One Couple’s Honeymoon in the Philippines

Anna and Leonidas reminisce on their honeymoon adventure.
by Rachel Sylvester
Newlyweds in the Philippines for honeymoon
Anna and Leonidas

Honeymoon at a Glance

Time of year: November

Budget: $3,500

Length of Trip: 2 weeks

Travel Time: 16 hours from New York City to Taipei

Map it: After landing in the Philippine province of Cebu, Anna and Leonidas island-hopped from Panglao to Siquijor before making stops at Dumaguete and Palawan Island. 

Book it: El Nido, Palawan: Mansion Buenavista El Nido Cebu; Dumaguete; Panglao; Port Barton, Palawan; Puerto Princesa, Palawan; Siquijor: Airbnb.com

The Philippines map illustration

Must-See Sights 

“Our cell phones didn’t work, so we’d vaguely map out the day before hopping on our motor bike,” Anna says of navigating the unpaved paths of the Philippine islands. “We’d take random turns and private roads just to see where we’d end up.” In addition to kayaking, paddleboarding and snorkeling, the couple went cliff diving off of Cambugahay Falls in Siquijor.

Honeymoon Highlight 

Indulgences included daily hour-long massages and afternoons spent either eating or exploring. “Leonidas and I loved the casualness of it all,” Anna says of bringing only a backpack stuffed with beach essentials.

Standout Stay 

The couple glamped at Thelma and Toby’s Island Camping Adventure in Port Barton, Palawan. Once there, they stumbled upon a private beach, crystal-clear waters and endless amounts of sunshine. “That was easily the most beautiful part of our honeymoon,” Anna says. “We would immediately crack open and eat the coconuts that fell from surrounding trees.”

Travel Tip 

“Our honeymoon wasn’t for the faint of heart,” Anna says of their getaway. “There were days when I looked around and thought, ‘How did we even find this place?’ but that’s the sort of adventure we wanted all along.”


See more photos of the couple's Philippines honeymoon, below!

Siquijor's Cambugahay Falls
The beaches of Puerto Princess in the Philippines
Wall art in the Philippines
Outdoor hut with tent in the Philippines
Verdant vistas above the Bohol mountains in the Philippines

Still deciding where to go for your honeymoon? Read more about this once-in-a-lifetime trip here

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