Just starting to think about planning. We have our tickets booked and that is about it. Trip style is budget/backpacking. I have a few questions re: itinerary..
This is our rough draft:
November 13th- Land 1130 Manilla
November 14th- Manilla/Overnight Bus to Banaue
November 15th -Batad
November 16th- Batad
November 17th - Sagada
November 18th - Sagada
November 19th - Sagada
November 20th- Overnight to Manilla
November 22 - Coron
November 23 - Coron
November 24 - Boat to El Nido
November 25 - El Nido
November 26 - El Nido
November 27 - El Nido
November 29- Malapascua
November 30th - Malapascua
December 1 - Malapascua
December 2/3/4 - ????
December 6th - Fly Home
1.We arrive in Manila at 1130, and will take the 2200 bus the next day to Banaue. I want to stay somewhere that’s not too far from the Ohayami Bus station, but also a decent area of Manilla to tour around. Ohayami is in Sampaloc, which I don’t think is really a recommended place to stay, but is it easy enough to get to? Likely we will have to go twice - once to get tickets, a second time to board.
2. For the Sagada/Batad portion we will have nearly four full days in Sagada as the night bus leaves late. Is four days a good amount of time? Should we plan a night in Banaue on arrival or departure, or take the night to another part of the trip all together?
2. I gather that the boat from Coron to El Nido isn't exactly recommended. I'm not really sure what yet to do about this. I'm not willing to add another flight back to Manilla to PP. I guess I'll decide closer to the dates - maybe a safer boat company will pop up. This isn't really a question but if anyone has thoughts... Back up plan is to fly in and out of PP.
4. For the Cebu portion of our trip I am a little stumped. There are SO many places to go. I don't think I'm into Bohol. My boyfriend dives, I snorkel and beach bum. We both like to natural scenery, walks/hikes. We like to eat and drink and wander. Any thoughts on what else would be convient knowing we want to go to Malapascua? Bantayan looks maybe a bit boring and doesn't have a lot more to offer than Malapascua, but maybe I'm missing something. What about Camotes? Or we could spend some time on Cebu? I'm really not sure.
Any thoughts anyone has or foreseeable problems with our itinerary would be great. Is it a reasonable amount of places to visit, I hope we haven't over done it.