The Philippines really has something for everyone. With over 7,000 islands, many of those uninhabited, you can start to understand what we mean!
The Philippines has been growing in popularity over the years, on its way to becoming a must visit country.
So, why not get ahead of many others and book a trip now?
How to get there:
There are a number of flights, both direct and one stop, to Manila, Philippines from Dubai. Flight time is approx. 9 hours direct.
Best times to visit the Philippines:
The most popular time to visit the Philippines is between November and April, which is the dry season. May to October are classed as the wet months, however rain is not consistent, and you can still expect hot sunny days. The wet season is far less busy than the dry season, with lots of lush, green scenery. This all being said, the weather in the Philippines can be unpredictable at times.
Citizens of the UAE do not need to apply for a tourist visa for stays under 21 days. If you are looking to stay longer then you will need to apply for a visa.
If you are a resident of another county you will need to do a bit of research to check the visa status. Currently, there are 150 countries that do not need to apply for a tourist visa for entering the country.
Where to stay:
The Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands, so the adventure opportunities are almost endless!
Whilst we do not have time to take you through 7,000 islands, we will briefly guide you to the most popular places:
Palawan is an archipelago and is famous for its beauty, with El Nido being the most popular island. In this area you will also find the Puerto Princesa, a subterranean river with scuba diving, caves, natural reefs and much more to explore.
In Palawan you can find lots of different types of accommodation. From reasonably priced hostels to boutique hotels and large resorts. There is plenty to choose from for all budgets.
Do you like watersports, long white sandy beaches with an abundance of restaurants and hotels? Then visit Boracay. This island is certainly the liveliest of the country, but it is equally stunning too.
Not only is this area beautiful, with waterfalls, diving and snorkeling a plenty, it is also known for its witch doctors. This may sound a little strange, but it is an old tradition in the Philippines which is believed by locals.
The ‘official healers’ as the Tourism Department likes to call them, live in the mountains and will happily heal paying customers.
It also has a number of great and affordable beach resorts for you to choose from.
The Bicol Region
Catch the stunning sunrise or sunset views of arguable the most perfectly shaped volcano, here in Bicol. This volcano is active and last erupted in May 2013.
Outside of this wonderful view, take a trip to some of its close islands like Calagus and the Caramoan islands (the TV show survivor was shot here).
How to get around
The Philippines is not built for tourists like Thailand or Vietnam, and it is spread over many islands covering a large distance.
The best way to get around is by boat or plane, so check their schedules ahead of time.
If you are off on a trip to the Philippines, then we are very jealous of you. You will have an incredible time taking in the beautiful sights this country has to offer.
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