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Philippines Travel Guide: What to Do in Philippines

Best Time to Go to Philippines

Travel to the Philippines is ideal between November and early May, a time known as amihan — the dry season for most of the country. Wet season begins in June and peaks from July to September. However, in some regions — predominantly those along the eastern seaboard — the rainy season is between December and March. Although the wet season begins to taper off in September, typhoons are common through November. For the most temperate weather, try traveling in the winter months of January and February, and avoid visits in May, when temperatures can soar to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don’t mind the chance of rain, traveling during the wet months can be a more affordable option. Easter week is one of the most popular times to travel to the Philippines — accommodations book early and are sold at a premium.

Philippines on a Budget

Thanks to a favorable exchange rate, traveling in the Philippines is inexpensive for most Westerners. Though accommodations at some luxury resorts can be on the pricey side, by shopping around, visitors can find affordable options. From traditional hotels and inns to vacation rentals, visitors can stay from well under $50 per night, especially if they choose to travel during the wet season, which is actually quite mild in some areas of the country. Since much of what is served in restaurants comes from local sources, dining is also affordable throughout the Philippines. Just be sure to steer clear of restaurants associated with larger resorts.

Philippines Trip Reviews

Budget Dive Vacation to the Philippines by Bill Mashek
“I like to use specialty travel agents on long distance travel, mostly because they are the most knowledgeable of the area and can usually find the best prices. I would have used a travel agency that specializes in travel to the Philippines, however, I found some incredible rates on the internet. At the time …” Read more!

Extreme Adventure in Sagada by Lolidie Jeena Zubiri
“A lot of people have been recommending Sagada to me for a trip. I was amazed with the stories they have been telling me- how beautiful the place was, how delicious their food is, and so on. I wanted to see and experience Sagada myself! So I invited my officemates to go on a trip last January. Woohoo, my birthday …” Read more!

In the Southernmost Part of the Philippines by Lolidie Jeena Zubiri
“It was my first time in Davao and General Santos plus my first time in Mindanao. Weeeee! So now I can say that I’ve been to Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Hahaha! Our itinerary was carefully planned. The time of departure and time of arrival to our destinations must be observed to maximize our 4-day trip. So …” Read more!

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