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The Philippines: Sunny and Diverse All The Way Through

Welcome to the Philippines, where it’s sunny and cheery all year-round!

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Philippine Geography

An archipelago located off Southeast Asian shores, north of Indonesia and Malaysia, the Philippines’ 7,107 islands are blessed with beach bumming weather all year, making it a perfect destination for travellers who love sun and sand. Here, the temperature – averaging 25 degree Celsius – is warm enough for anyone to quickly adapt and get a lovely tan.

The country has a superbly strategic location for relaxation and commerce, making it the apple of the eye of many conquerors as early as the 15th century. At the east, it’ssurrounded bythe extensive Pacific Ocean, at the west, by IndoChina countries, the north by the Bashi Channel and down south, the Sulu and Celebes Seas. In a nutshell, that means long stretches of gorgeous beaches – over 15,000 kilometers – and wild opportunities for frolicking!

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Y’ami Island

The northernmost island is the Y’ami Island, which is part of Batanes and is nearly 250 kilometers away from Taiwan. The southernmost island is the Sibutu Island in Tawi-Tawi, only 14 kilometers shy of Borneo’s lands.

Geographically, the Philippines is divided into three primary areas: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The northern and biggest region, Luzon, is where you’ll Manila, the country’s capital. Manila is the main gateway to the country; in Visayas, international access is made via Cebu; in the South, through Davao.

Mindanao is at the south, consisting of 400 islands, and sandwiched between it and Luzon is Visayas, the second largest Philippine major island. About 6,000 of the Philippines’ 7,107 islands belong to the Visayas region, the biggest of which are Negros and Samar.

Whatever region you land, activities are as diverse as the regions, each with their own coastal villages and otherworldly landscapes to satisfy discerning travel tastes.

What You’ll Find

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Sierra Madre

Every now and then, some new species gets discovered in the country. Though small, the island is teeming with a great assortment of plant and animal life (12,000 species of plants and 1,100 vertebrate kinds, to be precise!). In the Philippines also lies one of the most unique reef systems in the world.

Across the country, you’ll find a variety of interesting trails and mountain ranges to trek. Most notable is the Sierra Madre in Luzon, which runs from the north (in the province of Cagayan) to Quezon in the south, making it the longest mountain range in the country.

Also aplenty are spelunking-worthy caves (Callao Caves being one of them), waterfalls, limestonecliffs, lagoons, lakes, seas, rivers (New 7 Wonders of the World Palawan Underground River is one) and tons more.

Acclimatizing to the Philippine Climate

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Dry Season

The Philippines has two seasons: dry and wet. The latter starts from June till September, then the dry season from October to May. Monsoons er can be expected with destinations not as packed as to occur regularly during the wet season and it’s typical for flights to get canceled, thus it’s more advisable to visit the country during the hot summer months of March till May. From November till February, light drizzles and cooler they are on summer.

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Wet Season

However, wet months are also considered off-peak and that only means reduced rates on virtually everything including flights and accommodations – reason why a considerable number of tourists opt to take their chances. If you do decide to travel around during the wet season, tours via land trips are more predictable and are less likely to get canceled due to weather. If you’re exploring the city, you may want to consider taking the local jeepney or pedicabs. Buses are an excellent option for getting to provinces and bus terminals are situated in every major city particularly in Manila and Quezon City. If you prefer the trip nice, cozy and intimate, gotophilippines.com can help arrange hotel and transfer packages that suit your budget.

There are however provinces which are bright and warm all-year including Davao, Cebu and Palawan, which means it’s relatively safe to travel to them even during monsoon season!

Weather Tips

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Insect Repellent

•Slather on sunblock when traveling during the summer. •Stick to light, dry-fit clothes as the weather can get hot except during wet season (most people casually don jeans or shorts and a shirt). Flip-flops are a favorite trekking footwear among locals and tourists alike.
•If you are going to the more mountainous regions (e.g. northern Luzon such as Ifugao, Sagada, Baguio; or Tagaytay in the South), be sure to bring an extra jacket or warm, cotton fabrics.
•Mosquitoes can be a pain especially during rainy season, so be sure to pack mosquito repellent.
 

 

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