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Frequently asked questions
What are some popular tourist destinations in the Philippines?
The Philippines, a Southeast Asia nation consisting of more than 7,000 islands, has many popular Philippine tourist destinations, including Boracay, known for its white sand beaches, Palawan, home to some of the best islands, Cebu, known for its historical sites and natural wonders, and many more Philippine tourist spots.
What is the best time to visit the Philippines?
The best time to visit the Philippines and book Philippine guided tours is from November to April, which is the dry season. The months of May to October are generally the rainy season, although there are some parts of the country where it can rain year-round. Make sure to book your holidays in the Philippines in advance.
What is the currency used in the Philippines?
The currency used in the Philippines is the Philippine peso (PHP).
What are some local dishes that travelers should try in the Philippines?
Some Filipino food that travelers should try in the Philippines and are often part of Philippine tours include adobo (chicken or pork stewed in vinegar and soy sauce), sinigang (sour soup with meat and vegetables), and lechon (roasted pig).
What are some popular water activities to do in the Philippines?
The Philippines has many popular water activities, like going on a Philippine island hopping activity, learning how to dive or pursuing a scuba diving course, trying some snorkeling in the Philippines, swimming at some of the best natural swimming pools, rejuvenating at a hot spring resort in the Philippines, taking a dip at some of the beautiful falls in the Philippines, or trying to go surfing in the Philippines.
Is it safe to travel to the Philippines?
While the Philippines is generally a safe country to travel to, it is always important to take precautions to ensure your safety, such as avoiding high crime areas and being aware of your surroundings. Because of COVID-19, make sure to follow social distancing rules. For more information, read our Philippine travel requirements guide.
Do I need a visa to travel to the Philippines?
Depending on your nationality, you may need a visa to travel to the Philippines. It is best to check with the Philippine embassy or consulate in your country for more information.
What are some cultural norms and customs in the Philippines?
Some cultural norms and customs in the Philippines include respecting elders, removing shoes before entering a home, and using "po" and "opo" as a sign of respect when speaking to elders or authority figures. It is important to familiarize yourself with the cultural norms and customs of Filipino people, especially if you’re going on a solo travel to the Philippines.
What is the transportation system like in the Philippines?
The transportation system in the Philippines can vary depending on the area, but it typically includes buses, jeepneys (converted jeeps used for public transport), taxis, and tricycles (motorcycle with sidecar). In larger cities, there are also MRT (train) systems and ride-sharing apps like Grab. You can also rent a car in the Philippines, as well as book airport to hotel transfers. Read more in our article about transportation in the Philippines.
What are some off-the-beaten-path destinations in the Philippines?
Some of the underrated places in the Philippines include Dumaguete, known for its natural beauty and rich marine life, Batanes, known for its rolling hills and mountains, Capiz, one of the best food destinations in the Philippines, and many more.
What are some popular festivals in the Philippines?
Some popular festivals in the Philippines include the Ati-Atihan Festival in Aklan, Sinulog Festival in Cebu, Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo, and MassKara Festival in Bacolod City.
What are some ecotourism activities to do in the Philippines?
One of the best ways to be a responsible traveler is by visiting ecotourism destinations in the Philippines and trying out sustainable activities. For sustainable tourism in the Philippines, try hiking in Mount Pulag or Mount Pinatubo, exploring the Puerto Princesa Underground River, and visiting the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park.
What are some historical sites to visit in the Philippines?
The Philippines has a rich history, and some Philippine cultural sites and historical landmarks to visit during Philippine guided tours include the Intramuros in Manila, Fort Santiago, and the San Agustin Church. You can also include UNESCO Heritage Sites in the Philippines on your itinerary, as well as record-holder attractions.
What are some extreme adventures to do in the Philippines?
Some extreme adventures to do when you tour the Philippines include white water rafting in Cagayan de Oro, ziplining in Dahilayan Adventure Park, cliff diving in Ariel's Point in Boracay, or simply hiking in the Philippines’ difficult trails.
What is the nightlife like in the Philippines?
The nightlife in the Philippines can be lively, especially in cities like Manila and Cebu City, with many bars, nightclubs, and live music venues. The nightlife in Boracay is also a great experience to have while on the island, especially for a group of friends or a pair on a couple’s vacation package.
Can I use my credit card in the Philippines?
Credit cards are accepted in most establishments in the Philippines, especially in cities and tourist areas. However, it is still advisable to have cash on hand, especially when traveling to remote areas.