A COUNTRY OF OVER 7,000 ISLANDS WITH DESERTED BEACHES, RAINFORESTS & MOUNTAINS
The Philippines is a land apart from mainland South-East Asia, not only geographically but also spiritually and culturally. The country’s overwhelming Catholicism, the result of 350 years of Spanish rule, is its most obvious puzzle. And while tribal minorities cling to animism, urban Filipinos are overwhelmingly Christian, so watch out for Saints Days and Fiestas: all are celebrated passionately, and in style.
The Philippines consists of more than 7,000 islands, and at certain times of the year it will feel like you have them all to yourself. The typical island boasts a jungle-clad, mountainous interior and a sandy coastline flanked by aquamarine waters and the requisite coral reef, which is the answer to any travel diva’s most outlandish demands.
The people are, simply, Filipinos, and proud of it. Welcoming, warm and relentlessly upbeat, it is they who captivate and charm those who visit the islands. Few direct flights from Europe have kept mass tourism at bay, but that can’t last forever. The time to visit the Philippines is now.
As the islands of the Philippines are spread over such a large area there is a range of micro-climates that occur. However as a rule there are two main seasons with November to May being the dry season (with slightly cooler temperatures in December and January), and June to October being the wet season. Being a tropical country it is hot year-round with the typhoon season occurring between July to October, although rainfall patterns do vary across the country. For example, in Manila, most of the rainfall occurs in the typhoon season, whilst in other areas most of their rain falls between December to February. Therefore the rain will be dependant on where you are travelling.
The best time to visit is between February and May when the weather is warm and dry.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The Philippines has a tropical climate and is a hot and humid country but as the country is spread over such vast distances the climate does vary by geographical area. In general terms the temperatures average between 25°C and 29°C throughout the year and the best time to travel is between January to May when most of the country is enjoying the best climatic conditions.
Health & Vaccinations
We recommend that you are up to date with the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.
Passport & Visa
British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey. British passport holders do not need a visa to enter into the Philippines for stays of up to 30 days.