Many travellers and backpackers skip the Philippines for various reasons: they don’t have enough time, they think it’s too unsafe or they are unaware of how beautiful it actually is. But in reality, the Philippines is home to some of the most picturesque scenery in the world. With over 7000 islands, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Visit Palawan for outstanding natural beauty, including waterfalls, lagoons and stunning beaches. According to CN Travellers El Nido has the best beach in the world! Or head to the party island of Boracay, home to a range of water-sports, spas and great nightlife.
Although the Philippines is a beautiful country, the whole of the far south is a no-go zone: The areas of Mindanao, the Sulu Archipelago and the Zamboanga Peninsula are all considered extremely dangerous and travellers are advised not to go there. Be careful when in Manilla for pickpockets and gangs. Many tourists including ourselves try to get in and out of Manilla as fast as possible, as there are far more beautiful regions throughout the country. However, if you are staying in Manilla head to the Makati area of the city, which is home to the most backpackers, or if you want something a little more luxurious head to what is probably the worlds cheapest underwater hotel – H20.
Currency: Philippines Peso. Click here for currency conversion rates.
Language: Filipino, however most people speak good English.
Good to know: The major religion is Roman Catholicism, which accounts for 80% of the population.
Visa: 30 day visa-on-arrival available for most nationalities. You’ll likely to be asked for proof of departure before being permitted entry into the country.
Climate: Hot and humid year-round. Rainy season lasts from June to October.
Power Adaptors: 2/3 pin plug – Type A/B/C (Click here for full information).
Global Peace Index: Rank 139th of 163.
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