Destination Spotlight

SEAIR Partners with PMTI to Boost Medical Tourism in the Philippines

Destination Spotlight

South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) is the Philippine’s distinctive leisure airline. In 1995, it started with flights to Boracay and Palawan and now, it flies to 17 destinations in the country. Most, if not all of its destinations are considered paradise.

At the same time, the Philippines is gearing up for the increasing arrivals of medical tourists. With the country’s many beautiful islands, it is fast becoming an ideal place for de-stressing and for recovery after cosmetic or aesthetic surgery and dermatologic procedures. Nothing beats sitting on the beach with the sound of the waves and cool tropical breezes lulling you into a state of healing and recovery.

SEAIR has partnered with Philippine Medical Tourism, Incorporated (PMTI) to open the Philippines to the world as a medical tourism destination. By making the remote islands accessible, medical tourists have numerous destinations to choose from, giving them access to the country’s beautiful islands.

SEAIR has made traveling easier and more convenient for medical travelers, tourists, businessmen and commuters alike,” said Patrick Tan, Vice President for Commercial Affairs of SEAIR. “With SEAIR, recovery in paradise is only a short plane ride away”.

SEAIR has added four new destinations: Basco in Batanes, Baler in Aurora, Daet in Camarines Norte, and Tablas in Romblon.

The picturesque Batanes is now being hailed as the next best destination in the Philippines. With green pastures overlooking the Pacific Ocean, windmills on sprawling countryside and lighthouses guarding immaculate shorelines, Batanes is often compared to European landscapes like Ireland. Aside from rolling hills and steep cliffs, Batanes is also known for its stone-walled houses withstanding strong winds and typhoons. It has a population of less than 20,000 people and a crime rate of zero ~ making it a perfect hideaway for travelers seeking a tranquil break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Considered the most progressive town in the province of Aurora, Baler is known for historical sites such as the home of former President Manuel L. Quezon and the picturesque Baler Catholic Church. Baler also boasts of scenic landscapes and beaches. The waters of Baler also serve as site of the Aurora Surfing Cup, an annual event where local and foreign surfers compete.

Some of the best beaches suitable for surfing may also be found in Daet, Camarines Norte. Popular among foreign tourist surfers, waves in Daet’s beaches are perfect for beginners with swells reaching as high as six feet. Daet is also known for its annual Pineapple festival which features the Formosa, one of its sweetest varieties growing abundantly in the region.

Known as the Marble Country of the Philippines, Romblon is famous for its rich marble deposits as well as unspoiled white sand beaches, bountiful marine life, waterfalls, and its unique inland salt lake. Although it may not be as frequented as other local tourist destinations such as Boracay and Palawan, Romblon is a haven for visitors seeking raw, pristine beauty and the comfort of paradisiacal solitude.

SEAIR is doing a unique service to the country in support of its medical tourism development goals as more and more tourist destinations are being developed in different parts of the country. It provides its passengers with as many as 28 daily flights to Boracay. Undoubtedly one of the Philippines’ main attractions, the island of Boracay has charmed visitors far and wide with its palm-fringed white sand beaches, crystal blue waters, beautiful sunsets, and lush marine life. This is hardly a surprise — after all, Boracay has already established over the years a reputation for being one of the best beaches in the world.

The airline uses a fleet of state-of-the-art turboprop aircrafts which allows it to fly its passengers from Manila to Boracay in only 35 minutes ~ the fastest flight offered by a local airline. SEAIR also offers the fastest flights and most flights to Palawan and has set a standard in traveling by being the first to introduce “paradise-to-paradise” routes with its Boracay – Palawan flights. Sun worshippers can have the best of both worlds: the exciting sights and flavors of white-sand Boracay as well as the natural beauty and rich diversity found in the marine sanctuaries of Palawan.

SEAIR has flown almost 3 million passengers to 17 local tourist destinations in the country’s 3 major islands, connecting the islands, and with its partnership with PMTI, connecting the rest of the world.

To know more about the Philippine Medical Tourism Incorporated (PMTI), please visit For inquiries and reservations, please call SEAIR Reservations at (632) 849-0100 or visit

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