Climate: The Philippines is a tropical country and the weather is fairly even all year round. The year is roughly divided into two seasons; ‘rainy’ (June – Nov.) and ‘dry’(Dec. – May). Although the Visayas typically remain relatively unaffected. Year round coastal and inland temperatures range from 25 – 28°C / 77 – 82°F. Evenings are marginally cooler.
Water Temperature: 27 – 30°C / 80 – 85°F
Time: UTC +8:00 (PHT)
Language: Filipino (Tagalog) and English are the official languages. There are also some widely spoken indigenous languages and some Spanish that are spoken as well.
Currency: PHP – Philippine Peso
Electricity: 220-volt, 50 cycle AC. U.S. appliances need adaptors and converters.
Marriage Requirements: Please contact the local tourism board for instructions and requirements.
Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)
Bacolod-Silay International Airport (BCD)
Clark International Airport (CRK)
Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS)
Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB)
Subic Bay International Airport (SFS)
Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO)
General Santos International Airport (GES)
Iloilo International Airport (ILO)
Bicol International Airport (LGP)
Kalibo International Airport (KLO)
Laoag International Airport (LAO)
Zamboanga International Airport (ZAM)
Batangas Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Healing Center
Manila Hyperbaric Center
Wrecks, wrecks and more wrecks. The Philippines reefs have claimed the ships of many a sailor over the last century and the coast is littered with them. The sailors’ losses are divers’ gains, however. Over 7000 islands make up the archipelago of The Philippines with about 300,000 square kilometers (nearly 187,000 miles) of land, and each island offers visitors a different flavor.Read More
It was quite interesting. The place did not look like the photos. It was not paradise. It was a very remote island full of poverty and dirty areas. Our place was just ok. We were treated well by some of the dive guides and disappointed by others. The staff who took care of incidentals were rude and charged us for things we did not expect. When we decided to stay an extra day, we were told the last evening dinner was not included. When we assumed we were still on a meal plan, our breakfast, lunch and dinner the next day was all charged through on our bill. The lack of honest communication and explaining has much to be desired. When we were leaving, we were presented with a ridiculous bill. When we saw the charges, I was most upset because at that point he refused to take the wonderful DVD we had made. Overall, the diving was amazing. I know that is what we were there to do. The journey was quite an adventure. Once in Manila, you still have a three hour trip ahead of you. Two hours in a car and then concluded by an hour boat ride to the island.
Destination Spotlight: Philippines
By now your passport must be loaded with stamps from the Caribbean and Central America, but our next stop is a little more far east.
This time though, we’ve got two stops on our trip! Betcha didn’t see that one coming. Our trip to the Philippines includes a visit to Dumaguete and Puerto Galera.
Both destinations are known for their incredibly friendly locals, amazing beaches, delectab...