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The Philippines

Travel Guide

You may not be able to explore all of the 7,000 tropical islands of the Philippines, but there are some you just can't miss. Cast away on the white beaches of Palawan, dive with whale sharks in crystal clear coral waters, roam through the colossal rice terraces of Banaue, scale active volcanoes, or paddle board through lush green rainforest; find your own way in the Philippines.

Philippines Fast Facts

Filipino language

Languages Spoken

The official languages of the Philippines are Filipino and English. More people speak Filipino than English, but English is widely spoken.

Philippines currency and costs

Currency

Name: Philippine Peso
Code: PHP
Symbol: ₱

Philippines timezone

Time Zones

The Philippines (GMT +8)

Our pick of the Philippines

The Philippines is packed full of diverse landscapes, each offering unique experiences. The 7,000 islands are a haven for lazy beach bums and sea-loving party animals. Yet that's not to say that there aren't any inland adventures to be had. There are emerald rice paddies, colourful rainforests, moody volcanoes, and ample karaoke bars filled with friendly locals. Where will you decide to explore?
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Manila

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Palawan

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Boracay

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Cebu and Bohol

Philippines Travel Costs

Beers

A bottle of local beer (which happens to be San Miguel) can cost you as little as 50p, whereas imported drinks go up in price considerably.

Meals

A meal from a cheap restaurant or café will normally set you back £2. Something a bit fancier, for example in a sit-down restaurant will cost around £5 per head.

Taxis

A half-hour taxi ride will cost you around £5. Always make sure your driver has the meter on!

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Transport

Short bus or jeepney journeys cost pennies, longer ones are a few pounds, and an overnight sleeper bus will set you back £5-10. Boat tickets are cheap too, but for longer ferry journeys, we recommend going with the bigger companies to be safe.

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Hostels

A dorm bed in a hostel can cost anything between £4 and £15 depending on the level of luxury, or size. A single room will set you back about £15, and a double, about £25.

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Hotels

You can often find rooms in midrange hotels for the same price as upscale hostels. Expect to pay around £20-30 a night.

Highlights of the Philippines

 

 

 

 

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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's Chocolate Hills

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Philippines Unplugged

Experience the Philippines through the eyes of Skinny Living, a British band we sent there on tour. Follow their journey under swaying palms, across crystal clear seas, and through friendly local communities as they write and perform music inspired by their adventure...

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Philippines Adventure Tours

Cebu beach
One Life Philippines Adventure
The Philippines is regualarly heralded as being the hottest new destination and this awesome tour certainly helps prove the claim. Sail along the Underground River, hit the town in energetic Manila, snorkel with turtles in El Nido and learn about local life in Palawan. This tour includes all accomodation, transport and some meals. 

 

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Banue
Manila to Boracay on a Shoestring
Travel from the frenetic capital of Manila to the blissed out beaches of Boracay, via road, water and muddy trekking trails through the glowing green rice terraces of Banaue. On the way, discover caves, remote villages, and mind-blowing landscapes that give the rest of Southeast Asia a serious run for its money.
10 days | Was £899, now from £764 - 15% off
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Island Hopping Philippines
Philippines Island Hopping
Sample all the best that the Philippines has to offer on this epic 14-day independent adventure, full to the brim with snorkelling, rock climbing, trekking, island-hopping and lounging beachside! Highlights include a thrilling ziplining trip in Ugong, a boat ride along the mysterious and beautiful Sabang Underground River and a trip to the iconic Chocolate Hills.

Was £1,954, Now from £1,661 | 15% off

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How easy is it to travel around the Philippines alone?

Pretty easy! English is widely spoken in the Philippines, meaning you'll rarely get lost in translation whilst navigating public transport, booking boat tickets, ordering food or finding your way to your hostel. A good idea would be to book an adventure tour where you'll meet other solo travellers. There are so many friendly backpackers in the Philippines, you're bound to also meet plenty of new friends in a hostel. We recommend buying a local sim card when you arrive, so you can always stay connected.

How to travel the Philippines on a budget

The cost of living in the Philippines is super low in comparison to the United Kingdom. Food and drink from local stalls and cafes can cost less than a pound, and there are plenty of budget accommodation options available, some costing south of £10 per night. Getting around the islands by ferry instead of domestic flights can also save you a ton of money, but this can take a considerably longer amount of time you'll need to factor in to your trip.

If you've booked onto one of our adventure tours, which range from 10 to 16 days in length, your meals, transport, accommodation and some must-do experiences are all included, saving you hundreds of pounds!

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