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What are the best places to stay in the Philippines?

El Nido

El Nido is a hidden gem located at the very northern tip of Palawan Island. The small coastal town is home to sprawling beaches, dramatic oceanside cliffs, gorgeous coral reefs, and diverse wildlife. It’s the perfect base for travellers holidaying on Philippines packages who are looking to enjoy water sports such as kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkelling. El Nido is also within easy reach of Palawan’s many rainforests and jungles where you can enjoy trekking in nature. Top El Nido attractions to add to your list while holidaying on Philippines accommodation and flight packages include the small islands in Bacuit Bay, Duli Beach, Taraw Cliff, and Nacpan Beach.

Boracay

Are you looking to spend your days on the beach and evenings enjoying top restaurants and vibrant nightlife? Boracay could be the perfect base for you while travelling on Philippines packages. The small island of Boracay doesn’t have the secluded and tranquil feel that El Nido does but instead, it’s bustling with activity while still showcasing gorgeous Filipino scenery. Top attractions on the island include White Beach, snorkelling at Ariel’s Point, Mount Luho and Boracay Bat Cave. You’ll also find an excellent selection of restaurants, shops, bars, and cafes to visit in between trips to the beach and cultural excursions.

Manila

Do you love the fast pace of major cities? If so, Manila is the perfect place for you while holidaying on Philippines packages. The Filipino capital is teeming with excitement and an endless list of things to do – shopping, nightlife, great food, and of course plenty of historic and cultural landmarks. Visitors can also see reminders of the period of Spanish rule all over Manila. There are examples of Spanish-influenced architecture on just about every corner, and a strong cultural influence as well. Top Manila activities to have on your radar after booking Philippines holiday packages include the walled city of Intramuros, Manila Baywalk, Fort Santiago, and the world’s oldest Chinatown.

When is the best time to visit the Philippines?

There are two main seasons to plan around when booking Philippines accommodation and flight packages: the wet and dry seasons.

Wet season lasts from May to October and is the country’s low season for tourism. This means you’ll find the best deals on hotels and accommodation in the Philippines during this period. The wet season is humid (daytime temperatures average 31° to 32°C) and there’s a decent amount of rainfall. However, rain isn’t constant so you can still enjoy time outdoors by booking Philippines holiday packages during the wet season. Typhoons can happen anytime of year, but you’re more likely to encounter these strong storms by travelling on Philippines holiday packages during the wet season. Along with lower rates on hotels, are you looking for another benefit to booking Philippines accommodation and flight packages during the wet season? The extra moisture causes the rainforests to be especially green and lush.

Dry season is between November and April and is the most popular time of year to travel on Philippines packages. This means more tourists and increased rates on hotels and accommodation in the Philippines, so book your room early for the best price. December, January, and February are the coolest and least humid months, with average temperatures of about 30° to 31°C. Things start to heat up in March and April as the wet season gets closer. You may have temperatures up to about 34°C if you book Philippines holiday packages toward the end of the dry season.

What is the best way to get around the Philippines?

More than 70 airports are dotted around the many islands of the Philippines. Booking domestic flights between locations is an excellent way to island hop while holidaying on Philippines packages. Get all your flights booked with Webjet to popular places around the Philippines, including Manila, Palawan, Davao and Cebu.

You can also look into catching a boat to travel between neighbouring islands. There are high-speed modern boats as well as traditional bangka outrigger boats, which serve as a cheap option for budget travellers who book Philippines holiday packages.

Are you planning to spend some time in the capital during your Philippines holiday? Manila has a great public transport network made up of metro trains, a suburban commuter rail, buses, and jeepneys. Jeepneys are brightly-coloured minibuses that are affordable, no frills options to get around the city. You can also make the most of jeepneys and buses if you book a hotel and accommodation in the Philippines’ other popular tourist destinations like Palawan, Cebu, and Davao. Wherever you are in the Philippines, it’s almost always possible to hire a taxi or private driver as an extra option.