Imagine remote islands with palm trees leaning over pristine white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. The Philippines is a country consisting of 7641 islands that not only offers tropical islands but also rice terraces, hiking, surfing, and great diving. From lush rainforests to world class beaches, the landscape is one of the most diverse I’ve ever seen.
Whether you’re a true adventurer ready to take on grueling hikes up an active volcano, or prefer to spend all your time relaxing on the sand, you will not be disappointed in the Philippines! I spent weeks with my friends preparing for our ten day trip in the Philippines, searching for the best destinations, researched flight prices, and trying to figure out how to get around. So Here are few things we didn’t know but YOU NEED TO KNOW before venturing to The Pearl of the Orient Seas.
Brace yourself for the heat and humidity
This was the first thing that greeted us upon stepping out the airport. It’s hot and it’s humid – VERY humid. Note that this is very different from dry heat. Unless you’re travelling to the colder regions of the Philippines, such as Baguio City and Tagaytay, you’re going to have to brace yourself for the immense heat. Humidity makes the air thicker, making it seem harder to breathe if you’re not used to it, and the temperature feels hotter than it is. So keep this in mind and dress accordingly. In this weather, light and loose clothes will be your best friend.
Know which season your trip falls on
Being a tropical country, the Philippines only has two seasons: wet and dry. Technically, the dry season stretches from around November to May, and the rainy season, from June to October. It is also important to know that the country regularly experiences typhoons. So stay current on Philippine weather reports on the weeks approaching your trip.
Interact with the Locals
Filipinos are a happy and hospitable people. They welcome visitors with open arms and they like seeing travelers enjoy their country. So don’t be afraid to ask or speak to a local. They delight in being able to help. This is also the best way to see each city from more than a bird’s eye view. Show interest in where the locals go and in what they enjoy, and truly immerse yourself in the Filipino experience.
Crystal Clear Water
Without any doubt The Philippines have the most incredible paradisiac best clean beaches I’ve ever seen.
but don’t forget your sunscreen or else u’ll end up like me!
For the best perfect sceneries book island hopping packages. We did book most of them from the hotel since it was easier and definitely safer! Check out online the islands you wanna see but book them through a safe dealer and enjoy THE Paradise.
Each province is different
The many islands in the Philippines are divided into over 80 different provinces and it would be the biggest mistake to assume that all these islands were basically the same. So when traveling to the Philippines, make an effort to experience as many of its facets as doable, because it’s a hugely diverse country that begs to be discovered.
Savor Philippine Exotic Fruits
This may not save a life but it sure will make one a whole lot better. Filipinos are very proud of their exotic fruits and specially bright yellow, sweet and juicy national fruit – and for good reason. Devour a Philippine Mango any chance you get because you can’t get them like this anywhere else.
The Philippines is a beautiful country with a lot to offer, even for the most seasoned of travelers. It may not be as popular as its neighbor, Thailand, but when it comes to off-the-beaten-path experiences, the Philippines is on a whole different level. I’ll be sharing more details about my venture in other blog posts!