Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Cebu

Best (and worst) coworking spaces in Cebu

Cebu is an island province of the Philippines Central Visayas region. The island has a long history of settlers from different parts of the world, all of whom have left an influence on the culture. Plenty of travelers that go there to live and work will find everything they need in Cebu City. 

As it stands, it’s the only place where you’ll find reliable internet and coworking places. The island may not be the #1 place to set up your long term business plan, but it’s definitely a top pick for those who enjoy working and traveling. Remote workers who enjoy being close to nature will particularly like it. The island’s main city will be your working headquarters, while on the weekends, you can enjoy the amazing nature preserves out of town. You can also check out our local guide to Cebu to find things to see and do while staying there.

With more and more jobs moving out of corporate offices and into personal space, people no longer need to be permanently situated for work. This opened up pretty much the entire world to digital nomads and gave rise to a new work culture globally. Major tourist destinations, like Cebu, are now catering to this new age of travelers and settlers. As a result, Cebu City is full of amazing coworking spaces. Here’s the list of nine great and two bad coworking spaces:

Check out:

  1. ASPACE Crossroads
  2. The Company IT Park
  3. KMC Flexible Workspace
  4. Openmind Coworking Space
  5. Altspace Cafe
  6. ACX Outsourcing Hub
  7. Nomads Hub
  8. Avant Offices Inc
  9. Workplace Cafe

Avoid:

  1. Desko
  2. iioffice

Our favorite coworking space in Cebu is ASPACE Crossroads

Source: ASPACE Facebook

ASPACE Crossroads is highly praised for its focus on community building. It heavily invests in social gatherings, celebrating popular holidays, themed events, etc. This approach makes it a place where people come and stay for a long while. It also has a dedicated TEDx host space with some special events. The workspace interior is mostly in elegant black, white, and gray, with splashes of color from different types of artwork. It’s pet-friendly and has cozy relaxing areas where you can take a break. 

A drawback could be that it might seem a bit unprofessional since the rooms have empty concrete walls and an open ceiling, making it look unfinished. That being said, it’s among the most highly praised coworking spaces in Cebu, and the prices are also competitive.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $10 (PHP 500)

Hot desk per week: $40 (PHP 2,000)

Hot desk per month: $100 (PHP 5,000)

Dedicated desk per month: $200 (PHP 10,000)
Private office, five people, one month: $990 (PHP 50,000)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
    • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
    • Saturday & Sunday: closed
  • Members have access 24/7
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

Here are the other coworking spaces in Cebu we liked

The Company Cebu

Source: The Company Facebook

The Company Cebu coworking space is located in the city center in the area known as IT Park. The list of perks and amenities this space offers is great, but what really makes it stand out is their focus on building a community. They offer so many out-of-work activities, such as drink and lunch evenings, workshops, and even TEDx events. They also connect all the members through a Facebook group and a community app. This makes meeting new people and finding new business and other connections easy. Although it doesn’t offer its own coliving space, there are plenty of affordable Airbnb’s nearby.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $8 (PHP 400)

Dedicated desk per month: $180 (PHP 9,000)

Private office, two people, one month: $515 (PHP 26,000)
Private office, four people, one month: $871 (PHP 44,000) 
Private office, six people, one month: $1,190 (PHP 60,000) 
Private office, eight people, one month: $1,700 (PHP 86,000)
Private office, ten people, one month: $1,980 (PHP 100,000)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No (Airbnb nearby)

KMC Flexible Workspace

Source: KMC Solutions

The Flexible Workspace is part of the KMC Skyrise 4 building—an 18 story rentable office space spanning over 13,000 square meters. The state-of-the-art building is equipped with 24/7 IT support staff, backup power generators, and multiple internet connections. Among the coworking spaces in Cebu, this office building is definitely one of, if not the most modern. The prices are surprisingly fair, all things considered. There are also plenty of community events, workshops, and social gatherings to take part in. Other useful facilities in the space include:

  • Childcare
  • Full kitchen
  • Showers
  • Lounge
  • Yoga studio
  • Meditation room

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per month: $100 (PHP 5,000)

Dedicated desk per month: $300 (PHP 15,000)
Private offices per month: Many options, contact for negotiations

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
    • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
    • Saturday & Sunday: closed
  • Members have access 24/7
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No (Airbnb nearby)

Openmind Coworking Space

Source: Openmind Facebook

Located in the IT Park of Cebu City, what immediately sets Openmind apart is that it’s open 24/7 and has rates to accommodate early birds and night owls. This feature is a favorite among young workers who enjoy flexible working hours. The space is more oriented towards freelancers and small groups. They have a set of fixed prices, but you can ask about additional discounts depending on the time you aim to be there. Usually, they’ll offer lower prices for evening and night shifts. There are a few private offices that you have to book in advance— bear in mind that they get rented out quickly. The furnishing is modern, and there’s plenty of equipment to use. Openmind also has free parking on the premises. The only downside is that most desks are somewhat clumped up.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $10 (PHP 500)

Hot desk per week: $60 (PHP 3,000)

Hot desk per month: $200 (PHP 10,000)

Hot desk, six months: $190 (PHP 9,700)/Month

Hot desk, one year: $188 (PHP 9,500)/Month

Dedicated desk per month: $200 (PHP 10,000)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Open 24/7
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No (Airbnb nearby)

Altspace Cafe

Source: Instagram @Altspace.ph

Altspace is a minimalistic cafe offering food and drinks and a great place to work or study. Owned and operated by a local couple, the place is small and able to fit 25 people tops. It’s clean and cozy and maintains a family atmosphere. The drink and food choices are good, and there are usually promotional prices on workspace packages. When you get tired, you can relax in the lounge area and grab a bite to eat or have a hot drink. The only drawback, like with other coworking cafes, is that it’s walk-in only. The cafe is also rentable for larger events.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per hour: $0.50 (PHP 35)

Hot desk per day: $5 (PHP 250)

Hot desk per week: $20 (PHP 1,000)

Hot desk month: $70 (PHP 3,500)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 00:00 am
  • Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

ACX Outsourcing Hub

Source: ACX Hub Facebook

ACX Hub is an IT and digital marketing agency based in Cebu. Within their offices, they offer a small coworking space. It is noteworthy because it’s exceptionally affordable and has plenty of rates to choose from. It’s quiet, making it ideal for students to study or work on projects. The furniture is not as great as in some other places, but having in mind the more-than-reasonable price, it’s definitely not bad. 

Individual freelancers might like their simple cubicles, while small groups can use the big tables.  Unfortunately, it’s not equipped to hold entire teams of people. Still, within this relatively small space, they manage to organize community gatherings, workshops, and events you can attend. The internet speeds are crazy good, easily going over 300 Mbps. While not offering a lot, ACX is definitely worth mentioning.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per hour: $0.50 (PHP 30)

Hot desk per day: $5 (PHP 250)

Hot desk per week: $20 (PHP 1,000)

Hot desk month: $70 (PHP 3,500)

Dedicated desk per month: $80 (PHP 4,000)

High-Speed Internet 300+ megabit fiber
Open Hours
    • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
    • Saturday: Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
    • Sunday: closed
  • Members have access 24/7
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes (not everywhere, though)
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No

Nomads Hub

Source: Nomadshub.ph Facebook

Nomads Hub is one of the few coworking and coliving spaces in Cebu. Apart from getting work done, guests can rent hostel beds, use the laundromat, and get food and drinks while they stay. The location is also nice and central, with plenty of things to see and do around the motel. The drawback is that there aren’t dedicated workstations, so it tends to fill up quite fast, and you could end up without space. Members enjoy being part of a tight community that holds events like:

  • Social gatherings
  • Workshops
  • Mentorship programs

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per hour: $0.70 (PHP 35)

Hot desk per day: $6 (PHP 300)

Hot desk month: $90 (PHP 4,500)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Open 24/7
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving Yes

Workplace Cafe

Source: Facebook Workplace Cafe

As the name suggests, the Workplace Cafe is aimed towards those that enjoy working under the coziness of a cafe but need the reliability of an office. The atmosphere will be casual, but the furniture looks classy. There are a total of three Workplaces Cafes around Cebu:

  1. Ramos, Cebu City
  2. Banawa, Cebu City
  3. Tipolo, Mandaue City

Feel free to visit any of their branches. The cafes are all good at what they offer to the individual workers but definitely aren’t for group projects. They’re worth checking out, though.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per hour: $1 (PHP 50)

Hot desk per day: $6 (PHP 300)

Hot desk der week: $31 (PHP 1,600)

Hot desk month: $100 (PHP 5,000)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 2 am
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

Avant Offices Inc

Source: Avant Offices Facebook

Avant Offices is a gorgeous office setting where less means more. The interior design is simplistic but not monotone. This does leave visitors with a slightly more corporate and serious vibe. Unfortunately, that’s pretty much all Avant Offices offers. 

The space doesn’t exactly offer any reason to pick it over the others. It’s more of a “get in, get work done, and leave” type of setting. This reminds people too much of regular jobs, which freelancers and remote workers tend to run away from. The private offices are great, though. Because of this, we recommend this place much more to groups than to individuals. Smaller businesses and startups might find a home in this space.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $10 (PHP 500)

Hot desk per month: $160 (PHP 8,000)

Dedicated desk per month: $200 (PHP 10,000)

Private office, Six people, one month: $1,485 (PHP 75,000)

Private office, 12 people, one month: $1,680 (PHP 85,000)

Private office, 20 people, one month: $3,170 (PHP 160,000)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
    • Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 7:30 pm
    • Saturday: closed
    • Sunday: closed
  • Members have access 24/7
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes (not everywhere)
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

These are the two coworking spaces we would not recommend

Desko Cebu

Source: Facebook Desko

Desko is a 24/7 coworking space with an onsite restaurant and cafe, and plenty of free drinks. And that’s all the positives summed up. The space offers no private office or dedicated desks, meaning you have to find your own space. That won’t be an issue, though, as it’s been quite empty recently. Users have reported issues such as:

  1. Water shortage
  2. Internet losing connection or slowing down
  3. Unavailable or uninterested staff

To make things worse, the prices are quite high for what it offers. There are just too many better options, even nearby.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per hour: $1 (PHP 50)

Hot desk per day: $10 (PHP 500)

Hot desk per week: $50 (PHP 2,500) 

Hot desk per month: $150 (PHP 7,500)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Open 24/7
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

iioffice Cebu

Source: iioffice Facebook

At first glance, there’s nothing wrong with iioffice. The interior is nice, and it seems well equipped. So, what’s the issue? Every desk, office space, and conference room are on a first-come, first-served basis. You can’t rent your spot in advance and be sure you’ll have it. This makes it practically impossible for groups of people to coordinate, much less work in private. You may even end up without a place to sit if you come in too late. There are some ergonomic chairs, but not enough of them. Some are reported to be overused and in dire need of replacing. This leaves some people sitting on plastic chairs or armchairs. 

The positive note about iioffice is that it is noticeably cheaper. Other than that, the company doesn’t offer us good enough reason to choose it over other spaces.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $6 (PHP 300)

Hot desk per month: $80 (PHP 4,000)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 7 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes (not everywhere)
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Boracay

5 great coworking spaces in Boracay (and one to skip)

Located in the Philippines, Boracay is a small island full of resorts, hotels, restaurants, and cafés. Although there is still a long way to go to make this place ideal for expats and digital nomads, this island is taking small and sure steps in that direction. Boracay is usually a weekend stop for digital nomads who stay in Manila, offering a peaceful beach setting and magnificent views of the sea. Take a look at this travel vlog to get ideas for what to do and see in Boracay:     

Those who use the island as their work base have to accept that the internet is slow and not meant for major uploads and downloads. On the plus side, since foreigners love to visit Boracay, you won’t have a problem communicating with the locals since they know sufficient English. While you won’t find a real coworking space here, coffee shops and eateries are adequate to replace them. Here are some of them you can work from, and one that you should skip.

The Lazy Dog Bed & Breakfast is the nicest place to cowork in Boracay

Image source: The Lazy Dog Bed & Breakfast Facebook

The Lazy Dog Bed & Breakfast is located close to the Bulabog Beach in the Balabag district. This is not an ideal coworking space, but you will find everything you need here to have a productive day. 

The Wi-Fi is better than in some coffee shops but still not even close to the speeds you can find in Manila. If you don’t have to send huge files or download anything big, you can do just fine with the internet here. In-house Whiskey’s Café is perfect for working in peace in the shade of the palm trees and drinking freshly squeezed juice. The chairs are far from ergonomic, but comfortable to sit on for a while. To change position, you can use low walls as standing desks or sit down on the cushions and work at the coffee table.

We love that this hostel is true to its name, and dogs and cats are all around, sleeping or stopping by for pets. If you want to go for a walk or swim, you can leave your things in the lockers and not worry about them. In the evenings, guests from all over the world gather at the café and mingle, which is a great opportunity for networking.       

Basics
Pricing estimates Moderate
High-Speed Internet No
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 7 am–10 pm
  • Saturday: 7 am–10 pm
  • Sunday: 7 am–10 pm
Workspace
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Phone No
Coliving Yes

 Little Wave is our least favorite place to cowork in Boracay

Image source: Little Wave Facebook

Little Wave is a small coffee shop in the Manoc-Manoc district, close to the main road on the island. It’s located in a cluster of many eateries and cafés, so you don’t have to go far to find a more comfortable place for work. Chairs are on the top of our list of the most uncomfortable, made from some sort of metal and without upholstery.

During our stay, the Wi-Fi was unreliable and disappeared from the list of available networks several times. This was a miscalculation on our part since we came here during the lunch hour, and too many people were connected. 

We gave up working after a while and decided to enjoy the food with many vegetarian options. The salted egg coffee is their signature beverage and something we recommend you try when in Little Wave. The staff was friendly and stopped by our table a few times to make sure everything was in order with our food.

Basics
Pricing estimates Moderate
High-Speed Internet No
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 8 am–10:30 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am–10:30 pm
  • Sunday: 8 am–10:30 pm
Workspace
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Phone No
Coliving No

Five places to cowork in Boracay’s Balabag district we also enjoyed

No matter if you are having coffee, cake or beer while you work, the following places are good enough to get the work done:

  1. Starbucks
  2. Titos
  3. Tom N Toms
  4. Sea Breeze
  5. Coco Cafe

Starbucks

Image source: Starbucks Facebook

Starbucks is located in a three-story building, with the roof being the best part if you want to work while looking at the beach below. This is a familiar place with decent coffee and reliable but still slow Wi-Fi.

If you are lucky to come here when it’s not crowded, you can take the comfortable seats by the wall. Otherwise, you will have to either make do with wooden chairs or use your travel stand desk as we did. The staff speaks several languages, so you won’t have problems communicating with them. Too bad the internet connection is less than perfect, or we would come here to work every day.        

Titos

Image source: Titos Facebook

Titos is the best place to try Filipino dishes and have lunch on the roof with a wonderful view of palms and the beach. The Wi-Fi will not falter even when the place is crowded, so you will have no problem working here until your food arrives. 

We don’t recommend staying here for long since the colorful chairs are far from comfortable, and our backs weren’t that happy after an hour of sitting. If you plan to come here, note that Titos opens at noon, and you will hardly find it without guests. If you want to concentrate on work, it’s best to find another place and come here only for the local cuisine.    

Tom N Toms Coffee in Balabag

Image source: Tom N Toms Coffee Facebook

Tom N Toms Coffee is a Starbucks doppelganger — all with comfortable chairs and a great choice of coffees. 

The Wi-Fi here is unreliable. Some days it works well, and you can finish your tasks without too much fuss, and others, it will be annoyingly slow and useless. The good thing is that Tom N Toms is not a loud place, and you can work without distractions from other patrons. The big plus is that they’re open 24/7, so you can come here and work anytime you want (if the internet is operational).

The Sea Breeze Café in Balabag

Image source: Sea Breeze website

Sea Breeze is part of the Henann Regency Resort & Spa on the Beachfront. This is a big space full of comfortable chairs and serving buffets for reasonable prices.

It is a good place to come for breakfast and start on the morning tasks since it’s quiet. The internet was fine, but nothing to write home about, like everywhere else in Boracay. Avoid coming here to work in the afternoons since that is family time, and you will hardly be able to work from all the noise.

Coco Cafe in Balabag

Image source: Coco Café Facebook

Coco Cafe is one of the few air-conditioned coffee shops on the island, so working there was especially nice.

The tables aren’t too close to each other, so you can have privacy, and no one can take a peek at your computer. We had some trouble connecting to the Wi-Fi, but once we did, it worked fine. We suggest you try their mango smoothie. It will help you start the day energized and ready to give your 100% at work.

Here are other places to cowork in Boracay:

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in El Nido

Can island-hopping and coworking go hand in hand? The best and worst places to work from in El Nido!

Technological advancements have caused numerous online jobs to sprout. The people working remotely are no longer settling for being permanently home-based but are fervently exploring new places to work from. Although there are countless exceptional coworking spaces in the leading metropolises around the globe, digital nomads have yet again upped the game. Now, they are taking their remote work to the most idyllic and detached spots on earth. It is no wonder that visiting El Nido is high up on their bucket lists. But what can this tropical paradise offer in terms of coworking options?

The choice of places to work from in El Nido

Image source: xavidearanda

Although there aren’t many coworking spaces in El Nido, it shouldn’t hinder you from working from here. As long as you’re willing to lower your expectations a bit, you can still manage both to work and play in El Nido. Many hotels and cafes can serve that purpose. You can also set up your own working station wherever you decide to stay. Make sure the place has solid Wi-Fi and, ideally, a power generator, pour yourself a cup of strong coffee, set up your travel stand desk, and you are all set! After you’re done grinding for the day, you can dedicate yourself to making the most of the outdoor activities El Nido has to offer!

Which spots are worth pursuing to work from in El Nido?

Keeping all of the above in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of the places you could work from in between all the parties and other activities available in El Nido. We spill the good and the bad about all of them so that you can make an informed decision. Or you could just try them all!

We present to you the spots we deem worth checking out:

  1. Clock-In in Hotel Covo, Lio Estate Resorts
  2. WRKSPCE xLEXIAS
  3. Botanica El Nido
  4. Seda Hotels
  5. V and V Bagel
  6. Art Cafe

Clock-In by AyalaLand Offices in Hotel Covo, Lio Estate Resorts is the best coworking space in El Nido!

Source: Clock-In by AyalaLand Offices

Clock-In is set in the Hotel Covo in Lio Estate Resorts in El Nido and is the only all-encompassing coworking venue there. Although it doesn’t identify itself as a coworking space per se, it does offer all the amenities for workers on the go, freelancers, and teams in need of a rentable office.

You can rent a coworking seat at a hot desk on an hourly or daily basis and enjoy the benefits of high-speed internet of up to 35 Mbps. You also get unlimited access to their utilities, coffee, water, and tea. The meeting and conference rooms are equipped with all the necessary equipment, such as smart LED TV, VOIP phones, and a whiteboard. The rentable event space has a sound system and a wall-mounted projector and screen. Clock-In also offers the Virtual Office service, which puts the handling of your calls, emails, and parcels at their care.

If you find yourself at another Clock-In location, you can use your pass to access that spot at no additional charge. The bonus is that if you choose to stay at Hotel Covo, you get an authentic coliving experience, with the benefit of having your workspace just a few floors away.

Basics
Pricing
  • Per hour: P 89 (hot desk)
  • Per day: P 357 (hot desk)
  • Per hour: P 446 (6-person meeting room)
  • Per hour: P 3348 (event space)
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
  • No 24-hour member access
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving Yes

WRKSPCE xLEXIAS is the runner up coworking space in EL Nido!

Source: Lexias El Nido

WRKSPCE xLEXIAS is a coworking space that is a part of the Lexias hostel. The hotel has a strong Wi-Fi signal that is available in all rooms and social areas. There are a bar and restaurant on the premises that serve meals made from ingredients grown in their own organic garden.

The coworking space itself offers hot desks, meeting rooms, a Skype booth, and event spaces. It is directly attached to the Nolita Bistro and the T-Rex bar, so you can enjoy a hearty meal or a beverage while you work.

The accommodation here is rather inexpensive, so the place makes an excellent coliving option as well.

Basics
Room prices
  • Dormitory rooms (6 bunk beds): starting from $19
  • Junior private room (1 single + 2 double beds): starting from $69
  • Superior private room (1 single + 2 double beds): starting from $79
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 24 hours
  • Saturday: 9 am – 00.00 pm
  • Sunday: 9 am – 00.00 pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving Yes

Botanica El Nido is a cafe turned coworking space whose coffee you don’t want to miss out on!

Source: Trip Advisor

Botanica is a premiere cafe, restaurant, gin bar, and coworking space in El Nido. This place is praised for its excellent coffee—the cappuccino, in particular. Here, you won’t have to worry about not being fueled for your work endeavors.

The Botanica cafe is generally quite quiet, although it is one of the most frequented in El Nido due to its delicious pastry. The only complaint is that the smells from the kitchen tend to frequently get into the area where the patrons are. If that could be a problem for you, you may want to consider another option.

Address Amboy Street corner Pecado, El Nido
Working hours 7 am – 10 pm
Price range P 250 – 600

Seda Lio Hotel offers elegant workspace options for teams in El Nudo!

Source: Seda Lio Hotels

Seda Lio Hotel in El Nido doesn’t offer a traditional coworking space as such. Still, the place has state-of-the-art conference rooms and a spacious event venue that can be partitioned into two smaller areas. These make perfect settings for working in teams, having conference calls, and conducting brainstorming sessions.

The Narra event room can host up to 150 people, which makes it ideal for most seminars or workshops. It can be expanded to 300 seats by adding a landscaped deck. There are 4 IPIL conference rooms that can hold 15–40 people.

The hotel also offers a gym, the Misto restaurant, and a game room for spending time off work. There is also a children’s playroom, in case you need a place to drop your kids off while you work.

V and V Bagel in El Nido has a stable Wi-Fi connection that you can work with!

Source: V and V Bagel

V and V Bagel serves delicious meals reminiscent of New York City. You can taste burgers, bagels, pasta, and cheesecake that are to die for! Apart from having your fill with flavors that will take you to a Western world, you can sit at a table and get some work done. The Wi-Fi is much more reliable than in other places in El Nido, so you would likely be able to use most of the apps that you normally would.

Address Hama Street, El Nido, Palawan 5313
Working hours 7.30 am – 10 pm
Wi-Fi strength
  • Download speed: 0.20 Mbps
  • Upload speed: 0.70 Mbps

Art Cafe has the least reliable Wi-Fi in El Nido!

Source: El Nido Boutique and Art Cafe

When you search for “best cafes with Wi-Fi in El Nido, the Philippines,” one of the top results will most certainly be Art Cafe. While it is true that this spot has truly delicious dishes and the most mouthwatering desserts on offer, its internet reception is so poor that it cannot even send an image or an email without giving you a headache. Forget about streaming video in here. Although the atmosphere may be conducive to productive work, as it is generally a quiet place, if you need good W-Fi for your work, the Art cafe is not the place for you.

Address Sirena St., Buena Suerte
Working hours 7 am – 7.30 pm
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Get to know the breathtaking El Nido in the Philippines

El Nido is located at the northern tip of the Philippine island of Palawan. It is a cluster of 45 tiny, mesmerizing islands that are ideal for island hopping. With its pristine white beaches, turquoise lagoons, awe-inspiring caves, towering cliffs, and rich wildlife, the place is the sole definition of perfection. You won’t have a hard time finding ideas to put on your itinerary in El Nido. Here are some of the activities you could do:

  • Swim in the lagoons
  • Search for secret beaches
  • Dive
  • Scuba dive
  • Snorkel
  • Kayak
  • Get wild on a party boat

Try not to get caught up in all the fun El Nido has to offer. Not only will you not do any work, but you will also be broke before you know it. El Nido is hardly the most expensive place on the planet, but it, unfortunately, only has one ATM (at the Municipal Hall). Make sure you bring enough cash to last you your whole trip and plan your spendings ahead. Try to stick to your budget as much as possible, and avoid any spur-of-the-moment expenses. Although the one ATM is there, it can be out of service when you least expect it or become emptied out in peak seasons when there are loads of tourists around. The next closest ATM machine is in the Palawan capital, Puerto Princesa, which is five hours away.

If you have enough cash, you can island hop and scuba dive in El Nido to your heart’s desire. What if you also want to get some work done? Let’s see how you can have the best of both worlds in El Nido.

Can you cowork in El Nido?

For all the reasons listed above, El Nido has become synonymous with paradise. Enjoying a heaven on Earth such as this one comes at a cost. Being so secluded can mean it could be challenging to meet your work expectations.

You should know that El Nido experiences frequent blackouts. 30–60-minute power outages are commonplace here, and it may surprise you to hear that is an improvement on the previous situation. A couple of years back, this place only had power from 6 pm to 4 am. Although many hotels now have their own generators, it might be a good idea to bring your own power bank as a backup.

Another possible hindrance may be the crowd if you happen to be in El Nido at the height of the season. Since the place is quite busy at that time of year, you would need a quiet, less frequented place to work from with minimum distractions.

Wi-Fi on the Palawan island

The strength of the Wi-Fi signal is instrumental for online work. Given that El Nido is located off the beaten track, Wifi and phone reception may prove challenging there. Wireless sim cards are an option but are not ideal as they tend to be super slow in touristic places. The best option is to work from a big hotel or carry your own 3D router.

Internet Speed
Wi-Fi in most hostels, cafes, and restaurants 3–6 Mbps
Big hotel resorts up to 10 Mbps but divided among all users
Landline internet 5–20 Mbps ideally

Will you come to El Nido?

El Nido is the prime example of the scenic landscape, lush forests, and turquoise lagoons that are a must-see on any traveler’s list. Apart from being able to enjoy perfect, unspoiled nature, you will likely meet other nomads or expats in this place and will be able to make lasting connections with like-minded people.

Although you will most likely have to try out several cafes and hotels before you find the spot that most agrees with your remote work requirements, we’re sure El Nido will have something for you. The most important thing to remember is not to let the power outages and intermittent Wi-Fi discourage you from visiting this heavenly place. We assure you that you will be handsomely rewarded with plenty of unforgettable memories during your time off work in El Nido!

Where to Stay in Manila

Where to stay in Manila, the city of action and adventure

If you’re looking for the perfect vacation destination in the Philippines, Manila is the city that has it all. Amazing nightlife, rich culture and history, great food, and a bunch of fun and engaging activities make Manila one of the most popular tourist hotspots in the world. The tropical climate is obviously a huge bonus. This is a massive city, which can make your search for where to stay in Manila quite challenging. We have decided to make things easier for you with our list of the top five neighborhoods in the city.

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Transportation in Manila

Public transport in Manila will make it simple to get from one point to another. You can use the Point to Point (P2P) buses, LRT and MRT Railway lines, jeepneys, and taxis. All of these are quite affordable. It’s also possible to rent a car, but you’ll need an international driver’s license. Learn more about Manila’s public transport here.

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Five best neighborhoods to stay in Manila, Philippines

As the capital and largest city in the Philippines, Manila is huge. The city is divided into 16 different districts, each with its own charm and historical value. Things can easily get overwhelming when you’re looking where to stay in Manila, Philippines, which is why we did the work for you. Here are our top five neighborhoods for staying in Manila:

  1. Makati
  2. Poblacion
  3. Malate
  4. Quezon City
  5. Intramuros

We used the following factors for the final list:

  1. The vibe and atmosphere of the area
  2. Historical and cultural importance
  3. Fun things you can see and do
  4. Safety of the area
  5. Accommodation cost
  6. Ease of transport
Best neighborhoods to stay in Manila
Makati For a first-time visit Clean, safe, with plenty of attractions
Poblacion For a budget-friendly stay Hip, lively, and affordable area
Malate For nightlife fun Safe area with plenty of bars and clubs
Quezon City For a cool and boho vibe Creative and edgy neighborhood
Intramuros For families/long-term stay An old and historically important part of the city

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Where to stay in Manila on your first visit – Makati

Makati is a high-end, central area of the city that won’t leave you with a moment to feel bored. The area is full of great restaurants, fashionable shops, fun clubs, and historical landmarks. The green spaces are truly breathtaking and ideal for getting away from the city’s hustle and bustle.

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Where to go in Makati

  • Explore the parks and museums
  • Enjoy the partying, eating, and shopping

Best for outdoor and history lovers: Washington SyCip Park

Washington SyCip Park will leave you breathless. This gorgeous green space is ideal for relaxation and nice and mindful strolls after shopping and sightseeing. If you want to learn more about the culture and history of the city, head to the Ayala Museum.

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Best for foodies, shoppers, and party-goers: Greenbelt

The Greenbelt mall is a must-stop for everyone who wants to experience high-end shopping. Shopping enthusiasts should also visit Glorietta. Greenbelt has plenty of awesome places for everyone. Black Market is the vibrant hotspot for fun nightlife. You can’t go wrong with The Exit Bar, The Penthouse 8747, and Blind Pig either. For tasty cuisine, head straight to Sala and the Milkyway Café.

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Where to stay in Manila, Philippines on a budget – Poblacion

Poblacion may be the city’s former red-light district, but now is the lively and hip place within Makati, ideal for the budget stay. It’s also famous for its vibrant nightlife and great restaurants.

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Where to go in Poblacion

  • Treat your palate at amazing Poblacion’s restaurants and eateries
  • Enjoy some fun time at local bars, cafes, and clubs

Best for foodies: Tambai Yakitori Snackhouse

Tambai Yakitori Snackhouse is the most popular restaurant in the area for everyone who wants to taste some local specialties. Lobo also has a great Filipino menu. Asian Fare at Crying Tiger Street Kitchen and Alamat Filipino Pub and Deli are also worth your time.

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Best for partying and booze: Joe’s Brew

Joe’s Brew is the best place in the area to get refreshing craft beer. Dr Wine is also very popular, especially if you want to drink your night away in a great atmosphere. Commune is the true hotspot for all coffee lovers.

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Where to stay in Manila for nightlife – Malate

You can’t go wrong with Malate when you’re looking where to stay in Manila for some wild nightlife fun. The neighborhood is safe, which makes it easier to party all night long. Malate also has important cultural and historical sights together with fancy restaurants to complete your enjoyment.

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Where to go in Malate

  • Party, drink, and dance at popular bars and clubs
  • Eat the best food at hip restaurants and eateries

Best for party-goers: Club ZZYZX

If you don’t want the party to end, head to the Club ZZYZX and get wild from dusk till dawn. Verano Taft is also a great place to dance your night away. Local Caven Resto Bar has some of the best selection of drinks, while bar1951 is immensely popular for its live music shows.

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Best for foodies: Bourn Food Station

Bourn Food Station and Café Adriatico are some of the best places to treat your palate with delicious dishes. Purple Yam, Café Havana, and The Chillout Project Kitchen & Bar are also deservingly popular.

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Where to stay in Manila, Philippines for a bohemian vibe – Quezon City

Those of you interested in the coolest Manila neighborhood should definitely stay in Quezon City. The area is booming with creativity, youthfulness, edginess, and boho spirit. This is the place where you’ll find a bunch of hip bars and restaurants, together with cat cafes and unique boutiques. It’s also considered to be a foodie paradise in Manila.

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Where to go in Quezon City

  • Explore the national park and historical buildings
  • Party, enjoy refreshing drinks, and try delicious food

Best for outdoor and history enthusiasts: Quezon Memorial Circle

Quezon Memorial Circle is the national park in Manila, located in the traffic circle. Its elliptical shape, stunning sculptures, and picturesque greenery make it one of the most popular tourist attractions in Manila. This is also the neighborhood where you’ll find one of the oldest churches in the Philippines, called the Santuario de San Pedro Bautista Parish.

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Best for foodies and party people: Off the Grill Bar

Quezon City has a lot to offer to everyone who enjoys good food and partying. Off the Grill Bar and The Nautilus Bar are popular hotspots, but you should definitely check out Ma Mon Luk, The Manor Superclub, and The Distillery Eastwood, too.

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Where to stay in Manila long-term – Intramuros

Surrounded by the Spanish 16th-century walls, Intramuros is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, perfect for everyone looking where to stay in Manila, Philippines with their families or for a longer period. This is the cultural and historical hotspot of Manila with amazing green spaces and great restaurants.

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Where to go in Intramuros

  • Explore the historical and cultural sites
  • Relax at parks and enjoy some fun activities

Best for history buffs: Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago includes a museum and a park, located within the 17th-century stone fortress. It’s a must-visit for every history fan. Make sure to check out Manila Cathedral, Bahay Tsinoy, the museum and gardens of San Agustin Church, and the fortification Baluarte de San Diego.

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Best for relaxation and fun: Rizal Park

Rizal Park is the idyllic area in Intramuros where you can rest or take a stroll to immerse yourself in the natural beauties. If you want to get some souvenirs, go to the Mananzan Handicrafts and then satisfy your sweet cravings at Cioccolata – Churros Café. You can also get a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, called calesa.

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Where to stay in Coron

Where to stay in Coron Palawan, a slice of heaven in the Philippines

Do pristine beaches, abundant marine life, and breathtaking nature seem like a good idea to you? In that case, it’s time to pack your bags and head straight to Coron Palawan! This group of islands in the Philippines is an outstanding place to visit. The islands are peaceful and idyllic, and you won’t have to deal with the tourist crowds. If you want to unwind completely and forget all your worries, Coron may be the best destination for you.

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Five best neighborhoods to stay in Coron

Coron has only one real town: Coron Town. Still, there are plenty of small villages and neighborhoods around the islands that may be ideal for you. Since the islands are not large, you can easily visit other areas regardless of the village you decide to stay in. To help you out, we have selected our favorite places:

  1. Banuang Daan
  2. Salvacion
  3. Coron Town
  4. West coast of Busuanga
  5. Conception

Our choices were based on these factors:

  1. Beaches and natural beauty
  2. Interesting things to see and do
  3. How connected the area is to the town
  4. Overall vibe
  5. Safety

Where to stay in Coron

Best for the first visit Banuang Daan A stunning area on Coron Island with gorgeous beaches and plenty of activities
Best for budget travelers Salvacion A village on the west coast of Busuanga island with affordable accommodation
Best for nightlife Coron Town The only town on the islands and the liveliest place to visit
Best for bohemians  West coast of Busuanga An area known for its exceptional beauty and diving locations
Best for a long-term stay Concepcion A small village on the west coast ideal for expats and families

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Where to stay in Coron, Palawan on your first visit: Banuang Daan

Banuang Daan, an area that includes the northern part of Coron Island and the neighborhood east of the Coron Town, is a genuine beach paradise. It is known for its stunning natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere. It is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and enjoy the serenity this island is so beloved for, which is why we believe it’s the best place for first-timers. Banuang Daan is close to Coron Town and well-connected, so you can visit it whenever you wish for a more crowded and lively atmosphere. 

What to see and do in Banuang Daan

Although Banuang Daan doesn’t offer many tourist attractions, you’ll never get bored in this area. Besides hanging out on its picturesque beaches, you can explore its turquoise lagoons, gorgeous lakes, and try local snacks in various bars and restaurants. Banuang Dang offers breathtaking coral reefs and gardens, so it’s ideal for scuba divers. Here are some places you shouldn’t miss:

  • The Malwawey Coral Garden
  • Twin Lagoon
  • Atwayan Beach
  • Kayangan Lake
  • Skeleton Reef

The Malwawey Coral Garden

This fascinating coral colony is a must-visit location for any Coron visitor. The water in this area is exceptionally clear so you can easily see all of its natural beauty. While swimming through this area surrounded by hundreds of types of fish, you will see coral groups in all shapes and colors you can imagine. You’ll feel like you’ve entered the Finding Nemo world!

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Where to stay in Banuang Daan 

Since Banuang Daan is all about nature and tranquility, there are fewer accommodation options in this area than in other parts of the island. The prices are affordable and one night will cost you around $30. Here are some ideas where you could stay:

Budget option: Dayon Hostel – definitely affordable!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another affordable option: a room in this picturesque inn right between Banuang Down and Coron Town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Coron, Palawan for budget travelers: Salvacion

Salvacion is a village on the west coast of the Busuanga island. The accommodation is incredibly affordable in this area and it is close to all major western Busuanga spots. Coron Town is not too far away, so you can go on a day trip to experience a more crowded atmosphere. 

What to see and do in Salvacion

Although you won’t find any major tourist attractions in Salvacion, the village has a lot to offer. You can sunbathe on its gorgeous beaches, take evening walks around the port, or try Filipino food in its restaurants and markets. You could also rent a boat or go kayaking. Here are some ideas of places you could visit:

  • Busuanga Public Market
  • Sakura Restaurant and Bar
  • Salvacion Beach
  • Busuanga Port
  • Echague Restaurant and Bar

Busuanga Public Market

Although Busuanga Public Market is small, you will find everything you need. The stalls are full of exotic fruit, local spices, and fresh seafood. There are also affordable clothes stalls, as well as souvenir shops.

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Where to stay in Salvacion

Salvacion has many accommodation options, both affordable and more luxurious. On average, one night in costs around $30. Here are our top picks:

Budget option: a room in this guesthouse near the local church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another affordable option: a room in this cute lodge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-range option: a room in this fantastic inn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Coron, Palawan for nightlife: Coron Town

Coron Town is the main urban area on the islands that has a lot to offer. Although it doesn’t have the picturesque look of other areas in Coron, the town is a fantastic place to visit. It is also connected to all major places on the islands so you can always visit some more peaceful areas. Besides beautiful beaches, hot springs, and tourist attractions, it offers a fantastic selection of bars, pubs, and restaurants, which is why it’s our top pick for party animals. 

Where to go out in Coron Town

In terms of nightlife, Coron Town will provide you with countless options. You can sip cocktails in seaside lounges, experiment with Philippine dishes in various restaurants, or dance till you drop on one of its many dancefloors. Some places host local bands so fans of live music will have an opportunity to hear traditional gigs. Make sure to check out these places:

  • Sigbin Bar
  • Helldivers
  • Dali Dali
  • Hangover Bar
  • La Sirenetta Restaurant & Bar.
  • No Name Bar

Hangover Bar

Hangover Bar is the best place in Coron for partying hard. The bar usually gets crowded after 10 pm and the dancefloor stays jam-packed until closing time. The DJs are fantastic, and you can hear an interesting mix of reggae, hip hop, Latin, dance, and pop music. The bar offers a good selection of cocktails and the prices are more than reasonable. The atmosphere is friendly, so you will have an opportunity to meet both locals and other foreigners. If dancing all evening makes you hungry, don’t worry. The bar has delicious nacho platters that go well with cocktails. 

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Where to stay in Coron Town

Coron Town has the most accommodation options on the whole island. You can easily find a great place to stay based on your budget and preferences. Here are some ideas:

Budget option: Argamosa Bayside Inn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-range option: a room in this hotel in the town center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High-end option: this amazing hotel room. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Coron, Palawan for bohemians: West coast of Busuanga

The whole west coast of Busuanga is an ideal place for any bohemian soul out there. This area is known for its fascinating nature and relaxing atmosphere. In this part of the island, you will stay away from the town’s hustle and bustle and get the peace of mind you’ve never experienced before. Its idyllic beaches and scenery will take your breath away. This part of the island is well-connected to Coron Town, so you can visit the center of all action whenever you feel like it. 

What to see and do on the west coast of Busuanga

Since the coast is long and well-connected, there are many wonderful places worth visiting. You can go bar hopping, experiment with local snacks in beautiful restaurants, or go on a diving mission and visit scary shipwrecks hidden below the waves. From the west coast, you also visit Calanit Island and go on a safari tour. Here are our favorite places to visit:

  • Conception Falls
  • Kaniki island
  • Rio Playa Beach
  • River Crab House
  • Guchi Falls

Conception Falls

This hidden gem is many tourists’ favorite place on the island. The falls are not the biggest falls you’ll ever see but they’re still magnificent. There is also a beautiful swimming area below them where you can refresh yourself on a warm summer day. You’ll feel like you’re in a Hollywood movie scene! On your way back, you can stop by Conception town and grab a beer and some seafood which is truly outstanding. 

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Where to stay on the west coast of Busuanga

There are many villages along the coast but we suggest staying in Old Busuanga as it is close to all major places. One night in a room will cost you around $45 on average. Check out our top picks:

Budget option: a room in this incredibly affordable inn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-range option: a room in this wonderful riverside house

 

 

 

 

 

 

More expensive option: La Estancia Busuanga

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in El Nido

Where to stay in El Nido, Philippines – the land of crystal water

El Nido is a municipality of on the north of the Palawan island, Philippines. It is home to some of the most beautiful, well-preserved white-sand beaches and crystal clear water in the world. It houses a 90 000 hectares large Managed Resource Protected Area of dense jungles, coral reefs, limestone islands, and other natural occurrences. It’s a unique travel destination, in that it allows people to inhabit the area, as long as they promise to do that with maximum sustainability in mind, making this area a nature-lovers paradise.

This article will help you find the ideal area where to stay in El Nido.

Best area for first-timers Caalan Beach
Best area to stay on a budget El Nido Town
Best alternative/bohemian area Sibaltan

But wait, where is the nightlife?

Although whichever place you pick will have things like beach bars, restaurants and then some additional activities, El Nido is not the vacation place for major nightlife events. The entire motto of this area is peace and sustainability.

Transportation, getting around El Nido

Transportation is not highly developed in El Nido. Most tourist resorts are small, beachside areas that are easily covered on foot. In case you need/want to go elsewhere from your resort, there are some buses and private transportation (vans) that make tours around the area. If you need to get somewhere, locals may offer to take you for a fee.

Renting a vehicle: There are options to rent different types of vehicles in El Nido, here’s a quick list of options:

  • Scooters – renting one will cost around 700 Pesos (around $15) per day. This is a good option if you plan to visit a few areas outside your resort.
  • Mountain Bikes – renting one cost the same as a scooter. Lovers of the outdoors can rent a mountain bike and enjoy tracking through the natural landscape of El Nido.
  • Cars – renting one will cost you around 2500 Pesos (around $50) per day. You can choose to drive it yourself or hire a driver for around 1000 Pesos per day (around $20). Most services offer a discount if you rent for a longer period (8 days or more).

Where to stay for first-timers – Caalan Beach

Caalan Beach is the place where first-timers will find everything that’s worth experiencing El Nido, without going overboard on any one thing. Pick this area to be close to some of the best beaches the island has to offer. It’s a known tourist area and it won’t blow your budget.

Pros Cons
  • Popular, but not overcrowded
  • Close to El Nido Town
  • Amazingly clean and clear water
  • Not much to see and do around the area other than the beach

What to see and do in Caalan Beach?

Snorkeling

What better way to make use of the crystal-clear water than gazing at its rich underwater scenery. You can buy regular snorkeling equipment on the many stores along the way to the beach. Those who like to dive without gear will love this area as well. However, for diving lessons and actual diving tips you’ll have to stop by El Nido Town.

Go on island-hopping tours

Island-hopping tours offer unique ways to explore the scenery of Caalan. The tours are government-standardized, so wherever you book your tour you’re going to get the same experience. Caalan Beach Resort’s Island-Hopping Tours offer four, full-package (tour, info, food, snorkeling gear) options and proudly claim that those who go on one, pick at least one more:

  1. Lagoons and Beaches
  2. Caves & Coves
  3. Hidden Beaches & Shrines
  4. Island Beaches

Visit El Nido Town

While in Caalan beach, you’re within walking distance of the main town. Hop over for a taste of El Nidos moderate nightlife, swim and sunbathe at El Nido beach, explore the streets and try some local street food. There’s also a decent amount of other activities in the town.

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Where to stay in Caalan Beach? Our top AirBnB’s

Affordable price range: Aircon Sun Walley small guesthouses, part of a larger complex

Moderate price range: Guesthouse for 2 + Scooter – modest guesthouse with scooter included

Luxury price range: Sampaguita Villa – modern meets sustainable in this gorgeous, nature-inspired guesthouse

Where to stay on a budget – El Nido Town

El Nido Town is a nice beachside town with a decent amount of activities and has the best connection to other parts of the island. It’s the most developed and safest area in the municipality.

Pros Cons
  • Populated, but not overcrowded
  • Lots of beachside activities to choose from
  • Good access to other areas
  • Modest at best nightlife

What to see and do in El Nido Town?

Go Scuba Diving

One of the reasons you go to El Nido is the gorgeous underwater landscape. El Nido has multiple diving schools where you can join in on group diving tours or go individually with a guide. Once you finish one tour, chances are high you’ll want to do it again. Luckily, the tours aren’t just local, and you can join in on diving expeditions to other parts of El Nido as well.

Join Island-hopping tours

Like we already mentioned, El Nido has a couple of government-standardized Island tours. These will include but are not limited to, venturing to surrounding islands, exploring the caves and popular snorkeling areas.

Visit the surrounding beaches

El Nido Town is a good base to start exploring other nearby beaches. Some of the highly recommended ones are Caalan, Marimegmeg, Las Cabanas and more. You can also hop on boat trips to nearby recommended islands and explore their beaches as well.

Where to stay in El Nido Town? Our top AirBnB’s

Affordable price range: Jungle View Room – lovely room with a view of the jungle

Moderate price range: Comfy Room El Nido – centrally located, provides breakfast and discounts at a local cafe

Luxury price range: Big House El Nido Town – huge, sustainable house in a great location

Where to stay, bohemian/alternative edition – Sibaltan

Located on the north-east side of El Nido, the area of Sibaltan is perfect for nature enthusiasts who want to get away from it all. Everything around the tropical village area looks and feels different, and is far from a busy, modern lifestyle. You could even say it looks like it froze in time.

Pros Cons
  • Surrounded by nature
  • Traditional experience
  • Easy-going, disconnected
  • Completely remote from other areas

What to see and do in Sibaltan?

Visit Balay Cuyonon Museum

The museum area is actually a land parcel with a house that’s meant to replicate the kind of simple village life that was lived there in the (not so distant) past. The traditional wooden house is full of everyday items like gardening tools, grooming tools, hunting tools, etc.

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Go Scuba Diving

The beautiful coral reef full of rich marine life is the go-to activity when in Sibaltan. You will encounter and be able to interact with countless species of fish. The experience is worth giving a few goes since there are many places to explore and things to see, as the tour guides will carefully instruct you.

Explore Linapacan

Linapacan is a municipality made out of 52 islands, less popular and crowded since one of the only (good) access points is from Sibaltan. Lucky for you, if you’re staying in Sibaltan, there are many island-hopping tours that will take you around. There are plenty of beaches, caves and diving areas to explore between the islands.

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Where to stay in Sibaltan? Out top AirBnBs

Note that Sibaltan (and El Nido in general) is not a place to look for luxury. This area is known for being relaxing and completely disconnected, here are our favorite accommodations, all within an affordable to moderate price range.

Affordable price range: Overlooking Cottages – compact wooden cottages close to the beach

Moderate price range: Dakila Cabins – beach house with ocean view

Affordable price range: Tapik Beach Cottage  – private wooden cottage (verified by Airbnb)

Final thoughts and tips before your trip to El Nido

El Nido is the place to visit if you want a vacation that will completely disconnect you from the modern world and let you relax. It’s also a sanctuary for anyone looking to experience (or live) an environmentally friendly, sustainable lifestyle. Souvenirs are hand-crafted, energy is preserved wherever possible, rainwater is recycled, etc. Make sure to bring cash because ATMs are scarce and will run out of money in peak season, while virtually no place accepts cards. The Internet is not available everywhere, so make sure to note that.

Where to Stay in Boracay

Where to stay in Boracay – Under the palm trees

Choosing where to stay in Boracay depends on your interests. With its pristine sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and beautiful nature, Boracay is the ideal travel destination for relaxation. This small island in the Philippines, with a length of only 7 km, has been quite attractive among tourists for years now. Given its favorable position and forming a part of the famous Turquoise Triangle together with the capital of the Philippines, Manila, and Puerto Princesa in Palawan, Boracay serves as a stop of many cruise ships every week.

As a result of the rapid influx of tourists, the island was temporarily closed in April 2018, for 6 months, to repair the damages and renovate the facilities. In October the same year, the island was reopened with the government issuing a long list of the do’s and don’ts for tourists to carefully follow. 

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Do’s and don’ts for tourists in Boracay 

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Find out more about these newly established rules here

Five best neighborhoods to stay in Boracay

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Although the island of Boracay is a small and compact one, it has numerous accommodation options as well as important sights for tourists to visit.  Divided into beaches, this travel destination is a popular resort, and as such, has plenty of dining and entertainment options for everyone’s liking. We recommend: 

  1. White Beach Station 1
  2. White Beach 2
  3. White Beach 3
  4. Bulabog Beach 
  5. Diniwid Beach 

So, whatever your interests may be, you will be able to pursue them while at the same time relaxing and enjoying yourself on one of the many beautiful beaches this island has to offer. Apart from other beaches, White Beach, the most popular area for tourists, is divided into three subareas, called stations, with diverse tourist content. 

We created a list with the best areas to stay in Boracay based on the general interests of the majority of tourists that visit this island. 

Area

Ideal for: 

Why? 

White Beach Station 1

First visit to the island

Heart of the island

White Beach Station 2

Nightlife

A few of the island’s nightclubs are located here as well as shopping malls, and markets

White Beach Station 3

On a budget 

Ideal for backpackers, cheap accommodation

Bulabog Beach 

Bohemians 

One of the coolest places on the island, a paradise for adventurers and watersports enthusiasts 

Diniwid Beach 

Long-term stay 

Quiet, family-oriented, but with fun activities

Where to stay in Boracay for the first time – White Beach Station 1

White Beach is the central area of the island where the majority of landmarks and activities are located. As such, it is the most attractive location for tourists who are visiting for the first time and want to be at the center of the amusing events. 

Divided into three sections, Station 1 is the most exciting of them all. Also, it is conveniently located near other stations and areas so if you decide to seek accommodation here, you will have no trouble at all visiting other neighborhoods in search of nightlife or watersports activities. 

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Things to see and do in White Beach Station 1

As the central location in Boracay, White Beach Station 1 has numerous exciting activities you can participate in such as:

  • Climbing at the Willy’s Rock 
  • Visiting the WaterColors Boracay Dive Resort
  • Riding the waves with a SUP 
  • Snorkeling
  • Or just relax by the beach and enjoy the view 

Willy’s Rock 

This is the most popular landmark found in Boracay. It is a volcanic formation or the rock as the locals call it, with a statue of the Virgin Mary on the top. The view from this rock is simply breathtaking. 

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WaterColors Boracay Dive Resort

Apart from being a luxurious resort, this place also offers a unique underwater adventure for tourists who visit Boracay. 

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Ride the waves with a SUP 

No matter whether you are a watersports enthusiast or not, Boracay is an ideal place for engaging in these activities. Rent a SUP and learn to paddle. You will have so much fun! 

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Snorkeling

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Chilling on the beach 

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Where to stay in White Beach Station 1

Finding a place to stay in this area can be difficult as it is quite popular among tourists due to its proximity to other beaches and activities. Still, it is not an impossible task as there are many Airbnbs with prices for every budget. The average nightly price in Airbnbs in this area is $116. 

We suggest the following ones: 

Budget optionThe room in these Scandi villas

Moderate priceThis deluxe suite 

Luxury optionThis unique home just a few steps from the beach 

Find more Airbnbs in White Beach Station 1 here

Where to stay in Boracay for nightlife – White Beach Station 2

Since this is a very small island and a resort place with an emphasis on relaxation, you cannot expect to find wild parties and nightclubs as such. In the second Station of the White Beach, just in the middle of the Stations 1 and 3, you can find the majority of restaurants, bars, pubs, and a few nightclubs on the island for a night out.  

According to the new regulations, beach parties have been banned so the parties have been moved to surrounding indoor objects. If you are interested in shopping, there is the island’s biggest shopping mall, D’mall where you can satisfy your shopping needs. Also, there is a seafood market with plenty of fresh items to buy. 

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Things to see and do in White Beach Station 2

White Beach Station 2 has an energetic atmosphere and there are many places you can visit to experience the unique spirit of the island. We recommend the following: 

  • Check out Boracay Pub Crawl
  • Shop at D’mall 
  • Visit the Seafood market
  • Try the burger at Steampunk Boracay 
  • Party at Club Galaxy
  • Have a drink at Cha Cha’s Beach Cafe

Boracay Pub Crawl

This pub is one of the most attractive ones both among the locals and travelers because of its lively spirit and great drinks. 

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D’mall

This unusual mall will provide you with all the souvenirs you need to bring back home to your loved ones and much more!

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Seafood market

If you are a lover of seafood, here you will be able to find a wide variety of items as well as try some local dishes in the nearby restaurants. 

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Steampunk Boracay

If you are a foodie and want to taste something unique, visit this place and try their famous burger. You won’t regret it!

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Club Galaxy

Club Galaxy is one of the best nightclubs in Boracay for dancing the night away along with the latest hits played by famous DJs. 

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Cha Cha’s Beach Cafe

This cafe is right next to the White Beach. It serves amazing local dishes and drinks. If you want to enjoy the view of the sea and beach while eating delicious food and your favorite drink, this is the ideal place. 

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Where to stay in White Beach Station 2

Located between Stations 1 and 3, Station 2 has more varied accommodation options with most mid-range ones than other areas. But, in case you prefer more luxurious options, Station 2 has got you covered. The average nightly price in Airbnbs in this neighborhood is $93.

Our top picks are the following ones:

Budget optionThis beach flat with kitchen

Moderate priceThis nicely furnished villa with pool

Luxury optionThis Scandi apartment with top-end kitchen 

Find more Airbnbs in White Beach Station 2 here

 

Where to stay in the Philippines

Where to stay in the Philippines: the best islands for everyone’s taste

The Philippines are a true earthly paradise. With pearl white beaches, glorious nature, and cheerful lifestyle, this archipelago definitely deserves its status as one of the world’s best places to visit. The Philippines offer something that will suit anyone’s taste: from crowded carnivals and lively clubs to secluded beaches and gastronomic ventures. What makes it even better is that it is an English speaking country. Whether you’re looking for an exotic holiday or an affordable but wonderful place to live, the Philippines may the perfect destination for you. 

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5 best places to stay in the Philippines

With over 7000 islands in the archipelago, choosing only one to stay in is next to impossible. After long and careful consideration, we managed to select the five best places to stay:

  1. Cebu
  2. Manila
  3. Boracay
  4. Coron Palawan
  5. Bohol Island

Where to stay in the Philippines

Best for the first time Cebu An island with many tourist attractions and gorgeous beaches
Best for nightlife Manila The capital of the Philippines with swinging nightlife
Best for cool kids Boracay A gorgeous island with the best beaches and plenty of activities
Best on a budget Coron Palawan A peaceful destination with affordable accommodation
Best for expats Bohol Island An island with fascinating natural beauty ideal for a long-term stay

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Where to stay in the Philippines for the first time: Cebu

Known as the Queen City of the South, Cebu is the largest island in the Visayas group. This picturesque island prides itself on its wonderful natural scenery and many historical and cultural sights. Cebu is full of unique attractions that will suit anyone’s taste. It is also beloved for its lively atmosphere, colorful carnivals, and vibrant nightlife. Its beaches are stunning and the cities full of activities for all sorts of travelers, which is why we think it is an ideal place for your first visit to the Philippines.

What to see and do in Cebu

The whole island has plenty of gorgeous places to offer but the best attractions are located in Cebu City. Here are some places you shouldn’t miss:

  • Casa Gorordo Museum
  • Fort San Pedro
  • Taoist Temple
  • Heritage of Cebu
  • Magellan’s Cross
  • Tingko Beach
  • Basdaku Beach
  • Bounty Beach

Fort San Pedro

Fort San Pedro is one of the most beautiful remnants of the Spanish Colonial Era. It was built in the early 18th century and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Manila. No history buff should miss it. 

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Where to stay in Cebu

The island has hundreds of fantastic places to stay in but we recommend Cebu City. It is the main hotspot of the island and well-connected to other places so you can move around easily. Here are some ideas of places to stay in:

Budget option: this modern studio in the city center.

Midrange option: this cute apartment in the city’s tallest building.

Luxurious option: this amazing apartment near the main shopping mall.

You can find more AirBnBs in Cebu City here.

Where to stay in the Philippines for nightlife: Manila

The capital of the Philippines, Manila is known for its crowded and jovial atmosphere. It has many cultural and historical attractions, so it’s no wonder it is on every globetrotter’s bucket list. Manila is also the best place in the Philippines for partying as its clubbing scene is nothing less than extraordinary. The drinks are super cheap, music amazing, and the clubs work all night long.

Best places to visit in Manila

Whether you prefer sightseeing or sleeping through the day in order to party all night, you will fall in love with Manila. If you’re not sure what to see and do in this amazing city, check out our favorite places:

  • House Manila
  • Royal
  • The Island
  • Nectar
  • Lub D Makati
  • Pura Vida
  • Fort Santiago
  • Binondo (the world’s oldest Chinatown)

Royal

Royal is an awesome, brilliantly lively club in Manila. The music is always uplifting, dance floor crowded, and drinks delicious. Make sure to try their Flaming Lamborghini: a wonderful cocktail that the waiter sets on fire!

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Where to stay in Manila

Manila has hundreds and hundreds of accommodation options that will suit anyone’s pocket. Here are our favorite AirBnBs:

Budget option: this comfy studio near the center.

Midrange option: this modern flat with a balcony.

Luxurious option: this stylish apartment in the heart of the city.

Take a look at other accommodation options here:

Where to stay in the Philippines for cool kids: Boracay

Back in 2017, Boracay was named the best island in the world so how could any other place take our Coolest Island award? This wonderful place has everything you could wish for: stunning beaches, delicious cuisine, strong bar culture, and one of the best nightlife scenes in the Philippines. It is also a paradise for adrenaline junkies as it offers some wonderful outdoor and beach activities. The island is incredibly lively and tourists adore it for its friendly and upbringing vibe. 

What to do in Boracay

Boracay has a wide range of unique activities, such as zorbing, ziplining, cliff jumping, and scuba diving. You can even get a tail suit and learn how to swim like a mermaid! The possibilities are endless. Besides these adventurous activities, there are many awesome places to visit, such as:

  • White Beach
  • Puka Shell Beach
  • Bat Cave
  • Ariel’s Point
  • The Boracay Pub Crawl
  • The White House
  • Club Paraw

Ariel’s Point

If you consider yourself a daredevil, Ariel’s Point is something you shouldn’t miss. The tour includes a boat ride to this eco-friendly attraction, and you will have an opportunity to jump from five different cliff platforms. 

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Where to stay in Boracay

Boracay is one of the more expensive islands in the Philippines but that doesn’t mean you won’t find affordable hostels and AirBnBs. Check out our top picks:

Budget option: this affordable stay with a swimming pool.

Midrange option: this AirBnB near the beach and major sights.

Luxurious option: this stunning home on the Bulabog Beach.

Check out other accommodation options here:

Where to stay in the Philippines on a budget: Coron, Palawan

One of the reasons the Philippines are so popular is how stunningly affordable the islands are. There are many places in the archipelago you can visit on a tight budget, but our favorite is Coron, Palawan. It consists of Coron Island and the western part of Busuanga Island. Coron is idyllic and peaceful, with picturesque beaches, mesmerizing coral reefs, and brilliant blue lagoons. It is less crowded than some other island so you can relax completely. 

What to see and do in Coron, Palawan

From beach hopping to safari tours, Coron has a lot to offer to any type of tourist. You could learn how to surf or go on a diving mission to visit the macabre Japanese shipwrecks. Here are some places that we highly recommend:

  • Conception Falls
  • Banuang Daan
  • Twin Lagoon
  • Atwayan Beach
  • Banana Island
  • Banol Beach

Twin Lagoon

Twin Lagoon looks like heaven on earth. With its breathtaking look and crystal clear water, it is one of the most gorgeous natural wonders in Coron. Instagrammers will especially appreciate it as it is a fantastic location for photoshoots. 

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Where to stay in Coron, Palawan

Coron has dozens of wonderful places to stay in, but we suggest Coron Town. It is the liveliest place in Coron and you can easily move around the island from there.  Here are some amazing AirBnBs to stay in:

Budget option: this super affordable AirBnB.

Midrange option: this great stay in the center.

Luxurious option: this gorgeous room in a beautiful hotel

You can browse for more AirBnBs here:

 

Where to stay in Cebu

Where to stay in Cebu, Philippines? We asked locals working in tourism

Cebu is an island province of the Philippines, located in the Central Visayas region.

The island has a great mix of local culture, nature, and with its long history it has plenty of stories to tell to tell.

This article will help you decide where to stay in Cebu, Philippines.

You’ll likely be arriving by plane through the Mactan-Cebu International Airport or by ferry through Cebu International Port.

There’s a lot of things to do and places to explore on the island, so we’re going to give you a couple of recommended areas and reasons why to pick them.

This way you can choose the best location, based on your vacation preferences.

Best area for first-timers Cebu City
Best area for longterm stay Mandaue City
Best area for nature/bohemian Oslob

Transportation, Getting around Cebu

  • Uber and similar services do exist in the metropolitan areas of Cebu, but drivers may be reluctant to dive you outside the city if you wish to see something else.
  • Renting a bike is always a good option, although officially you’d need an international drivers license, locals won’t mind renting it to you even if you don’t, just remember that you don’t have insurance this way
  • Taxi is available both in and out of cities, just remember to ask the driver to use a taximeter, or try to bargain if you’re covering longer distances or going to tourist landmarks – where they can pick up another passenger
  • Motorbike Taxi aka Habal-Habal is a fast, cheap and widely available service in Cebu
  • Jeepney is a form of a bus that can be caught throughout residential areas – it’s cheap, stops at popular areas and recognizable by crazy colors, but also known to be overcrowded

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The best area to stay for first-timers – Cebu City

The most developed part of the island is usually the best for tourists on their first visit to any destination, and Cebu is no exception.

Cebu City itself has many attractions, and its central location allows for the best navigation to the rest of the island.

Where to go and what to see in Cebu City?

Magellan’s Cross

One of the most important historic landmarks on the island. It’s a Christian cross, that was planted by the colonizers by Ferdinand Magellan, after arriving in Cebu in March of 1521. The cross is sitting in a small chapel next to the Basilica Menor del Santo Nino – the oldest Catholic church in the Philippines – on the famous Magallanes Street. The sign inside states that the original cross is encased in the wooden one that can be seen on display, and some local legends say the original cross had miraculous powers.

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Sky Experience Adventure

The rooftop of the Crown Regency hotel holds more than just great views of the city. It houses a unique theme park that’s all about fully experiencing the thrill of being at nearly 500 feet (150 meters) off the ground. What you’ll find are things such as building-to-building zip lines, a rollercoaster around the roof, a climbing wall on top of the building, as well as an observatory among other things.

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Casa Gorordo Museum

Built in the 19th century, the house used to belong to the very first Cebuano bishop, Juan Gorordo. Inside the house, you will be able to see how a typical 18-19 century household in Cebu looked like. Regular items like furniture, paintings, clothing, wooden tables and cabinets, cutlery, religious symbols and similar. The museum also has a cafe in which you can try some local specialties, such as Sikwate – a type of bittersweet hot chocolate – as well as a souvenir shop.

 

 

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Where to stay in Cebu City, our top AirBnB’s

Affordable price range: The Modern Renaissance – great looking apartment in a central location

Moderate price range: Double-Balcony Apartment – fully furnished with pool and gym in the condo

Luxury price range: Designer’s Corner Crib – very spacious amazing interior with lots of commodities

The best area for long term stay – Mandaue City

Right next to Cebu City is the prosperous Mandaue city. We chose this area as the best option for those who want a long term stay for a couple of reasons:

  • Central location
  • Access to both Cebu City and Mactan (airport)
  • Residential areas typical to cities
  • Modern entertainment

Where to go and what to see in Mandaue City?

Upside Down World

This unique attraction consists of multiple rooms made to appear upside down. Explore the different rooms and make use of the optical illusion to take some goofy pictures.

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Marcelo Fernan Bridge

The bridge connects Mandaue City to neighboring Lapu-Lapu City on Mactan Island. It is around 4 000 feet (1 200 meters) long and has pedestrian sidewalks on both sides, so you can take a walk or ride a bike over it. Once you pass to the Mactan side, you can take a rest in the Millenium Park, located underneath the bridge. Apart from enjoying the view pier and sitting on the benches, you can relax in some of the cafes available in the park.

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Skywater Park Cebu

If you search up this attraction and think it looks like a place made for children, think again. This waterpark on top of JCenter Mall not only contains slides and pools, but also things like jacuzzies, sunbeds, spa, cafe and dining area, and more. At night, the rooftop becomes a place for nightlife. It houses things such as live performances, night swimming, and foam parties.

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Where to stay in Mandaue, our top AirBnB’s

Affordable price range: Apple One Banawa Heights – nice apartment with lots of commodities in the condo area

Medium price range: Yellow House – beautiful apartment completely verified by AirBnB

Luxury price range: Copenhagen Residence Luxury Loft2 – super-modern residential area, apartment on 2 stories and amazingly furnished

Where to stay in Cebu, nature/bohemian – Oslob

Down south on the island of Cebu is the area of Oslob, a popular tourist destination for nature lovers and those looking to escape the busy city streets.

The area is completely covered by forest on one side and is open to the ocean on the other, offering plenty of hiking and swimming spots.

Where to go and what to see in Oslob?

Tumalog Falls

The Tumalog waterfall, also known as Toslob falls in a known tourist attraction. The place is surrounded by dense forest, which makes for some beautiful green scenery. The bottom of the waterfall creates a wading pool in which you can take a swim. The best way to get to the area, unless you’ve rented a bike, is motor taxis. Be warned that there is an entry fee of 20 pesos.

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Diving with Whale Sharks

The most popular tourist attraction in Oslob has got to be diving (or snorkeling) with whale sharks just off the coast. These friendly giants are completely harmless to people, as they feed on planktons and small species of fish and squid, and similar. Younger whale sharks are also known for being playful, so they will “invite” you to tag along with them for a swim. Although this is a unique way to interact with nature, humans are still an unknown species to whale sharks, so intentionally bothering them can be frightening. We recommend observing and only coming in close and touching if you notice they don’t mind your presence.

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Sumilon Island

Off the coast of Oslob is a privately owned island and resort of Sumilon, as such there is a small entry fee, usually around 50 pesos. But what you get for it is one of the best and unique beach experiences in Cebu. The small beach gets narrower throughout the day due to tides, until it gets completely submerged, so it’s best to come early in the morning and watch as it happens. The water is sparkling clear and offers some great underwater coral landscapes to explore. If you want, you can visit the Bluewater Sumilon resort for a drink or dipping into their waterpark.

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Where to stay in Oslob, our top AirBnB’s

Affordable price range: Sunny Apartment – close to the beach and has a small pool outside

Moderate price range: Balai ni Sonia – entire bungalow close to main attractions

 

Luxury price range: Beachhouse near Whalesharks – luxury house with ocean view and beach in front, location close to main attractions