Depends on the season, Christmas could be very expensive. I suggest you come here during the summer (Feb. to April) where you can do a lot of activities.
If you're a city person you will enjoy this: (read the reviews)
http://travel.yahoo.com/p-reviews-48772 ... _reviews-i
BTDT, i enjoy the rural life more....no traffic, no pollution, you eat fresh food and everything is cheap.
One of the best beaches in the world where my girls and I visited last summer is Boracay Island:
http://www.agoda.com/asia/philippines/b ... hotel.html
http://www.travelmart.net/philippinesbo ... kages.html
If you're on a tight budget, they also have some bamboo cottages not so far from Panoly, they call the place Stations 1 and 2.
Now, if you really want some exciting and budget-savings holiday treat, I will call my Filipina friend in Halifax where she has a big vacation house here:
You can play golf or go hunting and scuba diving in Mindoro island (about an hour and a half from our place). They also have some nice beaches there:
http://www.about-scuba-diving.com/count ... /index.htm
I was thinking about the BBQ party you suggested Dave....why not organize a holiday trip to the Philippines instead? You wouldn't worry about the hotel accomodation, my friend could be generous enough to rent her house for free. Food is very cheap here and I can do the cooking for you guys! ;-)
Let's see what the FNAers think :?: