Philippines: Some Useful Tips for your Journey

Are you in doubt to make a journey in this Southeast Asian country?
In the Philippines you’ll find colourful bays, coralline islets, funny nightlife and smiling people

1. Where to go?

The Philippines are a group of more 7000 islands, then it’s important that you must be decide which areas visit and prepare your itinerary. Almost all islands are connected to each other with ferry’s or flight, but the distance between they are important.

Then not to waste time you must decide in advance where to go.

Tips: informed about the characteristics of the various islands, decide what you prefer to do; diving, snorkelling, forest walks, nightlife ..so it is easier to understand what area you need to manage.

This is a very brief summary of the most beautiful places to visit:

  • Palawan: the most famous island of the Philippines is also considered the most beautiful place in the world. To visit for: Puerto Princesa, El Nido, the beautiful Bacuit Bay and Coron (Busuanga Island).
  • Visayas: here you find Cebu the oldest city in the country, also known as “The Queen of the South”. Bohol where you will find rivers enveloped by the jungle, pristine beaches, small tarsier with giant eyes and try the adrenaline of zip line on the chocolate hills. 

Tips: to see the tarsies in a respectful manner visit the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary is the oldest primate, one of the smallest in the world and is also a species at risk of extinction.

  • Luzon: Manila is the capital of the country, which is not only traffic and nightlife, but is becoming an important cultural center: museums, contemporary art and design. The most important district is Intramuros, elegant and rich in history.

2. Health

Vaccine isn’t necessary, if you want to carry out vaccinations against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies (is endemic in the country) and typhus (if you go to the non-urban area), but if you stay in touristic zone isn’t necessary.

While the yellow fever vaccine for travelers from countries where is a risk of transmission, as well as for all travelers who have even just passed through the airport where yellow fever is a transmission risk.

3.  Telephone

Buy a local SIM card, because the roaming it’s very expensive! One prepaid sim cost only P40 (€0,66). The best operators are Globe (www.globe.com.ph) and Smart (www.smart.com.ph)

4.  Best period-high price

It’s important to book your accommodation with advance because during the high season (November to April / May) it’s full of people, and the best price/quality hotel are full.

Also if you book your accommodation with Booking.com you can have a discount. (Read the article on how to make the best deal with Booking.com)

5. Do not rush

Transportation in the Philippines are famous, very often to being late, from the plane to the ferry’s; it’s very important not to have the return flight on the same day of an internal connection.

Regarding internal transport there are various type of vehicles low cost:

Land: van, bus, trycicle (philippine rickshaw), jeepney (world war II military jeep)

filippine jeepney

Sea: Bangka (small wooden boat, also used for private excursion), fastcraft, ferry (2GO Travel, Oceanjet), stand up paddle board.

By air: plane (Air swift, Cebu Pacific, Philippine airlines, AirAsia, Air Juan, Skyjet)

6. Rent a scooter

Regarding travel within a specific island we recommend to rent a scooter to be autonomous in the movements, moreover it’s the fastest and cheapest way.

Many hotels offer directly the scooter rental service with room reservation.

Otherwise there are various rental services around the towns.

7. Electrical supply

Bring a power adapter to use your electronic devices, and carry a powerbank around with you, for times in which electricity is in short supply. Some towns have no electrical supply during certain hours of the day and there are regular power cuts (called brownouts) throughout the country including cities. 

Do you have any other tips to share to visit the Philippines?

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