Why Travel To Philippines

The moment you arrive in this fabulous country you’ll see why they say that everything is more fun in The Philippines. The beaches are some of the best that you’ll find anywhere in the world, the countryside is varied and gorgeous. The fun-loving Filipinos and Filipinas will rock your world with music, dance, and parties. The hedonistic island inhabitants, which are not quite Asian, not quite European, are a huge highlight of any visit.

For an uncountable number of sublime beaches, look no further than Boracay, where you’ll also find the country’s best party scenes, from chill out lounge vibes to full force club nights. But don’t let dipping your toes in cerulean waters occupy all of your time, as heading inland is an unmissable experience: head to the Chocolate Hills on Bohol or the Banaue Rice Terraces on Luzon for some truly breathtaking scenery.

Asia’s Latin side 

A unique touch of Latin America in Asia.

Beaches and diving 

Picture perfect beaches and phenomenal diving spots.

Friendly Filipinos

Some of the friendliest people in Asia: it’s more fun in The Philippines.

Inspiring Trip Ideas

Recommended Places & Senses


Philippines Travel Guide

Capital: Manila
Population: 102.1 million
Languages: Filipino, English
Currency: Peso (PHP)
Time zone: GMT +8
Electricity: 220V
Dialing Code: +63
The Phillipines is rapidly becoming Asia’s newest tourism ‘hot spot’. Made up of over over 7,000 islands, with lush vegetation and beautiful coral reefs it has enormous unfullfilled potential. Away from the coast line, with lush green rice terraces and mountains dotted with charming villages, the country still contains off the beaten track places for those who are seeking to experience the authentic Asia. You can trek through the jungle, scale volcanic landscapes, dive into crystal clear waters and meet the most friendly people on earth. The Spanish brough the European influence, tangible in everything from the names of towns and barrios (neighborhoods) and even to restaurant menus. Later, the Americans imposed their own vision and values via fast food chains, the love of pop music, and the rainbow-coloured jeepneys that serve as local buses, evolved from military jeeps left behind from WWII.
  • The weather can be unpredictable and typhoons can sometimes occur without warning.
  • The months of January and February are excellent for travelling as it is dry and temperatures are cooler.
  • In March and April the temperature starts picking up and it is the last month of dry season, perfect conditions for travelling. It is however, best avoid Easter time due to high occupancy rates.
  • For the heat lover, May is a great month to visit mountains and enjoy beach breaks.
  • From June to July, rain starts falling across all the islands, with northern areas usually the most impacted. Cebu meanwhile stays dry.
  • August is the typhoon season and it continues to have an effect until the end of September or mid-October.
  • November sees the return of the dry season with temperatures  getting cooler by December.
The Philippines has a rich history combining Asian, European, and American influences. The people of the country are basically of Malay stock with a sprinkling of Chinese, American, Spanish, and Arab blood. The Filipino character is a little bit of all the cultures put together, and in general they are fun-loving people. Throughout the islands, there are fiestas celebrated everyday, reflecting on the Philippines tourism slogan “It’s More Fun In The Philippines”.
The Philippines was first settled by Melanesians, then the Malayo-Polynesians arrived and today the Austronesian culture is very evident in the ethnicity, language, food, dance and almost every aspect of the culture. These Austronesians engaged in trading with China, India, Palau, Malay, USA, Malaysia, Papua, west Pacific Islands, Indonesian Islands, the Middle East, Borneo, and other places. As a result, those cultures have also left a mark on Filipino culture.
Hospitality, a trait displayed by every Filipino, makes these people legendary in Southeast Asia. Seldom can you find such hospitable people who enjoy the company of their Western visitors. Perhaps due to their long association with Spain, Filipinos are emotional and passionate about life in a way that seems more Latin than Asian.
The archipelagic state comprises about 7,100 islands, between the South China and Philippine Seas. Being a part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Philippines is home to many active volcanoes and a staggering biodiversity, with thousands of plant, mammal, fish and bird species living on land and in the sea.
94% of the total land area is taken up by the11 largest islands, divided into three island groups: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The Luzon islands include Luzon itself and famous destinations such as Palawan, Mindoro. The Visayas is the group of islands in the central Philippines, the largest of which are: Panay, Negros, Cebu, Bohol and The Mindanao islands include Mindanao itself, Dinagat, Siargao, Camiguin, Samal, plus the Sulu Archipelago.
The Philippine Island group is of volcanic origin and generally mountainous.  Running parallel to the coasts, as well as bordering them in many places, the mountain ranges extend north to south.  There are about 20 active volcanoes on the islands, and earthquakes are fairly common.
  1. Local Jeepneys: Jeepneys are awesome, a real local experience but on the adventurous side. They’re like little buses that look like something from 50s America.  They are left over from the US Army in World War II. Each jeepney is decorated in its own way, often with pictures or maps. It will take you sometime to understand how it works, but by study the map and the route on the vehicle and work out which one you need, usually by asking, then jump on the back and chill until your destination and pay the driver when you get off.
  2. Rickshaw: Rickshaws are a great invention for the smaller, more difficult to reach journeys in small towns. If you are staying in El Nido, Palawan, Borracay, you will use it at least once. It is also hop on and hop off like the Jeepneys and the price is very reasonable from 10 Peso/ person.
  3. Domestic Airlines: Routes from Manila have plenty of options but when travelling between islands you’ll often go via smaller planes, some of them so small they feel like a private jet. The views over the islands will make every peso you spent on your ticket well worth it. Airlines  operating in the islands include: Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Airphil Express, Zest Airways, SEAIR, AirAsia Philippines, Jetstar, Tiger Airways.
  1. Hotels: Hotels range from five star business hotels to backpacker hostels, with the widest choice available in Manila. In other towns and cities, the choice can be more limited, although a handful of classy boutique hotels are beginning to emerge in provincial towns. It’s essential to book ahead, and most places require a deposit for a reservation at any time of year. Room prices in some tourist areas may be double or triple during peak seasons (Easter and Christmas/New Year).
  1. Resorts: There are resorts for every budget in the Philippines, from backpacker huts on remote beaches to chic boutique places in Boracay. There are also a handful of casino resorts, and places catering to scuba divers with training facilities, equipment hire and bars in which to relax and discuss the day’s adventures.
  2. Homestay:There is no national homestay scheme, but that hasn’t stopped enterprising locals from welcoming tourists. In Pagudpud (North Luzon), for example, there are a few dozen accredited homestays and many more informal ones, acting as an overflow for the resorts in peak season.
  1. Adobo: Braised pork or chicken in a tangy sauce made from soy, vinegar and garlic.
  2. Lechon: Roasted whole pig, prepared for fiestas and family celebrations.
  3. Kare-kare: An oxtail stew in peanut sauce served with bagoong (fermented shrimp paste).
  4. Sinigang: meat or fish in a pleasantly sour broth.
  5. Pansit canton: A Chinese-influenced dish of noodles stir fried with meat and vegetables.
  6. Sinangag: Garlic-fried rice, a popular local breakfast.
  7. Tapa: Delicious dried marinated beefsteak, often fried and served with fried rice and a fried egg astapsilog.
  8. Balut: A par-boiled, fertilised duck’s egg containing a baby chick, served as a beer snack across the archipelago.
  9. Crispy Pata: Deep-fried pig’s trotters, served with a soy and vinegar dip.
  10. Longanisa: Spanish-style sausage, flavoured with local spices; each province has its own recipe.
  11. San Miguel: A ubiquitous Spanish lager.
  1. Ascend the summit of Mount Apo. Rising to 2,954m (9,700ft) in the centre of Mindanao, Mount Apo (‘Grandfather’) is the highest peak in the country and a popular destination for trekkers. The whole Apo mountain range has spectacular waterfalls, rapids, forests, springs and mountain lakes, plus one of the longest ziplines in Asia on the southern slope of Mount Apo.
  2. Discover old Manila. There’s more to Manila than crowds and traffic jams. In the centre are the remains of Intramuros, the Spanish walled city, still bound by parts of the massive wall that once protected it. Highlights include the historic San Agustin and Quiapo churches, Casa Manila (a reconstruction of a wealthy family’s home) and the ruins of Fort Santiago.
  3. Enjoy the Philippines’ second city. In the middle of the Visayas, Cebu is the Philippines’ second biggest city, and a much more relaxing place to arrive than manic Manila. The island is famous for its diving, festivals and guitars, which have been made here since Spanish times.
  4. Climb a volcano. The islands of the Philippines were thrown up by the Pacific Ring of Fire, and there are active volcanoes all across the archipelago, many accessible on jungle treks. Mount Mayon near Legazpi puts on impressive lava shows, while the cones around Los Banos on Luzon island produce naturally hot mineral springs. Then there is Mount Pinatubo, which blew its top with devastating results in 1991.
  5. Feel the party spirit at a Filipino fiesta. The festivals of the Philippines are riotous carnivals, with spectacular fiesta food and amazing costume parades that fill the streets with music. They’re nominally Christian, but hark back to ancient tribal celebrations. Sinulog in Cebu City, Ati-Atihan in Kalibo, and Dinagyang in Iliolo are the top events on the cultural calendar.
  6. Meet local tribes in scenic Sagada. The laidback mountain village of Sagada is the gateway to the Central Cordillera, whose mountains are dotted with tribal villages, limestone caverns, and surging waterfalls. As well as beautiful scenery, cheap lodges and excellent food, Sagada is renowned for its hanging coffins, a funeral rite that harks back to ancient animist traditions.
  7. See another world beneath the waves. The Philippines is one of the world’s top diving destinations, with everything from sunken islands to stunning wreck dives on WWII warships. The wrecks of Coron are probably the single most famous diving spot, but other great dives include thresher shark encounters on Malapascua Island, and the reefs at Tubbataha, Apo and Anilao.
  8. Kick back on Boracay Island. The picture of postcard perfection, sandy Boracay Island may have been heavily developed, but it’s still a gorgeous strip of sun, sea and palms. Whether you spend your days lazing on the beach, sipping happy hour cocktails in beach bars, kite boarding in the bay or diving the reefs just offshore, it isn’t hard to see the appeal.
  1. Before You Go: Philippine pharmacies are usually well stocked with sterilized disposable syringes, bandages and antibiotics, but it doesn’t hurt to bring your own sterilized first-aid kit, especially if you’re going to be travelling off the beaten track. If you take any regular medication bring double your needs in case of loss or theft. Philippine pharmacies generally require a doctor’s prescription to issue medications.
  2. Natural Disasters:
  • The Philippines is affected by a number of typhoons each year, with most occurring between June and December.  Monitor local media, the Philippines state weather agency and the Philippines Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to stay informed.
  • There are a number of active volcanoes in the Philippines, and  authorities have imposed permanent dangers zones around a number of these.  For reports on volcanic or seismic activity, travellers should seek advice from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).
  1. Ati-Atihan - Date: 3rd Sunday of January
The Ati-Atihan Festival is a feast held in honor of the Santo Niño held annually in January concluding on third Sunday, in the town of Kalibo, Aklan. Celebrants paint their faces with black soot and wear bright, outlandish costumes as they dance in revelry during the last three days of this two week-long festival.
  1. Sinulog - Date: 3rd Sunday of January
The Sinulog is an annual festival held on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City. It honors the child Jesus, known as the Santo Niño (Holy Child), patron of the city of Cebu. The festival features a street parade with participants in bright-colored costumes dancing to the rhythm of drums, trumpets, and native gongs.
  1. Dinagyang - Date: 4th Sunday of January
The Dinagyang is a religious and cultural festival in Iloilo City, held on the fourth Sunday of January. It is held both to honor the Santo Niño and to celebrate the arrival on Panay of Malay settlers and the subsequent selling of the island to them by the Atis.
  1. Panagbenga - Date: February
Panagbenga is a month-long annual flower festival occurring in Baguio. The festival, held during the month of February, was created as a tribute to the city’s flowers and as a way to rise up from the devastation of the 1990 Luzon earthquake.
  1. Kaamulan - Date: 28th Feb – 1st March
The Kaamulan Festival is a Bukidnon ethnic-cultural festival that takes place from the last week of February to the first week of March.
  1. Kadayawan - Date: Third week of August
The Kadayawan Festival is an annual festival in the city of Davao. Its name derives from the friendly greeting “Madayaw”, from the Dabawenyo word “dayaw”, meaning good, valuable, superior or beautiful. The festival is a celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and serenity of living.
  1. MassKara - Date: 3rd weekend nearest to 19th October
The MassKara Festival is a week-long festival held each year in Bacolod City, the capital of Negros Occidental Province. It features a street dance competition where people from all walks of life troop to the streets to see colorfully-masked dancers gyrating to the rhythm of Latin musical beats in a display of mastery, gaiety, coordination and stamina.  
  1. Be patient and do not question everything – accept it as it is
  2. Always have enough small money with you (for a taxi or tricycle, as a tip)
  3. When traveling by taxi, insist on switching on the taximeter, or set the price in advance
  4. When riding a tricycle, set the price before the ride starts, unless you already know the local price
  1. Do not be paranoid: most Filipinos are nice, and do not want to harm you
  2. Do not take the taxi waiting outside your hotel – often these taxi drivers ask for totally inflated prices – better stop a passing taxi
  3. Playing pool or cards for money with Filipinos, whom you just met in the bar, might cost you dearly
  4. Do not raise your voice
  5. Never call Filipinos stupid – it is an unforgivable loss of face
  6. If you get into a dispute – move away.
  7. Do not accept drinks, candy or fruits from strangers
  8. If you get too impatient, you lose respect
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