Emerald rice terraces, idyllic beaches, world class diving, tribal villages and jungle covered peaks - you shouldn't take much convincing to book a trip to the Philippines. Known as a diving and island-hopping paradise, the Philippines is a firm favorite for adventurous travelers, with a great mix of beach, jungle and cultural attractions.
The official languages of the Philippines are Filipino and English. More people speak Filipino than English, but English is widely spoken.
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The Philippines (GMT +8)
Top Places in the Philippines
With around 7,500 islands, the Philippines makes up part of the world's largest archipelago. Picking where to go can be tough, as there is so much to see, but here are a few of our favorite tours to get you started.
Philippines - Manila to Boracay on a shoestring
Pick somewhere different to go for your next adventure like, really different. These ten days in the gorgeous northern half of the Philippines will stay with you forever.
It would take several lifetimes to explore the 6,000-plus islands that make up the Philippine Archipelago, but since you've only got one to spare, spend it in the South. A haven for sunbathers and spelunkers alike, the Southern Philippines are a thrill to discover both above ground and under.
With a little more time on your hands, book this 16-day adventure in the Philippines. Relax on the perfect island beaches, snorkel in crystal waters and get a real feel of Filipino culture on a homestay.
Travel to the Philippines during dry season for the best weather in the islands. For North Luzon, Manila, Palawan and Boracay, dry season is December to February. Other parts of the Philippines have a more tropical climate with more frequent spells of rain and possible typhoons. Shoulder seasons of May and November are also popular times to travel, due to cooler temps and lower prices.
Lots of solo travelers visit the Philippines without any problems at all. As English is widely spoken, it is easy to get directions from locals and you are able to book buses and ferries easily. A great way to travel the Philippines when alone is by booking onto an adventure tour or island-hopping trip. This is great way to meet fellow travelers and make new friends along the way.
How to travel the Philippines on a budget
The cost of living in the Philippines is very low in comparison to the United States. Food and drink can cost less than a dollar, and there are plenty of budget accommodation options available. Getting around the islands by ferry is the cheapest way to travel, but this can take a lot longer than internal flights so leave plenty of time to get around.
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