Vivid green rice terraces, crystalline seas hiding coral wonderlands and mountains tempered with charming villages, the Philippines provides an answer for those in search of a slice of authentic Asia.
Trek through the jungles, scale the volcanic landscapes, dive into warm waters and meet the unaffected people of the Philippines for an exotic and enlightening experience.
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Philippines tour reviews
Our Philippines trips score an average of 4.48 out of 5 based on 29 reviews in the last year.
Philippine Discovery, January 2017
This trip was a great introduction to the Philippines, the hiking was amazing, and the itinerary was great. The local guides were all excellent.
Review submitted 11 Feb 2017
Philippines Palawan Island Getaway, January 2017
We did both halves of the Philippine Adventure, and the Palawan Island getaway was beautiful and relaxing after the physical activity of the first half of the trip. I especially loved the enthusiasm and extras provided by the local guide Donna who met us at the airport with cold water, cool cloths and shell necklaces.
Review submitted 11 Feb 2017
Articles on Philippines
Philippines travel highlights
Travel to the mountain retreat of Baguio
Experience the bustle and energy of Manila
Enjoy an overnight stay in remote Ifugao villages
Philippines holiday information
At a glance
Best time to visit Philippines
Geography and environment
Fun Festivals of the Philippines
Health and Safety
Philippines travel FAQs
Australia: No - not required
Belgium: No - not required
Canada: No - not required
Germany No - not required
Ireland: No - not required
Netherlands: No - not required
New Zealand: No - not required
South Africa: No - not required
Switzerland: No - not required
United Kingdom: No - not required
USA: No - not required
Citizens of most countries are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay of up to 30 days, provided they hold a valid return ticket.
Tipping isn't mandatory or customary in the Philippines, but a tip of spare change or another small amount (20-40 pesos) would be appreciated by restaurants, drivers and other service workers, especially if the service has been particularly good.
Large cities and tourist areas have internet access available at cyber cafes, but expect limited internet access in remote and rural areas.
Mobile phone receptivity is at a high rate in the large cities, but coverage may be patchy or less reliable in mountainous places, remote areas and on some islands. Ensure global roaming is activated before leaving home.
You'll have to adjust to different standards of hygiene and sanitation whilst in the Philippines. The standard toilet is of the squat variety and this may take some getting used to although Western style toilets can be found in large hotels and some tourist areas.
Juice from a market stall = 10 pesos
Bottle of beer = 30-60 pesos
Basic lunch = 100-200 pesos
Sit-down dinner = 500-900 pesos
Drinking tap water isn't recommended in the Philippines. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found, some hotels we stay in may have drinking water available. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating
Credit cards are usually accepted by large hotels, restaurants, shops and tourist-orientated retailers, but less so by smaller vendors like small, family-run restaurants, market stalls and guesthouses. Be sure to carry enough cash to cover small purchases as credit cards may not always be accepted.
Travellers will be able to find ATMs that accept foreign cards in the large cities but less so in remote towns and rural areas. Be sure to have enough cash before leaving the city as ATMs may not always be available outside of metropolitan areas.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
- 1 Jan New Year's Day
- 28 Jan Chinese New Year
- 25 Feb 31st EDSA Revolution Anniversary
- 9 Apr Day of Valor / Araw ng Kagitingan
- 13 Apr Maundy Thursday
- 14 Apr Good Friday
- 15 Apr Black Saturday
- 1 May Labor Day
- 12 Jun Independence Day
- 26 Jun Eid’l Fitr *
- 21 Aug Ninoy Aquino Day
- 28 Aug National Heroes Day
- 1 Sep Eidul Adha *
- 31 Oct All Saints Day Holiday (Additional non-working day)
- 1 Nov All Saints Day
- 30 Nov Bonifacio Day
- 25 Dec Christmas Day
- 30 Dec Rizal Day
- 31 Dec Last Day of the Year
*Subject to change
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Philippines go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/philippines/public-holidays
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Philippines
1. Be considerate of the Philippines’ customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
4. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
5. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
6. Learn some of the local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
7. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
8. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
9. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
10. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.