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The Philippines

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 favourite for adventurous travellers, with a cocktail of beach, jungle and cultural attractions.

Philippines Fast Facts

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Languages Spoken

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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Currency

Name: Philippine Peso
Code: PHP
Symbol: ₱

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Time Zones

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 favourite destinations to get you started.
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Manila

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Palawan

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Boracay

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Cebu

Philippines Travel Costs

Beers

Beer in the Philippines is very cheap. A bottle of local beer will usually cost you around a $1, whilst imported beer will be nearer double the price.

Meals

A meal from a cheap restaurant or café will normally set you back about $3 or $4, whilst a dinner in a mid-range restaurant might cost between $10-$15. If you're on a budget, be adventurous and grab lunch from a street food stall for a lot less.

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Taxis in the Philippines are inexpensive and are run on the meter. Journeys will cost anything from $0.50 to $5, depending on traffic.

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Transport

You're more likely to book a ferry or banka ticket over a bus journey in the Philippines. Either way, tickets are not expensive. Boat tickets can be cheap, but for longer journeys we recommend going with the bigger companies for the safer more enjoyable ride.

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Hostels

A dorm bed in a hostel will cost between $8 and $12, where a single room can range up to $20 per night.

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Hotels

A room in a midrange hotel would be somewhere between $40 and $60.

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The Islands

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Diving in the Philippines

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Banuae Rice Terraces

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Bohol

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Activities in the Philippines

Islands of the Philippines on a Shoestring
For travellers looking for a strange and beautiful adventure, this unique eight-day island-hopping trek through the Philippines will show you the best of the country's nature, beaches, and cultural life. Roam Bohol's famous Chocolate Hills (not suitable for consumption), dive with massive whale sharks in the clearest of clear blue waters, roam through exotic Manila and historic Cebu, and chill out for three days in mystic, laidback Siquijor. From interacting with local communities to lots of free time built in, this trip is both meaningful and liberating. So go on and feel free.
8 day G Adventures tour from $1759, book now with a $250 deposit and pay the rest 10 weeks before you travel
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Southern Philippines Palawan Adventure
It would take several lifetimes to explore the 7,000-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. Blessed with miles of pristine, uncrowded beaches, intriguing caves, and the two-tiered Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, the Palawan province is perfect for travellers eager to try their hand at a variety of experiences in an underexplored part of Southeast Asia. Looking for something different? You'll find plenty of it here
9 day G Adventures tour from $1967, book now with a $250 deposit and pay the rest 10 weeks before you travel
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Philippines Adventure Tours

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North & South Philippines on a Shoestring
This 17-day trip brings together the very best of Filipino culture and hospitality with its simply perfect island beaches. Begin by island-hopping from pristine Cebu to gorgeous Bohol, snorkelling and swimming to your heart's content. Then fly north to ride through Manila in a jeepney, swim with whale sharks off Borocay (seasonally), and experience the warmth of Filipino culture and its welcoming people. With two unique homestays and a few smaller flights to avoid longer ferry rides, this tour of the Philippines is an experience you'll talk about for years to come.
17 days from $3151
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One Life Adventures - The Philippines
One Life Philippines is all about unique expereinces with a group looking for an adventure! The islands of the Philippines are consistently rated some of the best beaches in the world – you'll get to visit Puerto Princesa, UNESCO Heritage Underground River, Palawan and El Nido. Includes: all accommodation, all transport and transfers, welcome dinner overlooking Manila skyline, guest list entry to some of the best clubs in Manila, zip-lining between islands, beach picnics, local cultural experiences and traditional massage.
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Northern Philippines Adventure
Let G Adventures show you what this country’s northern half has to offer up here, you’ll discover the arresting inland beauty of Luzon, known for world-famous (and incredibly picturesque) terraced rice paddies. Learn about colonial history and life in tiny villages. Looking for the road less travelled? It runs through here.
9 days from $1855
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How do I travel the Philippines alone?

Lots of solo travellers 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. 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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