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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


Languages Spoken

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



Name: Philippine Peso
Code: PHP
Symbol: ₱


Time Zones

The Philippines (GMT +8)

Best islands 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.








Philippines travel costs


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.


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.



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.



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



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

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Things to do in the Philippines






The Islands

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Below the surface






Banuae Rice Terraces








Tailor make your world, your way

If you’re not a fan of structured group tours, then have a look at our INDI tailor made. Giving you all the help you need from our Travel Experts, but sitting you in the driving seat so you can create a trip to the Philippines that is ideally suited to you and your tastes. From experiences to transport and accommodation – it’s your world, do it your way.
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Activities in the Philippines

El Nido Island Hopping
Have fun in one of the most beautiful places on Earth with its 19 islands of dense primary jungle and spectacular black marble cliffs with green and hawksbill turtle nesting sites. This tour is like a world without end of islands with white beaches, crystal clear waters and an underwater world that will take your breath away. A destination that truly looks like paradise.

6 days from $1,347

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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).
From $1,149
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20% off

Philippines Adventure Tours

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 (not suitable for consumption), 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.

13 days | From $2,849

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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.

10 days | Up to 15% off

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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.

9 days | Now from $1,999

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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.

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*Some of the images above are provided courtesy of the Tourism Promotions Board Philippines and Beautiful Destinations