Philippines Travel Guide

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Introducing Philippines

Philippines are an archipelago of over 7000 islands – yes, you read it right. There aren’t thorough land connections and so getting around from one place to another is a tad difficult. And yet, Philippines are slowly becoming a travelers’ paradise thanks to its white sand beaches and crystal clear waters that are on every diver and surfer’s bucket list. But tourism in Philippines is not limited to island lovers. You can trek a volcano, hit a beach party, be one with nature in the jungles and tour the abundant rice terraces. The jovial and warm Filipino people, the vibrant cities and picture-perfect outdoors make all kinds of tourists fall in love with the country. Its currency is the Philippine Peso and apart from the Filipino language even English is spoken commonly so traveling here is relatively easy. 

 

Must Know Facts

Best Time to Visit

Philippines’ islands largely experience hot, tropical weather all-round the year. There two major seasons. October to April is the dry season – March and April is particularly favorable for divers. May to September is the wet season and it gets extremely humid and hot. Most people tend to travel between January and May when cool breeze brings respite from the heat. The rainfall patterns vary from place to place and hence it is advisable to check the local climate of particular destinations while travelling. In any case, rainwear is essential to be carried when travelling to Philippines and be ready for adventures – spontaneous and flexible domestic travel is the rule to follow. That being said, it is important to beware of cyclones and typhoons, mostly between July and October. This is, in fact, the time when surfers visit the islands looking for giant waves.
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History & Culture

The Philippines was earlier a Spanish colony ruled from Mexico and a Latino vibe is very much alive and kicking in the local culture. For this reason, this part of South-East Aisa is very distinct from other countries in terms of spirituality and culture. The Japanese invaded the archipelago by attacking Pearl Harbour during World War II and wrecks from this can still be seen – Manila is said to b the second most devastated ally capital in the war! 

The people of Philippines have a culture of their own and are collectively called the Filipinos who are known to be very welcoming. The tribal population is animist but urban population is evidently Catholic. Catholic influences can be seen in major town fiestas aka festivals and centuries-old baroque stone churches seen in the city.  More modern American influences are also apparent in the malls and fast food culture. The Filipino cuisine is not heavy on the spices but thrives on freshness. It is a mixture of impact from its rulers and neighbors, that is, Spanish, Indonesian and Asian. Book a food tour in Pampanga and taste the local beer. Like its people, the country is laid-back, happy-go-lucky and high on fun quotient.
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Geography

Philippines archipelago is far removed from the mainland of South-East Asia. It has no link to neighboring countries and even crossing islands within the archipelago isn’t as simple as taking a bus. However, more and more air carriers are making it cheaper and more feasible to go island hopping. The main island is Luzon which is home to Philippines’ capital Manila – this is often where the journey begins. There’s a lot to do on Luzon itself. The second largest island is that of Mindanao where there are more volcanoes than settlements. The central islands are collectively known as the Visayas and these are home to most famous party beaches like Borocay. Taking ferries is another option to reach island groups like Mindoro which are home to Apo reef and other diving havens. Another must-do in this island heaven is taking a tour of Banaue Rice Terraces which feature on UNESCO’s world heritage list. These are terraces that were carved into mountains of Ifugao by ancestors of the indigenous tribes.
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Things to Do in Philippines

Banaue Rice Terraces are also called as “Eighth Wonder of the World” and are terraces that have been carved into mountains. Tourists, who visit this country, do not fail to visit the Banaue Rice Terraces which are fed by an ancient irrigation system and are more than 2000 years old.
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This protected area in Philippines is located in the Saint Paul Mountain Range on the western coast of the island and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The beauty of this national park is that it has a range of forest formations and more than 250 species of birds which would enchant you. There are also more than 30 mammals that can be found here.
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Chocolate Hills in Bohol is home to a dramatically unusual feature wherein the wonderland turns into a chocolate brown colour. Composed of limestone and covered with topsoil and grass, the Chocolate Hills are the perfect example of human race and the environment around us.
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All the adventure enthusiasts can head to the tallest mountain in the Philippines which lies at a total elevation of 9692 ft and enjoys a tropical rainy climate. This mountain is home to around 272 bird species and consists of waterfalls, lakes and rivers which add up to the beauty.
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It’s quite an adventure to walk across the Bamboo Hanging Bridge in Bohol which crosses the Sipatan River and is a fun place to be at. It might be daunting when you step on the bridge initially but the forty metre walk is full of swaying around and several bounces. Once you cross the bridge, you can also visit the many refreshment counters and souvenir shops.
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Feel the adrenaline rush when you Zipline over the paradise island of Boracay. If a height is your thing, then do not consider miss out on this experience as it makes out for some pretty pictures for the gram.
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There are a lot of spas that you would come across in Philippines to give you a perfect healing touch and unwind you with some of the best therapy sessions at some of the best locations.
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El Nido has many dive sites and is indeed a perfect place you can consider for scuba diving, especially Dilumacad Island which is a long tunnel that leads you to an underwater cavern. White Sand Beaches, coral reefs and other group of islands, make El Nido a perfect place for all kinds of activities.
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Packages & Recommendations

Tour Name
Trip Type
Month/Validity
Included Cities
Price Per Adult

Exotic Manila & Cebu

5 Nights / 6 Days
Trip Type
Free & Easy – SIC Tour
Flight Not Included
Month/Validity
  • Aug
  • Dec
  • Feb
  • Jan
  • Mar
  • Nov
  • Oct
  • Sep
Included Cities
Manila (2N) - Cebu City (3N)
... Manila (2N) - Cebu City (3N)
Price Per Adult
₹ 88,640
Onwards
Trip Type
Free & Easy – SIC Tour
Main Flight Included
Month/Validity
  • Aug
  • Dec
  • Feb
  • Jan
  • Mar
  • Nov
  • Oct
  • Sep
Included Cities
Manila (2N) - Bohol (2N) - Cebu City (2N)
... Manila (2N) - Bohol (2N) - Cebu City (2N)
Price Per Adult
₹ 85,400
Onwards

Memorable Philippines

6 Nights / 7 Days
Trip Type
Free & Easy – SIC Tour
Main Flight Included
Month/Validity
  • Aug
  • Dec
  • Feb
  • Jan
  • Mar
  • Nov
  • Oct
  • Sep
Included Cities
Manila (1N) - Boracay Island (2N) - Cebu City (3N)
... Manila (1N) - Boracay Island (2N) - Cebu City (3N)
Price Per Adult
₹ 85,760
Onwards

Amazing Philippines

8 Nights / 9 Days
Trip Type
Free & Easy – SIC Tour
Main Flight Included
Month/Validity
  • Aug
  • Dec
  • Feb
  • Jan
  • Mar
  • Nov
  • Oct
  • Sep
Included Cities
Manila (2N) - Puerto Princesa (1N) - El Nido (2N) - Cebu City (3N)
... Manila (2N) - Puerto Princesa (1N) - El Nido (2N) - Cebu City (3N)
Price Per Adult
₹ 103,750
Onwards

Unique Island

6 Nights / 7 Days
Trip Type
Free & Easy – SIC Tour
Main Flight Included
Month/Validity
  • Aug
  • Dec
  • Feb
  • Jan
  • Mar
  • Nov
  • Oct
  • Sep
Included Cities
Manila (1N) - El Nido (2N) - Cebu City (3N)
... Manila (1N) - El Nido (2N) - Cebu City (3N)
Price Per Adult
₹ 87,560
Onwards

Happy Travellers

Trip Planned By Flamingo Was One Of The Best Trip
Trip Planned By Flamingo Was One Of The Best Trip

Trip Planned By Flamingo Was One Of The Best Trip

I am glad to inform that my Philippines trip planned by Flamingo was one of the best trips. The coordination between local tour agency and guides as well as drivers seemed extremely smooth. The best part of the trip was the welcoming culture of the country that we have experienced. The hotels in all three destinations were either as per expectation or above expectation. Here, I would like to give a special mention to "Princesa Garden Island and Resort" property. It is an awesome resort with lots of greenery. A perfect place to spend some time away from concrete jungles. 
The city tour of Manila was a learning experience of Filipino culture. The guide, Mr. Abdulla, is a man with deep knowledge of Filipino culture and is a very friendly person. The countryside tour of Bohol was the most peaceful journey due to its clean weather and sweet people. The Guitar factory in Mactan city (Cebu) showed us the world of strings. We saw all the levels of production that are performed to make world-class guitars and ukulele. Though we missed visiting the underground river tour at Puerto Princesa, it seems to be a must visit place as it also features in seven wonders of the nature.
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