I am thinking about planning a trip to the Philippines but not sure where to go. Everywhere I look all I see are travel advisories against traveling to Phils. Someone told me to visit Makati, they said it was pretty safe for an American traveling alone. Although I do not know how far one would have to travel to go scuba diving or visit a beach etc. So my question is actually in two parts. The first part is how safe is it to travel alone to Makati for a westerner / American? The second question is there a better place to travel that is safe for a solo American who wants to experience some good snorkling / scuba diving and Filipino culture?