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