Wednesday, April 29, 2009

COMING SOON: New Asia Tours Package!

Watch out for the Mango Tours' Asia Tour Packages Brochure for 2009 --coming out soon on print and on the Web. To get a sneak peek at what's inside, here's a short description of what Mango Tours has in store for you this year:

Combined packages
Aside from our regular tour packages, Mango Tours also offers combined packages in two different destinations for you to maximize your vacation.

Singapore Cruise Packages
Similar to a combined packages is our Singapore Cruise Package, for those who like to take their time and sail the open seas. You can choose from several cruise routes that go around Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Sailing times range from 2 to 5-nights.

See more, do more!
Our Asia tour packages allows you to see and experience more of your destination's culture by taking you to the best attractions such as the Great Wall of China, Beijing Olympic Village and the Forbidden City, to name a few.

Be sure to check back at the Mango Tours website for the release of our new Asia Tour Packages!

Monday, April 27, 2009

High and low season travel

Like most things in life, knowing is half the battle and traveling is no exception. Just like winter and summer, there are also the respective high and low travel seasons which fit accordingly into these time frames. Certain destinations can be cheaper at specific times of the year so it is always good to be up to date with travel deals that follow these seasons.

Here is the latest Mango Tours travel segment on TFC's Balitang America that touches on some good info on high and low season travel:


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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Book the best vacation you'll ever have with Mango Tours!

The Philippines truly is an enchanting country to visit--it is home to some of the best coral reefs in the world, pristine white sand beaches, locals whose warmth and hospitality are unrivaled in the region, unusual geographical wonders and various adventures as one continues on his journey.

Mango Tours' Explore Philippines Tour Packages is a collection of all the best things that a vacation to the Philippines has to offer--the best destinations, resorts, activities and sightseeing tours at the best attractions.

A shoutout to Chester Lim--thank you for sharing with us your beautiful
photograph of Boracay, as seen here on the front cover of our brochure.


What's in our Explore Philippines Tour Package brochure:
  • Tour packages in popular and luxury destinations such as Palawan, Boracay, Cebu and Bohol
  • Adventures and cultural/historical tours in exciting destinations such as Banaue and Batanes
  • Multiple tour packages per destination
  • Around the Philippines in 13 Days / 11 Nights Tour--inclusive of roundtrip airfare from US to Manila, trips around Manila, Boracay, Palawan, Cebu and Bohol.
  • Visits to ecotourism attractions such as the Batanes Islands, Puerto Princesa underground river, Donsol whaleshark interaction, cave exploration in Banaue and countryside tours around Bohol.

click here for a larger view of the cover panel


click here for a larger view of the inside panel


For inquiries and reservations, call us at 24/7 US toll free number 1-866-2-MANILA today and book the best trip you'll ever go on!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Summer Feature: Best Excuses to Stay in the Water!

Yes, the summer heat this year is just unbelievable. But this kind of weather is definitely the most ideal for a trip to the beach--blue skies, clear water, soft white sand, total relaxation and partying with friends!

Here are a few water activities to top your beach experience--also known as the best excuses to stay in the water this summer!

1. Snorkeling
Snorkeling is by far the easiest way to marvel at the Philippines' diverse underwater ecosystems. It's also a great alternative if you're not really into the whole idea of plunging into the ocean's depths.

Snorkeling in Mactan by Storm Crypt

Almost every beach resort in this country offers snorkeling gear rentals (or even for free, if it's part of your tour package). Just ask your guest officer or marine sports guide, as well as how to get to the best snorkeling spots in your area.


2. Scuba Diving
Are you a licensed diver? Are you thrilled about exploring some of the most amazing coral reefs you'll ever see in the world?

Seasoned divers of the world include the Philippines in their list of best diving spots. Some favorite diving spots include Coron Island in Palawan, Tubbataha Reefs in the Sulu Sea and Apo Reef, just off the West coast of Mindoro.

Sulu Sea scuba diving by Netta Bank

Some resorts offer entry-level to professional courses so that you can get international accreditation for recreational scuba diving. Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) dive shops and instructors can usually be found in popular destinations, and is the largest dive training organization in the world.


3. Windsurfing
Similar to a combination of a sailboat and a surfboard, windsurfing combines both the ability to steer into different directions using the wind as well as freestyle moves like jumping and flipping over waves.

Windsurfing in Northern Mindanao by Michelle Lyles

There are several locations in the Philippines where you can go windsurfing like Boracay, Anilao, Lake Caliraya, Subic and Lake Taal, to name a few. Ideal months for sailing depends on the time of year when the drifts are strongest.

4. Banana Boat
If there's one group watersport that's a favorite among vacationers, it's definitely the Banana Boat. Basically it's you and your friends sitting astride an inflated banana while being tugged along the water by a speedboat. The highlight of the ride is when the speedboat makes a sharp turn, making the banana boaters fall into the water.

Boracay banana boat by Peanut Dela Cruz


5. Ocean Kayaking
The best way to take in the scenic view of islands is by getting around on an ocean kayak. Especially in Palawan, ocean kayaking gives you the opportunity of going around and in between islands to take in views of limestone cliffs and mangrove forests.


Beach resorts offer rentals of these water equipment on an hourly basis, sometimes even for a whole day. In some of our tour packages, however, you can avail of these for free and for an unlimited amount of time.

Make the most out of the summer and book a trip to the beach now through Mango Tours by calling our 24/7 US toll free number 1-866-2-MANILA! Browse through our tour package offerings here.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

mangotours.com is getting an upgrade!

www.mangotours.com is getting a total makeover!

Here are some things that you can look forward to in the new site:
  • Integrated flight + hotel booking engine
  • News feed on fare/hotel promos
  • Destination travel guides
  • Better user interface
  • Complete hotel listings
  • Complete tour package listings (Philippines, Asia, cruises, road trips, etc.)

We'll keep you posted on updates!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Cathay Pacific wins Airline of the Year Award

Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-467 B-HUJ passenger fleet by Thomas Becker


Cathay Pacific
bags yet another Airline of the Year Award at the World Airline Awards. As one of the world's leading passenger and cargo airlines, Cathay serves more than one million passengers a month to different destinations in Asia, Europe and North America.

Winning Airline of the Year seems to come as no surprise once you get to experience Cathay Pacific's quality services to its customers, as well as its lounges and new groundbreaking cabins.

Fly in style with Cathay today by booking a flight through Mango Tours! Visit our website or call our 24/7 US toll free number 1-866-2-MANILA.

to read more about this press release, click here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Mango Tours $999 stimulus package: round trip ticket to MNL + 2-night stay at luxury hotel!

Mango Tours, in cooperation with the Department of Tourism has released its $999 stimulus package! It's definitely the best offer that ever came out all season!

The Mango Tours stimulus package offers a round trip ticket from San Francisco, Los Angeles or Las Vegas to Manila via Philippine Airlines and a 2-night* stay in Manila at a luxury hotel of your choice with daily breakfast and a one-way transfer from the airport to your hotel.

Offer is applicable for double occupancy.
Transfer will be valid if it is an immediate connection to or from the airport.

Reserve now through our very special stimulus booking engine!

*Stay 2 nights at Dusit Thani Manila and/or Discovery Suites and get the third night free.


Choose from the folowing hotels: