Philippines Travel Guide: What to See, Do, Costs, & Ways to Save

Last Updated: July 14,2020

Philippines at A Glance

Name of the countryRepublic of the PhilippinesMajor ReligionCatholic Christianity
Official languagesFilipino and EnglishArea
300,000km2
Largest cityVientianePopulation100,981,437 (2015)
Capital cityVientianeCurrencyPhilippine peso (₱) (PHP)
Major citiesVientiane, Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Pakse, Si Phan DonTime zoneUTC+8 (PHP)
Flag
125px-Flag_of_the_Philippines.svg.pngCalling Code+63
State Seal
85px-Coat_of_arms_of_the_Philippines.svg.pngEthnic groupsTagalog, Visayans/Bisaya
UNESCO World Heritage Sites Baroque Churches of the Philippines (1993)                
Historic City of Vigan (1999)   Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras (1995) Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary (2014)       Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park (1999)              
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (1993,2009)                     
Temperature21 °C - 32 °C (i.e. 70 °F - 90 °F)
Traditional festivalsSinulog Festival              
Ati-Atihan Festival                
Major islands
Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao

Best Time to Visit Philippines

The best months to visit Philippines is the summer months which is from December to April. These months' temperatures are around 24°C-31°C. At this time, the country is fully accessible, including many beautiful islands and more remote areas.

The rainy season is from June to October, bringing considerable rain with warm temperatures. Central areas such as Cebu should still stay dry for the most of parts. If you don't mind your hot days sprinkled with some rain, travelling during this season is still suggested due to reasonable price and less tourists.

Top Things to Do in Philippines

A Few Sunshine Days In Boracay

Boracay is always the main point for a tropical island dream come true. The center of Boracay is the dreamy white sand beach, a four-kilometer postcard-perfect beach stretching from one end to the other, with several blocks deep in hotels, restaurants, bars and diving shops.

The ocean was full of romantic sailboat and colorful umbrellas. Perfect after sunset, live music bursts and fire dancers sway.

Experience Colonial Culture of Manila

As the capital of the Philippines, Manila will give you an impression of a mix of Spanish colonial remains and modern buildings, not like a tropical Asia city.

Manila is developing, vivid, bustling, complex in culture, with rich and colorful multicultural heritage and colorful nightlife.

Attractions in Philippines

Ariel's Point – watersports like cliff diving, kayaking, paddleboarding and snorkeling

Crystal Cove Island (aka Lauren Island) - 10-minute boat ride southeast of Boracay Island

The Motag Living Museum - great cultural heritage

Manila Ocean Park – the city's premiere marine-themed park

Cebu - the country's superstar tourist destination. Scenic natural sites such as waterfalls, beaches, wildlife encounters , mountain views etc.

Boracay Island – beach lovers paradise

Balabac Islands - 31 gorgeous islands which are still vastly undiscovered by tourist crowds

Batanes Islands – isolated island, vibrant green rolling hills, grazing cows, traditional stone houses, and iconic lighthouses.

Sagada - scenic and calming mountain valleys

Banaue - extraordinary rice terraces

Mount Luho - highest point on Boracay Island

Boracay Bat Cave - spot here large fruit bats on this sea cave

Crocodile Island - diving and snorkelling day trips from Boracay

Willy's Rock - popular for local Catholics

Vigan - well-preserved Spanish-colonial town

Iligan - Majestic Waterfalls

How Many Days to Stay & Sample Itinerary

The Philippines: Islands of the South
7 days Bohol - Dumaguete
7 days | From $ 999
6 reviews
The Philippines: Secret around Manila
7 days Manila - Baguio - Sagada - Banaue - Manila
7 days | From $ 1299
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The Philippines: Palawan Discovery
9 days Manila - Puerto Princesa - El Nido
8 days | From $ 1729
9 reviews
The Philippines: Island Hopper
15 days Boracay - Cebu - Bohol - Dumaguete
12 days | From $ 2250
10 reviews
The Philippines: Highlands to Islands
13 days Manila - Baguio - Sagada - Banaue - Puerto Princesa - El Nido
13 days | From $ 1950
11 reviews
Essential Philippines
12 days Manila - Bohol - Cebu - El Nido
12 days | From $ 1899
13 reviews
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