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Fathom Asia’s Philippines
The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107 islands situated in Southeast Asia and in the tropical region of the Pacific Ocean.
The Philippines geography is very diverse and includes,
mountains, rainforests, some of the best beaches in the world,
volcanoes, and excellent river systems.
The Philippines, is a new holiday destination to try out and
offers almost anything to satisfy your taste and pocket. The dollar goes along way for travel, shopping, food and general holiday expenses. It is also the 3rd largest English speaking country, so no problems with language.
The Diversity of The Philippines is enormous.
From the bustle of Manila with its history and culture to the island experience, where you can relax on one of the
thousands of beaches, sample some of the best diving in the world, soft and hard core adventure, mix with the crowds, get
away from the crowds, climb mountains, meet the helpful and
friendly locals and eat great food, from all corners of the world
and for all tastes. Attend one of the many colourful festivals
throughout the year.
Located in Manila Bay the Sofitel has all the luxuries associated with 5 star hotels. It is
close to all amenities including shopping and night life and has one of the best and most
comprehensive food buffets in the southern hemisphere. The swimming pool is a great place to unwind, before traveling on.
ATMs and Credit Cards: Most foreign cards are accepted 24 hours a day with ATMs found in all major districts.
Most restaurants, hotels and shops accept credit cards. Not always taken at small restaurants or markets, so always
carry some local pesos.
Tipping: Tipping is expected for many services. Departure Tax and Domestic airport tax: P550 (approx NZ$22) for international departure and P100 (approx NZ$5) for local island departures, which must be paid in Philippine
pesos only.
Getting Around: Flights: are regular to all the major islands. Air passes are available prior to departure from your own
country. Bus: Jeepneys and buses are inexpensive ways of getting around most places. Tricycles on most of the islands.
Language: English and Filipino (Tagalog).
Entry Visa: Visitors may enter the country without visas and may stay for 21 days.
What to Wear: Light, casual clothes are recommended. Warmer garments are needed for mountain regions. When visiting churches and temples, propriety dictates that shorts
and scanty clothing be avoided.
Heritage, Manila
Sofitel, Manila
The Heritage Hotel Manila is close to the international and domestic airports, Manila Bay yacht clubs, Makati and Manila business hubs, PICC & World Trade Convention
Center, and SM Mall of Asia. Restaurants
include, Riviera Cafe, Lobby Lounge and Le Cafe 88 as well as Le Chine, Chinois and Zen
Mabuhay Manor, Manila
A hotel that is accredited by the Department of Tourism which is customised for
Balikbayans coming home in the Philippines and be treated with a “BISITA SA BAHAY” hospitality.
The Mabuhay Manor is a only a short 2 km from the airport.
A full range of hotels and apartments are available in Manila and throughout the Philippines. Check out the website at
www.fathomasia.com for details and prices.
Half and Full Day Tours from Manila.
There are numerous possibilities for day excursions in and around Manila. Some of the more popular ones include:
Lake Taal & Tagaytay: Day Tour.
Pagsanjan Falls: Day Tour.
Manila City Tour: 3 to 4 hours.
Evening Tour with Dinner and Show.
Mount Pinatubo: Day Tour.
Hidden Valley Springs Tour: Day Tour.
Corregidor Island Tour: Day Tour.
Villa Escudero: Day Tour.
Art and Heritage Tour: Day Tour.
China Town Tour.
Adventure activities in Subic Bay and Clark.
Seaplane /helicopter tours of Luzon.
Scuba diving in Anilao. Golf at any of the numerous golf courses near Manila.
WWII historical tours in Bataan.
Water sports along the coast of Batangas.
Agricultural tours.
Walking tours of Old Manila.
Day tours can also be taken from most other islands in the Philippines.
Relaxing in the Philippines
7 Stones, Boracay
If you are feeling fit there is diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing, fishing, kiting, and a great 7 Stones Boracay Suites is a luxury boutique golf course.
hotel located on Bulabog Beach, famous for it’s water sports. The hotel has stunning
There are many bars and discos near and roomy apartments, a 25 mtr swimming pool within the resorts and shopping throughout with jacuzzi and an al fresco restaurant. The the island. Accommodation is at all levels from hotel is central for all facilities on Boracay.
the budget to the absolute luxury.
El Nido, Palawan
El Nido has two resorts. Miniloc Island, set in a cove with a backdrop of limestone cliffs and accommodations built with thatched roofs,
and Lagen Island, which has a variety of
accommodation, including cottages on stilts and suites. Great places to spoil yourself.
Maribago, Mactan Is
El Galleon is situated on the island of Mindoro around 60 miles to the South of Manila. The resort is nestled among lush tropical palms, right on the edge of the beach. One reason why they are popular with honeymooners.
However, the resort also offers all the
activities to make your stay fun filled.
Palawan has fantastic white beaches,
dramatic rock formations, coves and
underground caves, great dive sites, majestic mountains. It is around 425 kilometres in length, so quite a long island to explore if you have the time. Palawan is nature’s paradise and has been declared a nature sanctuary of the world including such areas as the Saint Paul Subterranean River National Park, the longest traversable underground river in the world. Stretching 8 kilometers this is a must do if you are in that part of Palawan.
Mactan Island is a coral island 15 minutes from Cebu City. It is a famous resort island equipped with numerous beach resorts
accessed by a causeway from Cebu.
Microtel Inn, Palawan, is affordable and
situated beachfront on the white sands of
Emerald Beach, just 20 minutes away from Puerto Princesa. Tastefully designed rooms
offer all the necessary amenities to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.
Cebu lies in the heart of the Philippine archipelago. Apart from its popular
heritage sites, Cebu is endowed with a wealth of natural attractions and a host of various activities. Like much of the Philippines it offers spectacular white sandy beaches, rocky coves, rich marine life for diving and
snorkeling, challenging trails for mountain trekking, caving and other outdoor sports activities.
Puerto Galera is considered to be one of
the most beautiful and safest harbours in
the world, and famous for its splendid beaches, coral reefs teeming with marine
life and exquisite dive sites suitable for new and experienced divers. Puerto Galera is also the perfect gateway to some of the most unspoilt territories and national parks on the island of Mindoro. Explore pristine lakes,
rivers and waterfalls, meet indigenous tribes, or trek through lush vegetations and forests.
There are many islands and destinations to choose within the Philippines from the more than 7000 islands. Fathom Asia has a huge selection of hotels and resorts throughout the whole of the country. Please contact your travel agent or www.fathomasia.com
Nigi Nigi is set around a lush tropical garden, that’s ideally located at the center of the world famous ‘White Beach’ and extremely popular with value-minded international guests. The resort is beachfront and a great place to enjoy the vibrant Boracay nightlife.
Microtel, Palawan
Bohol offers a mix of all the other islands in one spot, from the Chocolate Hills to the The Maribago Bluewater Resort is a good Tarsier, the smallest living primate in the quality resort on Mactan Island at reasonable world. Visitors can visit the16th century watch
rates. The resort offers many types of
towers to Baroque Jesuit mission churches,
accommodation together with facilities such the Loboc River where you can dine and listen
as diving and snorkeling. There are a number to a band playing on the river.
of restaurants offering food for all tastes. A Dolphin watching is just a few minutes away perfect base for Mactan Is and Cebu City.
during the early morning or the late afternoon the whole year round, while the whale
watching is on a seasonal basis.
El Galleon, Puerto Galera
Nigi Nigi, Boracay
Boracay is the famous holiday island of the Philippines with stunning beaches, and crystal waters and interests and activities to suit all tastes and pockets.
There are more than 200 restaurants and eateries on Boracay offering food from around the world and of course San Miguel Beer if that is your taste.
Alegre Cebu
Alegre Beach Resort and Spa is 80 km north of Cebu City, set among lush tropical gardens, featuring 19 luxurious cabanas with 2 spacious bedrooms. The resort has 3
private beaches. Great dining in the ‘Pavilion’ situated on top of the cliffs. All facilities are
offered to make your stay a memorable one.
Bohol Beach Club, Bohol
One of the best-known resorts on Bohol,
situated on its own stretch of beach on
Panglao Island. There are a number of
packages available, including honeymoon, adventure and summer escapes. There are a variety of room types including beach front and family rooms.
Diving in the Philippines
Kasai Village Resort offers great dive adventures in the
Philippines where you choose from the best dive sites in the area.
Moalboal: Southwest side of Cebu Island is located in the
heart of the Philippines just in front of the Tañon strait on the
peninsular with over 30+ dive sites for beginners to technical
divers and macro photography enthusiasts.
Kasai Village Beach Resort has 9 seaview deluxe rooms and
4 poolside deluxe rooms.
All accommodations are spacious and available with a either
a king-size bed, and/or twin beds to sleep up to three adults
or two adults and two children. All accommodations have a balcony in front as well as lounge chairs, tables and other furnishings. There is a desk with Internet wifi access, a mini
bar and much more. All rooms are equipped with air
Mermaid Resort offers world class facilities in the heart
of the diving paradise of Sabang. Mermaid Resort has
over 40 rooms with 6 room types and facilities which
include a gourmet restaurant, a bar which is open
Puerto Galera is renowned as having fantastic diving in the Philippines. With at least 45 dive spots to choose from, the
area caters to novice, recreational, and advanced/technical divers. The dive centre offers access to one of the most
diverse marine dive spots in the world, which is known for its large variety of nudibranchs. Fantastic for macro photography.
Dive services include boat and house reef dives with
nitrox and night options, as well as a dive safari to the
world famous Verde Island Passage.
Bohol Divers Resort is located on a long white sandy beach.
The resort has 2 swimming pools, restaurant, beach bar, WIFI
access. Divers and snorkelers can enjoy the rich ecosystem of the seas. Diving is a unique experience in Panglao and the
neigbouring island of Balicasag, the world renowned diving spot.
Malapascua off the north of Cebu has a great variety of dive sites including reefs and wrecks, amazing coral dives
wall dives. Because the diving is in different areas and with many different influences there is a great variety of marine life with excellent macro sightings and photography.
A daily thresher shark diving is offered together with
mantas, hammerheads (seasonal), wrecks, mandarin fish,
nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, cuttlefish, and beautiful
unspoiled coral.
Busuanga is an incredible labyrinth of islands and islets,
lagoons and atolls, beaches and cliffs, jungle and corals. It is also harbours 30 WW2 Japanese shipwrecks, making this area one of the world’s best wreckdiving sites.
Apo Reef is the famous coral reef in the middle of the
Mindoro Strait, with excellent visibility, home to sharks, turtles, and rays. It is a protected marine reserve .
We offer a 7 day mixture of diving taking in Busuanga’s wrecks as well as Apo and Busuanga’s reefs aboard the
liveaboard vessel, Seadive Genel.
Adventure in the Philippines
5 day Trekking in Ifugao
lies on stilts, on top of the sea, right in the middle of
Malbato Bay, near Coron, Busuanga, north of Palawan. Beach The mountainous province of the Cordillera is the perfect land for trekking. Old head hunter tribe territory, it is also the site of kayaking is the ideal activity for this extraordinary place,
the extensive rice terraces in Banaue and all around the local accessible to all, and environment friendly.
area, claimed to be the eighth wonder of the world. Come into an out-of-age trekking with an incomparable scenery .
Special Discovery Package: 4 days 3 nights. 7 days also
Day 1: Manila to Banaue by private car with driver, crossing the agricultural plains of Central Luzon, then Sierra Madre and Day 1: Transfer by jeepney and bancas from Busuanga
Airport. Check in Kubo Sa Dagat. After lunch, beach kayak up it’s arid mountains. Visit the handicraft market. Dinner.
Day 2: Breakfast. Trek to Cambulo. Picnic lunch en route.
the river or swim in the hot springs. Dinner.
Dinner and overnight in the village.
Day 2: Breakfast. Day tour to Coron Island. Picnic lunch,
Day 3: Breakfast. Trek to Batad and its amphitheatre styled beach kayak along the cliffs from beaches to lagoons, visit
terraces. Picnic lunch and swim at Batad waterfalls. Back to
hidden lakes. Dinner.
the village for dinner.
Day 3: Breakfast. Day tour to Tangat Island and its virgin
forest beach kayak along the beach, snorkel over a World War Day 4: Breakfast. Trek from Batad to Banga-an, by the
“mountain crest trail”. Lunch. After visiting the village, jeepney two Japanese wreck. Picnic lunch. Dinner.
back to Banaue. Dinner.
Day 4: Breakfast. Transfer to Busuanga airport for departure.
Day 5: Breakfast. Return to Manila.
Kubo Sa Dagat is located in Malbato Bay. Kubo Sa Dagat
Fantasy Place is a villa nestling atop coastal rocks, situated
in southern Cebu and was built by a frenchman who was inspired by the beauty of the site. lt offers a splendid view over the Tanon Strait, home to dolphins and other marine species between Cebu and Negros. Stairs carved on the rock descend to the small private white sand beach, surrounded by a colorful coral reef.
Discovery Package 5 days/4 nights fullboard with roundtrip Dumaguete transfers including 3 tours:
Dolphin encounter boat tour in the Tanon Strait.
Kawasan falls daytour for swimming in the natural pools.
Sumilon Island Marine Reserve daytour for swimming or snorkeling over the coral garden
Diving Package 5 days/4 nights fullboard with roundtrip
Dumaguete transfers and 3 full diving days (2 dives/day)
Busanga Island Hopping
At the extreme North of Palawan, Busuanga’s
archipelago is one of the Philippines’ most beautiful natural wonders set with beaches, cliffs, islands, jungle and coral reefs. Kayak, walk and laze.
Packages of 7 days/6 nights available.
Includes. Manila, Busanga, Coron Island, Sangat
Island, and or Culion.
The Philippines Roundup
Romance in the Philippines
Families in the Philippines
White sandy beaches, tropical sunsets and glorious blue
skies. Perfect for weddings and honeymoons. Bohol, Boracay, Cebu and Palawan all have romantic resorts. El Nido in
Palawan, Shangri-La in Boracay and Alegre in Cebu are just
a few of the fabulous resorts scattered throughout of the
Weddings, honeymoons, packages are available with those little extras such as pamper packages, spa treatments and romantic dinners.
Family life is central to the Filipino way of life, so holidays
for families are well catered for throughout the Philippines. Resorts have kids clubs and activities, accommodation
options which include interconnecting rooms, apartments, or rooms which cater for family members.
Here are a few suggestions:
Cebu: Costabella has kids club and babysitting
Montebello includes children under 13 free of charge when staying in the same room as parents.
Whether a place in the sun with nightlife and entertainment or a remote corner of the world to relax and discover your
Boracay: Best Western and Two Seasons both have family interest. The Philippines will have an option to suit all your rooms catering up to 8 people.
tastes and budgets.
Cavite: Island Cove lies 45 minutes south of Manila and has Packages avilable from a few days to 3 weeks.
cottages with up to 4 bedrooms.
Business Travel in the Philippines
Medical Tourism
The main centre in the Philippines for the business traveller is Manila, which includes the City of Makati perhaps known as
the business district. From your base in Makati you have access to almost the whole of the Manila region to meet with business people.
The Philippines offers high quality and cost effective
healthcare with facilities and professionalism to match
any other country in the world, often 50% to 80% cheaper.
We have a huge range of hotels and apartments in all areas
within the Philippines together with transfers
Other areas well frequented by the business traveller are
Cebu and Davao. Both are serviced by excellent regional
flights as well as international flights into and out of Cebu. From Cebu there is excellent access to Bohol.
Let us know the district you require and we will supply a
business hotel to suit.
Accredited hospitals and medical facilities offer state of
the art equipment with many of the doctors and medical staff trained to the highest degree to ensure you are in the safest hands possible.
The procedures you can have while in the Philippines are numerous including;
Dental work: Covers the whole spectrum of dental work
including cosmetic dentistry.
Eye Care: Lasik eye surgery, cateracts and Glaucoma, and a full range of eye restoration.
Conditions and Contacts
How to book:
Responsibilities and Conditions:
Fathom Asia acts only as agents for accommodation, airlines, coach or car companies, owners or contractor providing accommodation,
transportation, or other services and all tickets, vouchers, coupons,
travel orders and receipts are issued subject to any and all tariffs, terms and conditions under which any accommodation, transportation or any other services whatsoever are provided by such
accommodation, airlines, coach and car companies or owners or
Fathom Asia shall not be liable or responsible for death or injury to any person or loss or damage to any property (including baggage) whether due to its servants, agents or employees negligence or otherwise
arising out of or in conjunction with any accommodation,
transportation, or any other service such as dangers incident to the sea, fire, breakdown in machinery or equipment, acts of government or other authorities, strikes, thefts, pilferage, epidemics, quarantines, medical or customs regulations, delays or cancellations of or changes in itinerary or schedules or from any causes beyond its control, or for any loss or damage resulting in from improper or insufficient
passports, visas or other documents, and nor shall Fathom Asia nor its servants, agents or employees be or become liable or responsible for any additional expense or liability sustained or incurred by the tour members as a result of any of the foregoing causes.
All prices quoted are subject to change without notice having regard to unforeseen circumstances, foreign exchange fluctuations and
variations in airline operating costs. No refund or exchange can be made for unused services. Fathom Asia reserves the right lo cancel the tour and/or modify the itineraries in any way it thinks desirable and further reserves the right to decline to accept any person on any tour and may substitute accommodation where necessary. The issue and acceptance of receipts, tickets, vouchers, coupons or travel orders shall be deemed consent to the above conditions.
This tour brochure is issued on the sole responsibility of Fathom Asia and is not issued on behalf of, nor does it commit any airline or
organisation whose services are used during the tour.
Please ensure the brochure has the price insert attached. If it does not, please consult your travel agent or contact us.
Deposits and final payments:
A deposit of 20% per person is payable on confirmation. Final
payments are to reach Fathom Asia no later than 45 days prior to departure. If for any reason your balance payment is not
received by us by the due date, we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled and to apply the appropriate cancellation charges.
Are subject to a charge to cover the estimated costs and the scale of charges, per person, in the event of cancellation or failure to travel without formal cancellation, is as follows:
Land arrangements:
Cancellations prior to 14 days before departure. 20%
Cancellations within 14 days of departure. 20% plus any charges levied by hotels and ground operators up to 100% of the cost of land arrangements.
Air arrangements:
Cancellations within 14 days of departure. 25% of the airfare or any other amount as required by Airline Tariff.
Cancellations after ticketing as required by the Airline
No refund is available for cancellations after the tour has
commenced or in respect of any tours, accommodation, meals or any other services not utilised.
Prices are detailed on the attached price insert. Please check that the price list is the current issue. Prices are subject to change. Please check with your Travel Agent or Fathom Asia.
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Booking arrangements:
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or substitute tour itineraries and or accommodations due to any
Your Travel Agent shall, on the receipt of any tour monies, hold such fluctuations in local conditions or providors of services.
monies for each and every person named in the booking until Photographs in the brochure show places in the geographic areas, but that booking is confirmed, at which time those monies shall be
promptly remitted by your Agent to Fathom Asia.
are not necessarily related to the tour described.
Tickets and/or vouchers shall be forwarded on receipt of full payment to Fathom Asia. Tickets and/or vouchers may be provided as e-tickets or hard-copy.
Travel insurance:
We strongly recommend that, at the time of your reservation, you purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy of your choice.
We suggest that the policy should include, but not be limited to the following features:
Loss of deposit through cancellation. Personal baggage and loss of money. Medical expenses in case of illness or accident.
Additional expenses to cover hotel accommodation and repatriation costs should the tour need to be extended or curtailed due to illness while overseas, or due to the needs to return to your country because of unexpected death or illness. This feature should also cover
cancellation of transport services due to industrial action.
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