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Philippine Traveler's Information
PEOPLE
The Philippines has a population of around 78 million people. 6 million of which make up the so called cultural minority group. E.g. the Ifugao, Kalinga, Mangyan of Mindoro, T’Boli of the Mindanao Mountains or the Negritoes throughout the country. From a long history of Western colonial rule, interspersed with the visits of traders, evolved friendly, hospitable people of a unique blend of East and West. Two third of the population is living mainly from fishing and agriculture.

Some 80% of the population is Catholic, 15 % Muslim. Especially in the South, Malay / Indonesian influences are strong. Malacanang Palace is the official residence of the Philippine President.

NATURE
Relatively isolated from the Asian mainland, The Philippine Archipelago is made up of 7,107 islands. 2000 island of which are inhabited and 2500 are so small, they aren’t even named. From North to West the Philippines stretches for 1850 kilometers, from East to West 1100 kilometers.

You will find pristine white sandy beaches, turquoise blue seas, coconut trees casting their quiet shadows and rainforests with rare plants and animals. Located on the Ring of Fire, The Philippines has 213 inactive + 20 active volcanoes. You will often notice flat coastal plains with the interior dominated by rugged ranges of mountains. Being one of the eldest and deepest waters in the world it also offers an abundant marine life. World’s deepest spot, The Philippine Trench, for example, runs down at the Pacific side of the islands to depths of over 10,000 meters, exceeding the altitude of Mt. Everest. In addition to the scenery, a trip to The Philippines is made memorable due to the lack of mass tourism and sincere hospitality in the Filipino character.

There are 36 National Parks for you to discover. The largest peaks are Mt. Pulag
(2.930 m) in the Cordillera Region, Mt. Apo (2.953 m) in Mindanao and Mt. Isarog near Naga.

(SCUBA) DIVING / REEFS
With over 7,000 islands, the Philippine archipelago offers a wide range of options and attracts thousand of divers annually to explore the underwater world’s untamed frontiers. E.g. a great number of sightings of the largest fish in the world, the whale shark, comes from here.And for most areas, if the horizontal visibility is not close to 00 feet, then it’s too murky… ! Foreign divers rave about the country’s variety of hard and soft corals that numbers to more than 800 species. Of the 100,000 known shellfish variety in the world, 20,000 can be found on 40,000 square kilometers of coral reefs in The Philippines.

As we are divers ourselves, having experienced the different PADI Diving Schools, we can propose you tailor made arrangements!

WEATHER/CLIMATE
The Philippines is endowed with a great variety of climates, being completely different from one island to another, and sometimes even within one island.

In general the coolest, dry months are November to February (25 degrees Celsius). March until May are dry, sunny days of 30 degrees Celsius and above with high humidity. From June/July to October the Southwesterly winds prevail with temperatures between 23 –28 degrees Celsius and more rainfall. However, the rains are interspersed with periods of perfect vacation weather. You will notice that during this season the shoreline residents of smaller islands seek protection from the increased winds by installing wind barriers along the windward shore.

Humidity level is high (average 77%) all year ‘round. For updated weather info: check out our Philippine Weather section. Wear light casual clothing and comfortable shoes. Sandals / hats might come handy when Island Hopping. Bring a thin jacket. Wearing “beach attire” in rural places is still frowned upon. Filipinos place a high priority on appearance.

 

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