Friendly locals, breathtaking landscapes and bustling cities combine to make the Philippines an unmissable destination. Comprising over a staggering 7000 islands, there is truly something for everyone in this Southeast Asian paradise.
Spend the morning soaking up the sunshine from the glorious white sands of a pristine beach, before exploring the lush greenery of a traditional Filipino rice paddy. Soar through the trees on an exhilarating zipline, take to the waves with a variety of watersports, or meander along scenic nature trails, encountering an array of fascinating wildlife. Renowned for its exquisitely flavoursome and unique cuisine, be sure to sample some local classics – combining Indonesian, Chinese, Spanish and Indian influences.
Embark upon the most exciting adventures backed by the most beguiling seascapes, where turquoise waters blend with ultra-clear skies. Choose from a selection of thrilling water sports, such as kayaking, fishing, windsurfing and sailing, or discover incredible corals and aquatic life as you snorkel and scuba dive. Back on land, enjoy a game of tennis beneath the sunshine, or follow nature trails on foot or by bike, keeping watch for colourful birds chirping amongst the lush greenery. Walk barefoot along the dazzling, white beaches that stretch along the shoreline, perhaps spotting the nesting sites of Hawksbill and Green Sea turtles. As night falls, a stargazing adventure begins beneath the inky-black sky.
Pamalican Island promises a taste sensation, comprising home-grown, organic vegetables and fragrant herbs, served alongside seafood fresh from the ocean’s underwater larder. Menu highlights include lobster, crab, grouper and sea urchin, caught daily by local fishermen, as well as seasonal goodies – such as pumpkin, beans, aubergine and four kinds of plump, sweet tomatoes. Masterful, local chefs turn humble ingredients into show-stopping dishes, sure to excite the palate of every foodie!
The resorts house a variety of luxury boats for private charter and various outings, giving you the chance to explore a little more of this scenic and stunning corner of the Philippines. There are motor boats, sail boats and a pontoon boat: perfect for snorkelling trips to offshore reefs, deep-sea fishing excursions and island-hopping around the nearby Palawan Islands. Of course, all boats come with a friendly skipper, crew and expert guides, all keen to show you around their glorious homeland. Enjoy long, lazy lunches as you sail across the water, or watch the sun set into the sea over fizz and cocktails.
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.
December to May is the best time to visit because it is out of the typhoon season. Typically, it’s wet and rainy between June and October, cool and dry for November and February, and hot and dry between March and May, with humidity a common factor.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Philippines.
British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong, (from London Heathrow) with onward connecting flights to Manila.
From London Heathrow to Manila: 14 hours, 20 minutes (excludes touchdown time in Hong Kong).
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Children travelling to the Philippines without their parents
Non-Filipino children under the age of 15, who are not travelling with a parent or joining a parent in the Philippines, must apply for a Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG) for entry into the Philippines. You can do this at the Philippine Embassy in London or on arrival through the Bureau of Immigration. For either application, you will need to submit the right documentation and pay a fee. For more information and details of the payment, please visit the Department of Foreign Affairs’ website
If a minor under the age of fifteen is travelling to visit a parent they should carry a copy of their parents’ resident visa.
Please view the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/philippines
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website. View the travel advice in full here: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/philippines