The Philippines consists of over 7,000 islands and is also known as the 12th most populated country in the world. Tourism is a major contributor to the country’s economy and, it’s no wonder, with so many superb sights both on and off shore. Whether you are looking for an underwater adventure along the Tubbataha Reef, a spectacular view of the Mayon Volcano or a trip along the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, you can do all this and more!
There are plenty of natural sights, activities and opportunities for much needed relaxation in the Philippines. Just take a look through our Philippines Travel Blog and you’ll be ready to pack your bags in a heartbeat!
Philippines Travel Blog: Travel Tips
- Safety and crime: Criminal activity in the Philippines ranges from petty theft to more violent crimes. When travelling here, you should avoid wearing any flashy jewellery and keep your valuable belongings like cameras safe and concealed when not in use. Carry only a minimal amount of cash and use only reputable taxi companies for transportation. You can use other public transport like buses but you should be particularly vigilant. If you enjoy getting out in the evening and having a few drinks, you should never leave your drink unattended. If you do leave your drink (even for just a minute), it is better to discard it and order a new one instead. Drinks may be spiked if you take your eyes off them.
- Sea travel: If you wish to visit another island or take a boat out, you should make sure that you only travel with a reputable guide. Do not ride on overcrowded ferries as they do not have enough safety equipment in the event of an emergency.
- Medical and health: Make sure that you have adequate medical and travel insurance before you leave for your trip. Ask your doctor 8 weeks prior to departure regarding any vaccines you may need. Familiarise yourself with the various medical facilities near to the place or places to intend on visiting. Note that medical care is usually quite readily available in cities but you might struggle to find adequate care in more rural areas.
- Natural disasters: The Philippines is affected by approximately 20 typhoons each year between the months of June and November. In such times, there is a risk of flooding and landslides. Earthquakes are also a possibility and can occur at any time of the year. There are a number of active volcanoes that can erupt without warning. Make sure that you familiarise yourself with emergency procedures prior to your trip.
- Money: Travellers cheques might be difficult to exchange. Most shops in busy towns and cities accept international credit and debit cards. Many ATM machines also accept international debit and credit cards. If you intend on using your card in the Philippines, you should notify your bank prior to your departure and let them know not to block your card. Once you return, make sure that your bank knows that you have returned and that no further charges in the Philippines should reflect on your account.