• Claire

10 Reasons Why You NEED to Visit the Philippines!

Updated: Apr 20, 2019

There's way more than 10 reasons why the Philippines is one of the most sought-after destinations for travellers at the moment. This budget-friendly, tropical nation of over 7000 islands is full of incredible landscapes and the nicest people in the world - the Philippines really has something for everyone!



I recently visited the Philippines on a 3-week solo backpacking trip in April and absolutely fell in love with the country. There are so many reasons why I love the Philippines but I narrowed it down to a list of 10!


1. World-class beaches


If you're after incredible white sandy beaches and turquoise crystal-clear waters, you've found the right country. The Philippines is home to thousands of world-class beaches - the island of Palawan is particularly renowned for its pristine coastline.


The beaches I swam in while in the Philippines were some of the warmest, clearest water I've ever been in!


Palawan


2. Budget friendly


The Philippines is definitely a budget-friendly destination and depending on your travel style, you don't have to spend a lot of money to have a great time!


On my trip I paid an average of $12 per night for a hostel bed, less than $10 for a meal in a local restaurant in a touristy area, a full day island hopping tour including lunch was $25, to hire a scooter for a day was $10 and 1 hour domestic flight with Air Asia cost me $23!


Palawan


3. The people


The people in the Philippines are some of the nicest people in the world! I've been to many countries in Asia and found Filipinos to be the most welcoming, friendly and hospitable. This is helped by the fact that 90% of the country speaks English so there's no language barrier.


Culturally, Filipinos have close bonds with their families - as a solo traveller I got questioned many times about where my family / friends / partner were as they couldn't understand why I would travel alone!


Manilla


4. The diving is incredible (and cheap!)


The Philippines in home to some of the best diving in the world - you can dive with Thresher Sharks in Malapascua Island, see turtles on Apo Island, dive inside sunken WW2 shipwrecks in Coron or dive the Coral Triangle with the highest concentration of marine biodiversity on earth in Tubbataha and more!


While I was in the Philippines I dived inside shipwrecks in Coron and dived with a sardine run and on on the reef of Pescador Island in Moalboal. Each time my dives were only like $25 each! At home it's usually minimum $100.


Pescador Island - Moalboal


5. The weather is great!


The average yearly temperature in the Philippines is a perfect 26.6°C and the country does not receive extreme hot or extreme cold temperatures. Although you can visit the Philippines pretty much year round, the best time to go is between November to May to avoid the monsoon season.


Palawan


6.1000's of islands to explore


The Philippines is an archipelago made up of over 7,000 islands - many of them relatively unexplored. From the limestone cliffs of Coron to the surf island of Siargao or the chocolate hills of Bohol, there's an island in the Philippines for everyone!


Coron


7. Safe for solo / female travellers

The Philippines is an extremely safe travel destination especially for solo or female travellers. I felt entirely comfortable travelling alone as a female during my trip to the Philippines and I met a lot of other solo female travellers who said the same thing.


Better, the locals haven't yet seemed to have caught onto the kind of tourist scamming that goes on in South East Asia so I've found them to be less hassling than in other places I've been to!


However, it is important to note that travellers are advised not to travel to the areas of Central and Western Mindanao (which are well away from the main tourist islands). I always do my research on Smart Traveller before travelling overseas!


Coron


8. Easy to get around


The Philippines is super easy to get around and backpacker friendly - something I really look for in a destination. Whether it's by trike around a local town, a traditional Filipino Jeepney in a city or a banca boat between islands there are plenty of modes of transport to connect you with all the incredible destinations the Philippines has to offer - plus it's always super cheap!


Jeepney in Coron


9. Diverse wildlife


The Philippines is home to more than 600 species of birds, 300 species of reptiles and 400 species of coral. From the world's second-smallest primate - the Philippine Tarsier to the world's largest fish - the whale shark, the islands of the Philippines are home to a diverse array of wildlife.


Cebu


10. It's more fun in the Philippines! Filipinos love to party


The tagline of the Philippine Department of Tourism is 'it's more fun in the Philippines!' - and that's so true! Filipino people love to party - I once ended up at a Filipino disco while in Cebu complete with a karaoke machine and had the best time! There's no doubt that wherever you end up in the Philippines, you'll be never far from a great time - an added bonus is that a bottle of the local beer costs less than $1!


El Nido


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You can read my other blog posts on the Philippines here! Or watch the video of my trip here!