The Philippines is an incredibly welcoming country and offers an array of fantastic experiences for a family holiday for children of all ages.
For a young family, avoiding busy cities, such as Manila, may in some instances make the difference when planning a successful well-paced holiday that keeps everybody happy. Arriving into the Philippines at the international island airport of Cebu is an attractive option. Falling immediately into island life by making a bee line for the white sand beaches allows the children to stretch those legs and run off energy accumulated from your flight on the very first day.
Spend time relaxing at Mactan Island, Cebu, knowing your children have a host or organised activities to keep them busy, whilst you may take the opportunity to indulge at the Spa, or dine in style at AQUA restaurant with the hotels babysitting service or the Shangri La – kids club available to 3 - 12 years old. During your stay at Mactan Island, it may be hard to tear yourself away from the beaches, but a fun Island hopping adventure can be organised. Before moving onward to your next island, you will be shown the highlights of Cebu city en-route to the ferry.
Easily reached by crossing the Tanan Strait, the island of Bohol is home to the Tarsier – a big eyed, insect eating monkey who is the oldest mammal now inhabiting the earth. Pamlican Island is beautifully scenic and from Bohol take an adventurous boat trip here to spot dolphins and even whales.
During a stay on Bohol there is so much to do. Visit the Tarsier Sanctuary, reached by driving through wonderfully scenic countryside. Board a traditional river raft, which doubles up as a floating restaurant, and explore Panglao Island.
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You will be staying at Shangri-La Mactan Resort
Full Day Island Hopping TourIsland-hopping is one of Cebu’s most interesting leisure activities. The province being composed of over a hundred islands. The program starts with a transfer to the jetty where motorized bancas will bring the guests to surrounding islets, including Hilutungan Island, a government-protected marine sanctuary where diving and snorkeling are very good.
Half Day City TourVisit the city sights of Cebu and its historical landmarks: Lapu-Lapu Monument, Magellan's Cross, Santo Nino Church. Visit Fort San Pedro and Casa Gorordo. Drive through colorful Carbon Market, scenic Beverly Hills and visit the Chinese Taoist Temple where you can make a wish Philippino style. Lunch at a local restaurant where you will be able to sample typical Cebuano cuisine.
Travel by Boat from Cebu to Panglao Island
You will be staying at Bellevue Bohol Resort
Full Day Bohol Island TourTake a leisurely drive passing through scenic countryside of thick nipa palms, coconut plantations and mahogany forest going to the town of Carmen. Visit the Tarsier Sanctuary and trek through its natural habitat. Move onwards to the Chocolate Hills. En route, stop at the Butterfly Farm.Go up to the highest point to view the Chocolate Hills, consisting of 1,268 haycock hills with heights ranging from 40-120 meters. During the summer, the dome-shaped grass-covered limestone hills dry up and turn brown transforming the area into rows and rows of chocolate kisses. For lunch visit the Loboc River, where you can try your hand at paddleboarding. The local village banks will be the setting for a picnic lunch before returning to your hotel this afternoon.
Full Day Pamilacan Marine life and Island TourVery early morning start on a boat trip to scenic Pamilacan Island. Local island knowledge is that the best hours to spot dolphins is max. 3 hrs. after sunrise. Pamilacan The island is the home of 11 species of whales and dolphins. Search for and watching of whales and dolphins. Proceed to Pamilacan island and do a village tour. The local women on the island of Pamilacan Island will prepare a picnic lunch. Enjoy your lunch on the beach. Time will be given for swimming and snorkeling on the lush coral garden of Pamilacan waters before returning to your hotel.
Full Day Abatan River TourDrive about 40 minutes to the town of Cortes to witness the culture and tradition of the Abatan River fisher folk and farmers. Take a leisurely stroll around the Visitor Centre with its five village themed shops to get a glimpse of the adventure you are about to experience. These shops feature locally made craft products and food from each of the five communities along the river: Cortes, Maribojoc, Antequera, Balilihan and Catigbian. Board a traditional bandong and head up river where your guide will delight you with traditional stories and folklore of the region. Each village offers a different experience from basket weaving workshops, tasty native snacks, family adventure activities and cultural performances of river life expressed through song and dance. There is also the opportunity to hire kayaks from the Abatan River Visitor Centre to explore this beautiful river and the mangroves at your leisure. A trek to Dagook Falls or to the hanging bridge winds up your time in Abatan River.
Travel by Boat from Panglao Island to Cebu
Fly Cebu to Singapore
Fly Singapore to London
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