get a bed in a 6-person dorm for €6.

Siquijor

You can reach the small island of Siquijor from Bohol by ferry for about €10. It’s especially popular with the locals and is still quite undiscovered by tourists.

Rent a scooter to explore the picturesque beaches, numerous waterfalls and caves present inland, and sample some street food barbecues on the roadside.

In Cliff Garden, you can sleep right on the beach in tents under the stars and let the sound of the waves lull you to sleep. Those who prefer a solid roof over their head can get a bed in a dorm for €6 a night.

From Siquijor, you can fly with a small propeller plane to Cebu from where you can travel to Palawan. Flights are available from as little as €50 – great views included.

Port Barton

You’ll fly from Cebu to Puerto Princesa for about €50. From there, you can head to Port Barton with a minivan for about €15.

The small fishing village is located in the northwestern part of Palawan. If you're looking for pure relaxation, you've come to the right place as you won't find overcrowded luxury hotels, lively beach clubs, or annoying beach vendors here.

Instead, you’ll find deserted dream beaches, a fascinating underwater world, jungle, mountains, and a lot of untouched nature to discover. The offshore islands like German Island, Cacnipa Island and Paradise Island are ideal for relaxed day trips as well as diving and snorkeling tours.

The small village also has few sandy roads, some restaurants, fishermen's cabins, cottages, and a few bungalow complexes directly on the beach – simple but beautiful. You can stay overnight in a dorm for €7 a night.

Tapik

Continue from Port Barton to El Nido for €12, then take one of the many motorcycle taxis to get to Tapik Beach. The trip should cost you about €5 and last an hour.

The beach on the north-east coast of Palawan is a real insider's tip, where you can relax far away from the crowds of tourists and get to know the real, original Palawan. Make friends with the locals, take a canoe trip, explore the nearby islands or the colorful underwater world while diving and snorkeling.

El Nido

You’ll take one of the motorcycle taxis once again from Tapik, which will bring you back to the city of El Nido for about €5.

There’s so much to discover around the city in the picturesque north of Palawan. Explore the countless beaches, tropical forests, hidden bays and steep rock formations are best explored by motorbike.

Coron

And if you thought it couldn't get any more paradisical, wait until you see Coron.

You will have a breathtaking view over Coron during a hike to Mt. Tapyas – especially during sunset. Swing by the Maquinit Springs, where you can take a bath in natural hot springs in the middle of the jungle.

It’s also worth seeing Waling Waling Island, also called 'Mini Maldives', and Malcapula Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines. You can visit the most beautiful attractions in this paradise island (Twin Lagoon, Kayanga Lake, Skeleton Wreck, Bamboo Beach, and Siete Pecados) with the Coron Highlights Tour for €25 per person.

You can get a bed in a 5-person dorm for €6 a night.


Manila

Manila

Our journey begins in Manila.

You can clearly see the Spanish influences dating back to colonial times in the city, and you’ll find plenty of historical fortifications, like Fort Santiago for example. The National Museum and the Catholic San Augustin Church, the oldest stone church in the country, are also worth seeing.

You can get a bed in a 6-person dorm for €11 a night in one of the local hostels.

Bohol

Bohol

You can reach the port city of Tagbilaran on the island of Bohol by plane, with flights starting for as little as €40.

An absolute must-see is the Chocolate Hills, one of the most extraordinary geological formations in the world. Try and wake up early so you can admire the sun rising above the 1,250 hills composing the natural monument.

You can then relax on the beach on the Panglao Peninsula, go to the best snorkeling spots in the area, or go dolphin watching.

Panglao is also home to the Bohol Coco Farm, which provides a wide range of home-grown food, a great atmosphere, and delicious fresh coconut shakes.

In Bohol, you can get a bed in a 6-person dorm for €6.

Siquijor

Siquijor

You can reach the small island of Siquijor from Bohol by ferry for about €10. It’s especially popular with the locals and is still quite undiscovered by tourists.

Rent a scooter to explore the picturesque beaches, numerous waterfalls and caves present inland, and sample some street food barbecues on the roadside.

In Cliff Garden, you can sleep right on the beach in tents under the stars and let the sound of the waves lull you to sleep. Those who prefer a solid roof over their head can get a bed in a dorm for €6 a night.

From Siquijor, you can fly with a small propeller plane to Cebu from where you can travel to Palawan. Flights are available from as little as €50 – great views included.

Port Barton

Port Barton

You’ll fly from Cebu to Puerto Princesa for about €50. From there, you can head to Port Barton with a minivan for about €15.

The small fishing village is located in the northwestern part of Palawan. If you're looking for pure relaxation, you've come to the right place as you won't find overcrowded luxury hotels, lively beach clubs, or annoying beach vendors here.

Instead, you’ll find deserted dream beaches, a fascinating underwater world, jungle, mountains, and a lot of untouched nature to discover. The offshore islands like German Island, Cacnipa Island and Paradise Island are ideal for relaxed day trips as well as diving and snorkeling tours.

The small village also has few sandy roads, some restaurants, fishermen's cabins, cottages, and a few bungalow complexes directly on the beach – simple but beautiful. You can stay overnight in a dorm for €7 a night.

Tapik

Tapik

Continue from Port Barton to El Nido for €12, then take one of the many motorcycle taxis to get to Tapik Beach. The trip should cost you about €5 and last an hour.

The beach on the north-east coast of Palawan is a real insider's tip, where you can relax far away from the crowds of tourists and get to know the real, original Palawan. Make friends with the locals, take a canoe trip, explore the nearby islands or the colorful underwater world while diving and snorkeling.

El Nido

El Nido

You’ll take one of the motorcycle taxis once again from Tapik, which will bring you back to the city of El Nido for about €5.

There’s so much to discover around the city in the picturesque north of Palawan. Explore the countless beaches, tropical forests, hidden bays and steep rock formations are best explored by motorbike.

Coron

Coron

And if you thought it couldn't get any more paradisical, wait until you see Coron.

You will have a breathtaking view over Coron during a hike to Mt. Tapyas – especially during sunset. Swing by the Maquinit Springs, where you can take a bath in natural hot springs in the middle of the jungle.

It’s also worth seeing Waling Waling Island, also called 'Mini Maldives', and Malcapula Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines. You can visit the most beautiful attractions in this paradise island (Twin Lagoon, Kayanga Lake, Skeleton Wreck, Bamboo Beach, and Siete Pecados) with the Coron Highlights Tour for €25 per person.

You can get a bed in a 5-person dorm for €6 a night.

Philippines Route Map

Itinerary and Stops.

Tag
Route/Station
Transport
Unterkunft
1. Home – Manila
Home – Manila
Flight
300
6-person dorm
11
2. Manila – Cebu – Bohol
Manila – Cebu – Bohol
Flight + boat
38
6-person dorm
6
3. Bohol
Bohol
-
6-person dorm
6
4. Bohol
Bohol
-
6-person dorm
6
5. Bohol
Bohol
-
6-person dorm
6
6. Bohol – Siquijor
Bohol – Siquijor
Boat
10
8-person dorm
6
7. Siquijor
Siquijor
-
8-person dorm
6
8. Siquijor
Siquijor
-
8-person dorm
6
9. Siquijor – Cebu – Puerto Princessa – Port Barton
Siquijor – Cebu – Puerto Princessa – Port Barton
Bus+Flight
52
10-person dorm
7
10. Port Barton
Port Barton
-
10-person dorm
7
11. Port Barton
Port Barton
-
10-person dorm
7
12. Port Barton – Tapik
Port Barton – Tapik
Minivan
15
Tent
7
13. Tapik
Tapik
-
Tent
7
14. Tapik
Tapik
-
Tent
7
15. Tapik - El Nido
Tapik - El Nido
Minivan
3
12-person dorm
12
16. El Nido
El Nido
-
12-person dorm
12
17. El Nido
El Nido
-
12-person dorm
12
18. El Nido – Coron
El Nido – Coron
Boat
20
6-person dorm
12
19. Coron
Coron
-
6-person dorm
12
20. Coron
Coron
-
6-person dorm
12
21. Coron – Manila – Home
Coron – Manila – Home
Flight
350

Total price.

Flights 760,00
Transportation 86,00
Tours 45,00
Accommodation 140,00
Total1031,00

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Dos and Donts, Food & Drinks, Costs.

Breakfast

Tapsilog: A traditional Filipino breakfast that consists of leftover fried rice with egg and beef. This dish comes in many different variations – the rice and egg base stays the same, but the meat topping changes.

Soups

Sinigang: A very popular sour soup. Not to everyone’s taste, but make sure to try it at least once

Main Courses

Pancit: A typical Filipino dish consisting of fried noodles, meat, and various vegetables.

Lechon: The Filipino version of suckling pig. It’s roasted over the fire then served with rice and soy sauce.

Adobo: Chicken or pork cooked with vinegar, garlic, soy sauce, and bay leaves, then sautéed in a pan. It’s then served with rice or pancit.

Barbecue: Inspired by American culture, you’ll find barbecues everywhere, from festivals to small street stalls.

Drinks

Beer: San Miguel is the most famous and beloved beer in the Philippines.
Rum: Tanduay Rum is the best-selling hard liquor in the Philippines thanks to its relatively low price.

Philippines

Cost of Living

Food

Free Time

Personal Hygiene

Dos

Don’t wear too much jewelry. Gold, jewelry, fine watches and everything that shines like gold will only attract the wrong type of people.

In the event that someone is bothering you, don’t look or speak to them and simply run.

Don'ts

Don’t drink tap water, or you could end up in hospital. Our stomach is not used to the bacteria. It'd be better to buy a bottle of water at a 7eleven around the corner.

Never buy cut fruit. Rather insist that the fruit be cut freshly in front of you. That way you’ll avoid any unpleasant surprises.

Don't walk alone through the streets at night

Don't take out all your money at once when you pay. It is better to distribute your money in different pockets or hiding places.

Avoid cockfights. It can be very dangerous there.

Visa, Visa, Passport & Vaccinations

Passport

Yes

Temporary passport

Yes

National ID

Yes

Temporary national ID

No

Child’s pass

Yes

Visa

(Not necessary)

Vaccine

Robert-Koch-Instituts

Additional Remarks.

We recommend making sure that your travel documents are valid for 6 months beyond the intended duration of your stay. Please also inform yourself on the current entry regulations regarding the Corona virus. Current information about this can be found at your country’s Foreign Office.

The team at Backpacker Trail wishes you lots of fun and an unforgettable trip!

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