United Kingdom and Ireland

There are many ways to get here, but our two favourites are listed below; they have minimal connection time and arrive at Manila as early as 10am, which will leave you with plenty of choices for your domestic connection (allow a minimum of 2 hours for airport transfer; if you already know the airport you'll be able to do it in less time though).
Option 1: London (LHR) to Manila (MNL) via Hong Kong (HKG)
→ Cathay Pacific Flight 252
→ Connect with Cathay Pacific Flights 907 or 901
Option 2: London (LHR) to Manila (MNL) via Bahrain (BAH)
→ Gulf Air Flight 2
→ Connect with Gulf Air Flight 154
If you only want to spend a week's worth of holidays but use it to the maximum, you can choose the Cathay route and leave London on a Saturday morning, you'll arrive at the island on Sunday lunchtime; then you can stay at the island for 7 days / 6 nights and leave on the following Saturday before lunchtime. Spend your afternoon and evening in Manila and go to the majestic
SM Mall of Asia (there's even an olympic sized ice rink there!). On the following Sunday take the morning flight that will arrive in London on the evening of the same day. Stay awake for the entire journey (it will be a long day) and sleep only when you arrive home - this way, you'll be tired enough to get a full 8-9 hours sleep and when you wake up to go to work on Monday you'll have practically no jetlag.
If you can sleep well in a plane, you might want to have an extra day in the island instead of spending your Saturday in Manila; just leave on Sunday morning and take a flight from Manila that arrives in London on Monday morning.








Continental Europe

Unfortunately there are no direct flights from any city in Europe to the Philippines due to an ongoing dispute between the European Airlines and the Philippine government on taxation, but still there are many ways to go there easily by taking a flight that gets to Manila via a connection in some Asian city. Our preferred ones would be to find a way to:
1) Arrive in Hong Kong on or before 7am (Cathay Pacific might serve your area), then connect with Cathay Pacific 907 or 901.
2) Arrive in Singapore on or before 7.30am (Singapore Airlines might serve your area), then connect with Singapore Airlines SQ910. You'll have to make your Manila→Busuanga connection via the last flight of the day, the Cebu Pacific 539 leaving 3.05pm.
3) Arrive in Bahrain on or before 16:40 (Gulf Air might serve your area), then connect with Gulf Air 154.












China and Hong Kong

It's relatively easy, you just need to ensure you depart in one the first flights of the day so that you can arrive in Manila before noon and swiftly take your domestic connection. From Hong Kong you can actually depart 7.55am and arrive at the island just after lunchtime!
→ From Hong Kong you can take Cathay Pacific 907 or 901.
→ From Guangzhou you can take China Southern 3091.
→ From Beijing you can take Philippine Airlines 399.
→ From Shanghai you can take Cebu Pacific Air 679.










Arabian Peninsula

The easiest connecting hubs from the Arabian Peninsula to our island are Dubai and Bahrain (Manama). If you are lucky enough to live in one of these two, you'll be able to have a smooth travel to our location. If you leave in other cities, there are many other ways to arrive here as well, but they will involve an overnight stopover in Manila, unless you can find a way to arrive at the Dubai airport before 17:00. Obviously, if you are in a location that has a direct flight to Manila arriving after lunchtime, you might prefer to just do the overnight stopover rather than the full gymnastics to go to Dubai.
So, our preferred options would be either:
Option 1: Dubai (DXB) to Manila (MNL) via Hong Kong (HKG)
→ Cathay Pacific Flight 738
→ Connect with Cathay Pacific Flights 907 or 901
Option 2: Dubai (DXB) to Manila (MNL) via Singapore (SIN)
→ Singapore Airlines Flight 493
→ Connect with Cathay Pacific Flight 910 - You'll have to make your Manila→Busuanga connection via the last flight of the day, the Cebu Pacific 539 leaving 3.05pm.
Option 3: Bahrain (BAH) to Manila (MNL) direct
→ Gulf Air Flight 154










Latin America

It's a bit more difficult than the other places in the world as the Philippines are on the other side of the world. We recommend you to fly to London or New York or Los Angeles (whichever one of the three is easier for you) and follow the instructions described on this website as if you were departing from the chosen location. You can also find a route better suited to your personal circumstances at
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Africa

It's a bit more difficult than the other places in the world due to the lack of direct flights, but if you can find a way to arrive at the Dubai airport before 17:00, you can take the flight Cathay Pacific 738 to Hong Kong and a further connection to Manila via the flights Cathay Pacific 907 or 901. You can also find a route better suited to your personal circumstances at
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United States

The US is a huge country. The west coast is closer to the Philippines and there are direct flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco. However, if you are on the east coast, then it's a relatively long journey because the Philippines are almost on the other side of the world; the timezone difference between Manila and New York is 13 hours (almost half of 24, the full globe). Therefore, if you are in New York, the shortest path would be to dig a hole from the garden of your house (with the right angle so that you don't cross the centre of the Earth) and keep digging until you reach Manila...
Jokes aside, it's also easy to go to the island from New York because of the trans-polar flight Cathay Pacific 845 that can get you easily to Hong Kong.
So if you are in the US and are really up for the adventure in the Philippines, like
Britney Spears, you just need to choose one of the three options below (okay, there are many more options including direct flights from Chicago to Hong Kong, but we'll list below just our three preferred):
Option 1: Los Angeles (LAX) to Manila (MNL) direct
→ Philippine Airlines Flight 103 - departs 9.05pm so if you need a US domestic flight just make sure you arrive on time
Option 2: San Francisco (SFO) to Manila (MNL) direct
→ Philippine Airlines Flight 105 - departs 9.15pm so if you need a US domestic flight just make sure you arrive on time
Option 3: New York (JFK) to Manila (MNL) via Hong Kong (HKG)
→ Cathay Pacific Flight 845 - departs 1.20am so if you need a US domestic flight just make sure you arrive on time
→ Connect with Cathay Pacific Flights 907 or 901
The beautiful thing about the flights from the west coast is that, because of the international date line, when you return you have to move your calendar one day back. As the flight takes only 12 hours, even when you adjust your clock to the PST you are still 4 hours before the time you left Manila. Who said it's not possible to travel back in time?







Canada

You can either depart from Vancouver (that has one direct flight) or, if Vancouver is too far from you, there's a trans-polar flight from Toronto to Hong Kong that will also fit the bill nicely. The two recommended routes are:
Option 1: Vancouver (YVR) to Manila (MNL) direct
→ Philippine Airlines Flight 117 - departs 10.55pm so if you need a Canadian domestic flight just make sure you arrive on time
Option 2: Toronto (YYZ) to Manila (MNL) via Hong Kong (HKG)
→ Cathay Pacific Flight 829 - departs 1.30am so if you need a Canadian domestic flight just make sure you arrive on time
→ Connect with Cathay Pacific Flights 907 or 901
Like with the US west coast, if you are travelling from Vancouver, when you return are "travelling back in time". Because of the international date line, when you return you have to move your calendar one day back. As the flight takes just a little over 12 hours, even when taking account the timezone differences, when you arrive you are still a little less than 4 hours before the time you left Manila.
Okay, okay - there's no free lunch in life. This means that when you depart, you lose a day as you have to move your calendar one day forward while you are sleeping. So you go to sleep on Monday, but you wake up on Wednesday! The Tuesday never existed... Make sure you don't board the day before your birthday... (!)











Malaysia and Singapore

If you are in Singapore you are lucky and have plenty of options, just make sure you arrive in Manila before noon. Some flights will enable you to arrive at the island just after lunchtime!
Here a list of options from Singapore:
→Jetstar Asia Flight 761
→Singapore Airlines Flight 918
→Singapore Airlines Flight 910 - You'll have to make your Manila→Busuanga connection via the last flight of the day, the Cebu Pacific 539 leaving 3.05pm.
If you are in Malaysia you have only one option if you want to avoid an overnight stay in Manila:
→Malaysia Airlines Flight 704 - You'll have to make your Manila→Busuanga connection via the last flight of the day, the Cebu Pacific 539 leaving 3.05pm. You'll have only 90 minutes to collect your baggage and change terminals, which can be quite tight. Make sure you take a taxi from one terminal to another - pay the taxi driver a good tip and he'll be okay with the short journey.









Korea

If you are in Seoul you are lucky and have plenty of options, just make sure you arrive in Manila before noon. Some flights will enable you to arrive at the island just after lunchtime!
Here a list of options from Seoul:
→ Asiana Flight 701
→ Korean Air Lines Flight 623
→ Korean Air Lines Flight 621
→ Philippine Air Lines Flight 467









Japan

You'll have two options if you are in Tokyo and want to avoid an overnight stay in Manila:
→Philippine Airlines Flight 431
→Japan Airlines Flight 741
Unfortunately, both options give you less than ideal time to do the domestic connection. You'll have to make your Manila→Busuanga connection via the last flight of the day, the Cebu Pacific 539 leaving 3.05pm. You'll have only 90 minutes to collect your baggage and change terminals, which can be quite tight. Make sure you take a taxi from one terminal to another - pay the taxi driver a good tip and he'll be okay with the short journey.









India

Depending on the city that you are, these are our suggested options:
→ Mumbai: Air India Flight 330, connecting with Thai Flight 620.
→ Delhi: China Southern Flight 360, China Southern Flight 3091.
→ Chennai: Thai Flight 338, Thai Flight 620.










Russia

Obviously, Russia is huge, so you might be in a place that has nothing to do with Moscow. If this is the case, we advise you to check a route better suited to your personal circumstances at
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Moscow (SVO) to Manila (MNL) via Hong Kong (HKG)
→ Aeroflot Russian Airlines Flight 212 (leaving Sheremetyevo 8.15PM)
→ Connect with Philippine Airlines Flight 301.
You'll have to make your Manila→Busuanga connection via the last flight of the day, the Cebu Pacific 539 leaving 3.05pm.








Australia and New Zealand

Depending on the city that you are, these are our suggested options:
→ Sidney: Cathay Pacific Flight 138, Cathay Pacific 907 or 901
→ Brisbane: Cathay Pacific Flight 156, Cathay Pacific 901
→ Perth: Cathay Pacific Flight 170, Cathay Pacific 901
→ Auckland: Air New Zealand Flight 39, Cathay Pacific 907 or 901









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