The Philippines are truly one of the most breathtaking places on earth. The islands are full of adventure, beauty, and so much fun. The Philippines are made up of over 7,000 islands, so there is so much to see and experience and we barely scratched the surface, but we loved our time there and our experience was truly unforgettable. It’s one of those places that’s unlike anywhere else. Whether you’re planning a relaxing beach getaway, wanting to experience the best snorkeling of your life, or looking to find the most epic waterfalls, here are a few things you should know before you go:
10 Things to Know Before Visiting the Philippines:
1. Plan Ahead
2. WiFi is super limited on the islands
3. The fastest way to island hop is to fly
4. Always carry cash
5. Plan to go during dry season
Dry season is from November to May and wet season is from June to October. Some islands are an exception to this rule though, like Siargao, where dry season is March to November and wet season is November to February. We went at the end of wet season and it was still pretty rainy, but even on the days when it was raining, we still got a few hours of sunshine. The weather also differs quite a bit from island to island, so if it’s rainy on one island, hop on over to the next and the weather might be completely different. When we go back, we’ll go during dry season for sure.
6. Be prepared for it to be hot
7. Don’t worry about packing nice shoes
8. Bring bug spray and sunscreen with you
Since most of your time in the Philippines will be spent outside, be sure to bring sunscreen with you. A lot of the local sunscreens have bleach or skin whitening chemicals in them (which is so terribly sad), so bring your own sunscreen from home. We love this one, because it’s clean and reef-friendly. We weren’t prepared for mosquitoes and wished we had packed some bug spray with us, so don’t forget it. Some islands are worse than others, but we got wrecked by mosquitoes on a few of the islands.
9. Most everyone speaks english and the people are so nice
Pretty much everyone speaks English and all of the menus and signs are in English. So it’s pretty easy to communicate with the locals and find your way around. And the local Filipino people are so friendly! We couldn’t get over how kind, helpful, and welcoming everyone was. Everyone was so nice and wanted to have real conversations with us. Their laid back, happy island lifestyle is truly infectious. It’s hard not to be incredibly happy when you’re in such a beautiful place!