Our wheelchair accessible vacations in the Philippines are customer designed to meet the needs and abilities of slow walkers, wheelchair travelers, their families and their friends.
Any time is a good time to visit the Philippines with a few exceptions. Wheelchair travel around the Philippines is an adventure that can range from mildly challenging to out right impossible.
We have designed the wheelchair accessible Manila Explorer and wheelchair accessible visits to other central cities in the Philippines.
Our exciting wheelchair accessible vacation offer a special opportunity to visit the Philippines with a "home away from home" Filipino reception from our Filipino friends and colleagues.
All of our
wheelchair accessible Philippines vacations include:
- Wheelchair Accessible Hotels
- Self drive or chauffeur driven vehicles
- English speaking guides
- Accessible representatives in Manila
Below are a few ideas of the wheelchair accessible vacations in the Philippines we make possible.
If you don't see one that interests you, send us your own ideas and let's talk about your wheelchair accessible vacation possibilities in the Philippines.
specialize in wheelchair accessible travel planning in the Philippines
General accessible tourism in the Philippines
vacations with a family members using a wheelchair
& ancestral visits for wheelchair travelers
Suggested wheelchair accessible vacations in the Philippines:
Wheelchair accessible Manila Explorer
A few Wheelchair Accessible Cities in the Philippines
The Philippines is a nation of 7,107 islands in three geographical divisions (Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao) with its capital city is Manila. Nearly 99 million people live in the Philippines with a tropical environment of active volcanoes, white sand beaches and tropical forests.
Ceded to the United Sates by Spain in 1898 after the Spanish-American War, and self governing since 1935, the Philippines is the third largest English speaking country in the world fusing a blend of Asian, European, and American flair with sprinklings of Chinese, American, Spanish, and Arab bloodlines.
As you imagine, the Filipino character is a bit of all the cultures mixed together. Their Malay forefathers contributed their national spirit, the Chinese brought close family ties and the Spanish introduced Christianity. While Filipinos embrace Islam and Christianity with 83% of the population belonging to the Roman Catholic church.
Democracy and personal opinions thrive in the Philippines. The country has 12 national newspapers, 7 national TV stations, bucket loads of cable TV stations and over 2,000 radio stations. Filipinos are politically, geographically, and culturally divided on separate island which further sub divides the Filipinos culturally into distinct tribes with regional dialects and regional traits. With more than 111 dialects in the Philippines the common threat of all Filipinos is hospitality - the legendary trait of all Filipinos.
When to Go:
Any time is a good time to visit the Philippines, except for Christmas week, New Year's week, Easter week, and typhoon season. There's a high concentration of major festivals, celebrations, and events in the summer months when you have to prepare for hot weather and humidity with light clothing and fluids.
The first months of the year January February and March are the heaviest months for foreign tourists visiting the Philippines while April and May are there summer holiday season for Filipinos.
January to May is the best weather in most of the Philippines. The dry season is November to early May and typhoons (hurricanes in the Atlantic and east Pacific) are common from June to November. The Philippines is tropical with an average temperature 78ºF with 77% humidity.
Wheelchair Traveling in the Philippines:
Depending on the region, traveling in a wheelchair around the Philippines is an adventure that can range from mildly challenging to out right impossible. There are no specialty built accessible van, electric wheelchairs are transported by pick-up truck or lifted into a van, and manual wheelchairs have the largest preference for tourists. With a manual wheelchair taxi rides are cheap and plentiful, ramps are at the entrances of most modern and popular buildings, and Filipinos are particularly kind and helpful and don't mind giving a tourist some assistance.
Understanding the emerging nature of accessibility in some areas of the Philippines and no access in others, wheelchair access is by drivers manhandling you and lifting your wheelchair into their vehicle - if that's OK, then visiting the Philippines is possible. No matter where you are in the Philippines, it's necessary to avoid potholes, broken pavement, tall curbs and serious crime.
Accessible Philippines Cities
The nation of 7,107 islands is politically, geographically, and culturally divided with 81 provinces, 144 cities, 1,490 municipalities and 111 dialects. Here are only a few of the most popular Philippine cities.
In the north
Manila - Colorful houses and the center of industry, government, and shoes. “The Shoe Capital of the Philippines”
Vigan City - a UNESCO World Heritage Site with cobbled streets, elegant Chinese and Spanish mansions, restaurants, and hotels
- The summer capitol of the Philippines with awesome parks and mansions, the nerve center of the ukay-ukay store with artsy cafes.
In the central islands
Roxas City - the “Seafood Capital of the Philippines” with Museums, heritage houses, and Presidential homes.
Silay City - the laid-back, well preserved, "Paris of the Philippines" draped with old colonial houses.
- Cebu (Cebu)
a bustling metropolis with Spanish remnants, a waterfront, casinos, girly bars and 400-year-old churches
In the Southern Islands
Dapitan - packed with old colonial houses and the best candidate to watch the sunset at Rizal Landing Site
Malaybalay - A trek not made by many with wheelchairs into greenery, hills, pine trees and pineapple farms
Day 1: Arrival
Meet your driver guide at the airport. Assisted transfer to your hotel.
Check in at the hotel. Balance of the day and evening for independent
Day 2: Orientation tour of Manila
After breakfast at your hotel, depart for a whole day tour of Old Manila with sight-seeing at Malacanang Palace, Museum of the Filipino People, Intramuros, Fort Santiago, Casa Manila, San Agustin Church, Rizal Park, American Memorial. This tour includes services of a licensed guide with lunch and private transportation and entrance fees. (see descriptions below). Late in the afternoon, return to your hotel. Balance of the day and evening for independent activities.
Day 3: Independent day in Manila
Breakfast at the hotel. Day independent activities.
Day 4: Day tour outside Manila
After breakfast at your hotel, depart for countryside tour of VILLA ESCUDERO. This includes services of a licensed guide, private transportation ,lunch and tour of the coconut plantation. (Detailed description follows) This is a two hour trip south of Manila.
Day 5: Independent day in Manila
Breakfast at your hotel. Day independent activities.
Day 6: Shopping day in Manila
Breakfast at the hotel. Whole day shopping with the services of your private driver and guide for shopping in and around Manila.
Day 7: Manila departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Assisted transfer to the airport for your return flight home, or to your next destination..
Tour descriptions & highlights
Two a half-hours South of Manila is the quaint & historic
Villa Escudero set amidst a pastoral grove of coconut palms, verdant
fields and mountains to bring one back to the days of the old plantation
life. Highlights of the tour are a museum of historic religious and
World War 2 artifacts. Carabao-drawn carts transport picnickers to man
made waterfalls where lunch is serve on tables set over a flowing stream.
Then it's off to the pools for a refreshing cool down. On weekends a
cultural show incomparable to any in the Philippines is available.
Manila City Tour:
An introduction to Manila and it's Suburbs starting with Rizal Park
and Fort Santiago. From the Walled City of the Intramuros, proceed to
downtown Manila across the Pasig River. Then to cosmopolitan suburbs
of Makati - the Makati Commercial Center, Forbes Park, and the Manila
American Memorial Cemetery. Return to Manila for a trip to the reclaimed
area and the Cultural Center Complex along Roxas Boulevard. Our program
provides ample time for shopping before returning to the point of origin.
Museum of the Filipino People:
There are several collections you can visit.
Here are a few of the highlights you can see during your visit to the
Gallery I - San Diego I (The wreck site)
A walk-in Diorama depicting the wreck site of the Spanish-ship " San Diego" its artifacts and how it appeared when discovered by archaeologists at a depth of 54 meters underwater.
Gallery II - The Best Of Philippine Art
features some of the finest paintings and sculptural pieces of the National Museum's art collection which include the works of 19th century masters, national artists for visual arts, contemporary painters and sculptors. The exhibit is highlighted by Dr. Jose Rizal's sculptures " El Ermitano" and " A Mother's Revenge."
Gallery III - The Five Centuries Of Maritime Trade Before The Arrival Of The West:
An actual storage exhibit depicting the Philippines as one of the major links in the maritime trade among the East Asian countries before the arrival of the Spaniards to the Philippine Archipelago. On display are rare and significant pieces recovered by the National Museum from wreck sites.
Gallery IV: San Diego II:
Traces the history of the battleship " San Diego" when it collided with the Dutch Ship, "Mauritius" on Dec. 14,1600 off the shores of Nasugbu, Batangas bringing down 14 cannons, armaments and navigational instruments.
Gallery V - San Diego III:
Showcases treasures retrieved from the ill-fated ship, "San Diego", which include jars, porcelain, jewelry, tableware, devotional items, silver coins and pottery.
Gallery VI - Pinagmulan (The origin):
One of the best galleries that present information on the origin of the Philippine islands and the Filipinos as a whole. Interactive displays and hands-on gadgets are installed to make visit more meaningful and enjoyable.
Gallery VII- Kaban Ng Lahi (Archeological treasures):
Portrays the burial practices of ancient Filipinos and shows samples of burial jars as well as utilitarian pottery excavated in different cave sites. Learn about one-of-a-kind pottery discovered in Saranggani Province that are shaped in human figures and with different facial expressions.
Gallery VIII- Kinahinatnan (The Filipinos today):
This gallery gives an insight into a diversity of culture that is truly Filipino. It focuses on the material culture of the different ethno-linguistic groups in the country. The exhibit is divided into 4 sections: The Filipino People, The Ecological Zones, The National Treasures and the National Living Treasures.
Estimated Travel Rates:
-Costs are per person and based on double occupancy
- Costs are for comparison purposes only and do not constitute a quotation for service
High Season is May & October through December
1 person= from $3095.00
2 persons = from $2195.00 per person, double occupancy
(April & June, July, Aug, Sept, Dec.16-31
1 person = from $2925.00
2 persons =from $2100.00 per person, double occupancy
Round trip airport transfers, private vehicle (not adapted), professional
driver, licensed guides (per itinerary), baggage assistance, accommodations
in adapted room, entrance fees to attractions (per itinerary), daily
breakfast, administration fees in USA and Philippines.
International airfare, passports, visas, meals (except for daily breakfast
at your hotel), additional excursions, additional admissions not listed,
items of personal nature, telephone and postage expenses.
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