The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107 heavenly islands at the end of the world that are still spared from mass tourism. A trip to the Philippines is therefore living to the rhythm of a nonchalant and friendly people with a rich and mixed cultural identity, far from the crowd of tourists usually found in Southeast Asia. The Philippines also has miles of coastline punctuated by white sandy beaches bathed in clear waters such as the Bacuit Archipelago or White Beach and the lagoons of Palawan Island. The waters of this destination are also very popular with divers because of their rich seabed, where whale sharks and rays can be observed. The Philippines will also delight adventurers with exceptional treks such as the one in the spectacular rice terraces of the northern Cordillera or on one of the many volcanoes, such as the Mayon volcano, that the country has. All these activities are easy to set up by being equipped with the Philippines tourist guide or by using a travel agency for an organized tour.

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When to go to Philippines?

When to go to the Philippines? The high tourist season, and the best time to travel to the Philippines, is from early November to late February-early March and during Holy Week (March-April). The low tourist season extends from June to October (lower rates most often). This monsoon period is generally punctuated by about 20 typhoons that cross the country. However, many travellers walked around in August-September and had very good weather (especially in Palawan). If we were to rename the Philippines, we would certainly call this archipelago the one of festivals. They are very numerous and all very rich in colours. The inhabitants invite visitors to their homes to share not only food, but also some good times. So, whatever the time of year you visit the Philippines, you can attend one of the many festivals

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Most tours in the Philippines last 15 days but count a good 20 days for a big tour of the archipelago. Different thematic stays are offered by the travel agencies over two weeks: an adventure and trekking tour around the rice terraces and volcanoes, or a tour around the dream beaches and diving in a Palawan/Bohol combination, for example.

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The Philippines poses little risk to independent travellers. There are not many thefts there, but it is better to leave your valuables in a hotel safe, especially in Manila. When travelling to Mindanao, you should know that you are taking some risks because some areas such as Zamboanga are considered as the stronghold of armed groups that organize kidnappings for ransom. Apart from this area, the rest of the Philippines is not a problem.

It is easy to travel by plane in the Philippine archipelago, but it is mainly the boat and the many ferries that serve the islands. The most picturesque means of public transportation is jeepneys, jeeps abandoned by the American army and converted into minibuses. There are also, by extension, jeepneys of the sea, also called bangkas, small wooden boats that operate between the islands but can also be rented by the day.

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When to travel?

When to go to the Philippines? The high tourist season, and the best time to travel to the Philippines, is from early...
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Weather forecast

The Philippines has a tropical, hot and humid climate all year round. The average humidity is 77% and the average tem...
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Budget

The cost of living is low in the Philippines compared to Europe, but tourists often use expensive services (car renta...
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Formalities

For a stay of 30 days (maximum) in the Philippines, no visa is required for the majority of visitors. Above this peri...
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Health

No vaccination is required for a trip to the Philippines. However, it is advisable to be vaccinated against diphtheri...
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How to travel by yourself?

The Philippines poses little risk to independent travellers. There are not many thefts there, but it is better to lea...
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How to get organized?

Most tours in the Philippines last 15 days but count a good 20 days for a big tour of the archipelago. Different them...
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Getting around

It is easy to travel by plane in the Philippine archipelago, but it is mainly the boat and the many ferries that serv...
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