Student Travel to The Philippines

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The Philippines is arguably the most up-and-coming backpacking destination on the planet. Found in South East Asia, the Philippines is made up of a staggering 7,107 islands, blessing it with practically endless picture-perfect coastlines and paradise beaches, as well as jaw-dropping inland scenery.

These means the Philippines has plenty to offer any kind of traveller. Flights to the Philippines usually land in capital city Manila, where you can spend a few days exploring the cultural sites and eating and drinking your way around the countless bars and restaurants, before heading out to choose an island to indulge in world-class sunbathing, surfing, hiking, wildlife adventures, and more. The Philippines is also probably the best place in the world for scuba diving. This marine paradise offers up pristine tropical waters and beautiful coral gardens that teem with life. Every island has surprises waiting just around the corner for you to discover.

We’re pretty sure it’s impossible to get bored in the Philippines, so check it out for yourself before everybody else has the same idea!

Our Favorite Adventure Tours

A group tour is the ideal way to see everything the Philippines has to offer. Instead of having to plan your own route around the archipelago, Philippines tours will arrange everything for you, as well as accommodation and other requirements. You’ll see all of the country’s top sights without missing anything, and you’ll do it alongside like-minded travellers who will soon become your new best friends. These are a few of our favourite Philippines tours.

You could swim? Actually, don’t. You can find plenty of direct flights to the Philippines from the UK, flying non-stop into capital city Manila. Direct Philippines flights usually take between 12-13 hours, while other options will make a stopover somewhere along the way, often allowing you to add another country onto your itinerary. The Philippines is in the perfect location to make it part of a wider trip, whether elsewhere in South East Asia, Japan and China, or further south like Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. There are plenty of Philippines travel options to fit any budget or itinerary. Just make sure you give yourself plenty of time to explore everything it has to offer!

Where do we start?! Let’s talk about Palawan first. This is basically paradise on Earth. Think the most picturesque beaches in the world (Nacpan Beach is a particular favourite), crystal clear lakes, unbeatable wreck-diving spots like Coron, and epic cave networks to explore. Head to the archipelago of El Nido and you might never want to leave.

If you’re interested in wildlife, you shouldn’t miss Bohol. This is the home of the Philippine Tarsier, a tiny (and impossibly cute) species of monkey that can rotate their heads a full 180 degrees. You’ll also find the otherworldly Chocolate Hills here. If you’re more interested in marine life, head to Cebu to spot thresher sharks, or go swimming with whale sharks in Oslob.

You do not need a visa to enter the Philippines if you’re not planning to stay for longer than an initial period of 30 days. If you’re planning to stay for longer, you can apply for a tourist visa before you travel that will allow you to stay for 59 days. While you’re in the Philippines, you can apply at the Bureau of Immigration to extend your stay.

Make sure your passport is valid for the entire duration of your stay in the Philippines.

Sunny! Mostly. Visit during the dry season (more on that in a second) and you can expect warm temperatures, blue skies, and low rainfall pretty much anywhere in the Philippines (though conditions will vary from island to island – the further east you go, the more unpredictable it can be, and altitude can also have an impact). The wet seasons sees temperatures remaining hot, with high humidity and chances of typhoons that can cause some damage to infrastructure – around ten typhoons make landfall in the Philippines every year. The southern end of the country is the most protected from these.

Most people visit the Philippines during the dry season (December to April) when, as mentioned above, you can expect plenty of sunshine, warm temperatures, and fairly little rainfall across the country. Not only are these the best conditions for enjoying the Philippines, but also makes it much easier to get around and won’t see anywhere closed off to you.

If you want to avoid the crowds, but still want to feel pretty confident of good conditions, consider travelling during the shoulder months of May and November. Some consider these the best time to visit the Philippines. Prices will generally be lower, and weather should remain mostly lovely. Remember to wear sun cream!

Forever. How many times do we need to mention that it’s paradise?! Okay, seriously, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to explore the Philippines. There’s so much to see, and the nature of moving between islands can mean a good chunk of your time will be spent travelling to see them. Luckily travelling still means being exposed to some of the most beautiful views you’re ever likely to see! The most important thing is to plan carefully ahead of time to make sure you give yourself enough time to see everything – you don’t want to turn up and realise you’re going to have to cut your itinerary in half. This is why a tour is a great option, because everything will be organised for you!

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