Kimkim Trip Reviews for Philippines

4.9
Based on 44 ratings
Read 44 verified reviews by travelers who booked their trip to Philippines on kimkim. You can also read reviews about kimkim on 3rd party sites including Google, TrustPilot and Yelp.

This has been the 4th and probably the last o...
Philippines | Jan 27 - Feb 12, 2024

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Stamatis H.
Greece | Reviewed on Feb 20, 2024
This has been the 4th and probably the last of our trips, organized by KimKim.
Our experience this time left us disappointed and on some occasions angry.
First of all our experience with Ailleen was characterised as very slow. In the beginning we delayed in giving her the answers. We acknowledge that we made a lot of changes regarding our chosen activities but every time we sent the answer, we had to wait more than 2 days.
In addition to that, we dod not have all the details needed (time...
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This has been the 4th and probably the last of our trips, organized by KimKim.
Our experience this time left us disappointed and on some occasions angry.

First of all our experience with Ailleen was characterised as very slow. In the beginning we delayed in giving her the answers. We acknowledge that we made a lot of changes regarding our chosen activities but every time we sent the answer, we had to wait more than 2 days.
In addition to that, we dod not have all the details needed (time of pickup, duration of the excursions, time of return etc) and even though we asked for this at least twice, we only received limited information. Even though we asked to have a group in WhatsApp (we had this in previous trips and was successful), the delay in giving answers was the same.
If we didn't ask, there would be no information given to us.
One other detail that made us feel embraced was the prices we paid for the tours. Upon checking locally for the cost of the excursions, even the private ones were some times half the price of the one we paid to Kim Kim and some times even lower. If we add the fact that the boats that took us were among the worst ones, this makes it even worse.
No need to mention the fact that in no boat did we eat our lunch, simply because there was not the slightest rule of hygiene respected. We saw what was offered to other boats, where there was no private transfer and the conditions were mach better.
Last but not least, in two excursion, one in El Nido and one in Boracay, the return transfer was not there when we arrived at the port. The second time we even called the number given to us as a contact but no one replied. So we paid for our transfer back to the hotel. I received the call much later.
That was the time when I decided to complain and after some discussions they reimbursed 250USD to us.
I said thank you as this was a right gesture but in no case did this compensate us for the whole fuss.

We could have simply booked everything ourselves and have the same or better experience.
I see no reason why we should use KimKim any more, after this experience.

Local specialist: Aileen Lee

WOW WOW WOW Philipppines
Philippines | Jan 20 - Feb 2, 2024

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Dianne M.
Australia | Reviewed on Feb 10, 2024
This is the second time we have used Kim Kim to plan a trip and I would not hesitate to recommend them. From our initial contact all the way through the planning process Cami was available, helpful, friendly, knowledgable and nothing was too much trouble. I would message Cami day and night with big and small questions and she always replied promptly and patiently (even though I'm sure I asked the same questions over and over). Cami listened to our requests, our needs and our budget and... Read more

This is the second time we have used Kim Kim to plan a trip and I would not hesitate to recommend them. From our initial contact all the way through the planning process Cami was available, helpful, friendly, knowledgable and nothing was too much trouble. I would message Cami day and night with big and small questions and she always replied promptly and patiently (even though I'm sure I asked the same questions over and over). Cami listened to our requests, our needs and our budget and planned the most phenomenal holiday ever. Along the planning process, the detailed day by day itinerary/trip plan we received with photos was a wonderful way to decide on activities and get a clear picture of the trip. The holiday was fantastic. Every trip that Cami organised was so unbelievably good. the guides were lovely and couldn't do enough for us. On occasion they altered the trip to accomodate us. The transfers were always on time and in really good, safe vehicles. Everything was ticketed for us and hotels paid and awaiting our arrival. Our trip highlights were canyoning in Kawasan Falls, swimming with the sardines and the beautiful snorkelling off Coron. The guide we had for 2 day trips in Coron, Jhonas was wonderful. He was so obliging even making us a fabulous feast for lunch. All of the island hopping tours were magnificent. If you have a picture of paradise in your head the island, lagoons and the aqua blue, warm water are that. The Filipino people are beautiful. I simply cannot fault our trip and I cannot recommend Cami highly enough. Anyone looking for a wonderful adventure should use Kimkim (Cami) and travel to the Philippine Islands.

Hotel Reviews
Amorita Resort

Loved the hotel, the position is perfect, up on the headland looking down Alona beach. The absolute best place to view sunsets. The pool is gorgeous and the staff fabulous. IThe only thing I'd change is my room type as ours didn't have a balcony and I do really like to have a balcony off my room. Otherwise rooms were lovely.

Authenticity & Character
Staff and set up
Location
The best location. On the headland, away from the crowds but easily accessible by foot to town. Best sunsets ever and great pool. Paradise
Staff
Beautiful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Cebu Seaview Dive Resort
Moalboal

This is a great hotel for travellers who are out of their rooms through the day and just need a room to sleep in. Rooms are clean and tidy and beds comfortable. The pool and bar are very welcoming and a great place to watch the sunset. Would definitely stay again if had full day activities booked. Staff are lovely

Authenticity & Character
Location
On the water, great sunsets and great snorkelling out the front to the left.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Two Seasons Coron Bayside Hotel
Coron Town

The hotel is old and needs upgrading. The hallways and rooms are tired/ The pool has no shaded areas around it and there's a lot of concrete which makes it extremely hot and uncomfortable. We couldn't;t utilise the pool due to this. The location on the water is good and if they fixed up the pool area, brought in plants and shade it would be a lot more attractive. The rooms and premises definitely need an upgrade.

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Belmont Hotel Manila
Pasay City

We just day transited here. I wouldn't want to stay here any longer than a day transit in the rooms we had which were small and looked into a central courtyard onto other rooms. It was fine for our purpose but would not like these rooms if staying overnight.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Don't know about location, only there on a day transit
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Holiday Inn Cebu City
Cebu City

Very clean and comfortable, in a good location for an overnight stay.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Don't really know about location as we only overnighted here before a flight.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Dolphin Spotting and Snorkeling in Balicasag Island
Dolphin Spotting and Snorkeling in Balicasag Island
Philippines

the dolphin spotting was amazing! Coming from Australia where dolphins are pretty common we weren't expecting much but the sheer number of dolphins and the show they put on is unrivalled. Dolphins fantastic. The first snorkelling spot on Baliscag Island was not good. It was crowded with tourist boats and tourists who could not swim clinging to boats in their life jackets. There was nothing to see and snorkelling was difficult because of the shgeert number of people there. The crew listened to our concerns and took us around the back of the island and it was completely different. The snorkelling was lovely and there were fish and coral to see. so much better than the first location.

Quality of Experience
Food
Food is ok. They try really hard and are lovely but food is average (everywhere)
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Canyoneering in Kawasan Falls
Canyoneering in Kawasan Falls
Moalboal

This was our absolute favourite day in the Philippines which is a big call because everything was great. It was so much fun, trekking through the water, jumping from the cliffs (they do give you options) and going through the caves. The water is beautifully clear, the activities fun, the guides exceptional. A must do!!!

Quality of Experience
Exceptional guides, beautiful place and so much fun
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Just lovely. One guide carried my phone above his head for the whole day photographing and videoing my family. We would never have the photo memories if it wasn't for him.
Transport
Island hopping in El Nido - Tour A
Island hopping in El Nido - Tour A
El Nido

So so pretty, the lagoons and islands are just lovely. Water is crystal clear and warm, boat comfortable.

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Food
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Half-day Snorkeling Tour from Moalboal
Half-day Snorkeling Tour from Moalboal
Moalboal

Oor snorkelling was cancelled due to the weather but we did swim with the sardines which was amazing

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Coron Shipwrecks & Corals Day Tour
Coron Shipwrecks & Corals Day Tour
Coron

This was a very close second best of all our activities. We had the most awesome guide Jhonas who went out of his way for us and used his own go pro to photograph and video our families day. The snorkelling on this trip is the best we did. The first snorkel was at a sunken Japanese warship and that was just fabulous. The ship is relatively close to the surface so you can free dive down to it. The coral growing on the wreck and the fish are amazing. The second snorkel was even better, some of the best snorkelling we've ever one. There is an abundance of coral and fish. it is just beautiful. Jhonas....unbelievable. Thank you

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Jhonas is a legend. Definitely ask for Jhonas
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Coron Lagoons & Lakes Day Tour
Coron Lagoons & Lakes Day Tour
Coron

Another fabulous day with Jhonas. This area is SO beautiful. the snorkelling and water activities were amazing. You just have to see the waterways off the Philippine islands to appreciate them. Jhonas also used his own go pro to video and photograph our whole day. Such a generous man.

Quality of Experience
Everything was special
Food
Jhonas prepared us a traditional Filipino feast and served in on banana leaves. He went to so much trouble, it was fabulous.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Best guide in the Philippines. Go Jhonas.
Transport
El Nido via ferrata
El Nido via ferrata
El Nido

It is worth doing. Really just a walk/climb up to a lookout for views over El Nido, but the view was very pretty.

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Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento
Cami
Cami Sarmiento
Local specialist in Las Vegas, NV | Replied on Feb 12, 2024

Thank you for your wonderful review Di! I’m very happy to hear you and your family had an amazing time in the Philippines, and that you enjoyed the activities planned for you.
Thank you for choosing to travel with us. It was a pleasure to organize your trip and I look forward to organizing another unforgettable trip for you in the future!
Cami

Viaggio Indimenticabile ma attenzione alla qualità delle strutture ed agenzie locali
Philippines | Jan 1 - Jan 13, 2024

Rocco Valentino
Rocco Valentino F.
Italy | Reviewed on Jan 21, 2024
la nostra avventura alle Filippine non è stato solo un viaggio ma qualcosa di più' importante per noi, ossia la nostra luna di miele.
L'agenzia grazie all'aiuto di Thao, ci organizzato il nostro itinerario in tutte le giornate permettendoci di visitare luoghi ma anche di svolgere delle attività ricreative che ci hanno fatto conoscere meglio e godere alcuni posti. Tutti i giorni siamo stati seguiti per lo svolgimento delle attività da Adam che oltre ad informarsi sullo svolgimento delle...
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la nostra avventura alle Filippine non è stato solo un viaggio ma qualcosa di più' importante per noi, ossia la nostra luna di miele.
L'agenzia grazie all'aiuto di Thao, ci organizzato il nostro itinerario in tutte le giornate permettendoci di visitare luoghi ma anche di svolgere delle attività ricreative che ci hanno fatto conoscere meglio e godere alcuni posti. Tutti i giorni siamo stati seguiti per lo svolgimento delle attività da Adam che oltre ad informarsi sullo svolgimento delle attività ci ha aiutato in diverse situazioni di contatto con le agenzie locali o risolvendo dei problemi che sono presentati.
Grazie a loro il nostro viaggio è stato un'esperienza indimenticabile

Se tornassimo indietro l'unico aspetto che migliorerei è la qualità delle strutture in cui abbiamo dormito, specialmente nei primi giorni, sicuramente in questi paese è molto più' saggio non scendere mai sotto i 4 stelle. Mentre all'agenzia Mango Tiger suggerisco di porre maggiore attenzione alla selezione delle agenzie locali e nel fornire loro le linee guida su come loro vorrebbero fosse realizzato il servizio.

Hotel Reviews
Amelie
Manila

The hotel was not really well cleaned

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hibiscus Garden Hotel
Puero Princesa

A comfortable Hotel with an excellent restaurant, you can find a lot of international dishes specially Italian. Also the cocktail are done with quality ingredients

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Lime Resort
El Nido

Although the hotel is modern and the pool very nice it wasn't really well managed. There was a smell of sewage due to the fact that they discharge directly into the sea and in the rooms there was a smell of humidity that could certainly not be eliminated due to the lack of maintenance of the ventilation systems. If it were in another country it would be closed instantly, for further details I suggest reading the many reviews on Google

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Oasis Resort
Bohol

Beautiful resort just close to the beach

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Tarsier, Chocolate Hills, and River Cruise Tour
Tarsier, Chocolate Hills, and River Cruise Tour
Bohol Island

The activity was really unbelievable, thanks at our local guide that also choose a beautiful restaurante were we spent our lunch

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Puerto Princesa explore with Underground River
Puerto Princesa explore with Underground River
Philippines
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Island-Hopping Tour
Island-Hopping Tour
Coron

we had the opportunity to make a private tour in Coron and it was really nice, thanks To Thao to give us this opportunity and thanks to our local guide to make it unbelievable

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El Nido Island Hopping
El Nido Island Hopping
El Nido
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Thao Huynh
Thao
Thao Huynh
Local specialist in Philippines | Replied on Feb 17, 2024
Caro Rocco, A nome del team, apprezzo sinceramente il tempo che hai dedicato a redigere una recensione così riflessiva. La tua comunicazione calorosa e premurosa fin dall'inizio ha reso l'intero processo semplice. Le tue gentili parole e il feedback positivo sono davvero preziosi, affermando l'impegno e la dedizione che io e il mio team mettiamo nella creazione di esperienze indimenticabili. Mi riempie di gioia aver condiviso il tuo viaggio e non vedo l'ora di darti il benvenuto per altre... Read more

Caro Rocco,

A nome del team, apprezzo sinceramente il tempo che hai dedicato a redigere una recensione così riflessiva. La tua comunicazione calorosa e premurosa fin dall'inizio ha reso l'intero processo semplice. Le tue gentili parole e il feedback positivo sono davvero preziosi, affermando l'impegno e la dedizione che io e il mio team mettiamo nella creazione di esperienze indimenticabili. Mi riempie di gioia aver condiviso il tuo viaggio e non vedo l'ora di darti il benvenuto per altre avventure arricchenti nei giorni a venire.

Grazie ancora per averci scelto, e sappi che la tua soddisfazione rimane la nostra massima motivazione. Auguro a te e ai tuoi cari il meglio.

Con affetto,
Thao.

Amazing tour of the Philippines!
Philippines | Nov 4 - Nov 17, 2023

Camila
Camila Q.
Washington, IL | Reviewed on Jan 20, 2024
Leo was so great to work with. He was very responsive and planned an itinerary that provided us with exactly what we wanted. Batangas was a beautiful dive spot and we were blown away with the biodiversity that we saw. The island hopping tour in Coron was spectacular and Johnas was a great guide. The Kawasan tour canyoneering was so cool and fun. The tour guide wolves was awesome and they took some crazy good pictures and videos of us. Smock from Lakbay Palawan was so kind and attentive, great... Read more

Leo was so great to work with. He was very responsive and planned an itinerary that provided us with exactly what we wanted. Batangas was a beautiful dive spot and we were blown away with the biodiversity that we saw. The island hopping tour in Coron was spectacular and Johnas was a great guide. The Kawasan tour canyoneering was so cool and fun. The tour guide wolves was awesome and they took some crazy good pictures and videos of us. Smock from Lakbay Palawan was so kind and attentive, great knowledge of reef restoration, and kept us entertained on our boat transfer from Puerto princesa to Coron. All of our tours and guides were amazing and we can’t speak more highly of this trip and fully recommend it.

Hotel Reviews
Bohol Beach Club
Bohol

Beautiful hotel, great food, and friendly staff. Wish we could have stayed longer.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Bluewater Maribago
Lapu-lapu City
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Two Seasons Coron Bayside Hotel
Coron Town
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hue Hotels and Resorts Puerto Princesa
Puerto Princesa
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Cadlao El Nido Resort and Restaurant
El Nido, Palawan
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Kayaking with fireflies
Kayaking with fireflies
Philippines

Friendly tour guide, very knowledgeable, and amazing food at the end.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Discover Scuba Diving in Anilao: Introductory Diving Experience
Discover Scuba Diving in Anilao: Introductory Diving Experience
Anilao, Batangas

One of the most beautiful dives I have been on. Highly recommend!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Bohol Island Day Tour
Bohol Island Day Tour
Philippines

Enjoyed this day very much, the chocolate hills and tarsier sanctuary were highlights of this day!

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Canyoneering in Kawasan Falls
Canyoneering in Kawasan Falls
Philippines

Dante’s peak canyoneering adventure was so great! Very fun, beautiful to see, and very exciting! Our tour guides took amazing pictures and videos of us.

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Dolphin Spotting and Snorkeling in Balicasag Island
Dolphin Spotting and Snorkeling in Balicasag Island
Philippines

The dolphin spotting tour was really cool. We saw so many pods of wild spinner dolphins. The boat follows the pods.

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Food
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Honda Bay Island Hopping Day Tour
Honda Bay Island Hopping Day Tour
Puerto Princesa
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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Island hopping in El Nido - Tour A
Island hopping in El Nido - Tour A
El Nido

So many great snorkeling spots and biodiversity!

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Puerto Princesa Underground River Day Tour
Puerto Princesa Underground River Day Tour
Philippines
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Coron - El Nido 1 day boat expedition
Coron - El Nido 1 day boat expedition
Philippines
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Coron Lagoons & Lakes Day Tour
Coron Lagoons & Lakes Day Tour
Coron
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Powder Day: Sand and Stellar Beaches
Powder Day: Sand and Stellar Beaches
Coron
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Leo Cuesta
Leo
Leo Cuesta
Local specialist in USA | Replied on Jan 22, 2024

Hi Camila, thank you for your review and I’m glad that you and Jose had an amazing Philippine honeymoon! Thank you for trusting us with arranging your special trip. It was a pleasure working with you. Let me know if you ever want to revisit the Philippines or do a trip to Colombia or the Western US (two other destinations I specialize in). I hope to arrange another memorable adventure for you in the future!

Amazing Philippines
Philippines | Dec 18 - Jan 3, 2024

Paolo
Paolo L.
Italy | Reviewed on Jan 04, 2024
Overall, our family has enjoyed this trip a lot as it was varied with culture, nature, experiences and food! To fireflies to tarsiers, everyday was filled with something brand new and exciting. In addition to all the memorable activities, the people and guides we met made a huge difference. The shoutouts go to Jonas as he taught us the basics of free-diving (which we were able to apply on our snorkelling) and was attentive to our preferences on this journey. Adding on to our experience on... Read more

Overall, our family has enjoyed this trip a lot as it was varied with culture, nature, experiences and food! To fireflies to tarsiers, everyday was filled with something brand new and exciting. In addition to all the memorable activities, the people and guides we met made a huge difference. The shoutouts go to Jonas as he taught us the basics of free-diving (which we were able to apply on our snorkelling) and was attentive to our preferences on this journey. Adding on to our experience on our island hopping, the food was always high quality and immersed us in the Philippine cuisine. Our personal favourite were the banana cue for dessert ( a snack for us after the long but fun day) On the other hand, our boat transfer with Amick and spectacular sights was made even more remarkable as … taught us about the marvels of the sea. Our holiday flew by as we were accompanied by fish, turtles, and wild dolphins!! As a recommendation for your programme, we thought that canyoning was an unforgettable memory and would be highly enjoyed by anyone who loves adventure as we jumped into the crystal waters and hiked in the serene greenery. In conclusion, if you are seeking a mind-relaxing yet intrepid vacation, the Philippines has everything you need! Thanks a lot Leo for planning this memorable trip!

Hotel Reviews
Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan
Cebu
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Lime Resort
El Nido
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Coron Westown Resort
Coron
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hue Hotels and Resorts Puerto Princesa
Puerto Princesa
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Holiday Inn Express Manila New Port City
Pasay
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Bohol Beach Club
Bohol
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Manila Day Tour
Manila Day Tour
Philippines
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Kayaking with fireflies
Kayaking with fireflies
Philippines
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Bohol Island Day Tour
Bohol Island Day Tour
Philippines
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Cebu City day tour
Cebu City day tour
Philippines
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Friendly and flexible tour guide
Transport
Canyoneering in Kawasan Falls
Canyoneering in Kawasan Falls
Philippines
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Coron Town Day Tour
Coron Town Day Tour
Coron
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The guide tour was amazing and well prepared
Transport
Provate large and comfortable boat was used
Coron Lagoons & Lakes Day Tour
Coron Lagoons & Lakes Day Tour
Coron
Quality of Experience
Food
Prepared on the boat and serve to the Island
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private large and comfortable boat was used
Pinatubo Volcano Off-Roading and Hiking Day Trip
Pinatubo Volcano Off-Roading and Hiking Day Trip
Manila
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Dolphin Spotting and Snorkeling in Balicasag Island
Dolphin Spotting and Snorkeling in Balicasag Island
Philippines
Quality of Experience
Food
Very good cooked in front of us on the BBQ of the boat
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Very large and comfortable boat
Puerto Princesa Underground River Day Tour
Puerto Princesa Underground River Day Tour
Philippines
Quality of Experience
Food
The stop on the way to Porto P.. for breakfast didn t have to much choose and all local food not really fresh
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
El Nido via ferrata
El Nido via ferrata
El Nido
Quality of Experience
Maybe we had high expectation but the escursioni take in overall 30 min
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Not to much interaction with the guide
Transport
the Car was good but came very late on the agreed time
Powder Day: Sand and Stellar Beaches
Powder Day: Sand and Stellar Beaches
Coron
Quality of Experience
io
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
no to much interaction on the entire trip with the guide and boat staff only the minimum indication was given but we were followed very carefully during the trip
Transport
Private minivan and large bit was used
Coron - El Nido 1 day boat expedition
Coron - El Nido 1 day boat expedition
Philippines
Quality of Experience
Food
Rea was cooking avresti breakfast and amazing lunch on the way. Fantastic, we took a breakfast at 07:00 am in a desert Island !
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Amick and area were very Friendly and we were fascinating about the sea life explained by Amick
Transport
private very comfortable boat was used
Island hopping in El Nido - Tour C
Island hopping in El Nido - Tour C
El Nido
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private large boat was used
Island hopping in El Nido - Tour A
Island hopping in El Nido - Tour A
El Nido
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
private large boat was used
Local specialist: Leo Cuesta
Leo
Leo Cuesta
Local specialist in USA | Replied on Jan 04, 2024

Hi Paolo,

Thank you for your great review and photos, I'm glad your family had a wonderful Philippine vacation! I'm very happy that you loved the activities and your guides. Thank you for choosing to travel with us. It was a pleasure for me to organize this trip for you and I hope to put together another adventure for you in the future. I also specialize in Colombia and the Western US so let me know if you ever consider those places for your next family vacation!

Philippines holiday
Philippines | Dec 16 - Dec 30, 2023

Keith
Keith S.
Malta | Reviewed on Jan 03, 2024
Everything was planned to perfection! Cami was great for every tiny detail. will defenitly use Kim kim services again. Read more

Everything was planned to perfection! Cami was great for every tiny detail. will defenitly use Kim kim services again.

Hotel Reviews
Belmont Hotel Manila
Pasay City
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Shangri-La Boracay
Aklan
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Two Seasons Coron Island Resort
Coron
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Cauayan Island Resort
El Nido
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Coron Island Tour
Coron Island Tour
Coron
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento
Cami
Cami Sarmiento
Local specialist in Las Vegas, NV | Replied on Jan 03, 2024

Thank you very much for your wonderful review Keith! I’m very happy to hear you and Roberta enjoyed your trip and the hotels and activities planned for you.
Thank you again for choosing to travel with us. It was a pleasure organizing the trip for you, and I look forward to helping you plan another unforgettable adventure in the future!
Cami

Honeymoon in the Philippines
Philippines | Dec 3 - Dec 14, 2023

Edwin
Edwin C.
Peoria, IL | Reviewed on Dec 20, 2023
Our whole trip to the Philippines was absolutely amazing and perfect from start to finish. We give a lot of credit to our specialist Cami, and the rest of her team members for making our trip so memorable. When travelling to a foreign country halfway across the world, it can be quite intimidating when you don't know how to get around and you don't know anyone. From the moment we landed in Manila on our first day to the moment we left Manila on our last day, "someone" always knew where we... Read more

Our whole trip to the Philippines was absolutely amazing and perfect from start to finish. We give a lot of credit to our specialist Cami, and the rest of her team members for making our trip so memorable.

When travelling to a foreign country halfway across the world, it can be quite intimidating when you don't know how to get around and you don't know anyone. From the moment we landed in Manila on our first day to the moment we left Manila on our last day, "someone" always knew where we were, whether it be our trip contact Ana or the actual hotels themselves. For us, one of the best aspects of the vacation is that transportation to and from the airport was always arranged for us, so that we were not left scrambling or searching on our own for transportation -- this reduced a lot of stress for us. So Kudos to Cami and her team for helping us with the transportation!

The activities and excursions were amazing. In a nutshell, the beaches and waters of the Philippines are beautiful. Everything is perfect -- whether it be the white sand, clear waters, or beautiful coral. Adding to our wonderful experience would be our wonderful tour guides. Special shout-out to Jhonas in Coron for a super wonderful experience. Jhonas is photographer, guide, diver, and excellent chef all in one! He took us to some wonderful places and made us some wonderful food, including arranging a boodle fight for us.

Hotels are excellent. All 4-star or higher. Comfortable rooms, excellent service.

Overall, our experience was nothing short of perfect. As mentioned earlier, having a wonderful travel specialist plan your vacation makes things even better - and we thank Cami and her team for being that perfect travel team. Their attention to detail was outstanding; they left no stone unturned and they left nothing to chance/uncertainty.

We've already said that we are going back in the future, and we look forward to reaching out to Cami again to help plan our next trip to the Philippines.

Hotel Review
Two Seasons Coron Bayside Hotel
Coron Town

Best breakfast buffet ever! And we loved the fact that it was so close to the town, we could easily hop on a tricycle to get into town.

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Staff
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Activity Review
Coron Lagoons & Lakes Day Tour
Coron Lagoons & Lakes Day Tour
Coron

The view is perfect. Crystal clear water, perfect white sand!

Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento
Cami
Cami Sarmiento
Local specialist in Las Vegas, NV | Replied on Dec 21, 2023

Thank you for your wonderful review Edwin! I’m very happy to hear you and Shelby had an amazing time in the Philippines, and that you enjoyed the activities and hotels booked for you. It was a pleasure to organize your honeymoon.
Thank you for choosing to travel with us. I look forward to organizing another unforgettable trip for you in the future!
Cami

Most memorable 3 weeks in the amazing Philippines - solo traveler
Philippines | Nov 28 - Dec 15, 2023

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Edit M.
Czechia | Reviewed on Dec 19, 2023
I think I can honestly say that this was my best vacation ever with so many nice memories and places, people, food and culture.
I was a little hesitant at the beginning if I should organize my trip by myself as I usually do or ask for help but it was the best decision to ask for help. Leo was my specialist who helped me to create the perfect itinerary based on the timeline, dates and budget. The entire planning went smoothly, I had a few flight schedule changes but he always helped me to...
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I think I can honestly say that this was my best vacation ever with so many nice memories and places, people, food and culture.
I was a little hesitant at the beginning if I should organize my trip by myself as I usually do or ask for help but it was the best decision to ask for help. Leo was my specialist who helped me to create the perfect itinerary based on the timeline, dates and budget. The entire planning went smoothly, I had a few flight schedule changes but he always helped me to adjust the details quickly. The entire trip was effortless from my side, all I had to do was to simply enjoy it and follow the itinerary. Pick ups went right on time, communication was fast and easy with all the guides, Ana helped me on the ground to get additional details of the guides for the next day where it was needed so everything was so easy and without any stress.
I spent 18 wonderful days in the Philippines (Cebu, Puerto Princessa, El Nido, Bohol), every day was a new adventure and a new experience. I had so much fun on the activities; during island hoppings i was swimming and snorkling a lot, went hiking to watch the sunrise in Puerto Princessa which was absolutely magical, kayaking and watching fireflies (never seen so many in one place), city tours, atv riding near the chocolate hills of Bohol, I met the tarsiers, crocodiles and butterflies, so many unforgettable memories.
The nature was stunning everywhere I went, the underwater life was amazing, so many colorful fish, corals, turtles, sea snakes, beautiful birds on the trees, the entire place is magical and super clean.
The people were really kind, the food was delicious. I had the chance already in my first accomodation at Bluewater Maribago in Cebu to try the local specialities as they serve buffet dinner where you can try as many things as you like which is a very nice opportunity.
All the tour guides I met made my holiday memorable, they took really good care of me, explained me history, shared a lot of stories with me. I would like to say special thanks to my guide in Puerto Princessa, Rich Apiaza. I have never met such an energetic, enthusiastic guide before. He loves nature, birds very much, he loves Puerto Princessa so it really comes through all his stories which made the place even more special. I am very lucky that he was my guide for three days and managed to get to know the city and the surroundings from him.
There is so much more to see there and experience that I would like to be back again. After such a great experience with an organized trip by Uncharted Earth, I would for sure do it again the same way.

Hotel Reviews
Bluewater Maribago
Lapu-lapu City

Very nice, big resort, I can highly recomend their spa where they offer amazing massage. I tried their signature massage and also a facial treatment, very relaxing experience, super friendly staff. Another highlight is for sure the buffet dinner where you can try many local food specialties.

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Cleanliness & Comfort
Hue Hotels and Resorts Puerto Princesa
Puerto Princesa

Nice, modern hotel right next to a shopping mall so very convenient.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Cadlao El Nido Resort and Restaurant
El Nido, Palawan

The atmosphere of this hotel is absolutely unique, you can enjoy the view of the Cadlao island from the garden and the swimming pool, the sunset is amazing with all the colors in the sky. The restaurant is excellent with delicious food, I loved the ceviche. I stayed in Gemelina, one of the best rooms with an amazing view on the sea from the porch.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Bohol Beach Club
Bohol

I think this was my favourite hotel because of the stunning white sand beach. The beach is so amazing with all colors of blue and green water, full of star fish and colorful fish in the coral area just few min walking in the water. Rooms are clean, the garden is super nice green, i was even watching the stars in the evening from a hammock in the garden.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Cebu City day tour
Cebu City day tour
Cebu City
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Puerto Princesa City Half-Day Tour
Puerto Princesa City Half-Day Tour
Puerto Princesa

It was such a fun day, meeting with butterflies, crocodiles, bearcats, lots if sweets and amazing view at Bakers Hill, some history from the II World War which even inspired me to read a book about it.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Honda Bay Island Hopping Day Tour
Honda Bay Island Hopping Day Tour
Puerto Princesa

Amazing snorkeling on Starfish island, desert like view with mangrove on Luli island and swimming on Cowrie island - i highly recommend this tour.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Puerto Princesa Underground River Day Tour
Puerto Princesa Underground River Day Tour
Philippines

This is the tour that I would never skip. The beach where the boats are leaving is unbelievable, the view with the mountains in the background is stunning. The underground river is a real miracle, never seen such a huge cave, i highly recommend to take off the audio device for a bit to be able to fully hear the bats and the water inside. I would also recommend to do the zipline, the view from there was breathtaking.

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Food
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El Nido via ferrata
El Nido via ferrata
El Nido

It was challanging to climb up but the view worth any effort.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Island hopping in El Nido - Tour A - group tour
Island hopping in El Nido - Tour A - group tour
El Nido

No words how beautiful the nature is, I was looking forward to the island hopping but it exceeded my expectations. The 7 Commandos Beach is mind blowing even in cloudy and sunny weather. The tour was well organized, pick up on time, nice clean and huge boat, delicious lunch and very friendly staff. I even had a partner for the kayaking from the crew.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Island hopping in El Nido - Tour C - group tour
Island hopping in El Nido - Tour C - group tour
El Nido
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Bohol Island Day Tour
Bohol Island Day Tour
Philippines

It was a really active day, the atv ride around the chocolate hills was a very nice surprise. The tarsiers were super cute and we even managed to get there just before the crowds. I loved the lunch on the boat on Loboc river, we had live music, here i think it would be also nice experience to switch off the music for a few min to enjoy the silence on the river but otherwise it was very pleasent.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The day was great but to be honest compared to all the other guides I met during my vacation this was the day where I felt a huge difference, somehow i did not feel that enthusiasm of the guide therefore stories were not so authentic. I did enjoy the day but it rather seemed like I went there with two people who were mainly responsible for my transportation and nothing more.
Transport
Kayaking with fireflies
Kayaking with fireflies
Philippines

I would totally recommend to have this tour because the experience was incredible: we went kayaking after sunset before it became totally dark. The river was warm and calm, i enjoyed the silence and the nature so much and when the darkness came the entire rive shore area started to become active. Hundreds of fireflies on the trees started to light up and pulse at the same time, incredible experience. There are no pictures or videos that can reflect that feeling, a truly awesome experience. After the program we had dinner at the kayak station, the food was really delicious, all my greetings to the chef.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Canyoneering in Kawasan Falls
Canyoneering in Kawasan Falls
Philippines

This was a real adventure tour, jumping from cliffs, highest jump was 10 meters, swimming in the canyon and enjoying the waterfalls. I was even lucky that there were not so many people so it was really enjoyable. I also tried the zipline at the beginning, really cool ride in vertical position.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
My guide was really helpful since the terraine is not that easy, one advise: dont rush through the canyon jist to avoid people because then you have no chance to really enjoy the nature there.
Transport
Dolphin Spotting and Snorkeling in Balicasag Island
Dolphin Spotting and Snorkeling in Balicasag Island
Philippines

We started the day with dolphin spotting, there were so many that I could not even count them. Then we went to Balicasag to swim with the turtles and also to do snorkeling. The underwater life there is simply amazing, many colorful fish. The lunch on the boat was delicious, huge portion, impossible to eat it all. After lunch we did some snorkeling again and then we went back to the hotel. A very relaxing day, enjoyed a lot of sun and sea.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Leo Cuesta
Leo
Leo Cuesta
Local specialist in USA | Replied on Dec 19, 2023
Hi Edit, Thank you for your wonderful and detailed review and great photos! I'm very happy that you had an amazing time in the Philippines! I'm glad that you were delighted with almost all of the guides on your tour, and I'll be sure to tell the 2 and 4 star guys how they can improve. I'll pass on your special mention to Rich! I’m also happy that you loved all the activities and hotels. Thank you for choosing to visit the Philippines with us. I was a pleasure for me and my team to provide... Read more

Hi Edit,

Thank you for your wonderful and detailed review and great photos! I'm very happy that you had an amazing time in the Philippines! I'm glad that you were delighted with almost all of the guides on your tour, and I'll be sure to tell the 2 and 4 star guys how they can improve. I'll pass on your special mention to Rich! I’m also happy that you loved all the activities and hotels.

Thank you for choosing to visit the Philippines with us. I was a pleasure for me and my team to provide you with a fun and memorable trip. We are also experts in Colombia and the Western US so let us know if you ever think of visiting those other amazing destinations!

We look forward to our next adventure with you!

Highly recommend using KimKim for visits to the Philippines
Philippines | Nov 12 - Nov 18, 2023

Alison
Alison R.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Dec 10, 2023
I cannot rate KimKim’s involvement highly enough. First of all Cami who helped develop an itinerary for a group of people of varying ages and abilities, with the added complication of internal flights being cancelled late on in the preparations. The hotel selections, transportation and local drivers and guides were all fabulous and knowledgable people. We felt safe and looked after throughout and couldn’t have covered so much ground so quickly, in a such a stress-free way without all the... Read more

I cannot rate KimKim’s involvement highly enough. First of all Cami who helped develop an itinerary for a group of people of varying ages and abilities, with the added complication of internal flights being cancelled late on in the preparations. The hotel selections, transportation and local drivers and guides were all fabulous and knowledgable people. We felt safe and looked after throughout and couldn’t have covered so much ground so quickly, in a such a stress-free way without all the steps being put in place for us. Out thanks go out to Ana and Jhon especially, and also to Jody. I would certainly recommend to friends.

Hotel Reviews
Belmont Hotel Manila
Pasay City

Great recommendation if travelling from T2 Manilla airport . Very busy hotel with lots of security but clean, well appointed rooms and comfy beds, great breakfasts and lovely roof top pool.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Luna
Vigan

Beautiful hotel. It was very quiet when we were there so we had the pool to ourselves. Local food. Clean , comfortable rooms and very smiley staff.

Authenticity & Character
Beautiful old building that was wonderfully restored.
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Misty Lodge and Cafe
Sagada

Basic but friendly place .

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Banaue Hotel and Youth Hostel
Banaue

Huge, state owned hotel . We were only there for a night so didn’t get to explore the pool area etc. great evening buffet, welcome drink of warm ginger tea (delicious), comfortable rooms although trying to find a socket to charge phones that wasn’t falling out the wall was tricky. The most amazing views from the balcony and perfectly situated. There was a conference of actuaries on whilst we were there (who were having tremendous fun) so a local dance and costume exhibition was put on. There are shops in the hotel which have a great range of gifts - best we saw in the Philippines - but be prepared for the unwanted badgering you get if you step within 20m of the shop entrance. They would get more sales if they let you browse in peace!

Authenticity & Character
It was one of the weirdest hotels I’ve stayed in . Hard to explain why . It felt like it had been designed in Russia and lifted up and put in the Philippine mountains!
Location
Amazing views
Staff
Desk staff were very helpful . Our packed was half an hour late and you needed a magnifying glass to find the chicken in the chicken salad sandwich.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms has seen better days but we’re clean and adequate including tea and coffee making facilities.
Activity Reviews
Sagada caving
Sagada caving
Sagada

I didn’t go on this trip but the younger members of my party did and had a great time . The guides were excellent.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Great fun to be with
Transport
Sagada's Echo Valley
Sagada's Echo Valley
Sagada

I was really keen to see this and understand more about it . Involved a short hike to get there . I found this interesting but was a little underwhelmed in that there is no more to see than this.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Knowledgeable and friendly - and concerned for well-being and safety
Transport
Banaue, Hapao and Bangaan Rice Terraces
Banaue, Hapao and Bangaan Rice Terraces
Banaue

Fabulous to see the different rice terraces, here about the history and farming practices.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Unbelievable driving by Jhon on wet, dark and rock strewn roads. Views were amazing in daylight and he took less used routes so we would get the full experience.
Batad Rice Terraces
Batad Rice Terraces
Banaue

We chose not to walk down to the terraces beyond and on to the waterfall but the younger members of our party did and loved it - although a hard, hot walk. Views from the cafe were amazing . Guides were helpful and considerate - always safety first and patient.

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Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento
Cami
Cami Sarmiento
Local specialist in Las Vegas, NV | Replied on Dec 12, 2023

Thank you very much for your wonderful review Alison! I’m very happy to hear you and your family enjoyed your trip and the time spent with our trip leader and drivers. It was a pleasure organizing the trip for you.
Thank you again for choosing to travel with us. I look forward to helping you plan another unforgettable adventure in the future!
Cami

Ana was great, really enjoy to coordinate wit...
Philippines | Oct 16 - Oct 24, 2023

Marissa
Marissa B.
the Philippines | Reviewed on Oct 26, 2023
Ana was great, really enjoy to coordinate with locally for transportation. Read more

Ana was great, really enjoy to coordinate with locally for transportation.

Hotel Reviews
Bluewater Maribago
Lapu-lapu City

Great breakfast, great service, and location!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Bohol Beach Club
Bohol

This resort has everything travelers need to have a good time: ample selection of food and drinks at the restaurant; great customer service; scuba diving services; swimming pool to cool off from the heat; environmentally-friendly glass pitchers to refill for daily water; and an unbelievable view of the water. The hotel staff were always friendly and it's extremely safe (gated with security at all times).

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Bayleaf Intramuros
Metro Manila

The hotel staff was great! Manila being a huge city, and after traveling to Cebu and Paglao Islands, it was hard to get used to the traffic noise. Otherwise, the breakfast and staff were on point.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Paniqui Memorial Park
Manila

This was extra special to visit my ancestors' gravesites and I'm glad KimKim accommodated the transportation.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Cebu City day tour
Cebu City day tour
Cebu City

The tour guide is very knowledgeable about the local history and easy to converse with.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Kayaking with fireflies
Kayaking with fireflies
Philippines

First time kayaking with fireflies and it was a great experience!

Quality of Experience
Food
The food was great, but I ate alone with a dog staring at me. It would've been nice if the tour guide had joined the dinner instead of them eating next door on their own. In previous tours with KimKim, all the guides were part of the meals.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Bohol Island Day Tour
Bohol Island Day Tour
Philippines

The tour guide is very knowledgeable about the local history.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Leo Cuesta
Leo
Leo Cuesta
Local specialist in USA | Replied on Oct 26, 2023

Hi Marissa, thank you for your review and I'm glad you had a great time in the Philippines. Thanks for working with me on this trip and I hope to work with you again if you visit one of my other destinations in the future (Colombia, Western US).

I have never booked through a website such as...
Philippines | May 9 - May 12, 2023

Danielle
Danielle R.
the United Arab Emirates | Reviewed on Aug 28, 2023
I have never booked through a website such as KimKim but we had such a positive experience that I will definitely be using them again. Cami was incredible. She was so patient and accommodating and we really couldn’t have asked for better help. The trip was one I’ll never forget! Read more

I have never booked through a website such as KimKim but we had such a positive experience that I will definitely be using them again. Cami was incredible. She was so patient and accommodating and we really couldn’t have asked for better help. The trip was one I’ll never forget!

Hotel Review
Elysia Beach Resort
Donsol
Authenticity & Character
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento
Cami
Cami Sarmiento
Local specialist in Las Vegas, NV | Replied on Aug 29, 2023

Thank you very much for your review Danielle! I’m very happy to hear you had a great trip.
It was a pleasure organizing the trip for you and your family.
Thank you for choosing to travel with us. Looking forward to taking you on another unforgettable adventure!
Cami

Our specialist’s planning was fantastic.
Philippines | Aug 7 - Aug 13, 2023

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Wade B.
Charlotte, NC | Reviewed on Aug 16, 2023
Cami’s (our local specialist) planning was fantastic. I had to change my trip dates several times and she remained incredibly patient with me and ensured everything went smoothly through the entire planning process. The trip itself was amazing. There was one slip up regarding a driver showing up very late to pick us up from our hotel, but it was not at all Cami’s fault or the hotel’s, and she was very quick to reach out to the company who dispatched the driver. I was very hesitant at first... Read more

Cami’s (our local specialist) planning was fantastic. I had to change my trip dates several times and she remained incredibly patient with me and ensured everything went smoothly through the entire planning process. The trip itself was amazing. There was one slip up regarding a driver showing up very late to pick us up from our hotel, but it was not at all Cami’s fault or the hotel’s, and she was very quick to reach out to the company who dispatched the driver. I was very hesitant at first because I had never used this service. However, the overall experience was incredible and I would highly recommend both a visit to the Philippines, as well as Kim Kim’s services.

Hotel Reviews
Holiday Inn Express Manila New Port City
Pasay

Location is very convenient. Right by the Manias airport, as well as several restaurants and places to shop. The hotel itself was very clean and the staff was friendly. Also, the breakfast buffet was fantastic.

Authenticity & Character
N/A
Location
Convenience
Staff
Helpful and friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean
Sea Cocoon Hotel
El Nido

This hotel was amazing, from the location to the staff to the breakfast.

Authenticity & Character
Unique
Location
Perfectly centered in El Nido’s best area.
Staff
Helpful and friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean
Activity Reviews
Island hopping in El Nido - Tour A
Island hopping in El Nido - Tour A
El Nido
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
El Nido via ferrata
El Nido via ferrata
El Nido
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento
Cami
Cami Sarmiento
Local specialist in Las Vegas, NV | Replied on Aug 29, 2023

Thank you very much for your wonderful review Wade! I’m very happy to hear you and your brother had an amazing time in El Nido.
Thank you for choosing to travel with us. I look forward to organizing another unforgettable trip for you in the future!
Cami

Amazing, once-in-a-lifetime, trip to the Philippines!
Philippines | Jul 5 - Jul 26, 2023

Rubi
Rubi P.
Blairsville, GA | Reviewed on Aug 03, 2023
I never write reviews, but I couldn't pass on the opportunity to write this one. My family just returned from an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime, trip to the Philippines! There were 7 of us total (my husband and me, our 4 teenage kids - who had never been to the Philippines, and my mom - who was born and raised there but has been living in the U.S. for the past 51 years). Thao was incredible! From the moment we started planning, I was impressed by her prompt and articulate communication... Read more

I never write reviews, but I couldn't pass on the opportunity to write this one. My family just returned from an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime, trip to the Philippines! There were 7 of us total (my husband and me, our 4 teenage kids - who had never been to the Philippines, and my mom - who was born and raised there but has been living in the U.S. for the past 51 years). Thao was incredible! From the moment we started planning, I was impressed by her prompt and articulate communication skills. We spent a lot of time tweaking the itinerary, and she was always very receptive to my change requests, immensely patient with all of my questions, and so timely with her responses. She was professional, attentive, and enthusiastic, and I could tell that she was truly engaged in the process. I always felt like our trip and my family were special to her. Once our trip began, Thao remained involved and engaged with us through WhatsApp. If we had questions or concerns, she was there for us. She was responsive and accommodating - even through a couple of minor, unforseen issues, and we were always confident in her "presence" and support. She was readily available to us throughout our entire trip. I can't say enough good things about her! We would use Thao and kimkim again in a heartbeat!!

Local specialist: Thao Huynh
Thao
Thao Huynh
Local specialist in Philippines | Replied on Aug 03, 2023

Hi Rubi,

I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude for your recent excellent review. Your kind words and positive feedback mean the world to me and serve as a testament to the hard work and dedication I put into providing unforgettable experiences. I am overjoyed to have been a part of your journey, and I look forward to welcoming you back for more adventures in the future.

Thank you once again for choosing me, and kimkim, and your satisfaction is always our ultimate reward.

Sending all the best wishes to you and your family.

My best,
Thao.

We found the whole kimkim experience very go...
Philippines | Jun 27 - Jul 9, 2023

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Kiran K.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Jul 16, 2023
We found the whole kimkim experience very good - very easy to find expert help on our chosen location and Cami provided expert advice and prompt assistance with all our queries while helping us to organise the perfect itinerary. On our first day, the snorkelling trip to Anilao, our drivers, John and Ana were the best - so organised for all eventualities, kind and helpful. From an anticipated two hour round trip, they gamely took on an overnight 10-hour drive after we changed our mind... Read more

We found the whole kimkim experience very good - very easy to find expert help on our chosen location and Cami provided expert advice and prompt assistance with all our queries while helping us to organise the perfect itinerary.

On our first day, the snorkelling trip to Anilao, our drivers, John and Ana were the best - so organised for all eventualities, kind and helpful. From an anticipated two hour round trip, they gamely took on an overnight 10-hour drive after we changed our mind about taking an overnight bus. We felt safe and looked after throughout, even after experiencing some unexpected road diversions which prolonged our drive considerably. They were incredible throughout, so calm and very kind, returning my daughter's sunglasses to the hotel several days after the drive when they found she had left them in the car. Thank you so much John and Ana!

The Anilao trip was a great introduction to diving off a boat into the sea. We had an expert guide in Alan who helped me -with my nervousness of the open sea - to try snorkelling - which introduced a whole sea world to me.

Jodie, our expert guide on the Banaue leg was wonderfully knowledgeable about the area, the rice terraces and the local community, of which he is a member. He helped us up and down some tricky (for us oldies) paths through the rice terraces and got us back in one piece. He took us to some amazing sites. After a hiccup with the airline (last minute cancelled flight), he made sure we were driven back to Manila in good time to make the rearranged flight. Jodie was all-round amazing!

The next leg, at El Nido was wonderful for different reasons. we had a lovely hotel, great staff, very kind and helpful again when we experienced another cancelled flight. Joel (and the team) at the Funny Lion was particularly helpful, making sure we had a laptop to help us find alternative flights at short notice (less than 14 hours from the original scheduled flight).

The trips themselves at El Nido were brilliant, we went island hopping on local boats with a great team led by Capt Mike and his expert photographer, Dodoy! We loved every aspect - the swimming, cave exploring, swimming in the (not so) secret lagoon and kayaking. Each day, we experienced the most delicious lunch on board the ship. Really wonderful experience. Thanks so much to Capt Mike and his team, and great fishing skills!

Bohol was great too - very different with excursions to see the Tarsiers and the Chocolate Hills and the lunch on board the Boat raft. Our guide, Gigi, was very knowledgeable and had brought a raft of interesting local items to illustrate and explain the island. The trip to see the dolphins the following day was wonderful - never to be forgotten sight of the dolphins and turtles and followed by another lavish lunch on board.

The Amorita resort was very relaxing - just what we wanted at the end of the trip with a wonderful spa which my daughter and I made the most of - perfect.

All in all, a trip of a lifetime - plus we managed to set aside the final day for a quick tour of Manila and Intramuros and the largest mall in Asia - MOA - one very happy daughter!

Thanks so mcuh Cami, we will be recommending kimkim and you to everyone!

Kind regards

Kiran Khosla and family

Hotel Reviews
Belmont Hotel Manila
Pasay City

Hotel was conveniently located close to the airport. Staff were very helpful with our left luggage.

Authenticity & Character
Not much as it is designed to be a functional hotel close to the airport.
Location
close to airport.
Staff
very helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Banaue Hotel and Youth Hostel
Banaue

A lot of history to the hotel, Functional and clean.

Authenticity & Character
It's a former youth hostel from the 50s/60's - and still has that vibe in its decor and service
Location
Amazing location looking over the rice terraces and valley. great views
Staff
Very kind and helpful, allowed us to go to our room to rest after a long drive and before the day's tour started.
Cleanliness & Comfort
all was clean and comfortable!. Hotel could benefit from some air conditioning and modernised plumbing but that was also part of its charm!
The Funny Lion El Nido
El Nido

Hotel was wonderful - great facilities, staff, pool and restaurant. wonderful cocktails!

Authenticity & Character
lovely clean modern design with local materials.
Location
Close to the main street in El Nido but slightly apart from it which made the hotel peaceful and quiet after a hard day's sailing and touring. Still close to the beach.
Staff
Joel and all the hotel team were kind, welcoming and helpful throughout, nothing was too much trouble.
Cleanliness & Comfort
all was perfect!
Amorita Resort

Great hotel and resort with all the amenities and facilities needed for a relaxing stay - great restaurant, bar and spa and pools as well as access to beach.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Next to the beach - direct access to beautiful beach from hotel. Stunning views of the sun setting over the beach!
Staff
everyone made great effort to make our stay wonderful. Loved the housekeeping staff and enjoyed the towel modelling (swans, elephants) each day.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean hotel, great bar and excellent service in all the public areas.
Activity Reviews
Anilao Snorkeling Day Tour
Anilao Snorkeling Day Tour
Manila

See review in introduction.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
See earlier review in introduction
Transport
The car was very comfortable with lots of space to stretch on long overnight journey and the drivers were the best - John and Ana - see earlier review for details.
Banaue, Hapao and Bangaan Rice Terraces
Banaue, Hapao and Bangaan Rice Terraces
Banaue

See earlier review. One suggestion - a part of this trip through he rice terraces involved walking a narrow path which was quite high and which for someone who is scared of heights, could be challenging. I would suggest that this is flagged to prospective visitors.

Quality of Experience
See earlier review in intro for Jodie's expertise and helpfulness.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
See earlier review
Transport
Very quick, fast and safe driving
Island Hopping in El Nido - Tour B
Island Hopping in El Nido - Tour B
El Nido

See earlier review for details (in introduction)

Quality of Experience
see earlier section
Food
see earlier review of meals on boat - amazing.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
see introduction for full review
Transport
see earlier section for full review
Island hopping in El Nido - Tour A
Island hopping in El Nido - Tour A
El Nido
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Dolphin Spotting and Snorkeling in Balicasag Island
Dolphin Spotting and Snorkeling in Balicasag Island
Philippines
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Bohol Island Day Tour
Bohol Island Day Tour
Philippines
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento
Cami
Cami Sarmiento
Local specialist in Las Vegas, NV | Replied on Jul 20, 2023

Thank you very much for your wonderful review Kiran! I’m very happy to hear you enjoyed your trip and the time spent with our trip leaders and drivers. It was a pleasure organizing the trip for you, Simon and Maya.
Thank you again for choosing to travel with us. It was a pleasure to organize your trip and I look forward to helping you plan another unforgettable adventure in the future!
Cami, Simon and Maya

Whale Sharks in Donsol Philippines
Philippines | May 9 - May 12, 2023

Bianca
Bianca R.
Australia | Reviewed on May 21, 2023
After a lot of research, my family and I booked this trip to Donsol for an ethical experience with whale sharks and we are so grateful that we did. I highly recommend this trip as it does not have a negative impact on the natural behaviour and environment of the whale sharks. Our overall experience from the booking process to the trip itself was positive and enjoyable. Cami, our local specialist was very professional and organised meaning that we could relax and have a great time.... Read more

After a lot of research, my family and I booked this trip to Donsol for an ethical experience with whale sharks and we are so grateful that we did. I highly recommend this trip as it does not have a negative impact on the natural behaviour and environment of the whale sharks.

Our overall experience from the booking process to the trip itself was positive and enjoyable. Cami, our local specialist was very professional and organised meaning that we could relax and have a great time.

Our guide Arisa was absolutely fantastic. She was very kind, thoughtful, helpful and friendly. She made us all feel very welcome.

Our accommodation at Elysia Beach Resort was serene and peaceful and the staff were so lovely and accommodating. My family and I are vegan and they went above and beyond to make sure we had food that we could eat which was much appreciated.

I loved how flexible this trip was. As scuba divers, we wanted to incorporate some dives into the trip and Cami easily organised this for us. Our dive master Bobby was fantastic and made sure we had a great day of diving. We did three incredible dives. One at Bobby’s Wall at San Miguel Islands followed by two drift dives at Manta Bowl Ticao Pass where we were lucky enough to see three giant oceanic manta rays!

We were very excited to see whale sharks in a natural calm environment and we were not disappointed. Our guide Joseph and the rest of his team were very experienced and we were lucky enough to swim alongside a beautiful whale shark, an experience we will never forget!

Thank you to everyone who made this trip possible!

Hotel Review
Elysia Beach Resort
Donsol

Elysia Beach Resort is absolutely stunning! I felt very relaxed and peaceful during my stay. The staff were so lovely, friendly and accommodating. My family and I are vegan and they went above and beyond to ensure we had suitable food to eat during our stay. I actually didn’t want to leave! I highly recommend them if you travel to Donsol!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Diving & Snorkeling in Ticao Island
Diving & Snorkeling in Ticao Island
Philippines

Diving Bobby’s Wall at San Miguel Islands and Manta Bowl at Ticao Pass was incredible! Our dive master Bobby was professional and he ensured we had a fantastic day of diving. We saw a lot of beautiful corals and marine life including three giant oceanic manta rays! The non divers also had a great time and were able to snorkel, relax and enjoy the beautiful weather. Overall it was an awesome experience!

Quality of Experience
Beautiful weather, wonderful dive master and crew, amazing dive sites and an incredible encounter with giant oceanic manta rays!
Food
We really appreciated the effort to accommodate us as vegans. We had rice and some eggplant but we were still a little hungry as it was a big day out diving and the portions were a little small. We also needed more drinking water.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our dive master Bobby was fantastic. I felt safe diving with him and he ensured our dives were fun and positive. The rest of the crew were also great.
Transport
The boat ride was fun and we felt safe getting from one dive site to another.
Swim with Whale Sharks in Donsol
Swim with Whale Sharks in Donsol
Donsol

Swimming alongside a whale shark has long been a dream of mine. But for me, the most important thing is to engage in positive experiences with wildlife to ensure we do not negatively impact their environment and natural behaviours. This experience fulfilled my lifelong dream and it was incredible. Our guide Joseph and his team were professional and very experienced. There were only me and my family on the boat and when we finally found a whale shark, it was just us in the water so the experience was calm and stress free. Seeing the whale shark swim on the surface alongside us for about a minute before descending into the deep is a memory that will always stay with me!

Quality of Experience
Although there were other boats also looking for whale sharks, there were not huge groups of people in the water and the number of boats were limited. What made this experience special was the fact that it was a natural encounter.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide Joseph was very calm and relaxed. It was clear that he and his team were experienced.
Transport
Take a paddleboat down Firefly River
Take a paddleboat down Firefly River
Donsol

This was a nice addition to our trip to Donsol. Seeing the fireflies was a magical experience.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento
Cami
Cami Sarmiento
Local specialist in Las Vegas, NV | Replied on Jun 02, 2023

Thank you very much for your wonderful review Bianca! I’m very happy to hear you and your family had an amazing time in Donsol, and that you enjoyed the activities planned for you. It was a pleasure to organize your trip.
Thank you for choosing to travel with us. I look forward to organizing another unforgettable trip for you in the future!
Cami

Árisa our guide was the most beautiful person...
Philippines | May 9 - May 12, 2023

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Ingrid R.
Australia | Reviewed on May 13, 2023

Árisa our guide was the most beautiful person
She went out of her way to make sure everything was perfect for us.
Both our tour guides for our whale shark experience and firefly experience were
Lovely too and very knowledgeable.
Overall we had an amazing time

Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento
Cami
Cami Sarmiento
Local specialist in Las Vegas, NV | Replied on May 15, 2023

Thank you for your wonderful review Ingrid! I'm very happy to hear that you had an amazing trip, and that you enjoyed the activities planned for you.
Thank you again for choosing to travel with us. It was a pleasure to organize your trip and I look forward to helping you plan another unforgettable adventure in the future!

A WONDERFUL TRIP TO THE PHILIPPINES
Philippines | Apr 22 - May 6, 2023

Terry
Terry A.
Metairie, LA | Reviewed on May 12, 2023
Our experience with Kim Kim and our travel advisor, Cami was beyond our expectations. Cami customized our trip for us and provided guidance based on her experience all along the way. She was in touch from the first day of our trip planning almost daily and in the days after our trip wanting to make sure we were reminded of flights, government registration, transportation pickups, names of local guides, emergency contacts, and general information to make our tours and overall trip a great... Read more

Our experience with Kim Kim and our travel advisor, Cami was beyond our expectations. Cami customized our trip for us and provided guidance based on her experience all along the way. She was in touch from the first day of our trip planning almost daily and in the days after our trip wanting to make sure we were reminded of flights, government registration, transportation pickups, names of local guides, emergency contacts, and general information to make our tours and overall trip a great experience.
Our arrival in Manila was uneventful and the Belmont Hotel was ok but not great. While the proximity to the airport was great, the customer service was lacking; it was crowded and they handled overflow by placing dining tables in the lobby. On Sunday, we had a major problem with our flight from Manila to Legazpi on Sunday on Cebu Pacific Airlines. Our flight was diverted mid-air to return to Manila due to a problem with the landing gear. We had to stay in the air to burn off fuel which was a little disconcerting. Flight announcements were not made so many onboard were nervous to say the least. Upon our safe landing in Manila (Sunday evening), none of the emergency contacts answered the phone numbers which was very frustrating. I finally was able to get through to Carmel with WhatsApp. We were directed to an area near the baggage claim where we were given vouchers from Cebu Pacific. After more than an hour and a half, they took us by bus to a cheap and disgusting hotel (Royal Bellagio Hotel). There were prostitutes on the street soliciting passengers (including our husbands) and men trying to sell Cialis. We had to wait in line for over an hour to get on the elevator (maximum capacity of 2-3) to register on the 3rd floor. We were all lined up on the outside steps and through a restaurant to board the elevator. At approximately 8:00 p.m., we finally checked in and were promised dinner that did not arrive until 11:00 pm and it was inedible. We had to be ready to leave at 4:00 a.m. to depart on bus for the airport where there was no one there to meet us and let us know our flight number – we were directed all over the airport before finally getting our boarding passes. I would highly recommend any other airline other than this one.
We let Carmel know our flight number on Monday morning and she arranged for our airport transport to Donsol. Cami was back in touch to help us rearrange our itinerary so that we didn't miss out on anything. After a really rough beginning, our visit to Donsol was wonderful. The Elysia Resort was good but clearly our most “rustic” stay. While this was on the beach, the beach left much to be desired. It was dirty and there were dogs everywhere. They barked all night long. It was difficult to adjust the room temperature, the towels were pretty bare, the beds were only okay, but the food was good in the restaurant.
In Donsol, we were taken care of by Carmel and Ariza with Bicol Beyond; both were very accommodating, but Ariza was beyond our expectations. She was personable and very hands on. We really appreciated the rearrangement of our day to Busay Falls and the ability to switch it out with a second whale shark outing – all at no additional cost. Our first rearranged outing was our dive trip to Ticao Island and the Manta Bowl. Junery Azupardo (Jun) was our divemaster and he was assisted by July. They were both very, very good and experienced divers and we felt confident we were in good hands. Our first dive was a wall off Ticao Island and it was magnificent with colorful coral. Jun took photos and videos for us and hand delivered them to us on a thumb drive at our hotel in Legazpi – that is what I call “over and beyond” service. Jun and Ariza are both very good representatives for Bicol Beyond.
Because we arrived late, Cami worked with Bicol Beyond and Ariza was on the job. She rearranged our schedule for a second whale shark outing that was staffed with a great crew (including her husband who is a Butanding Interaction Officer [BIO]) and a university student, Aldwyn Calaguing, who was researching whale sharks also was onboard. Aldwyn was able to provide us so much information about whale sharks. Both BIOs on the boat were in the water with us and pushing us along to get the best from our swim with two different whale sharks; one was approximately 6 meters long (nicknamed Notchie due to a notch in his tail) and the other nicknamed Biggie because he was between 9 and 10 meters long. It was awesome! Ariza then arranged a special lunch for us. Her husband had hand-selected two large fresh crabs and she paired them with vegetables and rice. WOW! Our tricycle drivers (Mark) were so much fun and we enjoyed them so much. This company and the entire staff was wonderful!
The firefly river was fun and relaxing and our guide, Laura was good. We were able to see a couple trees where they were swarming so that was neat to see.
Our transfer from Donsol to Legazpi was uneventful and The Marison Hotel was very nice and the staff was very welcoming. We enjoyed our trip to Camalig province and the cooking demonstration was great – I must learn how to make that dish! I think it was Pinangat? It was delicious.
Our flight to Cebu City was uneventful despite a delay on Cebu Pacific airlines. We enjoyed the Marco Polo Hotel – the breakfast buffet was great and there were dining options. Canyoneering in Kawasan Falls was great and it was strenuous. I would suggest you have your clients watch a video of the trekking. We were by far the oldest people there but we had a great time- take that, you young ones!!. Justin and Vincent were our guides. When one of our group struggled with asthma and some of the climbs, Vincent and Justin he stuck by her side, holding her hand, and floating her through some of the river areas while we went forward and jumped all the cliffs – It was great fun!!
We enjoyed our trip to Bohol. It was a nice and relaxing day scheduled after a few days of very active tours. Both our tour guides were very nice. Christine accompanied us to the seaport and was there after our day to get us back to our hotel. Marichu (she gave her name as Sarah) was wonderful giving us a lot of information about Bohol, the Targsier Sanctuary, the Chocolate Hills, and the town. It was a very nice day aided by great tour guides who were clearly very interested in our comfort and needs.
The flight from Cebu City to Puerto Princesa on Philippines Airways was uneventful and it was a better airline experience. The Hue Hotel was good-clean and comfortable, and the location close to the Robinson Mall was nice. When we got in, we decided to chill by the pool and were seated but the bar staff asked us to move while they prepared for a private party. We moved to where we were directed and after 5 minutes, they approached us again and asked us to move. They suggested a location in the sun and after finishing our drinks, we decided to leave. The way this was handled was very poor. Later, we visited the pool which is badly in need of repairs. Many tiles were missing and the edges of the plaster were sharp.
The underground river was a nice experience. Rich is a very good tour guide who clearly knows the area well. Like all our guides, he offered to take group pictures for us and we got a really good guide for the mangroves who sang to us. It was quite entertaining.
Our trip to El Nido was interesting. We had someone pick us up but were taken to a gas station where our driver and van were switched. The driver didn’t appear too engaged or interested.
El Nido was great and the Funny Lion is a great hotel. We were greeted by the hotel manager who welcomed us and offered his assistance with anything we needed. He checked on us daily. The rooms were clean and beds and pillows were great. The pool was wonderful. Our island hopping was good but we were shocked at the amount of coral that is dead or dying. I know some of this is due to Typhoon Odette but this was not the best for snorkeling. The boat crew was wonderful and attentive and they prepared two great lunches on the boat. It was great, great fun.
Overall, we really enjoyed our trip and all of the transfers, guides, and details were attended to very well by Cami who continually checked in on us.

On a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the best, we rated the hotels:
• Belmont Hotel – “3”
• Elysia Beach Resort – “2.5 to 3.0”
• Marison Hotel – “4”
• Marco Polo Hotel – “4.5”
• Funny Lion Hotel – “5” – this staff went way and beyond. The rooms were nice. The linens and towels were great. Food was good. Pool was wonderful and the outside showers, bathrooms and foot wash was really convenient and useful.

For publication (here is a condensed review but feel free to use specific information about the tour guides, tour companies and the individuals as you feel appropriate). Most of this is designed to be helpful to you in further trip planning.
We planned a trip to the Philippines with KimKim Travel and were very pleased with their services. Our agent, Cami, helped us to customize a trip specific to our wants and needs. She provided guidance based on her experience. After a couple of months in getting the itinerary finalized, flights confirmed, submittal of needed documents, and answering our many questions, she sent a comprehensive summary of our trip with emergency contacts, tour guide names, details about transfers, and suggestions for restaurants, shopping, and additional activities. She kept in touch with us almost daily and made recommendations throughout our vacation. She sent us reminders throughout our trip and provided troubleshooting when we had a canceled flight that disrupted our schedule. She and the tour companies and guides in the Philippines rearranged things for us so we were able to regroup and continue our trip with very little problem. We highly recommend KimKim and Cami Sarmiento.

Hotel Reviews
Belmont Hotel Manila
Pasay City

Belmont Hotel was ok but not great. While the proximity to the airport was great, the customer service was lacking; it was crowded and they handled overflow by placing dining tables in the lobby. A special request to use the pool in the afternoon on our last day was a major issue as check-out was at noon. After escalating our request to a manager, we were allowed to use the pool.

Authenticity & Character
The service was "so-so" and staff was not customer-centric. Rooms were clean, dining was okay, phones did not work, some electrical outlets did not work, and the air-conditioning could not be adjusted. Overall, I would choose a different hotel with some character and better service.
Location
Staff
Not interested in helping or accommodating anything out of the ordinary.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean and comfortable but maintenance was needed for phones and electrical outlets.
Elysia Beach Resort
Donsol

The Elysia Resort was good but clearly our most “rustic” stay. While this was on the beach, the beach left much to be desired. It was dirty and there were dogs everywhere. They barked all night long. It was difficult to adjust the room temperature, the towels were pretty bare, the beds were only okay, but the food was good in the restaurant.

Authenticity & Character
A little more luxury would be nice. It did appear that the management of the hotel was interested in cost controls more than guest comfort. A rating of 2.5 is more appropriate
Location
Proximity to our tours was great.
Staff
Staff was polite and helpful but not over the top on service.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Beds were a little hard, towels were pretty thread-bare, linens were clean. A little 'up-grade' would go a long way.
The Marison Hotel
Legazpi

The Marison Hotel was very nice and the staff was very welcoming as we checked in. The rooms were comfortable and had everything we needed. The restaurant was good and all staff from bell staff, to desk clerks, to restaurant servers were all very, very good. Great view of the volcano - wish it hadn't been so cloudy!

Authenticity & Character
Very nice - standard character.
Location
Great view of the volcano.
Staff
Everyone was great.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The rooms were very clean and the beds were super comfy.
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
Cebu City

We would rate this a "4.5". All staff was very welcoming and helpful. There were multiple dining options. The pool area was a nice place to have a late meal. Breakfast was really good and plentiful with food and selection.

Authenticity & Character
It's a large and more luxurious hotel. The dining areas were really nice.
Location
With the city being so large, it is hard to rate the location but it was close to a lot of shopping.
Staff
Service was fast and easy.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms were comfortable.
Hue Hotels and Resorts Puerto Princesa
Puerto Princesa

The Hue Hotel was good-clean and comfortable, and the location close to the Robinson Mall was nice. When we got in, we decided to chill by the pool and were seated but the bar staff asked us to move while they prepared for a private party. We moved to where we were directed and after 5 minutes, they approached us again and asked us to move. They suggested a location in the sun and after finishing our drinks, we decided to leave. The way this was handled was very poor. We had ordered beer - San Miguel Light but got the wrong beer. We approached the bar and they provided the correct beer but we watched one of the servers putting caps back on the beers we returned - that was a little alarming! Later, we visited the pool which is badly in need of repairs. Many tiles were missing and the edges of the plaster were sharp.

Authenticity & Character
Facility needs maintenance.
Location
Great location to road and next door to a mall.
Staff
Pool bar staff needs training. All other staff was good.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Maintenance was needed.
The Funny Lion El Nido
El Nido

The Funny Lion-El Nido is a great hotel. The rating we gave was primarily due to the over-the-top service we received. From the management staff to every single employee there, it was clear we were the number one priority. We were greeted by the hotel manager who welcomed us and offered his assistance with anything we needed. We were provided with welcome and departure gifts - they weren't much but the thought was lovely. The manager checked on us daily. The Food and Beverage Manager was very attentive and was present in the restaurant and breakfast area each day. Like his manager, he was very focused on our satisfaction. The rooms were clean and beds and pillows were great. The pool was wonderful.

Authenticity & Character
The design of this hotel is really great. The pool was the center of the hotel and was beautiful. All facilities were open to the pool and fans kept everything cool and comfortable. There is a large bathroom at the end of the restaurant with showers and toilets if you want to use them as you come in from the ocean.
Location
Close to town. New facility on road where transportation was readily available.
Staff
If we could rate them a "10", we would. Their attention to our every need was just wonderful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms were clean, towels were fluffy. Bedding and beds were very comfortable. Drying areas for beach clothing were available out of the front door and on the balconies.
Activity Reviews
Diving in Ticao Island
Diving in Ticao Island
Philippines

Junery Azupardo (Jun) was our divemaster and he was assisted by July. They were both very, very good and experienced divers and we felt confident we were in good hands. Our first dive was a wall off Ticao Island and it was magnificent with colorful coral. The manta bowl was a challenging dive with some strong down currents but Jun and July made sure we were safe and taken care of. When our first dive had to be cut short, we went to the other side of the bowl, and were able to see a large manta. Jun took photos and videos for us and hand delivered them to us on a thumb drive at our hotel in Legazpi – that is what I call “over and beyond” service. Jun, July and Ariza are both very good representatives for Bicol Beyond.

Quality of Experience
The wall was beautiful and our dive team was really attentive. They went above and beyond.
Food
Wow! We really didn't expect such a great meal.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Jun and July - you have to have good dive masters - they were familiar with the locations and our safety and comfort was their priority.
Transport
Boat crew was very helpful.
Swim with Whale Sharks in Donsol
Swim with Whale Sharks in Donsol
Donsol

Ariza arranged our schedule for a second whale shark outing that was staffed with a great crew (including her husband who is a Butanding Interaction Officer [BIO]) and a university student, Aldwyn Calaguing, who was researching whale sharks also was onboard. Aldwyn was able to provide us so much information about whale sharks. Both BIOs on the boat were in the water with us and pushing us along to get the best from our swim with two different whale sharks; one was approximately 6 meters long (nicknamed Notchie due to a notch in his tail) and the other nicknamed Biggie because he was between 9 and 10 meters long. It was awesome! Ariza then arranged a special lunch for us. Her husband had hand-selected two large fresh crabs and she paired them with vegetables and rice. WOW! Our tricycle drivers (Mark) were so much fun and we enjoyed them so much. This company and the entire staff was wonderful!

Quality of Experience
An experienced crew focused on giving us the best experience possible.
Food
Ariza arranged for a fresh crab lunch - it was delicious!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Staffed by licensed Butanding Interaction Officers [BIO]) and a university student, Aldwyn Calaguing, who was researching whale sharks. Arranged by Ariza with Bicol Beyond who was so hands on and arranged for a fantastic lunch for us.
Transport
Boat and crew were great!
Take a paddleboat down Firefly River
Take a paddleboat down Firefly River
Donsol

Fun and relaxing. We found an area where the fireflies were swarming and it was interesting to see the synchronization.

Quality of Experience
Pretty and relaxing
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Laura was very nice.
Transport
Picked up on time; back to hotel afterward. Easy and close.
Busay Waterfalls Adventure
Busay Waterfalls Adventure
Philippines

Not applicable - we canceled this tour.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Canyoneering in Kawasan Falls
Canyoneering in Kawasan Falls
Philippines

Canyoneering in Kawasan Falls was great and it was strenuous. I would suggest you have your clients watch a video of the trekking. We were by far the oldest people there but we had a great time- take that, you young ones!!. Justin and Vincent were our guides. When one of our group struggled with asthma and some of the climbs, Vincent and Justin he stuck by her side, holding her hand, and floating her through some of the river areas while we went forward and jumped all the cliffs – It was great fun!!

Quality of Experience
Great scenery, good exercise, fun!
Food
Freshly prepared - healthy
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Justin and Vincent were great.
Transport
Bohol Island Day Tour from Cebu
Bohol Island Day Tour from Cebu
Philippines

We enjoyed our trip to Bohol. It was a nice and relaxing day scheduled after a few days of very active tours. Both our tour guides were very nice. Christine accompanied us to the seaport and was there after our day to get us back to our hotel. Marichu (she gave her name as Sarah) was wonderful giving us a lot of information about Bohol, the Tarsier Sanctuary, the Chocolate Hills, and the town. It was a very nice day aided by great tour guides who were clearly very interested in our comfort and needs.

Quality of Experience
Relaxing day following a very physical prior several days.
Food
Very good food, nice restaurant!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
All tour guides were knowledgeable and very customer oriented
Transport
Puerto Princesa Underground River Day Tour
Puerto Princesa Underground River Day Tour
Philippines

The underground river was a nice experience. Rich is a very good tour guide who clearly knows the area well. Like all our guides, he offered to take group pictures for us and we got a really good guide for the mangroves who sang to us. It was quite entertaining.

Quality of Experience
The caves were beautiful
Food
Variety
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Rich was a great guide! Friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable.
Transport
Island Hopping in El Nido - Tour B
Island Hopping in El Nido - Tour B
El Nido

Our island hopping was good but we were shocked at the amount of coral that is dead or dying. I know some of this is due to Typhoon Odette but this was not the best for snorkeling. The boat crew was wonderful and attentive and they prepared two great lunches on the boat. It was great, great fun.

Quality of Experience
Mike was really a great guide and he and the boat crew were very attentive.
Food
It was delicious and freshly prepared just for us. What a spread they put on.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
So very nice - all of them.
Transport
Boat crew was great
Island hopping in El Nido - Tour A
Island hopping in El Nido - Tour A
El Nido

Our island hopping was good but we were shocked at the amount of coral that is dead or dying. I know some of this is due to Typhoon Odette but this was not the best for snorkeling. The boat crew was wonderful and attentive and they prepared two great lunches on the boat. It was great, great fun.

Quality of Experience
Food
Awesome lunch prepared fresh on the boat. We even had fruit carved beautifully.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Mike and the boat crew were great!
Transport
Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento
Cami
Cami Sarmiento
Local specialist in Las Vegas, NV | Replied on May 12, 2023

Thank you very much for your review Terry! I’m very happy to hear you enjoyed your trip and the time spent with our trip leaders. It was a pleasure organizing the trip for you, John, Danny and Debbie.
Thank you for choosing to travel with us. Looking forward to taking you on another unforgettable adventure!
Cami

Wow! What a stunning honeymoon adventure!
Philippines | Apr 11 - Apr 20, 2023

Christopher
Christopher P.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Apr 26, 2023
Wow! What a stunning honeymoon adventure! Thank you so much to Leo for organising a truly memorable adventure of a lifetime! El Nido and Coron were spectacular spots and our guides, Rich and Jhonas, were brilliant hosts too! We will definitely be back! Read more

Wow! What a stunning honeymoon adventure! Thank you so much to Leo for organising a truly memorable adventure of a lifetime! El Nido and Coron were spectacular spots and our guides, Rich and Jhonas, were brilliant hosts too! We will definitely be back!

Hotel Reviews
Coron Westown Resort
Coron
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hue Hotels and Resorts Puerto Princesa
Puerto Princesa
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Atremaru Boutique Resort & Spa
Puerto Princesa
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We understand the need for an eco solution but some aspects of the accommodation weren't ideal. The bathroom was poor, it was a struggle for me without air-conditioning , the restaurant quality was poor, no shallow end in the pool was problem for my partner who is only 165cm tall etc...
Sea Cocoon Hotel
El Nido
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Ulugan Bay
Ulugan Bay
Philippines

Snorkelling quality was okay but the location, boart crew and lunch were amazing!

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Puerto Princesa Underground River Day Tour from Sabang
Puerto Princesa Underground River Day Tour from Sabang
Sabang, Palawan
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El Nido via ferrata
El Nido via ferrata
El Nido

Brilliant!

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Island hopping in El Nido - Tour A
Island hopping in El Nido - Tour A
El Nido
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Island hopping in El Nido - Tour C
Island hopping in El Nido - Tour C
El Nido
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Coron Town Day Tour
Coron Town Day Tour
Coron
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Coron Lagoons & Lakes Day Tour
Coron Lagoons & Lakes Day Tour
Coron
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Powder Day: Sand and Stellar Beaches
Powder Day: Sand and Stellar Beaches
Coron
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Local specialist: Leo Cuesta
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Leo Cuesta
Local specialist in USA | Replied on Apr 26, 2023

Thank you for your great review Chris! I'm very happy that you and Naoki had a wonderful honeymoon in the Philippines! It was a pleasure for me and my team to show you a bit of our country and we look forward to taking you on another adventure in the future!

Perfect Honeymoon Trip (Donsol, Cebu, Coron, El Nido)
Philippines | Mar 18 - Apr 1, 2023

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Lim B.
Singapore | Reviewed on Apr 17, 2023
Thank you Kimkim and Cami for planning such a wonderful 15 days Honeymoon trip for us. Cami was always very helpful from the start of planning to the very end of our trip without missing out the tiniest details. We sincerely felt that she had planned the trip to the best of our interests. Even when I fell sick and couldn't make it for one of the tours, she made numerous activity proposals for me so I wouldn't waste a day. Transfer arrangements was on time even when there's a last minute... Read more

Thank you Kimkim and Cami for planning such a wonderful 15 days Honeymoon trip for us. Cami was always very helpful from the start of planning to the very end of our trip without missing out the tiniest details. We sincerely felt that she had planned the trip to the best of our interests. Even when I fell sick and couldn't make it for one of the tours, she made numerous activity proposals for me so I wouldn't waste a day.

Transfer arrangements was on time even when there's a last minute changes to our connecting flights. All accommodations were lovely. All the staffs we met were friendly and helpful.

All the tours and guides Cami arranged were amazing. Shout out to Ariza from Elysia Beach Resort, Planet Action from Cebu, Jhonas from Coron, Jen from The Funny Lion Coron, ElBacuit from El Nido for make our trip unforgettable and amazing.

We highly recommend planning your Philippines trip with Cami.
With Cami, you won't have a single thing to worry about.

Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento
Cami
Cami Sarmiento
Local specialist in Las Vegas, NV | Replied on Apr 17, 2023

Thank you very much for your wonderful review Boon Yee! I’m very happy to hear you and Angeline had an amazing time in the Philippines, and that you enjoyed the activities planned for you. It was a pleasure to organize your honeymoon.
Thank you for choosing to travel with us. I look forward to organizing another unforgettable trip for you in the future!
Cami

Perfect trip to Coron, El Nido and Bohol
Philippines | Mar 28 - Apr 7, 2023

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Fiona R.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Apr 08, 2023
We had such an incredible trip and I would not hesitate to recommend kimkim and Cami in particular. From the initial booking, Cami was really responsive and receptive to our requests and gave us really great advice. The trip itself was just perfect and exactly what we had hoped for. The Philippines is such a beautiful country and the trip was really good value compared to other holidays I’d seen. A special shout out to Jhonas in Coron, and also to Christian from The Funny Lion in El Nido who... Read more

We had such an incredible trip and I would not hesitate to recommend kimkim and Cami in particular. From the initial booking, Cami was really responsive and receptive to our requests and gave us really great advice. The trip itself was just perfect and exactly what we had hoped for. The Philippines is such a beautiful country and the trip was really good value compared to other holidays I’d seen. A special shout out to Jhonas in Coron, and also to Christian from The Funny Lion in El Nido who led our complimentary beach tour to Papaya Beach (highly recommend staying in The Funny Lion in El Nido and leaving a day free so you can take the complimentary tour - the beach is so beautiful!). Thank you for everything!

Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento
Cami
Cami Sarmiento
Local specialist in Las Vegas, NV | Replied on Apr 10, 2023

Thank you for your wonderful review Fiona! I'm very happy to hear that you had an amazing time in the Philippines, and that you enjoyed the hotels and activities planned for you.
Thank you again for choosing to travel with us. It was a pleasure to organize your trip and I look forward to helping you plan another unforgettable adventure in the future!