Best Places for Backpackers in Philippines.

Enjoy backpacking around Philippines without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Philippines.

Top 50 hostels in Philippines.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Philippines.

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The Lorenz

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The Lorenz

4 Bed rooms, lockers, aircon, WiFi in Mati City, near LRT / MRT. . Clean, brandnew, non smoking, cctv security. All walks of life store in the house. A perfect host for exploring the southern area of Mindanao and planning your activities with friendly people. Maps are available to start up for...
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Bahay Isla Inn - Hostel Puerto Galera

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Bahay Isla Inn - Hostel Puerto Galera

Family owned & managed Inn - Hostel situated on the crossroads of Baclayan Road and Nautical Hi-way, Sto.Nino, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines, Bahay Isla provides a Home away from home for World-weary traveller's . Nestled 30 feet above the main road, Bahay Isla is enclosed by marb...
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Eco Pink Hostel

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Eco Pink Hostel

Eco hostel is the best and most comfortable accommodation offer in the northern luzon.awesome view ,fresh air and have traditional ifugao hut for entertainment and also traditional cockfighting every saturday.also fireplace for bbq's. Banaue pink eco hostel just above the center of banaue and bus...
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1888 Beach Resort

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1888 Beach Resort

Located in a quiet and quaint town of San Jose, a 15 km. drive from Dumaguete City, an ideal place to unwind from the city noise without being too far from the main national highway. It has a relaxing ambiance and pleasing interior to make you feel at home. Offering the most affordable and clean...
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Busuanga Backpackers

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Busuanga Backpackers

Located outside the touristy Coron Town, Busuanga Backpackers is the perfect jump off point for any of your island adventure needs -- island hopping, beach camping, motorbiking, SCUBA diving and freediving! Join with other backpackers and discover the true island living lifestyle away from the touri...
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Courtyard Hotel

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Courtyard Hotel

Immerse yourself in the nostalgic bygone days of old Manila at Courtyard Hotel. Tucked away behind Stone House Hotel in the busy Pasay, this restored 1950's residence offer 24 distinctly Filipino- theme rooms with swimming pool, lush garden, and shared toilet and bath. Free WIFI is available in the...
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Balay de la Rama Bed and Breakfast

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Balay de la Rama Bed and Breakfast

Balay de la Rama is a six-room family house with three spacious rooms available for short-term homestay. Our rates include breakfast, Wi-Fi, hot showers and air conditioning. Like any provincial home, our house has big windows to promote natural ventilation and, indeed, the gentle or sometimes...
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Crossroads Hostel

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Crossroads Hostel

Enjoy the comforts of an urban Filipino home and hospitality with our fully air-conditioned rooms, cushioned beddings, WiFi internet access, personal electrical outlets, personal bed lamps, heated water showers, in-house laundry facilities, and the world-famous Filipino hospitality and warmth. We...
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3BU Hostel

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3BU Hostel

The first capsule hostel in Baguio City: Community, harmony, friendship, and adventure. A Harmony of opposites, where Cordilleran tradition blends perfectly with modern contemporary style where adventurous travelers share the experience with other guests. Where a comforting and calming atmospher...
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Casa Arrieta Hostel

98 /100

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Casa Arrieta Hostel

What better way to immerse yourself in the Dumaguete lifestyle than by living in one of the city's earlier-built houses? Casa Arrieta is a family home that was built some 70 years ago. You might spot some ceramics and furniture that even date back to before WWII as you go around the house. A s...
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Kawili Hostel

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Kawili Hostel

Kawili hostel is located 500m down the road from the cozy town General Luna. The hostel features a 12-bed dorm with horrible WIFI, two showers, two WC, AC and a nice roof deck to chill and take in view of the Pacific. The bar opens every day at 7:30 am and serves breakfast, sandwiches and cold d...
Kawili Hostel is a hostel in Siargao Island. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Victoria

97 /100

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Victoria's Haven

Victoria's Haven is a heritage inn nestled within a larger family property. What began as a place of business eventually turned into a stylish and elegant residence surrounded by a manicured garden; a warm and welcoming home and a hideaway for the kids every summer holiday. This is a place where liv...
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Heroes Hotel Manila

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Heroes Hotel Manila

Opened in August 2017, Heroes Hotel offers a unique and rewarding experience for every guest—whether you’re a backpacker visiting the city for a few days, a family on vacation, or seasoned travelers on a business trip. Conveniently situated at the border of Manila and Makati, Heroes Hotel puts yo...
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B&R Hostel and Bar

97 /100

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B&R Hostel and Bar

READ ENTIRELY: Welcome to B&R Hostel Nagtabon! The only hostel near one of the most beautiful beaches of Palawan: Nagtabon Beach! The beach is famous for it’s surfing, snorkeling, stunning nature, crystal clear waters, corals, sea turtles and local beachlife. We are located 40min. outside of...
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Sunlit Hostel

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Sunlit Hostel

A modern building placed in a beautiful and quiet area of General Luna but still located near all the tourist hotspots. We offer beds up to 210cm long and 108cm wide so everyone can sleep in comfort. All our rooms have airconditioning and there is a hot shower available. We are working hard on furth...
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Eskapo Verde

96 /100

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Eskapo Verde

Our place is close to Panagsama Beach, Moalboal, and to Kawasan waterfalls between Moalboal and Badian and is great for solo adventurers and (especially) big groups. We have four dormitory rooms each with 10 beds and communal bathrooms a few steps from the rooms. Of course, we have a restaurant with...
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Lampara Siargao

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Lampara Siargao

Lampara Siargao is a beachfront boutique hostel nestled in Catangnan, General Luna where the world-famous surf break CLOUD 9 is located. The hostel features two (2) cozy mixed-dorms sleeping eight (8) people each. Both dorms are fully air-conditioned and kept clean by our friendly staff everyday....
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Frendz Resort & Hostel Boracay

95 /100

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Frendz Resort & Hostel Boracay

FAMILY RUN multiple award winning hostel in an EXCELLENT LOCATION, just 2 min walk to White Beach prime spot, between station 1 and station 2. Join our FREE PASTA NIGHTS with live music every Wednesday and Sunday or our FRENDZ BOAT TRIPS on Tuesday and Friday. These are great opportunities to MEE...
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Hop Hostel

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Hop Hostel

Nestled comfortably near Coron’s serene blue waters and the town proper, Hop Hostel is the perfect launch pad to the beautiful Calamian group of islands. Our space provides the comforts of a hotel—clean facilities, professional service, complete amenities--in a warm, fun environment that will immedi...
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Footprints Beach Resort

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Footprints Beach Resort

Welcome to Tablas island out of Romblon province. Footprints beach resort are situated at a peaceful beach called Agpudlos. This small and intimate backpacker resort were build 2016-2017. You can expect to enjoy these native surroundings with tall coconut trees, rice fields, water fall, animals, be...
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Pawikan Hostel El Nido

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Pawikan Hostel El Nido

Pawikan Hostel El Nido offers private and dormitory accommodation in the town of El Nido, Palawan. Your home away from home where we provide the little comforts that matter, in the beautiful islands of Palawan. Our rooms are designed to make you comfortable with our air-conditioned rooms, equipp...
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Secret Spot Siargao

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Secret Spot Siargao

Welcome home to Secret Spot Siargao, an eco-hostel that takes environmental considerations in mind. Chill and unwind at your new tropical home, just across a secluded white sand beach with calm turquoise waters. Meet travelers from around the world and bond with our friendly local staff. Make your f...
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Mad Monkey Hostel Siargao

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Mad Monkey Hostel Siargao

Mad Monkey Hostel Siargao features a tiki-themed bar, restaurant, and swimming pool (coming soon!) in a fully airconditioned hostel. Located just a 7-minute walk from Cloud 9, surfers can take a break at our restaurant for a satisfying meal tastefully crafted by the country's top kitchen talents. Or...
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Frendz Hostel El Nido

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Frendz Hostel El Nido

Frendz Hostel now NEW in El Nido. After receiving great guest feedback over the last years we are now ready to receive guests in El Nido starting March 2019. Eat & Drink Enjoy great food, drinks, and specialty coffee in our in-house partner restaurant and bar Hub. It's also a perfect place to...
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Oasis Balili Heritage Lodge

94 /100

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Oasis Balili Heritage Lodge

The house was constructed sometimes in 1920s when Mr. Balili was still a bachelor. The house served as the venue of grand social functions of Tagbilaran which were attended by prominent political and social personalities from both local and national levels. One of those grand gatherings was...
Oasis Balili Heritage Lodge is a hostel in Bohol Island. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Lokal Home

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Lokal Home

Stay simple! We offer our guests two rooms in a traditional Kubo hut. There is no need for aircon - the natural roof made out of 'Labig' leaves prevents the room of getting hot inside. If you still want some extra air you can switch on the fan. The private room is equipped with two bunk beds, pi...
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Outpost Beach Hostel

93 /100

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Outpost Beach Hostel

Mabuhay, Outpost Fam! Before you book your stay with us, please take a moment to read our property description. Very important information is disclosed below! If you are arriving after 7PM, please notify us ahead of time, we cannot guarantee your bed if you do ¬ we are directly on Corong-Coro...
Outpost Beach Hostel is a hostel in El Nido. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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HappyNest Hostel

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HappyNest Hostel

We say that it’s a Happy Nest because of a Happy Location, located just 5 minutes walk to Pier 1 Cebu City, providing easy access to nearby towns like Bohol, Ormoc, Dumaguete, Camotes and others. A Happy Stay since we designed a Modern Tropical feel giving our travellers a homey environment givin...
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Happiness Hostel

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Happiness Hostel

Happiness Hostel is the premier hostel for the cost-conscious traveler. We offer a friendly atmosphere and comfortable accommodations at a very reasonable cost. You can hang out at the lounge, where we have several books, board games, and other activities to while away the time. The Happiness H...
Happiness Hostel is a hostel in El Nido. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Paglaom Hostel

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Paglaom Hostel

Paglaom Hostel is a homie hostel that attracts solo travellers and duos to meet other social, and happy people. Simple living, extraordinary vibe! Paglaom Hostel offers a clean and cozy bunker bed. An epic hang out area for backpackers and a big kitchen to cook with new friends. The hostel is l...
Paglaom Hostel is a hostel in Siargao Island. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Lub d Philippines Makati

92 /100

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Lub d Philippines Makati

Lub d Makati is the largest hostel in the Philippines and the perfect destination for all type of travelers, especially the millennials who want to find the best place to stay and meet like-minded travelers. Entering the second floor of the lobby zone to chill out, grab a coffee and delicious fo...
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Chillax Flashpackers

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Chillax Flashpackers

CHILLAX Flashpackers Boracay is new and unique accommodation experience. CHILLAX is a container concept 'ECO Flashpackers'. We shipped all our materials to site and then upcycled the containers for use in the structure of the building. Our swimming pool is also made from an upcycled construct...
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Avocado Tree Hostel

92 /100

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Avocado Tree Hostel

Avocado Tree Hostel is Siargao Island's newest, value-for-money hostel. Located in General Luna, surrounded by vibrant community of surfers and backpackers. Avocado Tree Hostel offers 30 comfortable beds: 16 in a fan room, and 14 in an air-conditioned room. There are four bathrooms and each guest wi...
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Erlittop Garden

91 /100

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Erlittop Garden

**********PLEASE NOTE WE ARE ONE HOUR AWAY FROM EL NIDO TOWN*********** Erlittop Garden opened in December 2016 to offer travellers a relaxing experience in Sibaltan, a hidden fishing village in Northern Palawan. Run by a local Cuyonon family, it offers accommodation in bamboo huts with beautiful v...
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Mad Monkey Boracay

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Mad Monkey Boracay

Mad Monkey Hostel Boracay is a resort-style party hostel equipped with a massive pool, bustling bar, and DJs every night of the week! We also have an in-house spa retreat and comfortable rooms. If you have come to Boracay looking for a good time, look no further than Mad Monkey Hostel Boracay. Ou...
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Alona Pawikan

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Alona Pawikan

Cozy native bungalows with modern standard inside. Live close to everything in Alona Beach, But with a calm and relaxed atmosphere. Our bungalows are native on the outside but very modern and comfortable inside. Hot shower, quiet airconditioning, wifi in room, water boiler, Cable tv and a refrig...
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Coco Pod Hostel

91 /100

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Coco Pod Hostel

Coco Pod Hostel is the newest budget-friendly accommodation in Siargao Island for solo and group travelers where strangers become friends. We offer four custom-designed rooms that match your every mood. Each room accommodates 10 adventurers and can choose between being one with nature with a just...
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Beach Club Cagpo

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Beach Club Cagpo

Beach Club Cagpo is a beach resort located in Barangay Cagpo on the Island of Marinduque, Philippines. The tiny village of Cagpo is on the doorstep of many things to see and do, from cave spelunking to reef exploring. We offer accommodation in many forms, whether it be shared dorms or private air-co...
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Manila-Z-Hostel

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Manila-Z-Hostel

What started out as a concept for a traveler’s space has now become the heartbeat of a neighborhood turned capital-of-cool. Locals and visitors have seen the best of Manila skyline up in our world-renowned roofdeck, have met travel-buddies-now-lifelong-friends inside our dorm rooms, and have experie...
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Noordzee Hostel

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Noordzee Hostel

Noordzee beach hostel offers easy access to the whale sharks and most wonderful waterfalls in Cebu. Noordzee is a perfect home to explore the south and hop on to Siquijor and Bohol island. Sunbathing on our private beach, cooling down in the cute small swimming pool and more is all available for our...
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Fairytale Hostel (Gonzaga Legacy)

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Fairytale Hostel (Gonzaga Legacy)

In a faraway land high in the mountain of Bohol, there is a place you can call Home. A fairytale is waiting to discovered emerge yourself of wonder love, peace and happiness welcome home! Showcasing 2 beautiful swimming pools, Fairytale Hostel is only a 5-minute walk from Danao Adventure Park. It...
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Jiji

90 /100

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Jiji's Hostel

We are a Hostel in Mactan Island, Cebu for backpackers and light travellers offering budget-friendly accommodation with breakfast. Located just 4 minutes from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, we are also just walking distance to restaurants, shops, supermarkets and other businesses, and 30 min...
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The Flying Fish Hostel

89 /100

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The Flying Fish Hostel

Designed to meet the needs of the modern traveller, our hostel combines great comfort, design and an amazing service. We are centrally located close to the aiport, major ports, downtown and the buzzing nightlife of Dumaguete City. Our modern dorm rooms are designed to give you maximum privacy and...
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Dayon Hostel

89 /100

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Dayon Hostel

Dayon Hostel are your go-to, low cost great value hostel in Coron Palawan! The property has 7 dorm rooms: 1 Private bunk - each bed has its own fan, locker, power outlet, and light. 2 Fan Dorm Rooms for 4 - each bed has its own fan, locker, power outlet, and light. 2 AC Dorm Rooms for 4 -...
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Big Paul Hostel

89 /100

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Big Paul Hostel

Big Paul Hostel is a good Value Hostel, and we are value for your money. Dont's worry that we are 100% No Power Shortage. 24 hour Power Guarantee at Big Paul Hostel At Big Paul Hostel, We provide free simple breakfast which consists of Toasted Bread, Butter, Jam, Fresh Fruits, Coffe or Tea....
Big Paul Hostel is a hostel in El Nido. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Kame House Backpackers

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Kame House Backpackers

Kame House Backpackers is located at Corong Corong taking five minutes tricycle ride from El Nido City center and from the beautiful beach of Las Cabañas. The nearest beach is at 200 meters, where you can start the different tours that the island offers. There's eight and six beds dorm and one p...
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Go Surfari House

89 /100

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Go Surfari House

Make yourself at home when you come and stay with us at Baler's first ever European inspired Surf House. Close to the beach, park, restaurants and dining, local market, and bus station. Free Breakfast. Surf, eat, chill and meet new friends while you're having the time of your life in Baler....
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Murals Hostel and Cafe

89 /100

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Murals Hostel and Cafe

A bed between adventures. Experience the color and art of Cebu, something anyone has ever seen before. From the warm welcome and 5-star service to the crisp beds and linens, Murals is a backpackers haven. For the digital nomads who work and travel in different time zones, we offer shared spaces w...
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Bohol Coco Farm

89 /100

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Bohol Coco Farm

A 2.5 hectare land have a nice chill out and hammocks that will surely make your stay memorable and fun! We also have a restaurant that serves natural and organic food, mostly harvested from the our own farm. Our accommodation is dormitory type, and we provide common areas and communal facilitie...
Bohol Coco Farm is a hostel in Panglao Island. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Bugoybikers in Cebu City

88 /100

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Bugoybikers in Cebu City

Located in Cebu City, Bugoy Bikers Bed & Breakfast provides basic and comfy accommodation with free WiFi access in the entire property. It operates a 24-hour front desk and offers free usage of the computer in the common lounge area. Featuring lush green gardens, the property is just 600 m from J...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Philippines.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Philippines.

If you're already planning to visit Philippines - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

Boracay: Full of Adventure

When you are a beach-lover and want to explore the beautiful beaches in the Philippines, Boracay will always be one of the destinations that you will want to tick off your bucket list.

Jess Pimentel

The Famous PETRONAS Twin Towers

Knowing that we were tourists, he said we would have to pay RM15 for our trip. We didn’t mind. Quite honestly, we expected that because it’s how locales charge tourists in the Philippines as well.

Marianne Zara

5 Best Vegan Eats in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines

For vegan travelers out there, who are planning to step in the Philippines, specifically, in Cagayan de Oro, here are five of the best vegan/vegetarian restaurants you might wanna visit!

Blessy Wen

Top 8 things to do in Siargao, Philippines

Siargao is the place: a tear-drop shaped island, that extends for approximately 473 square kilometers in the Philippine Sea, located in the Surigao del Norte Province, separated from Mindanao Island by the Hinatuan’s Channel. It’s known as the surfing capital of Philippines, but it’s not just about that.

Giulia Manfrini

One Second of Immense Courage

As of this writing, Apo Whang Od still does tattoo at 97, give or take, but she’s passed on the tradition to her siblings’ granddaughters. There’s a petition to make her a National Artist, and I hope she lives to see the day that her name is written alongside the other artists in the Philippines that we truly honor and admire.

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PACO PARK

Paco Park was built during Spanish colonial period and used to be a cemetery for Spanish aristocrats. Philippines’ national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal, was once interred here after his execution on December 30, 1896. I searched for the place where he was once buried when I went there, I found the one with the marker sign RPJ, the letters got me confused and curious so I did a little research on the internet. According to Wikipedia and Inquirer.net, Rizal’s younger sister, Narcissa, bribed the caretaker to mark the site with Rizal’s reverse initial (RPJ) to avoid getting the attention of Spanish authorities who might remove his body there to prevent public veneration. It was also the burial place of three martyr priests, Gomburza (Jose Mariano Gomez, Jose Apolonio Burgos and Jacinto Zamora). The Park is in a circular shape with its thick inner and outer walls. The top of these walls are made into pathways where you can walk around and just enjoy the view. The entrance of the Park led to a lovely fountain and a small domed Catholic Chapel.

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PACO PARK

Paco Park was built during Spanish colonial period and used to be a cemetery for Spanish aristocrats. Philippines’ national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal, was once interred here after his execution on December 30, 1896. I searched for the place where he was once buried when I went there, I found the one with the marker sign RPJ, the letters got me confused and curious so I did a little research on the internet. According to Wikipedia and Inquirer.net, Rizal’s younger sister, Narcissa, bribed the caretaker to mark the site with Rizal’s reverse initial (RPJ) to avoid getting the attention of Spanish authorities who might remove his body there to prevent public veneration. It was also the burial place of three martyr priests, Gomburza (Jose Mariano Gomez, Jose Apolonio Burgos and Jacinto Zamora). The Park is in a circular shape with its thick inner and outer walls. The top of these walls are made into pathways where you can walk around and just enjoy the view. The entrance of the Park led to a lovely fountain and a small domed Catholic Chapel.

Purposeful Wander

Siquijor: An Island of Mystique & Enchantment

What do you write about on your first ever blog entry? It may sound simple enough for others, but for me, I guess I would have to write about a place close to your heart. This place, wrapped up in mystery and mystique, is the majestic island of Siquijor, my mother’s roots. You may wonder why I describe this island as such, but believe me, there is not enough words to capture this island found nowhere else but the Philippines.

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FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD!

This little island in the south offers the freshest seafood you can find in the Philippines and if you’re in time for the lanzones festival, you can stuff yourself with the sweetest bunch of lanzones which the people of the island are happy enough to give you during the whole celebration. Our favorite food to eat while around the island is always kinilaw or raw fish “cooked” in locally made vinegar. It is awesome how they make this dish out there and you have to order it wherever you plan to eat around the island. Another you have to try is a handful of raw sea urchin when visiting Camiguin’s White Island.

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FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD!

This little island in the south offers the freshest seafood you can find in the Philippines and if you’re in time for the lanzones festival, you can stuff yourself with the sweetest bunch of lanzones which the people of the island are happy enough to give you during the whole celebration. Our favorite food to eat while around the island is always kinilaw or raw fish “cooked” in locally made vinegar. It is awesome how they make this dish out there and you have to order it wherever you plan to eat around the island. Another you have to try is a handful of raw sea urchin when visiting Camiguin’s White Island.

Ragdoll Sparrow

                                Where to Eat

JJ King, delicious bbq ribs. Drive past Cloud 9 and turn left at the end of the road, it is right next to uno dos trece, an equally as good café with the best pizza in town. You cannot go wrong with anything from Kermit’s and the restaurant has one of the most well-known chefs in the Philippines currently. If you are in the mood for French cuisine check out Kawayan or Kanilaw. If you are after crepes or breakfast food, Palaka is worth checking out.

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Tranquil Island

Those three days I’ve stayed in the island were memorable. If only I had more time to stay, I would have extended my vacation. Unfortunately, those were the only days I had to spend my time off from work. Nonetheless, I was able to maximize my time and do the things I need to do while here. I am glad that the locals are very accommodating and at the same time helpful. Since El Nido is one of the top travel destinations not only in the Philippines, but internationally, there were a lot of foreign travelers around the place. The locals manage to keep a peaceful surrounding at all times and there is really nothing to worry about even if you stay late outside.

Eunise Quintano

Baguio: Strawberries, Road Trips and Travel Tips

Whether you’re trying to escape the blistering heat of summer in the tropics of the Philippines, or if you’re looking to make the most of the dropping temperatures during the coldest season of the year, backpacking in Baguio has always been a favorite getaway escapade for both local and foreign travelers alike.

Little Miss Mango

Bohol Countryside: Chocolate Hills & Tarsiers

If you are planning to visit the Philippines, Bohol will surely be one of your top picks. It is considered as one of the top tourist destinations in the country. It’s natural attractions are definitely must-see! In this post, I will be sharing with you my experience when my family visited the enchanting and wonderful province of Bohol. This was one of the most memorable trips that we had in the Philippines.

claire-delfino

Manila, Philippines

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Sheila Tagaro

Go Cruising along Bojo River in Aloguinsan Cebu

In the Philippines, there certainly isn’t a scarcity in eco-parks to visit. When a place starts getting popular because of its natural wonders, the local government immediately seeks to protect the place while still allowing guests to come and visit.

Pam Baroro

1. Access to Convenience

As I have mentioned above, there are numerous business opportunities within the village that due to these, the village is so wide that people say it is larger than ‘Pateros’ which is one of the cities in the Philippines.Furthermore, there are numerous unique restaurants and fast food stores within the village itself. Different cuisines ranging from roasted or grilling dishes, Chinese food, Filipino dishes, Japanese tastes and much more. Eight-nine Kitchenette is known as the village’s restaurant for Filipino dishes and is run by a fellow homeowner. It has a delivery option that even customers outside of the village order from them. Their dishes are so delicious that their restaurant is even visited by non-villagers just to eat there and enjoy the view as their restaurant is stationed on the top floor of their building. A pizza house and a few cafes are also stationed near the public park of the village where most friends and relatives meet-up for a number of meetings or get-togethers. Two Catholic churches are also stationed within the subdivision. One is already a parish church while the other is a chapel that is made from the project of the previous parish priest of the village. These churches are not just ordinary churches for they are very beautiful that even tourists go visit them.

Charlene Divine Catral

Siquijor: A paradise feared

If you’re from the Philippines, you would have definitely heard of the hearsay about Siquijor. How this province is the land of the witches, having their magic spells onto people. How it’s easily associated with “mangkukulam” or “gayuma”. I for one definitely heard of that, but did not waiver about visiting this province. I knew for a fact that there’s a reason why this province is kept away from visitors, and I experienced why.

Josette Pagana

GETTING AROUND BANTAYAN

So on my second day, I decided to visit the town proper and see what it has to offer. On my way there, I found myself in awe of the picturesque views it gave me. One of the advantages of backpacking in the Philippines is that there is little to none language barrier because almost all Filipinos speak basic English. So if you get lost, all you need to do is ask a local.

christal dela cruz

Bojo River Cruisin

In the Philippines, there certainly isn’t a scarcity in eco-parks to visit. When a place starts getting popular because of its natural wonders, the local government immediately seeks to protect the place while still allowing guests to come and visit.

Pam Baroro

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