The Philippines with Kids: Family Destination GuideEverything you need to know about travelling to The Philippines with your family
The Philippines With Kids: Table of Contents
General Philippines Information
Sagada & Ifugao
Family Hotel Review: St Joseph Resthouse, Sagada, The Philippines
Family Hotel Review: Awesome Hotel, San Juan, La Union, The Philippines
Family Hotel Review: Costa Pacifica, Aurora, The Philippines
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
Family Hotel Review: The Farm at San Benito, Batangas
Best Day Trips from Manila
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
Family Hotel Review: Discovery Shores Boracay Island, The Philippines
Family Hotel Review: Shangri-La Boracay Resort & Spa, The Philippines
Family Hotel Review: Amorita Resort, Bohol, The Philippines
Family Hotel Review: Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu
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: Why You’ll Love It
- 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
- 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
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
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
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.
AIRLINES FROM THE UK
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 gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/philippines
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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