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Looking for a tour guide in Philippines can be quite daunting.
The reasons are you do not know who is certified. There's no such thing as a certified tour guide like those in Thailand.
Philippines' tourism is still developing. With the recent launch of the Department of Tourism (Philippines) “It’s more fun in the Philippines!” campaign, more prospective travellers are becoming aware of Philippine with its friendly people, great white sand beaches, interesting scenery, excellent domestic air and ferry networks, great diving and snorkelling, distrinctive food and a growing number of hotels and other accommodation options to suit all budgets.
Below is a list of guides recommended through the TA Philippines forum. Philippines tourism is still in its infancy stage so there is a very small pool of recommended guides.
With a private guide and vehicle, you will have control where you want to go and how much time to spend in one destination. Naturally, the cost per day will be higher.
With a public tour, you will need to follow a schedule but the cost will be much lower.
There are adventure companies like Explore Eight Travel, Tripinas, Travel Factor, e-Philippines and Anywhere Philippines that provide public tours. These may be subject to minimum numbers. There are also tour operators such as Tao (Coron - El Nido) who provide all inclusive packages.
Please note that not all the guides mentioned are certified or registered. Some are freelance guides or drivers who are expert in their own area.
The guides, transport companies and drivers are not endorsed by TripAdvisor or any user in the TripAdvisor community.
So the advice to you is to compare among them and also compare them with those mentioned outside TripAdvisor.
When comparing among drivers or guides, compare not only the cost but also the services rendered. The term "expensive" is relative. Most important is the value you get in return. Remember also to search the forum for any review, recommendation or testimonial.
If you do not get a good feel about the guide(s), do not use them. You need to feel comfortable when communicating with them.
Search the Internet for reviews of each guide especially outside TripAdvisor to have a more rounded view.
If any tour guide, transport companies or drivers receive too much negative feedback, they will be removed from the list.
It is common for these guides to ask for a deposit to safeguard their interest as there are some instances of no-show by customers.
Please note that the list is not exhaustive.
Therefore, any reliable guides, tricycles drivers, taxi drivers or transport companies are welcome to be recommended by third parties and in time added to the list. Philippines has 7107 islands so there are many guides.
Please do be aware that in certain areas, the driver may double up as a guide. However in other areas, you will need to hire an additional guide to bring you around.
This is to prevent “robbing” the local guide of their livelihood. Furthermore in some areas, it is a rule that you will need to hire a local guide.
Please bear in mind that the driver's vehicle is not an all-terrain vehicle. So the vehicle may not be able to travel to all places in the region especially in a mountainous area.
The driver may recommend you to hire another vehicle (additional cost) that is more suitable to travel in that terrain. Remember the driver have your safety in mind. Do not take unnecessary risk; be it at your own or the driver's expense.
Also, take independant 3rd party references to ensure that the person you use is reliable and honest and has been used multiple times. If a driver says they are safe, honest or reliable, who said they are! Please always take care!
Safety is always paramount!
Please verify the scope of services provided with each guide, driver or transport companies to prevent any misunderstanding
Member Weekend Driver has so far received one recommendation on Tripadvisor. Other members may have used his services without providing feedback. He also contributes to TA discussions about the Ifugao region and has given good advice.
You can contact Weekend Driver at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tourist Driver - Arnold Sanchez
Arnold is well versed in Philippines' main island of Luzon, Leyte and Biliran Island. Arnold has been engaged by several TA users and has positive feedback. His most frequent tour destinations include Banaue, Sagada, Baguio, Tagaytay, Pagsanjan and occasionally Hundred Islands and Mt Pinatubo. In January 2015, Arnold added Pagudpud to the list of destinations to which he has been hired. He is also familiar with San Juan, San Fernando, historic Vigan and interesting Laoag.
Joseph was referred by Arnold (above) when he was unavailable. Joseph is a Manila native and very knowledgable about the surrounding areas. He has a new, clean van, and other cars available. He is very prompt, pleasant and safe.
His cellphone number is +63925 805 0112
Eddie P. Bote
The contact information for Eddie P. Bote is:
cellphone + 63 907 969 8991 and + 63 925 845 5251.
Email : email@example.com
FB: Edgardo P. Bote
Aristeo Ramirez known as Resty
Resty is a local taxi driver in Manila who has received some good reports so far on Tripadvisor.
You can contact Resty via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
His cellphone number is (+ 63) 927 973 7894
Was used by a member who recommended this driver for his trip to Tagaytay.
+63 919 224 9201 or +63915 359 3415
Nickname is Mang Tisoy and recommended by a member who regularly uses his services for team-building at work. He has an 18 seater van so would be especially suitable for large groups.
(+63) 927 524 3721
Manila - "Walk this way" with Carlos Celdran
Carlos Celdran (who has now become a kind of celebrity in his own right) gives walking tours of the old walled city of Intramuros. They are interesting due to the "different" perspective they give of Filipino history. He describes the influence of Spanish and Americans in a manner which is too politically incorrect and would never make it to history books, are extremely eclectic and sound like they might be closer to the truth.
Being a drama actor, his walking tour is pepered with music, theatrics and his imitations of Douglas Mc Arthur.
At 1100 pesos per head (600 pesos per student), the tours are not cheap, but worth it.
You can book by sending a text on +63 920 9092021 or see his blog for detail
Jonathan Dequina a freelance/driver guide within Metro Manila and Outside Manila. He has been driving for 8 years for a travel company as a driver guide. Last year he decided to become a free lance guide with his own car. He can speak English very well and flexible incase guest want to change or adjust their tour plan. He can make your trip unique and memorable experience.He can be your driver, tour coordinator as well as your tour guide. Feel free to contact him and he will make your trip enjoyable and memorable.
You can reach him through email: email@example.com
Mobile Number: Smart: +639499950604/ Globe: +639755958890 /
Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.deq...
Irene has finally got her tour guide certification for Banaue. She is a pleasant girl and well versed in Sagada, Banaue, Cambulo, Bangaan and Batad.
You can contact Irene at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Palawan is under the governance of Luzon.
A common question for Palawan is the transport between El Nido and Puerto Princesa. The El Nido - Puerto Princesa route seems to be dominated by Fortwally Lexus and Eulen Joy. The Roro Bus also services this route.
Please call up the respective operator to verify the schedule on the website here: http://www.elnidoboutiqueandartcafe.c...
Another option is to travel with a new van service that is operated by DayTripper.
Danny has been recommended in the Cebu forum. Feedback is positive. You can contact Danny at: Email: email@example.com
Tel Nos: +63 906 153 4659 or +63 922 463 3757
Alyssa Tours Cebu
Contact Mr Jericho Jumapao
Tel No +63 919 835 3910/ +63 916 615 2928/ +63 932 371 0658
Vehicles available include:
Toyota Innova (7 passenger capacity)
Grandia Van (12 passenger capacity)
Bohol Travel Buddy
Bohol Travel Buddy has so far provided consistent good service to visitors in Bohol.
They can be contacted at:
Contact details are:
Landline +63 38 501 8165
Mobile + 63 918 504 6447
Contact Details +639165187810 or +639182574344
There is no shortage of driver-guides available at Jordan Port upon arrival but Lindon has been used by one TA member who can vouch for his services. He has good knowledge of the island and is very flexible in terms of what you want to do and very helpful to recommend places that most tourists haven't heard of. Contact: (+ 63) 948 927 2661
Also known as "Kuya Gerald" to many tourists who have used his services, his satisfied clients can be seen all over the internet whenever you do a search about Guimaras travel. Contact: (+63) 908 474 8122 inserting an '0' before the local number if dialling locally.
You may contact Teddy at (+ 63) 939 244 0521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both these drivers have had recommendations from tripadvisor members recently
Steven Lhyne Mobile 0943 553 4135
Emil Zaragosa Mobile 0902 927 8018