It’s hard to get around the Philippines. That’s it, that’s the bottom line.
Online information is often out of date and therefore you kind of don’t trust any of it. People say yes when they mean no. Is the ferry at 8? Yes. It wasn’t. Do you know the way to my hostel? Yes. He didn’t etc etc etc.
Does it put me off going back to the Philippines? Absolutely not. I can’t wait to go back! I only did just four islands because my budget just didn’t cut all the different transport, especially last minute bookings I would have making. Travelling around the Philippines felt almost like an earning of stripes.