Sunday, August 16, 2020

The most complete and detailed Philippines travel guide

The most complete and detailed Philippines travel guide

With over 7,107 islands to choose from, the Philippines is a tourist destination for everyone. Home to many beautiful white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, lush terraces, world-class surfing and scuba diving ... This Philippines travel guide will help you have the most enjoyable trip!
Located in Southeast Asia, the Philippines has no land connection with neighboring countries. Even so, those who have come to the Philippines love the beautiful scenery and its warm people! Born and raised in the Philippines, the travel information I write below helps visitors to plan their trip to this country!

General information about Philippines tourism

Languages: Tagalog and English (The Philippines has many different dialects depending on the region, but English is also mostly spoken, making traveling easier for tourists)
Currency: Philippine Peso (PHP) $ 1 = P 52 (as of 2019)
Weather: Although the weather is warm all year round, there are two seasons in the Philippines. The season is dry and rainy and depends on where you are in the country. Generally speaking, January to June is safe while the rainy season is from July to December.
Visa information: Citizens from 151 countries can enter the Philippines without a visa and stay up to thirty (30) days, provided they are holders of a valid passport for at least six (6) month after your stay in the Philippines and present a round-trip ticket when traveling to the Philippines.
Travel insurance: Obviously not required but we recommend it. The Philippines is home to some of the best scuba diving, surfing, motorcycling and more, so travel insurance in general is essential. According to the Philippines travel guide , you can buy it on sites like worldnomads.
The Philippines is a warm tropical country, you won't necessarily have to wear clothes in cold weather unless you plan on taking some long trips. In Phulippines, there are only 2 seasons, the rainy and dry seasons, the average temperature is about 25-30 degrees Celsius. It is best to prepare light clothes, bring good walking shoes, a bottle of water and a shirt. Good rain in rainy season days.

Philippines Travel Guide: Interesting Things to Do

There are so many places to visit and things to do so I am merely making this list based on personal recommendations and travel hotspots in the Philippines.

Philippines Travel GuideFilipino cuisine is also an enjoyable experience

Scuba diving is one of the main highlights in the Philippines. In fact, more and more people are coming to the country to experience even a glimpse of the incredible marine life. With the popularity of scuba diving in the Philippines, backpacking trips are also on the rise. Recommended places to go are: Cebu (Malapascua, Bantayan, Moal Boal), Bicol, Tubataha, Anilao, Boracay, Apo Island
If you are an avid diver and want to explore far-flung places, I recommend scuba diving to discover the beautiful marine life in the Philippines.
Visiting beautiful beaches
If you want to chill out on beautiful beaches, the Philippines has no shortage of such places. Everywhere from Palawan to Cebu, there are many beautiful coastlines to travel. Here are the islands / places I recommend you to visit: Cebu, Palawan, Boracay, Siargao, Dumaguete, Siquijor, Bohol, Caramoan (Bicol).
Surfing experience
Due to the wide coastline, there are many great surf spots with the majority catered to the surfers. Here are a few of my top suggestions for where to go including Siargao, La Union, Baler, Pagudpud
Although the Philippines is a relatively flat country, there are a few great hikes worth a visit: Banaue Terraced Fields, Manila (Taal volcano, Mount Pulag, Pico de Loro, etc.) and Bacolod

Philippines Travel Guide: Where to go?

With more than 7000 islands to choose from, you are wondering where to go? Here are a few of the Philippines' most popular tourist attractions - all relatively accessible, offering a multitude of accommodation options and plenty to do.

Palawan Island

Palawan to me is the epitome of paradise on earth. Dotted with idyllic islands, tropical palm trees and crystal clear waters, every photo you take in this stunning location is priceless.
Imagine you are sailing through the many turquoise lagoons on the island as limestone mountains surround you! Certainly Palawan Island is the most popular tourist destination in the Philippines
Places to visit: Although Palawan is comprised of many islands and lagoons, the three main places to visit are Puerto Princessa, Coron and El Nido. There are also many noteworthy locations like Port Barton and San Vincente that visitors choose instead of Puerto Princess.
Puerto Princessa: Known as the official city of Palawan, Puerto Princessa is often visited due to its very famous underground river. The underground river was recently declared a part of the new 7 natural wonders.
Coron: The small town of Coron is an underwater haven for diving enthusiasts and those interested to explore marine life. World War II shipwrecks dot the shores of nearby islands, making them ideal diving spots for exploration. Don't miss the Siete Pecados marine park.
El Nido: Declared to be part of CNN's World's Most Beautiful Beach, by CNN, El Nido is home to many uninhabited islands where you can relax in a Crusoe Robinson style. Start at Bacuit Bay, spend your days exploring hidden islands, sail through lagoons and enjoy the tranquility of island life.
How to get there:   There are different ways to get to Palawan. The easiest way is to fly to Puerto Princessa and take the 5/6 hour shuttle bus to El Nido. From there, you can take a boat to Coron. Another but often much more expensive option is to fly to Coron (Busuanga Airport) and go from Coron to Puerto Princessa.

Boracay Island

Traveling to Boracay  is famous for its vibrant nightlife and smooth white sand beaches, Boracay Island is still a paradise for many people.
Boracay nightlife cannot be missed as beach parties can often be found everywhere. Visit Bom Bom Bar for live reggae music, the Exit Bar is the destination for several full moon parties at Area 51 on Bulabog Beach.
Don't miss the Paraw ride (sailboat) and head to Puka Beach for a picnic, visit Spider House at Diniwid Beach and enjoy local seafood at the Talipapa seafood market.
How to get there:  From Manila, you can find relatively cheap flights to Kalibo. From Kalibo, you can take a shuttle bus (2 hours) and take a boat ride across the island. Alternatively, you can book direct flights to Caticlan and to Boracay by boat. To get the full transport schedule you should check Bookaway or 12go for flights. Please note that since the airport in Caticlan is smaller, only small aircraft can land here.


Since these provinces are so vast and have a lot of work to do, I'll just highlight the highlights. Cebu is a busy metropolis (there is also an international airport) with many beaches and mountains nearby.

Philippines Travel GuideToledo Cebu

If you are a diving enthusiast, head to Malapascua for a chance to see the sharks. Scuba diving at Moal Boal and Pescador Island are also remarkable experiences! You can also go to Oslob to swim with whale sharks.
Philippines Travel Guide - don't miss: A visit to Tumalog Falls in Oslob, the gorge of Mt. Matutinao, row a boat to the South or North Sandbar in Mactan. Enjoying Cebu Lechon (roast pork) and some sinugba and puso (grilled meat / seafood with rice) is a must-see culinary experience in Cebu.

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