Philippine travel destination guide overviews popular travel spots in the Philippines. On each of the featured tourist destination on this travel guide, you will discover places of interest on each destination, things to do and how to get there. Inclusive is a page of travel tips, a list of enchanting Philippine fiestas that runs year round, a collection of underwater scuba diving pictures, and a map of the Philippines for reference.

Boracay beach

A white sand beach in Boracay -- Photo courtesy of belle_14 on Flickr

Since most Filipinos understand and can communicate in English getting around the country would be much easy. Mobile phones throughout the archipelago are sold almost anyplace and pre-paid SIM cards go with it. For temporary use in the country to pass up pricey roaming charges it is advised to use pre-paid cards. Converting foreign currency to Philippine Peso in the Philippines is trouble-free, and all major credit cards are accepted in big department stores, eating places, bars and major establishments.

Filipinos are frivolous and sociable people. All the way through the islands fiestas are celebrated day by day and guests are welcome in their homes. Each travel destination in this guide merits a visit. We attributed the most habitually visited vacationer spots in the Philippines: the capital city of Manila; Boracay Beach; Baguio – the summer capital of the Philippines; Bohol Island; Corregidor Island; Cebu City; Davao City; the Islands of Palawan; the Hundred Islands of Pangasinan; Puerto Galera Beach; the old Spanish colonial city and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vigan in Ilocos Sur; and the awe-inspiring Banaue Rice Terraces. Philippine travel guide provides a brief but up to date figure of what celebration awaits you in these places.

Banaue Rice Terraces

Banaue Rice Terraces -- Photo courtesy of Travel Advisor Tours

Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao comprise the Philippine islands. The Luzon islands include Luzon itself, Mindoro, Palawan, Masbate, and other smaller islands. The Visayas is a group of various small islands, the largest of which are: Panay, Bohol, Negros, Cebu, Leyte, and Samar. Mindanao Island includes Mindanao Island itself and the Sulu Archipelago, composed of Tawi-Tawi, Basilan and Sulu. Each island group has a Philippine destination worth visiting.

Climate in the Philippines is hot, humid, and tropical with an average twelve-monthly temperature around 26.5° Celsius. Filipinos by and large identify three seasons:

Summer: March to May
Rainy Season: June to November
Cold Season: December to February (moderate to folks from temperate countries) Philippine Population: 86,000,000 /Per Capita Income: $4,700
Literacy: 93%
HIV-AIDS Prevalence: less than0.1%
Electricity: 220V (110V is available, mostly in major hotels)

In origin, the landscapes in the Philippine islands are volcanic and mountainous, part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. Mt. Apo which ascends 2,954 meters above sea level in Mindanao is the highest peak, while Mt. Pulog in Luzon is the second highest peak. It rises 2,842 meters above sea level. The Philippines have numerous rivers, volcanoes, streams, narrow coastal plains and attractive sandy beaches which foreign and local tourist enjoy. The country has a total of 36,289 kilometers of coastline.

Mt. Mayon

Mt. Mayon -- Photo courtesy of Boeijen on Flickr

Tours within the islands is trouble-free if you don’t mind riding the sometimes wobbly public transportation. All kinds of transport are accessible to tourist and locals: Airplanes and ferries for inter-island transfers, buses and taxis carry out in major cities all over the Philippines, and the ever-present jeepney can be found—ubiquitously. In Metro Manila modern light rail transit is available. In tertiary roads and undersized rural towns the tricycle is the transport of preference.

The official languages in the Philippines are Filipino and English. Filipino, which is fundamentally on the Tagalog vernacular (the dialect of national capital region), is the national language. English is extensively used and is the means of instruction in higher education in the Philippines. There are also 76 key local languages and more than 500 diverse minor dialects all over the archipelago. Roman Catholics comprise 83% of the Filipinos. The rest belongs to lesser Christian denominations, Moslems and Buddhist.

This Philippine travel guide previews the trendier tourist spots in the Philippines beginning with the City of Manila, then Baguio City, Banaue Rice Terraces, Batanes Group of Islands, Batangas, Boracay Island, Cebu City, Corregidor, Davao City, Iloilo, Palawan Island, Pangasinan’s Hundred Islands, Puerto Galera Beach, Bohol Islands and the World Heritage City of Vigan in Ilocos Sur. Mabuhay!