Enjoy strolling along the long stretch of powdery-white sand beaches of Boracay and discover why it is the prime tourist destination of the Philippines. Find out more in our Philippines travel guide to Boracay.
Boracay Travel Guide
Ahhh.. the white, sandy beaches of Boracay. Ask every Filipino and they know about it for sure. This island in the province of Aklan is one of the Philippines’ most treasured gem and is the most popular island retreat between locals and tourists alike. Boracay’s fine sand and turquoise waters is a consistent winner in every travel website or magazine like CNN Travel. Aside from basking in the sun and swimming in the warm waters, other activities include guided tours within the island. Plenty of accommodation options can be found but a quick look on our Where to Stay page can guide you in choosing the right accommodation for your budget.Read More
El Nido Travel Guide
Known as the Philippines last frontier is El Nido. With its remote beaches, hidden lagoons and limestone cliffs, El Nido is the perfect place for travelers who just wants to enjoy nature and avoid the crowded city. Most of the Philippines luxury resorts can be found here where cottages are built on stilts right on the water. However if you're on a budget, beachfront resorts are also aplenty with reasonable rates and view that you cannot beat! A visit to our Where to Stay page will serve as a guide to find a resort which suits your budget. An Island hopping tour where you explore the beautiful island and remote beaches and should be on your itinerary. Read more in our Philippines travel guide to Bohol.
Baguio Travel Guide
Also known as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines”, many travelers mostly locals visit this city in the province of Benguet in Northern Luzon due to its cool weather especially during summer where the heat can be excruciatingly hot for those living in the capital Manila. Because of its cool climate, Baguio is known for producing fresh products like strawberries, flowers and vegetables. It also boasts of numerous parks where you can just stroll around and enjoy the environment. To guide you on how to commute to Baguio from Manila, we provided a list of bus companies in our How To Get There page to make travel easier. Read More
Manila Travel Guide
Begin your trip with a travel to the Philippines’ bustling capital of Manila. With a population of almost 2 million and still growing, this city is a mix of everything: from big, airconditioned malls like SM and Robinson’s, the crowded bargain market of Divisoria, to the historic Spanish buildings in Intramuros. You may not need a tour guide to go around, but a brief background of the this Philippine capital will help you enjoy your travel without any hassle since it can be a bit confusing and too busy for travelers. This link provides some guide about Manila like where to stay, places to eat, local transportation and the best place to do some bargain shopping. Read More
Bohol Travel Guide
Bohol, in the Visayas, is the home of the Philippines’ infamous Chocolate Hills. A total of 1,776 geologically formed hills are scattered within an area of 50 kilometers and covered in green grass which turns brown during the dry season, thus the name Chocolate Hills was coined. Aside from that, travel in this Visayan region is worth it because of the many things it has to offer. It is also home to the Philippines’ tarsier, which is considered one of the smallest primate in the world. Another reason to visit Bohol? Alona Beach! With a powder-white sand beach and clear waters similar to Boracay’s but smaller and less crowded, it is a paradise for divers and beach worshippers. Read More
Sagada Travel Guide
Since there are no flights and no direct buses going straight to Sagada from Manila, getting in this small village in the Cordillera Region is already considered a challenge. Located within the Mountain Province in the Philippines, the scenic view and the adventures you will experience when you arrive is already enough to endure the long travel. Travelers usually adventure-seekers visit Sagada because of its serenity and the various trekking activities that you can do here. Spelunking or caving, is the most popular one and definitely not for the weak. The What to Do page provides a guide about the activities you can do in Sagada. Read More.
- Many Filipino women have “Maria” on their names because during the Spanish occupation, priest would refuse to baptize a child if the parents’ chosen name does not have reference to Virgin Mary.
- Three presidents aced the bar exams namely Manuel Roxas, Diosdado Macapagal, and Ferdinand Marcos. Have a look at the history section of The Philippines travel guide for more information.
- Rafflesia or Uruy is the largest flower in the world and it is found in the province of Antique.
- Following United States and England, Philippines was considered as the third largest English speaking nation in the world.
- Philippines is considered the “text capital of the world”, with the biggest volume of text messages daily.
- The SM Mall of Asia is the biggest mall in Asia with a 5-hectare land area having a total of 550 retail stores, shops, and restaurants
- Former First Lady Imelda Marcos was recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records as the woman with the largest shoe collection with around 3,400 pairs of shoes.
- St. Paul of Palawan is the longest navigable underground river in the world and an unesco world heritage site.
- Next to Canada and Indonesia, Philippines has the third largest coastline in the world.
- The Philippine Tarsier's have huge eyes compared to the size of their body, providing them with excellent night vision.
- Pandaka Pygmaea or Dwarf Goby is the tiniest fish in the world and found in Philippines’ freshwaters.
Diving in The Philippines
The archipelago of The Philippines is located in the Coral Triangle, a triangular shaped area encompassing parts of Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea, which is home to the most diverse marine life of the planet.
Diving in The Philippines started in Anilao, 2 hour south of Manila and renowned for its macro life. A few hours north of Manila is Subic Bay, a former US navy base which major attractions are the WW II wrecks beneath the waterline. More wreck diving options can be found in Coron, also dubbed the wreck diving capital of The Philippines, due to the remains of a battle group of Japanese WWII warships resting in its waters.
Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro boasts some of the countries prime underwater views and has the cheapest prices for dive courses and fun dives. The waters surrounding Balicasag Island in Bohol are teeming with unusual marine critters and offer stunning visibility to divers. Snorkelers also will not be disappointed at this place as the coral starts at shallow depths.
Tubbataha Reef is an UNESCO World Heritage site located in the middle of the Sulu Sea some 10 hours away by boat from Puerto Princesa. The pristine reefs are festooned with hard and soft corals and home to an impressive array of tropical marine life. Weather only permits live-aboard excursions to these pristine reefs from April to June. Read more in our Guide to Diving in The Philippines.
Climate of The Philippines
The proximity to the equator puts the whole of the Philippines in the tropical climate zone. Local temperature and rainfall patterns however vary widely due to altitude and wind and sea patterns. When comparing for example the rainfall in Davao and Banaue you will notice that the rainfall in Davao is evenly distributed throughout the year, while in Davao there is a clear peak in the months from May till October.
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The same applies to the temperatures, in Davao temperatures never go below 25°C / 77°F, while in Banaue temperatures can drop to 12°C / 54°F during the winter months. For more information about the rainfall and temperature patterns in The Philippines Check out the travel guide of the destination listed below.
Free Wi-Fi internet access on all tourism related establishments being proposed in Quezon City
Quezon City, Philippines – Karl Edgar Castelo, a city councilor recently proposed a bill suggesting that tourism-related establishments within Quezon City, the largest city within the metropolis region in the Philippines, should provide their customers free wireless internet access as a value-added service.
This ordinance, if put into action will require cafes, restaurants, inns, hotels, bars, pension houses and other hospitality-related establishments which are frequently visited by tourists to provide their guests free use of wireless internet and those who will not be complying in this rule will be slapped with a fine or worse, lose its business permit.
This suggestion was introduced during the Quezon City’s Council’s Committees on tourism last September 16, 2013 and there are no news when are they implementing the said ordinance if it is indeed approved. Castelo also added that it’s been 20 years since the internet was introduced to the country and consumers nowadays expect free wireless internet connection as a value added service whenever they visit a tourism-related establishment such as a restaurant or a café. The ordinance will also be obligate the establishment to assure that the internet connection they provide is safe and secure.
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