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My daughter’s 8th birthday is coming up in February and she has requested a trip to the Philippines. I’m happy about her request as it is high on my list of places, but the only draw is that to avoid her missing school days, with flying time from Boston, it only leaves us with 5-6 days to enjoy.
I am not too worried about the jet lag aspect as we travel frequently and it likely won’t affect her until the return trip. We are both very active. Love hiking, the beach (though can’t sit at it for days on end), wild life, and anything involving water! This would be her first trip to Asia, my second (previous was Thailand this past May).
Can anyone help with a possible itinerary? We would LOVE to snorkel with the whale sharks (that was a huge part of her picking this destination), but I would rather not do it in Cebu as I heard it’s poorly managed and is affecting shark migratory patterns. I know it can also be done in Donsol, but it’s a lot farther north than Cebu. Plus, there’s Mayon in that area as well, IIRC? The draw for me in Cebu is the waterfalls, but I assume there are others to see! Not opposed to visiting two areas of the Philippines, but that’s the max with only at most 6 days and travel time between locations. I did three when I went to Thailand (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket) in 8 days, so I’m used to that kind of traveling but she isn’t.
Any help? I’ve tried to research options, but I feel a tad overwhelmed with so many different areas! TIA!

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    Hi, nightxsky.

    Your daughter is something. At 8, I only dreamed of theme parks. Heheh! The Philippines has a lot to offer and a week might be too short considering that we are in an archipelago and public transportation is not yet very well developed. In order for you to go from one island to the other, you'll have to take the plane(usually delayed if from manila) or the boat which could take some time.

    I was born in Cebu but have not tried swimming with the wildlife. As for beaches, my personal favorite is El Nido in Palawan. I must say, it is a paradise. From Manila, fly to Puerto Princesa (Philippine airlines and Cebu Pacific have a number of flights a day). When in Puerto Princesa, you may check out the firefly watching or the underground river(both touristy). My 5 and 3 yr old cousins from Texas liked it but best to google it. El Nido is a 6-hour drive from Puerto Princesa. You can try the island hopping when in El Nido. They even offer an overnight camping in one of the uninhabited islands but make sure to bring insect repellent especially for the little one. During snorkeling, you could be lucky and find a turtle or more. I heard there's also a turtle sanctuary in Palawan. I'm just not sure where though.

    As for Cebu, they have luxury resorts that could help you relax if you had more time.

    I hope that helps. Take care.

    By the way, when in the metro, uber is better than hailing a cab. Taxi drivers usually overprice.

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