A Winter Trip to the Philippines

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  • Philippines

  • Beaches

  • Outdoors

  • Coastal

  • Local Food

A rocky cove with water flowing in
Curator’s statement

I spent Christmas in the Philippines with friends and surprisingly there were not many Singaporeans here!

The beaches had such white fine sands and the water was super clear. The resort had great amenities and the food here was nice. And the locals? They were persistent but friendly.

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Where to stay in the Philippines

Shangri-La Boracay, Philippines

Tropical island luxury hotel in a sheltered bay on Boracay’s pristine northern coastline boasting 219 contemporary rooms and villas, enriched with Filipino touches.

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Things to do in the Philippines

A vast body of water during the daytime

You’re all set to explore the white beaches of Boracay, and I must warn you, there are SO MANY people who will approach you for water activities and island tours. We pretty much settled our Island Tour, parasailing (highly recommend adding on the insta360 option if you do not have a GoPro) and paraw activities. But if you’re one for haggling prices and chatting up locals, you will have many opportunities.

You can also try other water activities like banana boat, UFO, helmet diving, kitesurfing, and more! There is also a sunset cruise too.

Note: They charge by per boat, so try to go in bigger groups.

If not, I suggest chilling by the sand and enjoying the sunsets here.

Note: Sunsets can be seen on the left side of the island (Puka Shell Beach, Diniwid Beach, White Beach).

Or if you’re up for some exercise, you can do a hike from Bulabog Beach, known for its strong winds, all the way to Bulabog Viewpoint (120 pesos/pax to go up) and back as a loop. You can also do a cute walk from Willy’s Rock to Lambros Point all the way to Diniwid Beach as well.

Places to eat & drink in the Philippines

people on a beach during daytime

Brunch/Snack Break:

  • Jonah’s Fruit Shake (fresh smoothies)

  • Ube Mama (yummy dessert)

  • Coco Mama (another yummy dessert)

  • The Sunny Side Cafe (lovely Ube pancakes)

  • Real Coffee & Tea Cafe (known for calamansi muffins)


  • Kolai Mangyan (local food)

  • Subo (recommended by a local)

  • Tostachon Restaurant (lechon and dishes)

  • Cheese pizza at Two Seasons Boracay Resort

  • Red Coconut Beach Hotel (fire show)

  • Summer Place, OM (nightlife)

Need to Know

Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out my guide, 4 Days in Cappadocia, Turkey.

This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Philippines.

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