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Travel from Manila to idyllic Dumaguete, Bohol's Chocolate Hills and historic Cebu to the spectacular Palawan Island and the most beautiful beach in the country, Boracay.
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The second-largest archipelago in the world, with over 7000 tropical islands, the Philippines is one of the best undiscovered treasures in Southeast Asia. It’s a great place to get off the beaten track and avoid the hordes of tourists that descend on other parts of the region. This string of coral-fringed islands boasts some of the world’s best snorkelling and diving, however, ask anyone, and it’s the people that make this country so unique and special.
The Philippines is warm year-round but the most pleasant weather is between December and June. The rains start in July and peaks in August. The height of the typhoon season in central and eastern Philippines is July to November. We operate trips year round, and can accommodate travellers to parts of the country that dont receive heavy rains and typhoons in the months of July to November.
EL NIDO El Nido is considered to be a showcase of Palawan’s geology and diverse wildlife. Its majestic limestone cliffs stand guard over crystal clear waters, which are home to hundreds of species of tropical fish and coral, and three species of endangered sea turtles.
BOHOL Bohol is adorned with natural beauty - rolling Chocolate Hills, crystal clear springs, verdant rivers and stunning white sand beaches. It is also home to the world's smallest monkey, the Tarsier.
BORACAY The world famous Boracay Island, roughly shaped like a dumbbell and is often rated amongst the world's best beaches. The island has more than 30 beaches and coves, among them the famous White Beach, 4kms of pure white sand beach!
BANAUE Often referred to as the '8th Wonder of the World', the Banaue rice terraces were constructed over 2000 years ago by the native Ifugao people. These remarkable rice terraces stretch like stepping stones towards the sky.
VIGAN Vigan is unique as it is one of only a few Hispanic towns in the Philippines that retains its colonial buildings and cobblestone streets giving it a very Spanish feel.
SAGADA With its towering pine trees, famous hanging coffins, subterranean caves, eminent limestone cliffs and scenic falls, Sagada is an incredibly unique and picturesque place to visit.
Country Code for the Philippines: +63
Emergency number – 117(pronounced one-one-seven) is the national emergency telephone number for the Philippines. The emergency services may not have English speaking staff. To avoid delay it may be best to seek the assistance of a Philippinne speaker to call the emergency services.
Visa Global Assistance: 1800-14410015
Official travel advice regarding visas is available by calling 04 439 8000 or visiting their website www.safetravel.govt.nz
Health insurance is essential, particularly since approximately three-quarters of the hospitals are private. Call 117 for emergency services, although if you’re in Manila then it may be quicker to contact an ambulance service directly. These include Makati Medical (02) 888 8999 and St. Luke's Hospital (02) 723 0101.
Food and drink: Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilised. Milk is unpasteurised and should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised. Avoid dairy products that are likely to have been made from unboiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.
Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended. As vaccination requirements change regularly we recommend that you contact your doctor or the Travel Doctor, www.traveldoctor.co.nz, for the most up to date information.
Shopping hours: Mon-Sat 1000-2000, but these can vary. Most department stores and supermarkets are open Sunday and there are some 24-hour convenience stores.
Banking hours Mon-Fri 0900-1500
Post offices Mon-Fri 0900-1500
Note: The standard lunch hour is noon to 1:00. Most businesses and government offices are closed.
A tip of Php 20.00 to Php 50.00 for cabs, maids etc is customary. When eating out, if the restaurant does not incorporate a service charge, leave a tip corresponding to about ten percent of your bill (up to a maximum of Php 100.00). For truly excellent service, you can leave a larger gratuity.
Transportation in the Philippines is relatively underdeveloped, partly due to the country's mountainous areas and scattered islands, and partly as a result of the government's persistent underinvestment in the nation's infrastructure.
Jeepneys are the most popular mode of public transportation in the Philippines, they have also become a ubiquitous symbol of the Philippine culture. Another popular mode of public transportation in the country is the motorized tricycle; they are especially common in rural areas. Trains are also becoming a popular mode of public transportation in the country especially in the bustling metropolis of Manila.
Taxis and buses are also important modes of public transport in urban areas.
The Philippines has 12 international airports, and has more than 20 major and minor domestic airports serving the country. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport is the main international gateway to the Philippines.
Filipino (based on Tagalog) is the national language, although it is the native tongue of less than a quarter of the population. English is widely spoken, Spanish much less so. There are around 170 indigenous languages in total, with hundreds more dialects.
For more information pleaes visit: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/philippines
The standard voltage in the Philippines is 220 V, whilst the standard frequency is 60 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type A / B / C.
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