Tour Guides

Here is a list of contact numbers of a few independent/semi-independent tour guides whose competence and good character the author can personally vouch for.  Hopefully, with each trip, the list will grow longer.  Questions on fee rates would be best answered by directly inquiring with the tour guides themselves.  (For any other types of questions, or if you find out that any of these contact numbers are no longer in use, please indicate them in the comments section below.)

BATANES (Batan, Sabtang)
Joaquin Cantor – +639155552747; +639085012510

BATANES (Batan, Itbayat, Mt. Iraya)
*Romy Daroca – +639089272358

GIGANTES ISLANDS (in northern Iloilo)
Joel Decano – +639184685006

BIRI ISLAND (in Northern Samar)
*Orlando Bulosan – +639205246773

*Joam – +639276932095

VALENCIA & SIBULAN (in Negros Oriental)
*Fernando – +639994560396

CAMBODIA (Siem Reap, Preah Vihear)
*Mr. Sam+855 012 27 58 51

VIETNAM (Mui Ne, Pan Thiet City)
*Mr. Binh – 0989 29 7648

* Asterisk indicates that the guide owns or has access to a means of transportation.


18 thoughts on “Tour Guides

  1. This will helpful for my future travels … Nagalak akong malaman na gusto mong tumulong sa turismo ng bayan nating mahal. I used to blog about rants and raves but after a few months, it evolved into a travel blog. It was there that I found my niche. Blogging has never been fun, I must say, because of that.

  2. hi, your blog is very helpful, i’m thinking of going to batanes this june and I might go alone, ayoko kasing umasa na makakasama mga kaibigan ko, it would be a bday gift for myself kaya pupunta ako kahit mag-isa lang but i’m a little concern with the budget. kaya curious ako to know magkano nagastos mo when you went there alone para maihanda ko na sarili ko.. hehe salamat in advance..

    • Hi Teody! Thanks for the visit. Just to set your expectations, air travel to Batanes is VERY expensive because it’s still virtually monopolized by SEAir. Regular fares are above P14,000 round trip, and they rarely offer seat sales these days. However, once you’re in Batanes, everything’s fairly reasonable. Yun nga lang, since you’ll be alone, baka mapagastos ka rin. To give you an idea, I made an expenses report here: I still have to update that information though.

      Just go ahead and ask if you have more questions. 🙂

  3. Super helpful! I got Joam for my upcoming solo trip to Siquijor and I think I’ll check out Mr. Bulosan for my trip to Samar in June. 🙂

    • Hi Mia, thanks for the visit! I must remind you though that Orlando Bulosan is a guide for Biri Island only in the province of Northern Samar. If you intend to visit the spots in mainland Samar, I don’t think he can help you there. Have a nice trip in Siquijor!

    • Glad I could help. 🙂 That list is not updated though. If you find that any contact information is no longer current, please do inform me so that I can update it. Thanks!

  4. Thanks for the details. These are really helpful. ^_^ I am going to Isla de Higantes this August, and making my diving plans in Batanes with a friend.

  5. I really appreciate your 7-day vietnam-cambodia trip. I have a scheduled trip along with my family this December and it really help me in planning our itinerary. I will try to email Mr. Sam as our tour guide for the Cambodia trip.


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