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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 02, 2017
Passport expiring less than 6 months before returning to the Philippines  (9 Answers)

My family is going on a trip to Canada in April, but one of our member's passport is expiring in September, which would put it into less than 6 months validity. The travel agency told us that the passport only needs to be valid until you leave Canada, so she would have no problem on the trip there. But I read online that the Philippines requires that the passport needs to be valid for more than 6 months to enter. Will she have problems entering back to the Philippines? She is a permanent resident in the PH but is a Chinese citizen. The problem is that the agency told her that the Chinese embassy will not renew her passport if it's still more than 6 months valid, so we really cannot renew it ahead of time.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 14, 2016
Visa in Philippines  (8 Answers)

What are the restrictions on someone with one felony in US to obtain a Visa in Philippines?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 09, 2016
Does my itinerary look ok?  (5 Answers)

Is it dumb to visit both coron and elnido or should we visit one or the other and visit somewhere else? As it stands we have two nights in PP then four nights in El Nido then three nights in coron then one night in Oslob to swim with whale sharks and then two nights in Cebu where we will visit Bohol.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 28, 2016
Where to spend 2 week  (8 Answers)

my wife and I are planning a 2 week visit in April and are looking to have a relaxed break only visiting 2 or 3 places, one of which will be Manila as we flying in/out of there.(we will come back again so no need to rush and try to see everything).
I have looked at a range of sites which present so many beautiful destinations that I am finding difficulty in identifying what would work best for us.In addition when I read a number of posts they present some places as being not quite as the brochures show (eg some of the posts below relating to Palawaan.
We are interested in being on picturesque beaches, seeing some cultural and historic sights and possibly doing some snorkelling/diving.
I would appreciate any thoughts from those who have visited or live in the Phillippines

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 25, 2016
NEAR BEACH  (6 Answers)

does anyone know what would be the nearest beach resort from San fernando pampanga or Angeles City, Thanks mates

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 23, 2016
Anybody available to trek or travel in the Philippines with me?  (1 Answer)

Anybody available to trek or travel in the Philippines with me?
I am a Filipino and lives here and is willing to show anyone around. Looking for a travel buddy.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 20, 2016
Do they sell Glen 20 in the Philippines?  (3 Answers)

I'm travelling to the Philippines in April, for the first time. I'm a bit of a hygiene freak, and I'm wondering if they sell Glen 20 in the Philippines? If not, am I allowed to take a spray can like Glen 20 in my luggage?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 14, 2016
from Manila to Donsol  (1 Answer)

hi guys,

we are planning to hire a car and take a journey from Manila down to Donsol. Since we dont want to make it at one go, i am thinking of stopping by at various points of interests and staying 2 nights (in total) near them along the way. I plan to have one night at Taal volcano with the obvious trip to the crater and the other night somewhere half-way before reaching Donsol. I dont wish to stretch it, so that it means maximum around a 6-hour ride at a time.

Where would you make the other overnight stopover (with solid lodging options)? Im open to make overall 3 stopovers if it will make a sense.

As for the points of interests on the way, I was considering checking the Kamay ni Hesus Healing Church and passing through the hairpin road of Quezon National Forest. Anything else...maybe more intriguing?

thank you a lot for any input,


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 13, 2016
Best national parks in the Philippines  (10 Answers)


I'm planning to go maybe in the Philippines in winter and I'd like to visit some national parks. Of course I already thought about the nature reserves in Palawan but apart from that I've not so much ideas about the most scenic and rich national parks and reserves.

- I'm planning to go in Luzon, Palawan and probably on Mindoro, Bohol and Cebu. (Mindanao looks great but I've heard very preoccupying things about the social/religious situation there...)

- I love rainforest, hiking, mountains, volcanoes, etc... Can you suggest me some some nice natural places to have this kind of environment in the islands mentionned above.

- I saw breathtaking pictures of Apo Reef Natural Park but I can't get any information about it... How can I go there. Does it worth it? Or should I better try to stop in Coron Island from Palawan? Is there ferry between Palawan and Coron for affordable prices?

Thank you in advance :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 07, 2016
How to travel in Philippines (archipelago problem)?  (7 Answers)

I'm planning to go maybe in Philippines in january-february and I'm facing a slight fear about the geographic aspect of this archipelago. I want to know a bit how to deal with the distance between each island I would like to visit. Naturally I'll arrive on Manila, so Luzon Island.

But after. Which islands would you suggest me to visit the most? I want to go of course of Palawan. I thing the best option there is the plane because it's pretty remote.

But othewise what about Cebu, Mindoro or Bohol. Is that easy to go from an island to another. Is there ferries with the possibility to take a car with. How does it work?

I would like to rent a car too. I mean I want to be really free. Is it possible to drive in Philippines (outside of Manila of course)?

Thank you a lot :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 03, 2016
1st Time in Philippines - Feb 17 for 2 weeks  (10 Answers)

I decided to fly to Manila dn meet up with a friend there. They only have 4 days free so I am looking for a nice beach are a which is not a days journey from Manila.

After this I have a week to explore an island, and wish to see non touristic life, natural forests and good beaches. I am not one for expensive hotels and travel so can anyone suggest a nice area to chill with my friend, and nice areas I can backpack to ?

Not sure what the public transport is like so would appreciate some tips of getting about

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 02, 2016
Seeking partners for Kibungan Mountain Range Trek - Dec 2016  (5 Answers)

I am planning a Kibungan Mountain Range Trek by Uncharted Philippines for two date periods: Either Dec 3-6 or Dec 13-16. It is a very highly regarded trek off the beaten path. Details at .

The price is $480 per person and is pretty much inclusive of everything. Is anyone interested in joining me? if so, let me know if you have a preferred date slot.

My email is [email]. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 11, 2016
Safety in Mindoro?  (5 Answers)

My 15 year old son (who knows everything about everything because he's 15!) has been invited to spend 2 weeks over Christmas with a school friend's family on the Island of Mindoro. After reading the British Embassy advice not to travel to Southern Philippines, of course as a mum I am so worried about the whole of the Philippines. Do you think it is very safe - I'd really love him to have this experience, but obviously not if he is in any danger at all? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 01, 2016
what to visit next  (13 Answers)

hello guys,

been already a few times in ph and we already visited boracay, palawan, el nido, manila, tagatay and taal volcano...

i know philipines full of nice places but we look for see difrent things each time not who are all almost same likes...

what would you sugest us next ?

i was thinking of coron but worried it will be like el nido.

we didnt visit yet around cebu and davao, but im worried to be frank...lot abu sayaf and other moro stuff in these region, lot reports of foreigners being kidnaped or im bit reticent going there...

was also think about baguio but worried it will be fast done around..

so any sugestions for a week long or so place?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 25, 2016
Do I have to pay for a tax??  (12 Answers)

Hello everyone..I just want to ask those people who know the answer regarding my bf for USA sent me some gifts( gadgets etc) last 21st on Same day Express Courier Service..he said I don't have to pick up on those things because they will deliver it on my address..I have the tracking # so I can see where the things are says here it was on mactan-cebu airport and is now on "shipment hold-awaiting for custom's clearance"..I don't know what will I do regarding this..
I am hoping someone will give me a response..Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 06, 2016
Best beaches near Cebu.  (4 Answers)

Hello, I am flying into Cebu with my two children from December 17th-December 28th. Can you suggest the best beaches that aren't too far away? A ferry is okay, but we don't want to take any more flights. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 05, 2016
Stripclub in balanga city?  (1 Answer)

Are there any stripclubs in or near balanga city?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 22, 2016
Bus schedule and fares from Bancasi airport to Bislig City  (1 Answer)

Is there a website that shows the bus schedule and fares from Bancasi airport to Bislig city?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 19, 2016
were to go?  (4 Answers)

who knows boracay island?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 18, 2016
VISA FREE ENTRY  (2 Answers)

We are senior citizens from India having Valid tourist visa to the United states.( for next 6 years)
We want to visit Philippines for Tourism Purpose from 10th August till 15th August 2016.( 6 days).
We understand that we are eligible for Visa free entry.Please clarify.
What are the documents we need to carry other than our Passport and USA visa?
Thanks and regards.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 17, 2016
Itinerary ideas for 10 days, flying into Cebu  (2 Answers)

I'm looking for recommendations and ideas to get the most out of our holiday. We fly into Cebu at the end of September & have 10 days before flying out again. We would like to do some scuba diving, snorkelling, island hopping & relax on the beach. Where's best to go?

All ideas are much appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 08, 2016
Looking for a travel buddies for my Mindanao, Philippines trip.  (2 Answers)

I'm 20 year old and i'm looking for someone who can travel with me around Mindanao.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 24, 2016
Bringing rice cooker  (5 Answers)

Hi just wanna ask if i am allowed to bring rice cooker as checked inn baggage via eithad airways?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 23, 2016
Malaria prophylaxis  (5 Answers)


I am travelling to Cambodia and the Philippines this summer.
I am staying a week in Cambodia, 3 days in Siem Reap and 4 days in Phnom Phen. Then I am going to the Philipines for almost two weeks, 6 days in Laoag and Pagudpud and then the rest of the time in Manila.
When I look at the Danish health department's guidelines for Malaria prophylaxis they recommend to take tablets but they then link to a malaria map on the national health services website for the UK, and when I look at that map the areas I am visiting has the "low to no risk, antimalaria is usually not advised" colour.
So I am a bit torn on what to do, does people normally take antimalaria tablets when travelling in these areas, or just make sure to use mozzie reppellant with DEET and proper clothing?
I am thinking theres always a risk that there will be a malaria infected mozzie in the area because you cant control where they fly, and I normally trust the travel advices of the health department.

Any advices from experienced travellers in these areas would be appreciated!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 14, 2016
2 Weeks Itinary Help  (8 Answers)

I want to visit the Phiipines next Feb/March for 2 weeks and need some ideas as to where to go. I like some beach/culture/history and being away from the tourist destinations. Also there are many islands so time could easily be absorbed in travelling around, which is not desireable.

So do I head for one island that has good beaches, local life, and some interesting places to see or maybe stay on the main island (as I will fly into Manila) and then visit another island for a week ?

Any Ideas would be most useful thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 11, 2016
Philippines visa  (7 Answers)

I'm returning to the Philippines at the end of July and I know that I automatically get a 30 day visa upon my arrival, but I am going to be in the Philippines for 43 days and I will need a visa extension. Does anyone know if I can get the 59 day visa at the Manila airport upon my arrival

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 03, 2016
Looking for the perfect luxurious venue for Businessmen Retreat  (3 Answers)


Our company is currently looking for the best venue to host our 5-day event. (October 9th-14th, 2016)

Ideally we are looking for a luxurious property type villla that we can rent. The place:

* should be easily accessible to the airport (to and from)

* has an exclusive Private Pool

* has a meeting room for 20 people

* Car & Driver

* 17-20 Beds Villa

* Kitchen and a Private CHEF like if someone requests for X-kind of meal or a complimentary breakfast offered by the venue owner

* meeting room for 20 people

Preferred But not Must

*a Private Beach

Looking forward to your suggestions.

Thanks, Liz

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 27, 2016
How to Travel between Islands  (3 Answers)

I am considering going to the Philippines and wondered what is the best way to travel from Manila to other islands, like Puerto Princesa?
Also is March/April a good time to go to avoid the Monsoons ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 22, 2016
Ride from puerto princesa to el nido  (5 Answers)

Hi all, planning on riding from puerto princesa up to el nido on Tuesday 29th June, anyone else doing the same thing at that time and wants to ride up together? 

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 20, 2016
booking for Batanes  (1 Answer)

how can i booked for 2 with MV Ivatan Princess at Currimao pier on Sunday for Batanes. any number can i call.

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