Philippines

Philippines Highlights

"It's more fun the Philippines"

The Philippines is defined by its emerald rice fields, teeming megacities, graffiti-splashed jeepneys, smouldering volcanoes, bug-eyed tarsiers, fuzzy water buffalo and smiling, happy-go-lucky people. Adventure travelers can enjoy exciting travels in beautiful beaches and life in the tropics. The Philippines are considered as a paradise because of its beaches. With Catholic religion, the Philippines marks a cultural and spiritual difference with the other countries of Southeast Asia. The Philippines is famously known for the high number of islands, which have their own characteristics. Domestic travel is cheap and fun, and is best done spontaneously. 

Philippines Ratings

Cultural Exchange: 4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

Outdoor Activity: 4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

Nature Discovery: 4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)

Overall: 4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

Outdoor Activities in the Philippines

Climbing & Mountainering, Diving, Hiking, Rafting, Surfing, Trekking 

Country Profile

Capital: Manila

Important cities: Manila, Iloilo City, Baguio, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Tagbilaran, Vigan, Zamboanga

Currency: Philippine peso (PHP)

Visa policy: Link

Area: 300,000 km2

Languages: Filipino, Spanish, Arabic

Mobile Phone: Local SIM cards are widely available and can be loaded up cheaply with data and phone credit. Globe and Smart are the two networks with the best national coverage.

Country code: +63

Electricity: 220V, 60Hz

Internet TLD: .ph

Time Zone: UTC+8

Sources: Lonely Planet, Wikipedia, Wikitravel

Weather

Description: The weather is tropical, with summer being the hottest season. The rainy season starts in June and extends through October with strong typhoons possible. The coolest months are from November to February, with mid-January to end of February considered the best for cooler and dryer weather. Locations exposed directly to the Pacific Ocean have frequent rainfall all year. This includes the popular Pagsanjan Falls southeast of Manila (though the falls will get you wet regardless). Beware the typhoons, which frequently cause great destruction and loss of life.

When should you go: Adventurers should visit the Philippines during the dry season. The coolest months in the Philippines are November, December, January, February and March.

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