Travel Guide: Philippines
Famous for its amazing beaches, Philippines definitely doesn’t disappoint of the scenery. Possibly one of the most beautiful countries we’ve ever visited, this cluster of islands in the Pacific is worth every cent you spend.
When to Travel
We visited the Philippines in February – March and encountered beautiful weather for the most part. Being a tropical island means rain comes and go but try to avoid June to October when monsoon season is at its peak.
In the Philippines there’s accommodation for all tastes. Plenty of resorts and bungalows around make up the majority of them but there’s still budget stays for the backpackers. However, El Nido was one with the worst for value for money. Remember that prices rise for high season (November to May).
Typical Filipino food is widely available at the food stalls scattered around the streets. There’s also plenty of Western options available at a more pricey tag. This country is also paradise for meat eaters (beware vegetarians!).
In a country made up of islands, transportation from one to the other relies mostly on flights. Boats are available for closer trips and can be quite crowded. Roads are mainly pretty well maintained but buses are usually packed and commuting can take up quite some time.
Things to Do
- Food is heavily based on meat products but fresh fruits are plentiful and cheap. Beer is also pretty cheap too!
- Don’t go around flashing up your shiny phone or other expensive belongings. Although a safe country, there are plenty of pickpocketing stories.
- Tap water is not safe to drink, so stick to bottled or take your own and fill up at the many water stations available around. Usually 5 Pesos (or less than AUD.015) per 500ml.
- Philippines is definitely a place to dive, with a huge (actually the largest) marine life diversity in the world. Pay a visit to the sardines in Moalboal.
- Upon boarding to the Philippines, you have to present a ticket to leave the country. Make sure to book in advance to avoid issues when boarding.
*Cost breakdown shown below refers to expenses per day for 2 people for Australian & Brazilian passport holders (visa).
- Accomodation: AU$23.00
- Food: AU$32.95
- Entertainment: AU$21.98
- Visa: NIL
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