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Is the Philippines Asia’s Next Gay Destination?

Is the Philippines really Asia’s next gay destination? One travel adviser seems to think so.  Today we have a very special guest Mr. Justin Werner. He is a seasoned travel agent with over 14 years of experience under his belt. We are very lucky to have him via skype to answer questions about the Philippines and why he think its the next gay destination in Asia.

First let me thank you for taking the time to speak with us Mr. Werner. So why don’t you begin by telling us a little bit about your background?

Sure sir. My name is Justin Werner. I am a travel agent with over 14 years experience. I’ve planned over 4000 trips. I currently work between Manila Philippines and Melbourne Australia. I love to travel and to help people.

Thank you for that. So why don’t we get down the business. You stated before that you felt that the Philippines was the next gay travel destination in Asia. That’s a pretty heavy statement considering Asia is pretty big. What is your basis for that claim?

Well being half Filipino I admit bias but I strongly feel that the Philippines has a lot to offer most gay travelers over other places in Asia

Such as?

Gay travelers are a unique group. They always want the best value. Many don’t like shoestring traveling. They want comfort but at a good price. The Philippines offers exactly that.  Lets take a look at the Philippines compared to say Thailand another popular gay destination in Asia.

Expenditure per day Philippines ($USD) Thailand ($USD)
Daily Expenses 40 65
Accomodation 13 31
Food 10 14
Water 1.24 1.55
Transportation 12 11
Entertainment 9.93 16
Alcohol 7.43 6.66
Total expenditure per day 93.60 145.21

As you can see a traveler would save $50 a day by choosing the Philippines over Thailand!

That’s awesome! What else does the Philippines have to offer besides savings though?

Oh quite a bit. You can see the beautiful scenery of Palawan and Boracay, there’s whale shark watching throughout the country, wonderful food, a ton of smiling facing and of course very handsome young men. The average of a Filipino male  22.9 years old.

Nice! Where do you recommend gay travelers visit in the Philippines?


The whole country frankly! I mean the top destinations are:






Puerto Princesa

El Nido



But there’s so much in between to see it’d be such ashamed for a traveler to miss it!

That’s wondeful! But considering most travelers won’t have the time to visit everywhere what are the top two destinations that you recommend in the Philippines and why?

You’re making this tough for me! LOL! Well, if I must choose two then definitely Bohol Island and Palawan Island

Bohol is beautiful and home the world famous

Philippine Tarsiers.

These are some of the rarest primates in the entire globe. They’re miniature monkeys if you well and just soooo adorable with their enormous eyes! Not to mention Bohol also has the chocolate hills and numerous mounds of brown-coloured limestone formations.

Chocolate Hills

The formations can be seen by land (climbing the highest point) or by air via ultralight air tours. Panglao Island, located just southwest of Tagbilaran, is famous for its diving locations and is routinely listed as one of the top ten diving locations in the world. Numerous tourist resorts and dive centers dot the southern beaches.

Palawan is beautiful and gay! LMAO

Let’s talk about what it has to offer!

The Underground River

The absolute #1 thing to do in Palawan is see the underground river. On January 28th 2012 it was declared one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. It is just what it sounds like. It’s a large river inside a cave with many beautiful geological formations and various exotic life forms. You need to visit this if you come to the Philippines! Otherwise it’d be like going to France and not visiting Versailles or the Eiffel Tower.  With day tours around $60 or less there’s simply no excuse not to go there.

Great Museums

If you’re like me and you love history and museums Palawan has some great museums to offer. There are about eleven museums worth mentioning:

  1. Palawan Special Battalion WW2 Memorial Museum
  2. Palawan Heritage Center
  3. Palawan Museum
  4. Culion Museum and Archives
  5. Ethnographic Museum
  6. Palawan Environmental Enforcement Museum
  7. South Sea Pearl Museum
  8. Palawan Environmental Enforcement Museum
  9. Palawan State University Museum
  10. South Sea Pearl Farm Puerto Princesa
  11. Leprosy Museum

Diving at Coron Bay

Coron Bay is situated in North Palawan, the most westerly part of the Philippines. It lies in between Busuanga and Culion Islands. There is fabulous diving all around the area, but the bay is particularly well known as having some of the best wreck diving in the world. The wrecks and pleasant rock formations provide for excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities, with underwater visibility extending up to 20 meters. Forbes magazine named Coron as one of the ten best dive sites in the world. 

El Nido


Situated in Bacuit Bay, El Nido, covering a land area of 465.1 square kilometres (179.6 sq mi) in the northernmost tip of mainland Palawan, is bordered by the Linapacan Strait in the north, the Sulu Sea in the east, and the South China Sea in the west. It is composed of 45 islands and islets,each has its own unique geological formations. The highest peak is at Cadlao Island, towering up to 640 metres (2,100 ft) above sea level. El Nido is currently ranked #4 in Condé Nast Traveler’s list of “20 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World.”  CNNGo has called it the Best Beach and Island destination in the Philippines for its “extraordinary natural splendor and ecosystem.

Fire Fly Watching

Just like other parts of the Philippines Palawan has firefly watching.  You’ll be impressed by beauty of these graceful creatures as they fly around the night sky searching for food and mates.

Gay Offerings

El Nido Party Boat 

El Nido’s biggest booze cruise! Launched in February 2016, this lesbian-owned Party Boat offers ocean cruising, island chillin’, snorkeling, BBQ, music and free flow of alcoholic drinks. They also offer overnight trips to secluded islands for groups.

The boat picks you up in the morning (11am) and drops you off after sunset. It cruises to the best spots, beaches and lagoons in the area. Check the website for rates, routes and more information. LGBT community receives a 10% discount.

The popular TIKI Resto Bar offers good food, reasonably priced drinks, regular live music and fun party nights in Palawan. TIKI is particularly busy on Friday and Saturday night, attracting a large number of local gay guys who are easy to spot.

Gay Sail Philippines

Fancy a trip on yacht? Gay Sail Philippines, run by a gay couple, offers yacht trip services to explore around the Palawan islands, including more remote places, beaches and scuba diving sites.

One of the best & most famous seafood restaurants in Puerto Princesa. The gay-owned KaLui offers an authentic experience from the moment you arrive. Remove your shoes and walk barefooted to your table.

Everything on the menu is either from the sea or grown in the field. Fresh fish, sashimi, tempura, shellfish soup, sinigang, baked mussel and more.

Wow that’s awesome mate! Are there any tours your recommend?

Of course you should go through me! But honestly you can save a third of what I’d charge if you just booked a tour yourself. [eafl id=”1193948″ name=”Tourradar” text=”Tourradar”] and [eafl id=”1193944″ name=”Viator Tours” text=”Viator”] are my favorites. The are both top notch and Viator is a TripAdvisor company so they care about their reputation

Well thank you Mr. Werner that’s all the time we have today. I’d like to thank Mr. Wener again for taking the time to interview with us! If you want to talk to Mr. Werner personally email and put Justin Werner in the subject line! Thanks all!  

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