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Unlike the temperate countries with four seasons, there are only two seasons in the Philippines: the wet and the dry. The rainy season runs from May to mid-November. Although excursions are still possible at this time, there is a possibility of typhoons and the majestic views can be lost. Therefore, multi-day excursions are not recommended at this time if you want to have a great experience in the Philippines. Dayhikes, however, can be done all year round without any problems.
 
The rains become less frequent from mid-November to April; but keep in mind that rain can still occur at any time. Hiking is more pleasant from December to February, when the temperature is cool by Philippine standards (10-20 on the high peaks during the day) and the rains are at a minimum.

HOW DO I GET TO THE PHILIPPINES?

The Philippines can be accessed by its main airport in the capital city of Manila, where there are many flights from major cities of the world. Budget airlines such as Cebu Pacific and AirAsia also service Manila and the nearby economic zone of Clark. From Manila, one can take domestic flights to various parts of the country.

ARE THERE MEDICAL ISSUES (i.e. vaccines) I NEED TO KNOW?

Malaria is confined to some islands in the west and south; unless you are travelling to these places there is no need to take prophylaxis. It is still highly advisable to wear insect repellent however, as dengue fever could be a concern. The tropical sun has high concentrations of UV light, especially in the highlands, so sun protection is also advised.
 
Medical care is excellent in the best centers in the major cities.

WHAT ABOUT COMMUNICATIONS?

Internet access is readily available in the minor cities and towns, many of which will have internet cafes (usually P20-30/hour). Wi-fi is available in many places in Metro Manila and the large cities.
 
The mobile network currently in use is GSM900/1800/1900, with 3G enabled. If you phones compatible to these networks, they ought to work. If staying longer in the Philippines, consider buying a SIM card from any of the major networks. Smart Telecommunications is recommended if going to the mountains as they have better coverage of the far-flung areas.

IS IT SAFE?

Yes absolutely.
We have to say so many of our friends and family who have never been to the Philippines seemed to be worried.
We have felt safe at every place though even when walking around with our expensive gear. People were nice and we haven’t felt threatened once. All the hotels and touristic places actually keep track of who is coming in and also when you are going out and note even with which taxi you leave. We just recommend to not go to Manila Downtown or Mindanao.

WHAT ARE THE BEST MONTHS TO GO?

The dry season.
Which starts in December and ends in May. December is known to be more crowded but we went during the holidays and honestly it was really ok. Except in Boracay that is.

WHERE TO GET MONEY?

ATM.
We used 3 credit/ debit cards to take out 30.000 pesos at once. You can only take out 10.000 pesos per day per card. Make sure you take 250 euro cash just in case.

WHICH ISLANDS TO SEE?

We won’t tell you in which order but probably choose 3 or 4 out of Coron, Palawan, Boracay, Cebu, Siquijor, Siargao, Bohol.