Traveling solo through the Philippines can be an incredible experience. But knowing where to go, what to see and how to stay safe is paramount before you set out.
Here’s our guide to solo female travel in the Philippines.
The Philippines is generally a safe place to visit. But just like with any other destination, vigilance is necessary. There are some key factors you need to keep in mind at all times.
Use your best instincts- avoid dark alleyways especially in the cities and avoid wearing flashy jewelry. Filipinos are friendly and hospitable and they will be happy to help you when needed. You might get a lot of questions especially from kids as to why you are alone or where your partner is but that is plain curiosity and not a safety risk. They are probably just practicing their English with you.
It is uncommon for Filipinos to see foreign females traveling solo as it’s usually men who travel by themselves. But nevertheless, Filipinos are great hosts!
You can indulge in many luxurious options offered in many places and most resorts in the country. There are various spa treatments even in the malls where you can enjoy VIP treatment and state-of-the-art technology for a fraction of the price you pay in other countries. Get your hair done by professional stylists, or get pampered with foot spa, manicure and pedicure for a cheaper price in the Philippines. Here’s an article we recently wrote that breaks down the cost of spa services in the Philippines.
Moreover, the Philippines is also a shopping mecca with 5 of the biggest shopping malls in the world all sporting the most popular brands.
Greenbelt and Glorietta Malls in Makati are the more high-end ones and you can find any brand you want but sizes are of course fitted for petite Asians. You can also enjoy different cuisines and stay at the fanciest hotels that line Manila Bay and Makati or better yet, rent a luxurious condo.
Best Places to Visit for Female Solo Travelers
Palawan is dubbed as the best island in the world and it is perfect for solo travelers. The scenery is amazing and you can join a group tour of the spectacular islands and lagoons – and meet new friends as you visit these beautiful places. Alternatively, rent a private boat and have these stunning beaches all to yourself. The best way to do that is by booking a private Palawan luxury tour package.
Coron and El Nido are two of the places in Palawan that you must visit, but they are not close together (you can take an overnight ferry to get from one to the other). Palawan also offers some of the most luxurious eco-friendly resorts in the country and if you want ultimate peace and quiet, this is the place to be.
If you’re heading to El Nido, consider staying at the Spin Hostel — it’s awesome! We spent 3 nights here and took part in all of the activities.
If you love beach parties and bars, Boracay is the best place for you. It is the country’s party paradise.
There is no shortage of things to do on the island and once it is opened again after the rehabilitation, certainly Boracay will soar again as one of the best islands. Consider staying at Discovery Shores to be on a white sand beach with all the amenities.
Alona Beach in Bohol is a little too overrated and too busy. Dumaluan beach on the farther side of Panglao Island is more luxurious and quiet. A girl who is not into parties would fare better there. The beach is also much better. If you have a driving license and you have an adventurous spirit, rent a motorcycle and explore around the island. There are so many interesting places to go and visit in Bohol.
In terms of remoteness, nothing beats Batanes except maybe the southern provinces of Mindanao. It is so remote that flights from Manila are scarce and it comes with a heavy price tag. It is actually cheaper to go from Manila to other countries in SE Asia than Batanes.
But if you have money to spare, you will be rewarded because Batanes is nothing like you’ve seen in other places in the Philippines. Lately, a new flight route has been announced, going from Clark to Batanes on a daily basis. Since Clark is only 2 hours drive from Manila, you should check this website for cheap flights to Batanes and other islands mentioned here – it can be much better than flying direct from the capital.
Batanes is more like Ireland with its sprawling hills, cliffs, windy beaches and stone houses. It is so beautiful and serene and it is the safest place in the country with zero crime rate. I’m sure female solo travelers would have no trouble here at all but pure fun and solitude. You can rent a motorcycle or a bicycle and just go around and do a lot of sightseeing. You don’t need a companion to marvel at Batanes’ beauty, really.
This place is in Mindanao but fret not, it is so far from the chaotic side of Southern Philippines. Siargao has a burgeoning backpacking scene but it is also perfect for solo luxury travelers. If you love nature and surfing, you definitely came to the right place. There are many fancy resorts that cater to non-travel package tourists and if you are the type to just go with the flow and meet people along and establish great connections, Siargao is the ideal place.
Other Things to do for Female Solo Travelers:
Aside from beach bumming and island parties, there are still so many things to do and enjoy for female solo travelers in the Philippines. The country is rich in nature and adventure. The rugged landscapes give you endless options for fun even when you are traveling alone.
1. Swim with the whale sharks in Donsol
Whale sharks in Donsol are migratory and they have regulated policies unlike the one in Oslob. Swimming with these gentle giants is one of the best experiences you will have as a solo traveler.
2. Mountain hiking: There are numerous mountains in the country and you can choose which one you’d like to conquer. From beginner’s paradise to the most challenging, the options are endless. If you want something a little extra special, try out the 3 day camping trek through the Banaue Rice Terraces.
3. Try new things and Immerse in the local lifestyle
Traveling solo does not restrict you in any way especially in terms of schedule and finances. You are free to do as you wish within your boundaries at your pace so enjoy while trying on some local foods and immersing into some local traditions.