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Philippines Travel Guide

Tips, tricks, deals and inspiration for your Philippines trip!

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

language

Languages Spoken

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

costs

Currency

Name: Philippine Peso
Code: PHP
Symbol: ₱

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Time Zones

The Philippines (GMT +8)

Philippines tour deals

Island Hopping The Philippines

Get a whole new appreciation for the night sky after camping on a beach under a blanket of stars free of light pollution. You’ll experience this and so much more on a 13-day island-hopping tour through the best of Philippines’ nature, beaches, and cultural life. Roam Bohol’s famous Chocolate Hills, snorkel with massive whale sharks in the clearest of clear blue waters (if the season is right), roam through exotic Manila and historic Cebu, and take a boat ride through Palawan’s mesmerizing subterranean river. From interacting with local communities to lots of free time built in, this trip is both meaningful and liberating. So go on and feel free.

One Life Philippines

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.
a tranquil island scene in the philippines featuring crystal blue waters and palm trees

Northern Philippines Adventure

Explore the country's northern highlights in just nine days. 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.
9 days
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Boracay Beach Escapes

This island hopping tour will have you top up your tan, and take you to an island-hopping adventure. The more active will appreciate the water sports and activities such as sailing, wind surfing, snorkelling, diving and jet skiing. The fun in Boracay doesn`t end when the sun sets. Boracay night-life pulsates with many bars and restaurants serving food, drink and fun until dawn.
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Philippines Volunteering Projects

We support over 50 projects in more than 30 countries, whether you're looking to teach English, work with communities, animals or clean up our planet, there's something for everyone in our wide range of volunteer and voluntour programmes.

FAQ - Travel in the Philippines

When is the best time to visit the Philippines?

Travel to the Philippines during dry season for the best weather in the islands. For North Luzon, Manila, Palawan and Boracay, dry season is December to February. Other parts of the Philippines have a more tropical climate with more frequent spells of rain and possible typhoons. Shoulder seasons of May and November are also popular times to travel, due to cooler temperatures and lower prices.

Can I travel to 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 can I 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.

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