We love the Philippines! And we love sharing our experiences in our travel blog Philippines.
Why do I love the Philippines? So many reasons! It’s beautiful, it’s cheap, it’s easy to get around, the people are lovely, it feels adventurous without losing modern comforts, it’s easy to feel like you are off the beaten path. And that’s not even mentioning the many awesome beaches or the yummy seafood. Or the fact that so many people speak English.
We love it here and have had two family vacations in the Philippines so far. We look forward to sharing even more in our Philippine travel blog as we travel to the Philippines again in future.
We enjoyed all the holiday destinations in the Philippines we visited, except Manila which wasn’t our cup of tea. We have two favourites which are our pick for the best family friendly destinations in the Philippines (and are also highly recommended as just the best places to go in the Philippines even if you don’t have kids!).
We also visited Kalibo, Roxas City, Iloilo, Bacolod, Cebu City and Moalboal!
If you are wondering where to go in the Philippines, I honestly recommend everywhere we have been.
We have written travel guides to the following places to visit in the Philippines for a family:
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Or you can find all our Philippines holiday destination guides by clicking on the following map:
The Filipinos are fantastic. They make the Philippines a very kid friendly place. The second a kid is whining or upset, someone steps in and helps cheer them up.
S has been quite a novelty here, or at least her red hair has. However when we visited when she was 2, the attention could be overwhelming. Whole crowds of people surrounding us is a bit scary – thankfully, this was the less the case on our second visit when she was 5.
The people seem quite laid back. This is great, but sometimes it can make service levels frustrating, especially when your kid’s meal never materialises! This is my only gripe though, and at least they will help entertain the kids while you are waiting.
Nappies and formula are readily available as are fruit purees. We did not find nappies that fit our big 2 year old though. We have not found soy milk, except once and it had sugar in it. It is not worth bringing a pram to the Philippines.
I have mixed feelings about some of the food. It is generally quite delicious, but it can also be unhealthy. So much stuff is full of sugar or cooked with lots of butter. It seemed close to impossible to even get a plate of vegetables which isn’t coated in butter.
The kids loved it, but I am generally quite strict with their food intake being super healthy, and its been hard to do that here.They also seem to have problems tolerating something, although I haven’t been able to work out what, as they often get red rashes around their mouths after meals.
We travelled around the Philippines with no problems. When we had to get between buses/boats/etc with our luggage, there was always someone to help us for a very affordable tip.
All in all, we had a great time travelling in the Philippines with children and describe it all in these travel blogs in the Philippines.
We can personally recommend the following hotels from our experiences, especially if you are going on a Philippines family holiday. You can find further reviews on each in the detailed travel Philippines blog guides linked to above.
You can read more about our overall thoughts of the Philippines and family travel in the Philippines on our Philippines wrap up post and more about our adventures in SE Asia Travel with Kids. Enjoy our Philippine travel blogs!