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Input to our 2 weeks trip Legazpi/Cebu/Bohol/Nido/Coron

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Input to our 2 weeks trip Legazpi/Cebu/Bohol/Nido/Coron

Hi everyone and thanks in advance for your help.

We are planning a 2 weeks trip to Phillippines and our idea is as follows:

1.- Legazpi (29th-31st jan): we land in Manila on the 28th of January and will spend one night there, taking the first flight to Legazpi in the morning. We are going to Legazpi as we heard it is kne of the most natural and less tourist experience to swim with the whale sharks.

We were also planning to do a treck to Mayon Volcano however not sure if this will be possible.

What other things would you recommend doing there?

2.- We then fly to Cebu and spend one day (1st feb) there and plan to go to Kawasan Falls the following day (2nd feb)

3.- Bohol (3rd-5th feb)

6th feb Bohol to Nido

4.- Nido (7th-8th) - Tour A and tour C

5.- Coron (9th-10th).

6.- Nido (11th)

7.- flight back from Manila (12th)

If you have any suggestions or feedback it will be greatly appreciated!

We enjoy relaxing in the beach, a bit of trecking, diving and snorkeling.

Would you recommend 100% the undeground river tour at Puerto princesa?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Input to our 2 weeks trip Legazpi/Cebu/Bohol/Nido/Coron

I think you ought to be following the news about the rumblings from Mt Mayon and the evacuation of the area around it . Most certainly there will be no trecking in the next few weeks and if it calms down then your diving will be OK but the worse case scenario is that if there is a major eruption then Donsol which currently is downwind of the prevailing NE winds could be affected. Your other destinations should be OK subject to one giant eruption blasting ash to the extent that air travel from Manila to the Visayas is disrupted.

I cant quite understand why you are travelling back to El Nido and not flying direct - or for that matter getting the ferry from Coron to Manila

I can't really reccomend other things to do seeing you are cramming more than enough into a very short timescale.

Given the Mt Mayon situation perhaps just flying straight to Cebu and joining the tourist boat trips from Oslob to see the whale sharks may be a better idea.

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2. Re: Input to our 2 weeks trip Legazpi/Cebu/Bohol/Nido/Coron

Thank you Sampag1ta, I think we will reconsider Legazpi, but would definitely want to do the whale shark experience in a more natural enviroment. I have heard some experiences of some areas where they are overfed and alter their migration pattern.

Will also check ferry from Coron to Manila options

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3. Re: Input to our 2 weeks trip Legazpi/Cebu/Bohol/Nido/Coron

skyjet and cebgo have7 flights from Busuanga(Coron) USU on the 12th and on the 11th https://travel.2go.com.ph/ have a ferry leaving 16.30 arriving Manila 07.00 the next morning, there are no staterooms available but there are berths available in dormitories or shared cabins. If you get a berth in a dormitory bring an eye mask and some earplugs, you can watch filipinos do what filipinos do best -sleep and make lots of noise !

If you wake up early you also get a good view of Manila Bay

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4. Re: Input to our 2 weeks trip Legazpi/Cebu/Bohol/Nido/Coron

You have too many destinations for just 2 weeks. One night in El Nido seems rather pointless.

Other places to swim with whalesharks include Oslob in Cebu, which is year round (due to the hand feeding practices), Sogod Bay in Southern Leyte, and Puerto Princestisa in Palawan (I'm not sure what time of year the migration takes them to these places)

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5. Re: Input to our 2 weeks trip Legazpi/Cebu/Bohol/Nido/Coron

forget legaspi. even if 29th is still sighty over a week away, we have no way of determining if the volcano issue will persist or it will desist. spread it out to the other places. when you go to coron, do not return to el nido. you also plan to go to south cebu and just visit kawasan? do you know about moalboal and the activities there? or about canyoneering? and all the waterfalls in the south side?

i am one of those who will argue about the misconception on the oslob feeding practices as more unnatural than how they do it in donsol. i dont find 6 boats running full speed and encircling 1 fish as natural. then have 6 people from each boat jump into the water and all frantically splashing and swimming with all their strength towards the fish who then dives to run away from all the commotion as natural. from the fish side, i would feel threatened for my life.

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6. Re: Input to our 2 weeks trip Legazpi/Cebu/Bohol/Nido/Coron

Hi all22tec,

Thanks for your tips.

If we dont do legazpi we will most likely spend more time in Cebu and also do canyoning in the south. What waterfalls/activities would you recommend?

Fair point on regarding whale sharks in donsol, will read a few more reviews and feedback to have a better understanding

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7. Re: Input to our 2 weeks trip Legazpi/Cebu/Bohol/Nido/Coron

http://sugbo.ph/2017/waterfalls-in-cebu/

except for the 1st one being north of cebu city, the rest are in the south. most popular among them is kawasan falls, then tumalog falls because of its proximity to the whaleshark activity. those in samboan, highlighted by aguinid, are falls that you go through when you travel to/from oslob/moalboal.

as an additional 2 cents to the whalesharks, before the activity was commercialized, the whalesharks already go through oslob as part of its travel. when it became commercialized, the fish are still free to come and go, except that they feed them in the mornings. after that, feeding stops at around noon time or earlier when the fish is satiated and leave by themselves. the scientists have tagged the fish and the data on the recovered tags showed they have travelled far, to donsol, to bohol, to taiwan.

the crazy thing in oslob is just the feeding and the congestion that causes a real close up encounter that the no touch rule gets violated. injuries to the fish is unfortunate because of the less fear to humans.

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8. Re: Input to our 2 weeks trip Legazpi/Cebu/Bohol/Nido/Coron

Better to avoid Mayon Volcano near Legaspi as a major eruption may happen soon.

No need to visit Coron and return to El Nido as there are several flights each day from Busuanga, Coron to Manila

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