大家好 我是Christian LeBlanc
Hi, my name is Christian LeBlanc
And in 2015 I had the extreme pleasure of traveling to 9 Asian countries
and spending almost seven and half months abroad.
Every country has unique things to offer.
But the Philippines was by far my favourite.
I’ve never met a kinder group of people and a more beautiful landscape,
the bluest waters, the most exaggerated landscapes.
There’s so much to see and so much to do.
The Philippines is comprised of over 7000 islands
of which I saw a handful.
During our time in the Philippines, we stayed in three main areas:
Manila, Palawan and Cebu.
When you land in the Philippines, you’ll be landing in Manila.
However we don’t recommend spending any longer than you need to.
Simply get on the next flight from Manila and head to either Palawan or Cebu.
For our trip we went straight to Cebu.
Once we left the airportwe went 15 minutes away,
got a hotel and stayed there for about 2 days.
Mactan is beautifulbut we don’t recommend spending too long there.
After that we called a cab going into Cebu City,
where we would go to the local bus station to catch a jeepney heading south.
Jeepneys are the buses used by the locals.
They’re highly affordable highly safe and I highly recommend using them.
Once the jeepney took us to the Southern in tip of Cebu,
we took a ferry going to Dumaguete.
Once we arrived in Dumaguete,
we got on the Philippino tricycles.
You’ll see them everywhere.
We took one of them into Dumaguete,
and spent the rest of the night drinking and singing Karaokewith our new found friends.
The next morning without any sleep we got on the ferry and headed to Siquijor Island.
Once we got on the islandwe rented this crappy little car.
It broke down like 5 times.
But there is not really any other options. You have to rent some sort of vehicle,
because there’s no other means of transportation.
Siquijor Island is known as a mystic island or for its voodoo magic.
However we didn’t see anything too weird.
Siquijor is also not very well-known to the public.
I barely saw any other tourist
and it was mainly the locals who knew of it.
One of the most beautiful placesI saw while traveling for seven and a half months was here.
当我第一次看见莎拉德旺沙滩 我应该念得不对 它太美了
Salagdoong Beach I think I probably say it wrong, but it was stunning.
I remember looking over this diving platform
and thinking there is no way anyone jumps fearing the height must be odd or something
结果 我看见 3个家伙一下子就把自己扔进海里了
And next thing I knowthese three dudes literally launched themselves off into the ocean.
It may as well be called peer pressure beach
because everyone ends up jumping at the end of the day.
This was one of my favorite beaches in all of my travels.
We spent our last day in Siquijorspending time with the local strays
and enjoying traditional Philippino meal known as Abudou Fight.
The reason it’s called thatis because once people start eating it’s a free-for-all.
聚餐的食物包括鱼 海胆 海带和香料
The food consisted of fish,sea urchin, sea weed and a bunch of spices.
It was surprisingly good.
锡基霍尔岛玩过了 我们就回去杜马盖地 再出发去奥丝罗布
After Siquijor we went back to Dumaguete and then straight to Oslob.
Oslob is known for one thingand that is the whale sharks.
The whale sharks is some of the most amazing creaturesyou’ll ever see.
For 30 dollars you get 45 minutes to swim next to these whale sharks.
And there is generally gonna be 5 to 50 of them.
The truth is they’re being fed,
so it’s not quite as impressive asseeing them in their natural surroundings.
But it’s still very impressive.
I recommend you go at 6am.
By noon they’ll be in their fresh air of tourist
and go back into the ocean.
No they don’t need peoplebut you do wanna be there early
If you have extra time in OslobI highly recommend checking out Tumalog falls
It’s only about a 15-20 minute motorbike ride away
And it’s definitely worth the same
Now this is a bit of untraditional route
but one I highly recommend.
After Oslob we went straight to Bohol.
Bohol is a large island.
Because it’s a bit unusual,
you won’t see this advertised online.
What we did is we simply went to the peer in Oslob
and asked arounduntil we found someone who was driving their boat across.
I think we paid about 20 to 30 dollars per passenger.
If you don’t do thisyou’ll have to drive all the way back up to Cebu City
and catch a plane or a boat from Cebu City
After spending a day hanging out on Alona Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches
We rented a scooter and headed up north to the Chocolate Hills.
This is a four-day trip itself,there is a lot to do.
You can see the beautiful cathedrals,
the creepy little monkeys with big eyes known as tarsiers
and of course the Chocolate Hills.
I LOVE Bohol!
I don’t recommend saying that out loud too often.
要回到宿雾市 我们去薄荷岛旁边的大岛屿 再乘船返回
To get back to Cebu we went to the big peer in Bohol and took a boat going back to Cebu City.
Once in Cebu City we took a jeepney going down to Badian.
This is about a 3.5-hour bus ride.
Badian is incredible.
This is where we went Canyoneering,
one of the most memorable experiences of my entire trip.
Although I ‘ve probably said that a few times now.
If I would imagine where Gatorade came fromI would imagine it was here.
The water is one of the most unique blues you’ll ever see in your life.
And one of the best parts of the whole experience is
when you get to the very end of the Canyoneering, you’re led to this beautiful waterfall
known as Kawasan Falls.
我们找的旅游公司 是八点宿雾旅游公司 我推荐这家公司
The company we used is called Badian Cebu Canyoneering.I recommend them.
After Badian we went all the way back to Dumaguete,
and from Dumaguete paid about 50 dollars to get a boat to take us to Apo Island.
我们平分了40美元 又另外付了10美元 来租一个潜水服玩上个一天
We split that cost among the four of us and paid another 10 dollars to rent snorkel gear for the day.
The reason it’s called Apo Island is because Apo means sea turtle,
至少菲律宾人是这么跟我说的 而我觉得 这解释挺合理
or at least Philippinos told me that and it makes total sense.
We saw about 7 to 8 sea turtles that day and it’s just an absolutely beautiful island,
100 percent worth a visit.
After Apo Island we made our way all the way back to Mactan,
the airport where we originally landed in Cebu.
From the Cebu airport we had a one-way flight to Puerto Princesa, Palawan.
There is an incredible caveyou can explore in Puerto Princesa.
But we didn’t spend any time and headed straight to El Nido.
We paid about 15 dollars to have a passenger van to drive us north to El Nido.
Now you’re probably askingwhy do I go all the way down El Nido.
The answer is that it’s probably one of the most beautiful places in the entire world.
In fact it’s been consistently voted the most beautiful islands in the world.
And according to my mom,Kanye West has an island there.
The footage you see here is fromLaura and I on Tour A
这里有四个旅游路线 A B C D 但我们只游览了路线A
There is tours A B C and DThe only one we did was tour A,
but we absolutely loved it.
From what I heard the island tours A and C are the best
However talked people around you, and you can get some feedback from them.
On the main land of El Nido
there is an amazing cliff site overlooking all of El Nido.
这个悬崖叫做叫做“Tarraw Cliff” 并且它非常危险 所以你需要一个人会带你上去
It’s called Tarraw Cliff and it’s actually pretty dangerous so you’ll need a guy to bring you up.
我问遍了小镇 才找到了一个人 价格是30美元
We asked around the town untilwe found a guy for about 30 dollars.
总体说来 潜水商店是最需要去的 而且这些商店会给你提供你所需要的任何东西
Generally dive shops will be the most in place to go and they can organise you with anything
另外给旅游者提个醒 要长点心眼 别让这些商店给宰了
from accommdation to tours.Just make sure they’re not taking advantage of you.
Do your research.
– I don’t think I’ve ever sweat so much in my life.
– My shirt could be rinsed off.
当然 你也可以 哈哈 水被拧出来了
– And you would…Oh yeah there is water coming over.
在艾妮岛 我们租一辆自行车 来一个巴拉望海滩一日游
In El Nido we rented a bike and did a day-trip to Nacpan Beach,
my all time favorite beach.
如果你真的擅长深潜 你不妨再向北走远一点 到达科隆岛
It was so unbelievably beautiful
that we made another trip back and actually spent a night there.
– I’m freaking dying. I don’t understand why.
– The power keeps dying every single and freaking 2 hours.
One note that should be made is that El Nido often loses electricity,
which leads to excruciatingly hot days and nights.
It’s where the air conditioning does not work.
To avoid this. simply stay at a place that has generators.
El Nido has a great reputation for scuba diving.
Laura and I did two dives.we saw sea turtles, massive schools of fish.
And we even went scuba diving into a cave with super poisonous snakes.
I didn’t like that part.
如果你真的擅长深潜 你不妨再向北走远一点 到达科隆岛
If you’re really big into scuba diving, you’ll wanna go further north to Coron.
Coron is widely known as the best place to scuba divingin all of the Philippines.
这里有沉没的战舰 你可以在里面穿梭 领略它的美丽
There are sunking war ships you can actually dive throughand it’s very beautiful.
The next day we went back to Nacpan Beach.
We used the locals’ way of transportation and sat on the top of this truck.
We paid probably about 2 dollars each
and it was an amazing way to meet the locals.
I highly recommend you go outta your way
to not only save moneybut try these unique and authentic experiences.
Nacpan Beach is my favorite beach in all of my seven and a half months of traveling.
It’s truly a hidden gem.
If you don’t go to on Nacpan Beach,
you’re missing out on a huge part of one made the Philippines so special to me.
I absolutely love Nacpan.
Nacpan was essentially our last night in the Philippines.
After Nacpan we went all the way back to Puerto Princesa.
Took a flight all the way to Manila, the capital of the Philippines,
and then left the Philippines from Manila.
My time in the Philippines was unforgettable,
and I love this so muchthat I’ll actually be going back in 2016.
To finish this video I thought I ‘d answer a few questions that I know will be commonly asked.
The first beingIs the Philippines safe？
The Philippines is very safe.
Like any country there will be bad places and places you should avoid.
In this case I recommend you avoid the south of the Philippines,
also known as Mindanao.
The best resource will always be your national embassy.
See what they have to say on every country you plan to visit.
But to conclude this question
the Philippines was one of the safest countries I visited in my entire time in Asia.
The second question isDo I need a visa to visit？
For the Philippines you actually don’t need to buy a visa in advance.
But what you do need is you need to buy a two-way ticket
And this is crucial.
This almost affected Laura and Iand almost had us turned around.
When you’re going to the Philippines,
you’ll of course have bought a one-way ticket into the Philippines.
But you also need to have purchased a return ticket.
Your tickets can not be more than 21 days apart.
Because 21 days is the most the country allows you to staywithout special permission.
I highly recommend you always do your own research because terms can change.
But to conclude, make sure you have your return ticket bought in advance.
The third question is
Where should I goif I don’t have time to see both Palawan and Cebu?
Well this will totally depend on you.
In my opinion Cebu has more to do.
你可以在鲸鲨 悬崖蹦极 峡谷漂流
You’ve options betweenthe whale sharks, cliff jumping, going Canyoneering
and even island hopping.
Palawan on the other handhas a bit less selection.
You’re either going to Puerto Princesa or you’re going to El Nido.
And El Nido is absolutely stunning.
So I would highly recommend you make your way there.
But if you don’t wanna spend 10 days laying around the beachand doing island tours,
I recommend you do Cebu.
Both Cebu and Palawan have incredible islands to offer.
And if you can’t make them both work in this trip,
maybe consider doing one nowand doing the next in the future.
It’s definitely worth returning to see the other
And the last question is:Is the Philippines expensive?
Now I’m not going to any detailBut a very vague answer is:
No, it is not expensive!
It’s very comparable to traveling through Thailand.
A meal will cost you anywherefrom 2 to 5 American dollars,
and accommodations is a little bit more expensive
going anywhere from 7 dollars all the way up to 15 dollarsfor a reasonable accommodation.
Over all traveling in the Philippines is very affordable and I highly recommend it.
This video just gives you a small glimpse of each place.
But if you want to see a bit more in detail,
check the description blogs.
Because I was blogging every day.
I’ve created blogs for every single experience we had in the Philippines,
from having a layover in the Manila airport to scuba diving in El Nido.
So if you want more information on a particular event,
or simply wanna see our adventures from start to finish,
make sure to check out the blogs of my description.
I hope you guys found this video insightful
and if you have any questions that I didn’t answer,
feel free to leave them in the comment box.
And I’ll do my best to get back to every single one of you.
And as always I will be posting daily blogs
as I travel to Southeast Asia and North America over the next year.
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because there is a ton more to come.
大家好 我是Christian LeBlanc