Is Philippines Worth Visiting?

Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, the Philippines is an archipelagic Southeast Asian paradise that consists of more than 7,000 picturesque islands. Known for its vibrant culture, rich history, and hospitable people, this tropical country is renowned for its stunning landscapes that feature everything from towering volcanoes and terraced rice fields to bustling cities and pristine emerald-green beaches. The Philippines is a sanctuary for biodiversity, with numerous species of flora and fauna found only in the region. Its capital, Manila, is famous for its waterfront promenade and centuries-old Chinatown, Binondo. Diverse and unique, the country is also famous for its delicious cuisine, historic churches, and festivals filled with color and life. Whether you're in search of adventure, relaxation, or exploration, the Philippines is a captivating travel destination that offers an extraordinary blend of experiences.

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Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 10 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.7/5

Safety

4.7/5

Food

4.6/5

Budget-friendly

4.6/5

Solo travel experience

I spent 3 weeks in the Philippines in April. I stayed in Cebu, Bohol, and Siquijor. I have the fondest memories of Siquijor, a fantastic, peaceful, beautiful island full of attractions. Very safe, with incredibly friendly and helpful locals. The best experience I had was Cebu canyoneering at Kawasan Falls. If you go to Bohol, I recommend the Tarsier Sanctuary. There is a bit of bureaucracy, but it's worth going through. Arriving in early April I had two typhoons circulating around, so it was rainy and cloudy for a few days, but then the sun came out.

Posted: February 6, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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My first solo trip took place in April to the Philippines and I felt very safe there. I met so many amazing people, stopped in Siargao, Siquijor, Moalboal, Port Barton, El Nido and Coron. It was amazing.

Posted: October 16, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

The Philippines was one of the countries on my list during my solo trip to Southeast Asia. I also visited Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Qatar. If someone asked me which country in Asia I liked the most, I would say it was the Philippines. Somehow, I felt best there, most experienced the local climate. People were wonderful, smiling, funny, talkative and friendly. And of course, nature was also breathtaking. I stayed in hostels, where I met many interesting people from different parts of the world, as well as many Filipinos. The food was not as refined as in Thailand or Vietnam, but it was quite good. I rode a motorcycle, swam under waterfalls, and savored Filipino beer.

Posted: October 1, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I spent a month alone in Philippines and I totally loved it. People were super friendly. I was in Palawan, Coron, Cebu and I felt very safe.

Posted: September 18, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I spent 4 weeks in the Philippines and absolutely loved it. My favorite place was Palawan, but I also really enjoyed Boracay, Siquijor, and Bohol. I recommend a three-day and two-night trip to Palawan. It was the best thing I've ever done. The snorkeling was amazing and the water there is unbelievable.

Posted: July 9, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I loved the Philippines, it was a really beautiful country and I felt very safe walking alone.

Posted: April 23, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I have been to the Philippines twice, once for a month with 3 friends, and the second time alone. I have never felt unsafe there and I know it's one of the countries I will definitely visit again in the future.

Posted: March 22, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I traveled alone to the Philippines and felt safe. I stayed in Makati during my stay in Manila, I also visited El Nido and Puerto Princessa. I absolutely loved the Philippines.

Posted: March 11, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I took a trip to the Philippines (which is also my home!) in May. I was in Siargao, Puerto Princesa, El Nido, and Coron. Siargao is undoubtedly the best time I've ever had. I was there alone, but I never felt lonely.

Posted: February 17, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I loved the Philippines. I spent most of my time in Baguio, in the north, but the southern islands are beautiful, and I particularly loved the San Juan/La Union beach. For me, Manila was too crowded and busy, I didn't love this part, but money rules there, it often rains and people are usually very friendly. I made some amazing friends there.

Posted: September 3, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Local tips

Marielle

Marielle

Philippines

The Philippines is a tropical paradise like no other, offering visitors a vibrant culture, warm hospitality, and some of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world. With over 7,000 islands, the country boasts pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, lush forests, and majestic mountains. Foodies will delight in sampling Filipino cuisine, which features bold flavors, colorful presentation, and plenty of seafood dishes. Don't miss trying adobo, sisig, sinigang, and lechon, among others. And if you're looking for nightlife, Manila has got you covered with its bustling bars, clubs, and entertainment venues. Just try to avoid strangers offering something or anything! When going out late, avoid dark empty streets. Best way to get around is via public transportation (bus, jeep, tricycle) or if you have more budget, try ride-hailing apps like Grab or Joyride. PH IS 100% VERY AFFORDABLE. You can haggle the price of goods when shopping. Find thrift stores everwhere. Of course, no visit to the Philippines would be complete without meeting the locals. Known for their warmth and friendliness, Filipinos are genuinely interested in getting to know tourists and showing them around their beloved homeland. So whether you're looking for relaxation, adventure, or cultural immersion, the Philippines truly has something for everyone. Pay a visit and you’ll see!

Posted: January 28, 2024
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Sharmaine

Sharmaine

About Me

Hello, travellers! I explored 13 of 17 regions in my home country. If you need info and tips in exploring the Philippines, just ask me out. Nearest airport to me is Clark (2-3 hrs from Manila) and it is also a recommended gateway to Cebu and Palawan, so you'll skip the hectic capital. Am available on weekends. Let me know if you need travel buddy 👣 I am doing solo travel once in a while and I am completing my Southeast Asia trip this 2023. I also intend to summit the highest mountain in the Philippines this November.

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Gayle

Gayle

About Me

Hello everyone! I’m Gayle, 23. I am graduating from uni in June (yay) so I plan to just travel for a while after that. I’ve already been doing some traveling since January and have been to Thailand, Japan and just got back from Bali last week. I’m already set to backpack across SEA on October starting in Vietnam and just see where the journey leads me! Hoping to meet some friends along the way :)

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Khaiyir

Khaiyir

Philippines

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3 days

About me

Hi, my name is Khaiyir of Khaiyir TV and I am a freediver, lady spearo and solo traveller, blogger. I frequently travel to different beaches and diving spots around Philippines.

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Isabella

Isabella

Philippines

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3 days

About me

Hi, I often travel around and if I'm not traveling I'm living at the world's best island which has access to great beaches.

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Upcoming visitors to Philippines

Tina

Tina

About Me

Arriving to Sri Lanka Colombo on the 15:th! Would love to meet up for some exploring company! 😃

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