Emerald waters, stunning cliffs, wide-eyes tarsiers and beaches for days, this truly is a paradise on Earth.
Best time to visit
Best time to visit the Philippines is from November to April. The dry and rainy seasons are opposite on each side so plan accordingly.
Money saving tips
My best saving tips are to rent a motorbike on each island you go to, learn to love rice and opt for ferries instead of inbound flights.
The daily suggested budget for the Philippines is $40-100 USD, assuming you stay in a mid-range hotel, eating out a little and rent a motorbike.
Favourite thing to do
A true paradise on earth, for me, was Siquijor. The island is absolutely stunning and has some amazing waterfalls and white sandy beaches.
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Island Highlight – Siquijor
Emerald waters, stunning cliffs, wide-eyes tarsiers and beaches for days, this truly is a paradise on Earth. The Philippines, an archipelagic country in South East Asia prides itself on amazing beaches, beautiful nature and interesting wildlife. It is a country comprised of over 7600 islands and is so diverse; it is impossible to only create one truth or travel guide which applies to all islands. During our month of travels in the Philippines we visited Cebu, Siquijor, Bohol, Siargao, Coron and Palawan. I’ve created lots of Philippines itinerary posts, things to do on each island and even highlighted my favourite things on them. This Philippines travel guide is a mix of Philippines facts in general and the travels from these 6 (very popular) islands.
Accomodation - The Philippines offer something for every budget, but you will want to spend more for comfort here. A hotel room with no working toilet, leaking room and ant swarms could cost you $40 USD a night. Accommodation in the Philippines, in general, is by far the worst we have experienced, so bear this in mind when booking and splurge a little more if you can. Wifi will be abysmal, breakfast will be questionable and cleanliness will be very poor. This is how it is and it is better to accept it before travelling to avoid disappointment. Good accommodation will start at around $80 USD for a hotel room. We received tips for Airbnb’s being better than hotels though.
Food - A meal in a mid-range restaurant will cost you around $7 USD per person. Falafel on the street in a tourist area is around $5 USD. When it comes to drinking, you can do it on the cheap with local rum or making sure you go to bars when Happy Hour is still on. Cocktails (during happy hour, 2-4-1) were around $5 and a bottle of Coke around $1 USD. If you go to a local bakery you will spend around $0,1 USD for a bun or something sweet.
Transportation - This was so varied even in the six islands we visited. While a 3-hour bus ride might cost you a mere $2 USD per person, a 10-minute ride from the bus station to your hotel with a tuk-tuk will be $5 USD. The transportation costs are island-specific and the prices for those we visited will be in each separate related article.