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Philippines

Visa Requirements:

Visa on arrival

Languages Spoken:

Tagalog, English

Currency Used:

Philippine Peso

General Information

The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is a unitary sovereign state and island country in Southeast Asia. Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, it consists of about 7,641 islands[17] that are categorized broadly under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The capital city of the Philippines is Manila and the most populous city is Quezon City, both part of Metro Manila. Bounded by the South China Sea on the west, the Philippine Sea on the east and the Celebes Sea on the southwest, the Philippines shares maritime borders with Taiwan to the north, Vietnam to the west, Palau to the east and Malaysia and Indonesia to the south.

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Places To Go

The Philippines is an archipelago in South-East Asia, with more than seven thousand islands situated between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea., who gained independence was obtained in 1946.

The Philippines is a vast paradise with a mild year-round temperature and a wide variety of activities. The majority of tourists seek white sandy beaches and incredible diving, that will impress them for several years ahead.

Among the top activities on the island are kayaking, diving, surfing, and snorkeling. The capital of The Philippines is Manila, attracts most tourists. This place is a mix of a mega resort, shops, restaurants and other entertainment complexes.

The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is a unitary sovereign state and island country in Southeast Asia. Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, it consists of about 7,641 islands[17] that are categorized broadly under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The capital city of the Philippines is Manila and the most populous city is Quezon City, both part of Metro Manila. Bounded by the South China Sea on the west, the Philippine Sea on the east and the Celebes Sea on the southwest, the Philippines shares maritime borders with Taiwan to the north, Vietnam to the west, Palau to the east and Malaysia and Indonesia to the south.

Boracay

All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world. A visit to Boracay is all about the beach: whether you're lying out in the sun, snorkeling or scuba diving, swimming, or windsurfing. The island's main 4 km (2.4 mi) stretch of beach boasts pristine white sand edged with resorts, guesthouses, and restaurants serving fresh seafood and diverse international cuisines. Take a full tour of Boracay on rented bike or motorcycle, but don't be fooled by its small size; the island offers countless leisure opportunities and activities, from the secluded peace of its many resorts to the hum of its nightlife and club scene.

Puerto Princesa

A convenient place to stay when exploring the island, the city of Puerto Princesa sits on the coast in the center of the landmass. A number of beach resorts, traditional folk markets, and seafood restaurants make the city a comfortable place to stay, with Puerto Princesa also developing a reputation for being cleaner and greener than many other settlements in the country. Excursions to local dive sites, secluded beaches, and remote islands represent staples of most Puerto Princesa itineraries.

El Nido

The coastal region of El Nido includes a mainland area of jungle, beaches, and cliffs, as well as 45 limestone islands and islets. Trips to El Nido traditionally include a boat tour through the archipelago, with island-hopping expeditions revealing a number of remote beaches hidden between rocky outcrops. Though the waters surrounding the mainland beaches may be a little too dirty to be inviting, the water further offshore retains a crisp clarity, making diving in the coral reefs a particularly enjoyable experience.

Coron

Coron tourism has developed around its dive spots, with coral reefs and 10 preserved Japanese underwater shipwrecks to explore. The varied offshore islands boast an impressive array of lakes, lagoons, and mountainous landscapes. Coron Island remains the ancestral home of the Tagbanuas people, who survive as fishermen and gatherers of bird's nest used in local cuisine.

Mimaropa

Instead of giant cities clogged with traffic, Mimaropa offers sprawling national parks, protected marine areas, World Heritage Sites, and wild safari experiences. For anyone wishing to escape the modern world for a while, a holiday in Mimaropa affords peace and serenity on one of the area's palm-shaded beaches. Simple but hospitable towns offer delicious seafood specialties and a laid-back lifestyle, and Mimaropa's underwater treasures include marine life-rich coral reefs and remains of sunken World War II gun ships.

Manila

The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within. The massive, vibrant, cosmopolitan city teems with traffic, people, and buildings piling on top of each other. In one trip to Manila, you'll see fantastic, gleaming skyscrapers just blocks away from shantytowns, scores of Catholic churches, neoclassical buildings, and other remnants of 300 years of Spanish colonial rule and subsequent American colonialism. But the Manila of today is just as much about its up-and-coming music and contemporary art gallery scene. The city serves as a jumping-off point to explore the various islands of the Philippines, but don't miss the best attractions in Manila itself, including lush public parks, national museums, and an aggregation of the best Filipino food from every part of the country.

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Climate

The Philippines has a tropical maritime climate that is usually hot and humid. There are three seasons: tag-init or tag-araw, the hot dry season or summer from March to May; tag-ulan, the rainy season from June to November; and tag-lamig, the cool dry season from December to February. The southwest monsoon (from May to October) is known as the Habagat, and the dry winds of the northeast monsoon (from November to April), the Amihan. Temperatures usually range from 21 °C (70 °F) to 32 °C (90 °F) although it can get cooler or hotter depending on the season. The coolest month is January; the warmest is May.

The average yearly temperature is around 26.6 °C (79.9 °F). In considering temperature, location in terms of latitude and longitude is not a significant factor. Whether in the extreme north, south, east, or west of the country, temperatures at sea level tend to be in the same range. Altitude usually has more of an impact. The average annual temperature of Baguio at an elevation of 1,500 meters (4,900 ft) above sea level is 18.3 °C (64.9 °F), making it a popular destination during hot summers.

Sitting astride the typhoon belt, most of the islands experience annual torrential rains and thunderstorms from July to October, with around nineteen typhoons entering the Philippine area of responsibility in a typical year and eight or nine making landfall. Annual rainfall measures as much as 5,000 millimeters (200 in) in the mountainous east coast section but less than 1,000 millimeters (39 in) in some of the sheltered valleys. The wettest known tropical cyclone to impact the archipelago was the July 1911 cyclone, which dropped over 1,168 millimeters (46.0 in) of rainfall within a 24-hour period in Baguio.

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Safety Tips

The Philippines is the 104th country in the world, based on the safest and most dangerous countries ranking. On the whole, the main areas frequently visited by tourists are highly secured by the police, because tourism is the country’s main source of income. However, there have some reported cases when tourists were robbed at gunpoint or knife point in tourist locations, sexual assaults are not rare. Among the most frequent type of crimes on the islands against tourists are armed robberies, theft, purse or bag snatching.

Manila

Manila is assessed as being a high-threat location. Crime remains a concern in urban areas throughout the country. Theft (including pickpocketing), robbery and credit card frauds are among the most common types of crime. Drink spiking in metropolitan pubs and bars common, travelers should never leave a drink unattended, nor accept drinks from strangers and do not visit that kind of places alone. Sporadically carjacking and violent assaults occur; and there are known incidents in which criminals have rear-ended the bumper of a targeted vehicle. At a time when a driver gets out of the vehicle in order to examine the damage, the offenders rob the driver and steal the car. Therefore, we advise to refrain from driving in a remote, dark streets of the outskirts of Manila, as most of such type of crime took place in these areas. Due to the increased frauds with credit cards, it is recommended to use credit cards only at major retail facilities and check a bank statement regularly.

The country’s most dangerous spots

Jolo Province & Basilan Province
Infamously known for a high kidnapping level of tourists for ransom. Abu Sayayaf is a Muslim rebels group in charge of the kidnappings. They use these islands as a lair.

Mindanao
Cotabato province, where violent clashes between Muslims populations and government forces happen on a regular basis. A civilian could easily get caught in the crossfire. Due to the security reasons, traveling to the next regions is also prohibited: The Sulu Archipelago and the Suu Sea. The risks of sexual assault in the Philippines is moderate. In some incidents, the victims were drugged.

Other areas of concern:

Another area of concern for newcomers who operate their own water craft is to encounter vessels operated by armed smugglers. Due to numerous uninhabited islands, criminal groups take an advantage on this and widely use it for storing illicit drugs and weapons for further illegal importation.Rabies is also common among street animals in the country. Be aware and vaccinated.Due to a spread of tuberculosis in the countryside, try to avoid individuals who cough and look weak

Risk Ratings

OVERALL RISK: HIGH
The criminal threat on the Philippines is high. Since recent years it significantly increased. It is ranked 104th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities.

PICKPOCKETS RISK: LOW
As a frequently visited tourist destination, the risks of petty crimes exist, especially in the beach area and main touristic spots in the capital. However, in comparison with the pickpocket’s threat in Barcelona, it’s trifling. Excessive vigilance in all public place is recommended.

MUGGING RISK: HIGH
Mugging is an area of concern for newcomers, residents, and locals. Assaults and robberies are often all over the islands. Last year there were reported 22 kidnappings in the country, most often in Mindanao.

SCAMS RISK: HIGH
Vendors of the small shops may tell you that they have no change for a large currency bill (500 – 1000) and offer you to buy other goods, just to get an appropriate change. Be aware of that and try to have small bills at your disposal.

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: HIGH
Intolerant drivers speeding and reckless driving is a result of numerous fatalities on the roads. Flooding sometimes makes roads impassable.

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: HIGH
Among the top environmental hazards in the country are typhoons, floods, landlines, tsunamis. Volcanic eruptions are an area of concern.

TERRORISM RISK: HIGH
Terrorism is a threat around the world. Risks of terrorism in the Philippines is high.

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: MEDIUM
In recent years’ rapes and sexual assaults became a problem in the Bahamas. Many rapes happened near the hotels and casinos. Consume alcohol moderately and avoid being intoxicated in the public places. Being vigilant and avoiding poorly lit areas will significantly reduce the risks of being sexually assaulted.