Discovering the Philippines: Your Complete Travel Guide for 2024

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-Nacpan Beach, El Nido Palawan

As soon as we saw the Philippines, we fell in love. From Boracay’s beautiful beaches to Palawan’s stunning cliffs, this amazing island nation has stolen our hearts like nowhere else we’ve been.

With over 7,641 islands to explore, it’s tough to see them all in just a few weeks. We’ve put together this travel guide to help you make the most of your time in this incredible paradise.

Key Facts About the Philippines

A Quick Overview of the Philippines: The Philippines has it all! From tropical islands and stunning beaches to unique wildlife and breathtaking landscapes like rice terraces. With turquoise waters, top-notch diving, and surfing spots, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Currency in Philippines: Philippines Peso | 2024 Conversion Rate: $1.79 USD = β‚±55.90 pesos

Tipping in Philippines: In the Philippines, tipping isn’t necessary. Waitstaff don’t usually expect tips, so it’s okay if you don’t give any. However, some places might include a ‘service charge’ on your bill.

 Language & Helpful Phrases: Filipino

  • Hello = kumusta
  • Thank you = salamat
  • Can I ask? = pwede mag tanong?
  • Delicious = masarap
  • Bathroom =  CR (comfort room) / banyo
  • How much? = magkano
  • Too expensive = mahal
  • Don’t want = ayaw
  • I love you all = mahal ko kayo

Beliefs and Culture: “The Philippines is the only country in Asia where most people are Christians, with about 86 percent following Roman Catholicism. There are also Muslims, mainly in the southern part of Mindanao. The culture in the Philippines is a blend of Western and Eastern influences.

Transportation around Philippines: In big towns and cities, you can easily find taxis, tricycles, jeepneys, and buses. Traveling around the Philippines is usually cheap.

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Paraw sailing, Boracay

Ideal Time to Explore the Philippines

For a complete picture of when to visit the Philippines based on seasons, weather, and other factors, we’ve included some key information to give you a basic idea.

Climate in the Philippines

The Philippines experiences three seasons: hot dry season (summer), rainy season, and cool dry season.

  • Hot season: March to May
  • Rainy season: June to November
  • Cool season: December to February

The busiest time for tourists is typically from March to May, which is summer. It’s also the most expensive time to visit.

Times to avoid traveling in Philippines

The Philippines is in a region prone to typhoons, with about nineteen hitting each year. It’s recommended to avoid traveling there from July to October due to heavy rains and thunderstorms

Major Festivals in the Philippines

  • Sinulog Festival – held every third Sunday of January in Cebu, honors the Santo NiΓ±o or Holy Child.
  • Dinagyang Festival – celebrated on the fourth Sunday of January, also pays tribute to the Santo NiΓ±o through street dance competitions and feasting.
  • Panagbenga Festival – held in February, showcases flower-themed floats to honor the city’s flower industry.
  • Masskara Festival – held in the third week of October in Bacolod, features vibrant masks worn by dancers in lively parades.
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-Scuba Diving Moalboal, Cebu

Best Activities in the Philippines

Island hopping

Boat operators across the Philippines provide island hopping tours for as little as $20 to $100 per ride. Fantastic spots for island hopping include Hundred Islands National Park, Cebu, Iloilo, Palawan, Boracay, Bohol, Camiguin, Palaui, and Siargao.”

Scuba diving

The Philippines is known worldwide for its exceptional scuba diving sites, particularly as it’s part of the ‘Coral Triangle’. Diving here is truly breathtaking, with over 5,000 species of snails, mollusks, and clams, 488 species of corals, 2,824 fish species, and more!

Some top diving spots include Apo Island in Negros Oriental, Monad Shoal in Cebu, Manta Bowl in Masbate, Panglao Island in Bohol, Mactan in Cebu, Verde Island in Batangas, Anilao in Batangas, Tubbataha Reefs in Palawan, and Puerto Galera in Mindoro

Go beach hunting

You won’t want to miss the stunning beaches of Palawan, Boracay, Cebu, Siargao, and Bohol in the Philippines. They’re truly some of the most beautiful beaches you’ll ever see.”

Eat local food

Eating in the Philippines is very affordable, with meals available for as little as $1. Filipinos have a deep love for food, so you’ll find plenty of delicious dishes to try all across the country.

Must-Try Filipino Dishes

Here are some of our favorites:

  • Sinigang: A tangy meat and vegetable stew that’s a local favorite.
  • Adobo: Chicken adobo, a famous dish marinated in a flavorful sauce.
  • Kare Kare: Oxtail stew with a rich peanut sauce and veggies.
  • Lechon: Roasted whole pig, perfect for pork lovers!
  • Halo halo: A must-try dessert with shaved ice, milk, and various toppings.”
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Baigad, Bantayan Island, Cebu

Philippines Destination Lists

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Cebu Highlights and Bantayan Island Tour

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Land Tour in Siargao

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Bohol Countryside Tour

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Boracay Tour Package

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Tips for Traveling Responsibly in the Philippines

1. Pack eco-friendly items

Learn about traveling responsibly. Try to pack only eco-friendly items:

  • Use what you already own.
  • Take care of your things.
  • Explore different brands
  • Use these items at home as well

2. Hire a local guide

By supporting local businesses, you’re helping families and learning more about the landscapes and culture. Locals know their home best.

3. Choose your purchases wisely

Don’t buy items made from rare woods, ancient artifacts, or endangered species. Leave corals and shells where they belong.

To sum up, visiting the Philippines offers amazing experiences like beautiful beaches, diverse marine life, lively festivals, and tasty food. But it’s important to travel responsibly, help local businesses, and show respect for the environment and culture. This way, travelers can enjoy the Philippines while also making a positive impact on its communities and nature