About the Philippines
The Philippines is an archipelago made up of 7,107 islands offering extensive mountain ranges to hike through, underwater landscapes to dive in, flat plains to drive across, cave systems to explore, waterfalls, rock faces, rivers, lakes. You’ll find them East of Vietnam, North of Indonesia.
Big, small, sandy, sunny, relaxing, exotic, beautiful, this clutch of islands makes for one long stretch of beach – more than 15,500 kilometers. The islands are home to approximately 12,000 plant species, 1,100 land vertebrate species and at least 400 coral species. And more are being discovered as you read this!
Over 176 local dialects are spoken there, but the two official languages are Filipino and English so don’t be shy about coming up to a Filipino and starting a conversation.
When to go
If you want the bright & sunny, tropical glory of the Philippines, plan your trip between the summer months of March and May. It will be hot and dry, but that’s what beaches, sunblock and straw hats are for!
Want things a little bit cooler? Then November to February are best for you.
We’d say avoid the rainy season from June to October, but a good traveller knows that off-peak season means lower rates in airfares, hotels, resorts — and maybe the beer too. Just be forewarned that the months between July and September are characterized by typhoons.
Some parts of the country such as Cebu and Davao, are warm and comfortable in all seasons and can be visited throughout the year. For more information visit http://itsmorefuninthephilippines.com/
Did you know?
- 1 – El Nido and its numerous islets and limestone formations was the inspiration of Alex Garland when he wrote “The Beach” .
- 2 – The Philippines’ first inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1993 was the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park in Palawan. It contains a very high density of marine species surpassing any reef of the same size anywhere in the world.
- 3 – The World Heritage List includes 6 Philippines properties.
- 4 – There are over 1600 species of butterflies
- 5 – The Philippines is home to the smallest monkey in the world – the midget monkey of the Philippines and the endangered sea cow or “dugong”
- 6 – The Turtle Islands are South East Asia’s only remaining major green turtle rookery
- 7 – Bohol is home to the Chocolate Hills, a unique natural formation of 1,268 perfectly symmetrical hills near the town of Carmen. Named as a National Geological Monument, these hills look like chocolate bonbons when their green grass cover turns to brown during summer.
- 8 – Malapascua is the only known place in the world where Threshers, whose superb tail extends as long as its body, can be closely observed on a daily basis.
- 9 – Whalesharks – Whale Sharks regularly congregate in both Donsol in Bicol and Oslob in Cebu
- 10 – The Wrecks of Coron are a collection of almost two dozen Japanese supply and gunships sunk by a US Navy strike force during WW2. This resulted in one of the most condensed spectacular wreck diving sites in the world.