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THE PHILIPPINES

Travel guide & Inspiration

Emerald rice terraces, idyllic beaches, world class diving, tribal villages and jungle covered peaks - you shouldn't take much convincing to book a trip to the Philippines. Known as a diving and island-hopping paradise, the Philippines is a firm favourite for adventurous travellers, with a cocktail of beach, jungle and cultural attractions.

Philippines Fast Facts

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Languages Spoken

The official languages of the Philippines are Filipino and English. More people speak Filipino than English, but English is widely spoken.

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Currency

Name: Philippine Peso
Code: PHP
Symbol: ₱

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Time Zones

The Philippines (GMT +8)

Top Places in the Philippines

With around 7,500 islands, the Philippines makes up part of the world's largest archipelago. Picking where to go can be tough, as there is so much to see, but here are a few of our favourite destinations to get you started.
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Manila

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Palawan

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Boracay

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Cebu

Philippines Travel Costs

Beers

Beer in the Philippines is very cheap. A bottle of local beer will usually cost you around a $1, whilst imported beer will be nearer double the price.

Meals

A meal from a cheap restaurant or café will normally set you back about $3 or $4, whilst a dinner in a mid-range restaurant might cost between $10-$15. If you're on a budget, be adventurous and grab lunch from a street food stall for a lot less.

Taxi Ride

Taxis in the Philippines are inexpensive and are run on the meter. Journeys will cost anything from $0.50 to $5, depending on traffic.

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Transport

You're more likely to book a ferry or banka ticket over a bus journey in the Philippines. Either way, tickets are not expensive. Boat tickets can be cheap, but for longer journeys we recommend going with the bigger companies for the safer more enjoyable ride.

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Hostels

A dorm bed in a hostel will cost between $8 and $12, where a single room can range up to $20 per night.

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Hotels

A room in a midrange hotel would be somewhere between $40 and $60.

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Philippines Highlights

 

 

 

 

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The Islands

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Palawan

Below the surface

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Banuae Rice Terraces

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Activities in the Philippines

Island Hopping in the Philippines
Get your Philippines adventure sorted with this awesome Philippines island hopping adventure. Get ready for some kayaking, snorkeling and zip-lining between islands.

10 Days from $1,399

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Volunteering MAD - 10 days
Volunteers will immerse themselves in a transforming farm community which brings together the rich and the poor, local Filipinos and people from all across the world. Guests will volunteer at a local school (ages 4-11) for underprivileged children before ending their trip at a laid back beach destination, where volunteers can choose to relax at the beach or be more adventurous (surfing, trekking, island hopping).
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Philippines Adventure Tours

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Islands of the Philippines on a Shoestring
For travellers looking for a strange and beautiful adventure, this unique eight-day island-hopping trek through the Philippines will show you the best of the country’s nature, beaches, and cultural life. Roam Bohol’s famous Chocolate Hills, dive with massive whale sharks in the clearest of clear blue waters, roam through exotic Manila and historic Cebu.

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One Life Philippines on a Shoestring
The Philippines are consistently rated for the best beaches in the world, UNESCO Hertiage sites, Palawan and El Nido and this tour is about experiencing it all together with a group of like-minded travellers.

10 days | From $1,399

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Northern Philippines Adventure
Let G Adventures show youwhat  this country’s northern half has to offer Up here, you’ll discover the arresting inland beauty of Luzon, known for world-famous (and incredibly picturesque) terraced rice paddies. Learn about colonial history and life in tiny villages. Looking for the road less travelled? It runs through here.

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How do I travel the Philippines alone?

Lots of solo travellers visit the Philippines without any problems at all. As English is widely spoken, it is easy to get directions from locals and you are able to book buses and ferries easily. A great way to travel the Philippines when alone is by booking onto an adventure tour or island-hopping trip. This is great way to meet fellow travelers and make new friends along the way.  

How to travel the Philippines on a budget

The cost of living in the Philippines is very low. Food and drink can cost less than a dollar, and there are plenty of budget accommodation options available. Getting around the islands by ferry is the cheapest way to travel, but this can take a lot longer than internal flights so leave plenty of time to get around.
*Some of the images above are provided courtesy of the Tourism Promotions Board Philippines and Beautiful Destinations