The Philippines with Kids: Family Destination Guide

Everything you need to know about travelling to The Philippines with your family

The Philippines With Kids: Table of Contents




Sagada & Ifugao

A Family Adventure Discovering the Mountains of Ifugao

Family Hotel Review: St Joseph Resthouse, Sagada, The Philippines

San Juan

Family Hotel Review: Awesome Hotel, San Juan, La Union, The Philippines


Family Hotel Review: Costa Pacifica, Aurora, The Philippines




10 Things to do with Kids In & Around Manila

The weird and wonderful Art In Island, Manila, The Philippines

The Best Family Hotels in Manila, The Philippines

Visiting KidZania Manila!

Family Hotel Review: The Bayleaf Hotel, Manila

Family Hotel Review: Discovery Primea Makati, Manila, The Philippines

Family Hotel Review: Nobu Hotel, Manila, The Philippines

Family Hotel Review: Makati Shangri-La, Manila, The Philippines


Best Day Trips from Manila

13 Great Day Trips from Manila!

Hiking Mount Pinatubo

Visiting Pico de Loro Beach

Stand up Paddle Boarding

Fun Farm Sta Elena

Water Park Fun at Island Cove

Swimming at Daranak Falls

Walk with the animals at Zoobic Safari

The magical world of Enchanted Kingdom

Visiting The Pinto Art Museum

A day trip to the Tagaytay Highlands

Flip and Fly at Republ1c Wake Park, Laguna

Take a dip in Hidden Valley Springs

Make a break for the ocean at Laiya Beach



Family Hotel Review: Lilom Resort, Anilao, The Philippines

Family Hotel Review: La Chevrerie Resort & Spa, Mabini, The Philippines



Family Hotel Review: Fisherman’s Cove, Mindoro, The Philippines



Family Hotel Review: The Funny Lion Inn, Coron, Palawan, The Philippines

Family Hotel Review: Club Paradise, Dimakya Island, Palawan, The Philippines

My Family Adventure: El Nido, Palawan



10 Things to do with Kids on the island of Boracay, The Philippines

Family Hotel Review: Discovery Shores Boracay Island, The Philippines

Family Hotel Review: Shangri-La Boracay Resort & Spa, The Philippines




The Philippines with Kids: 10 Things to do with Kids in Bohol

My Family Adventure: Brilliant Bohol, The Philippines

Family Hotel Review: Amorita Resort, Bohol, The Philippines



10 Fantastic Things to do with Kids in Dumaguete, The Philippines

Family Hotel Review: Atmosphere Resorts & Spa, Dumaguete, The Philippines

Family Hotel Review: Sta Monica Beach Club, Dumaguete, The Philippines


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The Philippines with Kids: Everything you need to know!

The Philippines: Why You’ll Love It

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  • It’s more fun in the Philippines!  That is the country’s national slogan and we are inclined to agree – anything goes in this East meets West melting pot.
  • The country is made up of over 7,000 islands. These are surrounded by crystal clear waters full of tropical marine life. 
  • The capital Manila is a metropolis of skyscrapers, high-end eateries, sparkling new malls and endless shopping experiences.
  • The Filipino people are the countries best asset. Their warm welcoming smiles and natural caring instinct make you feel like royal guests in their country. This is reflected in the tourism service, hospitality and willingness to go the extra mile for you.
  • If you are a keen snorkeler or scuba diver the country has a multitude of sites which would take a life time to explore. The marine life here is so diverse ranging from tiny sea horses and friendly sea turtles, to enormous whale sharks and shy Dugongs. Many of the unspoilt coral reefs are often just a short swim from the beach, so accessible to everyone.


The Philippines: Why The Kids Will Love It

Gillan at Remi restaurant at the Shang

  • Children are totally spoilt in this fun-filled country. Filipinos love kids and will go all out to entertain your children to make sure they are having a good time.
  • Children love an island paradise – playing pirates, digging in the sand, snorkelling through shoals of fish and catching crabs and other critters are just some of the antics children can get up to.
  • The country offers a huge range of activities for children whether it be meeting the smallest monkeys in the world at the Tarsier Sanctuary in Bohol, thrill seeking at one of the many theme parks on offer, trekking through the rice paddies in the North, learning to surf in La Union or watching the fire dancers on the island of Boracay.

The Philippines With Kids: When To Go

Kids watch cultural show at the Shang - maya in purple

High Season: December to April is the dry season and considered the best time to visit.

High Peak: Christmas Holy Week around Easter is particularly busy. Hotels get booked up very quickly and often double or triple their rates.

Rainy Season: The rainy / low season falls between June and September, although there are parts of the country that don’t see any rain at all.

The Philippines with Kids: FAQ

Art In Island

Capital: Manila

Time: GMT + 08:00

Language: English and Tagalog are the main languages spoken.

Voltage: 220 v

Visas: Most citizens do not require a visa if staying less than 22 days in the Philippines. A 21 day visa will be issued on arrival. Note that you may be asked for a proof of exit or onward ticket upon arrival. Single and multi-entry visas for longer stays are available on application at a Philippine embassy or consulate. Remember! Visa regulations are subject to change so do check with a Philippine embassy or consulate as well.

Health & Vaccinations:  Visitors need to take special precautions against illnesses not normally encountered at home. Contact your doctor well in advance of your departure date to ensure that you receive all the necessary vaccinations. Country specific information and advice is published by Travel Health Pro. Bring any medication with you in its original, labelled container. A signed prescription note from your doctor is useful to have. Pharmacies are wide spread and stock the basic essentials. Private medical care is available in most major cities whereas facilities in remote areas can be very limited.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the following vaccinations for travellers to Southeast Asia:

Adult diphtheria and tetanus
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Measles, mumps and rubella

Yellow Fever is the only vaccine required by international regulations. Proof of the vaccination is only needed if you have been in a yellow-fever zone within the six days prior to entering Southeast Asia. If you are travelling to Southeast Asia from Africa or South America you should check to see if proof of vaccination is a requirement.

Getting There: 


Philippine Airlines flies direct from Heathrow to Manila

Cathay Pacific flies from Heathrow to Manila twice daily, and to Cebu City four times a week; from Manchester, it flies daily to Manila and four times a week to Cebu City. All flights are via Hong Kong.

British Airways flies to Manila from Heathrow via Hong Kong four times a week.

Other airlines include:

KLM (via Amsterdam and Taipei)

Qatar (via Dubai)

Emirates (via Dubai)

Flights take about 15 hours. 

Money:  The currency in the Philippines is the peso (P) – also spelled Piso – and is divided into 100 centavos (c). Banknotes come in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 2000 pesos. ATMS are found in most towns and cities and credit cards are accepted. Be warned that local moneychangers have a reputation for ripping off tourists!

Safety: Please consult your own government’s travel advisory for safety advice such as

Dress: Anything goes dress wise.  Bring a pair of long trousers if you are worries about mosquito bites.  Although it is a Catholic country it follows the Latino attitude to dress – less is more 😉


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Best Day Trips from Manila: Daranak Falls

Manila Day Trips: Located just a couple of hours from Manila, the cool waterfalls and turquoise pools of Daranak Falls makes for an ideal day out for kids, particularly during the hot summer months.

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The Philippines with Kids: 10 Things to do with Kids in Bohol

The island of Bohol is just a quick ferry ride away form Cebu and popular for its beaches, its adventure activities and the cute large-eyed Philippine tarsiers. For families there is a lot to do, we list our Top 10 Things to do With Kids on the island of Bohol.

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The Philippines with Kids: The weird and wonderful Art In Island, Manila

Photo Story: Philippa Langrish discovers the weird and wonderful world of 3D art at Art In Island, Quezon City, just outside Manila.

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Best Day Trips from Manila: Tagaytay Highlands

Manila Day Trips: Escape the city with a day trip to the Tagaytay Highlands and see the Taal Volcano before riding the carousel at Sky Ranch.

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Best Day Trips from Manila: Pico de Loro Beach

Manila Day Trips with Kids: Pico de Loro is one of the closest beaches to Manila and makes an easy, sandy day trip or overnight stay from the capital.

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Best Day Trips from Manila: Enchanted Kingdom

Manila Day Trips: Just 40 minutes from the Filipino capital is the magical world of Enchanted Kingdom that makes the perfect family day out.

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Best Day Trips from Manila: Hidden Valley Springs

The best day trips from Manila: Hiking, swimming and relaxing at Hidden Valley Springs, an easy day trip from the capital for the whole family.

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Best Day Trips from Manila: Zoobic Safari

Manila Day Trips: Walk with the animals at Zoobic Safari, an excellent and educational animal safari located in Subic Bay.

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Oberoi Amarvillas: 27.167907, 78.048912
Raas Haveli: 26.297646, 73.022527
Itmenaan Estate: 29.518200, 79.832897
Hotel Diggi Palace: 26.910280, 75.812508
Mosaics Guesthouse: 26.966788, 75.920459
Udai Bilas Palace: 23.841943, 73.714678
Samode Haveli: 27.000408, 74.992676
Mongolia With Kids: A Guide to Mongolia for Families: 46.862496, 103.846656
Burma: 21.913965, 95.956223
Family Holidays in India: 20.593684, 78.962880
Family Holidays in Vietnam: 14.058324, 108.277199
Family Holidays in Thailand: 15.921715, 100.788574
Family Holidays in Sri Lanka: 7.873054, 80.771797
Family Holidays in Borneo: 1.068237, 114.233536
Family Holidays in Cambodia: 12.565679, 104.990963
Family Holidays in Nepal: 28.394857, 84.124008
Amazing Angkor Wat, Cambodia: 13.423016, 103.936844
A Taste of Tunisia: 33.886917, 9.537499
A Panama Jungle Adventure: 8.674027, -81.298485
Magical Mongolia: 47.920000, 106.920000
The Pushkar Camel Fair: 26.489749, 74.551086
Srinagar to Leh by Jeep: 34.152586, 77.577053
Sri Lanka: 6.053519, 80.220977
Holi Family Holiday: 26.912434, 75.787271
The Mountains of Ifugao, The Philippines: 16.883403, 120.969086
10 Things to do with Kids in Sri Lanka: 6.500000, 80.771797
5 Things to do with Kids Around Manila: 14.599512, 120.984219
10 Things to do with Kids in India: 15.000000, 79.000000
Jaipur with Kids: 26.500000, 75.805954
Jims Jungle Retreat: 29.535701, 78.924974
Traditional Homes Swotha: 27.674428, 85.325779
The Hyatt Regency Kathmandu: 27.722117, 85.356978
Pauline\'s Guesthouse, Nr Kathmandu, Nepal: 27.772882, 85.333351
Illuketia, Nr Galle: 6.035268, 80.266791
The Wallawwa: 7.131947, 79.927913
Apa Villa, Nr Galle: 6.030486, 80.240915
The Bayleaf Hotel, Manila: 14.589969, 120.977878
Haadson Resort: 8.739592, 98.244386
Villa Ban Haad Sai, Koh Samui: 9.571675, 100.063103
JW Marriott, Phuket: 8.166198, 98.294973
Villa Sai Taan, Phuket: 7.994743, 98.300971
Gili Eco Villas: -8.339901, 116.032570
Lombok B&B: -8.504688, 116.054106
Family House Lombok: -8.891092, 116.275837
Club Paradise, Dimakya Island: 12.234233, 120.088892
Fateh Garh, Udaipur: 24.568566, 73.640348
Lebanon: 33.901197, 35.660934
Glenburn: 27.083155, 88.336072
Club Villa: 6.426232, 79.995232
Atali Ganga: 30.068860, 78.457750
Snowboarding in Gulmarg, Kashmir: 34.059486, 74.311523
RIFF: 26.297836, 73.018447
Phuket: 7.981046, 98.363883
Nepal: 28.598709, 83.822390
Kerala: 9.498067, 76.338848
Costa Rica: 9.748917, -83.753428
Sherlock: 11.197936, 76.745682
The Dune: 12.049141, 79.875163
The Beach Hut: 6.005545, 80.256500
Epic American Road trip: 35.216834, -101.814725
Devi Bhawan: 26.238947, 73.024309
Morocco MFA: 31.791702, -7.092620
Whale Watching Panama: 8.665203, -79.208679
Maya Mexico: 20.211419, -87.465350
MFA Tokyo: 35.689487, 139.691706
Jaypee Palace: 27.153876, 78.071165
Anda Lanta: 7.488091, 99.083462
Ratan Vilas: 26.273913, 73.030063
Khem Vilas: 26.064852, 76.438331
Villa Baan Chao Lay: 9.559606, 100.036228
Highlands Park: 34.052833, 74.384700
Khyber: 34.042840, 74.386346
Dar es Salam: 34.113766, 74.836167
Ranjits SVAASA: 31.642821, 74.862291
Yab Yum: 15.646221, 73.717183
Olaulim Backyards: 15.570627, 73.870387
Vivenda dos Palhacos: 15.314925, 73.912164
Sur La Mer: 15.642397, 73.723037
Joets: 15.370926, 73.832758
Grand Hyatt: 15.451140, 73.851595
Amarya Shamiyana: 15.646737, 73.716856
The Farm: 26.873023, 75.613542
Jas Vilas: 26.930462, 75.788064
Royal Heritage Haveli: 26.925231, 75.745491
Indrashan Homestay: 26.270218, 73.030876
Alila Diwa: 15.306901, 73.911334
Kumarakom Lake Resort: 9.612555, 76.431248
Emerald Isle: 9.492137, 76.326071
Marari Beach Resort: 9.595008, 76.301175
Marari Villas: 9.583107, 76.302272
Philipkutty\'s Farm: 9.662806, 76.409535
Casa Susegad: 15.330995, 73.980346
Park Hyatt Goa: 15.327473, 73.897707
Coconut Creek: 15.372996, 73.833220
Fishermans Cove Philippines: 13.503281, 120.944008
Shahar Palace: 26.909963, 75.785703
Costa Pacifica: 15.760657, 121.569018
Hotel Eagles Nest: 32.261658, 76.306800
Patan Mahal: 27.801557, 75.976059
Tea Bungalow: 9.962806, 76.245846
The Secret Garden: 9.931238, 76.267315
Dreamz: 9.967115, 76.242319
Old Harbour Hotel: 9.967199, 76.242447
Raintree Lodge: 9.966505, 76.243054
Brunton Boatyard: 9.968819, 76.245611
Tikli Bottom: 28.331856, 77.008482
Kipling Camp: 22.310358, 80.496547
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Aashyana Lakhanpal: 15.525650, 73.762132
Dwarikas: 27.704885, 85.342298
10 Things to do in Gulmarg: 34.041603, 74.370477
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Jaipur Video: 26.846128, 75.953979
Bohol: 9.849991, 124.143543
Gamboa Rainforest Retreat: 9.121111, -79.692562
Casa Mariposa: 8.603634, -80.128217
Los Quetzales: 8.869582, -82.566899
Yandup: 9.317597, -78.227778
MFA Singapore Swing: 1.352083, 103.819836
MFA Bohol philippines: 9.849991, 124.143543
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Casa Tota Mexico: 23.450711, -110.222610
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Posada Margherita Tulum: 20.226895, -87.433628
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JetWing Beach: 7.243444, 79.841595
Namo Buddha Resort: 27.580712, 85.590484
Why House: 6.007137, 80.266471
River House: 6.269323, 80.037350
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Meson de Leyendas: 19.198173, -100.130026
La Chevrerie Resort & Spa: 13.732900, 120.887474
Atmosphere Resorts & Spa: 9.158530, 123.242483
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St Joseph Resthouse: 17.085148, 120.901012
Oberoi Udaivilas: 24.576800, 73.672155
10 Things Borneo: 1.068237, 114.233536
10 Things to do with kids in Delhi: 28.613939, 77.209021
Shangri-La Oman: 23.551335, 58.659198
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Coqui Coqui: 20.494404, -87.730531
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Phuket: 7.951933, 98.338088
MFA Crete: 35.240117, 24.809269
Diphlu River Lodge: 26.578553, 93.255047
Amorita Resort: 9.549948, 123.776424
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Granada Nicaragua: 11.933333, -85.950000
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Tierra Viva Saphi: -13.512817, -71.983037
The Garden House: -13.535587, -71.904965
MFA Peru: -13.163141, -72.544963
MFA Hawaii: 19.542915, -155.665857
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MFA Bali Gili: -8.371399, 116.045580
Chincheros: -13.391999, -72.049284
Museo Inkariy: -13.317499, -71.992301
Bounce Below: 53.004581, -3.942279
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Ollantaytambo: -13.258369, -72.264268
Pisac: -13.424167, -71.857778
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Tomb of Columbus: 37.385748, -5.993751
Boats of Columbus: 37.211454, -6.928175
La rabida Columbus: 37.207646, -6.926167
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MFA Bangladesh: 21.439464, 92.007732
Crete top 10: 35.277016, 24.348450
MFA San Blas: 9.507126, -78.803740
Bavarian Forest: 49.126635, 13.120151
Flytographer: 48.428421, -123.365644
Tofino: 49.152984, -125.906618
Xochimilco: 19.257231, -99.102966
Fairmont Hotel: 49.283793, -123.120989
L\'Hermitage: 49.280470, -123.116989
Lodging Ovations: 50.095389, -122.989441
Delta Victoria Ocean: 48.426969, -123.375084
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Nobu: 14.523867, 120.992770
Discovery Primea: 14.553381, 121.026953
Day of Dead Part 1: 19.432608, -99.133208
Day of Dead Part 2: 19.414792, -99.081573
Tbex Florida: 26.122439, -80.137317
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Sacred Valley: -13.303898, -72.111557
Art in Island: 14.622794, 121.058114
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10 Things El Valle: 8.601983, -80.119987
Sea to Sky Gondola: 49.701634, -123.155812
Casa Guardia: 8.366792, -80.121831
Awesome Hotel: 16.678999, 120.336555
LivItaly Florence: 43.769560, 11.255814
: 12.001300, 120.193760
Peru for Families: -7.972198, -76.113281
Panama for Families: 9.600750, -79.958496
Cuba for families: 22.796439, -80.914307
Mexico For Families: 22.593726, -103.359375
The Philippines for Families: 11.953349, 119.091797
Canada for Families: 54.367759, -114.609375