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Cami Sarmiento

I'm the vice president of Uncharted Earth, an adventure travel company that specializes in lesser known and relatively undeveloped travel destinations. We seek out unspoiled nature destinations and authentic experiences to give our customers exceptional adventures that go way beyond typical tours.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Mountains, rain forests, tropical islands and volcanoes; hiking, snorkeling, diving, climbing, kayaking and mountain biking. Anything active in a beautiful and unspoiled nature setting in Colombia and the Philippines. I also specialize in interacting with indigenous people and immersing people in traditional culture. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"I've always loved traveling and experiencing new places. I've gone all over Colombia, my home country, and I've lived in China, the Philippines and both coasts of the United States. I got my MBA in the Boston area, originally intending to go into strategic consulting, but during my time there and the years immediately following graduation I rediscovered my love for travel and nature. In 2013 I decided to make a career out of what I enjoy the most --- going to new places and immersing myself in spectacular nature --- and joined the adventure travel company that would become Uncharted Earth. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"My husband and I were on our honeymoon in Peru. 2 days after our wedding day we were already on an overnight bus to go on a 4 day trek of the Santa Cruz trail, one of the best trails in the country and very popular. On the first day of our trek we encountered several parties who were doing the trek in the opposite direction. Starting on the second day, however, my husband and I trekked virtually alone, seeing no more than 10 other people for the rest of the trek. It was unbelievable that such a beautiful and popular trail had so few people on it. Having the Santa Cruz trail to ourselves was amazing. At the end of the trek we found out that there had been a transportation strike right after we started hiking. No other people had been able to get to the trailheads after we had started. The strike then conveniently ended on our last day, so we were able to return to the city. We couldn't believe our luck. That trek was the perfect wedding present from the heavens. "

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Recent trip reviews for Cami

Philippines - 10 days
Philippines | Jul 7 - Jul 17, 2024

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Sabrina C.
Australia | Reviewed on Jul 21, 2024
The whole process using Kim Kim and Cami was amazing. The minute we arrived and picked up everything went smoothly. We enjoyed all the hotels, tours and islands we visited! A perfect plan, day of rest and then a tour day. We will definitely use Kim Kim again in the future. Read more

The whole process using Kim Kim and Cami was amazing. The minute we arrived and picked up everything went smoothly. We enjoyed all the hotels, tours and islands we visited! A perfect plan, day of rest and then a tour day. We will definitely use Kim Kim again in the future.

Hotel Review
El Rio y Mar Resort
Coron

Amazing destination, incredible welcoming staff. Such a highlight for our trip.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento
Cami
Cami Sarmiento
Local specialist in Las Vegas, NV | Replied on Jul 22, 2024

Thank you for your wonderful review Sabrina! I’m very happy to hear you and Harry had an amazing time in the Philippines, and that you enjoyed the destinations, hotels and 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

Ana Santos, the tour leader was extremely hel...
Philippines | Apr 30 - May 17, 2024

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George G.
Flagami, FL | Reviewed on May 26, 2024
Ana Santos, the tour leader was extremely helpful in addressing any questions we had during our tour. Cami Sarmiento did an excellent job organizing our trip. The hotels were great. We were picked up and dropped off on scheduled on every occasion. The local guides were always on time and they did an excellent job ensuring we engaged in the activities for which they were responsible. Local guides always answered ur questions with the appropriate level of detail. It would be helpful if, in... Read more

Ana Santos, the tour leader was extremely helpful in addressing any questions we had during our tour. Cami Sarmiento did an excellent job organizing our trip. The hotels were great. We were picked up and dropped off on scheduled on every occasion. The local guides were always on time and they did an excellent job ensuring we engaged in the activities for which they were responsible. Local guides always answered ur questions with the appropriate level of detail.

It would be helpful if, in the future, you provide tour participants guidelines for who should be tipped during the tour and the percent or amount that is appropriate. We have traveled extensively with organizations such as National Geography, Overseas Adventure Travel, Kensington Tours and Insight Travel. And, these organizations typically provide this type of information to avoid confusion and surprises.

Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento
Cami
Cami Sarmiento
Local specialist in Las Vegas, NV | Replied on Jun 11, 2024

Thank you for your wonderful review George! I’m very happy to hear you and Michele had an amazing time in the Philippines, and that you enjoyed the activities planned for you.
Thank you for your feedback. I'll make sure to include a note about tips in the trip instructions of our future guests.
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

Outstanding Philippines Experience
Philippines | Mar 5 - Mar 30, 2024

Mona
Mona Y.
France | Reviewed on Apr 11, 2024
The trip was outstanding, the planning, Organization. Visits, guides, tours, hotel and flight, recommendations…everything was perfect. Thanks to Cami who is tireless and would immediately reply to my queries and whatever concerns I had. Local guides were wonderful in each location were wonderful. Ana Santos, Cami’s representative and my guide in Manila was exceptional. There was not a single glitch, nor delay nor any problem.
Thank you Cami
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The trip was outstanding, the planning, Organization. Visits, guides, tours, hotel and flight, recommendations…everything was perfect. Thanks to Cami who is tireless and would immediately reply to my queries and whatever concerns I had. Local guides were wonderful in each location were wonderful. Ana Santos, Cami’s representative and my guide in Manila was exceptional. There was not a single glitch, nor delay nor any problem.
Thank you Cami

Hotel Reviews
Bayleaf Intramuros
Metro Manila

Very central in Intramuros, walking distance to the touristic sites. Staff extremely helpful and attentive, good breakfast

Authenticity & Character
Location
In the heart of Intramuros the historical center of Manila
Staff
Very helpful and attentive
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean and comfortable pillows and bed
Coco Grove Beach Resort

Wonderful resort in Siquijor, the grounds, the rooms, comfort, staff, the beauty of the place is outstanding.

Authenticity & Character
Location
I did not leave the resort as it was my R&R before starting my Philippines escapade
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
Cebu City

Very comfortable and clean . Has all the modern amenities. Staff very helpful and attentive

Authenticity & Character
Very modern
Location
Not central you need a car to visit
Staff
Very helpful zndxattentive
Cleanliness & Comfort
Extremely clean
The Marison Hotel
Legazpi

Stayed only one night. The hotel is very central and comfortable.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Elysia Beach Resort
Donsol

Lovely hotel and nice location on a beautiful beach. However it is a bit neglected and needs an overhaul . The AC is very noisy and old. However it is comfortable with a beautiful swimming pool.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Staff is wonderful and very attentive and friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hue Hotels and Resorts Puerto Princesa
Puerto Princesa

Wonderful and comfortable hotel. Near a shopping mall and restaurants in the area. Very comfortable

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Location
Staff
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The Funny Lion El Nido
El Nido

Lovely hotel in the center of El Nido and walking distance from the market and the center. The staff is amazing and very helpful. It is clean and comfortable

Authenticity & Character
Very original and modern
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Two Seasons Coron Bayside Hotel
Coron Town

Lovely hotel in the heart of Coron with a beautiful pool and view esp during sunset. Extremely comfortable and clean.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Walking distance to the center but preferable using a tricycle because the road is not good
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Belmont Hotel Manila
Pasay City

Wonderful hotel near the airport. Great location if you want to he near the airport. Excellent breakfast, comfortable bed and pillows. A practical but very busy hotel. Walking distance from a shopping center and surrounded by variety of restaurants

Authenticity & Character
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Staff
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Activity Review
Manila Day Tour
Manila Day Tour
Philippines

Excellent tour thanks to Ana Santos

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento
Cami
Cami Sarmiento
Local specialist in Las Vegas, NV | Replied on Apr 19, 2024

Thank you for your wonderful review Mona! I’m very happy to hear you had an amazing time in the Philippines, and that you enjoyed the activities planned for you. I'll make sure to share your feedback with all of our partners.
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

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.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
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.

Quality of Experience
Food
Transport
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
Transport
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.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
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

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.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
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

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.

Authenticity & Character
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.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
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

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

Wade
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

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