The Philippines

On New Year's Eve 2016, I made my second trip to the Philippines. I flew direct from London Heathrow to Manila and then transferred onto a flight to Cebu. It was relatively painless as the terminals were adjacent to one another, both flights being with Philippines airlines. The other terminals are the other side of the runway and getting there involves catching a taxi which has to drive all the way round the airport on congested roads.

The other option is to fly into Cebu which has international flights, one from Dubai. Neither airport is good for facilities. There are no bars or restaurants. Cebu has a coffee shop, but other than that, the only food choices are kiosks.

When flying out of the Philippines, they're one of the few countries that bans scuba equipment in luggage. I had to check my regs in on and internal flight.

On the flight we were given a free SIM card which came with a few days activation and data. After that, it was a simple matter of topping it up. It only cost me ₱50 every 3-5 days, so although most bars and had WiFi, it was so cheap, it was worth it for the convenience.

I visited three places spending about a week in each