Typhoon Haiyan devastated portions of the Philippines in November 2013.

What are current practical effects of that? Are there areas which should be avoided by a backpack traveler? I'm willing to sacrifice comfort, but not safety and the availability of (public) transport and accommodation.

I am going to travel to the Philippines in February and am currently looking for possible itineraries.


The short answer is none. The brunt of Haiyan's impact was on the islands of Leyte and Samar, neither of which is really a tourist destination. Cebu, which is, only sustained relatively minor damage, and places outside the Visayas like Manila and Palawan came through virtually unscathed.

  • Agreed, although I had heard that Palawan was hit pretty hard -- although I'm reasonably sure it wouldn't be a problem to visit there now. – SpaceDog Jan 20 '14 at 2:11

protected by Mark Mayo Jan 21 '14 at 14:49

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