Philippines an unsung hero

The limestone coasts of Palawan feature amazing natural formations.
The limestone coasts of Palawan feature amazing natural formations. Detours

MY money is on one of the region’s unsung heroes, The Philippines, being about to become a “must go” destination for the new year.

With the release of ‘long term’ low air fares being introduced by Philippine Airlines, Australian travellers will love this relatively unexplored part of Asia.

Offering pristine beaches, historic importance, unspoilt rainforests and some fabulous modern resorts, the Philippines is set to challenge us to discover some of its gems such as the beaches of Boracay, the culture of Cebu, the forests of Bohol (home to the world’s smallest monkey, the cute as a button tarsier) and the limestone coasts of Palawan.

With low cost fares from $900 return ex Sydney, Filipino hospitality is set to shine.

For more details, go to or call Philippine Airlines on 1300 888 725.

Two for one

SCENIC Tours is making life easier with its “second person fly free” deals for its Alaskan cruise and tours as well as its South American tours.

Whether you’re after a Rocky Mountain high and Alaskan wilderness, or you want to explore the vibrancy of Rio and the ancient civilisations of Peru, by booking your trip with Scenic Tours, your companion will fly free to the departure point.

Talk with your travel agent or call Scenic’s travel help desk on 1300 136 001.

Long time coming

CEMENTING its place as one of Queensland’s leading affordable getaway locations, Long Island Resort is offering the fabulous deal of three nights accommodation at $340 per night for two adults and one child including all meals.

Valid until March 31, 2010 and subject to availability, if guests book before November 30 they will receive $50 credit which can be used in the bar or towards a massage.

Long Island Resort is fast becoming the Whitsundays’ best value resort in the one of the world’s most picturesque settings.

For more, contact Long Island Resort on 1800 075 125 or go to

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