One idea is to fly to Cebu and take a bus or private car trip down the island to oslob. Then tour around the triangle of Negros (near to Dumaguete) and Siquiquor and Bohol island all accessible by ferry (if you had interest and lots of time). All of those places are stunning and fairly undeveloped with great diving and snorkelling.
You can also get there by transferring at Manila and flying to Dumaguete airport.
They had some individual Chinese tourists but few tour groups so far, except Oslob which is a whale shark viewing area. Siquiqor especially is a gem.
It reminded me of Thailand over 20 years ago and that’s a very good thing. It’s cheap, its cheerful, it’s undeveloped and very natural overall. Did not feel unsafe. The only really poor point was the food but we did find some nice restaurants too.
399 nt one way …Hmm I wonder if it will be 6000 for the return like Air Asia and company ? Boracay is still not back to normal, with only lists of “approved” places to stay acceptable and virtually no watersports allowed.
For those that bought properties there, quite legitimately, it’s been a nightmare.
You can’t even live at your property , as you must stay at one of the “approved” places. You need a special licence to upgrade any water issues , like sewerage , but unless you had it before, it’s proving to be impossible to upgrade . So they want to clean it up …great …but they won’t allow many properties to do the work . Even though the same “Officials” passed all planning issues and lawyers confirmed .
Phils is great …Dutuerte is an ass. Good idea to clean up Islands…but it’s like putting Theresa May in charge of it .